HOWARD AND SCHUTZ WIN NASCAR SEASON OPENERS AT GRANDVIEW - Purse increase has Modifieds getting $2500 to win, Late Models will earn $800 for a victory

Date: 4/3/2011 10:12:33 AM

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Saturday, April 9, 7 p.m. NASCAR 358 Modifieds (40 lap feature $4,000 to win) and Late Models (20 lap feature) plus full series of qualifying events. Gates open at 5 p.m.
Saturday, April 16, 7 p.m. NASCAR 358 Modifieds (30 lap feature) and Late Models (20 lap feature) plus full series of qualifying events. Gates open at 5 p.m.
Saturday, April 23, 7 p.m. NASCAR 358 Modifieds (30 lap feature), Late Models (20 lap feature) and Sidewinder Sprints (15 lap feature) plus full series of qualifying events. Gates open at 5 p.m.
Saturday, April 30, 7 p.m.  Auto Locator Night. NASCAR 358 Modifieds (30 lap feature) and Late Models (20 lap feature) plus full series of qualifying events. Gates open at 5 p.m.
 Purse increase has Modifieds getting $2500 to win, Late Models will earn $800 for a victory
BECHTELSVILLE, PA April 3, 2011 ….. Defending NASCAR 358 Modified champion Duane Howard showed that he is serious about defending his title as he drove the Chad Sinon owned BPG Racing No. 3 entry to victory in the 30-lap opening night feature race for NASCAR 358 Modifieds at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. Chuck Schutz was able to bring his BPG Racing sponsored No. 1 to victory lane in the 20-lap Late Model feature race.
 During the course of the opening night activities promoter Bruce Rogers announced that the regular 30-lap features for the NASCAR 358 Modifieds would now be paying $2500 to win while the 20-lap Late Model features will now earn the winner $800.
 A large crowd braved the chilly weather as Kevin Hirthler charged to the front of the 29 car starting field in the 30-lap 358 Modified feature race. Hirthler was able to hold the top spot until the 8th circuit of the one-third-mile, banked clay oval when he spun in the first and second turns taking second place Glenn Strunk out of the event. Hirthler was able to restart at the back of the field. On the restart Terry Meitzler had the front spot and spent the next few laps trying to hold off Ryan Godown. At the 13 lap marker Godown went to the front of the field. John Willman spun on the 16th circuit and the caution closed up the field on the leader.
 At 17 laps Howard moved by Godown on the outside as they were coming off the fourth turn to start the 18th circuit.
 Once in front Howard, who makes his home in Oley, PA, was able to survive a few cautions, one that almost took him out of the race, and went on to lead the balance of the race and win with a comfortable margin of victory. Godown (Ringoes, NJ) finished second followed by Craig VonDohren (Boyertown), Jeff Strunk (Bechtelsville) and Rick Laubach (Quakertown).
 In victory lane Howard had high praise for the NASCAR organization and told how he has been invited to be part of a NASCAR event, a Denny Hamlin charity race at Richmond International Raceway on April 28th. “I wish a lot of this had been available to me 25 years ago,” said Howard as he talked about all the awards and special attention that he had received from NASCAR and Grandview Speedway as a result of his stellar 2010 season.
 “We got off to a late start this year but we are back here with the same car, same motor and just happy to win the opener,” said the 2010 track champion. “We are not going to let off this season.”
 Chuck Schutz, a past champion at Grandview, made it look easy as he was able to hold off another past champion, Ron Kline (Salford), in winning the 20-lap Late Model feature race.
 “We had good stuff, brand new car, and we got a great program,” said the Pottstown racer in victory lane. “We need a little tweak here and there and we can be even faster.”
 Third spot went to Rick Todorow (Quakertown) followed by Mike Kellner (Lansdale) and defending champion Brian Shuey (Shoemakersville).
 Qualifying heat race winners in the Late Model division were Chuck Schutz, Rick Todorow and Ron Kline. Qualifying heat wins in the NASCAR 358 Modified division went to Kevin Hirthler, Glenn Strunk, Jon Kellner Jr. and Terry Meitzler. The consolation races had Doug Manmiller and Nate Christman as the winners.
 The Dan’s Deli Halfway Leader Awards went to Chuck Schutz in the Late Models and Ryan Godown in the Modifieds. Cargo Trailer Sales had $50 gift certificates for Shawn Reimert as the 10th place finisher in the Modifieds and Wayne Pfiel as the 10th place finisher in the Late Models.
 A 40-lap feature for the NASCAR 358 Modifieds paying $4,000 to win will be the highlight of the Saturday, April 9th show which will also feature the excitement of Late Model stock cars. A full series of qualifying events will lead up to the feature races in both divisions. Racing starts at 7 p.m. with spectator gates open at 5 p.m.
 Grandview Speedway, a NASCAR sanctioned one-third-mile, banked clay track, is located at 43 Passmore Road, Bechtelsville, PA, just off Route 100, 10 miles north of Pottstown. For race information telephone 610.754.7688 or check in at For marketing information telephone Ernie Saxton at 215.752.7797 or email
NASCAR 358 MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (30 LAPS): 1. Duane Howard 2. Ryan Godown 3. Craig VonDohren 4. Jeff Strunk 5. Rick Laubach 6. Meme DeSantis 7. Terry Meitzler 8. Doug Manmiller 9. Kenny Gilmore 10. Shawn Reimert 11. Jon Kellner Sr. 12. Kyle Follweiler  13. Michael Reimert 14. Jordan Umbenhauer 15. Ron Seltman 16. Danny Nicholar 17. Jarrod Miller 18. Jack Swain 19. John Willman 20. Jon Kellner Jr. 21. Bobby Gunther Walsh  (Balance of field did not finish) 22. Ryan Grim 23. Tommy Scheetz Jr. 24. Chris Gambler 25. Ray Swinehart 26. Kevin Hirthler 27. Glenn Strunk 28. Mike Gular 29. Nate Christman
NASCAR LATE MODEL FEATURE FINISH (20 LAPS): 1. Chuck Schutz 2. Ron Kline 3. Rick Todorow 4. Mike Kellner 5. Brian Shuey 6. Danny Snyder 7. John Favinger 8. Lou Egrie Sr. 9. T.J. Mayberry 10. Wayne Pfeil 11. Randy Stoudt 12. Greg Hoffmaster 13. Kyle Saylor 14. John Giesler 15. Dave Ogin 16. Steve Butler (Rest of field did not finish) 17. Kory Fleming  18. Bill Lightcap (DNS) 19. Dick Rimrot (DNS)
(Lap times will be posted next weekend)
1. Duane Howard, Oley, PA #4 309*
2. Ryan Godown, Ringoes, NJ, #R1 299
3. Craig VonDohren, Oley, PA #1C 289
4. Jeff Strunk, Bechtelsville, PA #357 277
5. Rick Laubach, Quakertown, PA  #7 268
6. Meme DeSantis, Temple, PA  #88D 256
7. Terry Meitzler, Kutztown, PA   #81 250
8. Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #46 235
9. Kenny Gilmore, Kutztown, #14 229
10. Shawn Reimert, Oley, PA  #58s 217
11. Jon Kellner Sr., Lansdale, PA  #20 208
12. Kyle Follweiler, Slatington, PA  #42 198
13. Michael Weinert, #18 186
14. Jordan Umbenhauer, Richland, PA  #19 173
15. Ron Seltmann, Lower Pottsgrove, PA  #R19 167
16. Danny Nicholas, Lebanon, PA  #39X 156
17. Jarrad Miller, Barto, PA  #917 142
18. Jack Swain,  #42S 136
19. John Willman, Birdsboro, PA  #74W 120
Jon Kellner Jr., Lansdale, PA  #67 120
21. Bobby Gunther Walsh, Allentown, PA  #50 102
22. Ryan Grim, Laury’s Station, PA  #17 93
23. Tommy Scheetz, Jr., Boyertown, PA  #37X 84
24. Chris Gambler, Whitehall, PA  #77 74
25. Ray Swinehart, Perkiomenville, PA  #33 67
26. Kevin Hirthler, Boyertown, PA  #117 60
27. Glenn Strunk,  Bechtelsville, PA  #41 50
28. Mike Gular, Green Lane, PA #53 38
29. Nate Christman, Oley, PA  #37 25
30. Brad Grim, Allentown, PA  #611 10

1. Chuck Schutz, Pottstown, PA  #ONE 310*
2. Ron Kline,  Salford, PA #3 300
3. Rick Todorow, Quakertown, PA  #93 290
4. Mike Kellner, Lansdale, PA  #57 279
5. Brian Shuey, Shoemakersville, PA  #1 269
6. Danny Snyder, Green Lane, PA  #4S 259
7. Jonathan Favinger,  Birdsboro, PA  #18/10 248
8. Lou Egrie, Willow Grove, PA  #X4 237
9. T. J. Mayberry, Sellersville, PA #27R 226
10. Wayne Pfeil Jr., Mohnton, PA #72 218
11. Randy Stoudt, Pottstown, PA #18R 207
12. Greg Hoffmaster, Pottstown, PA  #69 196
13. Kyle Saylor,  Rheinhold, PA  #14 185
14. John Giesler, Aston, PA  #ZT1 178
15. Dave Ogin, Bechtelsville, PA  #31 167
16. Steve Butler, Quakertown, PA , #91 150
17. Kory Fleming, Milford, NJ, #704 10
18. Bill Lightcap, #10 10
19. Dirk Rimrott, Phoenixville, PA  #92 10
20. Drew Weisser, Reading, PA  #19 10
* denotes feature win

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