Howard Ready To Chase Seventh Grandview Crown

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Duane Howard in victory lane at Grandview Speedway in 2017. (Dan Demarco photo)

BECHTELSVILLE, Pa. – The battle for the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Modified title at Grandview Speedway will feature some of best dirt track racers in action each Saturday night.

Six-time track champion Duane Howard is optimistic about his chances to win a seventh title. The NASCAR-sanctioned track will be entering its 59th consecutive season of weekly racing under the promotion of the Rogers family.

Howard, the winner of 78 modified features at Grandview during his career, has teamed up with Butch Getz and they will be fielding two Bicknell chassis’ powered by Billy the Kid Performance Motors. The entries will sport Penske shocks.

This will be a new ride for Howard after parting ways with veteran car owner Norm Hansell at the end of the 2020 season.

The Oley, Pa., racer and Getz have decided to make Grandview Speedway their Saturday night home track. They will also be making some appearances at New Jersey dirt tracks along with participating in some Short Track Super Series events.

“I think we have a very good team put together and we are looking to have a great season at Grandview and at other stops on our busy schedule,” said the 57-year-old Howard. “Grandview always gives us a great track especially for those of us coming from the back of the pack. The surface is well prepared and allows us to charge to the front.”

Competition for Howard at Grandview will be tough. He will be going up against 11-time track champion Craig Von Dohren, 10-time champ Jeff Strunk, Mike Gular, Doug Manmiller, Kevin Hirthler, Brett Kressley, Louden Reimert, Danny Bouc and many others.