Engine Issues Derail Dewease’s Speedweek

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PETERSEN MEDIA: After having a very good start to PA Speedweek engine issues plagued Lance Dewease and his Dietz Motorsports team for the last few nights of the grueling week.

“We had a really good first four races, then we had our fair share of issues that ultimately forced us to miss the finale,” Dewease said.

After a night off on Monday night, Dewease and company were back in action at the Grandview Speedway for round No. 4.

After just being a little of in time trials, Dewease was able get through his heat race, where he lined up 15th in the feature event.

Mixed in with other very talented sprint car drivers, Dewease had a very strong car, as he clawed his way forward from his eighth row starting spot.

In thick traffic most of the race, Dewease was able work his way all the way up to a fifth place finish at the stripe.

“We were pretty good at Grandview, after time trials,” he said. “We got a poor time, but we worked on it, and we raced really well all night.”

Wednesday night saw things begin to slowly go south for Dewease and his team. After timing in 10th fastest, Dewease got into the feature event, but something seemed wrong on his machine, as he tried everything he could from his seat to get going in the right direction, but he ultimately pulled off and did not finish the race.

Following a rain out on Thursday night, Dewease back in action on Friday night at the Williams Grove Speedway, and problems still plagued him, as he timed in 23rd fastest.

Finishing fourth in his heat from the sixth spot, Dewease moved directly into the feature event, as he gridded the field from the 20th position, though it was a short lived feature, as Dewease again had issues, and picked up his second DNF of the week.

Port Royal was the scene on Saturday night, and this would ultimately be the teams final night of Speedweek, as engine issues plagued the team all night, forcing them to miss the Sunday finale.

“It was a little disappointing, because we had a really good first four races, and were in a good spot,” he explained. “Everyone worked so hard to try and fix the issues we did have, but it just was not meant to be.”

Dewease would like to thank C.C. Dietz Builders, Conduit Connections, Hess Ornamental Iron, Pro Shocks by LD S