ABBOTTSTOWN, PA - Lance Dewease made it two-in-a-row Thursday night at Lincoln Speedway in the All Star sprint 30-lap All Star vs. NCRA Eastern Showdown. His dominating performance in the Harz Racing J&J with a Don Ott engine came on...
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA - Lance Dewease made it two-in-a-row Thursday night at Lincoln Speedway in the All Star sprint 30-lap All Star vs. NCRA Eastern Showdown. His dominating performance in the Harz Racing J&J with a Don Ott engine came on American Racer tires by a full straightaway over runner-up Sean Michael and Todd Shaffer.
"I heard the motor crackling the last five laps," Dewease recalled in victory lane. "We had a cylinder dying." He then recalled his race strategy. "I thought I showed my hand too soon on Todd (Shaffer). I got high by him on that one start and I didn't know if he'd move out and he didn't. We were able to run the top good at the end."
Shaffer started on the ButlerBuilt Hot Seat pole with Dean Jacobs in position two, followed by Dewease, Johnny Mackison, Jr., Donnie Kreitz, Jr. and Greg Hodnett. Shaffer jumped out to the immediate lead as Jacobs brushed the outside wall in turn four and fell back to third behind Shaffer, Dewease and Kreitz. It quickly became a two-car race, with Shaffer leading Dewease as Kreitz faded back a few lengths, but he began reeling in the leaders as they approached lapped traffic by lap nine. As Dewease was poised to make a pass for the lead, Gary Wright spun out in turn two for a lap 10 yellow flag. On the restart, Brian Ellenberger ended up on top of Bobby Weaver's car, with Aaron Berryhill stalling to miss the crash. This brought out another caution.
Lap 11 saw yet another caution as Byron Reed and Mike Wagner tangled and spun, with Danny Smith getting a flat as he grazed off the accident.
With a dozen laps completed, Shaffer still led over Dewease, who was applying heavy pressure to the leader. On lap 14 Dewease went high to try a pass, but it did not stick. He tried to shoot low under the leader on the front stretch a lap later, but Shaffer still remained on top. Then Dewease made his move on the middle of the backstretch to lead lap 16 and pull away to a convincing win.
Meanwhile, Michael, Kreitz and Cris Eash were having a battle royale for the third spot. Johnny Mackison stopped on the track on lap 23, and Dewease had a three lapped car advantage for the restart over Michael, who took second just before the yellow appeared. Shaffer was third, with Kreitz, Eash and Fred Rahmer next after starting 14th.
Rahmer began picking off cars, and got past Kreitz on the last circuit to come home fourth behind Dewease, Michael and Shaffer. Kreitz was fifth and Eash sixth with Steve Siegel seventh, followed by Jason Johnson, who started 11th, Chris Knopp and Jacobs.
"We just all have to do our homework because Lance has us covered," runnerup Michael revealed. "We were good through the middle be he was good up top."
Shaffer said of his third place run, "Sean and I raced out butts off, but Lance made it easy, he ran off from us."
The K-T Equipment heat went to Jeff Rohrbaugh, the JB Enterprise Racing Products heat to Kenny Jacobs, the Crown Battery heat to Byron Reed and the Engler Machine & Tool heat went to Travis Rilat. Brian Ellenberger won the B Main and Dean Jacobs captured the Haulmark Dash.