BECHTELSVILLE, PA The results might have been different in the 30-lap USG sponsored NASCAR Whelen All American Series 358 Modified feature race at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night if Jeff Strunk had not had tire problems send him to the pits late in the race. However when the checkered flag fell it was Duane Howard steering the Blue Bell Air No. 4 to his fifth win of the season and increasing the four time champions lead in the chase for the lucrative point championship. Danny Snyder had to wait until late in the 20-lap Late Model feature to drive the Rhoads Brothers Livestock Hauling No. 4s past leader Lou Egrie Sr. to get his second win of the season. The 25-lap feature for Sportsman had Corey Sechrist wheeling the Vince’s Towing No. 41 to his first win of the season leading 23 of the 25 laps.
T.P. Trailers of Limerick, PA increased the win money in each division with the 358 Modified feature winner getting an additional $250 while the Late Model and Sportsman feature winners each received an additional $100 just for having the T.P. Trailers decals visible on each side of their winning race cars.
Eric Biehn set the pace at the drop of the green from his pole starting position and held the top spot for the first nine laps of the 358 Modified feature. Dan Waisempacher came from 4th to take the top spot on the 10th circuit of the one-third-mile, banked clay oval. Just two laps later Jon Kellner Sr., looking for his second win of the season, took the front spot. The veteran racer was able to hold the number on position until a restart after a caution for a multi-car accident on the 20th lap. Jeff Strunk, working his way through the field from his 14th starting spot, took the lead on the restart with Duane Howard in close pursuit.
Strunk and Howard staged a close battle for the top spot until the 24th lap when Strunk had to head to the pits because of tire problems and Howard was able to hold off any challenges to win his fifth feature race of the season. The Oley, PA racer increased his lead in the point chase. Howard has 2371 points with second place Strunk having 1988 counters.
Second spot in the Modified feature went to Jon Kellner Sr. (Lansdale) followed by Mike Gular (Green Lane), Ray Swinehart (Perkiomenville) and Meme DeSantis (Temple).
The 20-lap feature for Late Models had Steve Nederostek in front at the start but Lou Egrie Sr., looking for his second win of the season, took the lead on the second lap. At the halfway mark Kory Fleming was right on the rear of the leader looking for his first win.
With five laps to go Danny Snyder, coming from ninth starting spot, took the lead and the Green Lane racer was able to lead the rest of the event to grab his second win of the season. Current point leader Chuck Schutz (Pottstown), looking for his first win of the season, finished a close second followed by Egrie Sr. (Willow Grove), Andy Ressler (Macungie) and Kory Fleming (Milford, NJ.).
Erik Renninger was the early leader in the 25-lap Sportsman feature race but his lead lasted just two laps when Corey Sechrist charged to the front. The Womelsdorf racer was able to survive the carnage of a variety of cautions to lead the balance of the feature race and win his first feature at the Berks County oval. Ryan Beltz (Harleysville) had his best finish of the season with a second followed by Jared Umbenhauer (Richland), Bobby Lilick (Plymouth Meeting) and Brad Brightbill (Sinking Spring). Dave Dissinger, despite finishing 13th was able to hold on to his point lead in the chase for the Sportsman title.
The 12-lap qualifying heat races for the NASCAR 358 Modifieds were won by Kyle Weiss, Jon Kellner Sr., Ray Swinehart and Gary Hager while their 10-lap consolation races had wins going to Michael Weinert and Brad Missimer. In the 8-lap qualifiers for Late Models wins were earned by Wayne Pfeil, Steve Nederostek and Sean Merkel while the 8-lap qualifiers for the Sportsman had Mike Springer, Bobby Lilick Jr. and Corey Sechrist as winners. More than 90 cars participated in the qualifying events.
Duane Howard earned the Bobby Gunther Walsh And Sponsors Hard Charger award coming from 15th to 1st in the 358 Modified feature. Danny Snyder earned the Salvage Transport Hard Charger Award in the Late Model feature gaining 8 positions on his way to victory. And the Searock Lawn Care Hard Charger Award went to Paul Kline in the Sportsman featuring as he gained 12 positions.
The tenth place finisher in each feature received $50 gift certificates from Cargo Trailer Sales and each feature winner took home certificates good for two free dinners at the Texas Roadhouse Restaurant in Trexlertown, PA. The leader at the halfway mark in each feature earned the Dan’s Deli Hoagie awards.
Racing action returns to the one-third-mile, banked clay oval at Grandview Speedway on Saturday, June 9th, 7:30 p.m. with a tripleheader show of NASCAR 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman sponsored by T.P.Trailers of Limerick, PA. 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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