Dewease Pockets $20,000 Dirt Classic

Dewease Pockets $20,000 Dirt Classic

ABBOTTSTOWN, Pa. – Lance Dewease and the Kreitz Racing team continued to shine in big races by winning the Dirt Classic on Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway.

When the race came to life it was former race winner Brian Montieth and Gerard McIntyre leading the field to green. It was Montieth who jumped out front first and led the opening laps of the race.

Getting into lapped traffic, Montieth would try to make a monster move on a slower car, but the move would be too big and he would slide up and make significant contact with the wall, moving McIntyre to the front just before the caution flag flew for a stalled car.

With McIntyre out front, Montieth ran in second as Freddie Rahmer, Lucas Wolfe, and Jim Siegal gave chase. After the restart McIntyre would continue to lead until another stoppage on lap 15.

During the five lap green flag run Dewease began to make a little noise from his eighth starting spot, moving up to fifth. When the green flag waved again Montieth was able to get back around McIntyre and take the race lead back. Dewease moved into the third spot and applied heavy pressure to McIntyre for the second spot until a lap 26 caution flag.

A little drama built during the caution as Montieth’s right-rear tire began to noticeably lose air, and all eyes were on his tire as the race went back to life. Not lasting as the race resumed, Montieth would have issues as Dewease was able to get by both Montieth and McIntyre on the 27th lap to grab the race lead. (Read More)

DEWEASE THE WINNER IN PORT ROYAL 50TH ANNUAL ALL STARS TUSCARORA 50

DEWEASE THE WINNER IN PORT ROYAL 50TH ANNUAL ALL STARS TUSCARORA 50

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Port Royal – Aboard the Don Kreitz Jr. owned No. 69K, Lance Dewease of Fayetteville rode to victory in the 50th annual Tuscarora 50 for sprint cars at Port Royal Speedway on Saturday night, recording triumph in the richest event held in oval history.

With the victory, Dewease completed a clean sweep of the weekend’s Tuscarora 50 races sanctioned by the All Star Circuit of Champions Sprints at Port Royal.

After claiming Friday’s Night Before The 50 checkers worth $5,000, Dewease took home $51,350 including lap money for his run in Saturday’s Tuscarora 50 itself, to push his weekend earnings to $56,350.

The victory was the Fayetteville flyers unprecedented sixth tally in the prestigious event, with no other pilot owning more than four wins and it gave car owner Don Kreitz Jr. of Sinking Spring his record-tying fifth win in the race as an owner.

Dewease won the race last year for Kreitz and Kreitz himself drove his own machine to three wins, thus tying Al Hamilton and Bob Weikert, who also own five Tuscarora checkers.

Without questions, Dewease’s most important race of the night occurred in his running of the events fourth heat race.

Having started second in the eight-lap affair, Dewease had to contend with Mark Smith and Greg Hodnett to earn the sixth starting spot in the main event.

A win in his heat would give him that starting spot and on the start Dewease fell back to third, behind Smith and third starter Hodnett.

Dewease brought the fans to their feet as he rallied from behind to dig past Hodnett for second, commanding his car to maneuver to the front in a race-long battle to get the top spot.

After battling hard for the win, he was able to get by Smith with a rousing pass for control and those heat race battles set the pilot up for his good fortunes in the feature although he destroyed his tires in the process of digging to get the heat victory.

In the 25-mile, 50-lap, 50th annual Tuscarora 50 feature, polesitter Ryan Smith of Kunkletown took the lead when action began over Danny Dietirch and Dewease on the first lap, who had gotten a great start.

Dewease made relatively quick work of Dietrich for second, motoring into the spot while using the low groove on just the third tour.

It then took Dewease only three circuits to run down Smith’s No. 94 and drive by for control on the seventh tour.

From there, the leader worked lapped traffic for the balance of the non-stop first 25-lap segment of the race and by the time the mandatory red flag for refueling appeared on lap 25, Dewease held a 3.762 second advantage over Smith. Read More

Night Before The 50 To Dewease

Night Before The 50 To Dewease

PORT ROYAL, PA (September 8, 2017) – A name certainly synonymous with victory lane in Central Pennsylvania, Lance Dewease made his return to the Port Royal Speedway “Speed Palace” on Friday evening and left as a winner, earning the Night Before The Tuscarora 50 victory over a field of 65 Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions entries for a $5,000 top prize.

The victory lane visit, the result of a battle with Midwest invader, Brian Brown, after starting third on the main event grid, bumps Dewease to 34 total wins with the Arctic Cat All Stars throughout the course of his storied career, now with seven at the Juniata County Fairgrounds.

“We were pretty good here tonight for 30 laps, but I think we still need to get a little bit better for the 50-lap race tomorrow,” Lance Dewease explained, pilot of the Don Kreitz-owned/Schannauer Plumbing & Heating/Henry Sharman Builders/No. 69K. “We just had to keep our tires under us. This place was so fast here tonight.” 

After withstanding a series of cautions during the first three circuits, once of which resulting in open red flag conditions while track crews cleaned up oil, Fayetteville’s Lance Dewease was able to capitalize on a solid start and maintain third in the running order, eventually taking second from Mike Wagner just as the lead pack was entering traffic for the first time near the completion of lap eight.

Lapped traffic proved to be a benefactor for Dewease during large segments the 30-lap program. By lap nine, Dewease powered his way to second beyond Mike Wagner, now chasing Grain Valley, Missouri’s Brian Brown for the top spot. Despite “Blackjack’s” ability to ring the topside of the speedway through the slower cars, Dewease continued to find ways to keep up with Brown using the very bottom of the half-mile oval, eventually erasing all of Brown’s advantage. 

Brown’s lead of nearly two seconds at the midpoint of the main event was cut down to less than a second by lap 23. Dewease ultimately worked his way to the back bumper of the former Knoxville (IA) Raceway track champion on lap 24 which set up his first major bid for the top spot. A successful slide job at the entrance of turn one on the following circuit allowed Dewease to take command of the running order. Read More

It’s All Lance Dewease At Port Royal

Speed Sport

PORT ROYAL, Pa. — Lance Dewease scored the 103rd sprint car victory of his career at Port Royal Speedway on Saturday night, taking $7,000 in the 27th annual Pennsylvania Speedweek 30-lap event for 410 sprint cars.

Only the first lap of the 30-lap Speedweek feature was completed when Matt Campbell stopped on the frontchute with rear end issued on his machine.

Polesitter Dale Blaney led the first lap over fourth starter Dewease.

On the restart, Blaney tried hard to hold off Dewease’s challenge but he could only control the event for one more lap before Dewease rode the inside lane in the first and second turns to take control.

And when he got to the front, he began pulling away, entering the rear of the field on the eighth lap to start working traffic while holding a 2.38-second lead with 10 laps completed.

At the halfway point, Dewease had built his advantage to 4.02 seconds with Lucas Wolfe chasing him in second.

Wolfe started second in the field and took second from Blaney on the eighth tour as Dewease entered traffic.

With 12 laps to go, another caution flag regrouped the field, wiping out what was by that time a 6.06 second lead for Dewease.

The caution flag appeared after 11th runner Danny Dietrich hit the outside first turn wall and developed a right rear flat tire.

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