Howard takes points ti­tle at Big Di­a­mond, Beach Jr. gets first ca­reer vic­tory

The Boyertown Area Times - - SPORTS - By Barry Angstadt For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

It was a gor­geous night for rac­ing on Fri­day at the Big Di­a­mond Speed­way and since open­ing night when Billy Pauch Jr. was vic­to­ri­ous, we fi­nally had a fea­ture win­ner in the Mat­tera’s Gen­eral & Elec­tri­cal Con­tract­ing Mod­i­fied di­vi­sion not named Duane Howard, Craig Von Dohren or Ryan Godown. Not only was the win­ner a first-time win­ner this sea­son but for Kevin Beach Jr. it was his first ca­reer Mod­i­fied vic­tory ever at Big Di­a­mond.

Howard didn’t win Fri­day night’s bat­tle, but he did win the sea­sonal war at Big Di­a­mond. While the bat­tle for the win was go­ing on there was an­other in­ter­nal bat­tle go­ing on for the track ti­tle be­tween Von Dohren, Godown and Howard. Howard was the points leader go­ing into the night with Godown lurk­ing closely be­hind just wait­ing to make a move. Von Dohren was math­e­mat­i­cally still in the hunt but for him to win it would’ve taken dis­as­trous nights by both Howard and Godown for him to pull it off. Howard knew go­ing in that for him to win the ti­tle he would only have to keep Godown in his sights and the ti­tle was his. Howard was able to main­tain a top five spot through­out the sec­ond half of the race to cap­ture the track ti­tle. The ti­tle was Howard’s eight ca­reer points cham­pi­onship at the Schuylkill County oval and 23rd ca­reer over­all track cham­pi­onship.

“It feels great to win the cham­pi­onship,” said Howard. “Norm gives me and the team ev­ery­thing we need to be com­pet­i­tive and this year we had a great year here at Big Di­a­mond. Cham­pi­onships are about the team, not the driver and win­ning this cham­pi­onship shows just what a great team we have here on the No. 357.”

It has been a down­right mis­er­able sea­son for Beach at the speed­way. The speed has been there all year, but me­chan­i­cal woes and wrecks have de­railed Beach for most of the year even forc­ing the veteran to take off a cou­ple of weeks to have his car re­paired and to give the team a chance to re­boot. That de­ci­sion proved to be a good one as Beach has found some ex­tra speed in his Bick­nell #17 that pro­pelled him to vic­tory last night with the top three-point get­ters in Von Dohren, Godown and Howard all breath­ing right down his neck.

“Man, we needed this” said a happy Beach in the tech shed af­ter the race. “This win ended a lot of doubt in my mind. We haven’t had any luck this year at all. Last week we bumped wheels with some­one and the rear broke in half. Tonight, I started sev­enth and we were in sec­ond af­ter the first lap and I thought man this thing wants to go tonight. Thank god, fi­nally it hap­pened. This is my fourth-year driv­ing mod­i­fieds and when we switched from sports­man to the mod­i­fieds, we put all of our money into this. We got this new car this year and it’s been re­ally good. I just can’t be­lieve it, we won on the fi­nal points night. Wow, what a night! It’s been a real strug­gle this year and es­pe­cially the last two weeks af­ter los­ing my Pop. I am just so un­be­liev­ably happy right now for my­self and for my crew”

Alex Yankowski con­tin­ued his march to his first ca­reer Big Di­a­mond cham­pi­onship as the young teenager marched to front af­ter win­ning the con­so­la­tion event to win the 25-lap “Fayash Memo­rial” USS Achey Sports­man fea­ture event.

Ja­son Geesaman once again was vic­to­ri­ous in the No Sweat Ser­vice Group fea­ture event. Jeff Haag took the lead on lap one. Geesaman was on the move early and into the sec­ond spot on lap five. Haag was able to hold off Geesaman un­til lap 14 when Geesaman went by to take the lead and go onto the win. Com­plet­ing the top five were Ryan Smith, Jeff Haag, Kyle Say­lor and Chris Derr.

The Sav­age 61 Road Run­ners put a good show for the fans in their 20-lap main event with Chris Hol­land hold­ing off An­drew Fayash in a great bat­tle over the last eight laps to take the win. Matt Ney was third with Jim Kost and Mike Re­ichert com­plet­ing the top five. Short Re­sults 8/24/18 Fayash Memo­rial Night The Mat­tera’s Elec­tri­cal Mod­i­fied di­vi­sion was won by Kevin Beach fol­lowed by Craig Von Dohren, Ryan Godown, Duane Howard, Scott Al­bert, Jeff Strunk, Ryan Krachun, Rick Laubach, Jared Um­ben­hauer, Mike Lisowski, Bobby Trap­per, Cliff Quinn, Steve Young, Frank Por­reca and Gary Hager. Did not fin­ish were Jim Bob­bitt, Jimmy Rep­pert, Shawn Fitz­patrick, Frank Yankowski, Heath Met­zger, David Hunt, Brandon Grosso, Bobby Gun­ther Walsh and JR Fulper. Did not qual­ify were Bob Trap­per and Dan Hine­line. The mod­i­fied heat races were won by Jared Um­ben­hauer, Scott Al­bert and Frank Yankowski. The con­so­la­tion was won by Jimmy Rep­pert. Duane Howard is the 2018 mod­i­fied di­vi­sion cham­pion. U.S.S. Achey Sports­man Fayash Memo­rial was won by Alex Yankowski fol­lowed by Shawn Light, Nate Klinger, Billy Os­mun, Daryl Dissinger, Brad Bright­bill, Doug Hen­dricks, Ken Eck­ert Jr., Michael Bur­rows, Dakota Kohler, Chuck Fayash, Glenn Rowan, Gary Grim, Tyler Re­ber, Brandon Au­man and Blake Re­ber. Did not fin­ish were Craig Whit­moyer, Dave Dissinger, Christo­pher Hert­zog, Kris Lil­ick, Wayne Wit­mer, Mike Sch­neck, Nate Mohr and Kevin Brady. The Sports­man heat races were won by Wayne Wit­mer, Kris Lil­ick and Nate Klinger. The con­so­la­tion was won by Alex Yankowski. Did not qual­ify were Jeremy Hert­zog, Chris Bren­nan, David Dunker, Ed Mrochko and Lo­gen Schultz. The No Sweat Ser­vice Group Street Stock fea­ture was won by Jasen Geesaman fol­lowed by Ryan Smith, Jeff Haag, Kyle Say­lor, Chris Derr, Elvin Bren­nan III, Jim Somers, Dean Hine, Mike Radocha Sr., Scott Thuneberg, Butch Helsel and Robin Wag­ner. Did not fin­ish were Bobby Kupp, Chris Heller, Cory Phillips and Mike Radocha Sr. The street stock heats were won by Jasen Geesaman and Kyle Say­lor Sav­age 61 Road Run­ners were won by Chris Hol­land fol­lowed by An­drew Fayash III, Matt Ney, Jim Kost, Mike Re­ichert, Kyle Win­gle and Fred Everly. Did not fin­ish were Terry Kramer, Kris Ney, Bill Win­gle Jr., Cory Lin­den­muth and Shon Elk. The road run­ner heats were won by Kris Ney and Mike Re­ichert. Kris Ney also went on to win the Road Run­ner Chal­lenge Race.

RICH KEPNER - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Duane Howard cel­e­brates in vic­tory lane af­ter win­ning the 2018 Big Di­a­mond mod­i­fied point cham­pi­onship at Big Di­a­mond on Aug. 24.

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