By MIKE MALLETT
At the age of 53, Lance Dewease continues to make history at the Williams Grove Speedway.
On Friday night, as part of the Williams Grove Speedway Summer Nationals for the World of Outlaws, Dewease recorded his 91st career win at the historic facility to move into sole possession of first place on the speedway’s all-time wins list.
The win wasn’t easy as Dewease was forced to be the best the Outlaws have to offer in Donny Schatz. Schatz led a majority of the race before Dewease slid by him on lap 20 for the lead in turns one and two. He pulled away over the remaining five laps for the $13,000 victory.
“It just feels great to be in victory lane and to beat Donny Schatz,” stated Dewease. “He’s a hell of a good racer. He’s one of the best racers ever to drive these cars. He races you as clean as anybody. I just hope my pass on him was as clean as he races all of us. It’s an honor to win this race and pass him to do it.”
Dewease had been deadlocked with another legend in Fred Rahmer. He had nothing but high praise for Rahmer on the night he broke the tie.
“I might be leading this list, but one of the reasons I’m leading this list is because I raced with the guy that was ahead and he’s one tough son of bitch around this place,” cited Dewease about Rahmer. “If it wouldn’t be for racing him all these years we wouldn’t be as good as we are.”
As for this night he beat the best there is in Schatz. He was afforded multiple opportunities to pass Schatz for the top spot. The 25-lap A-Main was slowed on four separate occasions in the final 10 laps due minor cautions. Dewease learned each and every restart allowing him to eventually find a line that would allow him get enough of a run on Schatz to take the lead.
“Once you got going everybody seemed to be about the same speed,” said Dewease. “Every start I got a little better off of four. I got a little better and I knew sooner or later if I got a nose at him he might come down. I was kind of waiting on that and he did. I got a run on him down the backstretch and he came down again to block, which all of us would have done, and I got a big run on him.”
From that point on there as nothing left but the celebration by the Kreitz team and the Pennsylvannia Posse fans as Dewease took the win and brought the Morgan Cup back home to Williams Grove.
Schatz Goes Down Fighting to Finish Second
Schatz made no excuses after the event. He simply got beat late in the race. The track changed and his car wasn’t where it needed to be.
“It was a fun race,” stated a straightforward Schatz. “When you come around here and you’re racing Lance for the win I guess you got things right, but there are no excuses. He beat us, flat and simple. The race track kind of caught us out a bit. I didn’t expect it to get that slick and I didn’t expect the cushion to get that far out. He was just a little bit better. It’s fun to race like that.”
Once Schatz lost the lead he did what he could to search around the race track. He tried several different lines in an effort to get back to Dewease. It wasn’t enough to get him back to the lead but he did learn something that he hopes to apply when the big money is on the line Saturday night.
“I was kind of hanging right there at the end,” mentioned Schatz. “I felt good on the second to last restart but that last one I didn’t get going very well so I had to start moving around the race track. I used up my tires a little bit. When you aren’t racing for the win I guess you don’t want to crash, but you got to start moving around so you can see what you can learn for tomorrow night. To see what you can do to be better. We kind of have an idea now what to do. We’ll just come back tomorrow and see if we can be a little bit better.”
Williams Grove Grooves
31 cars were in attendance for the first night of the Summer Nationals…
Brian Montieth set fast time with a lap of 16.666. He rode that time to second place finish in his heat as well as a third place finish in the main-event…
Trey Starks and Greg Hodnett also had heat race victories on the night…
Lucas Wolfe won the dash while Cory Haas won the B-Main…
Ian Madsen was the first caution of the race with a flat tire coming on lap three…
Sheldon Haudenschild brought out a caution in the A-Main as he coasted slowly down the backstretch after showing an extreme amount of smoke out of his No. 17.