Kreitz Scores Another Gumout Win By Kendra Jacobs HAGERSTOWN, MD (Oct. 7)-Don Kreitz, Jr. won his first Gumout Racing Series victory by passing P.J. Chesson late in the race at Port Royal Speedway. This time, it was Lance Dewease who fell to...
Kreitz Scores Another Gumout Win
By Kendra Jacobs
HAGERSTOWN, MD (Oct. 7)-Don Kreitz, Jr. won his first Gumout Racing Series victory by passing P.J. Chesson late in the race at Port Royal Speedway. This time, it was Lance Dewease who fell to Kreitz at Hagerstown Speedway.
"Lance [Dewease] doesn't make mistakes. He's a tough guy to pass when he's leading," Kreitz said before moving on to the Gumout competitors. "These Gumout guys are tough. You can't beat these guys unless everything goes right for you. We're lucky that it went that way tonight."
Qualifying was the only event stopping Kreitz from scoring a perfect night. Kreitz did go on to win the Fourth Manufacturer's Heat Race as well as the Weld Race Components Dash before winning the 30-lap "A" Feature.
Kreitz started on the front row alongside pole-sitter Lance Dewease. Dewease jumped out into the lead with Kreitz following close behind. Jason Meyers fell into the third position with Billy Pauch and Kenny Jacobs rounding out the top five.
Dewease pulled out into a sizeable lead until lap five when Kreitz began to close the gap. Lap six saw the duo side by side as they exited turn two. The action was slowed however when Shane Stewart in the Gotta Race #9H spun low in turn two. Stewart rejoined the field on the tail. On the restart, Kreitz moved to the outside, once again exiting turn two alongside Dewease. Dewease held onto the lead as he too moved to the highside of the track. Meyers moved in to join the battle on lap seven. Kreitz continued to use both grooves on the track before taking the lead away from Kreitz on lap nine.
Kreitz immediately shot out into a notable lead over Dewease. While Meyers and Dewease battled for second, Jacobs moved up to battle Pauch for fourth. Jacobs took fourth position on lap 15, moving Pauch back to fifth. Two laps later, Meyers passed Dewease coming out of turn four. Jacobs followed suit, pushing Dewease back into the fourth position. Kreitz extended his lead ahead of Meyers, Jacobs, Dewease and now Chris Eash.
A three-way battle ensued for the fourth position between Dewease, Eash and Pauch. As Dewease's tires continued to fade, he continued to lose positions. Eash passed Dewease on lap 23 to take over the fourth position. Two laps later, third running Jacobs slowed to a stop along the backstretch with ignition problems. Jacobs was unable to restart.
The restart saw three lapped cars between race-leader Kreitz and second running Meyers. Pauch moved into the fourth position as Dewease fell back. Dewease lost the fifth position to P.J. Chesson in turn four on the same lap. On the white flag lap, both Brad Furr and Randy Kinser moved by Dewease, pushing the one-time leader back into the eighth position. Krietz crossed the stand over a straightaway ahead of Meyers. Eash, Pauch and P.J. Chesson rounded out the top five.
Shane Stewart earned the Huggins Fast Time Award with a time of 17.547. Kenny Jacobs' misfortune earned him the Frankland Hard Luck Award. The KSE Hard Charger Award went to Jason Statler for the second race in a row.
The Gumout Racing Series will compete in its last event of the season on Saturday, October 14th at the Terre Haute Action Track. The private year-end banquet will be held the following day at the Terre Haute fairgrounds.