RPW Column: Ryan Graver Grabs First Career Grandview Sportsman Win With Last-Lap Pass Of Logan Bauman
Column By: TOM WENNER / RPW – BECHTELSVILLE, PA – Ryan Graver completed a sweep of first-time feature winners on Saturday Night joining Eric Biehn in Grandview Speedway victory lane.
Graver passed Logan Bauman on the last lap in turn one to capture his first career Grandview Speedway Sportsman victory.
Ryan joined his father, Kevin Graver who won his first career Spec 358 modified win a few years back. The Sportsman main event had similar feel to the Modified event with a battle at the front of pack over the last few laps to determine who got to stand in the coveted Grandview Speedway victory lane.
Ryan Graver was chasing race leader Logan Bauman for the 2nd half of the event and made a daring last lap dive to the inside of Bauman that stuck and allowed Graver to race off to the popular Sportsman feature event win.
Ronnie Soloman Jr. scratched the #22 after qualifying, allowing Dakota Kohler #59 to race in the Feature.
The 24 car TP Truck Equipment Sportsman field was led to the green flag by Zach Steffy and Keith Haring.
Keith Haring darted to the early Sportsman race lead in the Alburtis Auto #85. Haring, a former Grandview Speedway Modified feature winner is now running Sportsman. Steffy, Molly Struss, Logan Bauman, and Mark Mohr chased Haring.
On the start Brett Gilmore and Addison Meitzler tangled and locked bumpers. They were able to free themselves but lost a bunch of track position in the mishap.
With 3 down, Keith Haring is driving away from the field. Steffy, Struss, Graver, Bauman, Mohr and Decker Swinehart are in chase.
On lap 6, Sportsman winner from last week Logan Watt is flying to the front of the pack. Logan drives into 9th from 19th.
With 10 down and all green flag racing, Keith Haring is running very strong out front. Steffy, Graver, Bauman, and Molly Struss are the Top 5.
On lap 11, Jesse Hirthler and Brian Hirthler get hooked together and are able to free themselves, but both lost a pile of track position in the mishap.
The caution lights are flashing on Lap 12 for Addison Meitzler, The Rick Fenstermacher owned #712 is stopped in turn 4. Logan Watt is now in 5th on the track. Last week’s Sportsman winner has driven from 19th to 5th. Steve Young retires from the event.
The field is restacked and we head back to green as Keith Haring once again drives to the lead. Steffy, Bauman, Graver, and Watt are the new Top 5.
Keith Haring collects the Dan’s Deli half way leader bonus.
On lap 14, Logan Bauman who just drove past Zach Steffy is side by side with Keith Haring for the race lead. Bauman clears Haring for the top spot. Ryan Graver drives past Haring for 2nd, Haring is 3rd now, with Logan Watt now closing and Steffy is 5th.
With 18 down, Logan Bauman has full control out front. Graver, Logan Watt has moved past Haring for 3rd, Haring and Steffy are 4th and 5th.
At the 5 to go mark of the race, Logan Bauman is out front and Graver and Watt are running down the race leader. Could we have another epic finish? Bauman, Graver, Watt, Haring, and Steffy. Molly Struss is 6th, and Brett Gilmore rallied from the back of the pack to 7th.
On Lap 22, the caution lights are flashing for Molly Struss who is stopped in turn 4. Struss, A Sportsman rookie after running Slingshots last year was in the Top 10 and running well. Zane Roth and Nathan Horn retired from the event.
The Sportsman field was restacked with 3 to go. Logan Bauman is your race leader, Ryan Graver 2nd, Logan Watt 3rd, Keith Haring 4th, Zach Steffy 5th, Brett Gilmore 6th, TJ Mayberry 7th, Parker Guldin 8th, Kyle Smith 9th, Decker Swinehart 10th. Molly Struss retired from the event.
On the restart Logan Bauman darted to the race leader with Ryan Graver close behind and Logan Watt on his bumper. Keith Haring is 4th, while Brett Gilmore passed Zach Steffy for 5th, dropping Steffy to 6th.
On the last lap heading into turn one Logan Bauman pushed up the track allowing the bottom open, Ryan Graver went for it and contact was made between the Graver and Bauman cars. Graver moved into the race lead while Logan Watt followed him. Logan Bauman sustained damage to his car and was off pace on the last lap losing several spots.
Brett Gilmore drove by Keith Haring for 3rd, Haring came home 4th and Zach Steffy 5th, Parker Guldin 6th, Logan Bauman limped home 7th, TJ Mayberry 8th, Kyle Smith 9th, Brian Hirthler 10th.
SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (25 laps): RYAN GRAVER, Logan Watt, Brett Gilmore, Keith Haring, Zach Steffey, Parker Guldin, Logan Bauman, TJ Mayberry, Kyle Smith, Brian Hirthler, Decker Swinehart, Mark Kemmerer, Cody Manmiller, Adrianna Delliponti, Jesse Hirthler, Mark Mohr, Dakota Kohler, Nathan Mohr, Molly Struss, Jesse Landis, Nathan Horn, Zane Roth, Steve Young, Addison Meitzler, DNS – Ronnie Solomon