HOWARD AND SCHUTZ EARN FIRST NASCAR WINS OF THE SEASON AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAYGrandview PR
?In victory lane, where he was greeted by the resounding sound of boos from the holiday weekend crowd, Howard said, ?We are back on our game. Maybe we should start at the rear in all the feature races.? Howard had finished second the previous week after starting at the rear. Due to problems in his qualifying heat race Howard was forced to go to a backup car to qualify through a consolation race. ?This is not our favorite car.? was the comment from Howard as he was celebrating his win.
?Jeff Sechrist set the pace in the early laps surviving a number of cautions including one that saw the previous week?s feature winner Kevin Hirthler ending his night against the fourth turn wall after contact with Doug Manmiller. Todd Marburger, who battles Muscular Dystrophy, put this mount in front of the field on the fifth lap. At 12 laps Jeff Strunk created a caution as he slowed on the backstretch and headed to the pits. Back out before the green flag fell Strunk made another run to the pits during an ensuing caution and did not return. Duane Howard, charging from 24th starting spot, took the lead on the restart and just one lap later Jon Kellner Sr. was in front of the field. Howard continued to challenge Kellner and on the 23rd lap Howard was able to take the front spot and hold it until the checkered flag. The Oley resident took home $2,200 for his winning efforts and retained his point lead in the chase for the lucrative NASCAR 358 Grandview Speedway Modified title.
?Second spot went to Jon Kellner Sr. (Lansdale) followed by Ryan Godown (Ringoes, NJ), Ray Swinehart (Perkiomenville) and Meme DeSantis (Temple).
?Rookie T.J. Mayberry, his dad Tom a winner of more than 30 Modified features at Grandview, led the 25 car starting field to the green in the 20-lap Late Model feature but Mike Kellner was quick to grab the top spot. With seven laps in the record book past champion Chuck Schutz charged into second spot and put the pressure on the leader. At 14 laps Schutz (Pottstown) took charge and led the rest of the way to earn his first victory of the season. Mike Kellner (Lansdale) grabbed second followed by Danny Snyder (Green Lane), Randall Paxton Jr. (Factoryville) and Ron Kline (Salford).
?A happy Schutz in victory lane said, ?The car was pretty good and the track was good so we could run the top or bottom. Things are better now.? Schutz had been shut out of victory lane in the early season. The win put him in front of the point standings as he goes after another Late Model championship.??
? Qualifying heat victories, each event 12 laps,? in the NASCAR 358 Modifieds, 47 Modifieds trying for starting spots in the 28 car feature race, were earned by Jason Hamilton, Jeff Sechrist, Todd Marburger, and Andy Burkhart. Ten lap consolation race wins for the Modifieds went to Ray Swinehart and Jeff Strunk. In the Late Model division, 25 cars trying for the 24 starting spots in the 20 lap feature, eight lap qualifying heats were won by Chuck Schutz, Randall Paxton Jr. and Mike Kellner.
?The Dan?s Deli Halfway Leader Awards went to Mike Kellner in the Late Models and Jon Kellner Sr. in the Modifieds. Cargo Trailer Sales gift certificates went to 10th place finishers Wayne Pfeil Jr. in the Late Models and Carroll Hine III in Late Models.
?United States Auto Club Wingless Sprint cars will be in action at Grandview on Tuesday, June 1st at 7:30 p.m. The ARDC Wingless Midgets will be part of the doubleheader show.
?Then on Saturday, June 5th at 7: