MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Lance Dewease got better with each restart and passed Donny Schatz on lap 20 to win his 91st career feature at Williams Grove Speedway Friday night. It was his 14th World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series triumph.
Schatz settled for second with Brian Montieth completing the podium.
Lucas Wolfe won the Sears Craftsman Dash, earning the pole for the 25-Lap feature, but it was fellow front row starter Schatz who got the jump on the initial start to lead the opening lap.
Ian Madsen brought out the first caution of the evening on lap three. Dewease, who started fourth, used the restart to move into second by Wolfe. Greg Hodnett moved by Wolfe into third a lap later.
Dewease closed in on Schatz as the duo established themselves as the class of the field. Schatz negotiated lapped traffic with ease, before a caution for Sheldon Haudenschild on lap 16 bunched the field together.
Schatz cleared Dewease on the following double-file restart, but a caution for Jim Siegel set up a single-file restart. Dewease took a look underneath Schatz for the top spot, but couldn’t make it stick. A lap later Jacob Allen went up in smoke, setting up another double-file restart.
Once again, Schatz kept Dewease at bay on the restart. One lap later, Trey Starks was backwards, setting up the final restart with seven laps remaining.
This time, Dewease stayed right Schatz. Dewease followed Schatz on the top for a lap before making his move with a slide job in turn one to lead down the backstretch to the delight of the large Williams Grove Speedway crowd.
Dewease won by 1.201 seconds to become the winningest driver in Williams Grove history.
“It just feels great to be in victory lane and to beat Donny Schatz, he’s one of the best racers to ever drive these cars and he races you as clean as anybody. I hope my pass on him was as clean as he races all of us,” Dewease said, deflecting the attention away from his record-breaking win at the facility. Dewease acknowledged his great car owners and teams that have helped him to get to this point in his career, including his current team which is assembled with 3 Hall of Famers – himself, car owner Don Kreitz Jr. and crew chief Davey Brown.
“Every start I got a little better off of four and I finally got a big run at him,” Dewease said. “For all of you fans that come out and support us every week, this is for you.”
“If you come around here and race with Lance for the win, you’re doing something right. No excuses, he beat us,” Schatz said. “You do the best you can and tonight was second. It was still a good night for us.”
Brian Montieth finished third and was in good spirits, “We got going a little better at the end, my guys gave me a great car. Hats off to them, we wrecked a car last week and had to build a new one and it paid off.”
Hodnett finished fourth with 11th-starting Logan Schuchart completing the top five.
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