Howard Hustles In Thunder On The Hill

Duane Howard won Tuesday's RoC modified feature at Pennsylvania's Grandview Speedway. (Rich Kepner photo)
Duane Howard won Tuesday’s RoC modified feature at Pennsylvania’s Grandview Speedway. (Rich Kepner photo)

BECHTELSVILLE, Pa. — Duane Howard earned $5,000 for winning the 16th annual Race of Champions big-block modified feature at Grandview Speedway.

The 60-lap race on the third-mile dirt track shared the card with winged sprint cars during the 24th season of Thunder on the Hill promotions at the track.

Howard dominated, but not without challenges from Craig VonDohren. Also on a charge was Billy Pauch and Ryan Godown until they tangled on lap 15.

On the restart, Howard remained the leader with VonDohren challenging as MeMe DeSantis and Doug Manmiller moved into the picture.

The race went on with Howard holding off VonDohren. On lap 36, Rick Laubach worked his way to fourth, challenging DeSantis for third. With just 20 laps to go, Howard, VonDohren, Laubach, DeSantis and Doug Manmiller made up the top five.

Laubach appeared as though he might be able to serve up a challenge to Howard and VonDohren then on lap 48, he pulled to the infield.

With 10 laps to go, VonDohren drove up to the outside boiler plate and made repeated challenges for the lead, but with each attempt Howard remained the leader.

Howard took the win with VonDohren second. DeSantis, Manmiller and Mike Guar filled the top five.

It was Howard’s fifth Thunder on the Hill victory.

The finish:

Duane Howard, Craig VonDohren, Meme DeSantis, Doug Manmiller, Mike Gular, Stewart Friesen, Jimmy Horton Jr., Keith Hoffman, Kevin Hirthler, Tyler Dippel, Mike Mahoney, John Willman, Ryan Watt, Frank Cozze, Sammy Piazza, Rocco Infante, Bobby Varin, Jeff Strunk, Mel Schrufer, Rick Laubach, Eric Kormann, Billy Pauch, Mike Mammana, Ryan Godown, Danny Johnson, Tim Buckwalter, Alan Rudalavage, Kyle Weiss.