Dewease Leads Posse Sweep at Williams Grove MECHANICSBURG, PA (July 23)-Lance Dewease became the eighteenth different driver to win a World of Outlaws A-feature this season Friday night, leading a Pennsylvania sweep of the top three positions in...
Dewease Leads Posse Sweep at Williams Grove
MECHANICSBURG, PA (July 23)-Lance Dewease became the eighteenth different driver to win a World of Outlaws A-feature this season Friday night, leading a Pennsylvania sweep of the top three positions in the thirty lap opener of the Cleveland Brothers Summer Nationals at Williams Grove Speedway.
The victory, Dewease's first at the speedway since May of 2003, moved the defending Williams Grove Speedway track champion into a tie with Fred Rahmer atop the historic half-mile's all-time feature win list with 58. Rahmer, who won an Outlaw preliminary feature at the Grove in May, charged from the eighteenth starting position to finish second Friday. Outside front row starter Greg Hodnett finished third to complete the Pennsylvania podium sweep.
""It's been a long time since we won here-May of last year as a matter of fact, but we got the job done tonight. And how about the (Pennsylvania) Posse finishing 1-2-3," Dewease asked the jubilant crowd from victory lane.
Heavy early-evening rains delayed the start of the program by nearly and hour and a half.
Dewease and Hodnett led the twenty-six car field to the green flag, with Dewease getting the best of the battle for the top spot as the field entered turn 1. Sixth-starting Joey Saldana moved by Mark Kinser to earn fourth on lap two, with current Outlaw points leader Steve Kinser getting past Danny Lasoski for seventh on the same lap. Hodnett cut Dewease's half-straightaway lead to eight carlengths as the leaders encountered traffic on lap seven. Kinser moved into the top five on lap eleven, passing three time series champion Sammy Swindell on the bottom of the track in turn 2.
Joey Saldana and Kraig Kinser exchanged third on laps twelve and thirteen, with Saldana taking to spot before Donny Schatz brought out the event's first caution, stopping at the end of the frontstretch with a flat right rear tire. Schatz pitted for a replacement, and continued from the back of the field. Father and son battled for fourth on the restart, with Steve Kinser getting the better of son Kraig low in turns one and two.
Current Williams Grove Speedway point leader Fred Rahmer's spectacular run from outside row nine gained momentum with a pass of Mark Kinser for sixth on lap sixteen, and moved into the top five when a flat right rear tire took Joey Saldana out of third three laps later. Rahmer took fourth from Kraig Kinser on the restart, and passed Steve Kinser for third a lap later.
Mike Wagner brought out the final caution of the event on lap twenty-seven, setting up a three lap dash to the finish. Rahmer moved by Hodnett on the bottom exiting turn 4 to take the white flag, but was unable to catch Dewease, who picked up his fourth career Outlaw A-feature win with eight carlengths to spare.
"I just screwed up royally there in the heat race, and we went from a good transfer spot to the back of the bus, and I knew I had to do something in the A-main," Rahmer, who is second in the nation with seventeen sprint car feature wins, said after the race. "Donny Ott gave us a great motor tonight. Lance was tough running up there in front, and I knew it was going to be tought to catch him. The posse got this one tonight, but those guys are tough, and they'll come back mad tomorrow. Tomorrow's a different deal."
Dewease knew exactly who his competition would be after the final restart, and what line he'd be using: "I knew with that caution with 3 to go that it would be tough to pass me. I figured Fred (Rahmer) was running the bottom. The bottom looked pretty good down there, but I tried to stay at the top and keep my momentum up. We kept the car pretty loose, especially with as wet as it was here tonight. We've been fighting a tight race car anyway. We've been real consistent lately, we just need to get wins. We found something last week that we've been doing wrong, and I want to thank my crew for sticking with it and not giving up. I have to thank my sponsors Hank's Performance Products, Wirtgen Group, Manheim Auctions, Hoosier tire, Top Flight Wings, J&J Chassis and Kistler Engines."
Steve Kinser extended his series point lead to 84 over Danny Lasoski, who rebounded from mechanical difficulties in his heat race to transfer from the B-main and finish tenth in the A-main.
Kraig Kinser's sixth place run moved him past Daryn Pittman, who failed to qualify for the A-feaure, into ninth in the standings.
Jason Meyers used a provisional to start twenty-fifth in the A-feature, with Don Kreitz, Jr. taking a Williams Grove Speedway provisional to start twenty-sixth.
The Cleveland Brothers Summer Nationals concludes with another complete single-day program at Williams Grove on Saturday.