Race Results 05/26/2007

     Bechtelsville, Pa. ? Duane Howard may have led only one lap on Saturday night at Grandview, but it was the one that counted the most as he copped his second 30-lap NASCAR Whelan All-American Series modified feature of the season at the track. With smoke coming out of Howard?s Troyer, BPG/Mavericks No. 4 due to engine issues, the three-time point champion was trying to pass leader Randy Bailey since the 15th lap, but he couldn?t get the job done. The checkered flag was in sight as the pair headed into the fourth turn.  Howard made one last valiant attempt as he dove to the inside of Bailey and this time it stuck as he became the first repeat winner of the season winning the opener back in April. The activities were sponsored by Arnold?s Go-Kart. In victory lane Howard stated, ?I know it didn?t suit some that I won, but that?s tough because when I come to race I come to win.?

      Before the first lap could be recorded Meme DeSantis found himself in the fourth turn wall with heavy damage out of competition. Danny Erb, who ran so well last week, was also out of contention. The next attempt was void when Jeremy Banos spun in the fourth turn.   When action finally went green, polesitter Bailey was the race leader trailed by Todd Marburger, Ryan Grim, Sean Merkel and Mike Loise.

      Jason Hamilton brought out the next yellow when he stopped in the fourth turn with nine laps completed. Mike Gular, who worked his way to third, pitted with a right rear flat tire. A nine-car accident in the third turn that eliminated last week?s feature winner Craig Von Dohren, brought the restart back to the line. Bailey continued his pace on the restart, but now the order behind him was comprised of Marburger, Howard, Ray Swinehart and Grim.

      Howard overtook Marburger, who began to gradually lose positions, for the runner-up spot on the 15th lap and his next quest was to pass Bailey.

      The duo battled hard for first with Bailey in the high groove and Howard inside. There were times Howard edged ahead, but Bailey had the momentum and held onto the top spot.

      The yellow was waiving again on the 21st lap for Chris Esposito?s backstretch spin. The red was displayed on the restart as Marburger was into the homestretch wall hard after contact with Terry Meitzler. Marburger was uninjured. Bailey held his own on the restart with Howard giving him no room to falter. Behind them waiting for a false move were Swinehart, Manmiller and Jeff Strunk.

      It appeared that Bailey, who has not won at the track since June 20, 1998, could possibly be headed to victory lane as the final lap approached. Howard had other ideas as they went into turn four. Howard gave it one almighty last effort and it worked as he passed Bailey and pulled into victory lane for his 17th career triumph. Finishing a very close second was Bailey, who congratulated Howard, followed by Swinehart, Manmiller and Strunk. Completing the top ten were Kyle Weiss, John Willman, Meitzler, Shawn Reimert and Kevin Hirthler.

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LADY LUCK RIDES WITH SCHUTZ IN L.M. FEATURE WIN AT GRANDVIEW

 


      Bechtelsville, PA ? Chuck Schutz, th defending Grandview Speedway late model point champion, hopes that his first win of the season in the 20-lap NASCAR Whelan All-American Series late model feature on Saturday night is the turning point of his bad season. Arnold?s Go-Kart was the sponso