BECHTELSVILLE, PA The long dry spell for Duane Howard came to an end on Saturday night as he won the Hatfield Quality Meats 30-lap NASCAR 358 Modified feature race at Grandview Speedway. Young Danny Snyder was able to drive to his first career win in the 20-lap Late Model feature race.
Howard issued some bad news in victory lane for the other competitors when he said, “The team really starts to shine at this time of the season. It is time to get hot. We have been struggling the last couple months but when we have a good race car we run good. This was fun.”
It was the first win for Howard at Grandview since the season opener back on April 4th.
Snyder seemed to be stunned by his win. “It has been a long time coming. We were always close,” said the young racer. “Thanks to everyone that helped this happen. It just feels so great, so amazing.”
The entire show of NASCAR Modifieds and Late Models was completed in two hours.
Troy Wink, shaken up in a bone jarring crash into the fourth turn wall the previous week, was quick to take command of the 29 car starting field in the 30-lap modified feature race. Ray Swinehart and Kyle Follweiler made contact in the fourth turn on the second lap putting Swinehart out of action. Wink continued to set the pace with Duane Howard, coming from 16th starting spot, and Craig VonDohren, coming from 15th, closing up on him.
On the 11th circuit a melee in the second turn brought out the caution and on the restart Howard was able to wheel the BPG Racing/Alex’s Lemonade No. 4 past the leader and VonDohren followed.
The balance of the race consisted of Howard and VonDohren running one-two, playing cat and mouse as they weaved through lapped traffic and had their cars working in the high and low grooves of the very fast racetrack.
At the finish Howard, who calls Oley, PA home, was just the narrowest of margins in front of six time track champion VonDohren picking up his second win of the season and collecting $2200 for his efforts. Howard’s win and current point leader Jeff Strunk’s 12th place finish closed up the point race considerably. Strunk now has just a 106 point edge over Howard in the chase for the lucrative point title. VonDohren (Boyertown) did get second followed by Troy Wink (Leesport), Mike Gular (Green Lane) and Meme DeSantis (Temple).
For the second week in a row John Favinger charged out in front of the feature starting field and set a fast pace for the first handful of laps. At the seven lap marker Ron Kline, the point leader going into the Saturday night events, dropped out with a flat tire and that brought out a caution. On the restart Wayne Pfeil, an early season winner, charged to the front with Danny Snyder close behind.
With 17 laps in the record book Snyder, who calls East Greenville home, was able to charge past Pfeil to get the top spot and then lead the final three laps to earn his first career victory. Second spot went to Pfeil (Mohnton) followed by Chuck Schutz (Pottstown), Randy Stoudt (Pottstown) and Kyle Merkel (Gilbertsville).
With Ron Kline being credited with a 21st place finish the late model point standings now have Randy Stoudt in front by a slim margin over Brian Shuey and Kline with just four point events remaining.
Qualifying heats for the NASCAR 358 Modifieds were won by John Tschudy, Jeremy Banos, Ray Swinehart and Troy Wink while the consolation victories were earned by Jason Smythe and Jon Kellner Sr. In the late models qualifiers were won by Randy Stoudt, Brian Shuey and Kyle Merkel.
The Dan’s Deli Halfway Leaders Award was won by Wayne Pfeil in the late models and Troy Wink in the modifieds. The Cargo Trailer Sales 10th place award went to Ryan Godown in the modified feature and Randall Paxton in the late models. The Cornerstone Auto Sales of Fleetwood Hard Charger Award was earned by Ryan Godown in the modifieds gaining 17 sports in the feature while Bill Henning was able to earn the award in the late models gaining 7 positions in the feature.
On Thursday, August 13th the World of Outlaws late models will make their first ever appearance as part of a doubleheader with the big block modifieds. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m. Coming up on Saturday, August 15th, 7:30 p.m. the NASCAR 358 modifieds and late models will be featured in the WNPV-1440AM Radio sponsored night of racing. The late models will have $14.40 going to the leader of each lap courtesy of Joe and Linda Moskal of WNPV Radio.
Grandview Speedway is a one-third-mile, banked clay oval track located at 43 Passmore Road, just off Route 100, in Bechtelsville, PA, just 10 miles north of Pottstown. For information telephone 610.754.7688 or visit their website at www.grandviewspeedway.com