Ryan Watt Thunders On The Hill

Ryan Watt en route to victory at Grandview Speedway. (Dan Demarco photo)

BECHTELSVILLE, Pa. — Ryan Watt picked up his second Thunder on the Hill Racing Series victory in Tuesday night’s 358 modified feature at Grandview Speedway.

Ryan Godown led the field to the drop of the green flag with Watt quickly moving into the second spot. Godown set the pace, but Watt closed quickly, stalking the leader and waiting patiently to make a move for the top spot.

The only yellow of the event flew on lap 10, as the leader, Ryan Godown slowed entering turn three handing the lead over to Watt.

On the restart, Craig Von Dohren charged inside the leader, with Duane Howard close on his tail – but neither could complete the pass on Watt. Howard moved passed VonDohren a few laps later, setting his sights on the leader.

The leaders approached lapped traffic on the 20th circuit closing the gap and allowing Howard to challenge for the win. Howard’s No. 357 machine moved inside Watt’s, showing the nose but unable to complete the pass.

The pair raced down the backstretch side-by-side as the checkered flag approached. The battle for the lead shaped up, but Watt gained an advantage while Howard struggled with a noticeable right-rear flat tire.

Watt would roll on for the victory, Howard held on for the second position, Craig VonDohren finished in third, Jared Umbenhauer in fourth and Brett Kressley rounding out the top five.

Brady Bacon won the companion USAC sprint car race.

The finish:

Ryan Watt, Duane Howard, Craig VonDohren, Jared Umbenhauer, Brett Kressley, Doug Manmiller, Rick Laubach, Jeff Strunk, Billy Pauch Jr., Mike Gular, Frank Cozze, Kevin Hirthler, Louden Reimert, Alex Yankowski, Justin Grim, Dylan Swinehart, Kris Graver, T.J. Lilly, Richie Hitzler, Brian Hirthler, Jordan Henn, Ryan Godown, Danny Erb, Mike Lisowski.