BECHTELSVILLE, PA Contrary to a somewhat popular belief Duane Howard is not the only driver that wins NASCAR 358 Modified feature races at Grandview Speedway. He has won five so far but Jarrad Miller showed that there are other racers with the capabilities to win when he grabbed his first career victory at the Berks County clay oval on Saturday night. Miller drove his Horwith Trucking/Freightliner No. 917 to victory in the T.P. Trailers sponsored 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All American Series 358 Modified feature race becoming the fifth different Modified feature winner this season.
Veteran racer Kenny Gilmore led just about all the laps in the 25-lap Sportsman feature to win his first of the season in his unsponsored No. 7. And it was point leader Chuck Schutz was finally able to bring his Pioneer Pole Buildings No. 1 to victory lane in the 20-lap Late Model feature race.
A multi-car accident on the first lap involved polesitter Eric Biehn and put Jeremy Banos in front of the 29 car starting field. Banos set the pace for 17 laps of the feature race with Jarrad Miller chasing closely. With 17 laps in the record book Miller was able to charge to the front with Meme DeSantis close behind.
The final laps of the feature had Miller in control with Doug Manmiller making a charge. At the finish Barto, PA based Miller had a comfortable lead while Doug Man miller (Shoemakersville) was able to grab second. Meme DeSantis (Temple) finished third followed by Mike Gular (Green Lane) and Duane Howard (Oley) who bounced off the backstretch wall about two thirds of the way through the feature race but was able to continue.
The win made Miller the fifth different 358 Modified feature winner with Duane Howard topping the list with five wins. Howard currently leads the 358 Modified point standings as he looks for his fifth title.
Lou Egrie Sr. charged to the front at the drop of the green for the 20-lap Late Model feature and set the pace until the sixth lap when Mike Kellner took the lead after a close battle with Egrie.
The field was able to close up on the leader when two feature winner Danny Snyder spun in the third turn bringing out the caution just past the midway point.
On the 14th circuit Chuck Schutz charged to the front and Kellner took the lead back the next time around. Just one lap later Schutz was able to regain the lead and set the pace for the balance of the main event. The Pottstown racer was able to hold off a late race challenge from Sean Merkel (Gilbertsville) who settled for second. Third went to Kellner (Lansdale) followed by Steve Nederostek (Walnutport) earning his best finish of the season and Lou Egrie Sr. (Willow Grove).
Kenny Gilmore moved past early leader Erik Renninger on the third lap and held control of the race for the balance of the 25 laps in the Sportsman feature. However it was not all a “ride in the park” as Craig Whitmoyer put pressure on the leader as did Kevin Beach.
At the finish the Fleetwood race had just a narrow edge over Craig Whitmoyer (Hamburg) followed by Kevin Beach (Minersville), Erik Renninger (Bridgewater, NJ) and Kyle Borror (Peach Bottom).
The 12-lap qualifying races for the NASCAR 358 Modifieds were won by Gary Hager, Jordan Umbenhauer, Jarrad Miller and Todd Smith while the 10-lap consolation races went to Jon Kellner Sr. and Don Norris Jr. The 8-lap Late Model qualifiers were won by Steve Nederostek, Jason Miller and Mike Kellner. And in the Sportsman 8-lap qualifiers wins went to Guy Germano, Kenny Gilmore and Andy Fayash Jr.
More than 90 racers took part in the T.P. Trailers tripleheader.
Each of the feature winners collected additional cash for their winning efforts courtesy of T.P. Trailers of Limerick, PA with $250 going to Jarrad Miller and $100 going to Schutz and Gilmore. The Bobby Gunther Walsh and Sponsors Hard Charger Award went to Ryan Grim in the 358 Modified feature as he gained 15 positions in the feature race. Craig Whitmoyer eared the Searock Lawn Care Hard Charger Award in the Sportsman feature gaining 12 positions. And in the Late Model feature the Salvage Transport Hard Charger Award went to Rick Todorow for gaining 11 positions.
Texas Roadhouse Restaurant in Trexlertown had two free dinners for each feature winner while Cargo Trailer Sales presented $50 gift certificates to the tenth place finishers in each feature (if the 10th place finisher had earned the award previously it then went to the ninth place finisher) and the leader at the halfway mark in each feature earned the Dan’s Deli Halfway Leader Award.
Racing action returns to the one-third-mile, banked clay oval at Grandview Speedway on Saturday, June 16th, 7:30 p.m. with a tripleheader show of NASCAR 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman (running a 40-lap feature) sponsored by Bashore Trucking/ BFP Specialty. Adult admission for this special event will be $20 while youngsters 12 and under are admitted free.
On Sunday, June 17th the Sunday Small Car Series will offer their second event of the season with a variety of small car competition being offered starting at 2 p.m. Adult admission is just $5.
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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