Dewease Tops Lincoln’s Sterner Memorial

Lance Dewease en route to victory Saturday at Lincoln Speedway. (Dan Demarco photo)

ABBOTTSTOWN, Pa. — Lance Dewease won Saturday night’s Weldon Sterner Memorial sprint car feature at Lincoln Speedway.

Dewease started fourth in the 33-lap feature on the three-eighths-mile dirt track, chasing early leader Adam Wilt.

Dewease cut Wilt’s lead down by a half second on lap five. With Wilt working his way through lapped traffic Dewease went for the lead in turns three and four on lap seven, taking the top spot and never looking back.

With Dewease pulling away from the field, Siegel got under Shetler for third on lap 8.

Dewease’s 1.787-second lead was erased when the caution came out on lap 10 for Anthony Macri and Brian Montieth. Macri and Montieth got together in turn four.

Last year’s Weldon Sterner Memorial winner, Montieth, rejoined the field. Macri’s team initially thought repairs could be made to the No. 39m, but his night ended in the pits.

The field lined up for a single-file restart with Dewease at the helm followed by Wilt, Siegel, Shetler and Ryan Smith. Smith moved up to fourth on the restart after getting around Shetler.

After falling back to 10th from his eighth starting spot, Freddie Rahmer was working his way through the field after the restart and was up to sixth on lap 14 just as Dewease started to work his way through lapped traffic.

Lapped traffic did not slow Dewease down as he had a 4 second lead over Wilt with 10 laps to go.

Siegel was working the bottom of the track to try and take second from Wilt while Smith was running the top of the track to try and pass Siegel for third. Siegel took second on lap 27 with a solid run coming off the bottom of turn two.

Rahmer had moved into fifth on lap 21 and after moving into fourth on lap 29 he went to work on Wilt for third. Rahmer and Wilt drag raced to the flag stand for the position with two laps to go with Wilt holding off the charging Rahmer.

Dewease crossed the line a whopping 4.392 seconds ahead of Siegel to take home the $6,900 check and his second Weldon Sterner Memorial victory.

Wilt held on to third with Rahmer finishing fourth. Ryan Smith completed the top five.

Jeff Halligan started in the middle of the 358 sprint car field, 13th to be exact, and ended the night in victory lane.

The finish:

Feature (33 Laps) – 1. 69K-Lance Dewease ($6,900); 2. 59-Jimmy Siegel; 3. 15-Adam Wilt; 4. 51-Freddie Rahmer; 5. 72-Ryan Smith; 6. 87-Alan Krimes; 7. 24-Lucas Wolfe; 8. 29-Dan Shetler; 9. 88-Brandon Rahmer; 10. 1X-Chad Trout; 11. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe; 12. 69-Tim Glatfelter; 13. 99-Kyle Moody; 14. 19M-Landon Myers; 15. 75-Chase Dietz; 16. 21T-Scott Fisher; 17. 21-Brian Montieth; 18. 73B-Brett Michalski; 19. 27G-Jay Galloway; 20. 48H-Bradley Howard (DNF); 21. 97-Brie Hershey (DNF); 22. 35-Steve Owings (DNF); 23. 39M-Anthony Macri (DNF)