HOWARD AND SHUEY LEAD ALL THE LAPS IN WINNING FEATURES AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAYGrandview PR
BECHTELSVILLE, PA April 6, 2008 . . . Duane Howard and Brian Shuey made it look fairly easy as they each won their respective feature events as Grandview Speedway kicked off their 46th consecutive season of stock car racing on Saturday night.
A large crowd was on hand on a very chilly night to see Howard take the lead in the 40-lap NASCAR Whelen American Series Modified stock car feature race on the first lap and set the pace throughout the entire event.
Driving the BPG Racing/Maverick?s Motorcycle Club No. 4 Howard survived a couple of first lap multi-car accidents and took the lead from pole sitter Stewart Friesen. Despite a few challenges Howard (Oley) was able to win with a comfortable margin of victory.
The victory puts Howard in front of the NASCAR Modified standings as he shoots for his fourth track title. Last year he lost the title to Jeff Strunk by just one point on the final night.
?We will be here the entire season, through good and bad,? said the 42-year old racer in victory lane. He and his car owner Chad Sinon have just one goal and that is another Grandview Speedway title.
Second spot went to Danny Erb (Boyertown). Erb was able to work his way past other challengers but just seemed to have nothing left to make a serious challenge to the winner. Stewart Friesen (Niagara Falls, NY) started on the pole and stay with Howard in the early laps but dropped off the pace just slightly and that forced him to settle for third. Veteran Kerry Kratz (Bechtelsville) grabbed an impressive fourth place finish while defending six time track champion Jeff Strunk (Mohnton) had a strong effort coming from 21st starting spot to finish fifth.
Defending Late Model champion Brian Shuey (Shoemakersville) started on the pole and never gave up the top position as he easily won the More Money Twenty for NASCAR Late Models. Shuey was driving the Bob Fisher Chevrolet dealership sponsored No. 5x.
Mike Kellner, the second place finisher from Lansdale, tried a few times to challenge Shuey but his bottom of the track efforts fell short. Past champion Chuck Schutz (Pottstown) made some impressive maneuvers in the outside groove and came on strong in the final laps to finish third. All time leading Late Model feature winner Jon Kellner Sr. (Lansdale) finished fourth with Quakertown?s Rick Todorow claiming fifth.
Qualifying heat races for the Late Models were won by Brian Shuey, Jon Kellner Sr. and Rick Todorow. Actually Bill Henning crossed the finish line first in the third heat but the win was given to Todorow when Henning?s car was found to be too light and he was disqualified.
In the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Modified qualifying heats the first went to Stewart Friesen in his first outing with the Norm Hansell owned No. 357. The second qualifying heat race was won by Duane Howard. Jon Kellner Sr. took the third heat and Kerry Kratz was first home in the fourth qualifier. Jeff Strunk and Ryan Godown earned feature starting spots by winning the consolation races.
The Cornerstone Auto Sales Hard Charger awards, worth $50 to each driver, went to Jeff Strunk in the NASCAR Modifieds for improving 16 positions in the Modified feature after starting 21st. Buddy Wharton earned the award in the Late Models gaining five spots. Two other drivers also gained five spots but Wharton earned the award for being the highest finisher.
NASCAR 358 Modifieds and Late Models will be back in action on Saturday, April 12th with racing getting the green flag at 7 pm. A full series of qualifying events will lead up to a 30-lap feature for the Modifieds and a 20-lapper for the Late Models.
Admission for Saturday night is $13 for adults, $5 for youngsters 6 thru 11 and under 6 are admitted free with a paying adult. There is always free parking on the speedway grounds and fans are invited to enjoy the wide arra