BECHTELSVILLE, Pa. — For the second time this season, Craig VonDohren and Jared Umbenhauer drove to victory while Kyle Merkel earned his first win of the season at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night.
VonDohren, a six-time track champion, wheeled the Kauffman’s BBQ Chicken/Pioneer Pole Buildings No. 1c to victory in the 30-lap NASCAR 358 Modified feature race. Jared Umbenhauer was able to steer the Eastern Rigging No, 5 to a win in the 25-lap sportsman feature race while Merkel’s victory came in the 25-lap late model feature race.
Brad Grim set the pace for the 30-car starting field in the 30-lap modified feature and set the pace until the 19th circuit when challenger VonDohren and leader Grim made contact. VonDohren took the top spot and Grim was able to regain control but dropped back to third. In the closing laps VonDohren had Frank Cozze to deal with and was able to hold on for his second win of the season. Cozze had his best of the season effort with a second followed by Brad Grim, Jason Clauss and Jeff Strunk.
The 25-lap sportsman feature had Ron Krex taking the lead at the drop of the green and leading until the 11th circuit when John Kovatch IV went to the front. A few laps later on a restart after a caution Krex took back the front spot but he could not hold off the strong effort of Jared Umbenhauer who came from 15th to grab first on the 19th lap and lead the rest of the way. Second place was taken by Krex followed by Joe Funk, Kovatch and last week’s winner Brett Kressley.
In the late model 25 lapper, Merkel, driving the Kochel Equipment/Merkel Rebar No. 117, went to victory lane leading all the laps with old brother Sean challenging him in the closing laps but having to settle for second.
Third spot was earned by Kory Fleming followed by Danny Snyder and Chuck Schutz.