Central Pennsylvania weekend report 2002-05-06

DEWEASE CONTINUES DOMINATION OVER ALL STARS Fayetteville's Lance Dewease rolled to his fourth All Star Circuit of Champions win of the season in the 30-lap feature at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night. The win was Dewease's second of the weekend...


Fayetteville's Lance Dewease rolled to his fourth All Star Circuit of Champions win of the season in the 30-lap feature at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night. The win was Dewease's second of the weekend and his eighth overall in 2002.

"We go pretty good in these time trial events,: said the victorious Dewease in Victory lane. "Normally, the race track is a little bit slicker than (this one was) tonight, and we haven't been real great all year."

"But we've been working real hard. Last night's the best we've been at the Grove, and tonight's the best we've been here all year It means a lot to win this one tonight. It's a better paying race. I like racing against the All Stars, and I also like beating them."

Dewease's sixth quick time, combined with the failure of Steve Siegel (second fastest), Byron Reed (third quick time), and Greg Wilson (fifth quick time) to qualify through their heats, put Dewease on the outside of row two for the start. Dewease took to the top side and drove around Sean Michael into third on the first two turns, drove around Chad Kemenah for second on lap three, and followed pole sitter Brook Weibley for the next six laps before claiming the top spot from Weibley on lap nine.

Despite torrid racing among the rest of the top ten, Dewease dominated the rest of the way, besting second-place finisher Sean Michael by 1.82 seconds at the end to claim the $5,000 top prize.

The victory marked a milestone 77th Lincoln win for car owners Al and Betty Hamilton in the Pigeon Hills, matching the car number they made famous in Central Pennsylvania.

New Oxford's Bobby Rudisill claimed his first of the year and third of his career in a thrilling 20-lap thundercar main, edging Craig Wagaman by .19 seconds at the finish. Rudisill made the race-winning pass on the final turn after dogging Wagaman over the second half of the race.


Lance Dewease won the 25-lap sprint car feature Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway and Chad Layton scored his third victory of the season in358 sprint action.

Tim Kuhn led the first two laps of the sprint car feature before Sean Michael, who started sixth, took over. Dewease, who started tenth, moved through the field quickly and drove into the runner-up spot on lap five. By the tenth tour the battle between Michael and Dewease was heating up. On two occasions Dewease slid in front of the leader through turns one and two only to have Michael drive past him on the backstretch.

Dewease made his third slide job stick on lap fifteen. Once in front the defending track champion was never challenged as he raced to his second victory of the season and earned $3000 for his effort.

Michael's solid second place run marked his best effort of the season at the Grove. Greg Hodnett charged from the twelfth starting spot to an impressive third place finish with Kuhn holding on for fourth, and Donnie Kreitz Jr. fifth.

Dewease's victory moved him into the lead in the Cindy Rowe Auto Glass point standings.

Chad Layton came from twelfth to win the 20-lap 358 sprint feature after sliding by early leader Mark Yinger on the twelfth lap. It was Layton's third win in three tries this year and he has now won four of his last five races at Williams Grove.


Millerstown's Todd Shaffer picked up his second win of 2002 Saturday night in the 25 lap super sprint feature at Port Royal Speedway. The win was worth $2,500 to the Gary & Patty Beam Macri Concrete No.88 race team - there first of the season at Port.

Todd Hestor of Middleburg had the early race lead before Shaffer got by for the lead in turn four of the eighth lap and led the rest of the way to take the checkered with Keith Kauffman following. Hestor finished third, Alan Cole fourth, and was Rick Lafferty fifth.

"We weren't good in the heat," said Shaffer in victory lane. "I want to apologize to my crew...I wasn't happy. The crew works hard, the track was good and the dip was better in turn one."

Steve Campbell of Danville led all 20 laps en route to his first win of the season in the late model feature while Bill Powell won the 12 lap pro stock event for his first of the year.


The 1994 track champion Dave Calaman returned to victory lane Saturday night for the first time since 1995 in winning the 25 lap super sportsman feature at Silver Spring Speedway. Calaman was working around the top of the speedway and had closed to within a car length of race-leader Richie Hartman with four laps to go and made his winning pass one lap later around the top of the speedway in turns three and four. Calaman worked the cushion on the final lap with hard-charging Pat Cannon down low, but came up a few car lengths short at the finish line.

Dave Neuman and Jim Shuttlesworth got by Hartman late in the event to finish third and fourth respectively. Hartman hung on for a career best fifth place finish.

Dover's Bud Witmer passed Carl Billet on the fourth lap for the lead and led the rest of the way for his first win of the season in the limited late model feature.

Gerry Stutting passed race-long leader Roger Leaman on an 11th lap caution restart and led the rest of the way for his first win of the season in street stocks.


26 year-old Chad Layton of Harrisburg scored his second win of the weekend in winning the 25 lap 358 sprint feature T Selinsgrove Speedway Saturday night.

Layton, who won the night before at Williams Grove, and the defending Selinsgrove track champ, passed race-long leader Jeff Weaver with three laps to go and went on to register is first win of the season at Selinsgrove - and the 13th of his career at the Snyder County oval. Weaver rode home second followed by Jake Raudabaugh, Jim Nace and Justin Zimmerman.

Eight-time track champion Bobby Croop passed Don Schick on the 12th lap for the lead and led the rest of the way to pick up his 66th career late model. Gerald Kratzer picked up his second win of the season in pro stocks while Billy Mcneal won the 10-lap roadrunner feature.


1999 United Dirt Track Racing Association Pro DirtCar Series Champion and current point leader Dale McDowell of Rossville, GA raced to his second win of the season Friday night in the Jim Barna Log Systems 50 at Scenic Raceway in Oneida, TN.

McDowell was never challenged and led wire-to-wire to post the $10,000 victory.

Steve Francis of Ashland, KY finished second after a race-long duel with defending UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series Champion Rick Eckert of York, who settled for third.

-bill meyer-

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Series Sprint , Stock car
Drivers Rick Eckert , Greg Wil , Steve Francis , Chad Kemenah
Teams Williams