PORT ROYAL, PA (May 31, 2021) – Lance Dewease carried $29,000 and two large bull’s head trophies out of the Juniata County Fairgrounds after winning the eighteenth annual Bob Weikert Memorial at Port Royal Speedway. Though Dewease triumphed in the race before, the bounty never included the unusual trophies commemorating the victories.
Dewease–who had one ride and one victory in the cattle baron’s potent sprint car early in his illustrious career–showed that experience often prevails over youth in the racing game. Dewease had a spirited battle with Anthony Macri in the middle stage of the race. The veteran and the youngster swapped positions on numerous occasions and the fans had to wonder whether Macri would have something in reserve for the final laps of the contest. However, Macri slapped the concrete wall hard in turn four and sheared off the right rear wheel, ending his bid for the win.
Dewease was careful to keep his car a safe distance off the wall as they fought for the lead and that proved to be the difference between victory and defeat.
“When I got by Macri I knew that he would have to knock the walls down to get me,” Dewease said to the adoring crowd. “I assume that he hit the wall and tore the right rear off of it.” Dewease explained that his crew, led by Hall of Famers Don Kreitz, Jr. and Davey Brown, tightened up his car during the fuel stop on lap 20 and that enabled him to change his line and race a bit closer to the wall on exit of the turns. And, perhaps as importantly, Dewease did not hit the wall like his younger opponent did a number of times in their battle for the lead.
The luck of the draw put Cory Eliason on the pole for the thirty lap feature, with Hunter Schuerenberg next to him. Mike Wagner and Brent Marks had row two for the local contingent, with All Stars points leader Tyler Courtney and track points leader Logan Wagner right behind them. Lucas Wolfe and Dewease were in the fourth row, with Rico Abreu and Macri in row five. Paul McMahan and Ian Madsen were in row six. Quick timer A.J. Flick and Zeb Wise started in row seven.
Schuerenberg and Mike Wagner ran out front with Marks, Dewease, and Logan Wagner following. Marks was the man on the move early, taking second just four laps into the race.Soon thereafter, however, he got into the wall in turn one and he flattened the right rear. He also dislodged some fittings, and left some moisture on the track requiring the attention of the clean-up crew.
That put Dewease in third for the restart behind Scherenberg and Mike Wagner. Dewease swooped into turn one and passed Wagner soon after the green flag waived. The charge was not over just yet. Dewease got a good run into three and carried his momentum through the corner. He drove the low line through the turn and slid up ahead of Schuerenberg coming off turn four to grab the lead.
Meanwhile, Macri was working his way to the front. He worked his way into fifth by the time that the next caution was displayed on t to grab a position. lap nine for a spin by Jared Esh. Like Dewease earlier, Macri dove low into one on the restart to pick up a position. He, too, got a good run off turn two to advance to second by the time that the field raced through turns three and four.
A caution on lap eleven put Macri on the leader’s tail and that got a buzz going through the crowd. But Dewease held his ground on the restart. Macri remained close for the next couple of rounds. He pulled the trigger on a slide job going into turn one to get ahead. He brushed the wall, and Dewease calmly turned under him coming through the second turn to retake the lead.
Dewease and Macri swapped the lead several times before the caution came out again on lap 20. Macri was declared to be the leader for the restart because of the slim margin that he had when the duo crossed the line before the yellow came out.
Before racing would resume, however, All Stars officials called for an open red to enable the teams to refuel. Kreitz and Brown made the correct adjustments and Dewease was able to slide Macri for the lead in one when the race began again.
This time, Dewease was able to open a couple of car lengths on Macri. Macri continued to flog the cushion, brushing the walls with greater frequency as he desperately tried to keep pace with Dewease who was able to race a wheel width below the berm.
Macri’s spectacular drive came to an abrupt end five laps from the finish. Logan Wagner and his father, Mike, lined up behind Dewease, and fans began to wonder whether either of them could mount a challenge. When the green lights flashed on again, the answer was clear. Neither Wagner had the steam to keep up with Dewease.
Indeed, in the final laps, Mike Wagner began to slow a bit and his motor began to sputter. Tyler Courtney was able to close in and he took third with tome running out.
At the checkers, it was Dewease taking the popular win over Logan Wagner, Courtney, and Danny Dietrich, who charged up from seventeenth on the grid. Mike Wagner was fifth. Schuerenberg, Abreu, Blane Heimbach, Eliason, Madsen, and Wolfe completed the top ten.
Heat victories went to Macri, Halligan, Mike Walter, and Dietrich. Halligan and Walter failed to transfer to the A Main, though, because their sub-par qualifying times did not garner enough points to complement their heat race performances. They were able to make the show through the B Main, which was won by Gerard McIntyre, Jr. Flick’s top time was 16.824 seconds.
In the wingless Sportsmen undercard, Kevin Guttshall chased down Billy Brian, Jr. for the win in the non-stop twenty lapper. Steve Wilbur emerged from a pair of spirited battles to take the third position. The first was a five-car tussle for fifth followed by a four-car battle for third. Craig Perigo was fourth and early leader Gene Epley was fifth. Bret Perigo slipped back to sixth after racing as high as fourth midway through the race. Derek Sheafer, Cliff Brian, Tony Jackson, and Mike Markey completed the top ten. The pair of heat victories went to Markey and Guttshall.
Port Royal Speedway will be back in action Saturday with a three-division program consisting of 410 Sprints, Super Late Models, and Limited Late Models. The following week, June 12, will have the 305 Sprints swapped in for the Limited Late Models with $10 general admission for those age 62 and over. All fans will be able to partake in the dollar dog special at the concession stands. Then, on June 19, there will be a Sprint Car double header, with the USAC Eastern Storm joining the track’s 410 Sprints.
Logan Wagner Wins Tuscarora 50
PORT ROYAL, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Logan Wagner passed Lance Dewease with two-laps-to-go to win Saturday night’s All Star Circuit of Champions Tuscarora 50 at Port Royal Speedway.
“I’m living the dream in a different universe, man, this is just unreal,” said an elated Wagner in victory lane. “I knew in that second 25-lapper that I had something for (Dewease). It was so awesome to race him clean…I didn’t even know how many laps were left when we got by him. I just ran as hard as I could…just about stuffed it into the fence a couple of times. I’m out of breath!”
Dewease took the lead on lap 12 from Rico Abreu, who led the first 11 laps, and led all the way to the halfway mark. An oil leak didn’t deter Dewease in the second half of the 50-lapper as he was back out front when the green flag dropped.
Wagner, a four-time track Champion at Port Royal, caught Dewease on lap 34 when the leader encountered lap traffic but subsequent cautions on lap 36 and lap 38 gave Dewease clear track on both restarts and he took full advantage.
It took Wagner 11-more laps to get back to Dewease. Wagner got a great run off turn two and passed Dewease on the backstretch for the lead before diving into turn three. The victory was the third All-Star victory for Wagner, who also captured the 2021 Keith Kauffman Classic at ‘The Speed Palace’.
Dewease held on for second with Anthony Macri rounding out the podium.
The All Star Circuit of Champions will continue their September calendar with another round in the Keystone State, this time setting aim at Williams Grove Speedway and Lincoln Speedway for back-to-back blockbusters on Friday and Saturday, September 17-18. The rescheduled Jack Gunn Memorial, featuring a $7,000-to-win headliner, will kick things off on Friday, followed by Lincoln’s $20,000-to-win Dirt Classic VIII on Saturday. Fans and teams should note that the rescheduled Jack Gunn Memorial will feature only one main event.
Eliason Wins after Motor Change in Lincoln All Stars Go
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA (August 28, 2021): Cory Eliason turned a disaster to his advantage in the Kramer Klash for the All Stars Circuit of Champions at Lincoln Speedway. His motor expired at the very end of his heat race. His crew went into action and swapped it out in time for him to take the pole for his dash, which he dominated with the new powerplant. Then, Eliason led all thirty-five laps in the A Main. The win was his second of the season and seventh of his career with the traveling band. Eliason collected $7,300 for the victory.
When they pulled the pills for the dash, Eliason gave props to his team for making the engine change. “We were lucky that they had the Legends cars tonight, that gave my crew a little extra time to make the engine change.”
Eliason’s dash win snared the pole for the A Main. Next to him was the second dash winner, Zeb Wise. Parker Price-Miller and Robbie Kendall were in row two. Hunter Schuerenberg and Gerard McIntyre, Jr. started from the third row. Kyle Reinhardt and Brent Marks lined up in the fourth row, with the remaining dash cars, T.J. Stutts and Justin Peck in row five. The sixth row was made up of All Stars points leader, Tyler Courtney, and Chad Trout.
It took three tries to get the A Main going while a light mist was falling.The fist was waived off when Tyler Ross smacked the wall between turns one and two. The second resulted in a multi-car crash in turn one that involved at least seven cars, four of which were able to resume the action. One each of the three attempts, Eliason went to the cushion and held off Wise to take control.
Before the racers could sort themselves out, another massive wreck occurred at the opposite end of the track. Kendall went over Schuerenberg’s wheel and took a violent tumble. Schuerenberg hit the wall head on, and at least two other cars turned over in the chaos. This time, three of the racers could continue on.
Despite the toll on the machines, none of the drivers were injured.
When the race got going again, Eliason continued to lead. Wise ran along in second, with Price-Miller, McIntyre, and Peck trailing. About ten or twelve laps into the race, Wise came to life. For about five laps, he gave Eliason all that he could handle. However, Eliason found something extra and he was able to pull away from his challenger as they reached the halfway mark.
Soon, the leaders were into heavier traffic, and Peck began to flex some muscle. He reached third with twenty laps completed and he was certainly the fastest car on the track. With twenty-seven laps completed, Peck turned under Wise coming off turn four to take second. He began to close rapidly on Eliason, and the fans were getting ready for a battle royale.
With Peck in range of the leader, the caution flashed on. The crowd was anxious to see what Peck may do on the restart, but he was no match for Eliason on a clear track.
The final caution, on lap thirty, gave Peck another shot at the leader. But Peck missed his entry to turn one on the restart and he surrendered second to Price-Miller.
Eliason made the appointed rounds and took the checkers ahead of Price-Miller. Peck brought the Kramer Williamson tribute car home third. Fourth went to Wise, who held off a charge by McIntyre over the final three laps.
Reinhardt crossed in sixth, with Alan Krimes, Stutts, Brandon Rahmer, and Courtney completing the top ten. Brandon Rahmer was the hard charger, advancing fifteen positions.
The heat winners were Peck, Schuerenberg, Kendall, and Reinhardt. The B Main winner was Cap Henry. Stutts set the fastest time of the night, touring the speedway in 12.976 seconds.
Jeremy Ott was the winner in the PA Legends Cars feature that ended the night. Logan Carbaugh, Rravis McClelland, Chris Transeau and Stephen Wurtzer rounded out the top five. Bill Diehl, Blaine Leppo, McClelland, and Transeau won their heat race, The B Main victories went to Brent Marquis and Quinn Trimmer.
Next week, the Bob Leiby Memorial will be held. There will be twin twenties for the 410 Sprints, with each win worth $3,000. The PA Legends Cars will be on the card once again. September 11 will feature the Super Late Models. Support will be provided by the 358 and 305 Sprints. Then, on September 18, the All Stars will be back in the Pigeon Hills for the Eighth Annual Dirt Classic, paying $20,000.
McCreadie Makes up for Mistake at Port Royal
PORT ROYAL, PA (August 28, 2021): Tim McCreadie blamed himself for his fifth place finish on the opening night of the Rumble by the River. But, he made up for it by winning the second preliminary feature for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series at Port Royal Speedway.
He explained that he thought that the checkered flag came out a lap earlier in his heat race on Thursday, so he backed down and lost a position in the finish. That buried him in sixteenth place for the start and, with only thirty laps of racing, it was impossible for him to catch up to the leaders.
McCreadie made sure that he did not repeat the blunder on Friday night. He dominated his heat race to earn the outside front row starting spot for the A Main and then he went on to lead all but one of the fourty laps. The victory padded McCreadie’s series points lead and added $12,000 to his bank account.
Jonathan Davenport did stay within striking distance through the first twenty-five laps, which were all run under the green. But Davenport got a flat right front tire after running over some debris between turns one and two. Fourth place runner Chris Ferguson also got a flat due to the same cause. Ironically, McCreadie also ran over the same material, but his tires were good to go the distance. McCreadie confided that he did not even know that he ran over the same debris that sidelined two of his rivals.
“Man, I am tired,” McCreadie said as he was catching his breath. “When you get to be this old, you never know how many chances you will get to win, so you have to run hard all of the time. I was good throughout the race, I thought that JD might get me in traffic and then he had the flat, and Hudson was good, too, they’ve both been pretty good of late.”
Davenport and McCreadie shared the front row, having won heats one and three, respectively. The other heat winners, Ferguson and Jimmy Owens, lined up behind them. Then came Josh Richards and O’Neal, winner on the opening night. Stormy Scott and Michael Norris were in row four. The fifth verse was sung by Andy Haus and Tyler Erb. The sixth featured Ricky Thornton, Jr. and Shane Clanton.
Davenport took the early lead, lost it briefly to McCreadie, and then powered off turn four to claim the opening lap. McCreadie came down off the top to slide Davenport on lap two to take the lead. Although McCreadie led the rest of the way, Davenport stayed close and tried a slider or two himself without success.
O’Neal joined the fun around lap fifteen when McCreadie and Davenport were hung up behind some lapped traffic. That created a great three-car battle for the lead, but McCreadie managed to get away by a couple of car lengths, leaving the main characters from the opening night to fight for second.
The race took a dramatic turn on lap twenty-five. Thornton slapped the wall between one and two. Although he kept going, his car was badly damaged and parts were strewn in the high groove. The leaders all ran over the stuff, and two of the contestants, Davenport and Ferguson, got flats that would send them pitside soon thereafter.
The race got going again but another shake-up within the top ten was about to occur. The restart produced two three-car battles within the top ten. One was for third and the other was for seventh. The latter resulted in contact in turn three that claimed Richards, Jason Covert, and Scott. While that was being cleaned up, Davenport and Ferguson pitted for fresh rubber.
On the ensuing restart, Erb made his move to the front. The racers only got one lap recorded before Gregg Satterlee, who was running ninth, came to a halt on the back stretch.
Then, on the next restart, Erb blasted into second and Norris threaded the needle to get to fourth. O’Neal got shuffled back on the restart and fell out of the top five. The action was intense through the field, and that led to another caution.
Fortunately, the racers had that spell worked out of their systems and the remaining twelve laps were run off without incident.
McCreadie took the checkers first, followed by Owens, Erb, Clanton, and O’Neal. Earl Pearson, Jr. was sixth. Norris, Spencer Hughes, Ross Robinson, and Trevor Feathers completed the top ten. Robinson’s perseverance paid off as he picked up several positions in the final laps to crack the top ten from last on the grid. He was named the hard charger and got $400 extra as his reward.
Pearson and Satterlee copped the twin B Mains. The night’s top qualifiers were Davenport, at 18.616, and McCreadie at 18.727.
The Mid Atlantic Modifieds were the undercard this night. George Dixon took the lead from his fourth starting spot. His time out front was limited, however, He spun on his own on lap six, handing the lead over to Steve Arpin. That would be the only caution of the event.
Mike Altobelli worked his way forward from eighth at the start to take the lead on lap nine. While he would go the rest of the way unchecked, David Stremme did close in during the final laps to make things interesting.
Third went to Arpin. Then came Keith Jackson, Austin Holcombe, Mitch Thomas, Ron Davies, Carl McKinney, Steve Axtell, and Ryan Ayers.
Port Royal Speedway will conclude the Rumble by the River on Saturday night. The Juniata Fair will take over the grounds for seven days, but racing will take place on five of them. The action starts with the annual Butch Renninger Memorial on Saturday, September 4, featuring the Super Late Models and the Limited Late Models. The 410 Sprints will also be on the card. The Sprints return on Monday afternoon, September 6 for the 70th Annual Labor Day Classic. Four Cylinders and non-wing Super Sportsmen will add to the fun. Then the big show, the 54th Tuscarora 50 will be held Thursday through Saturday. The All Stars Circuit of Champions will headline all three nights. The 305 Sprints (Thursday), and Super Late Models (Friday) will also be in action. The finale will be all 410 Sprints.
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series: Tim, McCreadie, Jimmy Owens, Tyler Erb, Shane Clabton, Hudson O’Neal, Earl Pearson, Jr., Michael Norris, Spencer Hughes, Ross Robinson, Trevor Feathers, Colton Flinner, Gary Stuhler, Chris Ferguson, Jonathan Davenport, Andy Haus, Kyle Bronson, Ricky Thornton, Jr., Matt Cosner, Gregg Satterlee, Josh Richards, Stormy Scott, Jason Covert, Jeff Rine, Mike Marlar, Kyle Lee. DNQ: Brian Booze, Dylan Yoder, Dillan Stake, Logan Zarin, Tim Smith, Shaun Jones, Mason Miller, Pancho Lawler, Scott Flickinger, Kyle Hardy, Michael Brown, Rick Eckert, Tyler Bare, Mike Lupfer, Dan Stone, Johnny Scott, Dale Hollidge, Brett Schadel, Austin Berry, Chris Casner, Deshawn Gingerich.
Mid Atlantic Modifieds: Michael Altobelli, David Stremme, Steve Arpin, Keith Jackson, Austin Holcombe, Mitch Thomas, Ron Davies, Carl McKinney, Steve Axtell, Ryan Ayers, George Dixon, Jonathan Taylor, T.J. DeHaven, Jerry Foster, Rim Fedder, Alyssa Rowe, Amber Mills, Brad Kling, Brandon Householder, Tom Wakefield, Deron Henry, Michael Pappas, Jacob Marker, Justin Collum.
DNQ: Nick Dibella, Al Brewer, David green, John Lobb, Ray Kable, Jr., Doug Stine, Frank Dibella.