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Dewease clinches Grove crown

MECHANICSBURG — Lance Dewease clinched his seventh career Williams Grove Speedway sprint car track championship Friday night.

Dewease, of Fayetteville, had a huge 975-point lead headed in the Jack Gunn Memorial Friday night. When two-time and defending track champion Freddie Rahmer failed to qualify for the race, it officially locked-up the title for the 55-year-old.

Dewease has had a fantastic season at the Grove. He won four feature races, finished second six times, and third four times. He started 16 feature events and had an incredible 14 podium finishes. Dewease and the Kreitz Racing Team will earn $18,000 for the championship.

His first two championships came while driving the Walter Dyer 461 in 1994 and 1996. He won three straight championships from 2001-2003. The 2001 championship came in the Joe Harz 88H and the next two in the Al Hamilton 77. His sixth championship came in 2011 in the Donny Owens 30C.

It’s been a long time since Dewease competed in every event trying to win a championship. A great start to the year and an early point lead convinced them to do that this season.

After winning the twin dashes, Anthony Macri and Chase Dietz shared the front row to start the 30-lap feature sanctioned by Tony Stewart’s All Star Circuit of Champions. Dylan Cisney and Brian Brown were in row two and Dewease and Cory Eliason shared row three.

The event honored the late promoter, Gunn, who helped put central Pennsylvania sprint car racing on the National map.

The racing program was running late with the feature taking the green after 11.

Macri grabbed the race lead over Dietz, but the red flag stopped the race when Matt Campbell flipped in turn two. He was okay. The feature was set to resume around 11:15.

Danny Dietrich won the Greg Hodnett Foundation race Thursday night at BAPS Motor Speedway. Brent Marks, Freddie Rahmer, Ryan Smith and Rico Abreu completed the top five.

The Month of Money continues tonight at Lincoln Speedway with the 8th Annual Dirt Classic. The 40-lap sprint car feature pays $20,000 to win.

The Grove returns to action next Friday night for the final tune-up for the National Open. The $75,000 to win race is scheduled for Saturday night, Oct. 2 with the preliminary on Oct. 1.

Brian Brown set fast time over the 40-car field with a lap of 16.572 seconds. Chase Dietz, Aaron Reutzel, Robbie Kendall and Cory Eliason won the heat races. Devon Borden won the B-main.

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