PA. It was a night of
firsts at Grandview Speedway on Whelen Engineering Night as Duane Howard won his
first 30-lap NASCAR 358 Modified feature race of the season on Saturday and took
over first spot in the NASCAR point standings. Wayne Pfeil won his first 25-lap
BRC Late Model feature race of the season and Craig Whitmoyer took an impressive
first win of the season in the 25-lap Sportsman feature.
Stock car racing action returns to
Grandview Speedway on Saturday, May 31st at 7:30 p.m. featuring the
NASCAR 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman stock
Duane Howard became a free agent at the end of
the 2013 season after successful long-time car owner Chad Sinon retired from the
the winter months, Howard, the five-time Grandview Speedway point champion
teamed up with N.J.-based car owner Mike Petruska and the Atlas Paving No. 66
first time out Howard demolished the car in the practice session, but came back
opening night to finish second to Stewart Friesen.
night Howard started in the “lucky 13th” spot in the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen
All-American Series Modified feature and quickly worked his way towards the
front of the 29-car starting grid. Howard caught up with three-time feature
winner Doug Manmiller, slid underneath him coming out of turn two and emerged as
the new leader on the 26th circuit. He stayed there until the wave of the
checkered to win his first feature of the season. Standing in victory lane
Howard admitted he was a “little surprised to be winning so late in the season,
but thanked his family and new team for sticking by him over the tough winter
months.” In addition to the top prize money in the event sponsored by Whelen
Engineering and broadcast live by WEEU 830-AM, Reading radio, he picked up an
additional $250 from T.P. Trailers, Limerick.
Gunther-Walsh charged to the front on the start and set the pace for 12 laps
before the yellow came out after Meme DeSantis found himself taking a hard hit
into the third turn wall. He was uninjured and was able to continue in the race,
but later dropped out. The red was brought out on the restart as cars were
three-wide coming down the homestretch and Tim Buckwalter hit the first turn
wall and took a wild ride. Left with nowhere to go Kevin Hirthler was also
involved. Both drivers were unhurt, but finished for the night. This restart saw
Ron Seltmann Jr. storm past Gunther-Walsh and into the lead with Manmiller and
Frank Cozze, moving on the outside, follow through for second and third
lead changed for the third time on the 17th lap when Manmiller took over the
position and Cozze was right behind for the runner-up spot to challenge for the
number one position.
joined the top three mix by the 21st lap and battled with Cozze for three laps
before clearing him and set sail after Manmiller.
five laps to go Howard closed in on Manmiller to challenge him. Going into the
second turn Manmiller went up just enough for Howard to slide underneath him.
The move stuck and Howard was now first.
never looked back and went on to score his 60th career win at the 1/3-mile oval
tailed by Manmiller, Cozze, Craig Von Dohren and Jeff Strunk. Sixth went to
Keith Hoffman, the Bridgeport speedway promoter who had a night off and made an
impressive run, followed by Nate Christman, John Willman, Mike Gular and
Seltmann Jr., recipient of the Dan’s Deli ½-way leader award and the Cargo
Trailer product certificate.
Jr., Tommy Scheetz III and Chris Gambler won the heats. The consi was won by
Pfeil, whose visions of a 25-lap BRC Late Model feature victory went up in smoke
last week, led from the green until the checkered to collect his first win of
the year. He didn’t have an easy task since he had to hold off current point
leader Randy Stoudt in the closing stages to earn an extra $100 from T.P.
Pfeil kept the J&H Automotive No. 72 in front on the restart with Bryon
Sipe, Dan Green, Jason Miller and Rick Todorow in tow.
didn’t take Pfeil, without a win since September 2013, long to outdistance
himself from the rest of the pack and by the 11th lap caught up to lap traffic.
He had to use “patience since it was hard to slow down when they were running
side-by-side for positions.
17th lap caution brought out when Kory Fleming was spun in the fourth turn and
made contact with the wall erased Pfeil’s sizeable lead. Last week’s feature
winner Sammy Schlosberg was placed to the rear for initiating the incident.
Pfeil held his own on the restart with Stoudt now in second after Sean Merkel
and he made contact while racing hard.
who also received the Dan’s Deli ½-way leader award, succeeded in holding off
Stoudt’s bid to go on to victory with Merkel third followed by Chuck Schutz and
Lou Egrie. Sixth through tenth were Ron Kline, Green, Jason Miller, Schlosberg
and Sipe, recipient of a Cargo Trailers product
Stoudt continues to hold the BRC Late Model point
and Pfeil won the qualifying heats.
25-lap NASCAR Sportsman feature went down to the wire with Craig Whitmoyer being
able to pull off the win by a margin of 0.255 over runner-up and last week’s
feature winner Brett Kressley. Kressley made a daring inside move coming off
turn four down to the checkered. Whitmoyer said, in victory lane, his luck
finally turned around and thanked Rick Laubach for his help during the week.
Whitmoyer picked up a bonus $100 from T.P. Trailers.
Stringer led two laps before Whitmoyer put his No. 99 into first. At the Dan’s
Deli ½-way mark the top five consisted
of Whitmoyer, Jared Umbenhauer, Kressley, Brian Hirthler and
overtook second on the 21st lap and set his next goal to pass
Miller and Kaitie McCardle hooked together on the final lap and went into the
infield, but the yellow was thrown as a safety precaution before the checkered
was displayed setting up a one lap shoot out.
wasted no time pulling away on the restart since he knew Kressley was on his
tailpipe. Kressley’s bold inside move coming in for the checkered fell short and
it was Whitmoyer who pulled off the well-deserved victory. Behind Whitmoyer and
Kressley were Umbenhauer, Kenny Gilmore and Hirthler. Rounding out the top ten
were Brett Gilmore, Jim Housworth, Erik Renninger, Jordan Henn and Brandon
Whitmoyer, who received the Cargo Trailer certificate.
Undercoffler, C. Whitmoyer and Stringer won the qualifying
Umbenhauer continues as the point leader as he tries for his third straight
point title in the Sportsman division.
Race Fuels had a $150 product award for the top performing Modified racer using
their gasoline while the top performing Late Model racer using their gasoline
received a $100 certificate and in the Sportsman feature the top performer using
VP gasoline earned $75 in product.
Speedway, a NASCAR sanctioned one-third-mile, banked clay oval, is located on
Passmore Road, just off Route 100 in Bechtelsville, PA 10 miles north of
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