Dewease charges for holiday victory

PORT ROYAL – Passing is sometimes difficult for sprint cars on a daytime racing surface.

That didn’t stop Lance Dewease as he charged from the sixth starting spot to grab the lead and go on to the win in the Labor Day Classic for sprint cars at Port Royal Speedway on Monday afternoon.

Dewease, of Fayetteville, earned $4,000 for his fourth win in the event and 96th of his career at the Juniata County track.

Logan Schuchart and Blane Heimbach shared the front row for the start of the 25-lap main event. They were side-by-side down the front stretch. Schuchart secured the lead in the first turn as Heimbach slipped high.

Dewease was up to third in just one lap. He was racing on a very narrow outside line after the track crew sprayed water on the top during intermission.

He charged by Heimbach off turn two and then drove around Schuchart in turn three to grab the lead with two laps completed.

“When they watered the top, I thought we could run up there a little bit,” Dewease said. “I could get a really big run off of two and get a lot of drive down the straightaway. I had to make it work early. We were fortunate to get there and get ahead of those guys. Once you get the lead, clean air is so important. I knew the bottom would come back in.”

He began to drive away as ninth starter Danny Dietrich took fifth. Dylan Cisney drove by Heimbach to take third.

The caution flag flew on lap nine when rookie Brock Zearfoss spun in turn one.

Schuchart tried a slider in turns one and two on the restart, but Dewease’s narrow top line worked again as he was able to drive back by.

Chad Layton slowed to a stop on the frontstretch with 10 laps completed.

Dietrich drove by Heimbach and Cisney on the restart to take third.

Schuchart got close to Dewease one more time, but eventually the preferred line went to the bottom and that ended his chances as Dewease was flawless over the final laps and scored the win over Schuchart and Dietrich.

Heimbach extended his point lead over Layton with a fourth place run. Cisney completed the top five.

Mike Wagner, Rodney Westhafer, Mike Erdley, Brent Marks and Rick Lafferty rounded out the top 10. The heats for the 22-car field were won by Dietrich, Heimbach and Marks.

Ryan Greth was racing in his own zip code when the caution flag flew on lap 17 in the ARDC midget feature. Greth, who was leading by a half-lap, slipped high in turn one on the restart allowing lap one leader Kyle Lick to drive by. He led the final three laps to score the win.

Bruce Buckwalter Jr. finished second and Billy Pauch Jr. passed a few cars on the final restart to finish third. Steve Drevicki and Greth completed the top five.

Nick Wean, Alex Bright, Tony Dimattia, Jim Radney and Tim Buckwalter completed the top 10. Brent Arndt, Drevicki and Pauch Jr. won the heat races for the 27-car field.