NEW BABY NEEDS SHOES SO DUANE HOWARD ROMPS TO NASCAR MOD WIN AT GRANDVIEW; BRIAN SHUEY GETS OPEN NIGHT WIN WITH LATE MODELSGrandview PR
The 20-lap main event for the NASCAR Late Models went to Brian Shuey in a down to the wire battle with Randy Stoudt.
A large crowd turned out for the start of the 44th consecutive season of stock car racing at the Berks County oval and they were treated to some exciting racing but each feature was packed with cautions causing single file restarts to be used much earlier than usual.
Howard, a three time track champion at Grandview, was in a new mount as part of the Chad Sinon Motorsports/BPG Racing team and it looked like he and the car were made for each other. Once early leader Jon Kellner was forced out with mechanical problems with just nine laps in the record book Howard inherited the lead and set the pace for the balance of the race.
Many cautions dotted the feature program and on what turned out to be the final caution starter Ray Kemp brought them to the green in single file. It made no difference to the Oley, PA racer if it was single file or double file, he still lead and was leading when the checkered flag fell.
Second spot went to five time track champion Craig VonDohren who also calls Oley home. The veteran driver was able to challenge Howard a couple of times but just was not able to mount a serious effort for the first spot. Third was earned by dirt track Modified legend Brett Hearn of Vernon, NJ driving a BPG Racing team car to Howard. Mike Gular (Harleysville) was able to bring his THProperties entry home fourth followed by Doug Man- miller (Wyomissing).
The top four finishers in the Modified feature were all driving cars owned by or sponsored by Chad Sinon Motorsports/BPG Racing.
Defending Modified champion Jeff Strunk in a new Johnny Rea owned mount had problems in qualifying and had to take provisional starting spot for the feature. He was out early and credited with a 29th place finish.
In the 20-lap feature for Late Models, 24 starters, Mike Kellner went to the front at the drop of the green with Lou Egrie, a two time champion, in command on the second lap thru fourth. At the five lap marker Brian Shuey (Hamburg) was able to put the Bob Fisher Chevrolet entry in front of the pack. At 10 laps Randy Stoudt was in front but that was short lived as Shuey came back to control the race for the final laps. Randy Stoudt (Pottstown), a two time past track champion, finished a close second. Third went to Chuck Schutz (Pottstown) followed by Kyle Pensinger (Lyons) and Lou Egrie (Willow Grove).
Qualifying heats for the NASCAR Modifieds, more than 60 on hand, were won by Craig VonDohren, Jon Kellner, Duane Howard, Brett Hearn and Jon Kellner Jr. Consolation race victories were taken by Ryan Watt, Doug Manmiller and Greg Humlhanz.
In Late Model qualifiers wins went to Mike Kellner, Lou Egrie and Brian Shuey.
Coming up on Saturday, April 8th, is a full show (at least 12 events) of NASCAR Modifieds and Late Models topped by a 30-lap feature for the Mods and a 20-lap feature for the Late Models. Racing will get the green flag at 7 p.m.
Fans are reminded that Grandview Speedway still offers two fans each week the opportunity to win rides in the exciting two seat modified and winners even get to have their favorite driver in the car with them?.when possible.
Grandview Speedway is a one-third-mile, banked clay speedway located on Passmore Road just off Route 100 in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 mil