Dewease Takes Electric Port Royal Triumph


PORT ROYAL, Pa. – Lance Dewease was the winner of an electrifying 410 sprint car feature at Port Royal Speedway on Saturday night in a race that saw three different drivers take turns at the lead along with at least a half dozen lead changes between Ryan Taylor, Dewease and Doug Esh.

In the late model main Dylan Yoder set a new 20 lap track record as he scored the victory, taking the laurels away from local favorite Patrick Bryner with two laps to go. Jeff Miller Jr. took over the point lead in the 305 sprint series with victory in his division while Jason Zook drove to victory in the xtreme stock division.

Polesitter Ryan Taylor got the drop on Dewease on the start of the 25 lap 410 sprint car main with Dewease close behind. For a few laps Taylor crept out of striking distance but quickly Dewease closed up the gap and took the lead for the first time with 14 down.

Taylor kept Dewease close during the ensuing circuits and as the race raged through traffic Taylor pounced on the 11th tour when Dewease got bottled up behind the slow car of Trenton Schaeffer. It was impossible for Taylor to get away however as Dewease came right back to again drive by for control on the 13th tour.

Meanwhile, ninth starter Doug Esh was blistering through the pack and was up to fifth behind Dewease, Taylor, Rodney Westhafer and Mike Wagner when the red flag appeared with 11 laps to go for Westhafer who had climbed the rear end of Schaffer’s car on the backchute before flipping.

Esh drove by Wagner for third on the restart and then surpassed Taylor for second with six to go. With Dewease in his sights, Esh began chomping two tenths of a second off of the leader’s advantage and he was a car length back of Dewease when a caution flag slowed the pace with just two laps left.

A big old slider came Dewease’s way on the restart as the Esh thrust his No. 8H deep into the first corner to slide up and take the lead in the second corner. But Dewease fought back to reclaim the spot as the pair raced into the third turn ready to bring the field to the white flag.

On the final lap Esh had made another attempt but came up short by just .364 of a second at the rousing finish.

The victory was the 97th of Dewease’s career at the track, worth $3,000 that made him the 12th different sprint car winner at the track this year.