Jon Kellner: First Race Back After 10 Years Didn’t Go as Planned

Jon Kellner: First Race Back After 10 Years Didn’t Go as Planned

Modified driver Jon Kellner (21) made his return to competition on Saturday. However, it didn’t go as planned, with him wrecking during a heat race. The wild crash occurred at Grandview Speedway at Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania.

“It was a night to forget,” Kellner, of Lansdale, Pennsylvania, said. “I really don’t want to talk about it, but it could have been worse.”

To his credit, Kellner has five championships, 58 late models wins, and 16 modified wins. Even accomplished veteran drivers make mistakes. He glanced off an infield yuke tire, which catapulted his car into traffic, landing on the car driven by Kevin Graver Jr. (7A).

“It was my own fault,” said Kellner. “I should have known better.”

Fortunately, he emerged from the wreck without injury. He sat in a Kirkey full-containment seat with Simpson belts. He wore an Impact helmet.

Even better, Kellner said his brand-new Bicknell chassis suffered little damage. He’s looking forward to doing better next time, in his first season back behind the wheel of a race car after a 10-year break.

“I thought it was time,” Kellner said of him stepping away. “I had 35 years of racing at Grandview Speedway — I figured that was enough, and I decided to take a break. After racing in the late model division, we raced in the modifieds to earn one win here and there.”

Jon Kellner decided to return to racing after his sabbatical at the urging of friend Mike Casey, who owns Kellner’s car.

“Mike kept bugging me and bugging me to come back, and finally I agreed to drive his car,” said Kellner.

Kellner’s son, Michael, has earned his fair share of success, too, with 32 wins in the late models. Michael will maintain his father’s car.

“It’s all good,” Kellner said. “We put last week behind us and we’re moving on to Saturday this week.”