BECHTELSVILLE, PA Veteran dirt track modified racer
Meme DeSantis was able to snap the winning streak, five modified feature wins in
a row for Duane Howard, picking up his second win of the season in the 30-lap
NASCAR 358 Modified race at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. Robbie
Stillwaggon topped the 24-car starting field in the 25-lap Rislone URC sprint
feature and Ronnie Peck was first across the finish line in the 15-lap Blast
from the Past Vintage car race.
Young Jon Kellner Jr. set the early pace for
the 29-car starting field in the 30-lap 358 Modified feature race with recent
Drexel University graduate Todd Smith in second spot. At five laps a two car
tangle in turn 1 brought out the caution closed up the field behind the leader.
Two laps later Don Norris Jr. had his Limerick Diner No. 976 turned around along
with Jarrad Miller bringing out another caution. Again the field closing up on
At 10-laps it was still young Kellner and his Power Washer No.
67 in front with Chris Esposito and Jon Kellner Sr. close behind.
the race in the record book Kellner Sr. was able put his Vince’s Towing No. 41
in front of his son now in second and Meme DeSantis coming from 13th starting
spot now in third.
It took until the 24th lap, on a restart after a caution
for a stopped Mike Gular on the backstretch that brought out a caution, for
DeSantis to charge to the front coming off the fourth turn.
coming from 16th starting spot, charged up through the field to challenge
DeSantis in the closing laps and on the final lap made a bold move to try to
squeeze under the leader in the first turn but DeSantis was having none of that
and closed the door on him. VonDohren was forced to settle for his third
straight second place finish.
At the checkered flag it was DeSantis wheeling
the NoSteroids.com/Dino’s Wings & Things No.88D to victory. The Temple racer
had just a narrow margin over Craig VonDohren (Oley). Third spot was earned by
Jon Kellner Sr. (Lansdale) followed by Frank Cozze (Wind Gap) and Jeff Strunk
In victory lane DeSantis told victory lane announcer “Whippy”
that he had given a couple away in recent weeks and he was not going to give
this one away.
Duane Howard, who had a five race win streak going into the
Saturday night program, was never a factor and had to settle for 11th after
starting 23rd in the feature as a result of qualifying through a consolation
Howard does maintain his point lead by a very narrow margin, just 19
points, over six time track champion Craig VonDohren.
Johnathan Swanson lead
the field to the green flag and set the pace for the first five laps of the
25-lap Rislone URC sprint feature. At the six lap mark Troy Betts used the
outside groove to charge to the front of the 24-car field. Betts was able to
hold off challenges from Josh Weller from the 8th through the 19th lap and
looked like he was going to be able to hold off the challenge from defending URC
champion Robbie Stillwaggon with the battle starting on the 20th lap.
and Stillwaggon put on a fan pleasing battle with Betts holding the top spot
until the final lap when Stillwaggon, going for his second win of the season
with the traveling sprint car organization, charged past the leader coming off
the second turn. Betts came back strong trying to reclaim his lead in the final
turn of the 25-lapper but had to settle for second.
NJ) drove the Fred Kennedy owned Quality Auto Body No. 89 to the victory with
Troy Betts (New Castle, DE) claiming second. Third spot went to Josh Weller
(Mertztown) followed by Hall of Fame sprint racer Kramer Williamson (Palmyra,
PA) and Brain Carber (Piperville, PA)
Stillwaggon thanked his family and
sponsors in victory lane saying the car worked anywhere he put it the track to
claim the win.
The Blast from the Past Vintage car feature, a 15 lapper, saw
Ronnie Peck (Pottstown) charge in front of the starting field and never look
back as he easily won the feature race. His teammate Jim Baker, a long time
standout in area racing, finished second with both of them appearing in victory
lane as Peck was given credit for the A Class victory and Baker was tops in the
B Class. Thirds spot went to Vince Gagliardo followed by Dave Smith and Kevin
Qualifying heat races, each 12 laps, for the NASCAR 358 modifieds
were won by Ryan Grim, Ron Seltman, Jeff Strunk and Mike Gular. The two 10-lap
consolation races for the modifieds were won by Doug Manmiller and Ryan Godown.
The 10-lap qualifiers for the Rislone URC sprint cars went to Johnathan Swanson,
Steve Downs and Josh Weller. The single 8-lap heat race for the Vintage cars was
won by former Grandview modified standout Ronnie Peck.
The Hard Charger
award for the Modifieds sponsored by Bobby Gunther Walsh and his sponsors went
to Kyle Follweiler who came from 27th to finish 12th in the modified feature
Cargo Trailer Sales of Lansdale had $50 gift certificates for 10th
place finisher in the Modified feature and Ronnie Peck who won the Vintage
feature while Dan’s Deli had their special hoagies for the leader of the
modified feature at the halfway point and the winner of the Vintage feature. VP
Racing Fuels has a $150 product bonus for the first NASCAR 358 Modified feature
finisher using their fuel, $100 product bonus for the first Late Model feature
finisher using their fuel and $75 product bonus for the first Sportsman feature
finisher using their fuel and carrying VP decals on the race car and VP patch on
Racing action on Saturday, June 22nd at 7:30 p.m. (Warm-ups at
6:45p.m.) Included will be NASCAR 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman (40
lap feature) sponsored by Bashore Trucking and BFP Specialties. At least 14
events of racing. Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m. Adult admission is just
$20.00, youngsters 6 through 12 pay just $5 and under 6 are admitted FREE. As
gates open there will be drivers doing a meet and greet along with having their
race cars on display.
Sunday, June 23rd, 1 p.m. the Outlaw Enduro racers
will be in action along with the Blast from the Past Vintage cars. Admission is
$10 for adults. Children 12 and under are admitted FREE.
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