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.
York Dispatch: Bryan Householder
Kyle Larson’s winning streak is over.
Larson had earned three straight Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek victories heading into Wednesday’s event at Hagerstown Speedway.
On Wednesday, however, the NASCAR Monster Cup leader settled for an 11th-place finish when Speedweek moved south of the border to the Maryland track.
The Pennsylvania Posse was back on top on Wednesday at the Hub City Oval, with Lance Dewease scoring the victory in the 30-lap feature event, earning $5,000.
Dewease started 10th and worked his way forward. Speedweek point leader Freddie Rahmer led from the pole position. It wasn’t until the 27th lap that Dewease was able to make his move by Rahmer for the lead. Dewease went on to score the win over Rahmer, with Rico Abreu in third. Ryan Smith and Danny Dietrich completed the top five.
By: Port Royal Speedway
Oval veteran notches 98th career Port Royal win while Hart claims second econo main
PORT ROYAL, Pa. – Lance Dewease drove the Don Kreitz No. 69K sprint car to the $7,000 PA Speedweek victory at Port Royal Speedway on Thursday night, turning back Stevie Smith and Lucas Wolfe for the 98th win of his career at the oval.
In the 18-lap econo late model feature, Port Royal’s Devin Hart scored his second win of the season in the division, taking the lead late in the race.
Dewease started seventh in the 30-lap speedweek feature with Stevie Smith and James McFadden sharing the front row and when action began Dewease stuffed his racer up the inside and into fourth on the first lap, behind Greg Hodnett, McFadden and Smith.
McFadden and Hodnett were locked in a battle for second on the third lap when Hodnett tried to make a move on McFadden for the spot as the pair exited the fourth turn.
As Hodnett came up across the track he found McFadden to his outside and the pair made contact with McFadden biting the outside wall while Hodnett turned sideways and hopped up over the inside barrier, ending up with his nose pointed toward the sky, hanging on the barrier.
Dewease blasted the outside in the first and second turns on the restart to keep pace with Smith and then dropped down to the inside as the pair raced onto the backchute before blasting across the inside in the third corner to come up with the lead.
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.”
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.