Race Results 08/08/2009


Bechtelsville, Pa. ? Duane Howard has not been in victory lane at Grandview Speedway since the 2009 season opener in April. Saturday night the veteran campaigner put the BPG-owned, Alan Finch prepared No. 4 into the lead on the 12th lap of the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series modified feature sponsored by Hatfield Quality Meats. Howard, who finished second the previous week, then had to overcome two obstacles before he made it to victory lane. First his teammate and runner-up Craig Von Dohren and two – lap traffic which at times appeared would cost him the lead. Howard dealt with the situation and went on to score his second win at the 1/3-mile oval.
Troy Wink, who suffered a shoulder injury last week, was the early pacesetter on the initial start trailed by John Tschudy, Todd Smith, Jeremy Banos and Ryan Grim.
Ray Swinehart, who had a solid fifth place finish last week, brought out the first yellow of the night with two laps completed when he stopped in the fourth turn out of contention. Wink was still the leader when action resumed while Tschudy, Chris Esposito, Sean Merkel and Smith diced for the remaining positions.
A multi-car second turn tangle on the tenth lap caused the second and final caution of the race. It was still Wink in the number one spot, but by this time the order behind him consisted of Howard, Von Dohren, Mike Gular and Tschudy.
First and second changed on the 12th lap as Howard and Von Dohren shuffled Wink back to third.
By the Dan?s Deli 1/2-way hoagie mark, Howard ran the low line while Von Dohren kept to the high groove as the pair battled side-by-side. In a few laps Howard switched lanes trying to break Von Dohren?s momentum. Lap cars were becoming an issue by the 19th lap and despite radio warnings that the leader and others were approaching, they continued racing one another causing Howard, Von Dohren, Wink, Gular and Meme DeSantis to use heads up driving.
Von Dohren stayed right with Howard waiting for a possible slip-up in hopes of overtaking him as neither one gave up.
Howard never surrendered the top spot and went on to capture his 26th career victory at the track. Chasing him across the line were Von Dohren, Wink, for his season best finish; Gular and DeSantis. Rounding out the top ten were Kevin Hirthler, Merkel, Billy Pauch Jr., Tschudy and last week?s Forrest Rogers Memorial winner Ryan Godown, who received the CornerStone Auto Sales Hard Charger award and the Cargo Trailers tenth-place finisher award.
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DANNY SNYDER CLAIMS HIS FIRST LATE MODEL FEATURE VICTORY AT GRANDVIEW


Bechtelsville, PA ? Last Saturday night at Grandview Speedway, overheating problems sidelined Danny Snyder while he was leading the 20-lap NASCAR late model feature. This week Snyder overtook Wayne Pfeil with three laps to go and went on to score his first career victory in the event sponsored by Hatfield Quality Meats.
John Favinger, who led last week until he spun, took the early lead followed by Wayne Pfeil, Snyder, Chuck Schutz and Rick Todorow. Doug Walton brought out the first yellow when he spun in the first turn on the sixth lap. Favinger held his own on the restart with Pfeil giving him no room to error.
The next caution was for Ron Kline on the seventh lap when he stopped with a flat tire in the second turn. On this restart Pfeil and Snyder overtook first and second as Favinger dropped back to third trailed by Schutz and Kyle Merkel.
The order at the Dan?s Deli 1/2-way hoagie award mark was comprised of Pfeil, Snyder, Schutz, Favinger and Randy Stoudt.
Pfeil and Snyder put on a fierce battle for the lead for several laps. The lead changed for the third and final time on the 17th lap as Snyd