Lance Dewease stomps the competition in impressive Hagerstown Speed Week victory

By: Jeremy Elliot & Penn Live

HAGERSTOWN, Md.: As soon as Lance Dewease and Don Kreitz Jr. rolled into Hagerstown Speedway, the rest of the field was in trouble.

The Maryland facility is one of Dewease’s favorite tracks. He’s turned plenty of laps and won his share of races around the place.

Kreitz wasn’t bad in his day, either. He was always one of the favorites to sit in Victory Lane at the end of the night.

Now that the two have teamed up, they looked unbeatable in Wednesday’s Pennsylvania Speed Week event.

Dewease smoked his competitors on the smooth Hagerstown surface by a hefty 8.37 seconds in winning the 30-lap A-Main. It was Dewease’s fourth Speed Week triumph at Hagerstown and 21st overall in Pennsylvania Speed Week history.

“I consider this my home track,” said Dewease, who has five wins in 10 races this season. “It always means a lot to win at Hagerstown.

“Both Donny and I have a pretty good record here, and it’s neat to get one as owner and driver.”

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Lance Dewease continues stellar season with Kevin Gobrecht Speed Week triumph at Lincoln Speedway

By: Jeremy Elliot & Penn Live

ABBOTTSTOWN: Lance Dewease was hesitant to call Sprint Car legend and car owner Don Kreitz Jr. in the offseason.

Kreitz retired last season, but he still wanted a driver for his car. Dewease was without a ride and wanted to cut back, but he figured a young driver would be tabbed for the open seat in Kreitz’s machine.

Still, Dewease decided to pick up the phone. And it took all of one word for Kreitz to accept and one of the best teams in central Pennsylvania was formed.

Dewease continued his dominance Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway, overtaking Lucas Wolfe and capturing the 30-lap Kevin Gobrecht Memorial in Night 2 of Pennsylvania Speed Week.

It was Dewease’s fourth win in nine starts this season and 39th career win at the Abbottstown oval.

“It’s fun to be back,” Dewease said after his 20th career Speed Week triumph. “It’s been a long time since this car has been here.

“I’m just happy to be driving this thing. Donny, Davey, the entire Kreitz family…I’m just having fun. It’s truly an honor to drive for them.

Dewease honored his team well.

Wolfe got the jump on Dewease at the start from his outside-pole starting spot. Speed Week favorite Greg Hodnett fell into third with Danny Dietrich close behind.

Stevie Smith entered the picture on Lap 2. He disposed of Dietrich for fourth and closed on Hodnett.

The frontrunners entered lapped traffic on Lap 8. Hodnett got around Dewease for second in Turn 2, but Dewease ducked to the bottom and sliced past Hodnett and Wolfe to take the lead coming out of Turn 4.

“We were pretty good on the bottom,” said Dewease, who banked a $7,000 first-place check.

“Lucas stayed up top, and I thought he was going to come down off it. He didn’t, and I had to be patient and just go forward. We were pretty good in traffic.”

Hodnett took second from Wolfe on Lap 10. That was short-lived, as Smith charged forward and slid into the second spot on Lap 14.

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Lance Dewease does Posse fans proud, beats World of Outlaws in Friday Williams Grove romp

By: Jeremy Elliot & Penn Live

It was a familiar sight for the World of Outlaws regulars at Williams Grove Speedway Friday night.

You had to go back a while. Like to the early 2000s to see that powder blue No. 69K running up front and keeping the big money at home.

Don Kreitz Jr. was the orchestrator of those romps. Now, it’s Lance Dewease flying Kreitz colors and leaving the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series contingent scratching their heads.

Dewease made a pair of power moves to dispose of Daryn Pittman and Greg Hodnett on his way to capturing the 25-lap World of Outlaws A-Main, much to the pleasure of the hometown crowd. He earned $8,000.

“This shows what good equipment, good cars and two of the best mechanics around can do,” said Dewease after his second straight win at the Grove. “I’m just blessed to drive this thing.

“This feels great. It’s been a long time coming, and I can’t thank Don and Linda [Kreitz] and Davey [Brown] enough. These guys prepared over the winter, and we are going to run 30 shows. That suits them, and it suits me. It helps us stay fresh.”

And real fast.

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Lance Dewease-Don Kreitz Jr. tandem score Kevin Gobrecht Classic victory Sunday at Susquehanna

By Jeremy Elliot & Penn Live

NEWBERRYTOWN: Lance Dewease enjoys sitting around with new car owner Don Kreitz Jr. and reminiscing about competing against each other for victories.

Now, the two are winning races together as a team.

The Dewease-Kreitz tandem has shown speed in two outings this season. As for the third, the team had no equal.

Dewease tracked down Greg Hodnett to capture the inaugural Hess Iron Kevin Gobrecht Classic at Susquehanna Speedway Sunday night. The win was Dewease’s 17th at the oval and added $4,000 to the bank account.

“I’m having a lot of fun,” Dewease said. “This is way different than anything I have done my whole career.

“Donny, Davey [Brown], we are having a blast. The last couple of years have been down, but I’m happy doing what I’m doing now.”

It looks like it.

Greg Hodnett took the early lead and was in a race of his own over the first five laps. He took a half-straightaway lead over Steve Buckwalter and Dewease into lapped traffic on lap 6.

Cory Haas brought out the first caution on lap 8, when he rolled to a stop at the entrance of Turn 1. Dewease was searching for a different groove, moving to the middle and challenging Buckwalter for second.

Hodnett entered lapped traffic on lap 13. Dewease kept pressuring Buckwalter, and finally slid by in the middle of Turn 1 for the position.

“We weren’t very good in the dash,” Dewease said. “I’ve been telling the guys that we need to be tighter, and then we got too tight. But these guys know what to do, and they were able to free me up.

“We couldn’t run the bottom tonight. I kept pushing up, and it was killing our momentum. The top didn’t feel spectacular, either.”

Continued Dewease, “I kept moving around and went to the middle, three-quarter up. I was able to shorten the track up and gain on those guys.”

In a hurry.

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Sprint Car driver Lance Dewease hooks up with Don Kreitz Jr. and Davey Brown Sr. for 2016 season

By: Jeremy Elliot & Penn Live

Lance Dewease has no desire to trek to the racetrack every week and grind through an 80-race Sprint Car schedule.

That time has passed.

Not only has the sport changed, so has Dewease. At age 50, his body is slowing down and he has other things he wants to do outside of racing.

But Dewease still loves the competition, and still loves the sport. Especially those high-dollar shows. That’s why he signed on to drive for Sprint Car Hall of Famer Don Kreitz Jr. and uber mechanic Davey Brown Sr. in 2016.

“It feels good,” Dewease said. “I’m excited about teaming up with Donald and Davey, and I’m looking forward to being very competitive.

“The biggest thing that excites me is how fast his race car is and being in contention to win the bigger shows. That’s what it’s always been about.”

The team plans to run between 20 and 25 shows. As of now, Dewease will fly Kreitz colors in 17 events at Williams Grove and run all the races at Susquehanna Speedway, a number that hasn’t been released.

There is a chance the Dewease-Kreitz-Brown combination will take on a few more events. That is dependent on more funding.

“We discussed the financial side, and that didn’t bother me one bit,” Dewease said. “I would like to race a little bit more, and I’m working on things.

“[Don] and I talked about running a little more if we get more backing, but I’m thinking it will be 20 to 25 shows.”

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