by Ernie Saxton
for The Post Publications
BECHTELSVILLE PA – For the second time this season, Doug Manmiller was able Saturday night (June 30, 2012) to wheel his GMI Electric No. 46 to victory in the 30-lap Bechtelsville Car Wash NASCAR Whelen All American 358 Modified feature race at Grandview Speedway, 43 Passmore Rd., Bechtelsville.
Victories in the 20-lap Late Model feature and 25-lap Sportsman feature races went to Mike Kellner and Erik Renninger.
Bobby Gunther Walsh led the most laps in the 358 Modified feature, but turned the lead over to Justin Grim shortly after the halfway mark. Jeremy Banos came on to take the lead late in the race, and looked to be on his way to a career-first victory. Late race cautions, however, changed the complexion of the race, giving Doug Manmiller the opportunity to charge to the front and take the win, his second of the season.
Banos finished second, getting his best career effort. Chris Esposito came on strong to get by Duane Howard on the final lap to take third, bumping Howard to fourth. Jeff Strunk came home fifth.
Mike Kellner took his fourth Late Model feature win of the season holding off a late charge by Ron Kline, who had to settle for second. Lou Egrie Sr., an early leader, finished third in the non-stop feature race run-off in 5 minutes and 50 seconds. Sean Merkel earned fourth; Steve Nederostek finished fifth.
Erik Renninger led all the laps in the 25-lap Sportsman feature race to get his first career victory at the Berks County clay oval. Kyle Borror came home second, with lady racer Kaitie McCardle grabbing third. Paul Kline and Jared Umbenhauer followed.
Saturday night stock car racing action returns July 7 at 7:30 p.m. to the one-third-mile, banked clay oval at Grandview, with a double-header show of NASCAR 358 Modifieds and Late Models sponsored by Baro Trucking. Late Models will top their night with their biggest event of the season, the Firecracker 40.
A great fireworks display is included. Kory Fleming will have a kids bicycle give-away. Adult admission is $20; youngsters 6 through 12 pay $5; age 5 and younger are admitted free.