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Mohr Posts First Career Win at Grandview
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2018-06-28

            Nathan Mohr overcame a tactical miscue down the stretch last weekend

Nathan Mohr, 19, celebrates his first career victgory at 

the Grandview Speedway.  Mohr, of East Greenville, 

finshed first in the Summer Splash 40 - the lontest 

Sportsman Race of the season.

to post his first career victory at the Grandview Speedway. Mohr, 19, finished first in Summer Splash 40 – the longest Sportsman Race of the season – on Saturday, June 23.

            "We were absolutely ecstatic," said Stacey Kolb, the owner of Rick's Towing, one of Mohr's two main sponsors.  

            Going into the final corner, Mohr took the wrong line. He said he went high when he should have gone low, but recovered to fend off a late challenge from Mike Lisowski during the final two laps to take the checkered flag.

            "I kept my composure, and the race came out the way I wanted it to," said Mohr, an East Greenville resident who also competes at the Big Diamond Speedway on Friday nights in Minersville. "I'm starting to  race more aggressively."

            A recent graduate of Upper Perkiomen High School, Mohr started in the pole position, but lost the lead twice. But several restarts allowed him to recover and capture the $1,500 first-place prize in his seventh start this season.

            Mohr, who never fell below second place, got passed on a restart with 17 laps remaining. "I was not as aggressive as I should have been," he said.

            Jack Butler passed Mohr on the outside on the eighth lap to take a temporary lead.

            In his fifth season of competitive racing, Mohr's previous best showing was second place finish last season. "I've gotten much better on the track the last few years," he said. "There's a steep learning curve any time you get in a race car."

            His driving style has been to stay on the bottom of the track. However, Mohr has recently started to venture to other sections where the 17M car handles better. "It's frustrating when I get passed," he said. "But I know I can catch that driver."

            According to Kolb, Mohr has gotten significantly better positioning the car and getting in and out of turns. "His driving has improved consistently," Kolb said of Mohr.

            This season, Kolb has benefitted from an engine built by Bryan Leby – from Valley Auto, the other car's other main sponsor – and Corey Schmidt, of Young's Tires in Pennsburg, with Terry Swoyer, Mohr's uncle.  "It's running so much better than in past years," Kolb said.

            Mohr, his uncle and the crew work on the car, which is stored in Kolb's home garage, on Thursday nights and early Saturday mornings. "We have a group of people dedicated to helping out," Mohr said.

            Jeff Strunk won the T.P Trailers 30-lap NASCAR Modified feature. Stunk defeated Mike Gular in a one-lap shoot out.

            Kyle Merkel won the 25-lap NASCAR Late Model feature. Merkel led the race from start to finish.


 

 

 

 

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