Race Results 09/15/2007Grandview PR
BECHTELSVILLE, PA SEPTEMBER 15, 2007 . . . .. Driving what he called his favorite racecar Duane Howard made it look easy as he wheeled the Maverick?s Motorcycle Club/Alex?s Lemonade Stand No. 114 modified stock car to victory Saturday night in the 30-lap Open Competition Modified stock car feature race at Grandview Speedway. In the 20-lap Open Comp Late Model feature race Jon Kellner Sr. drove the Hutt?s Glass No. 85am to victory, his first win in a Late Model feature since 1992 bringing his career total to 58.
Howard made a clean sweep of the evening winning his qualifying heat race, Cash Dash and the feature race using a big block modified that has been to victory lane four times in six events entered.
By virtue of a straight up start for the 24 car feature field Howard started on the pole and pulled away from the field at the drop of the green. Meme Desantis settled into second.
At ten laps Howard had a comfortable lead with Jason Hamilton having now taken over second while DeSantis dropped to third.
With 20 laps in the record book Howard was still in control while DeSantis had now moved back into second with Hamilton holding third.
Four laps later Hamilton headed to the pits with a flat tire while Mike Gular was making a charge to third from his 17th starting spot.
Howard (Oley) came home with a very comfortable lead at the drop of the checkered with Meme DeSantis (Temple) finishing second. Six time track champion Craig VonDohren (Oley) made a strong effort in the closing laps to grab third followed by Danny Erb (Boyertown) and Mike Gular (Green Lane).
The 20-lap Late Model feature, just nine cars starting, had Mike Kellner leading the early laps and his dad, Jon Kellner Sr., working his way from fifth starting spot and hoping to challenge his son. However on the 7th circuit young Mike went to the pits with a flat tire and dad took over the top spot.
At ten laps Jon Kellner Sr. was building up a lead while Brian Shuey, the 2007 Late Model champion, was working his way toward the front.
At the finish Kellner Sr. (Lansdale), who had got caught up behind some lapped traffic, was able to hold off a strong challenge from Shuey (Shoemakersville). Third spot went to Greg Hoffmaster (Pottstown) followed by four time champion Dean Stoudt (East Greenville) and Johnny Favinger (Coatesville) get his best career finish.
The win the first for Kellner Sr. since 1992 brought his career Late Model feature win total to 58. It should be pointed out that Kellner Sr. had spent several years racing Modifieds and was a feature winner in that division. It was just this season, with about one third of the season completed, that his sons were able to talk him into getting back into the Late Models after he had retired from Modified competition.
Qualifying heat wins for the Modifieds went to Howard, Meme DeSantis and Jason Hamilton while the consolation was won by Sean Merkel. A five lap Cash Dash featuring the Modified heat winners was won by Howard.