Dewease Cleans House at Susky, Scores 4th Win in 5 Starts
Rack up another one for Lance Dewease and the 69K team. They now have four wins in five starts in 2017 after Sunday’s Kevin Gobrecht Classic win at Susquehanna. The feature paid $4,800 to win in honor of the late Kevin Gobrecht’s 48th birthday, but Dewease collected over $5,700 with bonuses. Dewease set quick time over the 27-car field by over .3 of a second, won his heat race from fourth and completed the ‘clean sweep’ on the evening winning the feature from fifth.
Polesitter Greg Hodnett led the first four laps before a slowing Bradley Howard brought out the caution. Off the double-file restart, Brian Montieth darted into the lead and set a torrid pace until disaster struck on lap 15. Trey Starks ended up facing the field after contact with another competitor leaving nowhere for the race leader to go. Montieth made hard contact with Starks ending both of their evenings. Both drivers walked away from the scene unscathed. Montieth had a 4.2 second lead before the incident.
Lance Dewease inherited the lead and never looked back winning by over three seconds. “Clean air is so crucial. Brian [Montieth] was real good, I don’t know if we were going to be able catch him,” Dewease said in victory lane. Dewease, as he always does, credited the win to the dedication and work ethic of the 69K team. The average age of the 69K crew is 69 years young, making their accomplishments that much more impressive.
Hodnett settled for second with Aaron Ott, Lucas Wolfe and 13th starting Brock Zearfoss completing the top five.
Brandon Rahmer had a strong night finishing sixth, Kyle Moody finished seventh after an entertaining battle with Ryan Smith, who crossed the line eighth, for the majority of the race. Kyle Reinhardt overcame a mishap in qualifying to charge from 22nd to ninth, good enough for the $680 hard charger award. Tyler Ross was strong all night to complete the top ten.
Dewease couldn’t leave victory lane without appreciating the Gobrecht’s continued involvement in the sport. “Kevin was a great racer and they didn’t shy away from the sport following the tragedy,” Lance said, to which he got a loud applause. The Gobrecht’s waved the green flag to start the feature Sunday night. Doug Hammaker won the 358 sprint car feature on the undercard.