Mike Kellner Beats Rain to Win Late Model Event at Grandview Speedway
The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series 358-modified feature was on the track when heavy rain moved over Grandview Speedway on Saturday.
Speedway management had pressed the program through quickly in an attempt to beat the impending wet weather. The late models completed their 20-lap feature and the headline 358-modifieds were staging by 9 p.m.
The 30-lap NASCAR 358-modified main and sportsman 20-lap will be run next Saturday at 7 p.m. prior to the start of the regular three-division program.
Before the rain, Mike Kellner got some retribution with a $1,000 late model triumph.
The Lansdale driver crashed coming to the finish line while battling for the victory in the 50th anniversary special April 14.
Kellner, whose father Jon is a current 358-modified driver and former late model standout at the Berks County track, passed Wayne Pfiel Jr. of Mohnton on Lap 8.
Kellner led the remainder of the distance but the win didn't come without its challenges.
His No. 57 was overheating in the final laps and came to a stop moments after the checkered flag flew. His car was towed to the pits.
Defending champion Chuck Schutz of Pottstown finished second, followed by Danny Snyder of Green Lane, Sean Merkel of Gilbertsville and Ron Kline of Salford.
Kline had won the first two features contested in 2012.
Heat race winners for the NASCAR 358-modifieds were Ray Swinehart of Bechtelsville, Jon Kellner Sr. of Lansdale, Eric Biehn of Barto and Meme DeSantis of Temple.
Craig Von Dohren of Boyertown and Jordan Umbenhauer of Richland split the 358 consolations.
Sportsman heat victories went to Mike Loney of Taylor and Kevin Beach Jr. of Llewellyn.
Racing continues at Grandview Saturday with the 358 and sportsman make-up events plus a full program of 358-modifieds, sportsman and late models.