Race Results 04/04/2009

Bechtelsville, Pa. ? Duane Howard started the 47th season at Grandview Speedway on a winning note as the former point champion led from start to finish to win the 40-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Racing Series modified feature on Saturday night. It was the fourth straight year the Oley native won the opener in the BPG Racing/Chad Sinon owned No. 4. In addition to the top prize money, Howard also received 1/2-way Dan?s Deli award. Howard isn?t sure where he will call his home track as plans may

change as the season continues.

    The track conditions were tricky with the strong winds throughout the evening, but that didn?t deter Howard, who won the first heat and started on the pole, from punching the accelerator on the Troyer chassis to stay in front of Meme DeSantis, Craig Von Dohren, Mike Gular and Shawn Reimert on the initial start.

Howard?s rapid pace was slowed numerous times by several caution periods and on occasions DeSantis challenged him, but to no avail. The real action behind him was heated on the chilly night between DeSantis, Von Dohren, Gular and Ryan Godown as everyone wanted the opportunity to get a run on Howard.

    Ray Swinehart brought out the yellow on the ninth lap when he stopped in the second turn and at the same time Von Dohren, running fourth, pitted with problems. Godown, who started 13th, and was right in the thick of the battle, pitted before action resumed and came back out one lap down.

    A first turn tangle between Jason Hamilton and Jon Kellner had the yellow waving again on the 10th lap. Since there were so many caution periods up to that point, starter Ray Kemp decided the restart would be single-file. It was still Howard in command when racing went green being chased by DeSantis, Reimert, Gular and Tom Umbenhauer with the order the same for several laps.

    Keith Brightbill stopped between the third and fourth turn on the 19th lap to bring out the yellow. Howard held his own on the restart, but now Gular moved into second to pressure him while Reimert, DeSantis and Jeff Strunk, who started 15th, completed the top five.

    The final caution was on the 35th lap as Doug Hoffman, the new driver of the Norm Hansell No. 357, was stopped on the edge of the track along the backstretch. Reimert, who was having a solid fifth place run in his self-owned No. 58S, had a tough break when a broken shock forced him pitside. Howard pulled away quickly to continue his dominance.

    No one was able to catch Howard and at the drop of the checkered he was victorious trailed by Gular, DeSantis, Strunk, who is contigence for the Hard Luck award, and Umbenhauer. Rounding out the top ten were Danny Erb, in the Jeremy Banos owned No. 44 – a deal put together a few weeks prior to the opener; Doug Manmiller, Sean Merkel, John Willman and A.J. DeSantis, a rookie this season that turned in a fine performance and is the son of veteran driver Meme DeSantis.

     Bechtelsville, PA ? Brian Shuey, the ?Shoemakersville Slaughter? led from the wave of the green until the drop of the checkered to put the David and Charlotte Eyrich owned/Bob Fisher Chevrolet No. 5-Star in victory lane in the ?More Money? 20-lap  NASCAR late model feature season opener on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway. Shuey also won the opening event last year. In addition to the regular purse, Shuey and all the other drivers that competed received extra money through the efforts of Mark Garman who was able to get several sponsors to m