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Dewease passes Wagner late for Port Royal Speedweek triumph

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Rick Rarer Photo-Sprint Car News.com

PORT ROYAL, Pa. – Lance Dewease is fast every time they unload, especially at the Speed Palace, but he had to earn his victory last night in the Pennsylvania Speedweek event at Port Royal Speedway.  Eighth-starting Dewease used a restart with nine laps to go to track down Danny Dietrich and race leader Logan Wagner.  Dewease snuck by Wagner coming to the white flag and held off a furious final lap challenge from Wagner to pick up the Speedweek victory.  The victory was worth $7,000 for Dewease.

Just like the other Speedweek events, the crowd at Port Royal was huge in a very large grandstand.  Pennsylvania Speedweek fills the stands throughout central Pennsylvania like no other event outside of World of Outlaws events.

The night started off with Lucas Wolfe setting fast time.  Heat one went to Dewease over Robbie Kendall, Wolfe, Dale Blaney and Anthony Macri.  Heat two was won by A.J. Flick over Kyle Reinhardt, Freddie Rahmer, Cory Eliason and Ryan Taylor.  Steve Buckwalter picked up the win in heat three over Jeff Miller, Logan Wagner, Dylan Cisney and Blane Heimbach.  The final heat was won by Danny Dietrich over Aaron Reutzel, T.J. Stutts, Tyler Reeser and Brock Zearfoss.  The consolation event was won by Rico Abreu with a late race pass over Tony Stewart, Justin Whittall and James McFadden.

When the feature took the green flag A.J. Flick powered around the outside of polesitter Danny Dietrich to take an early lead.  Flick was setting a torrid pace early while Dietrich and Logan Wagner followed.  Dietrich passed Flick on lap nine for the lead, but the move was negated by a caution flag.  On the restart Dietrich attempted a couple of slide jobs on Flick, but Flick was able to maneuver back underneath Dietrich and retake the lead exiting the corners.

On lap 13 Logan Wagner would work his way into the lead and was able to make it stick getting past Flick.  On lap 19 a yellow displayed for Aaron Reutzel who suffered a right rear flat tire and heartbreak would strike for second-running Flick who also had a tire go down during that caution period.  On the restart Wagner would set the pace, but a caution two laps later would setup a great finish and an opportunity for Dewease to pick up the win.

On lap 28, Dewease got a great run off of turn two to pull up alongside Wagner.  Dewease would pull the slider going into turn three and would beat Wagner back to the line to take the lead.  With the white flag displayed Wagner would throw the car into turn three on the high side hard, but to no avail as Dewease was able to beat him to the line for the victory.

 

Feature finish

  1. Lance Dewease
  2. Logan Wagner
  3. Danny Dietrich
  4. Freddie Rahmer
  5. Kyle Reinhardt
  6. Brock Zearfoss
  7. Anthony Macri
  8. Steve Buckwalter
  9. Rico Abreu
  10. Dylan Cisney
  11. Tony Stewart
  12. Dale Blaney
  13. Lucas Wolfe
  14. Blane Heimbach
  15. James McFadden
  16. Ryan Taylor
  17. Cory Eliason
  18. T.J. Stutts
  19. Robbie Kendall
  20. Tyler Reeser
  21. A.J. Flick
  22. Justin Whittall
  23. Jeff Miller
  24. Aaron Reutzel

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