Strunk Rolls To Grandview Score


BECHTELSVILLE, Pa. — Nine-time NASCAR Whelen 358 Modified track champion Jeff Strunk was able to win his first 30-lap NASCAR Modified feature of the season at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night.

Sean Merkel took the honors for the fourth time in the late models while Brad Brightbill won his first sportsman feature of the season.

Rookie Andy Ressler set the pace for 14 laps in the modified feature race before Jon Kellner Sr was able to go to the front and lead the pack until the 22nd lap when Strunk charged to the front and led the rest of the way to pick up his $2,750 first place money. Second went to Duane Howard coming from 17th starting spot. Craig VonDohren grabbed third after starting in 22nd spot followed by Jon Kellner Sr. and Ray Swinehart.

The 25-lap late model feature had Sean Merkel leading every lap to get his fourth win of the season. Sam Schlosberg challenged but settled for second followed by Danny Snyder, Chuck Schutz and Wayne Pfeil.

Erik Renninger was the early leader in the 25-lap sportsman feature with Ryan Lilick gaining the top spot on the third lap and leading through the 22nd lap when Brad Brightbill made a strong move to squeeze by the leader in the first turn to get the top spot on the 23rd lap and go on to win. Second went to Lilick for his best effort of the season followed by Brett Kressley, Jared Umbenhauer and Guy Germano.