Driver Kressley Wins Grandview’s 30-Lap Main Event
BECHTELSVILLE PA – Driver Brett Kressley took full advantage of race-leader congestion Saturday night (April 10, 2021) on Lap 18 during the T.P. Trailers 358 Modified 30-lap main event at Grandview Speedway, and took his first winning checkered flag this season, the track announced.
A group leading the pack on the track were “bunched up on the high side, racing into Turn 3 behind some heavy-lapped traffic,” when Kressley, who was running in third place, “ducked to the bottom lane to slip by the race leaders and moved out in front exiting Turn 4.” He became “the new race leader just ahead of a caution flag regrouping the field,” and “easily went on from that point,” it said in a media release.
The victory by Kressley, a 28-year-old veteran, was career win Number 14, and his first at the high-banked third-mile dirt oval since Aug. 29 (2020). The Orefield PA-based driver started from ninth-place in the first points-paying event of the season, ran strong after going out in front, and won “by a safe margin,” it added. The event kicked off the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series season.
In the 25-lap T.P Truck Equipment Sportsman main event, two-time Sportsman track champion the defending champion Brian Hirthler got involved in a three-car fight for first-place covering the final dozen or so circuits, and raced out in front exiting Turn 4 on the high side to make the winning pass. He laid claim to career win Number 9, his first since July 11 (2020).
The night began with four 8-lap heats for the 34-car Sportsman field, with heat victories going out to Kenny Gilmore, Ryan Beltz, Brandon Edgar and Kyle Lilick. A twin 8-lap consolation event wins went to Dylan Hoch and Parker Guldin.
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