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DUANE HOWARD WINS 43RD ANNUAL FORREST ROGERS MEMORIAL PRESENTED BY PIONEER POLE BUILDINGS AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY, SCHLOSBERG AND LISOWSKI ALSO WINNERS
Sunday, August 11, 2013

BECHTELSVILLE, PA  “You should have been there.” That is what race fans will be saying to their friends that could not make it to Grandview Speedway for the 43rd running of the Forrest Rogers Memorial presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings on Saturday night. It was one of those races that fans will talk about for years to come. Duane Howard, driving a backup BPG Racing No.4 and starting 24th, took the lead from Craig VonDohren with just a few laps remaining and then held off point leader VonDohren to earn (and he did work for it) his eighth NASCAR 358 Modified victory of the season.

 The victory for Howard earned him the $10,000 first place money, $250 in bonus bucks from TP Trailers of Limerick, $200 Hard Charger bonus from Bobby Gunther Walsh and his sponsors for charging from 24th to victory and $150 worth of VP Racing fuel for winning while using gas. It was the second time that the Oley, PA racer won the prestigious Memorial race run in memory of the man who had the idea and turned it into Grandview Speedway.

 The 25-lap main event for Late Models  was won by Sam Schlosberg wheeling his own Green Lane Auto Sales No. 70 to his third win of the season while Mike Lisowski put his M&J Construction No. 15 in the Sportsman 25-lap feature for the second time this season.

 The 50-lap feature for the NASCAR 358 Modifieds got off to a bad start when Kyle Follweiler got sideways in front of the field coming off the fourth turn on the first lap causing a huge multi-car tangle. Once the mess was cleaned up and a couple of cars were towed to the pits Jon Kellner Jr. took command of the actual start of the race with Eric Biehn challenging. A three car tangle in the first turn had the caution out and Chris Esposito towed to the pits. On the restart Kellner Jr. was again in front but was now being challenged by his dad Jon Kellner Sr. and Jeff Strunk.

 A bumper off a car on the backstretch brought out a debris caution and Ray Swinehart went to the pits lacking a bumper. The restart had Kellner Jr. still in front but it was now a five car race for the lead as Jeff Strunk, Craig VonDohren, Kellner Sr. and Duane Howard were chasing the leader.

 With 40 percent of the race completed Strunk, a nine time track champion who is without a win this season, charged to the front and set the pace until the 27th lap when VonDohren, the current NASCAR 358 Modified point leader, was able to take command,

 At 30-laps in the record book VonDohren was in front with Strunk, Howard, Kellner Sr. and John Willman forming the top five.

 With 41 laps finished Howard, who had qualified for the feature through the consolation just as VonDohren had, was now nipping on the rear of VonDohren’s Pioneer Pole Building No. 1c. Just a few laps later Howard was able to take advantage of slower traffic and get by VonDohren and then led the rest of the way to grab the rich win.  Second spot, right on the rear of the winner, went to VonDohren (Oley) who continues to maintain a comfortable lead in the chase for the championship. Jeff Strunk (Pottstown) finished third followed by Jon Kellner Sr. (Lansdale) and John Willman (Birdsboro). 

 In victory lane Howard jumped out of the car waving the checkered flag yelling “Take that baby!!!” Howard gave his team much of the credit for being able to roll out a plain white backup car and being able to take it to victory. Howard was upset that lapped cars were such a factor. “Craig (VonDohren) got caught with some of the slower cars and that cost him the win,” said Howard.

 Von Dohren was disappointed with the finish and commented that he was “first loser.” Third place finisher Jeff Strunk called it a good run for his No. 4* team, “I thought we had something for them tonight.”

 Steve Nederostek charged to the front in the 25-lap Late Model feature and looked to be on his way to victory but Sam Schlosberg challenged him for much of the race and with 18 laps completed the leader bobbled in the fourth turn giving Schlosberg the opportunity to take the lead. Once in front Schlosberg (Green Lane) was able to charge to the checkered flag and pick up win number three on the season. Second spot went to Jason Miller (New Tripoli) who got under Nederostek on the final lap while Nederostek (Walnutport) finished third. Wayne Pfeil (Mohnton) was in the thick of the action all night and settled for fourth while previous week feature winner Sean Merkel (Boyertown) finished fifth. Current point leader Chuck Schutz had a tough night and did not finish the feature and that has created a three driver battle for the point title between him, Danny Snyder and Jason Miller with less than 100 points separating the three.

 Sean Weiss led the feature field in the 25-lap Sportsman feature for a couple of laps before getting high in the fourth turn and allowing Joe Fanelli to charge to the front. Once in front Fanelli was able to set a quick pace with Ryan Beltz and Ryan Lilick challenging. Fanelli, often called “The Geezer”, held the top spot until the 11th lap when Mike Lisowski, coming from seventh, took the lead. Once in from Lisowski had a fairly easy time of it until the closing laps when current point leader Jared Umbenhauer, coming from 15th starting spot, challenged. Lisowski (Minersville0 was able to hold on to the top spot to get his second win of the season while Umbenhauer (Richland) finished second and increased his lead in the point battle. Third place was earned by Joe Fanelli (Exton) for his best effort since joining the Sportsman ranks. Ryan Beltz (Harleysville) finished fourth followed by Ryan Lilick (Collegeville).

  Qualifying heat races for the NASCAR 358 Modifieds, each 12-laps, were won by Jon Kellner Sr., Tim Buckwalter, Todd Smith and Eric Biehn. The 10-lap Modified consolation races went to Craig VonDohren and Don Norris Jr. The Sportsman qualifiers, each 8 laps, were won by Jared Umbenhauer, Ryan Lilick and Brad Brightbill while the 8-lap consolation race went to Craig Whitmoyer. The two eight lap qualifiers for the Late Models were won by Sam Schlosberg and Wayne Pfeil.

 The Hard Charger award for the Modifieds sponsored by Bobby Gunther Walsh and sponsors went to Duane Howard for charging from 24th to 1st.  The Searock Lawn Care Hard Charger award for Sportsman was earned by Jared Umbenhauer for racing from 15th to second in the feature and the Jeff Teets’ Salvage Transport Hard Charger award for Late Models went to Mike Kellner going from 18th to 9th.

 Cargo 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.

Coming up on Saturday, August 17 and 24th, 7:30 p.m. are action packed tripleheaders featuring the NASCAR 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman stock cars. Just four point races remain going into August 17th as racers battle for the various division point titles. Adult admission is $15 while youngsters 12 and under are admitted free. A special Sunday event is set for August 25th, 7 p.m. featuring 305 Sprint Cars and Sportsman. Adult admission will be $16 while youngsters 12 and under will be admitted FREE.

Information on racing at Grandview Speedway can be had by checking in at www.grandviewspeedway.com or telephone 610.754.7688. In addition the official Grandview Speedway Facebook page can be found at www.facebook.com/grandviewspeedwayinc or check in on Twitter at @gviewspeedway

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