HOWARD WINS THIRD, KELLNER GETS HIS SECOND WIN AND KEPPLER A FIRST WIN AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAYGrandview PR
BECHTELSVILLE, PA May 11, 2008 . . . ?We are on a lucky couple of weeks,? said Duane Howard in victory lane after winning the 30-lap NASCAR 358 Modified feature race at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. ?We have a fast car, a good team and we will be near the front every week.?
Mike Kellner came home first for the second time this season in the 20-lap NASCAR Late Model feature and Mike Keppler won the 15-lap Xcel 600 Modified feature.
Joe Masiado was able to put his Valley Auto Parts No. 43 in front of the 29 car starting field at the start of the 30-lap Modified main event. Bobby Gunther Walsh pressured the leader for the first couple of laps with Cliff Quinn moving into second on the fourth circuit. Shawn Reimert stopped in turn one bringing out a caution and on the ninth lap restart Quinn went to the front with Duane Howard close behind.
A four car skirmish on the front stretch brought out the caution and Duane Howard, who had started 14th, took the lead on lap ten. Quickly the field was brought to a halt when young Todd Smith got upside down in a multi-car accident that eliminated Stewart Friesen, Danny Hieber and Smith.
On the restart Howard, in the BPG Racing Troyer No. 4, led the field with six time champion Craig Von Dohren in second spot.
At the 15-lap marker early leader Joe Masiado went to the pits with a flat tire bringing out a caution that closed up the field with Howard in front followed closely by VonDohren, Quinn, Doug Manmiller and John Willman.
With ten laps to go Howard still was able to set the pace with VonDohren close behind, Manmiller in third and Jeff Strunk, the point leader, in fourth having come from 19th starting spot.
VonDohren had a right rear tire go down dropping him out of second place and giving the runnerup spot to Strunk with just five laps to go.
The final laps saw Howard, who hails from nearby Oley, set the pace and lead Strunk (Mohnton) across the finish line by a comfortable margin. Doug Manmiller (Shoemakersville) finished third followed by Mike Gular (Green Lane) and Meme DeSantis (Temple) coming from 27th starting spot.
Even though Howard has won three features and Strunk has not been to victory lane Strunk is still the point leader in his quest for a seventh track title.
Bill Henning put his Henning?s Supermarket/WNPV Radio No. 80 in front of the 24 car starting field for the 20-lap Late Model feature. Eric Kauffman had problems on the first lap bringing out a caution and just two laps later Greg Hoffmaster came to a stop on the front stretch finished for the night.
At five laps Henning was still in front with young Mike Kellner right on his rear bumper. Two laps later Kellner (Lansdale) put his No. 57 in front and that is where he stayed until the finish.
Ron Kline (Salford) ran a strong second and challenged the leader but just was not strong enough to get the first spot. Early leader Henning (Lansdale) held on to grab third giving him his best finish of the season. Jon Kellner Sr. (Lansdale) finished in fourth place followed by four time Late Model champion Dean Stoudt.
Mike Keppler (Bechtelsville) took the lead at the drop of the green and led all the laps in winning the 15-lap feature for the Xcel 600 Modifieds. Dave Baldwin tried to make a race of it but settled for a comfortable second followed by Nick Mady, Eric Whitby and 14-year-old Tracy Bartik.
Qualifying heat races for the 600 Modifieds went to Kevin Gruber, Eric Whitby and Nick Mady with Dylan Stein winning the consolation.
In qualifying events for the NASCAR Late Models Bill Henning, Buddy Wharton and Mike Kellner won the heat races and Danny Snyder topped the field in the consolation race.