Williams Grove report 96-10-05

Dewease Completes Sweep of National Open By Richard Day MECHANICSBURG, PA (October 5) - Lance Dewease gave himself an unforgettable early birthday present Saturday when he completed his sweep of the...

Dewease Completes Sweep of National Open By Richard Day MECHANICSBURG, PA (October 5) - Lance Dewease gave himself an unforgettable early birthday present Saturday when he completed his sweep of the feature races in the 34th Annual Williams Grove National Open. Dewease, who was born on October 6th - three years after the first National Open event - became the first non-World of Outlaws regular to sweep a Skoal Outlaw Series in recent memory when he led all 40 laps to claim the $25,000 first prize. "This is a heck of a birthday present for me," Dewease told the standing-room-only crowd from victory lane. "I want to thank two people - my mom and my dad - for getting me started and helping me out. They did what they could with their money and they sacrificed a lot, just to get me into this (sprint car racing). If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't be here." Dewease took the lead within seconds after the green flag fell in the championship feature, steering the #461 Dyer Masonry Schnee into the high groove to pass polesitter Mark Kinser in the second corner. He opened a five-car-length lead within four laps as Kinser and Billy Pauch exchanged the runner-up spot. Dewease entered lapped traffic with a 10-car-length advantage during the eighth lap. Kinser narrowed the gap to three car- lengths as the Williams Grove points leader slowed behind a pack of backmarkers the next time around. Dewease raced through lapped traffic with ease, however, and increased his advantage to 15 car-lengths within four laps. Defending World of Outlaws champion Dave Blaney started making his way toward the front as Dewease extended his lead. He passed Kinser for the runner-up spot midway through the race as Lance opened a half-straightaway advantage. Steve Kinser, who set quick-time and won the First Heat Race, joined the battle for third place during lap 21. "The Buckeye Bullet" cut Dewease's lead in half in dense lapped traffic early in the 25th lap, only to have a quick move around a pack of backmarkers enable the leader to increase his advantage again. Dewease appeared to have an insurmountable half-stretch lead with seven laps remaining, only to have Blaney close to within five car-lengths within two laps. At the same time, "The King of the Outlaws" and Pauch relegated Mark Kinser to fifth place. Only four laps remained in the race when Andy Hillenburg stopped his #2 STP J&J in turn four with a flat right rear tire, bringing out the yellow flag for the first time. But, just as quickly as Blaney took advantage of the caution and passed Lance for the lead during the restart, the red flag nullified the move. A lengthy red period ensued after a four-car collision in turn four involving Len Thompson, Donnie Kreitz, Jr., Jeff Swindell and Mike Wagner sent Thompson flipping. Dewease kept the #461 ahead of Blaney as the green flag replaced the red. He was increasing his advantage and "The King of the Outlaws" was challenging Blaney for the runner-up spot when the #1 Channellock Gambler suffered a broken drive shaft, forcing Sammy Swindell to stop on the back straightaway. The caution flag was thrown again, setting the stage for a two-lap dash to the checkered flag. Blaney was trying to keep pace with Dewease when the #10 Vivarin J&J started smoking on the front straightaway within seconds after the race resumed. Kinser passed "The Buckeye Bullet" in the first corner and Pauch relegated him to fourth place during the final lap as Blaney's engine lost power. Dewease almost suffered a similar fate late in the final lap, as the #461 lost a valve and slowed on the front straightaway. Although the engine problem allowed "The King of the Outlaws" to narrow the gap, Dewease took the checkered flag with four car- lengths to spare. "These guys are the best in the world," Dewease said of the Skoal Outlaw Series racers. "We weren't really competitive early in the year, so I'm glad to give the Central Pennsylvania fans something to remember this year by." Blaney managed to hold off Mark Kinser for fourth place. Completing the top 10 were Third Heat Race winner Joe Gaerte, Jac Haudenschild, Joey Saldana, "B" Feature winner Johnny Herrera and Fourth Heat Race winner Keith Kauffman. Saldana started next to Herrera on the ninth row and drove the #75 Mopar Maxim past 10 cars in the championship feature. Racing into eighth place while Lance Blevins used a provisional start and finished 20th, pushed Joey into the lead in the 1996 Skoal Outlaw Series Rookie of the Year point standings. WoO 1996 World of Outlaws/Skoal Outlaw Series 34th Annual Williams Grove Nationals Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA Saturday, October 5, Feature Program #60 Qualifications: 1. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 17.704; 2. Steve Smith, Smith 19, 18.009; 3. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 18.041; 4. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 18.049; 5. Donnie Kreitz, Jr., Kreitz 69K, 18.052; 6. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 18.084; 7. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 18.093; 8. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 18.119; 9. Danny Lasoski, Forbrook 5, 18.130; 10. Cris Eash, E&G Classics 17E, 18.157; 11. Todd Shaffer, Beam 88, 18.159; 12. Keith Kauffman, Apple Motorsports 12, 18.206; 13. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 18.209; 14. Joey Saldana, Stanton 75, 18.212; 15. Alan Cole, Cole 17, 18.239; 16. Tim Kuhn, Kuhn 12$, 18.247; 17. Paul McMahan, Roth 83, 18.254; 18. Stevie Smith, Motter 71M, 18.257; 19. Ed Lynch, Jr., Lynch 2L, 18.281; 20. Fred Rahmer, Hamilton 77, 18.324; 21. Brian Paulus, P&P Motorsports 28, 18.338; 22. Jim Carr, McCarr Racing 7M, 18.369; 23. Kevin Gobrecht, Gobrecht 92, 18.383; 24. Rod George, Bomberger 5G, 18.422; 25. Bobby Allen, Allen 1a, 18.443; 26. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 18.452; 27. Dave Calaman, Stanton 75x, 18.611; 28. Mike Wagner, Wagner 55, 18.616; 29. Jesse Wentz, Wentz 2W, 18.726; 30. Randy Wolfe, Allebach 75W, 18.728; 31. Bill Brian, Jr., Brian 16, 18.738; 32. Brook Weibley, Weibley 32, 18.771; 33. Jeff Thompson, Neiderer 10N, 18.808; 34. Dave Cordier, Jr., Cordier 7, 19.047; 35. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 19.064; 36. Len Thompson, Thompson 10T, 19.155; 37. Jess Thomas, Thomas 77T, 19.256; 38. Bob Bennett, Mickle 3, 19.400; 39. Scott Jones, Jones 13, 19.468; 40. Scott Ausherman, Cooper 25, 19.542; 41. Judi Bates, Mourar 121, 19.564; 42. Barry Camp, Camp 7C, 19.568; 43. Denny Soltis, Soltis 1x, 19.600; 44. Cliff Brian, Brian 16C, 19.632; 45. Ronnie Kramer, Fannasy 6F, 19.907. First Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Steve Kinser, 2. Danny Lasoski, 3. Donnie Kreitz, Jr., 4. Paul McMahan, 5. Bobby Allen, 6. Brian Paulus, 7. Jesse Wentz, 8. Jeff Thompson, 9. Jess Thomas, 10. Ronnie Kramer, 11. Judi Bates, 12. Johnny Herrera. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Joey Saldana, 2. Cris Eash, 3. Stevie Smith, 4. Andy Hillenburg, 5. Steve Smith, 6. Greg Hodnett, 7. Jim Carr, 8. Randy Wolfe, 9. Dave Cordier, Jr., 10. Barry Camp, 11. Bob Bennett. DNS - Scott Jones. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Joe Gaerte, 2. Todd Shaffer, 3. Jeff Swindell, 4. Kevin Gobrecht, 5. Alan Cole, 6. Ed Lynch, Jr., 7. Dave Calaman, 8. Lance Blevins, 9. Bill Brian, Jr., 10. Denny Soltis. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Keith Kauffman, 2. Sammy Swindell, 3. Jac Haudenschild, 4. Fred Rahmer, 5. Mike Wagner, 6. Tim Kuhn, 7. Rod George, 8. Brook Weibley, 9. Len Thompson, 10. Cliff Brian, 11. Scott Ausherman. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Finishing 1-4 in Friday's Preliminary Feature automatically qualified Lance Dewease, Mark Kinser, Dave Blaney and Billy Pauch for the first four starting positions in the Vivarin Dash. Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Mark Kinser, 2. Lance DeWease, 3. Billy Pauch, 4. Dave Blaney, 5. Steve Kinser, 6. Jeff Swindell. (finish determined the first six starting positions in the "A" Feature) C Feature (12 laps): 1. Lance Blevins, 2. Len Thompson, 3. Scott Ausherman ($135); 4. Jeff Thomas ($110); 5. Judi Bates ($90); 6. Barry Camp ($80); 7. Bob Bennett ($70); 8. Denny Soltis ($60); 9. Ronnie Kramer ($50); 10. Cliff Brian ($40). (first two qualified for the "B" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Johnny Herrera, 2. Steve Smith, 3. Alan Cole, 4. Tim Kuhn, 5. Greg Hodnett ($210); 6. Jim Carr, 7. Bobby Allen ($185); 8. Rod George ($160); 9. Brian Paulus ($110); 10. Mike Wagner, 11. Lance Blevins, 12. Ed Lynch, Jr. ($100); 13. Jeff Thompson ($90); 14. Jesse Wentz ($70); 15. Len Thompson, 16. Dave Cordier, Jr. ($60); 17. Randy Wolfe ($60); 18. Brook Weibley ($60); 19. Bill Brian, Jr. ($60). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (40 laps): 1. Lance Dewease ($25,000); 2. Steve Kinser ($10,010); 3. Billy Pauch ($6,000); 4. Dave Blaney ($4,500); 5. Mark Kinser ($3,760); 6. Joe Gaerte ($3,010); 7. Jac Haudenschild ($2,510); 8. Joey Saldana ($2,210); 9. Johnny Herrera ($2,030); 10. Keith Kauffman ($1,810); 11. Andy Hillenburg ($1,510); 12. Jeff Swindell ($1,410); 13. Stevie Smith ($1,260); 14. Donnie Kreitz, Jr. ($1,210); 15. Kevin Gobrecht ($1,010); 16. Cris Eash ($1,010); 17. Paul McMahan ($1,010); 18. Fred Rahmer ($910); 19. Todd Shaffer ($910); 20. Lance Blevins ($950); 21. Sammy Swindell ($810); 22. Alan Cole ($830); 23. Mike Wagner ($830); 24. Len Thompson ($850); 25. Steve Smith ($830); 26. Tim Kuhn ($830); 27. Jim Carr ($830); 28. Danny Lasoski ($810). Provisional starters - Jim Carr, Lance Blevins, Mike Wagner, Len Thompson. Lap leader: Lance Dewease 1-40 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