Race Results 06/14/2014Grandview PR
By: VICKI GEHRIS
BECHTELSVILLE, PA. ? For the third time this season Duane Howard put the Mike Petruska-owned/Atlas Paving No. 66 in victory lane in the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified feature on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway. Chasing him across the line to be runner-up two weeks in a row was Meme DeSantis, who also received the Dan?s Deli ?-hoagie award. In addition to the top prize money, Howard picked up an additional $250 from T.P. Trailers, Limerick.
Wayne Pfeil chalked ups his second 25-lap NASCAR BRC Late Model feature victory for his fifth career win at the track by a comfortable margin over Dan Green. Pfeil also received $100 from T.P. Trailers.
The 25-lap NASCAR Sportsman feature finally had a different name in the winner?s circle. Brian Hirthler, the 2012 rookie who has suffered through ups and downs this year, held off all competitors to record his first-ever career win in which he earned an additional $100 from T.P. Trailers.
Former racer Jimmy Baker led from start to finish to win the 15-lap Blast From The Past Vintage Car feature. Ronnie Peck, a former late model point champion won the heat race.
All racing activities were sponsored by PBGW ? Pritchard, Bieler, Graver and Willison.
At the start of the Modified feature Mike Laise jumped into the early lead followed by Chris Gambler, Ron Seltmann Jr., Todd smith and Kyle Borror.
Borror stopped on the backstretch for first yellow on lap three that ended his night. Laise was still first on the restart, but now DeSantis was pressuring him.
The lead changed on the seventh lap when DeSantis, the ?Temple Tornado,? who started eighth dove underneath Laise and made the move stick.
Behind DeSantis by this point were Kevin Hirthler, Doug Manmiller, Laise and John Willman, ninth, second, 13th and 11th-place starters.
Joining the top five by the 16th circuit was Howard who was running the high groove in his Teo-chassis since that was the ?lane that worked best for him.? ?The front runners were running hard trying the inside lane and that?s what helped me on the outside as the track has two lanes.?
Lap traffic came into play by lap 17.
Coming off the fourth turn Laise got somewhat sideways, clipped the guardrail and got a left front flat tire bringing out the 18th lap caution. The restart was void when a three-car backstretch incident eliminated Justin Grim and Chris Esposito. The leader continued to be DeSantis, however, Howard was now in a challenging position making his presence known with Hirthler, Jeff Strunk and Willman in tow.
Manmiller, who was running up front developed a right rear tire and began falling off the pace eventually stopping in the fourth turn on the 23rd lap for the yellow. DeSantis was still in command on this restart.
Howard had just taken over the lead when the yellow came out on lap 24 when Brad Arnold and Don Norris Jr. tangled in the third turn. It was still Howard first when action resumed with DeSantis trying unsuccessfully to regain first.
It was Howard the rest of the way until the checkered unfurled for his 62nd career win. Finishing second was DeSantis followed by Strunk, Hirthler and Craig Von Dohren, last week?s feature winner. Sixth through tenth were Willman, Frank Cozze, Seltmann Jr., Jon Kellner and Mike Gular, who received the Cargo Trailer certificate.
Laise, DeSantis and Kellner won the heats. The consi was won by Norris Jr.
The yellow was out before the first lap of the Late Model feature when Cory Merkel, who ran so well the previous week was eliminated after a backstretch tangle with Buddy Mertz.
Polesitter Dave Ogin led for one lap before Pfeil put the J & H Automotive No. 72 at the head of the pack.
Ron Kline, last week?s feature winner, didn?t fare so well this week when he hit the backstretch wall putting him out of contention. Steve Wilson and Bill Henning were also involved. Henning was the only one that continued. Pfeil held his own on the restart while Dan Green, Steve Butle