Kressley Avoids Chaos For Grandview Victory

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BECHTELSVILLE, Pa. – Brett Kressley avoided being involved in two red-flag incidents that blocked the track during the running of the T.P. Trailers NASCAR 358 Modified 30-lap feature on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway.

The Orefield leadfoot went on to chalk up his third win of the season.

Ryan Beltz overtook Tom Miller to become the new leader on the sixth lap of the TP Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman 25-lap feature to claim his first win of the season and become the 15th different winner in the series.

The last time Beltz stood in victory lane was June 30, 2018.

The Dan’s Deli halfway hoagie award recipients were Jesse Leiby and Beltz. Wyatt Harrar, who finished 10th in the Sportsman feature received an extra $100 for being the highest finishing crate engine driver.

Kressley and Beltz may have won the battle by winning their respective features, but it was Duane Howard and Brad Brightbill that won the war by claiming the 2019 point championship title in their divisions.

Howard, involved in some early mishaps, finished seventh. However, he had enough points to actually clinch the crown last week, earning his sixth modified point title at the third-mile oval behind the wheel of the Norm’s Save Station/Norm Hansell-owned No. 357.

Howard, who praised Norm and the crew for providing him with a great car powered by a Carroll Hine engine every week, said it takes a team effort to win a championship.

Sportsman champion Brightbill, who missed a feature earlier in the year on the night they ran a make-up race in which he had engine problems and didn’t participate in the regular show feature, still had enough points to earn his first title ever in his self-owned No. 19.

He became the fifth different driver to earn the title since 2015.