Race Results 07/12/2014Grandview PR
By: VICKI GEHRIS
BECHTELSVILLE, PA. ? Duane Howard, rebounding from a horrendous front stretch flip two weeks ago and elimination from competition the previous week, wheeled the Petruska-owned Atlas Paving No. 66 past Jeff Strunk on the 24th lap restart and went on to win his fourth 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series 358 Modified feature on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway in the activities sponsored by A.D. Moyer Lumber ?It?s fun to race here, but it?s not easy coming from 13th or so every week,? commented Howard in victory lane. ?The Petruska team is great and they provide me with a good car every week and I apologize for my actions last week.? That took a great deal of courage to admit the mistake he made. He also picked up an additional $250 from T.P. Trailers, Limerick.
Chuck Schutz recorded his second win of the season in the 20-lap BRC NASCAR Late Model feature by a healthy margin over runner-up Jason Miller in the event that went non-stop. That was definitely an improvement over last week. Schutz also received $100 from T.P. Trailers.
The Jared Umbenhauer domination in the Sportsman division continued as he won his eighth 25-lap NASCAR Sportsman feature with Ryan Lilick a distant second. He too received $100 from T.P. Trailers.
Ronnie Peck, former late model and modified stand-out, was the winner of the 15-lap Blast From The Past Vintage Car feature.
Bobby Gunther-Walsh led one lap before he bounded off the second turn wall for the caution. Andy Ressler was placed to the rear for supposedly having initiated the mishap. This put Mike Laise in the lead when action resumed with pressure from Jon Kellner, Kyle Borror, Terry Meitzler and Nate Christman.
Kellner put the Vince Gagliardo No. 41 at the front of the pack on the eighth lap, but Laise stayed with him trying to retake first.
At the Dan?s Deli ?-way hoagie mark Kellner was in lap traffic and now the order behind him consisted of Laise, Strunk, Howard and Borror.
Strunk overtook second on the 16th lap and took off after Kellner.
Just as Strunk reeled Kellner in, Kevin Hartnett stopped in the second turn bringing out the caution with 18 laps in the books. Kellner managed to hold onto the lead with heavy pressure from Strunk, Howard, Craig Von Dohren and Doug Manmiller giving him no room to error.
Racing side-by-side with Kellner on the outside and Strunk inside, Kellner found himself in the third turn wall in a racing hard incident and the yellow unfurled on the 21st lap. It was a tough break for Kellner, who was finally having a decent run. Strunk and Howard were door handle to door handle on the restart with Strunk having the edge.
Tommy Scheetz III and Mike Gular spun between turns one and two for the next caution on the 23rd lap. The restart was void when Laise and John Willman were in the second turn facing the wrong direction. This time it was Kevin Hirthler accused of triggering the mishap and he was sent to the rear. This restart Howard charged past Strunk and into the top spot to be the fifth different leader.
Howard continued his pace until he pulled into the winner?s circle for his 63rd career win followed by Strunk, Von Dohren, Manmiller and Ryan Grim, for his best run of the season. Sixth through tenth were Jordan Umbenhauer, Christman, Terry Meitzler, Frank Cozze and Borror. Don Norris Jr. received the Cargo Trailers certificate.
Heats were won by Laise, Howard and Von Dohren. Gular won the consi.
In Late Model action Joe ?Geezer? Fanelli was the early leader while Jason Miller, Dan Green, John Giesler and Schutz diced for positions.
Fanelli, looking for his first win as a rookie in the division, was able to hold off Miller?s continuous bids for the lead until Miller overtook him on the14th circuit. One lap later Schutz was in the challenging position.
Miller ran the high line and Schutz stuck to the bottom as the pair battled for first.
A new leader emerged on the 18th lap when Schutz put the