PETERSEN MEDIA: Lance Dewease and his Dietz Motorsports team were very busy over the Labor Day Weekend, and were rewarded kindly as their busy weekend was highlighted with a second place finish at Williams Grove, and a third place finish at Port Royal.
“Overall we had another strong weekend,” Dewease said. “We had speed all weekend, and put ourselves in good position.”
Friday night saw the team show up to the Williams Grove Speedway for the 32nd Annual Jack Gunn Memorial.
Lining up fourth in the feature event, Dewease quickly powered into the second spot aboard his C.C. Dietz Builders/Conduit Connections/Hess Ornamental Iron No. 14 machine as he chased after second running, Don Kreitz, Jr.
On the sixth lap, the Fayetteville, PA driver was able to make his move, and take the second spot, shifting his attention to race leader, Lucas Wolfe.
Getting into lapped traffic on the 11th lap, Dewase made his presence known when he was able to get the lead on the 13th lap, only to have Wolfe answer back in turns one and two, on the 14th lap.
On the 16th lap, Dewase was able to get the lead, and as Wolfe looked to race back him, the caution flew, setting up a late race restart. With Wolfe getting the lead back, Dewease made another bid for the lead, only to see the caution fly, putting him behind Wolfe for the lap 18 restart.
With Wolfe getting a great restart, Dewease too got a great start, as he kept the leader within striking distance. In the closing laps, Dewease was able to throw a final challenge at Wolfe, but he was ready for it, and Dewease crossed the stripe with a second place finish.
Saturday night saw the team check into the Port Royal Speedway, and after picking up a DNF, the team was back at Williams Grove on Sunday night.
Scheduled to line up in the fourth row for the feature event, the skies opened up, and the event was cancelled due to rain.
Monday saw the team return to the Port Royal Speedway for the Labor Day Classic, where Dewease looked to score his fifth event win, and repeat his 2013 performance.
Lining up in the second row, the race was delayed for roughly an hour as rains hit the speedway. With officials working feverishly, the race got underway, and Dewease jumped into the second spot as he chased after Greg Hodnett.
Following a lap three caution, Dewease powered into the lead as he got around Hodnett and began setting the pace.
While up front, Dewease turned in some strong laps initially, but as the surface quickly went away for the day time event, Dewease gave the lead back to Hodnett, as he searched for grip on the 10th lap.
As the laps clicked off, Dewease dropped to the third spot as a high flying, Danny Dietrich was able to get around him. Sitting in the third spot, Dewease kept the lead pack in his sights, but on this day, he was unable to get back up to them, and ended with a third place finish.
“We led some laps, and raced hard with the guys who went on to win the race on Friday and Monday,” he added. “I am really happy with how we are rolling, and hopefully we can steal a couple more wins as we get into the fall.”
Dewease would like to thank C.C. Dietz Builders, Conduit Connections, Hess Ornamental Iron, Pro Shocks by LD Shocks, Triple X, Wings Unlimited, Keizer Wheels, DMI Racing Components, Schoenfeld Headers, Hanks Performance Products, FK Rod Ends, Schaeffer Racing Oils, Astro Titanium, Tom Shockey Collision, Kirkey Racing Seats, Bell Helmets, WRT Web Designs, and WRT SpeedWerx
2014 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-47, Wins-4, Top 5’s-16, Top 10’s-26.
ON TAP: Dewease will be back in action on Friday and Saturday night at the Port Royal Speedway, a track he has shown tremendous speed at over the past few weeks.
STAY CONNECTED: Stay up to speed with Lance by visiting his website, www.lancedewease.com, or liking his Facebook Page, Lance Dewease Motorsports.
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