HOWARD, PFEIL AND KRESSLEY OPENING NIGHT NASCAR FEATURE WINNERS AT GRANDVIEWGrandview PR
BECHTELSVILLE, PA?~ Former NASCAR 358 Modified
track champion Duane Howard started from sixth-place in the 30-lap feature
event, advanced to the number one position by lap 13 and went on to register his
seventh career Opening Night feature triumph, most ever at the third-mile
high-banked clay Grandview Speedway, and push Oley, PA racer?s career win total
to 65 on a windy and very chilly night, as the raceway celebrated 53 consecutive
years of racing.
Wayne Pfeil of Mohnton, PA started outside the front
row in the 25-lap Late Model feature event, took the top spot at the start and
never was seriously challenged as Pfeil went on to easily score his seventh
career victory and his first-ever Opening Night main event win at Grandview
Speedway Saturday night.
Young Brett Kressley started the 25-lap Sportsman
feature from ninth-place and picked his way through traffic to get out in front
by lap 10 and continue on to an easy non-stop feature win in just 7 minutes,
giving the Orefield, PA pilot 9 career wins at the Route 100 clay oval,
completing an exciting and crowd pleasing tripleheader program in front of a
strong fan turnout.
With opening night out of the way NASCAR 358 Modified
racers turn their attention to the special 35-lap feature that will be offered
on Saturday, April 11th. The race will offer the winner $3,000 plus a T.P.
Trailers bonus of $250 and VP Racing Fuels bonus of $150 in product (the winner
must meet sponsor requirements to collect the bonuses). The BRC Late Models and
Sportsman stock cars will be part of the special tripleheader show. Adult
admission is $20, youngsters 5 through 11 pay $5 and children under 5 are
admitted free. Racing will start at 7 p.m.
The first feature of the night saw Pfeil jump out in
front at the wave of the green for the 25-lap Late Model feature beating Kory
Fleming into the first turn, who started from the pole, and third-place starter
Dan Green. Pfeil quickly pulled away with a large lead, as seasoned racer Dan
Green tangled on the front straightaway with Cory Merkel to bring out a caution
on lap 17. The new green saw Pfeil immediately jump in front, again, over
Fleming and, now, former track champion Chuck Schutz, who started from
fifteenth-place, was running solidly in third by lap 19. Schutz moved to
second-place with 5 to go, just ahead of a yellow flag waving for Pottstown, PA
chauffeur Cory Merkel, spinning in turn 2. Pfeil easily went on to win the
event, with Schutz, Fleming, Sean Merkel and Joe Fanelli rounding out the top 5
Heat race wins for the 16 Late Model entries went to
Fleming and Pfeil.
Afterward, Pfeil announced, ?I always seem to struggle
here until, maybe, May or June, but tonight this thing was on rails. It is the
first-time I have won here on Opening Night. I didn?t hear any cars, so, I
figured, I was out there pretty good. We?ll take it,
A field of 26 Sportsmen racers saw