PETERSEN MEDIA: After having a disasterous start to his 2014 Speedweek on Friday night at the Williams Grove Speedway, Lance Dewease rebounded well on Saturday and Sunday night and sits third in the early point standings, just 10-markers behind Brian Montieth for the lead.
“We were pretty bad at Willaims Grove, and it was kind of disappointing,” Dewease said. “We had been solid there all year, and that wasn’t how we had hoped of starting our week off.”
With 34 cars on hand at ‘The Grove’ to kick off a stretch of nine races in 10 days known as PA Speedweek, Dewease timed his C.C. Dietz Builders/Conduit Connections/Hess Ornamental Iron machine in 17th quickest, Dewease missed the heat race inversion and lined up fifth in his heat race.
Finishing in the fifth spot, Dewease did transfer to the feature event, but his team was still looking for speed, as they struggled.
Lining up 17th in the feature event, Dewease was unable to get a strong run forward that he had hoped, as he closed his night out with a 14th place finish.
The team quickly forgot about Friday night, as they turned their full attention to the Lincoln Speedway on Saturday night, and out of the trailer they were very good, as they timed in second fastest in qualifications.
“We were good in hot laps, and we timed in very well at Lincoln, so to start like that was a huge relief for all of us, after our night at ‘The Grove,” he explained.
Starting and finishing fourth in his heat race, Dewease found his Pro Shocks by LD Shocks/Triple X Components/Wings Unlimited entry in the fourth row of the feature event.
In the early goings of the feature event, Dewease was one of the only front runners to move forward, as he crept into the sixth spot by the 10th lap.
Working into the fifth spot by the 15th lap, Dewease began battling with Brady Bacon for the fourth spot.
Still running in fifth on the 23rd lap, Dewease took advantage of a restart and worked into the fourth spot, and in the closing laps, his engine began to stumble, and he slipped back to the eighth spot.
“Our end result at Lincoln was not indicative of the car that we had,” he noted. “We were really good, but something went south on the engine, and we limped home in the eighth spot.”
With the busy week continuing on to the highly anticipated event at the Path Valley Speedway, Dewease continued to show serious speed as he was third fastest out of the 42 cars entered in the event.
A fourth place finish in his heat race again put the Fayetteville, PA driver directly into the feature event, and on this night he found himself in the fourth row for the second night in-a-row.
The early goings of the 40-lap feature event on the tight track saw Dewease get into the sixth spot, as he chased after Brian Montieth, Danny Dietrich, and Brady Bacon.
Marred by numerous stoppages in the first 10-laps, the race finally got a long green flag run, and that allowed Dewease to work his way up to the fourth spot, when the caution flew again the 32nd lap.
Getting by Danny Dietrich with four laps to go, Dewease continued to fight, and as the white flag flew, he made a brilliant pass on Lucas Wolfe to net a second place finish at the stripe.
“It was a great way to end our weekend, and head into our day off,” he explained. “This is a tough week, and this is for sure something to build on, and we are looking forward to staying competitive.”
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-26, Wins-1, Top 5’s-7, Top 10’s-15.
ON TAP: Dewease and his Dietz Motorsports team will get back to action tonight at the Grandview Speedway, tomorrow they hit the Hagerstown Speedway, Thursday they are at Port Royal, Friday they return to Williams Grove, Saturday is their second stop at Port Royal before the week ends on Sunday at the Selinsgrove Speedway.
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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