Craig Von Dohren, who has been on a win streak lately at various tracks, kept the momentum going on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway, Bechtelsville, when he collected the $10,000 paycheck by taking home the checkered in the 38th Forrest Rogers Memorial 50-lap NASCAR All-American Whelen Racing Series modified feature. It was his second win in a row at the 1/3-mile oval and his fourth victory in the memorial event.Before any laps could be recorded, Brad Missimer got out of shape a bit and before he got his car under control, cars behind him tangled and Kerry Kratz was eliminated from competition.
Troy Wink took control on the restart trailed by Chris Esposito, Missimer, Todd Marburger and Ryan Grim.
Tommy Scheetz Jr. and Von Dohren tangled between the third and fourth turn to bring out the yellow with two laps completed. Wink remained in front on the restart.
The red had to be thrown on the third lap since the track was blocked in the second turn due to a multi-car accident. Missimer took the lead briefly when action resumed.
Wink was back on front on the fourth lap while Missimer, Esposito, Tom Umbenhauer and Marburger continued their battle for the remaining positions.
The yellow was waving on the 18th lap when Ryan Godown and Sean Merkel spun in the second turn and Meme DeSantis was stopped between the third and fourth turn. DeSantis was the only one unable to continue. On the restart Wink got out of shape slightly and that quick Umbenhauer took advantage of the situation and moved into the lead.
Behind Umbenhauer the race for positions was hot and heavy between Wink, Marburger, Esposito and now joining the action was Rick Schaffer.
By the 27th lap Von Dohren was running fifth after going to the rear on the second lap as he had the Mike Harvey-owned/Felty Farms #1C on the move running the outside lane.
Danny Erb spun in the second turn to bring out the yellow with 30 laps completed. It was still Umbenhauer in front on the restart with Schaffer, Wink, Von Dohren and Doug Manmiller in pursuit.
The yellow was thrown on the 32nd lap when Billy Pauch Jr. slowed on the backstretch and pulled into the infield when the caution came out. The restart was void as Todd Smith and Jason Smythe tangled along the backstretch under yellow. Umbenhauer continued his pace when action continued.
Von Dohren advanced to second on the 35th lap to challenge Umbenhauer for the lead and then the battle began.
The lead changed hands on the 38th lap as Von Dohren motored the Main Engines mount past Umbenhauer.
While Von Dohren showed the way, Umbenhauer, Wink, Schaffer and Manmiller jockeyed for the remaining spots. Attempting to get into the top five were Duane Howard and Jeff Strunk.
On the 47th lap Umbenhauer, who lead for a while and was running a strong second, had a tough break when he hit the backstretch boilerplate to bring out the final yellow. It was still Von Dohren at the head of the pack on the restart with Manmiller, Howard, Strunk and Jason Hamilton, last year's winner in pursuit.
Howard moved into second on the 49th lap and set sail after Von Dohren.
Von Dohren held off Howard's last lap bid coming in for the checkered and pulled into the winner's circle to chalk up the win with Howard a close second followed by Manmiller, Strunk and Hamilton. Rounding out the top ten were Troy Wink, Schaffer, Terry Meitzler, Esposito and Mike Gular.
Late Model Action
Chuck Schutz, the current late model point leader, has not been to victory lane yet this year, but he changed that status. Schutz passed rookie racer Danny Snyder, who led from the drop of the green, with two laps to go and went on to chalk up his first win in the 20-lap NASCAR late model feature.
Snyder took the early lead followed by Rick Todorow, Wayne Pfeil, Ed Trimbur and Bryon Sipe.
On the fourth lap Mike Kellner, John Giesler, Brian Shuey and Ron Kline tangled in the second turn with Kellner and Giesler eliminated from the race. Snyder continued his pace on the restart, but now Pfeil took over second to challenge him.
By the Dan's Deli 1/2-way Hoagie mark, the top five running order was comprised of Snyder, Pfeil, Schutz and Randy Stoudt.
Schutz advanced to third on the 11th lap moving through the inside lane and five laps later he took over second to challenge Snyder.
The 18th lap had a lead change as Schutz was the new pacesetter.
Bobby Wyatt brought out the yellow on the 18th lap when he spun in the second turn. Schutz remained in first on the restart, but by this time Randy Stoudt was second pressuring him.
No one was able to overtake Schutz and he pulled into victory lane to claim a long-awaited win followed by R. Stoudt, who received the Cornerstone Auto Sales Hard Charger Award; Snyder, Pfeil and Trimbur. Rounding out the top ten were Buddy Wharton, Kyle Merkel, Shuey, Todorow and Bill Henning.