Race Results 06/01/2013Grandview PR
By VICKI GEHRIS
By VICKI GEHRIS
BECHTELSVILLE, PA. ? Defending Grandview Speedway NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified point champion and current point leader Duane Howard proved he?s ?here to win? as he aggressively made his way to the front from 16th and into the lead on the 18th lap following an intense side-by-side battle with opening night winner Meme DeSantis to capture his fourth 30-lap Modified win on Saturday night. A few more laps and Howard might night have won as Craig Von Dohren, coming off a feature win the previous night at Big Diamond, Minersville, was coming on strong.
PBGW Accounting was the evening?s race sponsor and each feature winner received special awards from Checkered Flag Fan Club.
Howard commented in victory lane that he ?hated the contact made between Jeff Strunk and Jon Kellner Jr., when he clipped the second turn guardrail, but that?s how you have to race at the 1/3-mile oval.? The incident eliminated both Jeff Strunk and Kellner Jr. His remark didn?t sit two well with some fans.
Kellner Jr. led the 28-car starting grid for two laps before veteran and former two-time point champion Ray Swinehart motored into the top spot.
The first caution was on the fourth lap when Jon Kellner, running sixth, was spun in the second turn. Swinehart held his own on the restart, but now DeSantis was second challenging. Kellner Jr., Kyle Follweiler, Jeff Strunk and Don Norris Jr. completed the top five.
After three laps of side-by-side racing with Swinehart on the inside and DeSantis outside, DeSantis emerged as the new leader on the seventh circuit.
Coming off the fourth turn some of the front runners behind DeSantis and Swinehart were s