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Dewease Does It for Davey Brown

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WILLIAMS GROVE, PA (June 25, 2021): This one was personal. Lance Dewease had a goal this night. He wanted to win this one for his eighty-seven year-old crew chief, Davey Brown, and he did so in dominant fashion. For Dewease, it was the 102nd time that he graced victory lane at the speedway in his Hall of Fame career. But, importantly, it was estimated to be the 795th time that a car wrenched by Brown Sr. took the checkers. Brown’s accomplishments were piled up across the country in Modifieds and Sprint Cars in the course of an amazing run that started in the 1950s.

“It’s all about the guy standing behind me,” Dewease said with a sheepish grin. “It was kind of a hectic night for him, but I did what I had to do, I put it in victory lane.” Dewease continued, “it’s such a neat deal what they did for him, most of these tributes are for the guys that are out of racing, but he’s still out here at age 87, and he works harder than the younger guys.”

Track announcer Bruce Ellis put a hard question to Brown, a man of few words, “will this be your last year?” Brown replied that he goes week to week, and then he added, “if I am healthy, I’ll race next year.” The adoring crowd responded with a thunderous ovation.

The first eight positions in the feature event were determined by the luck of the draw. The eligible drivers were the four heat race winners and the fastest qualifier from each heat. Rico Abreu, a heat winner, drew the pole, and Dylan Cisnes was to his right. Anthony Macri, another heat winner, was third, and Dewease was fourth. Logan Wagner and Paul McMahan, a heat winner, too, were in row four. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. and the other heat winner, Danny Dietrich, made up row four. The fifth row belonged to Midgeteer Buddy Kofoid and Alan Krimes, while row six was composed of Chad Trout and Tyler Gee.

As expected, Abreu blasted out to the early lead, with Cisney, Macri, Dewease, and Hafertepe following. Dewease showed some muscle when he drove by Macri on the third lap. He began to reel in the leaders, and was challenging Cisney for second.

When Abreu got above the cushion between turns three and four with eleven laps complete, Cisney came down a lane and tried to move by the leader. That left the bottom lane for Dewease, and he shot through the opening before Abreu and Cisney knew what happened to them. Cisney did make it past Abreu in the wake of Dewease’s dramatic pass. However, Cisney could not keep the spot and, within a lap or two, Abreu was ahead again. However, by then, Dewease had a significant lead, which kept getting larger with each lap that followed.

Dewease completed the non-stop journey in eight minutes and 27.893 seconds. Positions in the top ten were shuffled around in the final five laps. Macri wound up second, followed by Dietrich, Freddie Rahmer, Jr., and Abreu. Krimes, Cisney, Brent Marks, Hafertepe, and Logan Wagner completed the top ten.

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Dewease was the night’s fastest qualifier, topping Group A with a lap of 16.846 seconds. In a rare start at Williams Grove, Logan Wagner was quickest in group B, with a round of 16.996 seconds. Only one other driver timed in below the 17-second mark. That was Hafertepe in Group A, at 16.900 seconds.

T.J. Stutts captured the B Main.

Derek Locke overcame a penalty to score his fourth win of the season in the 358 Sprint division. Locke, who was set to start on the outside of row one, was set back to row two along with the pole sitter, Steve Wilbur. They were docked for a false start. That moved Devin Adams and Rich Eichelberger to the first row for the second go.

Adams led Wilbur and Eichelberger, but it did not take Locke very long to move to the front. He was third on lap three and he passed both Adams and Wilbur on lap six.

Locke’s romp was slowed by one caution, which came on lap eight for a car that stopped on the back stretch.
He took the checkers ahead of Adams, Eichelberger, Wilbur, and Justin Foster. Brett Wanner, Cody Fletcher, Matt Findley, Chris Frank, and Tyler Brehm rounded out the top ten.

Heats for the 358 Sprints went to Wilbur and Locke. There was no B Main.

Williams Grove will present the crown jewel of PA Speedweek next Friday. The Mitch Smith Memorial will pay $15,000 to the winner. There will also be a fabulous fireworks display. The following week, July 9, will be a Sprint Car double header. Joining the 410 Sprints will be the 360 Sprints of the United Racing Club. July 16 will be a 410 and 358 double header as a tune-up for the Summer Nationals featuring the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars.

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All Star Circuit of Champions returning to Lernerville Speedway for 2-events including Don Martin Memorial

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SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The All Star Circuit of Champions (ASCoC) is returning to Lernerville Speedway in 2022 for two nights of action including the Don Martin Memorial XXXI.

The All-Stars will make their first appearance at ‘The Action Track’ on Friday, April 29.  The appearance will mark the series return to Lernerville for the first time since 2019 as COVID-19 cancelled their 2020 appearance and rain washed out this year’s visit.

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On July 6th the All-Stars will return for the $25,000-to-win ‘Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup XXXI’, one of the most prestigious Sprint Car events in the history of the sport.

“We’re very excited to bring in the All-Stars and their thrilling brand of high-level Sprint Car racing” said Lernerville Speedway General Manager Mike Lysakowski said in a statement. “I have always been a fan of the All-Stars and for 2022, we had more freedom in choosing a date for this year’s Silver Cup. We believe we have chosen a date that is very conducive to bringing both national and regional Sprint Car aces to Lernerville.”

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Western PA Speedweek to return in 2022

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SHIPPENVILLE, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Western PA Speedweek is returning for 2022 following a successful reboot earlier this year.

The five consecutive nights of winged 410 Sprint Car action will see the best regional drivers vying for an A-Main feature purse that is increasing to $14,000 with $3,000 going to the winner each night and a $300 minimum to start!

The action takes place Wednesday, June 1st through Sunday, June 5th at Michael’s Mercer Raceway (Mercer, PA), Thunder Mountain Speedway (Brookville, PA), Lernerville Speedway (Sarver, PA), Sharon Speedway (Hartford, OH) and Tri-City Raceway Park (Franklin, PA), with the round-trip total clocking in at exactly 259 miles from beginning to end.

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The group time trial format used last season was extremely popular with both drivers and fans alike, and will also be utilized again in 2022.

Ryan Smith of Fleetwood, PA is the defending Speedweek Champion after winning two features and a podium in three events in 2021.

 

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Lernerville Speedway not on World of Outlaws schedule in 2022

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SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Lernerville Speedway, a fixture on the World of Outlaws tour since their inception in 1978, is not on the Outlaws schedule for 2022.  The fate of the Don Martin Silver Cup is unknown at this time.

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Lernerville officials were planning for two NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car events as well as a World of Outlaws Late Model event for 2022 and were shocked and surprised when the schedule was released on Monday.

Pittsburgh Racing Now has reached out to World Racing Group, the parent company of the World of Outlaws, for comment but have not received a response as of publication.

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