BECHTELSVILLE >> Veteran racer Frank Cozze piloted the Tom Umbenhauer/Harry’s U-Pull-It No. 4 to his third 30-Lap T.P. Trailers NASCAR 358 Modified All-American Racing Series feature of the season in the Saturday night stock car racing action sponsored by Hatfield Quality Meats. The slick track was to the Dirt Hall of Fame chauffeur’s liking since the car worked wherever he put it which aided in his comfortable finish ahead of runner-up Steve Swinehart. Cozze also received $250 from T.P. Trailers and was eligible for $150 in VP Racing Fuels product awards if he carried the proper decals and used the product.
Brian Shuey, who couldn’t get past the Late Model warm-up stages the past two weeks due to engine problems finally had Lady Luck on his side and got the monkey off his back to collect his fourth 25-lap BRC Late Model feature. It wasn’t an easy win for the former two-time point champion since current and defending point champion Chuck Schutz and Dave Ogin were right on his bumper in the later stages. He also earned $100 from T.P. Trailers.
Mike Lisowski overpowered rookie Derrick Smith for the lead on the 19th lap restart in a daring move for the spot in the 25-lap NASCAR Sportsman feature and later held off Joe Funk III’s bids to win his second feature in which he also received the T.P. Trailers $100 award.
WNPV-1440AM Radio of Lansdale steps in to sponsor the Saturday, July 30th night of NASCAR stock car racing. Included will be the TP Trailers Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman along with the popular Blast from the Past Vintage racers. WNPV, the official area NASCAR station, has been a long time supporter of stock car racing at Grandview. Henning’s Trains of Lansdale will be making three youngsters very happy as they give away three sets of Lionel trains to lucky winners. Henning’s is the area’s authorized Lionel dealer and service station and the Henning family has fielded a Late Model stock car at the Bechtelsville clay oval for a number of years.
WNPV will give away three pair of Pocono IndyCar tickets with a value of $1,100. One set is for seating in the Terrace Club which includes pre-race pit/paddock passes plus complimentary food and beverage. Two other sets of tickets include pre-race pit/paddock passes.
Blaine Bracelin Jr. was the early leader in the Modified portion until Steve Swinehart passed him coming off turn four on the sixth lap.
The order behind Swinehart now consisted of Cozze, Bracelin Jr., Kory Fleming and Glenn Owens.
Bracelin’s strong third place run was erased after he spun in the second turn bringing out the yellow on the eighth lap. Also caught up in the mishap were Fleming and Brett Kressley since they were left with nowhere to go. Fleming continued, but Kressley was sidelined the rest of the race.
Cozze shot into the lead on the restart with Swinehart, Craig Von Dohren, Owens and Brian Houseknecht in pursuit.
VonDohren stopped with a flat right rear tire on the ninth lap for another yellow. He rejoined after a quick pit stop. Since the front row was playing cat and mouse and the others anticipated a quicker restart Bracelin Jr., VonDohren, Chris Gambler and Kyle Borror tangled along the backstretch. The next attempt was better and Cozze continued his dominance.
Cozze was dealing with lapped traffic by the 19thj lap while Swinehart, Owens, Houseknecht and Mike Gular continued to chase him down. Jeff Strunk and Gular swapped positions on the 21st lap and Strunk was on the move.
No one was able to cut into Cozze’s lead and he went on to claim his fourth career win at the 1/3-mile oval by a sizeable distance over runner-up Swinehart, for the second week in a row. Strunk crossed the line third but following the post-race tech inspection, he was disqualified for an illegal carburetor and place last. He took a huge hit in the points since he dropped to third behind Von Dohren and Gular. Third then went to Gular followed by Houseknecht, for his season best finish and Ryan Grim.
Bracelin Jr., Fleming and Cozze were the heat winners.
In Late Model action Shuey wasted no time putting the Scott Lee-owned machine at the head of the 14-car starting lineup trailed by Shawn Horning, Bryon Sipe, Steve Todorow and Dan Green.
Dave Ogin made a bold charge to move into second on the fifth lap restart needed when Green, while running fifth, spun.
Shuey was having trouble coming out of turn four and several times Ogin tried to dive underneath him, but somehow Shuey managed to stay in first.
Cory Merkel had just overtaken second when he spun in the second turn relinquishing the spot to Ogin again.
Shuey had some breathing room when Schutz began to pressure Ogin, but in no time it was a three-way battle for first.
Shuey was able to keep the lead and claimed his 19th career win with Schutz, who took over second with two laps to go right on his bumper followed by Ogin, Todorow and Sipe.
Heats were won by Shuey and Sipe.
Rookie racer Kenny Bock set the pace for six laps in the Sportsman feature before Derrick Smith, also a rookie, assumed the lead.
By the Dan’s Deli ½-way hoagie mark, the order behind Smith consisted of Funk III, Bock, Mark Kemmerer and Rich Jones. Working his way to the front of the pack was Lisowski since he was third by lap 17.
Lisowski became the new leader on the 19th lap restart brought out when Jones spun between turns three and four. Funk III was now second as Smith fell to third.
Lisowski never looked back once he was first and went on to post his seventh career victory trailed by Funk III, Smith, Kemmerer and Jim Housworth.
Jack Butler, Brandon Whitmoyer and Smith were the heat winners. The consi went to Ryan Lilick.
Hatfield Quality Meats T.P. Trailers Modified Feature (30 Laps): 1. Frank Cozze, 2. Steve Swinehart, 3. Mike Gular, 4. Brian Houseknecht, 5. Ryan Grim, 6. Kevin Hirthler, 7. Kyle Weiss, 8. Jared Umbenhauer, 9. Kenny Gilmore, 10. Ray Swinehart, 11. Craig Von Dohren, 12. Doug Manmiller, 13. Danny Erb, 14. Tim Buckwalter, 15. Glenn Owens, 16. Chris Esposito, 17. Bobby Gunther-Walsh, 18. Kory Fleming, 19. Chris Gambler, 20. John Willman, 21. Kyle Borror, 22. Ron Seltmann Jr., 23. Blaine Bracelin, 24. Brett Kressley, 25. Nate Christman, 26. Brian Krummel, 27. Justin Grim, 28. Jeff Strunk.
Hatfield Quality Meats BRC Late Model Feature (25 Laps): 1. Brian Shuey, 2. Chuck Schutz, 3. Dave Ogin, 4. Steve Todorow, 5. Bryon Sipe, 6. Lou Egrie, 7. Dan Green, 8. Bill Henning, 9. Joe Fanelli, 10. Cory Merkel, 11. Shawn Horning, 12. Chris Wojnar, 13. Wayne Pfeil, 14. Eric Hoch. DNS: Drew Weisser and Sean Merkel.
Hatfield Quality Meats Sportsman Feature (25 Laps): 1. Mike Lisowski, 2. Joe Funk III, 3. Derrick Smith, 4. Mark Kemmerer, 5. Jim Housworth, 6. Jack Butler, 7. Ryan Lilick, 8. Brandon Whitmoyer, 9. Jordan Umbenhauer, 10. Brian Hirthler, 11. Ryan Higgs, 12. Kyle Lilick, 123. Chris Jenkins, 14. Dean Bachman, 15. Jesse Landis, 16. Mike Koffel, 17. Craig Whitmoyer, 18. Kenny Bock, 19. Jordan Henn, 20. Rich Jones, 21. Brett Gilmore, 22. Dylan Swinehart, 23. Brian Papiez, 24. Brad Brightbill, 25. Ryan Beltz, 26. Brad Arnold. DNQ: Ken Eckert Jr., B.J. Joly, Steve Young, Nathan Mohr, Andrew Kries, Steve Searock.