HOWARD WINS MOD FEATURE ON LAST LAP, SCHUTZ GETS FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON IN LATE MODELS AT GRANDVIEWGrandview PR
BECHTELSVILLE, PA MAY 27, 2007 . . . Not even a 90 minute rain delay, Randy Bailey leading 29 laps or an engine that was belching smoke could keep Duane Howard from winning his second of the season in the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All American Modified Series race at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. The 20-lap Late Model race, part of Arnold?s Karting Center (Oaks, PA) Night, was won by defending champion Chuck Schutz for his first win of the season.
Once the Modifieds got settled down, two accidents before one lap was completed, fans that waited out the rain delay were treated to a fantastic feature event. Randy Bailey, a semi-retired veteran of stock car racing competition, put his Precision Motor Cars No.IK in front of the pack early. In fact it was all Randy Bailey until the midway point when Duane Howard, coming from 11th, started to put pressure on Bailey with his BPG Racing/Maverick?s Motorcycle Club No. 4.
The balance of the feature race was a battle between leader Bailey and challenger Howard ( smoke belching from the engine) with Ray Swinehart, Doug Manmiller and Jeff Strunk waiting for the two leaders to make mistakes.
With just one-half lap left in the feature, the leaders headed down the backstretch of the one-third-mile, banked clay oval Howard made his move and charged under Bailey in turn three. Bailey tried to regain his lost lead to no avail and was just a slim margin behind Howard at the finish.
In victory lane the Oley racer gave all the credit to his crew and engine man for his victory effort. Howard did point out that the Troyer chassis racer was down on power in one cylinder and that was the reason for the belching smoke. Second spot went to Bailey (Kutztown) who stopped at victory lane to congratulate the winner. Past champion Ray Swinehart (Bechtelsville) finished third followed by point leader Doug Manmiller (Shoemakersville) and five time track champion Jeff Strunk (Mohnton).
The Late Model feature saw Chuck Schutz get his first win of the season and what could only be called a crash fest with 17 minutes being spent on getting one lap completed.
Teenage ace Kyle Merkel went to the front at the start and holding the lead until the fourth lap when Schutz brought his Jesse Baro Trucking/Maverick?s Motorcycle Club No. 1 to the front from a fourth place starting position.
At the midway point Schutz had a comfortable lead on the field with four time champion Dean Stoudt running in second and trying to pressure the leader. At the 19th lap with Schutz leading comfortably Ron Kline and Dean Stoudt had a tremendous side-by-side battle going on for second. Unfortunately two lapped cars blocked the track, causing Stoudt and Kline to take evasive action and Kline ended up in the third turn wall.
With the checkered flag in the air Schutz (Pottstown) drove to victory followed by Dean Stoudt (East Greenville), Kyle Merkel (Gilbertsville), Mike Kellner (Lansdale) and Brian Shuey (Hamburg).
Qualifying heat wins for the Late Models went to Schutz, Kline and Kellner. In the Modifieds qualifying event wins were earned by Jeremy Banos, Ryan Grim, Jon Kellner Jr. and Randy Bailey while the consolation races were won by Danny Erb and Shawn Reimert.
SPONSORSHIP CONTEST WINNER ANNOUNCED. Modified racer Todd Marburger did not win the feature race but he did go home a winner. Marburger, who battles the dread disease MS, picked up more than $3,000 in cash and prizes for winning the Grandview Speedway/BPG Racing Sponsorship contest. Marburger, by vote of the judges, submitted the best sponsorship proposal and will receive $1,500 from Chad Sinon (BPG Racing), a sponsorship kit from Ernie Saxton Communications, Inc., a website created by Blake Tobias Motorsports and $250 worth of photo cards from Racerboy Marketing. Marburger gave crew member Chad Shalaway much of the credit for the