Race Results 04/01/2006

Bechtelsville, Pa. ? Duane Howard became a member of the BPG/Chad Sinon Racing organization for the 2006 season as one of his many drivers. Although Grandview Speedway won?t be the home track for the three-time point champion, Howard returned for the Saturday night opening festivities in which over 50 cars were on hand for the action.

    Howard proved he can still get around the 1/3-mile oval when he inherited the lead after Jon Kellner, the leader since the initial green of the 40-lap NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing Series modified feature, found himself sidelined as a victim of circumstances.

    Despite numerous caution periods once Howard became the new leader he had a commanding distance built up at the wave of the checkered over runner-up and teammate Craig Von Dohren for a $3,000 payday. It was a prosperous outing for the Sinon stable as his cars finished first, second and third with Brett Hearn completing the trio.

    Kellner wasted no time at the drop of the green to put the Hutt?s Glass No. 85AM into the number one spot trailed by polesitter Von Dohren, Howard, Hearn and Mike Gular.

    Howard advanced to second on the third lap restart, needed when Terry Meitzler stopped in the second turn, and immediately set his sights on Kellner, who had a slight advantage on his fellow competitors.

    By the seventh lap Howard reeled Kellner in and was rapidly gaining ground.

    A tangle in the third turn involving Jimmy Reppert and defending point champion Jeff Strunk, driving the Johnny Rea-owned No. 1R, sidelined both drivers and brought out the yellow with nine laps completed.

    The restart was not a very good one for Kellner since he came to an abrupt halt against the second turn wall out of contention and Howard was the new leader.

    Behind Howard jockeying for the remaining positions were Von Dohren, Hearn, Danny Erb and Gular. Von Dohren and Hearn put on quite a battle for several laps for second which allowed Howard to open more daylight.

    The field regrouped on the 18th lap for a multi-car tangle in the second turn which brought out another caution period. It was still Howard in control on the restart followed by Von Dohren, Hearn, Gular and Danny Erb. Trying to get into the top five were Tom Umbenhauer and Doug Manmiller, the new driver of the Breitenstein Racing No. 14.

    Ryan Watt, the fourth member of BPG Racing, hit the third turn wall on the 22nd lap and Todd Smith stopped along the backstretch at the same time. Since there were so many caution periods up to that point it was decided that the next time the yellow was thrown, the restart would be single file. When action resumed Howard continued to be the pacesetter with the top five comprised of Von Dohren, Gular, Hearn and

Manmiller.

    The top five basically remained intact as the laps wound down and with 10 laps to go, lap traffic was Howard?s biggest concern.

    Everyone got one last chance to attempt at taking the lead away from Howard when an infield tire was knocked onto the track. As soon as the green unfurled, Howard took off leaving the others behind.

    Howard never faltered and at the drop of the checkered he chalked up his first win of the season and his 15th career triumph. Following Howard across the line were Von Dohren, Hearn, Gular and Manmiller. Rounding out the top ten were Umbenhauer, Danny Erb, Meme DeSantis, Kevin Hartnett and Ray Swinehart.

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