“Everything was good,” said Danny Snyder after winning the biggest late model stock car racing event of the season at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. The Green Lane, PA resident wheeled his Ford Property Maintenance sponsored No. 4s to a decisive victory, his second straight win of the extra distance event, earning him $2,100 which included a $100 bonus from TP Trailers of Limerick.
In the companion 30-lap feature for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series 358 Modifieds six time track champion Craig VonDohren won for the fourth time this season. The win for the Oley, PA racer driving the Kauffman’s BBQ Chicken sponsored No. 1c earned him $2750 including a $250 bonus from TP Trailers. In addition he picked up a $150 VP Racing Fuels certificate for using VP racing gasoline.
VonDohren gave a lot of credit to track conditions for his win. “The track stayed wet,” said the veteran racer. “We could run the top or the bottom. It was a great race track.”
Lou Egrie Sr. started on the pole in the 40-lap Late Model and lead the first lap of the race before Danny Snyder was able was able to charge up from fourth starting spot to take the lead on the second circuit of the one-third-mile, banked clay oval. Once in front Snyder had to contend with Egrie and former sprint car talent Sam Schlosberg.
In fact Schlosberg, who moved into second spot with four laps in the record book, was a thorn in the side of Snyder throughout the entire race. And while Schlosberg challenged Snyder for the lead he was being pressured throughout the feature race by Jason Miller.
At the finish of the 40-lap race, run with very few cautions, Danny Snyder had the top spot by a slim margin over Sam Schlosberg (Green Lane). Third spot was earned by Jason Miller (New Tripoli) while current point leader and defending champion Chuck Schutz (Pottstown) finished fourth followed by Sean Merkel (Gilbertsville).
In victory lane Snyder thanked every one of his sponsors and his family for their support. “Everything was good, so great,” said Snyder. “We were cruising and kept track of the competition by checking the scoreboard.”
Bobby Gunther Walsh lead the first lap of the 30-lap NASCAR 358 Modified feature race with Mike Laise taking the top spot on the second lap. Laise was able to lead until the 14th lap when past champion Terry Meitzler went to the front with veteran racer Jon Kellner Sr. following. At the 21 lap marker Kellner was able to take the lead from Meitzler on a caution restart.
Craig VonDohren, who had to use the consolation race to make the feature starting field, had now worked his way up to challenge for the top spot and on the 24th lap the six time champion went to the front of the field. Once in front the Oley racer kept a comfortable lead on his way to the win.
Second spot was earned by Jon Kellner Sr. (Lansdale) while early leader Terry Meitzler (Kutztown) followed. Fourth place went to John Willman (Douglassville) for one of his best finishes of the season. Ryan Grim (Laury’s Station) earned fifth.
Current point leader Duane Howard, winner of six features this season, was forced to qualify for the feature with a fourth place finish in the first consolation. In the main event he was able to go from 26th to 8th to hold on to the point lead in the chase for the lucrative track and NASCAR titles.
Qualifying heat races, each eight laps, for the Late Models were won by Lou Egrie Sr. and Kory Fleming.
The NASCAR 358 Modifieds qualifying heats, each 12 laps, saw victories go to Doug Manmiller, Bobby Gunther Walsh, Addison Meitzler and Ryan Grim. Consolation races for the Modifieds, each 10 laps, went to Craig VonDohren and Jeff Strunk.
Topping the night of entertainment was an outstanding fireworks display. Six youngsters won bicycles courtesy of Late Model racer Kory Fleming while Bill and Harry Henning and their Henning Trains business gave away three NASCAR Lionel train sets valued at $300 each. Many fans in the stands went home with t-shirts courtesy of Thomas Hartnett Thrivent Financial, sponsor of the night’s show.
The Hard Charger award for the Modifieds sponsored by Bobby Gunther Walsh and sponsors went to Craig VonDohren who charged from 20th to first in the feature and the Jeff Teets’ Salvage Transport Hard Charger award for Late Models went to Sean Merkel who went from 12th to fifth in the feature.
Cargo Trailer Sales of Lansdale had $50 gift certificates for 10th place finishers in each feature while Dan’s Deli has their special hoagies for the leader of each feature at the halfway point. VP Racing Fuels has a $150 product bonus for the first NASCAR 358 Modified feature finisher using their fuel, $100 product bonus for the first Late Model feature finisher using their fuel and $75 product bonus for the first Sportsman feature finisher using their fuel and carrying VP decals on the race car and VP patch on uniform.
Coming up on Saturday, July 13th, 7:30 p.m. will be Whelen Engineering Night featuring the NASCAR 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman stock cars. As gates open AT 5:30 P.M. there will be drivers doing a meet and greet along with having their race cars on display. Adult admission is $15 while youngsters 12 and under are admitted FREE. On Sunday, July 14th , 1 p.m. the Outlaw Enduro racers are in action along with the Blast from the Past Vintage Cars making for another great doubleheader show. Adults pay just $10. Young people 12 and under are admitted free.
THOMAS HARTNETT THRIVENT FINANCIAL NIGHT NASCAR FIRECRACKER 40 LATE MODEL FEATURE – 40 LAPS: 1. Danny Snyder 2. Sam Schlosberg 3. Jason Miller 4. Chuck Schutz 5. Sean Merkel 6. Wayne Pfeil 7. Lou Egrie Sr. 8. Rick Todorow 9. Kory Fleming 10. Steve Todorow 11. Dan Green 12. Steve Nederostek 13. Drew Weisser 14. John Giesler 15. Steve Batdorf 16. Buddy Mertz 17. Bill Henning 18. Mike Kellner
THOMAS HARTNETT THRIVENT FINANCIAL NIGHT NASCAR WHELEN 358 MODIFIED FEATURE – 30 LAPS: 1. Craig VonDohren 2. Jon Kellner Sr. 3. Terry Meitzler 4. John Willman 5. Ryan Grim 6. Jarred Miller 7. Kyle Weiss 8. Duane Howard 9. Meme DeSantis 10. Doug Manmiller 11. Mike Gular 12. Tommy Scheetz III 13. Jared Umbenhauer 14. Kyle Follweiler 15. Glenn Strunk 16. Nate Christman 17. Kevin Hirthler 18. Kevin Hirthler 19. Mike Laise 20. Frank Cozze 21. Don Norris Jr. 22. Ron Seltman 23. Eric Biehn 24. Bobby Gunther Walsh 25. Glenn Owens 26. Jason Clauss 27. Addison Meitzler 28. Todd Smith