DUANE HOWARD WINS SIXTH MODIFIED FEATURE AT GRANDVIEW, SEAN MERKEL AND KRESSLEY ALSO VISIT VICTORY LANEGrandview PR
~ ?A lot of people thought we were down and out (after not winning
for two weeks in a row),? said Duane Howard in victory lane on Saturday night
at Grandview Speedway after winning his sixth NASCAR Whelen 358 Modified
feature race of the season. Apparently Howard and his team were not down and
out as Howard drove the Chad Sinon owned BPG Racing No. 4 from 16th
starting spot to take the win in the Bechtelsville Car Wash/A&Z Furniture
sponsored feature race. The win was worth $2750 to Howard including the TP Trailers
bonus. In addition Howard earned the VP Racing Fuels $150 product certificate
and a $50 Hard Charger award from Bobby Gunther Walsh and sponsors making for a
$2950 night. Sean Merkel drove the Kochel Equipment No. 118 to a win in the
25-lap NASCAR Late Model feature race giving him his first win at Grandview
since July, 2007. And Brett Kressley put the Kressley Auto & Truck Sales
No.19K in victory lane for the fourth time this season in the 25-lap Sportsman
Young Todd Smith, a recent Drexel
University graduate, charged to the front at the drop of the green for the
28-car starting field in the 30-lap NASCAR 358 Modified and set the pace for 19
laps while eventual winner Duane Howard was working his way through the field
from his 16th place starting spot. Smith was able to hold off
challenges from Mike Laise, Don Norris, Kyle Weiss and Howard for a few laps.
On the 20th lap Howard, a five time track champion, charged to the
front in Turn 4 with Kyle Weiss close behind.
The final laps saw Howard able to
build up a comfortable lead and the have it all wiped out when Doug Manmiller
took a wild flip in Turn 1 (he was not injured) and the event was red flagged.
On the restart Howard again took command and was able to hold off late race
challenges by Weiss and Meme DeSantis to get the victory.
The win put Howard (Oley) back in
front in the chase for the lucrative NASCAR 358 Modified title. Craig
VonDohren, who led the standings going into the night of racing, finished 19th
after a late race pit stop for a flat tire, and that put him 150 points behind
Howard. Second spot in the Modified feature went to Weiss (Hamburg) followed by
DeSantis (Temple), Tommy Scheetz III (Boyertown) and Mike Gular (Green Lane).
Tom Miller led all the laps except
the final two in the 25-lap NASCAR Sportsman feature race with Brett Kressley
charging to the front from his 13th place starting spot to gain the
lead on the 24th circuit of the one-third-mile, banked clay track.
Once in f