Race Results 07/17/2010

Bechtelsville, Pa. ? Standing in victory lane on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway Duane Howard commented that the team made several changes to the car because they knew they had to step up their program to beat the 1C (referring to Craig Von Dohren, who has been on a win streak at the 1/3-mile oval). Whatever Al Finch and crew did appeared to have worked for Howard since the current point leader got to the front first and proceeded to win his third 30-lap NASCAR All-American Racing Series modified feature of the season at the track by a comfortable margin over defending point champion Jeff Strunk and Von Dohren. The night?s activities were sponsored by WNPV 1440AM radio.

Rookie Kevin Albert Jr. was the early pacesetter, taking the green from honorary starter Harry Turner, trailed by Mike Laise, Glenn Owens, A.J. DeSantis and Ron Seltmann Jr.

The red was thrown as Jason Hamilton flipped over Todd Marburger, who was sitting along the homestretch wall. Also involved were Todd Smith, Billy Pauch Jr. and Ray Swinehart. All driver were uninjured. The only ones unable to continue as their cars sustained considerable damage were Hamilton and Smith. Seltmann Jr. took over the lead when action resumed while Laise, A.J. DeSantis, Dug Manmiller, driving the Dick Biever-owned No. 14M and Jon Kellner.

A multi-car second turn accident brought out the yellow on the fifth lap. Seltmann Jr. had a tough break when he had to relinquish the lead before the restart due to a flat tire. He rejoined the race in the time an was able to finish. This turn of events put Manmiller in first on the restart with Kellner challenging while Laise, DeSantis and Albert Jr. jockeyed for the remaining spots.

While Manmiller and Kellner dueled for first, positions behind them were constantly changing as by lap 12, third through fifth was comprised of Howard, Strunk and Laise.

Keith Brightbill, Swinehart and Pauch Jr. tangled in the third turn for the next caution period on the 13th lap. Manmiller was still the pacesetter on the restart, but now Howard was in the runner-up spot pressuring him.

Howard put the BPG Racing No. 4 in the lead at the Dan?s Delis 1/2-way hoagie mark and started to pull away.