All Star Circuit Of Champions
(Photo: Lance Dewease in Williams Grove Speedway victory lane – Vince Vellella Photo Credit)
Lance Dewease outduels Freddie Rahmer for Hinnershitz Memorial title at Williams Grove Speedway
MECHANICSBURG, PA (April 28, 2017) – The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions launched their first Central Pennsylvania swing of the 2017 season in fantastic fashion on Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway, putting on a show for “Pennsylvania Posse” fans in the form of a Lance Dewease and Freddie Rahmer duel for the 2017 Tommy Hinnershitz Memorial worth $5,000.
Despite periods of pressure from Rahmer, as well as a near-disastrous run-in with traffic, Dewease, pilot of the Don Kreitz-owned/Schannauer Plumbing & Heating/RVWorkshop.com/No. 69K, held on to claim the 30-lap program; his sixth Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions victory at Williams Grove Speedway and the 32nd Series win of his storied career. Freddie Rahmer crossed under the final checkers second in the running order, followed by Tim Shaffer, Aaron Ott and Danny Dietrich.
“We are really happy with this,” Lance Dewease explained in victory lane. “Davey [Brown] and Don [Kreitz] work really hard every week. They worked all winter to try and get us to qualify a little bit better. This car is a little different than what we had last year, so it has a little bit of a different feel. This is only our third race of the year. We’re not where we need to be yet, but we are getting close.”
Lance Dewease started fourth on the main event grid, driving to second by the completion of lap one, eventually making his first bid for the top spot on lap five. The Fayetteville, Pennsylvania, native took command officially on lap six, driving by the “Steel City Outlaw” Tim Shaffer with a move on the bottom of the speedway.
Despite Dewease’s initial ability to drive away from the rest of the field, Freddie Rahmer, who followed Lance Dewease around Tim Shaffer to take the runner-up position on lap 10, never lost sight of the familiar No. 69K. The pair were only separated by .6 seconds when the first and only caution appeared on lap 17.
Green flag conditions soon resumed with Dewease extending a slight advantage once again, stretching to a near-two second lead even after catching the back of the running order. Using traffic to his advantage, Freddie Rahmer was able to shrink Dewease’s command to less than a second, ultimately driving to the back bumper of the No. 69K by lap 28.
With traffic an obvious obstacle for Dewease when entering turn one on the final circuit, Rahmer attempted to drive around the Central Pennsylvania veteran, as well as the lapped car of Anthony Macri. All three nearly made contact, with Dewease barely sneaking beyond Macri on the bottom of the speedway. Dewease’s bold move sealed the deal, driving on to score his first Arctic Cat All Star victory of the 2017 season by .814 seconds.
“Freddie [Rahmer] hauled it in there pretty hard like he’s supposed to,” Dewease explained. “He’s not here to run second. Macri slipped up just a little and I was able to jam it in there. Fortunately, I was able to get by. That allowed us to hold off Freddie for the last lap. He’s been good all night. He’s turning into a pretty good racer.”
Lance Dewease scored big on Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway, taking the 25-lap 410 sprint-car main in his first appearance of the year at the track to boost his career win total there to 86, which is just four wins shy of the all-time win mark at the historic oval.
In the 358 sprint main it was Adrian Shaffer taking the season opener for the division at the track, which turned out to be his fourth victory in a row in the Williams Grove lidlifter for the 358s.
Danny Dietrich drew the pole to start the 410 sprint-car main, and after a strong showing in his heat, Dietrich may have been poised to run off with the victory, but Dewease had other thoughts.
After starting fourth in the field, Dewease streaked around the cars of Steve Buckwalter and Alan Krimes in the first corner of the opening lap to be along side Dietrich for control in the second corner.
Dietrich tried to hold Dewease back and pulled ahead for a lap or so but to no avail, as the Fayetteville flyer drove through the middle of the turns to net control on the third circuit.
After getting control, Dewease pulled away from Dietrich and was just entering the backmarkers on the ninth tour when the race’s first caution flag unfurled.
All Star Circuit Of Champions
Lance Dewease earns record fifth Tuscarora 50 win at Port Royal Speedway in dominating fashion
PORT ROYAL, PA. (September 10, 2016) – For an unprecedented fifth time, Lance Dewease is a Tuscarora 50 champion at the Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pennsylvania. The Central Pennsylvania veteran, who now owns 100 career victories at the Port Royal “Speed Palace,” as well as 31 career victories against the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, earned more than $12,000 for his record setting main event win, crossing under the final checkers nearly eight seconds ahead of Stevie Smith and Dale Blaney. Dewease took command officially on lap 12 and never looked back, utilizing the bottom groove of the Port Royal Speedway half-mile for the majority of his laps led.
“This feels great. It’s an honor to do it for these guys,” Dewease said on the Port Royal Speedway victory lane stage. “I think I may have won this race with five different car owners, too, so that makes it pretty special. I wanted this one so bad all year for these guys. We’ve been really good everywhere we’ve went. We had a really good race car last night, but had some mechanical problems that were nobody’s fault. I’m having a lot of fun driving for this race team. We are all really enjoying this limited schedule. We savor every one of these things.”
With a redraw setting the first five starting rows of the 50-lap, Tuscarora 50 feature finale, it was Greg Hodnett and T.J. Stutts setting the tone on the initial start. Hodnett jumped to the early advantage, leading Dale Blaney, T.J. Stutts, and Sheldon Haudenschild at the completion of lap one. Hodnett quickly opened up at the front of the field, extending his lead to a near-two second advantage by lap 10.
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Lance Dewease’s dream season with Don Kreitz Jr. and Davey Brown Sr. continued Saturday night at Port Royal Speedway … literally.
The trio has been dubbed the “Dream Team.” Rightly so, considering Kreitz and Brown have already been enshrined in the Sprint Car Hall of Fame, and Dewease is sure to follow real soon.
And they continued to live up to the lofty billing in a Saturday night jaunt around Port Royal Speedway.
Dewease won a tight battle with Stevie Smith to capture the Living Legends Dream Race. This particular triumph, Dewease’s ninth in 17 races in 2016, was worth a hefty $12,510 first-place paydaywilso.
“This is about the only race I’ve never won here, and I’m really thankful to finally win it,” Dewease said after his 99th career win at the Juniata County oval.
“It was a tricky track tonight. I got Stevie on that restart and was kind of floating the top. I knew sooner or later, the top wasn’t going to be good, and he got around me and moved to the bottom.”
Every dirt track racer is searching for that magic formula that leads to multiple trips to victory lane.
It happens when you’ve got a fast car, your team works well together, you know how to race at certain tracks, you use your experience to take advantage of every opening, and you get some good breaks.
That’s the world Lance Dewease is living in.
Dewease, of Fayetteville, a veteran of 30-plus years of racing 410 sprint cars, is having the time of his life in this 2016 season.
To a sprint car driver in Central Pennsylvania, it doesn’t get any better than winning a race against the touring World of Outlaws drivers. Dewease has done it twice already this season, including last Saturday at Williams Grove in the Summer Nationals, which earned his team a cool $25,000 prize and retained the Morgan Cup for the Pennsylvania Posse.
He’s winning. He’s winning consistently. And he’s winning big-money, prestigious races.
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A Little Luck and A Lot of Skill Help Lance Dewease to Summer Nationals Win
Retains coveted Morgan Cup trophy for the Pennsylvania Posse and pockets $25,000
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. – July 23, 2016 – Lance Dewease’s World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series victory in the the Champion Racing Oil Summer Nationals finale at Williams Grove Speedway on Saturday night took a lot of hard work and a little good luck.
Dewease, who spent much of the first two-thirds of the feature looking for a line around Joey Saldana, battled to the lead on one restart, had do it again after the caution flew before a lap was completed and then, after the caution flew on the final lap for Aaron Ott, who spun near the start/finish line, ran out of fuel as the open red was called.
“I was out (of fuel) about six laps before that,” Dewease said. “It kept shutting off going down the straight away. I just slowed way out of the throttle so I could try to make it to the end, took the white, it sputtered a little going up the back stretch, I thought I was good and we come of four for the checkered and the yellow comes out. I thought, man, we’re done… Everything went our way tonight.”
In addition to claiming $25,000, Dewease also kept the Morgan Cup at Williams Grove for the local, Pennsylvania Posse fans. The win is the second of the season for Dewease who stood in victory lane at Williams Grove on May 20.
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Lance Dewease continued his stellar season picking up his seventh win in 13 starts in the World of Outlaws tuneup Friday at Williams Grove Speedway.
From the start of the race to the end, there was never any question of which car would end up in victory lane at the end of the night. Dewease quickly jumped to a large lead and stayed there. A caution during lap 14 gave Stevie Smith, who was in second, and Greg Hodnett, who was in third, the chance to catch the 69K car.
However, Dewease surged out to another large lead out of the restart.
“The track was kind of tough,” Dewease said from victory lane. “It was a one-lane track most of the night and when it’s curved like that around the top it’s very hard to pass. I knew as long as I didn’t make a mistake it would be hard. … We really were struggling up in (turns) one and two, getting from the middle out a little bit, but (turns) three and four I kind of changed my line the last two laps, three laps.
“It was actually better, so we were good enough to get here.”
While Dewease securely held down his spot in the lead, Smith and Hodnett battled it out for second. Smith started the night in the second position and had Hodnett on his tail for most of the race. The driver of the 51s held off the advancing Hodnett on several occasions and eventually put some space between himself and the Spring Grove driver.
Behind them, Freddie Rahmer managed to pass Lucas Wolfe in lap 15 to take over the fourth position, and Danny Dietrich slid under Wolfe in lap 18 to push him out of 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.