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Dewease Downs Outlaws in Williams Grove Opener By Richard Day MECHANICSBURG, PA (July 27) -- Lance Dewease knows what it takes to win Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series races at Williams Grove Speedway....

Dewease Downs Outlaws in Williams Grove Opener By Richard Day MECHANICSBURG, PA (July 27) -- Lance Dewease knows what it takes to win Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series races at Williams Grove Speedway. He swept the 1996 Williams Grove National Open by taking the lead early and staying out of trouble in lapped traffic. Dewease led all 20 laps from the pole Thursday when the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series opened a double-feature event at "The Grove." "This is a good time of the year to get going," Dewease said. "There's a lot of big-money races coming up. I think we'll be alright.

"All I was worried about tonight was locking into the top four. If someone would have passed me, I'd have been happy with second. I don't think the track will be like this tomorrow, so we'll probably throw our slick track setup on the car in the morning." TNN will provide tape-delayed coverage of Friday's feature racing program from Williams Grove Speedway, starting at midnight EDT. The $5,000 was Dewease's second of the season at Williams Grove and the 42nd of his career at the legendary facility. World of Outlaws Gumout Series front-runner Jeff Shepard and 1987 Rookie of the Year Cris Eash set single- and eight-lap records in the Vivarin qualifying session and the First NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race. Shepard broke Jac Haudenschild's three-year old record with a 107.610- m.p.h. lap around the semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval. Eash, who recently returned from a knee injury that kept him out of action for much of the season, averaged 105.214 m.p.h. while winning the first heat race in 2:15.867. Dewease, the seventh-fastest qualifier in the 48-car field, was .3 seconds off Shepard's record-setting pace. He won the Third NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race, then earned the right to start the feature on the pole by winning the CHANNELLOCK Dash from inside the second row. Dewease burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the Preliminary Feature, only to have Greg Hodnett flip Jimmy Vasser's #V12 Wirtgen Maxim in turn one. Dewease drove the #88H sprinter ahead of the field again when the green flag replaced the red. Fourth NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race winner Dave Ely passed Eash and Keith Kauffman during the opening lap, then challenged Dewease for the lead between the third and fourth corners two laps later. A broken rear end in the #22 fetchOmatic.com Maxim caused Haudenschild to stop in turn two early in the fourth lap, bringing out the caution flag and tightening the field. Kauffman, who has won five Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series "A" Features in his career, passed Danny Lasoski and Ely during the sixth and 10th laps, respectively. Ely regained third place with an inside move between turns one and two seven laps later. Eash chased Dewease throughout the final 16 laps, and was 1.4 seconds behind at the checkered flag. "I want to dedicate this win to Joe Harz, one of my car owners," Dewease said. "He had a death in the family this week and he won't be able to watch me race all weekend. Don Ott has been telling me all year this motor was just fine. I guess he was right." Ely and Kauffman received the second-row starting positions in Friday's CHANNELLOCK Dash for finishing third and fourth. Lasoski finished in fifth place, ahead of Joey Saldana, Don Kreitz, Jr., Sean Michael, Johnny Herrera and defending National Open and Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series champion Mark Kinser. Brake problems kept Shepard from competing in the First NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race. He won the "B" Feature, then finished 11th in the evening's main event. Two-time Williams Grove National Open champion Stevie Smith drove his #19 Ingersoll-Rand Black Bandit past seven cars to finish 17th. Engine problems hampered former Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Rookies of the Year Dale Blaney and Donny Schatz. Neither started the "B" Feature, but Blaney used a provisional and passed five cars to finish 20th in the Preliminary Feature. WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Joey Saldana , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera
Teams Williams