Dewease Pummels All-Stars at Port Royal
It was pure domination. Lance Dewease lapped up to 11th and won by more than a straightaway en route to his 101st career victory at Port Royal Speedway, 33rd career Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions victory and second win in as many nights.
“The Dream Team” as they are often referred to as, consists of an average crew member age of 69 years old, headlined by 82-year old mechanic Davey Brown. The team has now won 3 of 4 races they have entered in 2017. Dewease went out late in time trials and set quick time. He started third in the dash and dominated that four-lap sprint earning him the pole. The 30-lap feature went non-stop and it was never in question who was going to win.
Dewease shot out of a cannon from the start, driving away from fellow front row starter Blane Heimbach. Central Pennsylvania native and full-time All-Star Circuit of Champions driver Ryan Smith quickly moved into the runner up position, a spot he would hold the entire race.
Dale Blaney showed speed all night and quickly moved forward from his sixth starting position. Blaney would get to third and challenge Smith late in the race for second to no avail. Blaney, in his first year in the famous Zemco Racing #1Z, has finished on the podium during all four starts at Port Royal this year. Hometown hero Dylan Cisney was impressive all night and finished fourth with Heimbach rounding out the top 5.
Steve Buckwalter (in Buzz Wilson’s #38), All-Star point leader Chad Kemenah, Brock Zearfoss, TJ Stutts and Mike Wagner rounded out the top 10.
“My guys work their butts off. I am blessed to drive this thing. We were great in the dash and they still went to work trying to make this thing faster,” Dewease said. Car owner Don Kreitz Jr. praised Port Royal, “This is the nicest track we run at. You can start anywhere and pass cars.”
Forty-two sprint cars, including NASCAR Champion Tony Stewart, signed in to compete at Port Royal. Stewart transferred through his heat race and was officially scored 18th. The track crew at Port Royal sealed the speedway in preparation for rain that never came setting up a dry slick track from the get go. The track had multiple grooves all night and was in excellent racing condition.
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