BECHTELSVILLE, PA May 20, 2012 . . . NASCAR Whelen All American Series 358 Modified point leader Duane Howard earned his fourth feature win of the season on Saturday topping the field in the 30-lap 358 Modified feature sponsored by his car owner BPG Racing at Grandview Speedway. In the 20-lap Late Model feature race Wayne Pfeil won for the first time since April 30, 2009. And in the two 25-lap Sportsman feature races Bob Lilick Jr. won the first one, the Mobil 1 Oil sponsored event left from a May 5th rainout and it was Craig Whitmoyer winning the second feature. Close to 100 race cars took part in the night of racing action.
In the first event of the night Corey Sechrist set the early pace and held the top spot in the 25-lap Mobil 1 Sportsman feature race until the midway point when Bobby Lilick charged to the front. A four car tangle at the 15-lap marker closed up the field but Lilick was able to hold the top spot. A caution at 20 laps allowed the field the close up on the leader once again but Lilick again held off all challengers. At the finish Lilick (Plymouth Meeting) had his unsponsored No. 53 in front as the checkered flag fell. Second spot went to Paul Kline (Muhlenburg Park) followed by Joe Funk ( Coopersburg), Craig Whitmoyer (Hamburg) and Tim Apgar (Flemington, NJ).
Wayne Pfeil took the lead at the drop of the green and led all the laps with his J&H Automotive sponsored No. 72 to win the 20-lap Late Model feature race in a close down to the wire challenge from current Late Model point leader Chuck Schutz (looking for his sixth Late Model title). The win for the Mohnton racer was his first since 2009. Chuck Schutz (Pottstown) held on for second spot. Jason Miller (New Tripoli) had his strongest effort of the second gaining third followed by two feature winner Ron Kline (Salford) and Sean Merkel (Gilbertsville).
Former URC Sprint car racer Jason Clauss grabbed the lead at the start of the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All American 358 Modified feature race. Kyle Follweiler stopped on the track bringing out the caution as he raced to the pits hoping to get back out before the green came out. Ray Swinehart jumped into the lead on the restart but just two laps later, with eight laps in the record book, Chris Esposito stopped on the track to bring out the caution once again. Both Esposito and Follweiler were able to continue.
At the nine lap marker it was Brad Missimer putting his Schaefer Motorsports No. 327 in front of the field.
Missimer set the pace until just five laps remained when Duane Howard, charging from 15th spot, took the lead with nine time champion Jeff Strunk, who had started 16th, chasing him.
Another stop on the track to bring out the caution had Doug Manmiller making a trip to the pits and setting up a battle for the top spot with 27 laps in the record book.
Howard, in the Blue Bell Air sponsored No. 4, led the field to the checkered flag. The Oley racer had a few car lengths of breathing room over second place finisher Jeff Strunk (Pottstown). Six time champion Craig VonDohren (Boyertown) finished third followed by Missimer (Bechtelsville) and Mike Gular (Green Lane) who had started in 20th spot.
The first couple laps of the final event of the night, a second 25-lap feature for the Sportsman stock cars, had Erik Renninger leading. On the third lap of the feature John Kovatch IV went to the front. Kenny Gilmore got to the front briefly and then gave the top spot back to Kovatch. At the halfway mark Kovatch continued to set the pace with Kyle Borrow nipping on his rear bumper.
In the closing laps Brian Hirthler spun causing a caution that closed the field up behind the leader and on the restart Craig Whitmoyer, who had went to the rear earlier in the race, charged to the front. The Hamburg racer was able to bring his RoadRunner Racing Fuels sponsored No. 99 home first with John Kovatch IV holding on for second spot. Kyle Borror (Peach Bottom) finished third followed by Kenny Gilmore (Fleetwood) and Dave Dissinger (Hamburg).
All four feature winners collected cash bonuses from TP Trailers of Limerick, PA for carrying the TP decals clearly visible on both sides of the car. Each feature winner also picked up two dinners courtesy of Texas Roadhouse Restaurant of Trexlertown, PA.
Danís Deli Halfway Leader Awards were earned by the leaders of each feature race at the halfway mark and the 10th place finisher in each feature took home $50 gift certificates from Cargo Trailer Sales in Lansdale, PA.
Searockís Lawn Care Sportsman Hard Charger Awards went to Craig Whitmoyer in the first Sportsman feature gaining 13 positions and did it again in the second Sportsman feature gaining 10 positions. Mike Gular earned the Bobby Gunther Walsh and Sponsors Hard Charger Award gaining 15 positions in the NASCAR 358 Modified feature. The Salvage Transport Hard Charger Award went to Chuck Schutz for going from 7th to 2nd in the Late Model feature.
Qualifying heat races, 12 laps each, for the NASCAR 358 Modifieds were won by Justin Grim, Addison Meitzler, Todd Smith and Ray Swinehart. The 10-lap Modified consolation races were won by Shawn Reimert and Terry Mietzler.
Three eight lap qualifying events for the Sportsman were won by John Kovatch IV, Corey Sechrist and Jared Umbenhauer. And it was Wayne Pfeil and Ron Kline winning the Late Model qualifiers.
Racing action returns to the one-third-mile, banked clay oval at Grandview Speedway on Saturday, May 26th, 7:30 p.m. with a tripleheader show of NASCAR 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman sponsored by Bashore Trucking. Modifieds run in a 30 lap feature while Late Models run a 20 lap feature and Sportsman top off the night with a 25-lap feature. Adult admission is just $15 while youngsters 12 and under are admitted FREE.
Grandview Speedway, a NASCAR sanctioned one-third-mile, banked clay track, is located at 43 Passmore Road, Bechtelsville, PA, just off Route 100, 10 miles north of Pottstown. For race information telephone 610.754.7688 or check in at www.grandviewspeedway.com
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