BECHTELSVILLE, PA It is a season that most racers just dream about. With less than half the season completed Duane Howard was able to wheel the Blue Bell Air No. 4 to victory in the 30-lap Bashore Trucking/BFP Specialty Summer Splash NASCAR 358 Modified feature race at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. The win was the sixth of the season for the Oley, PA racer and increased his lead in the chase for the lucrative track point championship which also includes a nine day Caribbean 50th Anniversary Cruise for the champion and a guest.
The 40-lap feature race for the Sportsman, paying $1,500 to win, was won by Kyle Borror of Peach Bottom, PA. The win was the first for Borror at Grandview Speedway who brought his Before & After Auto Repair No. B4 home just a narrow margin in front of Brian Hirthler.
Hard charging Mike Kellner of Lansdale, PA was able to bring his Power Washer No.57 to the checkered flag in front of hard charging Steve Nederostek to get his third win of the season in the 20-lap Late Model feature.
Mike Laise charged to the front of the 28-car starting field in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series 358 Modified feature race and set the pace for the early laps. Chris Esposito moved to the front of the field at the five lap marker and looked as if he might get that elusive first win.
At the midway marker Keith Brightbill, in just his fourth event of the season, was challenging the leader and Duane Howard, coming from 15th starting spot, was in third.
Esposito did an outstanding job of holding off Howard for several laps before Howard was able to take control.
Nine time track champion Jeff Strunk was involved in a second turn accident late in the race while charging toward the front relegating him to a 25th place finish and dropping him to fifth in the standings. Just a lap later Glenn Strunk crashed on the backstretch and was shaken up but was able to walk away as his race car was towed to the pits.
After a couple restarts Howard was able to continue his hold on first place right to the checkered flag with Chris Esposito (Perkasie) holding on for his best effort of the season gaining a second place finish. Third spot went to Jon Kellner Sr. (Lansdale) followed by Doug Manmiller (Shoemakersville) and Keith Brightbill (Mohnton).
The 40-lap Sportsman feature had a multi-car accident in the fourth turn kicking off the start of the event. Once everyone was settled Andy Fayash Jr. set the pace until the ninth lap when Bobby Lilick took control. His first place status was short lived as a five car accident brought out a caution and on the restart of the race Brian Hirthler went to the front.
The Green Lane racer was able to hold on to the top spot until the 37th circuit when Kyle Borror, who had worked his way through the field after an 11th place start, took the lead and went on to grab the victory. Hirthler (Green Lane) finished second and picked up a $500 bonus from Hoffnagle & Assocates of Pottstown, PA. Jared Umbenhauer (Richland) finished third followed by Craig Whitmoyer (Hamburg) and Kenny Gilmore (Fleetwood). Whitmoyer continues to lead the NASCAR Sportsman point standings.
The 20-lap Late Model feature turned out to be the Mike Kellner show as the Lansdale racer set the pace from the drop of the green through the entire 20 lap feature race with Steve Nederostek (Walnutport) challenging in the closing laps but having to settle for second, his best effort of the season. Wayne Pfeil (Mohnton) came home third followed by Ron Kline (Salford) and Andy Ressler (Bechtelsville).
Chuck Schutz continues to lead the Late Model standings as he seeks his sixth track title.
Eight lap qualifying events for the Late Model racers were won by Mike Kellner and Lou Egrie Sr. The Sportsman eight lap qualifying events were won by Guy Germano, Kenny Gilmore and Andy Fayash Jr. In the NASCAR 358 Modified 12 lap qualifying races wins went to Duane Howard, Chris Esposito, Gary Hager and Glenn Strunk while the 10 lap consolation races had the wins going to Craig VonDohren and Eric Biehn.
T.P. Trailers of Limerick, PA paid $250 to the 358 Modified feature winner and $100 to the Sportsman and Late Model feature winner. Texas Roadhouse Restaurant of Trexlertown had two free dinners to each feature winner. Cargo Trailer Sales had $50 gift certificates to a top ten finisher in each feature. Danís Deli of Boyertown posted Halfway Leader awards in each feature race. The Bobby Gunther Walsh And Sponsors Hard Charger Award went to Duane Howard in the 358 Modified feature. Chuck Schutz earned the Salvage Transport Hard Charger Award in the Late Model feature and it was Marc Herman taking the Searock Lawn Care Hard Charger Award in the Sportsman feature.
Racing action returns to the one-third-mile, banked clay oval at Grandview Speedway on Saturday, June 23rd, 7:30 p.m. with a tripleheader show of NASCAR 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman. 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 in regular Saturday night shows. Adult admission is just $15 while youngsters 12 and under are admitted FREE for regular Saturday night events.
On Sunday, June 24th, 1 p.m. the NEETS Enduro racers return to run in 100 lap features for the Big Cars and Small Cars plus a 25-lap feature for the Ladies. The Blast From the Past Vintage Cars run in two feature races. Admission is just $10.
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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