Race Results 04/30/2011


Bechtelsville, Pa. ? After two weeks off from racing courtesy of Mother Nature, sunshine and racing action finally returned to the 1/3-mile high banks of Grandview Speedway on Saturday night.


Jeff Strunk, an eight-time point champion at the oval, now behind the wheel of the Norm Hansell owned No. 357, finally found his way back to victory lane ? a place he hadn?t been to since July 4, 2009. It was Strunk?s first win of the season at the track in the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series modified feature. Chasing him across the line was defending point champion Duane Howard, winner of the first two feature events of the 2011 campaign.


Gary Hager led for two laps before the yellow came out for a multi-car fourth turn incident. The restart was void when Ryan Godown lost a tire in the first turn and was out of action. The next attempt saw a lead change when fourth-place starter Glenn Strunk charged to the front of the pack to become the new pacesetter. Behind him dicing for positions were John Willman, Kenny Gilmore, Hager and Chris Espositio. A.J. DeSantis brought out the next caution when he spun in the third turn. Glenn Strunk remained the leader when action continued, but by this time older brother Jeff, who started 12th, was right on his bumper challenging him.


By the Dan?s Deli 1/2-way hoagie mark, Glenn was still first running the high line and Jeff was second on the low side. The pair then had to contend with lap traffic. Third through fifth consisted of Willman, Howard and Gilmore, who also had to deal with the slower paced cards. The Strunk brothers continued the duel as the race progressed with the order behind them also unchanged.


A 21st lap backstretch mishap brought out the yellow regrouping the pack putting the lap cars behind them. Chris Gambler spun in the third turn bringing the restart back to the line. This time Glenn Strunk went up a little higher on the restart, spun the tires, which in turn allowed Jeff Strunk, Willman and Howard to be first, second and third as Glenn dropped back to fourth and Craig Von Dohren completed the top five. Howard overtook second on the 23rd lap and set sail after J. Strunk. Howard knew he had seven laps to reel Strunk in and attempt to pass him. Positions constantly changed behind J. Strunk and Howard in the later stages of the race.


Jeff Strunk never surrendered the lead and pulled into victory lane for a long-awaited win chased by Howard. Finishing third was