BECHTELSVILLE, PA. . . . Brett Kressley, the current point leader, narrowly eked out his fifth 358 NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series 30-lap T.P.Trailers Modified feature win of the season by mere inches over defending point champion Craig Von Dohren on Saturday, June 26 at Grandview Speedway.
Coming in for the checkered with Von Dohren making a bold move on the outside at full speed and Kressley on the inside the pair crossed the finish line side-by-side. Kressley was declared the winner by a small fraction.
Kenny Gilmore proved that consistency pays off and that’s why he’s the current T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman point leader. Gilmore, who hasn’t been to victory lane since May 20, 2015, overtook Logan Bauman, a rookie who already scored his first career win earlier in the season, with three laps to go and went on to win his first 25-lap Sportsman feature of the year for a career total of six.
Joe Medaglia took advantage of the situation when leader Denise Hall got trapped behind a lap car to move into first with two laps remaining and go on to win the 12-lap Outlaw Vintage Sportsman feature.
Wes Cassel led from start to finish to take home the checkered in the Outlaw Vintage Modified feature.
On the initial start of the Modified feature Kevin Graver Jr.’s car lost power causing cars to scramble in various directions and the red came out because the homestretch was blocked. The next attempt was thwarted for a second turn incident.
When action finally went green, Darrin Schuler was the early race leader trailed by Carroll Hine III, Mark Kratz, Joe Funk III and Jeff Strunk.
By the sixth lap Kressley went from 16th to second to pressure Schuler.
It was only a matter of time until Kressley motored the Kressley’s Auto & Truck Sales No. 19K into first with nine laps completed.
Back further Duane Howard, Strunk, Von Dohren and Kevin Hirthler jockeyed for second through fifth.
Cory Merkel brought out the final yellow after losing a tire in turn two on lap 15. Kressley wasted no time pulling away on the restart since he knew the consistency of the competition behind him.
Von Dohren took over second with seven to go as Howard started falling off the pace with front end suspension problems and took chase after Kressley.
With five laps to go Von Dohren closed the gap since some of the lap traffic failed to heed the move over flag or the in-car radio warning which slowed Kressley. Down and Von Dohren gained ground.
Coming in for the checkered Von Dohren, who was alongside Kressley on the outside made one last attempt but came up short as Kressley beat him by a narrow margin. Strunk had a change of luck for his best run in some time to claim third followed by Jared Umbenhauer and Mike Maresca. Howard hung on to sixth followed by Doug Manmiller, Ryan Grim, Dylan Swinehart and Jack Butler.
Hine III, Cory Merkel, Mark Kratz and Eric Biehn won the heats. Manmiller and Ryan Grim won the consies.
Sportsman action saw Bauman take the early lead in search of another win. Behind him battling for positions were Lex Shive, Tom Miller, Parker Guldin and Nathan Mohr.
After 18 laps of non-stop action, a multi-car second turn accident brought out the yellow. Bauman continued to show the way when action resumed, but by this time Gilmore was second putting in his bids for first.
With three laps remaining Gilmore overtook Bauman and was off in search of another long-awaited win.
Gilmore never relinquished the lead and went to the winner’s circle followed by Bauman, Cole Stangle, Kyle Lilick and Shive. Mohr, Dylan Hoch, Brian Hirthler, Mark Kemmerer and Guldin rounded out the top ten.
Heats were won by Shive, Mohr and Tom Miller. Bauman, Jesse Landis, Joly and Parker Guldin. The consi went to Hirthler.
Hall took the early lead in the Sportsman Vintage car feature while Medaglia, Mike Garris Sr., Myron Haydt and Bill Gerhart battled for positions.
Dave Dissinger hit the wall between turns three and four and then the infield marker yuke tire with heavy impact. He was uninjured. Hall was still first on the restart.
Hall got caught up behind a lap car and this allowed Medaglia to take the lead away on the eighth lap and go on to take the win followed by Hall, Haydt, Garris Sr. and Matt Smith. Sixth through tenth were Gerhart, Mike Stofflet, John Pasteur, Greg Pearson and Kevin SponglIn the Modified Vintage feature Cassel started on the pole and led every lap. Runner-up Jeff Paulson closed in on him at one point, but later Cassel built up a comfortable lead and no one could challenge him. Jon Lines finished third followed by Scott Schaeffer, Stofflet, Bobby Hall and Todd Lapp.
Tuesday, June 29th offers another exciting Thunder On The Hill Series featuring the Pennsylvania 410 Sprint Speedweek with the Hodnett Cup paying $10,000 to win plus 358 Modifieds. Duane Howard, Brett Kressley and possibly a sprint car racer or two will be part of the 5 p.m. Meet and Greet.
Sportsman will be in the spotlight on Saturday, July 3rd, when the annual Firecracker 40 is presented with a large field of T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman expected to battle for the $2,000 first place money. The T.P. Trailers Modifieds will be the second part of the show. Adult admission is $22 while youngsters 6 thru 11 pay $10 Under 6 are admitted free. Action gets the green at 7:30 p.m.
Modified racer Bobby Gunther Walsh will have his #65 on display and will be giving out American flags, Mike & Ike plus Hot Tamales candy (both are sponsors on his race car), rising star Joey Vaccaro and veteran racing talent Ryan Beltz. It happens at 5 p.m. at the main admission gate area.
Information can be had at www.grandviewspeedway.com, Facebook or 610.754.7688.
T.P. Trailers Modified Feature (30-laps): 1. Brett Kressley, 2. Craig Von Dohren, 3. Jeff Strunk, 4. Jared Umbenhauer, 5. Mike Maresca, 6. Duane Howard, 7. Doug Manmiller, 8. Ryan Grim, 9. Dylan Swinehart, 10. Jack Butler, 11. Darrin Schuler, 12. Eric Biehn, 13. Brad Grim, 14. Brad Arnold, 15. Carroll Hine III, 16. Joe Funk III, 17. Kevin Hirthler, 18. Ray Swinehart, 19. Justin Grim, 20. Cory Merkel, 21. Ron Kline, 22. Mark Kratz, 23. Bobby Gunther Walsh, 24. Jesse Leiby, 25. Ron Haring Jr., 26. Timmy Buckwalter, 27. Mike Lisowski, 28. Kevin Graver. DNQ: Brett Gilmore, John Willman, Jordan Henn, Ryan Lilick, Danny Bouc, Craig Whitmoyer, Nate Brinker, Glenn Owens and Chris Gambler.
T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman Feature (25-laps): 1. Kenny Gilmore, 2. Logan Bauman, 3. Cole Stangle, 4. Kyle Lilick, 5. Lex Shive, 6. Nathan Mohr, 7. Dylan Hoch, 8. Brian Hirthler, 9. Mark Kemmerer, 10. Parker Guldin, 11. Jimmy Leiby, 12. Jesse Landis, 13. Chris Esposito, 14. Steve Young, 15. Tom Miller, 16. Kyle Smith, 17. Matt Clay, 18. Dakota Kohler, 19. Decker Swinehart, 20. Mike Schneck, 21. Bryan Rhoads, 22. Kenny Bock, 23. Gary Wagner, 24. Joey Vaccaro. DNQ: Brad Force, Adrianna Delliponti, Ryan Laise, Mark Gaugler, Paul Effrig, Nick Faust, Cody Manmiller, Wayne Rotenberger and Tyler James.
Outlaw Vintage Sportsman Feature (12-laps): 1. Joe Medaglia, 2. Denise Hall, 3. Myron Haydt, 4. Mike Garris Sr., 5. Matt Smith, 6. Bill Gerhart, 7. Mike Stofflet, 8. John Pasteur, 9. Greg Pearson, 10. Kevin Sponagle. DNF: Dave Dissinger, DNS: Jay Garris.
Outlaw Vintage Modified Feature (12-laps): 1. Wes Cassel, 2. Jeff Paulson, 3. Jon Lines, 4. Scott Schaeffer, 5. Mike Stofflet, 6. Bobby Hall, 7. Todd Lapp, DNF: Brett Peters, DNS: Andy Cassel.