Dewease keeps Morgan Cup at the Grove
MECHANICSBURG — The Morgan Cup will be staying at Williams Grove Speedway for one more year.
Lance Dewease made sure of it.
Dewease was flawless driving by Donny Schatz and dominating the rest of the 30-lap Morgan Cup feature for the World of Outlaws sprint cars Saturday night at Williams Grove Speedway.
The silver cup, named for the former track owner, will reside in the Grove office for another year. Had the Outlaws won, the cup would have gone to their headquarters in Charlotte.
The Hall of Fame driver from Fayetteville earned $17,000 for his fifth win in seven starts this season, and his second Outlaws victory of the week after winning at Lincoln Speedway Wednesday night.
Schatz started second and grabbed the lead from polesitter Dewease.
“With a load of fuel in our car, it takes five or six laps to get going really good,” Dewease said in front of a huge crowd. “He got a really good start.”
Logan Schuchart slowed on the front stretch bringing out the first yellow flag with two laps completed.
Schatz controlled the restart, but couldn’t get away from Dewease.
“On the second double-file restart, I was shocked how good I hung with him on the bottom,” Dewease said. “I thought we’d be alright if we could get by. He’s really good around this place when it gets slick. My whole team worked their butts off. We weren’t real good Friday. Tonight, we were a lot better. After the dash, I told them we’re getting real close.”
The leaders reached the back of the field and began lapping cars with 10 laps completed.
Dewease was closing on Schatz running the inside line as Schatz tried the middle. His winning pass came off turn four on lap 13.
“When I went to the bottom of three and four, I don’t know how many laps were in, and shortened it up and got a good run at him, I thought once we got to traffic and he didn’t come down, I might be able to sneak by him there, and I did,” Dewease said.
From there, Dewease streaked away from Schatz. The battle was for third as Danny Dietrich and Daryn Pittman swapped the spot several times.
Dietrich secured third and briefly challenged Schatz for the runner-up spot as they raced thru traffic.
At the half-way point, Dewease held a comfortable lead over Schatz as Pittman got back around Dietrich.
Dewease went unchallenged the rest of the way getting the huge win by 1.251 seconds over Schatz with Dietrich taking back third.
“He was pretty damn good,” Schatz said. “He did a good job. It’s been a while since we rolled around here that good. My guys did a tremendous job. I got to traffic and starting making mistakes. Lance got us and it took me a while to get back going. At the end, we caught back up to him a little bit. That’s just the way it goes. Those guys were better than us.”
“This is a fast hot rod, I’ve been saying it all week, and it shows,” Dietrich said. “I got a really good start. I think I burned my tires off the first 10 laps trying to get to the front and get the lead. I was pushing too hard, but when you have those two on the front row, you’d better go when they drop the green and that’s what we did.”
Pittman and Freddie Rahmer completed the top five. Kraig Kinser finished sixth. California teenager Gio Scelzi raced from 24th to seventh. Brent Marks, David Gravel, and Jacob Allen rounded out the top 10.
Kinser set fast time over the 38-car field with a lap of 19.334 seconds. Dewease, Dietrich, Rahmer and Schatz won the heat races.
Scelzi won the C-main. Dewease won the dash. Carson Macedo won the Last Chance Showdown.