NST: Susquehanna summary 2006-08-03

NEWBERRYTOWN, Pa. -- Earlier in the week, Lance Dewease had talked about how much he wanted to win a National Sprint Tour race. Thursday night, Aug. 3, Dewease accomplished the feat at Susquehanna Speedway Park in Newberrytown, Pa. Dewease...

NEWBERRYTOWN, Pa. -- Earlier in the week, Lance Dewease had talked about how much he wanted to win a National Sprint Tour race.

Thursday night, Aug. 3, Dewease accomplished the feat at Susquehanna Speedway Park in Newberrytown, Pa.

Dewease got by polesitter Jason Meyers on lap 18 of the 25-lap main, and withstood a challenge from Paul McMahan on a late restart to notch the win.

Chad Layton, who finished 17th in the first main event, came back and won the "A Plus Main," a 15-lap race that lined up based on a complete inversion of the first main event's results.

In the first main event, Dewease battled for many laps with Steve Kinser for third, then got by Fred Rahmer for second.

As the laps clicked off, Dewease gained slightly on Meyers by running the low groove as Meyers went high. Following a yellow for Brian Paulus on lap 12, Meyers and Dewease switched grooves.

After a few attempts, Dewease finally got by on lap 18 as Meyers suddenly found himself dealing with McMahan. McMahan got by Meyers for second shortly before a yellow on lap 22 for Alan Cole, but could not mount a strong enough run to get by Dewease.

Dewease, who became the second member of the PA Posse to win an NST race, was followed to the line by McMahan, Meyers, Kinser and Rahmer.

"I gave up the lead there," a disappointed Meyers said about changing lanes. "It just seems like they were faster than us. We got a little loose there, and Lance was a little better. The guy with the best car should win."

Dewease took advantage of a car capable of running multiple grooves.

"The car worked good both high and low," Dewease said. "We were going on the top pretty nice. I got a run on (Meyers), and took the lane from him. He should never have moved down, but we were catching him so he had to."

Dewease noted the scenario with Meyers is an example of second place being the prime position.

"When you're leading, you're at a disadvantage," Dewease said. "If you don't change your line, you look like a fool. If you do change, you can lose the lead."

McMahan, whose season has been filled with frustration, was pleased with his second place run.

"We were really good," he said. "I was a little tight around the top, so I just tried the bottom. I was going to make that bottom work."

McMahan figured he had a better chance of getting by Dewease without the final yellow, but will take a second.

"This is a good momentum builder heading into the Knoxville Nationals," McMahan said.

A unique one-time format at Susquehanna featured two main events. A regular schedule of racing was capped by a 25-lap main event, with the regular points system being used. After Dewease won the first 25-lap main event, cars were stopped along the frontstretch and teams had about 15 minutes to make changes.

All 22 cars on the lead lap at the end of the first main were inverted for a second main event, with the two non-lead lap cars starting in the back for the 'A Plus Main.' No points were awarded for the second main.

Blane Heimbach and Paulus battled for several laps at the start of the 15-lap main as top finishers from the first main scrambled for positions in the back.

Paulus briefly took the lead, only to give it up to Layton on lap 5. Layton went on to post the win over Paulus, Shane Stewart, Lucas Wolfe and Mark Smith.

"It's awesome," Layton of the win. "I'm glad to be standing here talking about it. In the last month we've been down. We've been struggling. We needed to get back to running like this team should be running. We were fortunate to have the second feature."

Layton was among those liking the inversion idea.

"I think that was a neat deal," he said. "It was what the fans wanted to see. We didn't post a good time in qualifying, so this gave us a chance to show what we could do when up front."

Dewease and Meyers liked the idea of inverting, but felt a few tweaks would have made it better.

b^0x001cIt was really tough to pass out there," Meyers said. "You really need two lanes to do something like that."

Dewease had some suggestions.

"The invert was a good idea, but I don't like a short race like this to be inverted," he said. "You need to have less of an invert like 10 or 12 cars, a number that we don't know about beforehand. "Fifteen laps was not enough. You need laps to come up through the field."

Trophy dashes were won by Fred Rahmer and Jason Meyers, with Meyers choosing to start on the inside pole for the 25-lap opening main event.

Heat races were won by Jason Solwold, Todd Schaffer, Jason Sides and Mark Coldren. Alan Krimes was the fastest of 32 qualifiers with a time of 14.728 seconds. The B-main was won by Krimes.

The National Sprint Tour continues its swing through the Pennsylvania area with a Saturday, Aug. 5 show at Selinsgrove Speedway in Selinsgrove, Pa. and then a Sunday, Aug. 6 race at Hagerstown Speedway in Hagerstown, Md.

National Sprint Tour at Susquehanna Speedway Park
Newberrytown, Pennsylvania
August 3, 2006

Qualifying Results
1 Alan Krimes, 87 --- 14.728
2 Lucas Wolfe, 5W --- 14.926
3 Lance Dewease, 25 m-- q4.948
4 Tim Kaeding, 11K --- 14.960
5 Keith Kauffman, 7 m-- 14.990
6 Paul McMahan, 20 m-- 15.039
7 Danny Lasoski, 83 --- q5.056
8 Mark Smith, 1 --- 15.058
9 Kerry Madsen, 11H --- 15.066
10 Jason Meyers, 14 --- 15.079
11 Fred Rahmer, 22 --- 15.081
12 Steve Kinser,11 --- 15.082
13 Jeff Shepard, 4J --- 15.102
14 Don Kreitz Jr, 69K --- q5.156
15 Jason Sides, 7S --- 15.173
16 Brian Paulus, 28 m-- 15.175
17 Jason Solwold, R19 --- 15.202
18 Todd Schaffer, 77 m-- 15.206
19 Michael Carber, 69 --- 15.215
20 Craig Keel, 9 --- 15.238
21 Shane Stewart, 26 --- 15.240
22 Alan Cole, 35 --- 15.243
23 Chad Layton, 12A --- 15.282
24 Mark Coldren, 07 --- 15.285
25 Dean Jacobs, 6 --- q5.291
26 Blane Heimbach, 12 --- 15.304
27 Cory Haas, 11c --- q5.340
28 Johnny Macnisom, 65m-- q5.402
29 Pat Cooper, 26C --- 15.929
30 Scott Lutz, 33 --- 15.952
31 Cody Darrah, 89 --- 16.001
32 Billy Kimmel, 47 --- 16.195

Heat 1 Finish
1 Jason Solwold, R19
2 Shane Stewart, 26
3 Jeff Shepard, 4J
4 Kerry Madsen, 11H
5 Keith Kauffman, 7
6 Alan Krimes, 87
7 Dean Jacobs, 6
8 Pat Cooper, 26C

Heat 2 Finish
1 Todd Schaffer, 77
2 Jason Meyers, 14
3 Paul McMahan, 20
4 Alan Cole, 35
5 Blane Heimbach, 12
6 Don Kreitz Jr., 69K
7 Lucas Wolfe, 5W
8 Scott Lutz, 33

Heat 3 Finish
1 Jason Sides, 7S
2 Fred Rahmer, 22
3 Danny Lasoski,83
4 Lance Dewease, 25
5 Chad Layton, 12A
6 Cody Darrah, 89
7 Cory Haas, 11C
8 Michael Carber, 69

Heat 4 Finish
1 Mark Coldren, 07
2 Brian Paulus, 28
3 Tim Kaeding, 11K
4 Steve Kinser, 11
5 Mark Smith, 1
6 Johnny Macnisom
7 Billy Kimmel, 47
8 Craig Keel, 9

Dash 1 Finish
1 Fred Rahmer, 22
2 Lance Dewease, 25
3 Keith Kauffman, 7
4 Kerry Madsen, 11H
5 Jeff Shepard, 4J
6 Danny Lasoski, 83

Dash 2 Finish
1 Jason Meyers, 14
2 Steve Kinser, 11
3 Paul McMahan, 20
4 Mark Smith, 1
5 Jason Sides, 7S
6 Tim Kaeding, 11K

B-Main Finish
1 Alan Krimes, 87
2 Lucas Wolfe, 5w
3 Michael Carber, 69
4 Don Kreitz Jr., 69K
5 Craig Keel, 9
6 Scott Lutz, 33
7 Cody Darrah, 89
8 Dean Jacobs, 6
9 Johnny Macnisom, 65
10 Billy Kimmel, 47
11 Pat Cooper, 26C
12 Cory Haas, 11C

A-Feature Line-Up
14 - 22
11 - 25
20 - 7
7S - 11H
1 - 4J
11K - 83
87 - 5W
69Km 28
R19 - 77
69 - 26
35 - 12A
07 - 12

A-Feature Finish
1 Lance Dewease, 25
2 Paul McMahan, 20
3 Jason Meyers, 14
4 Steve Kinser, 11
5 Fred Rahmer, 22
6 Keith Kauffman, 7
7 Danny Lasoski, 83
8 Kerry Madsen, 11H
9 Jason Sides, 7S
10 Alan Krimes, 87
11 Tim Kaeding, 11K
12 Jeff Shepard, 4J
13 Don Kreitz Jr., 69K
14 Michael Carber, 69
15 Jason Solwold, R19
16 Todd Schaffer, 77
17 Chad Layton, 12A
18 Mark Smith, 1
19 Lucas Wolfe, 5W
20 Shane Stewart, 26
21 Blane Heimbach, 12
22 Brian Paulus, 28
23 Mark Coldren, 07
24 Alan Cole, 35

2nd A-Feature Line-Up
28 - 12
26 - 5W
1 - 12A
77 - R19
69 - 69K
4J m 11K
87 - 7S
11Hm 83
7 - 22
11 - 14
20 - 25
07 - 35J

2nd A-Feature Finish
1 Chad Layton, 12A
2 Brian Paulus, 28
3 Shane Stewart, 26
4 Lucas Wolfe, 5W
5 Mark Smith, 1
6 Todd Schaffer, 77
7 Don Kreitz Jr., 69K
8 Jason Solwold, R19
9 Tim Kaeding, 11KJ
10 Keith Kauffman, 7
11 Michael Carber, 69
12 Jason Sides, 7S
13 Fred Rahmer, 22
14 Danny Lasoski, 83
15 Lance Dewease, 25J
16 Alan Krimes, 87
17 Blane Heimbach, 12
18 Jeff Shepard, 4J
19 Paul McMahan, 20
20 Jason Meyers, 14
21 Mark Coldren, 07
22 Alan Cole, 35
23 Kerry Madsen, 11H
24 Steve Kinser, 11

Rank Driver              Points

1 Danny Lasoski 2043
2 Steve Kinser 1993
3 Tim Kaeding 1985
4 Jason Meyers 1902
5 Jason Solwold 1734
6 Jason Sides 1726
7 Paul McMahan 1713
8 Shane Stewart 1500
9 Brian Paulus 1445
10 Tim Shaffer 1092
11 Kerry Madsen 850
12 Lucas Wolfe 840
13 Dean Jacobs 499
14 Lance Dewease 329

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Series Sprint
Drivers Tim Shaffer , Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser , Brian Paulus , Dean Jacobs , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Kerry Madsen , Paul McMahan , Shane Stewart , Lucas Wolf , Cody Darrah , Tim Kaeding