Craig Von Dohren Wins At Grandview Speedway
August 6, 2018 - Craig Von Dohren, the defending NASCAR Modified point champion, won his third 30-lap T.P. Trailers & Truck Equipment NASCAR 358 Modified feature of the season on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway in an event that was marred by four-red flag incidents. Von Dohren was able to steer clear of the accidents and avoid being involved.
Bob Trapper set the pace for two laps before the first red came out for a third turn chain reaction accident that blocked the track and eliminated Brett Kressley and Justin Grim. The restart was void and the second red unfurled when a multi-car homestretch accident saw Duane Howard flip with Frank Cozze, last week’s feature winner Ray Swinehart, Danny Erb and rookie Jordan Henn also involved and out of contention. All drivers walked away. Howard’s car received the most damage. When racing resumed, Trapper was still the leader while his son Bobby Trapper Jr., Doug Manmiller, already a winner a few weeks ago in the Jason Miller-owned mount; Skylar Sheriff and Ryan Grim, who started 20th in pursuit, followed.
The red was thrown with nine laps completed when Clay Butler hopped the wheel of another competitor and flipped along the frontshute. Also eliminated was Kory Fleming, making a rare appearance at Grandview.
The Trappers were still one and two on the restart, but now Grim, Manmiller and Kevin Hirthler, who came from deep in the pack from 23rd, completed the top five.
Lap 13 was an unlucky one for Meme DeSantis when he flipped along the homestretch for the fourth and final red flag. He was slightly shaken, but walked away. It was still the Trappers in the front row, but now Grim was pressuring the younger Trapper for second. Not far behind was Von Dohren, who started 21st after winning the consi for the second week in a row and K. Hirthler.
Lap 18 saw Von Dohren make a daring move when he went between Trapper Jr. and Grim to overtake second and set his sights on Trapper.
Von Dohren drove to the bottom of the track that many drivers felt was heavy due to all the rain during the week and put the Nick Gatto-powered No. 1C into the lead on the 20th lap.
Within no time Von Dohren checked out and increased the distance as the laps wound down.
The field regrouped on the 27th lap caution brought out when Trapper, who was having a solid run, spun into the homestretch infield, but was in a dangerous spot.
That setback didn’t hamper Von Dohren as he was off and running when the race restarted.
Von Dohren remained first until the drop of the checkered for his 105th Saturday night career win. Chasing him across were Grim, who faired better this week after being the first drop out last week; K. Hirthler, current point leader Mike Gular, who came from 23rd after having to run the consi and Jared Umbenhauer, who also ran the consi and started 25th.
Everyone at Pioneer Pole Buildings would like to congratulate Von Dohren on his 105th career victory at Grandview Speedway!