posted March 18, 2001 11:43 PM
WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWAY
DEWEASE REBOUNDS FROM OPENING DAY LOSS FOR FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON AT
Mechanicsburg, PA - 3/18/01 - Racing can be such an unpredictable sport. To
excel one has to learn from one's mistakes. Last week Mont Alto's Lance
Dewease's effort fell short, resulting in a loss to Donnie Kreitz Jr.
This week Dewease and his Carl Harz Furniture/Hanks Performance No.88H
sprint team learned from there mistakes of a week ago and raced to there
first win of the year in the 25 lap super sprint feature at Williams Grove
Speedway Sunday afternoon.
Dewease passed race-long leader and polesitter Todd Hestor in the first and
second turns of the ninth lap and cruised the rest of the way to pick up his
43rd career win on a blustery day at the historic Mechanicsburg half-mile.
"I'd just like to thank my car owner and sponsors because we've been pretty
good all year," said a happy Dewease in victory lane. "We were real fast
here last week in the heat race but didn't make enough changes for the
feature...Donnie (Kreitz) was going real good and we couldn't do nothing
"Today the racetrack was a lot different," Dewease then added. "We were
fortunate enough to draw good for the feature (2nd)...I'll tell what
thought, Todd Hestor is going to turn into a good racer...he only made one
little mistake and that was all it took."
Hestor grabbed the lead over outside frontrow starter Dewease at the drop
of the green and paced the field through the initial laps.
A tangle between third-starting Brook Weibley and fourth-starting Cris Eash
resulted in Weibley coming to a stop exiting the fourth turn on the fifth
lap with front end damage.
Following the restart defending four-time track champion Fred Rahmer began
to pressure opening day winner Donnie Kreitz Jr. for fifth place. Both
racers tangled entering the third turn with Kreitz flipping and Rahmer
spinning to bring out the red flag.
Dewease immediately began to pressure Hestor and waited patiently for an
opportunity to take the lead. That opportunity came on the 10th lap when
Hestor slid up the track just enough to open the door for Dewease in the
first and second turns. Dewease seized the lead and began to put precious
daylight between himself and the rest of the field on the slick daytime
"I think he took it into the turn too hard. And with running hard tires,
and when the rubber gets laid down like this, when we stop racing under
cautions and stuff the dust settles on top. And when the dust settles on top
the cars don't stick as good getting in on the first few laps. He just ran
it in too hard and missed the rubber and opened the door for me."
Dewease then paced himself through the middle stages of the race as the
tricky black-slick track forced everyone to the bottom groove.
"Once I got the lead from Todd (Hestor) I didn't run the car that hard
because I had to save the tires," Dewease said. "I knew that if I didn't
make a mistake I was going to be alright and we were fortunate we didn't
make any mistakes."
A spin by Billy Pauch and Len Thompson entering the first turn on the 23rd
lap delayed Dewease run to the checkered and gave Hestor, Sean Michael, and
Cris Eash one last shot at the win. Dewease was able to fend them off on the
restart and took the one lap to go signal when the red flag waved to stop
the race one final time as Rahmer, Curt Michael, and Mike Erdley tangled in
the third and fourth turn - resulting in Rahmer flipping and finally ending
his long day.
Dewease then led the final lap to take the checkered .44 seconds ahead of
Hestor for his first win of 2001.
Michael ran a steady race to finish third, with Cris Eash fourth and Chris
Knopp, running one of his best race's ever at the Grove finished fifth.
Completing the top-10 was Mike Wagner, Keith Kauffman, Todd Gracey (in the
Tanger No.07 sprinter for the day), Todd Shaffer, and Darren Eash.
Heats for the 32 sprinters on hand were won by Dewease, Kauffman, and
Weibley, with Curt Michael winning the consolation.
Third-starting Craig Von Dohren of Barto, PA, chased down polesitter and
race-long leader Craig Whitmoyer to take the lead on the 13th lap and held
it the rest of the way to win the 25 lap small-block modified feature.
Von Dohren's first win of the year came over Smokey Warren, Meme Desantis,
Keith Hoffman, and Doug Hoffman.
Heats for the 52 modifieds on hand were won by Von Dohren, Keith Hoffman,
Rick Shaffer, and Kenny Brightbill. Twin consolations were won by Scott
Davis and Terry Metzler.
Sunday - March 18, 2001
WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWAY
Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 88H-Lance Dewease; 2. 7M-Todd Hestor; 3. 1-Sean
Michael; 4. 17-Cris Eash; 5. 10N-Chris Knopp; 6. 55-Mike Wagner; 7. 7-Keith
Kauffman; 8. 07-Todd Gracey; 9. 88-Todd Shaffer; 10. 30-Darren Eash; 11.
17B-Troy Whitesel; 12. 12-Greg Hodnett; 13. 11-Mike Erdley; 14. 53-Shawn
Keen; 15. 461-Curt Michael; 16. 87-George Suprick; 17. 77-Fred Rahmer (DNF);
18. 10-Len Thompson (DNF); 19. 55P-Billy Pauch (DNF); 20. 29-Dave Ely (DNF);
21. 3-Jeff Rohrbaugh (DNF); 22. 69-Donnie Kreitz Jr. (DNF); 23. 32-Brook
Weibley (DNF); 24. 3B-Bob Bennett (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Todd Hestor (1-9), Lance Dewease (10-25)
Heat Winners - Lance Dewease, Keith Kauffman, Brook Weibley
Consolation Winner - Curt Michael
Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 114-Craig Von Dohren; 2. 99X-Smokey Warren; 3.
88T-Meme Desantis; 4. 5-Keith Hoffman; 5. 99-Doug Hoffman; 6. W9-Jeff
Strunk; 7. 77-Rick Shaffer; 8. 33-Ray Swinehart; 9. 126-Duane Howard; 10.
Lap Leaders - Craig Whitmoyer (1-12), Craig Von Dohren (13-25)
Heat Winners - Craig Von Dohren, Keith Hoffman, Rick Shaffer, Kenny
Consolation Winners - Scott Davis, Terry Metzler