ERB GETS FIRST T.P.TRAILERS NASCAR MODIFIED WIN SINCE 2005 AT GRANDVIEW, CORY MERKEL GETS SECOND CAREER WIN AND RYAN LILICK EARNS FIRST CAREER VICTORY DURING HATFIELD MEATS NIGHTGrandview PR
BECHTELSVILLE, PA.?~? Danny Erb, Cory Merkel and Ryan Lilick all
scored season first victories on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway in each of
their NASCAR stock car features during a night sponsored by Hatfield Quality
Meats. For Merkel it was his second career feature win in the BRC Late Models
and for Lilick he got his first career win in the Sportsman division. Feature
races for the Blast from the Past Vintage racers had Dwayne Guistwite winning
the 12-lap A Class event while Dave Smith took the honors in the B
All three NASCAR feature winners received bonus bucks
from T.P. Trailers and if they ran VP Fuels and met the necessary requirements
received product awards.
Co. will be in the spotlight on Saturday, July 25th as the sponsor of a
tripleheader NASCAR stock car racing show that will include the T.P.Trailers 358
Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman stock cars. Racing action will get the
green flag at 7:30 p.m.
The win in the NASCAR 358 Modified 30-lap feature was
a very emotional victory for Erb, who returned to Modified racing full time this
year with the support of former owner Terry Fastnacht, who also had health
issues that sidelined him from racing many years. Many others helped the team
return this year. Danny lost his father Mike, a former point champion and
longtime campaigner who suffered health issues before he passed away in
November. Erb, who finished a strong second the previous week, moved up a notch
this time. His last win was June 2005, so this was certainly a long awaited,
overdue and crowd-pleasing victory especially since he defeated runner-up Duane
Howard by a narrow margin to become the ninth different T.P.Trailers Modified
feature winner of the season.
led the 30-lap T.P. Trailers NASCAR Whelen Modified feature for one lap before
Ryan Grim took over the reins.
Grim, who has one feature win to his credit this year
and has suffered through his share of misfortunes, continued to be plagued by
bad luck. He was sidelined with mechanical problems and relinquished the lead
back to Bailey when the yellow was thrown for the one and only caution on lap
six. Bailey continued his pace on the restart with pressure being applied by Ray
Swinehart, Glenn Strunk, Erb and Howard.
While Swinehart chased down Bailey, Erb, G. Strunk and
Howard had their own race going on for the remaining positions. At one time they
were three-wide with neither one budging.
Swinehart and Erb shot into first and second
respectively on the 18th lap. Swinehart?s lead was brief as Erb put the familiar
No. 44 at the head of the pack the next time they circled around the 1/3-mile
Lapped cars came into play in t