BECHTELSVILLE, PA. For the third time this season
Duane Howard put the Mike Petruska-owned/Atlas Paving No. 66 in victory lane in
the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified feature on Saturday night
at Grandview Speedway. Chasing the Oley, Pa racer across the line to be
runner-up two weeks in a row was Meme DeSantis, who also received the Dan’s Deli
˝-way leader award. In addition to the top prize money, Howard picked up an
additional $250 from T.P. Trailers, Limerick making for a $2750 pay
Wayne Pfeil chalked ups his second 25-lap NASCAR BRC
Late Model feature victory for his fifth career win at the track by a
comfortable margin over Dan Green. The Mohnton, PA racer also received $100 from
The 25-lap NASCAR Sportsman feature finally had a
different name in the winner’s circle. Green Lane, PA’s Brian Hirthler, the 2012 rookie who has suffered through ups
and downs this year, held off all competitors to record his first-ever career
win in which he earnwed an additional $100 from T.P.
Former Reading Fairgrounds modified and sprint racer
Jimmy Baker led from start to finish to win the 15-lap Blast From The Past
Vintage Car feature. Ronnie Peck, a former Grandview late model point champion
won the heat race.
All racing activities were sponsored by PBGW –
Pritchard, Bieler, Graver and Willison.
Coming up on
Saturday, June 21st, 7:30 p.m. a fantastic doubleheader show featuring the
exciting URC sprinters and NASCAR 358 Modifieds. The night is sponsored by
RCN-TV and will be taped by RCN for showing at a later date. Great exposure for
sponsors. Adult admission is $25, youngsters 6 through 12 pay $5 and kids under
6 are admitted FREE.
Sunday, June 22, 7:30 p.m. the TSRS Winged Sprinters and ARDC Wingless Midgets
will be featured in the first Open Wheel Spectacular of the season. The top
talents of each organization will be seen in a full series of qualifying events
leading up to 25-lap features for both divisions. Adult admission is $15 while
youngsters 6 through 12 pay $5 and under 6 are admitted FREE. A Low Down &
Dirty internet radio show sponsored Meet and Greet at the main gate at 5 p.m.
will feature drivers and cars from each
At the start of the 30-Modified
feature Mike Laise jumped into the early lead followed by Chris Gambler, Ron
Seltmann Jr., Todd Smith and Kyle Borror.
Borror stopped on the backstretch for the first yellow
on lap three that ended his night. Laise was still first on the restart, but now
DeSantis was pressuring him.
The lead changed on the seventh lap when DeSantis, the
“Temple Tornado,” who started eighth dove underneath Laise and made the move
Behind DeSantis by this point were Kevin Hirthler,
Doug Manmiller, Laise and John Willman, ninth, second, 13th and 11th-place
Joining the top five by the 16th circuit was Howard
who was running the high groove in his Teo-chassis since that was the lane that
worked best for him. “The front runners were running hard trying the inside lane
and that’s what helped me on the outside as the track has two lanes,” said
Howard in victory lane.
Lapped traffic came into play by lap 17. Coming off
the fourth turn Laise got somewhat sideways, clipped the guardrail and got a
left front flat tire bringing out the 18th lap caution. The restart was voided
when a three-car backstretch incident eliminated Justin Grim and Chris Esposito.
The leader continued to be DeSantis, however, Howard, having come from
14th starting spot, was now in a challenging position making his
presence known with Hirthler, Jeff Strunk and Willman in
Manmiller, who was running up front developed a right
rear tire and began falling off the pace eventually stopping in the fourth turn
on the 23rd lap for the yellow. DeSantis was still in command on this
Howard had just taken over the lead when the yellow
came out on lap 24 when Brad Arnold and Don Norris Jr. tangled in the third
turn. It was still Howard first when action resumed with DeSantis trying
unsuccessfully to regain first.
It was Howard the rest of the way until the checkered
unfurled for his 62nd career win. Finishing second was DeSantis followed by
Strunk, Hirthler and Craig Von Dohren, last week’s feature winner. Sixth through
tenth were Willman, Frank Cozze, Seltmann Jr., Jon Kellner and Mike Gular, who
received a Cargo Trailer product certificate.
Laise, DeSantis and Kellner won the heats. The consi
was won by Don Norris Jr.
The yellow was out before the first lap of the Late
Model feature was completed when Cory Merkel, who ran so well the previous week
was eliminated after a backstretch tangle with Buddy
Polesitter Dave Ogin led for one lap before Pfeil put
the J & H Automotive No. 72 at the head of the
Ron Kline, last week’s feature winner, didn’t fare so
well this week when he hit the backstretch wall putting him out of contention.
Steve Wilson and Bill Henning were also involved. Henning was the only one that
continued. Pfeil held his own on the restart while Dan Green, Steve Butler and
Kory Fleming diced for positions.
At the conclusion of the Dan’s Deli ˝-way award mark,
the order behind Pfeil now consisted of Green, Ogin, Sean Merkel and Randy
Stoudt. Attempting to break into the top five was Chuck
Positions behind Pfeil were constantly changing, but
he made sure he was always in front and went on to claim the win trailed by
Green, Stoudt, Ogin and Merkel. Rounding out the top ten were Schutz, Lou Egrie
Sr., Butler, Joe Fanelli and Fleming, the Cargo Trailer product certificate
Butler and Green were the heat
In Sportsman action rookie Kevin Dries took the early
lead and set the pace for four laps before the yellow came out when Ken Eckert
Jr. stopped on the backstretch. On the restart Jamie Undercoffler became the new
leader, but Dries stuck with him trying to dive underneath him to regain the
Dries was back in front on the second and two 12-lap
restarts. Hirthler had just taken the lead, but the lap didn’t
The top five at the Dan’s Deli ˝-way mark were Dries,
Hirthler, Craig Whitmoyer, Jared Umbenhauer and
The lead changed on the 19th lap when Hirthler put the
Wm. Penn/Green Lane/4-Star Letting mount ahead. Umbenhauer and Whitmoyer
followed through for second and third as Dries went high and fell to
Behind Hirthler, the real battle was for second
between Umbenhauer and Whitmoyer.
Hirthler never faltered and pulled into the winner’s
circle to earn a long-awaited, well-deserved triumph. Taking second at the line
were Whitmoyer with Umbenhauer, third; Kenny Gilmore, fourth and Brett Kressley,
who came back to finish fifth after being involved in one of the 12th lap
skirmishes. Dries came home sixth for his best finish trailed by Dave Bartram,
Sean Weiss, Jim Housworth and Undercoffler.
Dries, Ryan Beltz and K. Gilmore won the heats. Steve
Davis, substituting for a graduating Ryan Lilick, won the