Williams Grove 98-04-17

FIRST OF '98 FOR DEWEASE -- STUHLER STARS IN LATE MODELS MECHANICSBURG PA-- Lance Dewease scored his first victory of the season in sprint car competition at Williams Grove Friday night and Gary Stuhler turned back the touring pros...

FIRST OF '98 FOR DEWEASE -- STUHLER STARS IN LATE MODELS

MECHANICSBURG PA-- Lance Dewease scored his first victory of the season in sprint car competition at Williams Grove Friday night and Gary Stuhler turned back the touring pros to win the 30-lap Stars late model feature.

Bob Bennett led the first three laps of the sprint feature before Kevin Gobrecht took over. While Gobrecht was setting the pace Dewease, who started ninth, was working his way through traffic. He moved into the runnerup spot on the 7th tour and took the lead from Gobrecht in traffic on lap 12.

Gobrecht stayed within striking distance of the leader throughout the remainder of the race, but was never able to make a serious bid.

Dewease earned $3000 for his 36th career victory at Williams Grove.

Billy Pauch survived a furious battle with Fred Rahmer to claim third at the finish. The Pauch-Rahmer duel saw the two veterans swapping the spot lap after lap.

Sean Michael completed the top five. Don Kreitz, Todd Shaffer, Dave Ely, Mike Wagner and Len Thompson finished in positions six through ten respectively.

Michael, Gobrecht and Alan Cole won sprint car heats. Todd Shaffer won the consolation race.

Steve Shaver led the first six laps of the STARS feature as Stuhler searched for a faster groove. Once in front Stuhler opened nearly a full straightaway over runnerup Mike Balzano at the finish. He earned $5000 for his 16th career victory at Williams Grove.

Shaver settled for third with Rod Conley fourth and Steve Francis fifth, Todd Andrews, Kenny Pettyjohn, D. J. Myers, Nathan Durboraw and Booper Bare completed the top ten.

Balzano set fast time with a lap of 21.61.

Heats for the 51 late models went to Andrews, Marvin Winter, Pettyjohn and Francis. B-Mains were won by Charlie Schaffer and Jeff Robinson.

The sprint car teams will compete in the Daryl Gohn Memorial which will pay $3500 to win on April 24. The limited sprints will also be on the card.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Billy Pauch , Steve Francis
Teams Williams