MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — official track release — Trent Gower photo —
Lance Dewease and Donnie Kreitz have both beaten the World of Outlaws at Williams Grove Speedway during their careers.
Could they do it as a team next weekend?
Dewease drove Kreitz’s car to a dominating win Friday night at Williams Grove in a tune-up event for next weekend’s race, when the World of Outlaws will be at Williams Grove on Friday and Saturday night for the Morgan Cup Weekend. His 82nd career Grove win — second all-time — and first of the season was worth $4,000.
Lucas Wolfe started on the pole and grabbed the lead over second starter Greg Hodnett and third starter Danny Dietrich, but fifth starter Dewease drove by Aaron Ott and into fourth and nearly passed Dietrich for third off turn two.
The only yellow flag of the race flew with three laps completed for Rodney Westhafer in turn three. From there, it was Dewease’s show.
Dewease and Dietrich raced hard again for third nearly making contact on the frontstretch, forcing Dewease to check up and lose back a spot. Ott got by Dietrich and then Dewease would finally make the pass as well.
Dewease – a six-time track champion – drove back by Ott on the backstretch and then began to close on Wolfe and Hodnett. He would get under Hodnett entering turn one on lap 12 and made the same move by Wolfe to take the lead on the following lap, streaking away from there.
“This thing runs anywhere you want it,” said Dewease. “I had problems in the heat race and barely made it back out for the dash. We weren’t very good, but Davey (Brown) knows how to make them go fast and made the right adjustments. The first 15 laps, this thing was really good.”
Dewease and Kreitz got together over the winter to run select shows.
“It’s a pleasure; it’s an honor,” said Dewease about driving for Kreitz. “When this opportunity came, I jumped at it. We’re off to a good start. Everything was good tonight. It has been one of the best racecars around forever.”
Dewease’s thoughts then turned to the car owners (Walt and Marsha Dyer) that gave him his big break in the sport in early 1990’s.
“Marsha (Dyer) –we laid her to rest last Friday and I dedicate this win to her,” he said. “The whole family is here and I hope they stick around for a victory lane photo with me.”
After taking the lead, Dewease sliced through lapped traffic over the final 10 laps and beat Wolfe by 5.501 seconds at the checkers. Hodnett, Ott and Dietrich completed the top five.
After a false start swapped the front two rows of the 358 Sprint car feature, Adrian Shaffer grabbed the lead from his second starting spot. Following a lap nine caution, he got pressure from Kevin Nouse for the top spot, however, Shaffer began to pull back away from Nouse over the final laps and scored his second straight Grove win after winning the opener last month.
The event was a Capital Renegade King of the 358 Sprints Series race. Nouse, Chris Arnold, Chandler Leiby and Glenndon Forsythe completed the top five.
CREDIT: Williams Grove Speedway