Auto Racing: Smith wins third feature of year

Photo by Rich Kepner Duane Howard (#66) races against Kyle Borror on his way to his fourth Grandview win of the season.

WILLIAMS GROVE

Stevie Smith won his third feature of the year on July 11, besting Brian Montieth in the Outlaw warmup race. Smith started fourth and Montieth started ninth. Lucas Wolfe drove from sixth starting spot to finish third, followed by Ryan Smith and Gerard McIntyre Jr. Sixth through 10th went to Seve Buckwalter, Gred Hodnett, Pat Cannon, Alan Krimes and Tim Glatfelter. On July 18, the Outlaws return for the running of the Williams Grove Summer Nationals.

BIG DIAMOND

It was Billy Pauch Jr. winning again at Big Diamond Raceway on July 11 in the 358 Modified feature. Duane Howard was second, followed by Meme Desantis, Jared Umbenhauer and Dale Hartz. Sixth through 10th went to Kevin Albert Jr, Shawn Fitzpatrick, Frank Cozze, Scott Albert and Jim Bobbitt Jr. Scott Haus won the 358 Late Model feature.

LINCOLN

Former champion Lance Dewease picked up his 299th career feature win and his 37th career win at Lincoln Speedway on July 12. Brian Montieth, who started 10th, made his usual high-side charge to the front and caught Robbie Kendall for second place on lap 19. Montieth tried the slider in turn four of the final lap, but he wasnt able to hold it and settled for second, 1.16 seconds behind Dewease. Third through fifth were seventh-starting Robbie Kendall, Billy Dietrich and Matt Boland.

Sixth through 10th were 13th-starting Cory Haas, points leader Alan Krimexs, Tim Flatfelter, J.J. Grasso and Gerard McIntyre Jr. Tyler Ross won in only his second ap[pearance of the year in the 20-lap 358 sprint car feature. Ross, now driving the Tim Eldreth #23J, started sixth and took just six laps to catch polesitter and race-long leader, Isaac Sneeringer, for the lead.

GRANDVIEW

Five-time track champion Duane Howard, rebounding from a horrendous front-stretch flip two weeks ago and elimination from competiton the previous week, wheeled the Petruska-owned Atlas Paving No. 66 past Jeff Strunk on the 24th-lap restart and went on to win his fourth 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series 358 Modfied feature on July 12 at Grandview Speedway in the activities, sponsored by A.D. Moyer Lumber.

Howard also picked up an additional $250 from T.P. Trailers, Limerick.

Chuck Schutz recorded hiss econdwin of the season in the 20-lap BRC NASCAR Late Model gfeature by a healthy margin over runner-up Jason Miller in the event that went non-stop. Schutz received $100 from T.P. Trailers. The Jared Umbenhauer domination in the Sportsman Division continued as he won his eighth 25-lap NASCAR Sportsman feature with Ryan Lilick a distant second. He also received $100 from T.P. Trailers. Ronnie Peck, former late model champion and modified standout, was the winner of the 15-lap Blast from The Past Vintage Car feature.

Local drivers Tim Buckwalter (11th) and Don Norris Jr. (12th) competed in the race.