|Date: 5/4/2008 1:57:34 AM|
NEWS FROM GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY
(One-third-mile, banked clay NASCAR sanctioned speedway)
Presenting Saturday night NASCAR 358 Modifieds and Late Models plus a variety of special attractions in 2008
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Saturday, May 10, 7:30 p.m. NASCAR Modifieds, Late Models and 600 Modifieds. AutoLocator Magazine Night
Saturday, May 17, 7:30 p.m. NASCAR Modifieds, Late Models and Legends. Arnold’s Go-Kart Center Night
Wednesday, May 21, 7:30 p.m. Thunder on the Hill Series offering Keystone Cup Speed Week Series 410 Sprints and ARDC Wingless Midgets. A Bob Miller and Bruce Rogers Promotion
Saturday, May 24, 7:30 p.m. Jeff D’Ambrosio Dodge Night featuring NASCAR Modifieds and Late Models.
SHORT STORY: HOWARD, SHUEY AND ROCHELLE WIN FEATURES AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY
BECHTELSVILLE, PA May 4, 2008 . . . For the second time this season Duane Howard charged to victory in the 30 lap Checkered Flag Fan Club NASCAR Modified feature race at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. Brian Shuey won the 20-lap NASCAR Late Model feature for the third time this season and Jason Rochelle was able to hold Tom Mayberry to win the 15-lap main event for Legends cars.
Howard came from 14th starting spot to take the lead on the 15th lap and hold off the strong challenge of Jeff Strunk who had come from 21st starting position to finish second. Kerry Kratz grabbed third in the Modified main event followed by Todd Smith and Ryan Godown.
Dean Stoudt led the Late Model feature for 12 laps before Brian Shuey was able to take the lead. Once in front the veteran racer made it look easy as he had a comfortable lead across the finish line. Second spot went to Ron Kline followed by Jon Kellner Sr., Chuck Schutz and Randy Stoudt.
The 15-lap Legends feature had Rochelle and Mayberry battling down to the finish with Rochelle able get the win. Tom Mayberry grabbed second followed by Josh Morrow, Paul Rochelle and Justin Grim.
NASCAR Modifieds, Late Models and 600 Modifieds will be in action on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. with Auto Locator Magazine sponsoring the night of racing.
HOWARD TOPS STRUNK IN NASCAR MODIFIEDS, SHUEY WINS IN LATE MODELS, JASON ROCHELLE WINS IN LEGENDS AT GRANDVIEW
Bechtelsville, PA May 4, 2008 . . . Coming from 14th starting spot Duane Howard was able to take the lead on the 15th lap and hold off current point leader and six time track champion Jeff Strunk to win the 30 lap Checkered Flag Fan Club NASCAR Modified stock car feature race at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. In the 20-lap Late Model feature Brian Shuey got his third win of the season and Paul Rochelle was first in the Legends stock car feature.
Steve Young led the field of 30 Modifieds to the green flag and set the pace for the first four laps. At the four lap marker several cars were caught up in a turn four tangle and on the restart Young spun in front of the field bringing out the second caution.
With Young going to the back of the field Todd Marburger went to the front with Todd Smith and Terry Meitzler chasing him.
At the 12 lap marker Marburger still set the pace with Smith and Duane Howard following. Strunk had moved into fifth after having started in 21st spot.
At the midway marker Howard was able to put the BPG Racing No. 4 in front of the field with Marburger holding on to second and Jeff Strunk in third. Just one lap later Strunk was able to put the Gold Rush Custom Trailers No. 126 in second spot.
A multi car accident brought out the caution at this point and on the restart Strunk and Howard went side-by-side with Howard holding the edge.
With 20-laps complete the top five consisted of Howard, Strunk, Kerry Kratz, Todd Smith and Meitzler.
With two laps to go early leader Todd Marburger spun in turn two bringing out a caution. The restart allowed Strunk to close up on Howard but could not make the pass.
Howard, who calls Oley, PA home, was able to hold on to the number one spot passing under the checkered flag with a comfortable margin over Strunk (Mohnton) followed by Kerry Kratz (Bechtelsville) who came from 20th starting spot. Fourth went to Todd Smith (Hatfield) in one of the best finishes of his career. Ryan Godown (Ringoes) finished fifth.
“The last couple weeks we were junk here,” said Howard in victory lane. “We really got pumped since last Thursday.” Howard was referring to breaking a track record at Virginia Motor Speedway and finishing second in a DIRT sanctioned big block modified race. On Friday night he gained a second to Billy Pauch Jr. at Big Diamond Raceway.
Four time Late Model champion Dean Stoudt went to the front at the drop of the green for the 20-lap Late Model feature. Ron Kline challenged but had to settle in at second.
By the eighth lap Brian Shuey was in third and challenging the leaders.
Shuey made what could be considered the move of the night, perhaps the move of the season, when he went to the outside in turn two and went three abreast with Stoudt and Kline to take the lead.
Once in front Shuey (Shoemakersville) had a relatively easy time of it winning his third of the season with his Master Built Bob Fisher Chevy sponsored entry.
Ron Kline (Salford) held on to gain a second place finish for his best effort of the season. Third was earned by Jon Kellner Sr. (Lansdale) followed by Chuck Schutz (Pottstown) and Randy Stoudt (Pottstown).
Randy Kissinger was quick to take command of the 15-lap Legends feature but Jason Rochelle charged up through the pack to challenge him on the third lap and by the sixth lap Rochelle was in front of the field.
At nine laps Tom Mayberry, winner of 37 Modified features at Grandview, was putting pressure on Rochelle for the top spot. Despite his best efforts Mayberry had to settle for second place to Rochelle with Josh Morrow, the feature winner the last time the Legends performed at Grandview, grabbing third. Paul Rochelle finished fourth and Justin Grim claimed fifth.
Qualifying heat wins for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Modifieds went to Steve Young, Sean Merkel, Ryan Godown and Kevin Hirthler. The consolation races were won by Don Norris Jr. and Tom Umbenhauer.
In the Late Model division heat wins were earned by Mike Kellner, Brian Shuey and Wayne Pfiel Jr.
The Legend cars preliminary events were won by Jason Rochelle and Tom Mayberry.
The Cornerstone Auto Sales Hard Charger awards, worth $50 to each driver, went to Kerry Kratz in the NASCAR Modifieds as he gained 17 positions to finish third in the feature race. Bobby Wyatt gained six spots in the Late Model feature to take the Hard Charger award.
NASCAR 358 Modifieds and Late Models will return to action on Saturday, May 10th at 7:30 p.m.. Xcel 600 Modified stock cars will make it a tripleheader show making their third appearance of the season. Auto Locator magazine will be the sponsor.
Admission for Saturday night is $13 for adults, $5 for youngsters 6 thru 11 and under 6 are admitted free with a paying adult. There is always free parking on the speedway grounds and fans are invited to enjoy the wide array of concessions available at the track or are free to bring their food and refreshments.
Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100, Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown. For information check in at www.grandviewspeedway.com or telephone 610.754.7688.
30-LAP CHECKERED FLAG FAN CLUB NASCAR 358 MODIFIED STOCK CAR FEATURE FINISH:1. #4 Duane Howard 2. #126 Jeff Strunk 3. #87 Kerry Kratz 4. #39 Todd Smith 5. #R1 Ryan Godown 6. #81 Terry Meitzler 7. #41 Shawn Reimert 8. #357 Stewart Reimert 9. #44 Danny Erb 10. #117 Kevin Hirthler 11. #976 Don Norris 12. #14 Doug Manmiller 13. #107 Danny Hieber 14. #19 Tom Umbenhauer 15. #71 Jason Smythe 16. #37x Tommy Sheetz Jr. 17. #118 Sean Merkel 18. #18 Todd Marburger 19. #66 Vince Gagliardo 20. ##9 Bruce Hirthler Balance of field did not finish 21. #73GT Glenn Owens 22. #31 Chris Esposito #23. #M1 Mark Kratz 24 #3 Jeremy Banos 25. #1c Craig VonDohren 26. #88D Meme DeSantis 27. #76 Steve Young 28. #8 Mike Gular 29. #19x Brad Brightbill 30. #27 Troy Wink.
FASTEST LAP IN FEATURE TURNED BY DUANE HOWARD, 80.182 MPH
20- LAP CHECKERED FLAG FAN CLUB NASCAR LATE MODEL STOCK CAR FEATURE FINISH: 1. #5x Brian Shuey 2. #3 Ron Kline 3. #85am Jon Kellner Sr. 4. #One Chuck Schutz 5. #118 Randy Stoudt 6. #72 Wayne Pfeil Jr. 7. #117 Kyle Merkel 8. #5 Dean Stoudt 9. #33 Bryon Sipe 10. #93 Rick Todorow 11. #3x John Giesler 12. #55 Mark Malcolm 13 #14 Bobby Wyatt 14. #707 Ed Trimbur 15 #80 Bill Henning 16. #57 Mike Kellner 17. #69 Greg Hoffmaster 18. #1j Jamie Undercoffler 19. #307 Eric Kauffman 20. #21 Chad Rea 21. #79 Matt Carter 22. #7b Buddy Wharton 23. #409 Dennis Pieper 24. #18 John Favinger
FASTEST LAP IN FEATURE TURNED BY BRIAN SHUEY, 75.477mph
15-LAP LEGENDS STOCK CAR FEATURE FINISH: 1. #17R Jason Rochelle 2. #27R Tom Mayberry 3. #39 Josh Morrow 4#R3 Paul Rochelle 5. #611 Justin Grim 6. #5 Scott Houdeshell 7. #880 Randy Kissinger 8. #99 Rodney Kistler 9. #22 Reed Salony 10. #799 Ricky Harring
UNOFFICIAL POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR MODIFIEDS AS OF MAY 3, 2008 AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY
1. Jeff Strunk, Mohnton, PA #126 1394
2. Duane Howard, Oley, PA #4 1260**
3. Danny Erb, Boyertown, PA #44 1162
4. Stewart Friesen, Niagara Falls, NY #357 1098
5. Mike Gular, Harleysville, PA #8 1080*
6. Doug Manmiller, Wyomissing, PA #14 1071
7. Ryan Godown, Ringoes, NJ #R1 1062
8. Craig VonDohren, Oley, PA #1C 1000*
9. Kevin Hirthler, Green Lane, PA #117 898
10. Terry Meitzler, Kutztown, PA #81 896*
11. Meme DeSantis, Temple, PA #88D 765
12. Ryan Grim, Laury’s Station, PA #17 710
13. Shawn Reimert, Oley, PA #41 690
14. Tom Umbenhauer, Richland, PA #19 680
15. Kerry Kratz, Bechtelsville, PA #87 653
16. Danny Heiber, Penndel, PA #107 648
17. Tommy Sheetz Jr., Boyertown, PA #37X 627
18. Jon Kellner Jr., Lansdale, PA #67 590
19. Jason Smythe, Oley, PA #71 587
20. Todd Smith, Hatfield, PA #39 584
21. Don Norris, Douglassville, PA #976 539
22. Brad Missimer, Bechtelsville, PA #327 522
23. Mark Kratz, Chalfont, PA #M1 504
24. John Tschudy, Birdsboro, PA #2 483
25. Brad Brightbill, Mohnton, PA #19X 459
26. Sean Merkel, Gilbertsville, PA #118 457
27. Jason Hamilton, Erwinna, PA #16 420
28. Todd Marburger, Pottstown, PA #18 419
29. Ryan Beltz, Boyertown, PA #221 347
30. Chris Esposito, Green Lane, PA #31 343
UNOFFICIAL POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR LATE MODELS AS OF MAY 3, 2008
1. Chuck Schutz, Pottstown, PA #ONE 1429
2. Randy Stoudt, Pottstown, PA #118 1355*
3. Jon Kellner Sr., Lansdale, PA #85AM 1352
4. Brian Shuey, Shoemakersville, PA #5X 1328***
5. Rick Todorow, Quakertown, PA #93 1242
6. Ron Kline, Salfordville, PA #3 1131
7. Mike Kellner, Lansdale, PA #57 1118*
8. Buddy Wharton, Birdsboro, PA #7B 1028
9. John Giesler, Aston, PA #3X 1003
10. Bryon Sipe, Leesport, PA #33 993
11. Wayne Pfeil Jr., Mohnton, PA #72 947
12. Dean Stoudt, East Greenville, PA #5 916
13. Ed Trimbur, Birdsboro, PA #707 906
14. Eric Kauffman, #307 815
15. Bill Henning, Lansdale, PA #80 811
16. Kyle Merkel, Gilbertsville, PA #117 766
17. Jonathan Favinger, Coatesville, PA #18 687
18. Jamie Undercoffler, Pennsburg, PA #1J 686
19. Bobby Wyatt, #14 621
20. Mark Malcolm, Hatfield, PA #55 611
21. Eric Snoke, #96/33X 525
22. Greg Hoffmaster, Pottstown, PA #69 496
23. Chad Rea, Reading, PA #8 491
24. Danny Snyder, Green Lane, PA #4S 438
25. Matt Carter, #79 410
26. Harry Henning III, Lansdale, PA #81 322
27. Sean Merkel, Gilbertsville, PA #117 239
28. Dennis Pieper, Collegeville, PA #409 190
29. Steve Wilson, #13 186
30. Jud Hendrickson, #39 100
* denotes feature win