David Reininger - motorsport.com Abbottstown, PA (March 31, 2001) -- Lance Dewease battled from tenth starting position to claim victory in the 25 lap feature race at Lincoln Speedway on Saturday night. Dewease took the lead from polesitter ...
David Reininger - motorsport.com
Abbottstown, PA (March 31, 2001) -- Lance Dewease battled from tenth starting position to claim victory in the 25 lap feature race at Lincoln Speedway on Saturday night. Dewease took the lead from polesitter Niki Young after 17 laps of tough competition from some of the Pennsylvania Posse's finest.
"We were real good here last week," said Dewease, who ended Fred Rahmer's Lincoln win streak at three. "This is the same setup we ran last week. The track was a little better than it was last week, last week it got a little bit slicker."
Many of the drivers competing in Saturday's night race at Lincoln Speedway also competed earlier the same day at Port Royal Speedway in Juniata County, where Dewease is the defending track champion. Dewease finished ninth at Port Royal after being sidelined by a flat tire nine laps from the checkered flag.
"The crew worked hard all day. It was a long day for all of us," Dewease said. "We had troubles up at Port Royal every time we went out. The crew really worked hard when we got here."
As soon as the race got underway, Niki Young jumped from his pole position, showing great poise for a young up and comer, as he led the first 16 laps of the race.
Dewease, driving the Joe Harz owned No. 88H, found himself sixth on a lap 5 restart after Johnny Mackison Jr. stopped on the front straight, causing the first yellow of the evening.
When the green flew once more, Young continued to lead followed by Bobby Weaver, Darren Eash, Greg Hodnett and Dewease who quickly dispatched Keith Kauffman on the restart to take fifth place.
Hodnett and Dewease battled for fourth place, then third, until the pair encountered Bobby Weaver in a three-way battle for second place.
Dewease squeezed ahead on lap 14 to take second place, leaving Weaver and Hodnett to contend with Cris Eash in a newly formed three-way battle for third.
Four laps later, Dewease passed Young for the lead. He never trailed after that, sailing to a comfortable lead at the checkered flag.
Meanwhile, several multi-car battles left most of the top-ten undecided. Eash continued his charge to the front, passing Young on the last lap to take second. Young finished third followed by Hodnett, Rahmer and Dave Ely in sixth. Rounding out the top ten were Jason Johnson, Bobby Weaver, Keith Kauffman and Todd Gracey in tenth.
"Tonight, that thing couldn't have been much better," said Dewease. "It run the bottom, run the middle, run the top. It's the best I've ever been around this place. Right now, I can't ask for a better car."
Lincoln Speedway swings back into action next Saturday night, April 7th with the super sprint and thundercar regulars being joined by the popular limited late models of Silver Spring Speedway. Gates will open at 4 p.m., with hot laps at 5:30 p.m., and the first heat getting underway at 6 p.m.
Next weekend will also mark the final 6 p.m. start at Lincoln Speedway before switching to 7 p.m. starting times on April 14th.