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Kressley outduels Howard for third win of the season at Grandview

Brad Kressley’s third Modified win of the season didn’t come easy.

The Orefield native battled Duane Howard of Oley during the 30-lap race Saturday night at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville to capture the T.P. Trailer Modified feature race.

Kressley took the lead for a final time entering turn one on lap 27 and motored home for his third win of the season and the 27th NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series win of his career at the track.

Brett Kressley scored his third Modified win of the year Saturday night at Grandview Speedway. (Photo courtesy of Scott Bender)
Brett Kressley scored his third Modified win of the year Saturday night at Grandview Speedway. (Photo courtesy of Scott Bender)

The T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman division participated in two 25-lap feature races, with all-time feature win leader Brian HIrthler of Green Lane, grabbing the lead on a lap 17 restart, then surviving a late race caution to win the main event that was held-over from the June 29 race program, and in the process scored his 22nd career win at Grandview.

Zach Steffey of Sinking Spring has had a rough first half of the season, but showed a real strong car in the second 25-lap T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman main event, even running two full laps side-by-side with Kenny Bock of Oley for the lead, but held firm in the lead to race home with his first ever Grandview Speedway victory.

The winners received bonus money (Modified $300, Sportsman $200) from T.P. Trailers and Truck Equipment of Limerick, sponsors of the two divisions at Grandview Speedway, in a race program run under the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series banner.

Howard took the lead from Kressley after the last restart on lap 17 and built a small advantage.

As the laps clicked off Kressley slowly reeled Howard back in and the battle for the lead was intense from lap 22 until the end, with Howard running the high lane and Kressley down low, lap after lap.

Kressley put pressure on Howard until finally making a low groove pass entering turn one on lap 27 to regain the number one position, and then had to hold tight in the top spot the final laps, holding off Howard despite closing in on lapped traffic in the final stages of the feature race.

At the checkered Kressley scored his third feature win of the season followed by Howard for his best run of the season in second.

The T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman feature that was held over from June 29 was run early in the night.

Hirthler started the race in sixth spot, but fell back as far as ninth before starting his move forward, entering the top five on lap 16 in fourth, third on lap 17 before the caution.

The regularly scheduled 25-lap T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman feature was a hotly contested affair, with Randy Graber of Boyertown taking the early lead followed closely by Steffey and Kenny Bock.

Following a lap five restart, Graber continued to lead leaving Steffey and Bock to battle for second.

By lap 15 Steffey and Bock were locked in a close fight for the lead, including two full laps of side-by-side racing with Steffey running the outside lane and Bock on the bottom.

A lap 19 restart saw Steffey get away cleanly, but Bock stayed close behind for the rest of the race.

Zach Steffy scored his first career Sportsmen win on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway. (Photo courtesy of Scott Bender)
Zach Steffy scored his first career Sportsmen win on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway. (Photo courtesy of Scott Bender)

Grandview Speedway will have another NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series program this weekend featuring the T.P. Trailer NASCAR Modifieds and T.P. Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman.

The T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman will be in the spotlight participating in the 54th annual Firecracker 40 championship race, the biggest race program of the summer for the division paying $2,000 to the winner.

The show on Saturday will include qualifying events for both classes leading into the 40-lap championship feature for the T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman and the 30-lap T.P. Trailer Modified feature.

Adult grandstand admission is $25, students 10-15 with ID are $12, while children ages 9 and under are admitted free of charge. Pit admission is $35 for NASCAR members and $45 for non-members.

Pit gates will open at 4 p.m., with grandstand gates opening at 5:30 p.m., warm-ups starting at 6:15 p.m., and the first race of the evening getting the green flag at 7:30 pm.

The weekend will also see racing for the Outlaw Racing Series Enduro/Vintage series presenting a double program joined by the Xcel 600 Modifieds on Friday starting at 7 p.m. Pit gates open at 2 p.m., with grandstand gates opening at 5 p.m. Grandstand admission will be $10, with children ages 12 and under admitted for free. Pit admission is $30 for the Friday event.

Information is always available at www.grandviewspeedway.com or on Facebook, or by telephone at 610.754.7688.

Modified finish

Brett Kressley, Duane Howard, Jon Kellner, Craig Von Dohren, Doug Manmiller, Craig Whitmoyer, Kyle Smith, Ryan Watt, Louden Reimert, Nate Brinker, Mike Gular, Jeff Strunk, Kevin Hirthler, Jimmy Leiby, John Willman, Jared Umbenhauer, Justin Grim, Mike Lisowski, Frank Yankowski, Eddie Strada, Ryan Beltz, Darrin Schuler, Ryan Grim, Bryan Rhoads, Joe Funk, Eric Kormann, Kevin Graver Jr., Ray Swinehart.

Sportsman (Jun 29)

Brian Hirthler, Dylan Swinehart, Addison Meitzler, Brett Gilmore, Logan Watt, Mike Schneck Jr., Adrianna Delliponti, Lawson Szerencits, Jesse Landis, Logan Bauman, Troy Bollinger, BJ Joly III, Zane Roth, Dakota Kohler, Steve Young, Ryan Graver, Zach Steffey, Jesse Hirthler, Teague Miller, Nathan Mohr, Mark Gaugler, Shannon Slaughter, TJ Mayberry, Jared LaBagh, Joey Vaccaro, Decker Swinehart, DNS – Gavyn Krupp.

Sportsman Feature

Zach Steffey, Kenny Bock, Shannon Slaughter, Brett Gilmore, Mike Stofflet, Mike Schneck Jr., Jesse Hirthler, Brett Grim, Mark Mohr, Decker Swinehart, Nathan Mohr, Logan Bauman, Logan Watt, Addison Meitzler, Ryan Graver, Adrianna Delliponti, Kyle Hartzell, Randy Graber, Brayden Shelton, Joey Vaccaro, Parker Guldin, Lawson Szerencits, Jared LaBagh, Dakota Kohler, Tyler James, Steve Young.

Brian Hirthler won the make-up Sportsmen feature on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway. (Photo courtesy of Scott Bender)
Brian Hirthler won the make-up Sportsmen feature on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway. (Photo courtesy of Scott Bender)


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