WOO: Lance Dewease Claims World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Victory at Williams Grove Speedway

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MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — official series relase — Paul Arch/series photo —

Lance Dewease exited his car to loud cheers from the Pennsylvania Posse-favored crowd after he dominated the final 15 laps of the 25-lap feature to claim the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series victory at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday night.

Dewease, who passed fellow Posse driver Greg Hodnett for the win, became just the second non-Outlaw driver to capture a checkered flag in a series race this year, joining Kerry Madsen who swept the Eldora Speedway races earlier this month.

“It feels great [to win at Williams Grove],” Dewease, a Fayetville, Pa. -native said. “It’s been a long time coming here, and like I said, I can’t thank these guys enough – they have done a great job over the winter getting prepared for each race. We’re only going to run about 30 shows, which suits me and suits them, and we have to stay prepared and fresh for that.

“A lot of guys win at 50 – I never said this was a young man’s sport. It’s a blessing to drive this thing, and I say that every time. I am just very blessed and honored that they gave me a shot and I can’t thank Donny and Linda Kreitz enough.

Posse fans were especially jubilant as second-place finisher Hodnett held off Thursday night’s winner Donny Schatz to give the Pennsylvanian drivers the sweep of the top two finishing positions.

“We just came up a little short,” Hodnett, a Spring Grove, Pa. -native said. “Lance [Dewease] and those guys have been good and I just needed to do something different – not sure what.

“The guys did a good job with the car, I just let them down.”

The feud kicked-off early in the night when the Outlaws and Posse split the quick-time awards with Joey Saldana fastest in the first flight and Hodnett fastest in the second.

The back-and-forth battle did not end there, as the two fierce rivals split the victories in the heat races evenly with the Outlaws and Posse each scoring two apiece.

For the second night in-a-row, the Outlaws were aided by the luck of the dash invert draw, as Saldana remained on the pole-position following an invert of zero. Unfortunately for Saldana, he was unable to hold off Hodnett in the six-lap race, as the Posse driver claimed the victory and the pole for the feature.

When the green-flag fell for the feature, Hodnett, in the Lelands.com/Eagle Steel No. 27 jumped out to an early lead, as second-place starter Saldana slid back. Daryn Pittman, who started fourth, quickly moved up to the runner-up position and applied pressure on Hodnett for the top spot.

Towards the halfway point in the race, Pittman’s car started to fade as No. 69K Kreitz Oval Track Parts/Sharman Builders car of Dewease quietly worked his way around the Outlaw driver for second.

Dewease, who started in the third position, bided his time in the early stages of the race and then turned on the speed in the latter half to challenge Hodnett for the lead.

Once Dewease got to the rear bumper of the leader, he was able to muscle his way around Hodnett for the top position with only 15 laps left in the feature.

The Posse driver turned on cruise control for the remaing laps, as he maintained a comfortable lead over Hodnett, who had his hands full with the No. 15 Bad Boy/Chevrolet Performance of Schatz.

Hodnett held off Schatz but was never able to challenge Dewease, who dominated the final 15 laps to capture the checkered flag on the opening night of the Morgan Cup weekend at Williams Grove Speedway.

“I had to move around and that’s how I caught [Greg Hodnett],” Dewease said. “Greg was just kind of sitting there, and when you’re leading it’s so hard to move around, so the guy in second has all the advantage.

“Greg was pretty good all night, we just got to him before it could rubber up and got around him on the bottom. At the end I was struggling a little bit in the lapped cars – I didn’t know if Greg could do anything outside of the rubber, so the last few laps I just made sure I didn’t get right on somebodies bumper.”

For the second year in-a-row, Hodnett led laps early but had to settle for the runner-up position.

“I was trying to run the top down here and kind of float around and it was working okay, just not quite good enough,” Hodnett said. “Lance and those guys have been doing good and they deserve to win. Hopefully we get our car better and maybe contend with them.”

Winner of this event in 2015, seven-time World of Outlaws champion Schatz scored his second podium finish in two nights after being barred from a top-three finish since USA Raceway on April 18.

“Third is not where we wanted to be, we wanted to win the race,” Schatz said. “We weren’t good enough to win the race, Lance was awfully good and Greg was good. 25-laps was what it was, maybe tomorrownight will be a little bit longer and we will have a little better shot at it.

“The guys did an awesome job trying to get me a better car than what we had earlier in the night. We got ourselves qualified well, that’s so important now. We’re just going to work hard tonight and come back tomorrow and be better.”

RESULTS: World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series; Williams Grove Speedway; May 20, 2016

A-Main – (25 Laps) – 1. 69K-Lance Dewease [3][$8,000]; 2. 27-Greg Hodnett [1][$4,000]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [6][$2,500]; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman [4][$2,200]; 5. 48-Danny Dietrich [9][$2,100]; 6. 83-Joey Saldana [2][$2,000]; 7. O7-Doug Esh [5][$1,800]; 8. 2-Shane Stewart [7][$1,600]; 9. 94-Ryan Smith [11][$1,500]; 10. 23T-T.J. Stutts [8][$1,300]; 11. 25-Aaron Ott [18][$1,200]; 12. 11C-Cory Haas [12][$1,100]; 13. 21-Brian Montieth [14][$1,000]; 14. 1Z-Lucas Wolfe [10][$700]; 15. 19M-Brent Marks [17][$600]; 16. 3-Pat Cannon [13][$600]; 17. 7S-Jason Sides [20][$600]; 18. 1S-Logan Schuchart [15][$600]; 19. 1-Sammy Swindell [22][$600]; 20. 51-Stevie Smith [16][$600]; 21. 5-David Gravel [19][$600]; 22. 41-Jason Johnson [24][$600]; 23. 49-Brad Sweet [21][$600]; 24. 13X-Tim Shaffer [23][$600]. Lap Leaders: Greg Hodnett 1-8, Lance Dewease 9-25. KSE Hard Charger Award: 25-Aaron Ott [+7].

Qualifying (Flight One) – 1. 83-Joey Saldana, 17.186; 2. 69K-Lance Dewease, 17.447; 3. O7-Doug Esh, 17.456; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 17.536; 5. 48-Danny Dietrich, 17.538; 6. 94-Ryan Smith, 17.547; 7. 3-Pat Cannon, 17.563; 8. 23T-T.J. Stutts, 17.566; 9. 13X-Tim Shaffer, 17.605; 10. 1-Sammy Swindell, 17.702; 11. 52-Austin Hogue, 17.742; 12. 5-David Gravel, 17.828; 13. 19M-Brent Marks, 17.923; 14. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 17.925; 15. 7-Paul McMahan, 18.255; 16. 75-Frankie Herr, 18.584; 17. 13-Clyde Knipp, 18.909; 18. 16-Matt Campbell, nt; 19. 17B-Steve Buckwalter, nt

Qualifying (Flight Two) – 1. 27-Greg Hodnett, 17.524; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman, 17.535; 3. 15-Donny Schatz, 17.633; 4. 51-Stevie Smith, 17.693; 5. 25-Aaron Ott, 17.723; 6. 11C-Cory Haas, 17.731; 7. 21-Brian Montieth, 17.920; 8. 2-Shane Stewart, 17.951; 9. 1Z-Lucas Wolfe, 17.973; 10. 49-Brad Sweet, 18.045; 11. 1A-Jacob Allen, 18.110; 12. 23-Trey Starks, 18.132; 13. 44-Rodney Westhafer, 18.187; 14. 7WD-Logan Wagner, 18.237; 15. 41-Jason Johnson, 18.249; 16. 7S-Jason Sides, 18.315; 17. W20-Greg Wilson, 18.606; 18. 5B-Justin Barger, 18.657; 19. 87-Alan Krimes, 18.723; 20. 12W-Troy Fraker, 18.790.

Heat 1 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 83-Joey Saldana [1]; 2. O7-Doug Esh [2]; 3. 48-Danny Dietrich [3]; 4. 3-Pat Cannon [4]; 5. 19M-Brent Marks [7]; 6. 52-Austin Hogue [6]; 7. 13X-Tim Shaffer [5]; 8. 7-Paul McMahan [8]; 9. 13-Clyde Knipp [9]

Heat 2 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 69K-Lance Dewease [1]; 2. 23T-T.J. Stutts [4]; 3. 94-Ryan Smith [3]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2]; 5. 5-David Gravel [6]; 6. 1-Sammy Swindell [5]; 7. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [7]; 8. 75-Frankie Herr [8]

Heat 3 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 27-Greg Hodnett [1]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 3. 1Z-Lucas Wolfe [5]; 4. 21-Brian Montieth [4]; 5. 25-Aaron Ott [3]; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen [6]; 7. 41-Jason Johnson [8]; 8. W20-Greg Wilson [9]; 9. 87-Alan Krimes [10]; 10. 44-Rodney Westhafer [7]

Heat 4 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [1]; 2. 2-Shane Stewart [4]; 3. 11C-Cory Haas [3]; 4. 51-Stevie Smith [2]; 5. 7S-Jason Sides [8]; 6. 23-Trey Starks [6]; 7. 49-Brad Sweet [5]; 8. 7WD-Logan Wagner [7]; 9. 5B-Justin Barger [9]; 10. 12W-Troy Fraker [10]

Dash – (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of A-feature) – 1. 27-Greg Hodnett [2]; 2. 83-Joey Saldana [1]; 3. 69K-Lance Dewease [3]; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman [4]; 5. O7-Doug Esh [5]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz [6]; 7. 2-Shane Stewart [8]; 8. 23T-T.J. Stutts [7]

Last Chance Showdown – (12 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [2] [-]; 2. 1-Sammy Swindell [3] [-]; 3. 13X-Tim Shaffer [1] [-]; 4. 41-Jason Johnson [12] [-]; 5. 23-Trey Starks [6] [$300]; 6. 52-Austin Hogue [5] [$250]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [4] [$225]; 8. 7-Paul McMahan [9] [$200]; 9. 44-Rodney Westhafer [8] [$200]; 10. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [7] [$200]; 11. 5B-Justin Barger [15] [$200]; 12. W20-Greg Wilson [14] [$200]; 13. 7WD-Logan Wagner [10] [$200]; 14. 75-Frankie Herr [11] [$200]; 15. 12W-Troy Fraker [16] [$200]; 16. 13-Clyde Knipp [13] [$200]; 17. 17B-Steve Buckwalter [18] [$200]; 18. 16-Matt Campbell [19] [$200]; 19. 87-Alan Krimes [17] [$200]

CREDIT: World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars

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