HOWARD WINS FIFTH OF THE SEASON, FLEMING WINS FIRST OF CAREER AND SMITH TAKES LEGENDS OWNERS VICTORY AT GRANDVIEW

BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 11, 2011 . . . ~ ?The driver sucked for the last couple of months,? is the way Duane Howard summed things up after winning the 30-lap Green Lane Wm. Penn/Four Star Lettering 30-lap NASCAR 358 Modified feature at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. For Howard it was his fifth win of the season but first since June 18. The 20-lap feature NASCAR Late Models went to Kory Fleming giving the Milford, NJ racer his first career victory at the Berks County oval. And Skip Smith of Hatfield, PA drove his son Todd?s Black Horse Auto Body sponsored No. 39 to victory in the Vince?s Towing Legends Owners 15-lap feature race.
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The night of racing closed out the NASCAR point season at Grandview Speedway with Jeff Strunk winning his ninth NASCAR 358 Modified title while his car owner Norm Hansell picked up his very first car owners title at Grandview. The championship is worth in excess of $10,000 to the championship team.
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In the Late Models it was Chuck Schutz claiming his fifth championship along with car owner Ty Zeigler.
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Bobby Gunther Walsh put his Interstate Batteries No. 1 Modified in front of the 31 car starting field with Brad Grim in hot pursuit. At nine laps Eric Biehn brought his car to a stop in the 4th turn bringing out a caution and closing the field on leader Walsh. On the restart Grim was able to charge past Walsh in the fourth. Two laps later Jimmy Horton IV stopped in turn 3 causing another caution and putting Kyle Follweiler in a position to contend for the win.
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At a little past the halfway mark Ryan Godown, charging through the field, went the infield with mechanical issues and Brad Grim continued to be the pacesetter looking for his first career win.
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At 23 circuits completed Danny Erb spun in turn three creating a caution and at the same time Craig VonDohren was limping to the pits with a tire issue. One lap later Chris Esposito brought caution out stopping in turn four before heading to the pits.
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A multi car accident in turn one with five laps to give brought out the final caution and gave Duane Howard the opportunity to charge past Grim on the restart after having worked his way from the 21st starting position.
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At the finish Howard, who calls Oley home, had a comfortable lead as he picked up the win and claimed the $2,500 first prize money. Second spot went to Kyle Follweiler (Slatington) picking up his best finish of the season. Kevin Hirthler (Boyertown) came on strong to claim third followed by Kyle Weiss (Hamburg) and Doug Manmiller (Shoemakersville).
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In victory lane Howard said, ?We got the black bear off our back tonight. We have had tough luck over recent weeks but the team never gave up. Last year we could nothing wrong. Things were different this year.?
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Howard had high praise for champion Strunk and congratulated him on his ninth title. Howard?s win moved him into second in the final standings with Craig Von Dohren getting third.
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Kory Fleming charged into the lead at the drop of the green from starter Ray Kemp with 21 Late Models behind him. In the early laps Doug Walton pressured the lead with Randy Stoudt, looking for his 58th career win to tie the record, running third.
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At the midway point Mike Kellner was challenging the leader with Walton dropping back to third.
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For the final ten laps of the final Late Model point feature race of the season Fleming was able to hold off several challenges from Kellner to claim his first career victory at Grandview Speedway. Second spot went to Kellner (Lansdale) followed by Danny Snyder (Green Lane), Randy Stoudt (Pottstown) and Doug Walton (Spring City).
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?I didn?t think we would ever get here,? said Fleming as he stood in victory lane.? We have had a great car the last couple of weeks. The crew gave me a great car tonight.?
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