|Date: 6/16/2010 6:31:13 PM|
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Thunder on the Hill Event # 94
CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443-513-4456
NAPA AUTO PARTS THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES DELIVERS ANOTHER FAN THRILLER....
CRAIG VONDOHREN GOES FROM TWENTY-THIRD TO FIRST AND WINS 13TH ANNUAL SUPER DIRTcar SERIES 100 LAP TRAFFIC JAM WORTH $6,000 AT GRANDVIEW
It just doesn't get any better than this!
Local favorite Craig VonDohren from Oley, PA pulled off the upset of the season, winning the 13th Annual Super DIRTcar Series 100 lap TRAFFIC JAM Tuesday night at the Grandview Speedway. After starting twenty-third in the thirty car starting field, VonDohren worked his way through traffic, taking the lead on lap ninety-one from Dale Planck then ran unchallenged for the final nine laps to collect the $6,000 first place prize money. The big payday is always a thrill, but the accomplishment of beating the best modified drivers in the business was even a bigger reward for VonDohren. Even though this race was billed a Big Block Modified event, VonDohren ran his weekly 358 Small Block Modified and still managed to pull off this remarkable victory. It was an over-whelmingly popular victory for the large crowd on hand.
The story goes on from there as Duane Howard also of Oley, PA made a late race bid and finished second. VonDohren and Howard, both weekly competitors at the Grandview Speedway had the crowd in their favor after sweeping the top two spots. Dale Planck who led most of the race finished third over DIRTcar regulars Jimmy Phelps and Billy Decker. Justin Holland won the twenty lap Sportsman Invitational as Bill Lowden won the 12 lap Garden State Vintage Stock Car feature event.
A field of thirty-six modifieds took part in time trials as Matt Sheppard of Waterloo, NY set fast time of the night, stopping the clock with a time of 14.512. Four heat race events were necessary for the Modifieds with heat race victories going to Brett Hearn, Billy Dunn, Stewart Friesen and Dale Planck. In the two consolation events, Gary Tomkins and Don Norris Jr. were the winners.
Approximately four hundred race fans took part in FAN FEST, an activity that allowed race fans from the grandstands to go down on the speedway while the thirty car starting field was being introduced. Fans collected autographs and took photos as many drivers in the starting field were being interviewed. The fans returned to their seats in the grandstand as Tina Missimer called those famous words, Gentlemen Start your engines. With a roar of power the thirty car field pulled into four abreast formation with fireworks bursting in air, the fans saluted the starting field on their parade lap just prior to the drop of the green flag in the 13th Annual TRAFFIC JAM.
Stewart Friesen of Ontario was the early race leader with Dale Planck, Michael Storms and Billy Decker in the chase. The first caution of the race was displayed on lap ten when Billy Dunn and Jimmy Horton tangled in turn three. On the restart, Friesen was again the man to beat but now Billy Decker was in the runner-up spot with Planck third. A second caution on lap thirty-three brought the field together once again but it was still Friesen setting the pace, only now Planck was again in second followed by Decker, Matt Sheppard and Jimmy Phelps.
The first lead change came on lap thirty-eight when Dale Planck of Cortland, NY moved to the front of the pack. Friesen was second with Rite Aid 200 winner Matt Sheppard now in third. Planck ran a flawless race holding off Friesen and Sheppard as Duane Howard moved into contention.
At the halfway sign, Planck was still the front runner followed by Friesen, Decker, Sheppard and Howard.
On lap sixty-seven, the look of the race started to change as Craig VonDohren (who started twenty-third) was now running sixth. By lap sixty-nine he was fifth, and like a freight train, VonDohren was on his way to the front. Slower traffic now became a factor as Planck suddenly found Friesen, Sheppard, Howard and VonDohren close in the hunt. VonDohren passed Sheppard for third on lap seventy-four.
VonDohren now set his sights on Friesen and slowly began to reel in the leaders. By lap eighty-four, all bets were off on who was going to win this one. Planck, Friesen and VonDohren were now racing under a blanket in a three car battle for the lead, just off the pace was Sheppard and Howard. One lap later, VonDohren moved into second and chase for first was on.
As the field passed on lap ninety, Planck and VonDohren were side-by-side at the line with Friesen third and Duane Howard fourth. VonDohren took the lead on lap ninety-one followed by Planck, Howard, Sheppard and Jimmy Phelps. Before the completion of lap ninety-three, the caution was displayed for Stewart Friesen who spun in turn four.
Eight laps remained and it was VonDohren at the front of the line followed by Duane Howard, Dale Planck, Matt Sheppard and Jimmy Phelps. When green flag racing resumed, the crowd moved to their feet to cheer on their local favorites now racing first and second. The balance of the 100 laps ran caution free with VonDohren flashing under the checker flag first, with a several car length advantage over Duane Howard. Dale Planck finished third followed by Jimmy Phelps and Billy Decker.
Twenty-six sportsman modifieds took part in the twenty lap invitational feature event. Brad Brightbill was the race leader for the first seven laps with Justin Holland taking the top spot following a lap eight restart. Nick Petrilak moved into second on lap nine with Brightbill regaining the runner-up spot on lap ten. At the halfway mark, Holland, Brightbill and Petrilak were setting the pace over Ray Woodall Jr. and Bob Lineman.
All eyes were on Craig Whitmoyer, winner of the May sportsman event at Grandview. Whitmoyer, who started deep in the pack moved into the top five on lap sixteen. With just two laps remaining Whitmoyer was third and chasing down Brightbill. With the white flag waiving, Whitmoyer was challenging Brightbill and going into turn one, he moved into second. Whitmoyer ran just short of time to challenge Holland for the win.
At the drop of the checker flag, Justin Holland was the winner over Craig Whitmoyer, Brad Brightbill, Ray Woodall Jr. and Nick Petrilak.
13th Annual 100 Lap TRAFFIC JAM Feature Finish: #1c Craig VonDohren, #4 Duane Howard, #77x Dale Planck, #98H Jimmy Phelps, #91 Billy Decker, #9s Matt Sheppard, #27j Danny Johnson, #4 Michael Storms, #357 Ryan Godown, #99 Ryan Phelps, #49 Billy Dunn, #8 Rich Scagliotta, #7 Rick Laubach, #62s Tom Sears Jr., #20 Brett Hearn, #16w Lance Willix, #327 Brad Missimer, #m40 Mark Forte Jr., #976 Don Norris Jr., #42p Pat Ward, #1 Stewart Friesen, #51m Wade Hendrickson, #2 Ronnie Johnson, #14 Jimmy Horton, #7x Steve Paine, #37x Tom Scheetz Jr., #33 Ray Swinehart, #117 Kevin Hirthler, #41 Rich Rutski, #00b Gary Tomkins.
20 Lap Sportsman Invitational Feature Finish: #280 Justin Holland, #97 Craig Whitmoyer, #19 Brad Brightbill, #72 Ray Woodall Jr., #72x Nick Petrilak, #29 Sammy Piazza, #5w Pat Wall,
#19u Jared Umbenhauer, #17d Mike Loney, #7 Kevin Smith, #T102 Shawn Fitzpatrick, #611 Brad Grim, #xx5 Kyle Weiss, #38 Mike Mamanna, #917 Jared Miller, #24H Justin Andrews, #17x Kevin Beech, #14 Joe Funk, #B4 Kyle Borrer, #3 Corey Renninger, #X6 Jimmy Blewett, #USA1 Bob Lineman, #8H Doug Hendricks, #88d Nick DeSantis, #88H Ryan Hoffman, #8 Brad Force.
Garden State Vintage Stock Car Feature Finish 12 Lap : #Y24 Bill Lowden, #17 Stan Hawk, #47 Brian Zawaski, #1 Woody Nyce, #44 Ricky Rutt, #R2 Chris Allen, #42 Dave Spurlin, #12 Henry Yeska, #Moo Tim Pitts, #24 Charlie Kulp, #00 Kurt Berger, #333 Scott Wagner, #88x Bill Wayland, #711 Jack Reifsnyder.
When: Tuesday night, June 29 7:30 PM Gates open at 5:00 PM
Where: Grandview Speedway 43 Passmore Road, Route 100 Bechtelsville, PA 19505, ten mile north of Pottstown, PA
What: WHEELIN' IT. . . . . . .PA Sprint Speed Week Series 410 Sprints Plus Full Show of 358 Modifieds
Admission: $20 Adults, $5 Children 6-11, Children under 6 Free
Pit Fee: $25, license is not required
Track #: 610-754-7688
Website: www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com or www.grandviewspeedway.com.
2010 NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series Schedule
Tuesday, June 29 THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES
Pennsylvania Sprint Speed Week Series 410 Sprints & 358 Modifieds
NAPA Auto Parts Night
Wednesday, July 14 THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES
"Rockin" It On the Hill
ROC on the Hill Race of Champions Modifieds 60 Laps & Sportsman 40 Laps
Wednesday, August 18 THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES
World of Outlaws Late Models & 358 Modifieds
Saturday, October 16 THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES Halloween Party 6 PM
Grandview Thunder 5-25's 358 Modifieds, URC Sprints, ARDC Midgets, Sportsman,
Legends. Monster Smash Demo Derby Garden State Vintage Stock Cars (Rain Date Sunday 4 PM)
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