Race Results 04/02/2011


Defending NASCAR 358 Modified champion Duane Howard scored an impressive win, Saturday night in the Opening Night 30-lapper at the Grandview Speedway, with the Chad Sinon owned BPG Racing No. 4 mount, while former Late Model champion Chuck Schutz was able to author an equally stirring main event triumph in the 20-lapper for the Late Model division, chauffeuring the BPG Racing No. 1 ride owned by Ziegler Motorsports. That $2,500 win by Howard was career win number 36 at the track and the $800 win by Schutz brought his career win total to 25 at the Bechtelsville, PA oval.


A nice crowd turned out in spite of the chilly and blustery conditions, while Kevin Hirthler grabbed the early advantage from his pole starting position in the 358 Modified main and quickly built up a comfortable lead, aboard his BPG Racing No. 117 entry, over Glenn Strunk, who started in second and the former track champion Terry Meitzler, who took the initial green starting in fourth. On lap 8, running through turns 1 and 2, Hirthler spun on his own, collecting Glenn Strunk. Hirthler was able to rejoin the starting 29-car field, with the Glenn Strunk ride done for the night.


Meitzler assumed the top spot with the new green over the fifth-place starter Ryan Godown and Howard, who started eighth in the field. Jeff Strunk came out of his fourteenth-place starting spot to run in fourth on lap 9. By lap 12 it was Godown slipping by Meitzler to become the new race leader and Howard took second-place 2 circuits later, as Meitzler fell to third, overall. The yellow appeared again on lap 16 for a spin in turns 1 and 2 by John Willman to close things up.


The new green saw Howard use the outside lane to muscle his way around Godown for the number one position on lap 17, as Jeff Strunk advanced to third-place at the same point. Craig VonDohren, who started seventh, moved into fourth as Meitzler rounded out the top 5. Howard ran strong and opened up a pretty nice lead, as the caution reappeared for John Willman spinning out again in turn 1 with 26 tours in the record books.


Howard regained the lead for lap 27 and also for lap 28, prior to the caution waving for Jon Kellner Jr. stopping on the back part of the raceway with just 2 to go. With the green, it was Howard again taking the top spot over Godown, while VonDohren drove underneath Jeff Strunk on lap 29 racing through turns 1 and 2 to claim third. Strunk fell to fourth-place and Rick Laubach, who began the race as the ninth-place starter, filling out the top 5.


Crossing under the checkers the top 5 remained the same, with the 47-year-old veteran from Oley, PA going t