Race Results 04/05/2008

Bechtelsville, Pa. ? Duane Howard, behind the wheel of the Troyer chassis BPG No. 4, started the 46th season at Grandview Speedway the same way he did last year. He won the opening Saturday night 40-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Racing Series modified feature worth $3,000 before a huge crowd on a chilly night. The event was taped by RCN-TV station.

      After two tries to complete the first lap, Howard, who started on the outside pole next to Stewart Friesen, the new driver of the Norm Hansell No. 357; charged into the early lead in quest of his first win of the year at the 1/3-mile oval.

      Within a few laps Howard distanced himself from his fellow competitors as he was lapping the slower moving traffic by the eighth lap.

      Back in the pack jockeying for second through fifth were Friesen, Kerry Kratz, Danny Erb and Craig Von Dohren. The order continued that way for several laps.

      John Tschudy brought out the caution when he spun in the second turn on the 23rd lap.

      Howard remained the leader on the restart, however, Erb made a bold move from fourth to second to challenge Howard with Friesen, Von Dohren and Kratz completing the top five. Defending point champion Jeff Strunk was trying to get into the top five from his 21st starting spot.

      The final caution was with five laps to go when Kurt Spotts, a rookie racer that was told many times via radio to stay to the inside of the track, clipped the rear tire of Howard after Howard went underneath him to make the pass, hit the wall in the second turn. Spotts was uninjured. Howard stayed in control of the lead when action resumed.

      Howard continued his momentum as he led from the drop of the green until the wave of the checkered to capture his 22nd career victory.  Following Howard across the line were Erb, Friesen, Kratz and Strunk. Sixth through tenth were Mike Gular, Von Dohren, Ryan Godown, Meme DeSantis and Doug Manmiller.

      Friesen, Howard, Jon Kellner Jr. and Kratz won the four qualifying heats. The consies went to Strunk and Godown.

      The Cornerstone Auto Sales Hard Charger award worth $50 went to Jeff Strunk as he advanced from 21st to fifth.

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SHUEY STARTS GRANDVIEW LATE MODEL SEASON IN VICTORY LANE

 

 Bechtelsville, PA ? Brian Shuey, the defending Grandview late model point champion, piloted the David and Charlotte Eyrich-owned/Bob Fisher Chevrolet No. 5X, to his first win of the season in the NASCAR late model More Money 20-lap feature in the Saturday night opening activities. The late model drivers received more money from first through 24th in the opener thanks to the efforts of track employee Mark Garman, who collected funds from several area businesses and others willing to help.
      Through a heads-up start by heat finishes, Shuey started on the pole and wasted no time pulling away leaving Jon Kellner, the all-time leading late model feature winner; Mike Kellner, Rick Todorow and Sean Merkel, substituting for brother Kyle who was on a senior class trip, in pursuit.

      Chad Rea spun along the backstretch to bring out the yellow on the eighth lap. The restart was void as Bobby Wyatt spun along the homestretch.