VON DOHREN UPSETS BIG-BLOCK INVADERS AT GRANDVIEW
BECHTELSVILLE, PA (June 15, 2010) Already sitting atop Grandview Speedway’s all-time Modified win list, local standout Craig VonDohren added to his Keystone State legacy, rallying to score a dramatic Super DIRTcar Series victory in the 13 th Annual ‘Traffic Jam 100’ Tuesday. Sponsored by VP’s SEF Small Engine Fuel, he pulled off the formidable feat utilizing a Small-Block engine powered by VP’s D12 racing fuel that carried him from 23 rd to first-place in 90 laps around the racy third-mile oval.
In extending his career track count to 78 open-wheel triumphs, the Oley, PA veteran became the 70 th driver to take a checkered flag in DIRTcar Racing Northeast’s premier traveling tour for Big-Blocks. “This is just an unbelievable win tonight -- these guys are the best there is traveling,” remarked VonDohren, after scoring his his fifth feature win of the season that was easily the most impressive of the lot. “They come in here and all ran really well -- I’m just glad to compete against them.”
“We’re pretty much small-blockers, just used the home track to our advantage. These guys are the best around so this is one of my b iggest wins ever, not the richest but certainly among the top in terms of prestige,” noted VonDohren, who boasts a successful short-track career on dirt spanning 30 years and more than 250 victories on the Penn-Jersey circuit. Perennial rival Duane Howard trailed VonDohren by 10 car-lengths at the stripe, followed by Empire State series stalwarts Dale Planck, Jimmy Phelps, Billy Decker, Matt Sheppard and Danny Johnson.
“We decided to go with a Small-Block car tonight the way the track has been, and we worked our butts off the last two days changing everything over to run VP gas and Hoosiers (tires),’ noted VonDohren, following his fourth ‘Thunder on the Hill’ race win promoted by Bob Miller at Grandview. “It was a big gamble, especially with the conditions early on, but things just went our way at the end.”
“Drew a terrible number in the heat race and got caught in the first qualifier when the track was wet. That race was stacked with Hearn, Horton, Sheppard, Tomkins and Phelps and I was pretty ticked off when it ended. So after running the consi I thought a Top-10 finish would be pretty good with so many good guys starting ahead of me.”
“Just kept chipping away. chipping away and my guys never stopped digging. I can’t thank my family and sponsors enough, everybody that was behind me today and throughout the season,” said VonDohren, who not only clinched preferred starter status in the prestigious Syracuse 200 Championship race on Oct. 10 of Super DIRT Week XXXIX at the New York State Fairgrounds, he also secured guaranteed starter status for the 358-Modified portion of DIRTcar Northeast’s crown jewel event held the Saturday prior in autumn.