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WILLIAMS GROVE, PA (May 21, 2021): One Hundred wins at Williams Grove Speedway. Let that sink in for a while. Lance Dewease reached that milestone in a dominant performance aboard the Don Kreitz Racing machine wrenched by none other than Davey Brown. Three Hall of Famers combining for a remarkable achievement.

Dewease was humbled by the experience. When he started racing at the venerable old speedway, the century mark seemed absolutely unattainable. “But, as Fred (Rahmer) and I kept climbing up, I figured that I would eventually get there if I kept racing long enough.” Dewease was chasing win 100 for almost a year. His last win at the Grove came in June of 2020, during Pennsylvania Speedweek. Since then, his wife was carrying two colorful banners proclaiming the victory. “I told her to stop bringing them because maybe they were bad luck,” he said with a laugh.

Dewease commented that there was one person that would be “mad as hell” that she was not in attendance for the historic win. His mother was in the hospital after being diagnosed as positive for COVID-19. “She will be fine,” he explained. “At her age, they wanted to keep her for five days.” Dewease added that his brother made arrangements so that she could watch the race on television. Dewease guessed that she maybe missed ten races throughout his illustrious career.

Dewease started fourth on this night. Ahead of him were Jeff Halligan and Danny Dietrich. Next to him was Bradley Howard. Behind him were Chase Dietz and Devon Borden. Dylan Norris and Landon Myers lined up in the fourth row and Alan Krimes and Kyle Moody were in row five. Justin Whittal and Freddie Rahmer, Jr. were in row six for the 25 lapper.

If did not take Dewease very long to show his hand. He swooped into the lead coming through turns one and two on the opening lap and he was never headed. Halligan rode along in second for a few laps before Dietrich took over the role of the first chaser.

Six cautions punctuated the first half of the race. Dewease was worried about that. “You can’t give the guy in second all those shots because he will figure something out.” Indeed, Dietrich did manage to pull alongside Dewease entering turn one on one of those restarts, but Dewease calmly drove away from him, noting that his car was working so good.

Dewease did have a couple of close calls with lapped cars in the second half of the race. “The lapped cars are getting so they want to race the leader. They kept drifting up into the outside lane.” Dewease checked up a couple of times. But his lead was so commanding that Dietrich could not capitalize on his difficulties with the slower traffic.

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The first three cars–Dewease, Dietrich, and Halligan–separated themselves from the other competitors. The first contested position was fourth. Borden, Rahmer Jr., and Howard were mixing it up. Rahmer took over the position, but spun near the flagstand on lap eight and struck the inside guardrail, ending his night. Soon thereafter, Krimes joined the battle. He took over the spot near the halfway mark and held it the rest of the way. Borden remained in fifth to the checkers.

Taking the sixth spot was Howard, then came Myers, Brandon Rahmer, Norris, and Moody.

Heat winners were Halliagn, Dietrich, and Howard. There was no B Main.

In the 358 Sprint undercard, Derek Locke scored his third straight victory. He surged ahead from the pole position and opened up a huge lead over Chad Chriswell. Brent Wanner fought hard to overtake Chriswell, but was unsuccessful.

Kyle Denmyer ran fourth in the non-stop affair. Chris Frank was fifth. Cody Fletcher was sixth, followed by Colby Womer, Tyler Brehm, John Stehman, and Rich Eichelberger.

The heat winners were Locke, Chriswell, and Wanner. There was no B Main.

Next weekend, the All Stars Circuit of Champions return to Williams Grove Speedway for the tribute to Davey Brown. There will be plenty of Brown’s former drivers and other racing luminaries on hand to honor the chief mechanic who will soon turn 87 years of age! The feature event will pay a cool $10,000 to the winner. The month of June will kick off with a Sprint Car double header. Joining the 410 Sprint Cars will be the USAC East Coast 360 Sprints.

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Dewease and Cockrum Share Williams Grove Spotlight

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WILLIAMS GROVE, PA (June 18, 2021): When Lance Dewease notched win number 100 at Williams Grove Speedway, he said that they were only just beginning. Well, it did not take him very long to build upon his stellar achievement and he did so in supreme fashion. And, he warned his competitors that he’s looking for win 102 next week when his 87-year-old crew chief, Davey Brown, gets his accolades.

Taking the top honors in USAC Silver Crown competition was Shane Cockrum.

“The car was free, I would have liked it a little tighter,” Dewease said. “I usually slow down once I have the lead, but I wanted to show how fast we could be.” Dewease, who is not known to talk smack, added, “we got 100 out of the way and next week I want to win for him.” Dewease was referring, of course, to Brown, who will be honored with a tribute night. The original ceremony was rained out, so speedway management moved it to the first night of PA Speedweek for the 410 Sprint Cars.

By winning his heat race, Dewease locked up a front row starting position. On the pole was Robbie Kendall and behind him was the third heat winner, Devon Borden, who was making his first start for Mike Heffner. Next to Borden was Chad Trout. Jeff Halligan and Dylan Norris were in row three, followed by Doug Hammaker and Steve Buckwalter. Row five had Alan Krimes paired up with Lucas Wolfe. Anthony Macri and Kyle Moody were next in line.

Kendall got the jump on Dewease, with Borden settling into third. Trout, Halligan, Krimes, Hammaker and Norris followed. With three laps completed, Dewease dipped inside of Kendall coming through turn four and easily drove past to take the lead. On the next circuit, rookie Gordon Smith, III spun in turn four and gave Kendall a chance to see if he could overtake the leading feature winner in speedway history.

However, Dewease would have none of that. He pulled away from Kendall, who was being hounded by the upstart Borden. Borden swept into second on lap seven and the fans began to ponder whether the teenager from Washington could chase down Dewease.

A caution on lap twelve for the disabled car of B Main winner Ricky Dieva put the youngster on Dewease’s rear nerf bar for the final restart of the race. Once again, Dewease powered into the lead, but Borden stayed within shooting distance for several laps.
Soon thereafter, another 27, this time the Smith entry driven by Alan Krimes, slipped into second. Borden then began slipping down the running order.

Dewease led the remaining 18 laps and stretched his lead over Krimes. Anthony Macri made progress over the last ten laps of the race cracking into the top five. He wound up third at the finish. Kendall held on for fourth, followed by Borden. Freddie Rahmer, Jr. was sixth, with Buckwalter, Hammaker, Brandon Rahmer, and Trout completing the top ten.

In the century grind for the USAC Silver Crown division, Jason McDougal had the pole as a result of his new track record in qualifications. Next to him was Kyle Robbins. Shane Cottle and Chris Windom were in the second row, with defending race champion Brady Bacon and defending series champion Justin Grant in the third row. Shane Cocrum and Logan Seavy were next. Robert Ballou and Matt Westfall had row five and Casey Buckman and Austin Nemire were in the sixth row.

McDougal and Robbins led the field into turn one, with Cottle, Grant, and Windom following. Grant picked off Robbins within the first several laps, and Seavy was into third by lap five. Cottle and Bacon were fighting for fourth.

By lap ten, Seavy was into second and he set his sights on McDougal, who had built up a nice lead. Seavy narrowed the margin as the laps clicked away. He made his move to the front on lap 22, and he began to separate himself from McDougal and the rest of the thundering herd.

As Seavy built up his advantage, McDougal ran in second. Grant, Cottle, and Bacon were running in a tight pack for the third position.

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Seavy’s domination ended on lap 42. He broke a steering arm and brought his car to a stop in turn two. That gave the lead back to McDougal for the restart.

But, when the green light came on again, Grant seized the opportunity to challenge the leader. He managed to work inside of him in turn one and he powered off turn two with the lead. Bacon soon followed him into second. Cottle then moved ahead of McDougal, who seemed to be struggling a bit.

Cockrum then began to move forward. On lap 53, he took over second. Later on that lap, he dove into turn three to take the lead, but he could not hold the line. He slid up out of the groove, giving the lead back to Grant.

Cockrum stalked Grant for almost twenty laps. He slipped under Grant in turn one tio take the lead on lap 72 and Bacon followed him into the second position.

Cockrum had a scare on lap 81 when he locked wheels with a lapped car going through turns three and four. Both cars slid high before separating. Both cars were able to keep moving. Fortunately for Cockrum, his lead was still intact when he came off turn four.

Meanwhile, Bacon and Cottle were fighting for second.

The lead pack tightened up and it looked as though there would be a real dogfight over the final twenty laps. However, the caution came out on lap 85 and the field had to go single file.

The race went green again with ten laps to go. Several racers were in conservation mode at that point, as tire wear was a factor. One driver that had some extra rubber was Carmen Perigo, Jr., who picked up several positions in the final laps.

Cockrum took the checkers, his first victory in about six years. “It’s been too damn long,” Cockrum quipped. “We got there in in 2015 and started racking up some wins, and then we had a dry spell.” Cockrum said that a new fitness plan made him feel better in the car. “I am 39 years old, I got to bicycle, and lost 40 pounds.”

Cottle chased Cockrum across the finish line. Chris Windom moved up to third, followed by Bacon, Robbins, and McDougal. Perigo, Grant, and Ballou completed the top ten.

McDougal’s fast time was 20.354 seconds. Ronnie Wuerdeman had a spectacular crash, leaving the speedway between turns three and four on his first timed lap. He was not hurt, but the car was a total loss.

Williams Grove will return to action on June 25 for the opening night of PA Speedweek. The 358 Sprints will also be on hand. There will be fireworks and the Davey Brown tribute. The Mitch Smith Memorial will be the second show of Speedweek at Williams Grove, on July 2. The 410s and 358s will supply the speed and fireworks will fill the air. July 9 will be fan appreciation night, with the United Racing Club 360 Sprints joining the 410s.

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Danny Dietrich takes All Stars victory at Sharon Speedway

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HARTFORD, OH (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Danny Dietrich led wire-to-wire to pick up his first Ohio Speedweek victory Tuesday night at Sharon Speedway after starting on the outside of the front row.

“This goes out to my buddy Derek (Snyder) of Sweeney and Pace Performance; this win is for him,” said Dietrich. “That was fun. We had one slip away from us at Fremont on Saturday, so we wanted to get this one pretty bad, especially at Derek’s home track. He does so much for this team and we wouldn’t be able to do any of this without him. We still have a lot of racing left this week. We’ll try to get a few more of these and hopefully a Speedweek title.”

Dietrich got the early jump on pole-sitter George Hobaugh and used the bottom lane to perfection to grab his first win in the ‘Buckeye State’.

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“I knew I needed to get the initial jump,” explained Dietrich. “That was on my mind from the start. I didn’t want to let that one slip by.  Once we got to the front, I just needed to stay patient and focus on maintaining the line through each corner. With a single groove like that, I knew it was going to be tough for anyone to drive around me, but you didn’t want to slip up in the corner and let someone show their nose.”

Tyler Courtney finished second followed by Justin Peck in third and Kyle Larson in fourth.  Hobaugh dropped back to finish fifth.

Ohio Sprint Speedweek will continue on Wednesday evening, June 16, at Waynesfield Raceway Park in Waynesfield, Ohio.

A-Main (35 Laps)
1. 48-Danny Dietrich [2]; 2. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [5]; 3. 13-Justin Peck [7]; 4. 57-Kyle Larson [8]; 5. 40-George Hobaugh [1]; 6. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [6]; 7. 22C-Cole Duncan [18]; 8. 11-Ian Madsen [3]; 9. 2F-AJ Flick [11]; 10. 101-Lachlan McHugh [16]; 11. 5X-Buddy Kofoid [12]; 12. 17B-Bill Balog [4]; 13. 5-Paul McMahan [25]; 14. 28-Tim Shaffer [19]; 15. 3C-Cale Conley [17]; 16. 42-Sye Lynch [14]; 17. 26-Cory Eliason [21]; 18. 10-Zeb Wise [22]; 19. 18-Cole Macedo [9]; 20. 91-Kyle Reinhardt [13]; 21. 5K-Adam Kekich [20]; 22. 23P-Darren Pifer [15]; 23. 4-Cap Henry [10]; 24. 81-Lee Jacobs [24]; 25. W20-Greg Wilson [23] Lap Leaders: Danny Dietrich (1-35)

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Freddie Rahmer, Jr. and Brett Wanner Win Fallen Firefighter Memorial Races at Lincoln Speedway

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ABBOTTSTOWN, PA (June 12, 2021): Freddie Rahmer, Jr. became the first three-time winner this season at Lincoln Speedway. The third-generation driver came from eighth to the lead seventeen laps into the race and then he held off Alan Krimes in a three-lap dash for the cash. It was the third time in his career that the Salfordsville pilot won the Fallen Firefighters Memorial run in honor of Brandon Little and this marked his seventeenth career win at the track dominated by his father for so many years.

This was the tenth running of the Fallen Firefighters Memorial and it was believed to be the last time for Lincoln to host the event. However, it was announced that another family of a fallen firefighter has stepped forward to carry on the tradition begun by the Little family.

Rahmer, who seemed critical of the track’s handicapping system during his post-race interview, noted “we need to keep fighting to get into position to win.” He bemoaned coming from eighth or ninth in heat races in such events, as only the top three finishers would be put to the front of the feature line-up. However, this was a time-trial show and Rahmer still had to overcome a deficit due to a poor qualification run. “We got lucky in the heat, which got us to eighth (in the feature line-up).” He was running in the fourth spot when the leaders collided while fighting for the top spot. That put him second for the restart and he held his own for the rest of the way. Without that break, Rahmer was looking at a start in about row eight. “We need to take advantage of these time trial shows,” Rahmer added.

Two of the next three contests will be run under the PA Speedweek format, which uses time trials to set the starting order in heats. The fastest car in each heat race starts fourth and the remaining cars are heads up. The heat winner and the fastest qualifier get to draw for positions in the front of the field for the feature. The rest of the starting order is based on the heat finishes.

In this redraw, Krimes and Tim Wagaman were the lucky ones to get the front row, T.J. Stutts, making the first start in the Barshinger 24 car, lined up third, with Troy Wagamanm next to him. Dylan Norris and Lucas Wolfe were in row three, followed by the Rahmer brothers, Brandon inside and Freddie outside. Cory Haas and Chad Trout rolled off from row five.

Opening day winner Tim Wagaman grabbed the early lead, with Krimes, Troy Wagaman, Stutts, Norris, Wolfe, and Freddie Rahmer, Jr. following. This grouping remained relatively intact for the first ten laps of the race. Krimes moved ahead a notch on lap eleven. Rahmer moved into second the next time around.

Rahmer chased Krimes for five laps before driving by in the high groove in turns one and two. Soon thereafter, Wolfe began picking off cars and he reached third by lap twenty-six. However, he was quite a ways behind Rahmer and Krimes.

On lap thirty, Troy Wagaman brought his car to a stop in turn two. That brought Rahmer and Krimes back to Wolfe and company for the only restart of the race.

Rahmer had the point, followed by Krimes, Wolfe, Haas, Tim Wagaman, Stutts, Brandon Rahmer, and Chase Dietz, who marched forward from twenty-second on the grid.

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Rahmer and Krimes got away cleanly on the restart. Wolfe went to the outside and began to build some momentum. He closed quickly on Krimes entering turn three, but Wolfe got above the cushion and lost valuable ground in his quest for second.

While Rahmer, Krimes, and Wolfe distanced themselves from the other racers in the final three laps, Haas and Tim Wagaman held their own. Dietz moved forward a few more positions to get sixth and claim a $200 bonus as the hard charger. Stutts, Brandon Rahmer, Billy Dietrich, and Norris completed the top ten.

Wolfe, who set fast time at 13.149 seconds, won the first heat. Other heat winners were Stutts, Troy Wagaman, and Norris. Kyle Moody won the B Main.

In the 358 Sprint feature, Riley Emig had the pole and he took the lead at the drop of the green. Brett Strickler, Mason Chaney, Brett Wanner, and Adrian Shaffer were next. Emig’s moment in the spotlight ended on lap four when he suddenly slowed and pulled off the track in turn two. That handed the lead over to Wanner.

As the race continued, Wanner got faster. He was also quite good on restarts and he had no difficulty maintaining his advantage. Wanner took the checkers for his first win of the 2021 season.

Strickler crossed in second, with Kody Hartlaub overtaking Shaffer in the waning laps. Steve Owings ran a steady race to earn the fifth spot. Cody Fletcher, Travis Scott, Tyler Esh, Chaney, and C.J. Tracy completed the top ten.

Tracy was the hard charger passing thirteen cars en route to tenth. He received $870 for his efforts.

The three heat winners were Wanner, Emig, and Shaffer. Jordan Strickler won the B Main.

Next week, Lincoln Speedway will present a triple header consisting of 410 Sprints, Super Sportsmen Tour, and Late Models. June 26 and 28 will be the second and fourth rounds of PA Speedweek. The former will have Extreme Stocks on the card, while the latter will be a Sprint Car only event. July 3 will feature Monster Trucks and the Central PA Legends.

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