Race Results 09/04/2010


Bechtelsville, Pa. ? The most recent question at Grandview Speedway in the modified ranks is who finished second in the feature because more than likely the winner would be Duane Howard. That?s exactly what happened on Saturday night in the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Racing Series modified feature as Howard claimed his fifth straight victory of the season and his eighth of the year. Howard also became $10,000 richer by winning the American Racer East Coast Modified Cup in which he was in a tight battle with fellow competitor Craig Von Dohren and N.Y. racer Stewart Friesen.


Cliff Quinn led five laps before the yellow came out when Kevin Albert Jr. stopped in the fourth turn with a right rear flat tire. On the restart Glenn Owens became the new leader trailed by Quinn, Ron Seltmann Jr., Todd Marburger and Jordan Umbenhauer.


The top five running order remained the same for several laps and threading his way through the pack from the 16th starting spot was Howard. By the 11th lap Howard was fifth advancing every lap. On the 14th lap Howard made a daring move and went from fourth to first as he put the Troyer chassis/Main Racing Engine powered mount in front. While Howard, who also received the Dan?s Deli 1/2-way hoagie award mark; showed the way, Marburger, Owens, Jeff Strunk, who started 15th, and Owens jockeyed for positions.


The pack regrouped on the 23rd lap when Todd Smith, Ryan Grim and Brad Brightbill tangled along the backstretch. The restart put Howard and Strunk side-by-side, but Strunk couldn?t overpower him and Howard kept the momentum going.


By this time the order behind Howard consisted of Strunk, Ryan Godown, 17th-place starter and Craig Von Dohren, who started deep in the pack in 22nd after winning the consi.


Everyone got one last chance at Howard after John Willman spun in the fourth turn after cars ahead of him got out of shape. Howard wasted no time pulling away on the restart, but now Godown was in second. No one was able to deny Howard the victory as he put the BPG Racing No. 4 in the winner?s circle again. Chasing him across the line were Godown and Strunk, who posted their best finishes in awhile; Von Dohren and Kevin Hirthler. Sixth through tenth were Mike Gular, Seltmann Jr., who turned in his best performance; Kyle Follweiler, Shawn Reimert and Marburger, who received the Cargo Trailer Award.