Weekend racing summary 2003-05-11

Dewease edges Eash in Lincoln Sprint thriller Lance Dewease was on a mission. The Fayetteville speedster made up a two-second deficit over the final five laps and ran down leader Cris Eash on the final two turns to claim his second Lincoln win...

Dewease edges Eash in Lincoln Sprint thriller
Lance Dewease was on a mission.

The Fayetteville speedster made up a two-second deficit over the final five laps and ran down leader Cris Eash on the final two turns to claim his second Lincoln win of the year Saturday night.

"Cris has been going real good all year," said Dewease upon exiting his Al and Betty Hamilton-owned Manheim Auto Auction/Hank's Performance Products No.77. " We had a couple bad starts there, but a couple guys had some problems."

Dewease started beside Fred Rahmer on row five and steered clear of two third-lap crashes, which included a seven-car melee on the first two turns that took out Jason Hagenbuch and damaged the Apple Dealerships mount of Greg Hodnett. And then a restart crash that destroyed the car of six-time defending track champ Rahmer.

"Fred wrecked awful hard there, and I'm glad to see he walked away from that. But I think he was a little better than he's been the last couple weeks. He'd have been pretty tough, and (Greg) Hodnett was going to be pretty tough."

Chappy Knaack led the first lap, then yielded to Kevin Drury on the third and fourth turns of lap two. Doug Esh briefly grabbed the lead with a slider past Drury and Knaack on lap five, but slipped over the cushion and lost three spots before pulling it back in. Niki Young dove low and grabbed the lead as Esh was regaining control. Young then led for eight laps before two-time winner Cris Eash caught him in heavy lapped traffic entering turn three of lap 14.

It appeared Eash was headed for his third win of the season, but Dewease, who caught Young at the start-finish line at the end of lap 17, cleared lapped traffic over the next two laps and began his charge with five laps to go. He pulled onto Eash's back bumper with two laps to go, made one unsuccessful attempt to slide under Eash on lap 24, then rode the cushion to drive alongside Eash exiting turn four. Dewease outraced Eash to take the checkered by less than a car-length.

"I showed him a nose and made him move off that top, and we just kept running as hard as I could, said Dewease. "He raced me clean. He could've pinched me a number of times down the straightaways, but he didn't."

It was Dewease's sixth win of 2003 and 21st of his career in the Pigeon Hills.

" The breaks just went our way, and we got up through there," Dewease added. "We're always better the longer we run, and we ran him down."

Young held on for third, with Esh fourth and Billy Sims fifth. Completing the top ten were Josh Wells, Chris Knopp, Hodnett, and Bobby Weaver.

Points leader Eric Stambaugh claimed his second win in-a-row in the 20-lap "358" sprint feature. Stambaugh started 12th, passed race-long leader Dan Dietrich entering the third turn of lap 17, and held off defending champ Cory Haas for his sixth career win at the Abbottstown oval.

Points leader Bernie Beard and last week's feature winner Mike Zeigler Jr. waged a late race battle for the lead with Beard getting the upper hand on the final turns to the checkered to record his fourth win of 2003.

Beard took the checkered 22-hundredths of second ahead of Zeigler for his 71st career Lincoln win. Bobby Rudisill charged from his 14th-starting position to finish third, 10th-starting Nat Tuckey fourth, and Al Cramer fifth.

OTHER REGIONAL RACING ACTION

FANNASY WINS THREE-CAR BATTLE FOR FIRST SPRINGS WIN SINCE 2000

Veteran racer Bob Fanassy of Dauphin ended a nearly three years of frustration by winning the 25 lap super sportsman feature at Silver Spring Speedway Saturday night. The former two-time Super Sportsman Tour Champion ended a winless streak dating back to opening day action in 2000 by out-racing Scott Dellinger and Richie Hartman for the win and became the sixth winner in as many events at the Cumberland County racing facility.

In other sportsman action, Hartman won $250 in the four-lap cash dash for the super sportsman over Carmen Perigo Jr., Leroy Martin and Fannasy.

Jim Salisbury became the third different winner in three races by winning the 20 lap street stock feature over George Eash and Mike Arnold.

PURKS HOLDS OFF LAYTON FOR SELINSGROVE 358 SPRINT WIN

Teenager Kyle Purks of Langhorne held off two-time defending champion Chad Layton for his first win of the season in the 25-lap 358 sprint feature Saturday night at Selinsgrove Speedway.

Dale Kerstetter of Liverpool won his third race of the season in the 25-lap late model feature for his 32nd career Selinsgrove win.

Jake Buck of Port Trevorton won his first pro stock feature of the season, while Rick Bixlier ended Matt Drum's domination in the roadrunner division by picking up his first win of the year.

HEIMBACH CONTINUES WIN STREAK WITH CLINTON COUNTY VICTORY

Selinsgrove's Blane Heimbach picked up his second win in-a-row in sprint car competition at Clinton County Speedway Friday night. Heimbach picked up the win over Troy Whitesel and Jeff Weaver.

Troxelville's Peanut Heintzelman led every lap to win the super stock event while Kevin Van Amburg of Lock Haven won his first career feature in daredevils. Robert Tressler of Lock Haven won the four-cylinder pro stock feature and Dennis Weisgarber repeated in the four-cylinder enduro feature.

WELSH SCORES FIRST URC WIN OF 2003 AT NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY

Kevin Welsh of Far Hills, NJ picked up his first win of 2003 in United Racing Club action Saturday night at New Egypt Speedway in New Egypt, NJ. Welsh picked up the win over Brian Seidel and Scott Pursell and in the process took over the top spot in the season-long point battle. The win was also the third of Welsh's career in URC competition.

MCCARL LEDS WIRE-TO-WIRE FRIDAY IN 81 SPEEDWAY ALL STAR WIN

Iowa's Terry McCarl led wire-to-wire Friday night in All Star Sprint action at 81 Speedway in Wichita, KS. McCarl picked up the "Rumble on the Prairie" race co-sanctioned with the National Championship Racing Association (NCRA) for his first All Star win of 2003 over Upperco, Maryland's Jeff Shepard and Jason Johnson.

DEAN JACOBS PICKS UP SATURDAY JETMORE ALL STAR WIN

After being shut out of victory lane last season, Dean Jacobs was dominant Saturday night in All Star Sprint action at the Jetmore Motoplex in Jetmore, KS. Jacobs took the lead from Jason Johnson on the 15 lap after the race-long leader slid off the track and then led the rest of the way to register the victory over Shane Stewart and Brooke Tatnell.

LASOSKI WINS RAIN-SHORTENED TERRE HAUTE EVENT

Danny Lasoski was leading Friday when rain hit the Terre Haute Action Track in Terre Haute, IN, and was declared the winner when World of Outlaws Series officials determined the track was unsafe to continue racing.

Lasoski, who led all 20 laps of the rain-shortened race, increased his points lead to 57 points over defending and 17-time series champion Steve Kinser with his fifth A-Main event victory of the season. The $10,000 victory was also Lasoski's third straight at Terre Haute.

Mark Kinser finished in second place, ahead of Craig Dollansky, Daryn Pittman and Steve Kinser.

World of Outlaws Series officials postponed Saturday's event at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, IL when torrential rain made the track unsafe for racing. Officials rescheduled Saturday's event for June 22nd. Thursday night's event at Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, IL, was also postponed due to rain and has been rescheduled for June 23rd.

The World of Outlaws Series will open its tour of the Northeast Tuesday at Delaware International Speedway before heading to Williams Grove for a two-night show next Thursday and Friday. They will then follow that up with single-night shows at Hagerstown Speedway on Saturday and then finally at Grandview Speedway on Sunday.

RAINS POSTPONE KANKAKEE XDCS RUN FOR SECOND STRAIGHT DAY

Heavy rains that drenched the Midwest have postponed the Xtreme DirtCar Series event scheduled for Saturday night at Kankakee Motor Speedway in Kankakee, IL, for the second straight night. The event will be rescheduled at a date to be announced early next week.

WEEKEND RAIN-OUTS

Rain once again put a damper on several racing events Friday and Saturday night.

Friday night wash-outs included Williams Grove, Trail-Way and Big Diamond Speedways while rain curtailed Saturday night action at Port Royal, Trail-Way and Hagerstown Speedways.

-bill Meyer-

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Series Sprint
Drivers Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser , Craig Dollansky , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Dean Jacobs , Shane Stewart , Chappy Knaack , Jason Johnson
Teams Williams