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posted April 22, 2001 03:03 PM UIN: 16262997
It will go down as one of the classic races in Williams Grove history.
In a wild three-car race for the lead which saw the lead change three times
between three drivers over the final laps, culminated with Mont Alto's Lance
Dewease passing four-time defending track champion Fred Rahmer on the final
go-around to become the first repeat winner this season at the historic
Mechanicsburg half-mile.
Dewease slid under Rahmer exiting the second turn of the final lap to take
the lead away and then raced cleanly through the final two turns to pick-up
his second Williams Grove victory of the season in the 25 lap super sprint
feature Friday night.
"That was a lot of fun," said an outwardly happy Dewease to a cheering
grandstand. "You won't see no better racing than what we have here in
Pennsylvania...I know that there's been people on the Internet that have
been talking about how good California racing is and all that."
"But all I know is that this is the only place in the country that don't
run time trials weekly and we put the fast guys in the back. That's what
it's all about, putting a show on for the fans."
With four laps to go Sean Michael, Rahmer and Dewease turned it up a notch
as each driver took shot at the lead in every turn.
Dewease slipped by Rahmer in the third and fourth turns momentarily for
second on the 23rd lap, only to have Rahmer fight back to regain the
runner-up spot.
The fans jumped to there feet sensing a climatic finish as Rahmer moved
back around Dewease and Michael in the following first and second turn with
less than two to go to grab the lead with Dewease following in the
Salfordville racer's tracks into second as the white flag waved.
Rahmer moved to the bottom of the track in the first and second turns to
block Dewease's lane on the final lap, only to slip high n the exit -
opening the door for Dewease.
Dewease seized the moment and shot under Rahmer to grab the lead and then
raced through the final turns mistake-free to take the checkered 1.29
seconds ahead of Rahmer for his 44th career Williams Grove win - moving him
into a tie for with Rahmer for second-place on the all-time Grove win list.
Dewease's win was his third overall in 410 competition this season and was
worth $3,000.
Following Rahmer at the checkered was Michael in third, and 13th starting
Todd Shaffer in fourth, and Dave Ely in fifth.

Second generation racer Billy Dietrich of Aspers passed Rusty Pressley with
three laps to go to take the lead and then pulled away over the final two
laps to pick up his first career Williams Grove victory in the 20 lap 358
Dietrich easily pulled away over the final two laps to take the checkered
2.27 second ahead Pressley for the win. Billy Johns finished third, Dale
Hammaker fourth, and a hard-charging T.J. Stutts fifth after starting 17th.

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