HOWARD SETS HIS SIGHTS ON GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY TITLEGrandview PR
Bechtelsville, PA March 26, 2008 . . . Losing the NASCAR Modified championship at Grandview Speedway by just one point to six time champion Jeff Strunk in 2007 has been gnawing at Duane Howard all during the off season.
The three time past champion at the NASCAR sanctioned Bechtelsville speed plant has announced he and car owner Chad Sinon are returning to challenge for the lucrative NASCAR Whelen All American Series Modified title in 2008.
The talented 45-year-old veteran Modified racer will have a new Troyer race car owned by Sinon and carry sponsorship support from BPG Racing, Maverick?s Motorcycle Club, Breast Center Awareness, Alex?s Lemonade Stand, Troyer Race Cars and Main Engines.
?This is a decision that we have been discussing the entire off season. We looked at going to other tracks,? said Sinon. ?It is no secret that Duane has a preference for the bigger Bridgeport Speedway but the money is so great at Grandview. But it all came down to that one point championship loss of last year and the team wanting to show they can win the title.
?If we had not missed the one race at Grandview to run somewhere else last year there just may have been a different champion.?
Long time crew chief Alan Finch will be back to keep the BPG Racing equipment in top shape.
Howard will be racing at Big Diamond Raceway on Friday nights and then making the very short trip from his Oley, PA home to Grandview Speedway on Saturday nights.
With six time track champions Jeff Strunk and Craig VonDohren returning to action at the one-third-mile, banked clay oval along such standouts as Mike Gular, Terry Meitzler, Kevin Hirthler, Doug Manmiller and a host of others Howard will have his hands full.
Throw in newcomers such as Ryan Godown, New Yorker Stewart Friesen, Danny Hieber and a few others and Howard will definitely have to be at the ?top of his game? to be a factor in the championship chase in 2008.
Howard does plan to be at the free-to-the-public practice session on Saturday, March 29th starting at noon.
The season, at Grandview, officially gets the green flag on Saturday, April 5 at 7 p.m. with the NASCAR Modifieds and Late Models featured in a doubleheader. The Modifieds will top their part of the show with a 40-lap, $3,000 to win feature race while the Late Models will run in the More Money Twenty which will offer more money to the competitors.
Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road just off Route 100 in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown. For information on racing events check in at www.grandviewspeedway.com or telephone 610.754.7688. For information on marketing through motorsports at Grandview Speedway telephone Ernie Saxton Communications, Inc. at 215.752.7797.