Stoudt Rules Grandview Dirt
BECHTELSVILLE, Pa. – It was a battle of champions at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night and fans were treated to fireworks on and off the track.
In the premier event of the season for the BRC Late Models past champion Randy Stoudt won the 40-lapper and earned $2,100 for his efforts including a T.P.Trailers bonus. The win, his 59th career victory at the Bechtelsville clay oval, also established the Pottstown racer as the all-time leading feature winner in the very competitive late-model division.
In the headline NASCAR Whelen All American Series 358 Modifieds seven-time champion Craig VonDohren added another victory to his already record holding total, earning $2,900 for the win including track prize money, T.P. Trailers bonus bucks and a VP Racing Fuels product award. In the Sportsman division it was defending champion Jared Umbenhauer earning his seventh win of the season. In addition to an outstanding show of stock car racing the Holiday crowd was treated to a terrific fireworks show.
Craig VonDohren and Jeff Strunk had a tooth and nail battle going on to decide the outcome of the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series 358 Modified feature. VonDohren said he tried to switch things up, changing lanes to try and confuse Strunk, but that didn’t work. The current point leader stayed right with Von Dohren using lapped cars to try to gain the lead to score back-to-back wins.
Despite losing the lead slightly as the pair encountered lap traffic, Von Dohren was always in front when it counted. VonDohren kept Strunk behind him and went on to score his third win of the season on the one-third-mile, banked clay oval.
In the BRC Late Model Firecracker 40-lap event, Randy Stoudt literally ran away and hid as he appeared to be making a statement, lapping all of the nine finishing cars, but second and third place finishers Sean Merkel and Lou Egrie. Stoudt, the current point leader, returned to action this season driving the Taylor White/Wanda Brown-owned No. 10 and captured his sixth Firecracker event.
In the 25-lap NASCAR Sportsman feature lapped traffic worked to Jared Umbenhauer’s advantage when Mike Lisowski got trapped behind a slower car with two laps to go. Umbenhauer took over first and went on to chalk up his seventh win behind the wheel of the Barry Bashore No. 5 and receive an additional $100 from T.P. Trailers..