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.