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.