Lance Dewease drove to his first sprint-car win of the season on Sunday evening at Susquehanna Speedway Park.
The win also marked Dewease's first for the Dietz Motorsports team he joined this year. The Dietz team is based here in York.
While Sunday's win marked a number of firsts for Dewease, it also added to some pretty impressive numbers. When Fred Rahmer and Keith Kauffman retired at the end of last season, it left Dewease as the leading active driver in local sprint-car wins.
By my records, Sunday's win was the 297th sprint-car win in Dewease's career. That leaves him just three wins shy of the major 300-win milestone. It also leaves Dewease just seven wins shy of Kauffman's 304 wins, which is second all-time on the local circuit.
While Dewease was all business on Sunday evening, his afternoon was spent having fun and helping out a great cause. Dewease was one of the drivers in the annual blindfold race at the Gary Wolford Fish Fry. That event is a fundraiser for the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing and the York County Racing Club.
Dewease had a last-minute substitute for his co-driver on Sunday. When retired modified racing legend Gerald Chamberlain was unable to attend, super-sportsman racer Russ Mitten was called into service to serve as Dewease's co-driver. They finished third.
The race winners were Johnny Murphy and Ken Riland. Word is that Riland and Murphy were sighted practicing in the parking lot at Williams Grove on Saturday. Doug Manmiller and Andy Haus finished second, while the team of Barry Camp and Chad Layton suffered a flat tire early in the event.
Weekend slate: Williams Grove will kick off the weekend Friday with an Outlaw Tune-Up race for the sprint cars.
The 358 sprints will also be on the schedule. The Outlaws invade the Grove the following weekend.
The Outlaws are also coming to Lincoln soon, and at Saturday's show there will also be an Outlaw Tune-Up for the sprint cars. The 358 sprints and Legends will be on Lincoln's slate as well.
Trailway races on Friday evening, as does the Grove. The 358 sprints, 600cc micro sprints, limited stocks and street stocks are on the racing agenda.
Williams Grove will play host to its Saturday night series on Saturday. The super sportsmen, limited-late models and street stocks are in action.
The sprint cars headline at Port Royal Saturday, along with the late models and econo late models. Susquehanna's Saturday show will feature the limited-late models, 305 sprints, street stocks, Xtreme stocks, road warriors and minivans.
The URC 360 sprints visit Selinsgrove Saturday for the Jack Gunn Memorial Race. Late models and pro stocks also race.
Outlaw dates: The World of Outlaws are coming to the area soon.
They race at Lincoln on Wednesday, May 14, with a Thursday rain date.
Then it's on to a two-day show at Williams Grove on Friday and Saturday, May 16 and May 17.
1980: This was the first weekend in 1980 when all the local tracks were able to complete their shows.
On Friday night, both Williams Grove and Selinsgrove raced. At Williams Grove, Jay Myers raced to the victory in the Ted Brewer No. 35. The win was Myers' third of the season, but first at the Grove. Up at Selinsgrove that night, there were two features, one a makeup from the week before. It didn't matter. The same guy won both. Lynn Paxton drove the Boop's Aluminum No. 1 to his sixth and seventh wins of the season. On Saturday, Paxton added Port Royal to his weekend string for his eighth win of the season.
Jimmy Edwards scored his second Lincoln win of the season on Saturday night. If memory serves me correctly, that was the season Edwards drove the Moskat No. 71.
Sunday at Susquehanna, Randy Wolfe drove to victory in the Weikert Livestock No. 29. The win was Wolfe's first at Susky, but third overall that season.
Rain: Rain played havoc with last Saturday's racing slate in the area.
A late-afternoon rain shower ended action at Williams Grove before it started. Lincoln, Port Royal and Selinsgrove all had rain delays, with the Port losing its features, which will be made up at a later date.
Lincoln had rain during the driver's meeting and again after warm-ups. Later in the evening, there were a couple of times it drizzled. The entire program was still completed just a little after midnight.
Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHAMPION RACING OIL
PENNSYLVANIA SPRINT CAR SERIES
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(Wins in parenthesis)
1. Greg Hodnett (1) 274
2. Danny Dietrich (2) 217
3. Alan Krimes (2) 197
4. Jim Siegel (2) 170
5. Blane Heimbach (2) 169
6. Gerard McItyre Jr. (2) 164
7. Lance Dewease (1) 149
8. Chad Layton 140
9. Rick Lafferty (1) 132
10. Brian Montieth 131
11. Brent Marks 104
12. Adam Wilt (1) 102
13. Cory Haas 99
14. Robbie Kendall 97
15. Donnie Kreitz Jr. (1) 90
16. Trey Starks 89
17. Dale Blaney (1) 85
18. Lucas Wolfe 84
19. Doug Esh (1) 78
20. Kyle Moody 75
21. Mike Erdley 74
22. Mike Wagner 74
23. Stevie Smith 65
24. Austin Hogue 58
25. Steve Owings 53
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