by Ernie Saxton
for The Post Publications
BECHTELSVILLE PA – Past track champion Ray Swinehart, who had not been to Grandview Speedway’s victory lane since May 2009, made a return visit Saturday night (Aug. 5, 2012) by winning the 30-lap WNPV 1440 AM Radio NASCAR 358 Modified feature. Also, Chuck Schutz won his second Late Model feature of the season, while Brad Brightbill came home first in the 25-lap Sportsman feature for the second time this season.
Swinehart put the Graber Lettering No. 33 in front just past the halfway mark during the Modified feature, and made it look easy as he had a comfortable lead over second-place Todd Smith, who earned his best finish of the season. Third place went to Meme DeSantis, while Craig VonDohren came from 24th to finish fourth. He was followed by Brad Missimer.
Wayne Pfeil led much of the 20-lap Late Model feature race but lost the lead with five laps to go to Chuck Schutz, who set the pace for the balance of the main event. Pfeil finished second followed by Kory Fleming, Steve Nederostek and Ron Kline.
The Sportsman feature, a crash fest during the first few laps, had Brad Brightbill getting the lead on the eighth lap and leading the rest of the way to win. Ryan Beltz, the early leader, finished second, chased to the finish line by Kyle Borrow, Jared Umbenhauer and Kaitie McCardle.
NASCAR stock car racing action returns to the one-third-mile, banked clay oval Aug. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Grandview The NASCAR 358 Modifieds will be featured in the Forrest Rogers Memorial presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings, a 50-lap race paying $20,000 to win if the winning driver is a regular competitor at Grandview; a winning visiting driver would receive $10,000. The Modified winner earns a guaranteed starting spot in BPG Freedom 76 on Sept. 15.
Late Models and Sportsman will also be featured. The first 1,000 people through the main gate will receive a Forrest Rogers Memorial rally towel, courtesy of Pioneer Pole Buildings.