PA. June 1, 2014 . . . It may have taken
Duane Howard and the Mike Petruska-owned/Atlas Paving No. 66 NASCAR 358 modified
team a few weeks to get things ironed out at Grandview Speedway, but once they
did Howard, the five-time point champion, was back in a place he’s grown
accustomed to – victory lane. “After starting deep in the pack three weeks ago,
the Petruska’s found something and made adjustments. Since then I’ve had a fast
hot rod ever since,” commented the current point leader after winning his second
straight 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified feature on Saturday
night. Howard said, “The competition is always strong here every week and I was
able to deal with the side-by-side racing of the lapped traffic.” He finished by
a comfortable margin over second-place finisher Kevin Hirthler who earned his
best finish of the season.
Merkel won his third 25-lap NASCAR BRC Late Model feature by a healthy margin
over runner-up Randy Stoudt.
25-lap NASCAR sportsman feature winner, the race went non-stop, for the fourth
time this season was defending point champion and current point leader Jared
stock car racing returns to Grandview Speedway on Saturday, June 7th with the
T.P. Trailers of Limerick sponsored night of action. Featured will be the NASCAR
358 Modifieds, BCR Late Models and Sportsman. Racing action gets the green at
Trailers, Limerick, cash awards went to Howard, $250 while Merkel and Umbenhauer
received $100. The Dan’s Deli ½-leader award winners were Brad Arnold, modified;
Merkel, late model and Joe Masiado, sportsman. The Cargo Trailers product
certificates were received by Mike Gular, modified; John Giesler, late model and
Mike Stringer, sportsman. The top finisher in each division feature that was
using VP Racing gasoline earned $150 for modifieds, $100 for late models and $75
Ressler wasted no time charging into the lead at the start of the modified
racer Brad Arnold moved into second on the fourth lap to challenge Ressler for
the top spot.
Christman clipped the second turn guardrail and continued before he stopped in
the fourth turn for the first yellow with ten laps scored. On the restart Arnold
outgunned Ressler for the lead. By this time Howard advanced from 15th into
third while Chris Esposito and John Willman completed the top
was back in front one lap later when Arnold went high off of turn
lead was short-lived for Ressler when Arnold regained first on lap
and second on the 14th lap was Ressler and Howard as Arnold began
was the new leader on the 15th lap while Ressler, Esposito, Willman and Hirthler
battled for second through fifth.
five laps Howard built up a sizeable lead while the four-way battle for second
behind him was a highly contested one between Willman, Esposito, Ressler and
fine run ended when he slowed in the third turn forcing a caution on the
22nd lap. Howard held his own when action continued followed by
Willman, Hirthler, Esposito and 14th place starter Frank
field regrouped for the final time with five to go when Eric Biehn stopped with
a flat tire to bring out the caution. It was still Howard in command, but now
Hirthler was second to attempt to overtake him.
never faltered and pulled into the winner’s circle trailed by Hirthler, Cozze,
Willman and Doug Manmiller, who came from 22nd after having to run the consi in
which he won.
Tommy Scheetz III and Ressler won the heats. The consi went to
late model action Steve butler led for two laps until the 2005 point champion
Ron Kline overtook him on the third lap restart needed for a fourth turn
multi-car incident created when a car got sideways and everyone
action behind Kline was hot and heavy between Bryon Sipe, Dan Green, Butler and
spun in the second turn for the sixth lap yellow with Chuck Schutz and Butler
also involved. Kline continued his pace on the restart with Green, Merkel,
Schlosberg and Lou Egrie in pursuit.
the 12th lap Green slowed his pace in the second turn. Cars went in every
direction to avoid him, but Lou Egrie rode up over him bringing out the yellow.
became the new leader on the 13th lap, at first on the restart he tried to duck
underneath Kline, but quickly moved to outside to make the
who was having his best run of the season, spun in the fourth turn for the lap
16 yellow. It was still Merkel ahead when action went green again with defending
point champion Jason Miller now in second followed by current point leader Randy
Stoudt, Wayne Pfeil, last week’s feature winner and
relinquished the runner-up spot to Stoudt when mechanical issues sidelined him
to the infield.
tried to reel Merkel in, but to no avail as Merkel continued his rapid
was Merkel in front at the checkered trailed by Stoudt, Pfeil, Schlosberg and
and Pfeil won the heats.
Masiado, running the high lane, was the early race leader in the sportsman
feature with Guy Germano making a run for first on the
Masiado and Germano diced for the lead this allowed 13th place starter Brett
Kressley to close in on them to join the mix.
overtook second on the 12th lap and two laps later he was in
who started 14th, overtook second on the 15th lap and it wasn’t long before he
was on Kressley’s bumper.
traffic came into the picture by the 17th circuit and the front runners didn’t
know which lane to choose.
used the slower cars to his advantage when Kressley got caught behind one and
Umbenhauer shot into first on the 19th lap.
Umbenhauer was ahead he never looked back and went on to chalk up another win
trailed by Kressley, Craig Whitmoyer, last week’s feature winner, Germano and
Kenny Gilmore. Brandon Whitmoyer, Masiado, Ryan Lilick, Joe Funk II and Mike
Stringer completed the top ten.
were won by Lilick, Masiado and Whitmoyer.