BECHTELSVILLE, PA May 11, 2008 . . . “We are on a lucky couple of weeks,” said Duane Howard in victory lane after winning the 30-lap NASCAR 358 Modified feature race at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. “We have a fast car, a good team and we will be near the front every week.”
Mike Kellner came home first for the second time this season in the 20-lap NASCAR Late Model feature and Mike Keppler won the 15-lap Xcel 600 Modified feature.
Joe Masiado was able to put his Valley Auto Parts No. 43 in front of the 29 car starting field at the start of the 30-lap Modified main event. Bobby Gunther Walsh pressured the leader for the first couple of laps with Cliff Quinn moving into second on the fourth circuit. Shawn Reimert stopped in turn one bringing out a caution and on the ninth lap restart Quinn went to the front with Duane Howard close behind.
A four car skirmish on the front stretch brought out the caution and Duane Howard, who had started 14th, took the lead on lap ten. Quickly the field was brought to a halt when young Todd Smith got upside down in a multi-car accident that eliminated Stewart Friesen, Danny Hieber and Smith.
On the restart Howard, in the BPG Racing Troyer No. 4, led the field with six time champion Craig Von Dohren in second spot.
At the 15-lap marker early leader Joe Masiado went to the pits with a flat tire bringing out a caution that closed up the field with Howard in front followed closely by VonDohren, Quinn, Doug Manmiller and John Willman.
With ten laps to go Howard still was able to set the pace with VonDohren close behind, Manmiller in third and Jeff Strunk, the point leader, in fourth having come from 19th starting spot.
VonDohren had a right rear tire go down dropping him out of second place and giving the runnerup spot to Strunk with just five laps to go.
The final laps saw Howard, who hails from nearby Oley, set the pace and lead Strunk (Mohnton) across the finish line by a comfortable margin. Doug Manmiller (Shoemakersville) finished third followed by Mike Gular (Green Lane) and Meme DeSantis (Temple) coming from 27th starting spot.
Even though Howard has won three features and Strunk has not been to victory lane Strunk is still the point leader in his quest for a seventh track title.
Bill Henning put his Henning’s Supermarket/WNPV Radio No. 80 in front of the 24 car starting field for the 20-lap Late Model feature. Eric Kauffman had problems on the first lap bringing out a caution and just two laps later Greg Hoffmaster came to a stop on the front stretch finished for the night.
At five laps Henning was still in front with young Mike Kellner right on his rear bumper. Two laps later Kellner (Lansdale) put his No. 57 in front and that is where he stayed until the finish.
Ron Kline (Salford) ran a strong second and challenged the leader but just was not strong enough to get the first spot. Early leader Henning (Lansdale) held on to grab third giving him his best finish of the season. Jon Kellner Sr. (Lansdale) finished in fourth place followed by four time Late Model champion Dean Stoudt.
Mike Keppler (Bechtelsville) took the lead at the drop of the green and led all the laps in winning the 15-lap feature for the Xcel 600 Modifieds. Dave Baldwin tried to make a race of it but settled for a comfortable second followed by Nick Mady, Eric Whitby and 14-year-old Tracy Bartik.
Qualifying heat races for the 600 Modifieds went to Kevin Gruber, Eric Whitby and Nick Mady with Dylan Stein winning the consolation.
In qualifying events for the NASCAR Late Models Bill Henning, Buddy Wharton and Mike Kellner won the heat races and Danny Snyder topped the field in the consolation race.
Modified qualifiers were won by Mike Gular, Todd Marburger, Kurt Spotts and John Willman while the consolation race victories went to Jeff Strunk and Ryan Godown.
The Cornerstone Auto Sales Hard Charger awards, worth $50 to each driver, went to Meme DeSantis in the Modifieds gaining 21 positions while Brian Shuey earned the award in Late Models gaining seven positions.
NASCAR 358 Modifieds and Late Models will return to action on Saturday, May 17th at 7:30 p.m.. Rolling Thunder Legends stock cars will make it a tripleheader show making their third appearance of the season. Arnold’s Karting Center magazine will be the sponsor.
Coming on Wednesday, May 21st is the first of this season’s Thunder on the Hill events featuring the Keystone State Sprint Series 410 sprinters and ARDC Wingless Midgets. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m.
Admission for Saturday night is $13 for adults, $5 for youngsters 6 thru 11 and under 6 are admitted free with a paying adult. There is always free parking on the speedway grounds and fans are invited to enjoy the wide array of concessions available at the track or are free to bring their own food and refreshments.
Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100, Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown. For information check in at www.grandviewspeedway.com or telephone 610.754.7688.
30-LAP AUTO LOCATOR MAGAZINE NASCAR 358 MODIFIED STOCK CAR FEATURE FINISH: 1. Duane Howard 2. Jeff Strunk 3. Doug Manmiller 4. Mike Gular 5. Meme DeSantis 6. John Willman 7. Kerry Kratz 8. Terry Meitzler 9. Kevin Hirthler 10. Todd Marburger 11. Brad Brightbill 12. Cliff Quinn 13. Mark Fehr 14. Danny Erb 15. Bobby Gunther Walsh 16. Ryan Beltz 17. Ryan Godown 18. Sean Merkel 19. Shawn Reimert THE REST DID NOT FINISH 20. Craig VonDohren 21. Kurt Spotts 22. Brad Missimer 23. Ryan Grim 24. John Tschudy 25. Joe Masiado 26. Stewart Friesen 27. Todd Smith 28. Danny Hieber 29. Glenn Owens.
FAST LAP OF THE FEATURE….78.486 on lap 13 by Duane Howard
20- LAP AUTO LOCATOR MAGAZINE NASCAR LATE MODEL STOCK CAR FEATURE FINISH: 1. Mike Kellner 2. Ron Kline 3. Bill Henning 4. Jon Kellner Sr. 5. Dean Stoudt 6. Wayne Pfeil Jr. 7. Chuck Schutz 8. Brian Shuey 9. Bryon Sipe 10. John Giesler 11. Kyle Merkel 12. Buddy Wharton 13. Eric Snoke 14. Mark Malcolm 15. Danny Snyder 16. Matt Carter 17. Bobby Wyatt 18. Rick Todorow 19. Dennis Pieper 20. Jamie Undercoffler 21. Randy Stoudt 22. Ed Trimbur 23. Greg Hoffmaster 24. Eric Kauffman
FAST LAP OF THE FEATURE…..73.098 on lap 8 by Mike Kellner
15-LAP AUTO LOCATOR MAGAZINE Xcel 600 Modifieds STOCK CAR FEATURE FINISH: 1. Mike Keppler 2. Dave Baldwin 3. Nick Mady 4. Eric Whitby 5. Tracy Bartik 6. Kevin Gruber 7. Kyle Gardner 8. Jeromy Guistwite 9. Dylan Stein 10. Ryan Higgs