Williams Grove report 96-10-04

Dewease Takes Williams Grove Nationals Opener By Richard Day MECHANICSBURG, PA (October 4) - Lance Dewease has experienced the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat at the Williams Grove Nationals in ...

Dewease Takes Williams Grove Nationals Opener By Richard Day MECHANICSBURG, PA (October 4) - Lance Dewease has experienced the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat at the Williams Grove Nationals in recent years. Two years ago, he won the Preliminary Feature and was racing among the leaders when he was victimized by a flat tire with less than two laps remaining. Dewease, the track's points leader, was back on top Friday when the Skoal Outlaw Series returned to Mechanicsburg to open the 34th Annual Williams Grove Nationals. He raced past Mark Kinser for the lead during a third-lap restart and led the final 18 laps for the $4,000 victory. "I'm so happy right now," Dewease told the capacity crowd from victory lane. "We came close to winning this race two years ago, but we had a tire go down. That was heartbreaking. Hopefully, we can keep it going this time." Kinser, winner of two of the three Skoal Outlaw Series main events at Williams Grove this season, appeared to "have it going" from the very beginning of the preliminary program. He received his 39th EcoWater Quick-Time Award of the year after pacing the qualifying session. The engine in the #5M Wirtgen Maxim exploded during his second trip around the legendary semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval, but Mark's 17.474-second first lap was still the fastest in the 53-car field. Mark, the leader in the World of Outlaws point standings, earned the right to start the Preliminary Feature on the pole by winning the Vivarin Dash. He burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the feature and was building a comfortable advantage as Dewease passed outside polesitter Jeff Swindell in turn three late in the opening lap. Dewease was challenging Kinser for the lead late in lap three when two-time Williams Grove Nationals champion Stevie Smith took the #71M EcoWater Systems Maxim for a spin in the second corner. Then, within seconds after the green flag replaced the yellow, Dewease steered the #461 Dyer Masonry Schnee deep into turn four to pass Kinser for the lead. At the same time, Steve Kinser and Billy Pauch raced past Swindell in the third corner. Dewease was 10 car-lengths ahead of Mark when defending Skoal Outlaw Series champion Dave Blaney drove the #10 Vivarin J&J past Pauch and Swindell during the sixth lap. Blaney, winner of the Fifth Quaker State Heat Race, passed "The King of the Outlaws" for third as Dewease entered lapped traffic late in lap nine. Mark narrowed the gap to six car-lengths as "The Buckeye Bullet" blazed a trail toward the front of the field midway through the race. Dewease raced through dense lapped traffic as Blaney pressured Mark for the runner-up spot the next time around. "The Buckeye Bullet" used an inside move in turn four to pass Mark for second place late in the 15th lap, and caught Dewease as the engine in Kinser's #11 Quaker State Maxim lost power with two laps remaining. Steve, winner of 20 World of Outlaws main events at Williams Grove, surrendered fourth place and was credited with a 23rd-place finish. Mark raced past Blaney as the race resumed, only to have Joey Saldana's second-corner spin bring out the caution flag before the lap was completed, nullifying the move. Although "The Buckeye Bullet" appeared to be the fastest driver on the track in the final five laps, the extra hard right rear tire on the #10 kept him from keeping pace on the restarts. Dewease roared away from the field while Mark challenged Blaney for the runner-up spot as the race resumed. Mark reclaimed second place with a low move past Blaney in turn two and Pauch passed Sammy Swindell for fourth place during the final lap. "When the World of Outlaws comes to town, people think we change everything," Dewease said. "We usually try to run our normal setups, but tonight we changed some things on the car. It felt better than it has in a long time." Mark, who was six car-lengths behind when Dewease took the checkered flag said, "We just got beat. Our car just wasn't quite right tonight." Johnny Herrera finished in sixth place, ahead of Jeff Swindell, Keith Kauffman, Steve Smith and 15th-starting Jac Haudenschild. Driving the #75 Mopar Maxim back into 17th place following his 19th-lap spin pushed Saldana to within one point of Lance Blevins in their battle for the 1996 World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year award. WoO 1996 World of Outlaws/Skoal Outlaw Series 34th Annual Williams Grove Nationals Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA Friday, October 4, Preliminary Program Qualifications: 1. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 17.474; 2. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 17.496; 3. Billy Pauch, Zemaitis 1Z, 17.579; 4. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 17.716; 5. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 17.723; 6. Lance Dewease, Dyer 461, 17.774; 7. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 17.783; 8. Joey Saldana, Stanton 75, 17.804; 9. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 17.844; 10. Steve Smith, Smith 19, 17.846; 11. Keith Kauffman, Apple Motorsports 12, 17.854; 12. Danny Lasoski, Forbrook 5, 17.918; 13. Paul McMahan, Roth 83, 17.961; 14. Stevie Smith, Motter 71M, 17.975; 15. Tim Kuhn, Kuhn 12R, 17.989; 16. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 18.032; 17. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 18.059; 18. Cris Eash, E&G Classics 17E, 18.119; 19. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 18.141; 20. Donnie Kreitz, Jr., Kreitz 69K, 18.154; 21. Mike Wagner, Wagner 55, 18.187; 22. Fred Rahmer, Hamilton 77, 18.243; 23. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 18.250; 24. Jim Carr, McCarr Racing 7M, 18.276; 25. Brian Paulus, P&P Motorsports 28, 18.355; 26. Todd Shaffer, Beam 88, 18.367; 27. Mark Richard, Kronenburg 5K, 18.384; 28. Bobby Allen, Allen 1a, 18.411; 29. Kevin Gobrecht, Gobrecht 92, 18.438; 30. Ed Lynch, Jr., Lynch 2L, 18.438; 31. Len Thompson, Thompson 10T, 18.478; 32. Alan Cole, Cole 17, 18.559; 33. Rod George, Bomberger 5G, 18.589; 34. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 18.696; 35. Jason Clauss, Clauss 08, 18.784; 36. Randy Wolfe, Allebach 75W, 18.789; 37. Jess Thomas, Thomas 77T, 18.819; 38. Brook Weibley, Weibley 32, 19.080; 39. Dave Cordier, Jr., Cordier 7, 19.121; 40. Cliff Brian, Brian 16C, 19.129; 41. Scott Jones, Jones 13, 19.176; 42. Jeff Thompson, Neiderer 10H, 19.221; 43. Scot Ausherman, Cooper 25, 19.254; 44. Bob Bennett, Mickle 3, 19.278; 45. Ronnie Kramer, Fannasy 6F, 19.617; 46. Rob Hart, Hart 55H, 19.659; 47. Chuck Roan, Roan 22R, 19.955; 48. Jon Eldreth, Eldreth 25E, 20.177; 49. William Kiley, Kiley 4K, 20.179; 50. Denny Soltis, Soltis 1x, 20.708; 51. Frankie Kerr, Fannasy 27, 22.693; 52. Craig Eshenaur, Eshenaur 5E, no time; 53. Allen Senft, Senft 9, no time. First Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jac Haudenschild, 2. Mark Kinser, 3. Todd Shaffer, 4. Lance Dewease, 5. Keith Kauffman, 6. Mike Wagner, 7. Randy Wolfe, 8. Scott Jones, 9. Len Thompson, 10. Rob Hart. DNS - Frankie Kerr. (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Second Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Fred Rahmer, 2. Sammy Swindell, 3. Joe Gaerte, 4. Jeff Swindell, 5. Danny Lasoski, 6. Jess Thomas, 7. Jeff Thompson, 8. Alan Cole, 9. Chuck Roan, 10. Craig Eshenaur, 11. Mark Richard. (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Third Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Greg Hodnett, 2. Cris Eash, 3. Billy Pauch, 4. Bobby Allen, 5. Joey Saldana, 6. Paul McMahan, 7. Brook Weibley, 8. Scott Ausherman, 9. Jon Eldreth, 10. Rod George, 11. Allen Senft. (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Fourth Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Stevie Smith, 3. Johnny Herrera, 4. Steve Kinser, 5. Jim Carr, 6. Lance Blevins, 7. Dave Cordier, Jr., 8. William Kiley, 9. Bob Bennett, 10. Kevin Gobrecht. (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Fifth Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Dave Blaney, 2. Steve Smith, 3. Donnie Kreitz, Jr., 4. Ed Lynch, Jr., 5. Brian Paulus, 6. Cliff Brian, 7. Jason Clauss, 8. Denny Soltis, 9. Tim Kuhn, 10. Ronnie Kramer. (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Mark Kinser, 2. Jeff Swindell, 3. Lance Dewease, 4. Billy Pauch, 5. Steve Kinser, 6. Dave Blaney, 7. Sammy Swindell, 8. Johnny Herrera. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the Preliminary Feature) C Feature (eight laps): 1. Dave Cordier, Jr., 2. Cliff Brian, 3. Scott Ausherman ($110); 4. Jeff Thompson ($90); 5. Bob Bennett ($70); 6. Jon Eldreth ($60); 7. Denny Soltis ($50); 8. William Kiley ($40). (first two qualified for the "B" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Danny Lasoski, 2. Paul McMahan, 3. Keith Kauffman, 4. Joey Saldana, 5. Jim Carr ($160); 6. Kevin Gobrecht ($135); 7. Mike Wagner ($110); 8. Lance Blevins ($85); 9. Rod George ($70); 10. Len Thompson ($60); 11. Randy Wolfe ($50); 12. Jess Thomas ($50); 13. Brook Weibley ($50); 14. Alan Cole ($50); 15. Brian Paulus ($50); 16. Dave Cordier, Jr. ($50); 17. Jason Clauss ($50); 18. Cliff Brian ($50). (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Preliminary Feature (20 laps): 1. Lance Dewease ($4,010); 2. Mark Kinser ($2,310); 3. Dave Blaney ($1,610); 4. Billy Pauch ($1,410); 5. Sammy Swindell ($1,260); 6. Johnny Herrera ($1,160); 7. Jeff Swindell ($1,110); 8. Keith Kauffman ($1,080); 9. Steve Smith ($1,035); 10. Jac Haudenschild ($1,010); 11. Joe Gaerte ($910); 12. Paul McMahan ($730); 13. Cris Eash ($610); 14. Danny Lasoski ($530); 15. Stevie Smith ($310); 16. Donnie Kreitz, Jr. ($310); 17. Joey Saldana ($280); 18. Andy Hillenburg ($260); 19. Bobby Allen ($260); 20. Ed Lynch, Jr. ($260); 21. Todd Shaffer ($260); 22. Greg Hodnett ($260); 23. Steve Kinser ($260); 24. Fred Rahmer ($260). Lap leaders: Mark Kinser 1-2, Lance Dewease 3-20 EcoWater Quick-Time Award winner: Mark Kinser WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Steve Smith , Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Brian Paulus , Joey Saldana , Paul McMahan , Billy Pauch , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell
Teams Williams