BECHTELSVILLE, PA – Last week at Grandview Speedway Ray Swinehart was a runner-up by a wheel over eventual winner Ron Seltmann Jr. This Saturday night the two-time point champion, sporting a brand new car, stepped it up a notch and was victorious by a bigger distance over second place finisher Tim Buckwalter in the 30-lap T.P. Trailers NASCAR Whelen Modified feature sponsored by A.D. Moyer Lumber. Swinehart, who lives for racing commented that “he may be old, but he still keeps digging and sometimes you get lucky.” He admitted he squeezed Buckwalter at one point and hoped he wasn’t mad. Swinehart became the eighth different Modified feature winner of the season.
In Sportsman action the third generation of a Gilmore won the 25-lap NASCAR feature in the name of Brett Gilmore. His father Kenny, who dropped out of the event, won earlier this year and his grandfather Charley Gilmore won several years ago. It wasn’t an easy win for the younger Gilmore since he got by rookie Ryan Shupp coming in for the checkered to score his first career victory.
The 25-lap TSRS Sprint feature was won by Adam Carberry by a sizeable margin over point leader Mike Haggenbottom.
The Modified and Sportsman feature winners earned bonuses from T.P. Trailers and VP Racing Fuels product awards went to the top finishing driver in each stock car feature provided they met the promotional requirements.
Tuesday, June 16, 7:30 p.m. the Thunder on the Hill Series Super DirtCar Series Modifieds 18th Annual Traffic Jam Big Block Modifieds event takes place and will have the Big Blocks featured in 60-lap main event while the 358 Modifieds will go 30 Laps (NASCAR points will be awarded). Adult admission is $25.
Saturday, June 20, 7:30 p.m. fans can celebrate Father’s Day. Pocono Raceway will have their mascot there, pace car and be giving fans a chance to win race tickets. All feature winners receive $600 prize package from Ingersoll Rand, First 200 DADS through the front gate receive a free Grandview Speedway Can Koozie. Racing includes T.P. Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman. Adult admission is $15 while youngsters 11 and under are admitted free. Fans taking part in the IR Tools texting contest will win the IR merchandise package plus two tickets to a regular Saturday show. Text IRToolsGRV to 313131 to have a chance to win between Saturday 11 a.m. to Sunday 11 p.m.
Race teams will have the opportunity to test IR cordless drills and at the main entrance fans will have a chance to get an up-close look at a variety of IR power tools (cordless and air tools).
The weekly Low Down and Dirty Meet and Greet, taking place at the main gate at 5:30 p.m., will feature the Gilmore family along with Sportsman racer Erik Renninger.
Swinehart overtook Todd Smith for the lead on the second lap of the Modified feature and immediately opened daylight over the other 27 competitors.
Mike Gular regrouped the pack on the ninth lap when he stopped on the backstretch. Swinehart held his ground on the restart, but by this time Buckwalter was second making his presence known.
Behind Swinehart and Buckwalter, Duane Howard, Danny Erb and current point leader Craig Von Dohren diced for third through fifth.
Mike Laise spun between the third and fourth turn for the 16th lap caution. On this restart Buckwalter ran Swinehart out of real estate and emerged as the new leader.
It didn’t take Buckwalter long to outdistance himself while Howard, Von Dohren and Danny Erb trailed. Attempting to get into the top five was Meme DeSantis.
The final caution was for DeSantis when he was spun in the second turn and went pit side. This time when action went green, Swinehart made a move on Buckwalter and was back on top. Von Dohren and Howard swapped paint many times while battling for third with Doug Manmiller just waiting for a chance to advance.
The veteran campaigner never relinquished the lead and pulled into victory lane for his first win of the season being shout-out of the winner’s circle since 2012. Buckwalter hung on for second followed by Von Dohren, Howard and Manmiller. Rounding out the top ten were Erb, Glenn Strunk, Don Norris Jr., John Willman and Jarrad Miller, recipient of the Cargo Trailers certificate.
DeSantis, G. Strunk and Kyle Borror were the heat winners. The consi was won by Mike Kellner.
Shupp quickly pulled away at the onset of the sportsman feature and by the sixth lap had a sizeable lead built up.
Jockeying for positions behind him were B. Gilmore, Jeff Sechrist, Jason Neidlinger and Brad Arnold.
Sechrist, already a feature winner this year, overtook second with Gilmore trying aimlessly to pass him again.
At the completion of 16 laps Sechrist and Gilmore caught Shupp and a three-wide race for the lead began.
Gilmore was back in second on the 18th lap and began to put heavy pressure on Shupp, who ran the high line while Gilmore stayed low.
Lapped cars came into play the closing stages and a few times Gilmore had to back off.
With the checkered flag in sight Gilmore gave it his all coming off the fourth turn and succeeded to pass Shupp for the win. Finishing a very close second was Shupp, for his best outing, followed by Sechrist, Arnold and Brian Hirthler. Ken Eckert Jr., Brett Kressley, Jordan Henn, Craig Whitmoyer, Cargo Trailer recipient and Mike Lisowski, last week’s feature winner, were sixth through tenth.
Heat winners were Lisowski, Sechrist and B. Gilmore.
Tim Tanner led the Sprint feature for four laps before he made contact with the spun car of Samantha Leiberman, who was right in the middle of the fourth turn, and tipped over to bring out the red. Both drivers were uninjured.
This incident put Eddie Wagner in first, but he only held the lead for one lap before Carberry took over first.
Adam Carberry kept everyone behind him through the restarts and went on to score the win chased across by current point leader Mike Haggenbottom, Wagner, Rick Stief, Ryan Stillwaggon, Tommy Carberry, Scott Frack, Joe Kay, Jamie Kostic and Jon Haegele.
Stillwaggon, Haggenbottom and Kay won the heats. The consi went to John Barnett.
-Grandview Speedway Press Release & Photo