BECHTELSVILLE, PA Coming from 16th, his usual starting
spot during his winning streak, Duane Howard charged in front of Meme DeSantis
on the 18th lap of the TP Trailers 30-lap NASCAR Whelen 358 Modified feature on
Saturday night at Grandview and drove to his fifth win of the season. Danny
Snyder earned his first 25-lap Late Model feature win of the season starting
last and leading at the checkered flag. The NASCAR Sportsman feature race had
Brett Kressley in front at the finish for his third feature win of the
Mark Kratz set the pace in front of the 30-car starting field for
the NASCAR 358 Modifieds but a couple of early race accidents that included top
talents such as Craig VonDohren, Frank Cozze, Jeff Strunk and others. All three
were able to continue. In the third lap Mark Kratz, the leader, lost a wheel in
turn one putting him out of action and gave the lead to Justin Grim. With six
laps in the record book Meme DeSantis, charging from 11th starting spot, took
the top spot.
A wild multi car accident on the backstretch brought out a red
flag with no one injured but a couple of cars eliminated including Jason Clauss.
On the restart DeSantis was in front and at the 10 lap marker Duane Howard
became a factor running second.
DeSantis and Howard put on a fan pleasing
battle for the top spot for several laps with Howard getting the edge on the
18th circuit of the one-third-mile banked clay oval.
For the balance of the
30-laps Howard (Oley) held off challenges from DeSantis and Craig VonDohren and
brought the Chad Sinon owned BPG Racing No. 4 home first to pick up his 5th win
of the season earning $2750 including a $250 bonus from TP Trailers of
As Howard dominated the final laps fans were fascinated by the
impressive run made by Craig VonDohren (Oley) as he came from the tail end of
the field after going to the rear early in the feature. A few more laps, who
knows what would have happened had VonDohren and Howard been able to battle for
the win. Third spot went to Meme DeSantis (Temple) followed by Jon Kellner Sr.
(Lansdale) and Jeff Strunk (Pottstown) who also had to go to the rear after an
early race incident.
In victory lane Howard, the current NASCAR 358 Modified
point leader, had high praise for his BPG Racing team and his car owner.
Basically he reminded fans and racers that he and his team are there to win and
that is what they are doing right now.
In the 25-lap Sportsman feature race
Tommy Scheetz II was the early leader setting the pace for the 24 car starting
field until the 6th lap when he spun in the second turn as a result of a tap in
the rear from another competitor. On the restart rookie Jordan Henn went to the
front with Brett Kressley putting the pressure on him for the lead. A four car
tangle in the third turn on the 10th lap gave the lead to Kressley on the
restart. The balance of the race has Kressley (Orefield) setting the pace and
grabbing his third Sportsman win of the season with the Kressley Auto &
Truck Sales No. 19K. Jordan Henn (Kutztown) finished second followed by Craig
Whitmoyer (Hamburg) who was closing on the leaders. Fourth place was earned by
Joe Funk (Coopersburg) and Paul Kline (Muhlenberg).
Bill Henning led the
16-car Late Model feature field to the green flag setting the pace until the
third lap and survived a couple of multi car accidents. An accident on the
fourth lap put point leader and defending champion Chuck Schutz out of the race.
The restart had Wayne Pfeil getting the lead.
On the seventh lap Danny
Snyder (Green Lane), coming from last place starting spot, took the lead and
went on to lead the balance of the race to grab his first win of the season with
Rhoads Bros. Livestock Hauling No. 4. Second place went to early leader Bill
Henning (Lansdale) followed by previous week winner Sam Schlosberg (Green Lane),
two feature winner Mike Kellner (Lansdale) and Kory Fleming (Milford, NJ).
The 12-lap qualifying races for the NASCAR Whelen 358 Modifieds, with the
top five going to the feature, were won by Mike Laise, Meme DeSantis, Tommy
Scheetz III and Justin Grim. The 10-lap consolation races for Modifieds, top
four going to the feature race, were won by Ray Swinehart and Jon Kellner
Eight lap qualifying races for the Late Models, everyone qualified for
the feature race, were won by Bill Henning and Sam Schlosberg.
In the NASCAR
Sportsman division the eight lap qualifying races, top 6 finishers going to the
feature race, were won by Mike Stringer, Tommy Scheetz II and Dean Bachman. Guy
Germano won the eight lap consolation that sent six to the feature.
Charger award for the Modifieds sponsored by Bobby Gunther Walsh and his
sponsors went to Jon Kellner Sr. charging from 22nd to 4th in the feature race.
The Searock Lawn Care Hard Charger award for Sportsman was earned by Kyle Borror
for the second week in a row coming from 21st starting spot to finish 10th and
Jeff Teets’ Salvage Transport Hard Charger award for Late Model went to Danny
Snyder as he started last and finished first in the feature race.
Trailer Sales of Lansdale had $50 gift certificates for 10th place finishers in
each feature while Dan’s Deli has their special hoagies for the leader of each
feature at the halfway point. VP Racing Fuels has a $150 product bonus for the
first NASCAR 358 Modified feature finisher using their fuel, $100 product bonus
for the first Late Model feature finisher using their fuel and $75 product bonus
for the first Sportsman feature finisher using their fuel and carrying VP decals
on the race car and VP patch on uniform.
Racing action on Saturday,
June 15th at 7:30 p.m. (warm-ups at 6:45 p.m.) will feature a tripleheader show
of NASCAR 358 Modifieds, URC Sprints and Blast from the Past Vintage Cars. We
will be remembering URC racer and official Midge Miller who passed away
recently. At least 14 events of racing. Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m. Adult
admission is just $25.00, youngsters 6 through 12 pay $5 and under 6 are
admitted FREE. As gates open there will be drivers doing a meet and greet along
with having their race cars on display.
A full color brochure outlining the
marketing opportunities available at Grandview Speedway, along with pricing, can
be had by emailing Ernie Saxton at Esaxton144@aol.com
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