DeSantis Heats Up Grandview Opener

Meme DeSantis celebrates winning the modified season opener at Pennsylvania's Grandview Speedway. (Rich Kepner photo)
Meme DeSantis celebrates winning the modified season opener at Pennsylvania’s Grandview Speedway. (Rich Kepner photo)

BECHTELSVILLE, Pa. — The weather may have been cold but the on track action was hot and enough to keep the large turnout of fans in the grandstands very warm.

Veteran dirt track modified racer Meme DeSantis charged to victory in the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All American Series 30-lap modified feature at Grandview Speedway Saturday night, holding off the late race challenge of defending track champion Duane Howard.

Don Norris Jr. set the early pace in the modified feature race but was quickly challenged by DeSantis. A three-car battle for the win had fans on the edge of their seat as Howard joined the action.

At the 18-lap marker Howard took control but just five laps later DeSantis went to the front after some rubbing with Howard in the second turn. DeSantis held the top spot for the balance of the race with Howard grabbing second followed by Norris, Jeff Strunk and Ryan Grim.In the 25-lapper for NASCAR Late Models Mike Kellner took home the top prize and it was defending champion Jared Umbenhauer taking the win in the 25-lap Sportsman feature race.