WILLIAMS GROVE, PA (July 2, 2021): Since breaking through the 100-win barrier, Lance Dewease has been hotter than a firecracker at Williams Grove Speedway. He now has 103 wins and counting. It was his third win in a row at the track and his fourth in his last five tries. His sixth in the Mitch Smith Memorial was his thirty-first PA Speedweek triumph, both of which are records. And, Dewease counted fifteen large at the pay window!
Dewase broke a tie with Fred Rahmer for most career wins in PA Speedweek history. Dewease spoke humbly of that accomplishment, “that’s a great honor right there, Fred’s one of the greatest racers, I’ve just been fortunate to run longer than he did.” He added, “that’s a lot of hard work from the whole team. We’re just here to win races, we are not worried about points or championships.” Despite that disclaimer, his recent successes have solidified his stranglehold on the points at Williams Grove. The second place driver in the seasonal standings, Freddie Rahmer, Jr., dropped out of this event and was credited with eighteenth.
Matt Campbell drew the pole position for the start of the prestigious thirty lap A Main. Dewease was on his right. Rahmer Jr. and Lucas Wolfe were behind them. Danny Dietrich was alongside Justin Peck in row three. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. and Dylan Cisney were in row four. Then came Ryan Smith and Anthony Macri. Row Six belonged to Devon Borden and Brent Marks.
Campbell led the pack of racers into turn one and he opened up a two or three car length advantage over Dewease. Rahmer Jr. was third, followed by Wolfe, Dietrich, Peck, and Hafertepe. Dietrich moved into fourth on the next go round and Peck followed him into fifth one lap later.
Meanwhile, Campbell continued out front, with Dewease, Rahmer Jr., Dietrich, and Peck in tow. Campbell’s run in clean air ended on lap eleven, when Dewease dropped to the inside and drove by easily on the front stretch.
Soon after the lead change, Rahmer Jr. jumped the cushion coming through turn four and he fell back a few spots in the running order. His misfortunes continued during lap fifteen, when he got together with Marks as they raced down the back stretch. Rahmer was able to keep moving, but Marks brought his car to a stop. He was able to pit for repairs and he rejoined the field for the restart.
While Dewease got away cleanly, Campbell was immediately under attack by Dietrich. Dietrich rode the inside line into turn one and Campbell stayed up on the cushion. Dietrich nosed ahead coming off turn two, but Campbell tried to duplicate the feat at the other end of the speedway. He entered turn three on the inside and pulled up beside Dietrich. But, this time Dietrich had the better line on the outside and he was able to maintain second place as they came off turn four.
Dietrich tried various lines as he chased Dewease, but nothing seemed to work for him. Racing was interrupted by two red flags and a caution, but Dietrich could not capitalize on any of these opportunities to pass Dewease on a restart.
The first red flag was for Cisney’s crash in turn four. The second was for an incident involving Campbell and Marks in turn three. None of these drivers were injured, but their mounts all sustained significant damage.
Dewease and Dietrich outpaced the remaining drivers in the last eight laps of the contest. Taking third was Peck, followed by Smith and Wolfe. Daryn Pittman was sixth after starting deep in the field. Paul McMahan, Hafertepe, Rico Abreu, and Mike Wagner completed the top ten.
Heat wins were chalked up by Wolfe, Dietrich, Campbell, and Rahmer Jr. Robbie Kendall prevailed in the B Main. Cisney was the fastest driver in time trials, with a lap of 18.156 seconds.
Next week will be Fan Appreciation Night at Williams Grove Speedway. All ticket holders will be allowed to enter the pits before the races begin. It will be a great way to get autographs or photos of your favorite drivers. The 360 Sprints of the United Racing Club will be in action along with the 410 Sprint Cars. Several drivers will be doing double duty. July 16 will be a 410 and 358 Sprint Car double header and a tune-up for the invasion of the World of Outlaws. The two-day Summer Nationals program will be held on July 23 and 24 as part of the annual “Month of Money.”
All Star Circuit of Champions returning to Lernerville Speedway for 2-events including Don Martin Memorial
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.
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.”
Western PA Speedweek to return in 2022
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.
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.
Lernerville Speedway not on World of Outlaws schedule in 2022
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.
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.