Race Results 07/02/2011


Bechtelsville, Pa. ? Kevin Hirthler, who hasn?t won a 30-lap NASCAR All-American Series modified feature at Grandview Speedway since May 22, 2010, was at the right spot on Saturday night when leader Duane Howard had to pit with a right front flat tire on the 23rd lap caution period. Hirthler, was second, but now he was the new leader. Hirthler continued to set the pace when action resumed with constant pressure from Mike Gular and later runner-up Ryan Godown to score his first win of the season in the event sponsored by C.J. High & Associates. Todd Smith led for one lap before Danny Erb became the new leader on the second circuit.


While Erb, a veteran campaigner who hasn?t visited victory lane since June 25, 2005, showed the way around the 1/3-mile oval, dicing for positions behind him were Smith, rookie Brad Grim; Jimmy Horton IV, another rookie and Ryan Grim. Making their bids for a top five spot were Hirthler and Howard, who was advancing rapidly from his 16th starting spot. By the 14th lap Howard moved into second challenging Erb for first. Gary Hager brought out the first caution when he stopped in the first turn. On the restart Howard put the BPG No. 4 ahead of the pack with Erb trying to regain the top spot.


By the Dan?s Deli 1/2-way hoagie award mark the to five consisted of Howard, Erb, Hirthler, Gular and Kevin Albert Jr.


Hirthler took over second on the 16th lap and set his sights on Howard with Gular, Godown and Erb in tow.


The red had to be thrown on the 23rd lap when Nate Christman, a rookie who had a solid third place finish the previous week, spun along the backstretch. Don Norris Jr. and Ron Seltmann Jr., left with nowhere to go made contact with him and rolled. No one was injured, but all cars sustained heavy damage. Shawn Reimert was also involved, but he continued. While the cars were stopped on the backstretch as the accident was being cleared, Howard?s tire started to go flat. As soon as the yellow light went on he went pitside and was able to return in time. Howard?s misfortune was Hirthler?s fortune as he now inherited the lead on the restart. Hirthler wasted little time keeping the Green Lane/Wm. Penn family-owned No. 117 in first when racing went green again with Gular,


Godown, Craig Von Dohren and Albert Jr. jockeying for the remaining positions.