by Ernie Saxton
for The Post Publications
BECHTELSVILLE PA – Duane Howard won his ninth NASCAR Whelen 358 Modified feature Saturday night (Sept. 1, 2012) at Grandview Speedway, and clinched the track title that’s worth more than $10,000. Mike Kellner steered to his sixth win of the season in the Late Models, while the two Sportsman features were shared by Brad Brightbill (his third of the season) and Guy Germano, riding to his first win.
Howard who charged from the 20th starting spot, inherited the lead from Craig VonDohren with five to go, and led the final five circuits on his way to victory.
The BPG Racing #4 was a badly battered race car when it was all over, as a result of a first-lap accident that included Howard and half of the 28-car starting field. The new champion was able to get going after the red flag stop for the accident, and turned what could have been a terrible night into a winning night. Second spot went to Doug Manmiller, followed by John Willman, Nate Christman and Jarrad Miller.
Mike Kellner had a relatively easy time of it winning his sixth 20-lap Late Model feature of the season, with Jason Miller grabbing second, followed by Wayne Pfeil, Chuck Schutz and Sean Merkel.
Brad Brightbill and Jared Umbenhauer put on a see-saw battle for the top spot, with Brightbill getting the edge late and racing to the win. Umbenhauer, the point leader, finished second followed by Kevin Beach, Bobby Lilick and Guy Germano.
The rained out Sportsman feature from Aug. 11 had Guy Germano leading just about all the laps to get his first feature win. Bobby Lilick was a contender much of the race and finished second, followed by Brad Brightbill, Jared Umbenhauer and Kevin Beach.
NASCAR stock car racing action returns Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m. to the one-third-mile, banked clay oval at Grandview. Four Star Lettering and Green Lane William Penn will sponsor the triple-header 50th Anniversary Champion’s Night. This will be the final night of point racing with championships decided. NASCAR 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman are featured.
Graphic from Grandview Speedway