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Dewease and Hammaker Get First Wins for New Car Owners at Williams Grove Speedway

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MECHANICSBURG, PA (May 3, 2024): Lance Dewease scored career win 115 in the 410 Sprints at the Williams Grove Speedway, but it was his first in several important categories. The $6,000 victory was his first with car owner Barry Shearer, his first of the season, and his first with a new car.

Also scoring a first victory of the season with a new car and a new car owner was Doug Hammaker in the 358 Sprint division.

“We only raced here one day,” Dewease observed. “We wrecked a car last week. This was a new car,” he added. Dewease thought that he got some breaks on his way to victory lane. “Putting the 2D (of Chase Dietz) back for jumping helped.” But, the biggest break came when leader Chad Trout got hit with a double dose of bad luck. After being told that Trout got a flat left rear after dominating the race, Dewease commented, “I thought that he ran out of fuel when he came down (in turn one with two to go).” Dewease then noted “you don’t always win when you have the best car.”

Dewease explained that “there was never any doubt” about continuing his Hall of Fame career after parting ways with Don Kreitz and Davey Brown and ride hopping through the end of the 2023 season. “Things like last week put a hurt on me and it takes a while to come back from it.” He said that it is important for him to have fun racing and “when it stops being fun, I’ll be done.”

Despite a collapsed top wing, Chad Trout won the dash to earn the pole for the twenty-five lapper. Next to him was the driver with the most wins in the country, Anthony Macri. Chase Dietz and Danny Dietrich slotted into row two, with Troy Wagaman, Jr. and T.J. Stutts behind them. Dylan Cisney and Dewease made up row four, and Freddie Rahmer, Jr. and Cameron Smith had row five. Kyle Moody and Cullam Williamson were paired in row six.

The initial start was called back because Stutts spun in turn two. After a quick trip to the pit area for adjustments, Stutts returned for the second attempt to get the race going.

On the second try, Trout again got the jump on Macri and he swept into the lead. Trout ran the high side, and Macri tried the low groove, but he could not make any headway. Dietz, Wagaman, Dewease, Dietrich, Cisney, Rahmer, Smith and Devon Borden followed.

Dylan Norris brought out a caution five laps into the contest. At that time, the top five remained intact, but Cisney had worked by Dietrich, and Moody knocked Borden from the top ten. After the restart, Dietrich lost a couple of positions, but the running order was otherwise unchanged.

Williamson spun in turn four on lap eight and flattened his right rear in the process.

On the ensuing restart, Dewease picked up a position. He would move up two notches shortly thereafter. Macri dropped out just before the next caution, on lap ten, for Ryan Taylor. As the field was being realigned, Dietz was penalized two positions for jumping the previous restart. That moved Dewease into second place for the next green flag.

Trout set a blistering pace on the restart, but Dewease picked up speed late in the eleven lap run. He closed the gap on Trout and he was close enough to execute a successful slider in turn three to take the lead away. However, Cisney brought out the final caution when he slowed to a stop after his top wing collapsed. That nullified Dewease’s pass.

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Trout led Dewease into turn one when the action resumed. Dewease dove low, but Trout had the momentum and he retained the lead. On the next trip around, Trout entered turn one on the low side, trying to take the line away from Dewease. Dewease moved up into the middle and the leaders came off turn two side by side. Dewease pulled away racing down the back stretch.

Trout was off the pace now, and Wagaman went by him coming off turn two on the final lap.

At the checkers, it was Dewease by 2.472 seconds over Wagaman. Dietz, Borden, and Rahmer completed the top five. Trout held on for sixth despite his flat. His social media also reported that he ran out of fuel as well. Dietrich, Logan Wagner (in a rare Williams Grove start), Aaron Bollinger, and Justin Whittal were sixth through tenth.

Stutts, Wagaman, and Dietz scored the heat wins. Norris captured the B Main. Macri was the evening’s fastest qualifier with a lap of 16.766 seconds.

Kyle Reinhart took a spill in qualifications, but repairs were made and he transferred into the A from the B Main.

In the 358 Sprints, Doug Hammaker drew the pole, with Nat Tuckey to his right. Cole Young and Justin Foster were in the second row, with Kyle Spence and Chase Gutshall in the third. Cody Fletcher and Adam Carberry occupied row four. Then came Wyatt Hinkle and Matt Findley, followed by Frankie Herr and Derek Locke.

Hammaker blasted into turn one on the opening lap and he was never headed. Tuckey, Gutshall, Foster, Young, and Carberry followed. After a couple of early cautions, Hammaker continued to lead Tuckey, Young, Gutshall, and Carberry.

In the second half of the race, Hammaker stretched his lead. At the checkers, he was 6.846 seconds over Tuckey. Young closed in on second in the final laps, but he could not make the pass. Gutshall was fourth and Carberry was fifth. Fletcher, Spence, Locke, Seth Schnoke, and Foster completed the top ten.

“They got me rolling pretty good,” Hammaker said. “The wing cylinder broke and the wing slid forward when I slowed down. I didn’t know how far out front I was.”

Logan Rumsey, Carberry, and Spence prevailed in the heat races. Rumsey lost his engine as he crossed the finish line and he was unable to start the A Main. Preston Lattomus won the B Main.

Kruz Kepner flipped in his heat race but was not hurt.

Williams Grove Speedway will host the World of Outlaws on May 10 and 11. The Morgan Cup will be decided on Saturday.

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PPMS, Latrobe and Lervnerville Cancel Saturday Events

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PITTSBURGH, PA (May 25, 2024) A forecast calling for thunderstorms after 3 p.m. with gusty winds and possible hail throughout areas of Western Pennsylvania on Saturday is forcing local tracks to cancel their Saturday nights events.

Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway made the decision early to cancel their Choice for Change Action Event with the RUSH Sprint Cars.  All tickets purchased for the event are eligible for a full refund.  Next up at PPMS is the Western PA Speedweek event on Thursday with UEMS Racing Series.

Penn Ohio Pro Stock Touring Series and Latrobe Speedway officials are also postponing the tour’s season-opener because of Mother Nature.  The good news is the delay is only one week.

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“Despite the unfortunate weather forecast that canceled our fourth race in a row, we have a silver lining,” said SNB Promotions Dennis Bates. “Thankfully, we were able to reschedule the Homak Penn Ohio Pro Stock Tour for the following Saturday, June 1. Providing a new opportunity for our stakeholders to enjoy a modified six-division event. Most Homak Penn Ohio Pro Stock touring teams have more than a two-hour drive to the speedway, so it made sense to postpone the race.”

The modified six-division show will also include the K2 Engineering FASTrak Pro Late Models, Joe’s Body Shop & Towing Pure Stocks, Special T Metals LLC Modified 4 Cylinders, the Marilungo Disposal LLC Strictly Stock 4 Cylinders, and the Dean Pollock Hobby Stocks.

The grim forecast is also causing Overdrive Monster Truck and Lernerville Speedway officials to postpone tonight’s event. The show will now take place on Sunday, May 26 with VIP gates opening at 2 p.m.  The grandstands will open at 2:30 p.m. with a scheduled start of 6 p.m.  All tickets purchased in advance will be honored for May 26.

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Red-Hot Spithaler Continues His Winning Ways At Lernerville

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SARVER, PA (May 24, 2024) There its not a hotter driver in the local 410 Sprint Car ranks than Brandon Spithaler.  One week after finishing fourth in the World of Outlaws A Main at Attica Raceway Park, Spithaler picked up the checkered flag in the People’s Natural Gas feature Friday night at Lernerville Speedway.

Spithaler started eighth in the 19-car field and held off Bradon Matus and Michael Bauer to pick up the win.  AJ Flick finished fourth and hard-charger Dan Kuriger rounded out the Top 5 after starting 18th.

Flick remains atop the Championship standing followed by Carl Bowser, who trails flick by 16-points.  Bauer and Matus each sit 19-points back of Flick with Baurer holding down third in the standings by virtue of his 2-Top 5 finished.  The victory moves Spithaler to sixth, 29-points back despite participating in only 2-events.

Tyler Dietz started on the front row and took home the victory in the Precise Racing Products Late Model feature.  Colton Flinner finished second followed by Michael Norris and John Garvin Jr.

Norris remains atop the Championship standings with Flinner in second, 1-point behind.  Garvin is 7-points behind in third and Dietz’ victory leaves him sitting in fourth, 13-points behind.

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Garrett Krummert is your winner in the Diehl Automotive Big Block Modifieds.  Krummert started seventh and expertly worked traffic to get past second-place starter and finisher Rex King Jr.  Jeremiah Shingledecker finished third followed by Will Thomas in fourth.  Ayden Cipriano rounded out the Top 5.

The Top 4 finishers are your Top 4 in the Championship standings with King Jr 5-points behind Krummert.  Shingledecker sits third, 16-points back and Thomas is only one point back of third, 17-points behind Krummert.

Pole sitter Chris Schneider held off a hard-charging Dietz to win the Millerstown Pic-A-Part Pro Stocks feature.  Christian Schneider came home third after starting sixth followed by Corey McPherson in fourth and Jason Fosnaught in fifth.

Dietz and Christian Schneider are tied atop the Championship standings with 113 points each.  Chris Schneider is third 9-points back in a battle that is bound to go down to the final weekend.

Saturday night’s Overdrive Monster Trucks event has been postponed to Sunday due to the forecast.  VIP Gates will open at 2 p.m. with grandstands opening at 2:30 p.m.  The event will start at 6 p.m.  All tickets purchased in advance will be honored for May 26.

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Dietrich Does It At The Grove

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MECHANICSBURG, PA (May 24, 2024): Danny Dietrich got a break at the start of the John Trone Tribute A Main at Williams Grove Speedway, and he made the most of it. Dietrich fell in behind Lucas Wolfe on the initial green, but a multi-car crash before the entire field crossed for lap one necessitated a complete restart. Dietrich was better prepared for the second try, and he was able to keep Wolfe behind him motoring down the long straightaway. Still, Dietrich had to fend Wolfe off once or twice during the contest to ensure the $10,039 win. Wolfe slid out of the rubber once in the late going, and Spencer Bayston scooted by for second.

Also grabbing a win was Logan Spahr in the PASS IMCA 305 Sprint undercard.

“We had a good draw, but we had a bad start,” the Gettsysburg pilot observed. “I like racing with Lucas (Wolfe) because he will always race you clean. Lucas got me, but we were better the next time.” Dietrich explained that there was some moisture in the middle of the track, and that was where Wolfe launched at the drop of the green. “I didn’t push him up enough, so the second time I moved up and I got a better run,” Dietrich added.

Dietrich started on the pole carrying the traditional red, white, and blue colors and the historic number 29 that always adorned the Bob Weikert-owned machines over the years. The next generation of Weikerts sponsor Dietrich’s car, owned by Gary Kauffman of Biglerville, and the Kauffman/Dietrich team pay homage to the iconic car and the famous owner over the Memorial Day Weekend. The same livery will be used in the two-day event at the Port Royal Speedway.

Wolfe was on Dietrich’s flank for the start of the twenty-five lapper. In the row behind were Devon Borden and Bayston. Row three paired up Chase Dietz and Cory Eliason. Anthony Macri and Rico Abreu made up row four. Next were T.J. Stutts and midwestern star Brian Brown. James McFadden and Kyle Reinhardt occupied row six.

The first lap melee eliminated several cars, including those of current points leader and defending champion Freddie Rahmer, Jr., and Lance Dewease.

After the failed attempt to start the race, Dietrich claimed the lead that he would never relinquish. Wolfe stayed close, particularly in the early going. He was followed by Bayston, Borden, Dietz, Eliason, Macri, Abreu, Brown, and Reinhardt. Dietrich had a comfortable margin eliminated on lap eleven when Austin Bishop stopped on the track for the first official caution.

On the restart, Wolfe drove in the middle grove entering turn one. He was able to get along side of Dietrich, but the bottom was the better line due to the accumulated rubber. So Dietrich was able to drive away from his challenger in turn two. Bayston remained in third, with Dietz and Eliason next.

Two laps later, Abreu spun himself out of the top ten. He managed to keep moving, so there was no caution but, now, Abreu was at the tail of the field. Bayston got a good run on Wolfe for second a lap later, but Bayston slid up the track and handed third over to Dietz. Bayston was able to regain the position by lap fifteen, when Abreu and Aaron Bollinger tangled in turn one.

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On the restart, Dietrich continued to lead Wolfe and Bayston. Bayston was pressing Wolfe while Dietrich began to pull away. With just two laps remaining, Wolfe slid up off the rubber in turn one, losing second to Bayston in the process.

At the checkers, it was Dietrich by a wide margin over Bayston, Wolfe, Eliason, and Dietz. Macri, Borden, Reinhardt, Brown, and Stutts completed the top ten.

The four heat wins went to Abreu, Bayston, Wolfe, and Dietrich. Cameron Smith prevailed in the B Main. Eliason was the fastest qualifier this night, topping Group A with a lap of 17.898 seconds. Macri was best in Group B with a time of 18.278 seconds.

Josh Beamer had the pole for the twenty-lap nightcap for the PASS IMCA 305 Sprints. Beside him was Erin Statler. Row two consisted of Jason Roush and Spahr. The third row matched Andrew Boyer with Kenny Heffner. Drew Young shared row four with Mike Alleman. Owen Dimm and Danny Buccafusco raced from row five, and they were trailed by Landon Price and Mike Melair.

Beamer dashed out front, but Spahr was into second in no time at all. Roush, Heffner, Boyer, and Young followed closely. As the lap counter advanced, Beamer and Spahr separated themselves from Heffner, who raced alone in third. Positions four on back were hotly contested.

Spahr assumed the lead on lap eleven, just one round ahead of the lone caution of the race for Croix Beasom.

On the restart, Spahr got a tremendous jump on Beasom. Young lost several positions after the race resumed. Moving ahead of him were Christian Rumsey, Heffner, Melair, Statler, and Buccafusco.

Spahr showed no mercy to his competitors over the final eight laps. Beamer registered a second place finish, ahead of Rumsey, Melair, and Statler. Positions six through ten went to Heffner, Buccafusco, Young, Boyer, and Dimm.

Boyer and Heffner shared the heats. There was no B Main.

Next week, the 358 Sprints will return to support the 410 Sprints. The 358s will go for twenty-five laps with extra purse money on the line. The month of June will commence with the 410s and USAC East Coast Sprints in the Bill Gallagher Memorial. On June 14, the USAC National Sprints will be the added attraction, along with the 410 Sprints. June 21 will be the tune-up for Central PA Speedweek.

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