Monday, May 09, 2016


By Brad Vores for Susquehanna Speedway

Photo courtesy of Micheal Fry

After coming up just short in the opener of the BAPS Coatings and Supplies 410 Sprint Series back in April, Lance Dewease turned the tables on Greg Hodnett Sunday night at Susquehanna Speedway.

Dewease drove around Hodnett on the 22nd lap and went onto score the win in the inaugural Kevin Gobrecht Classic presented by Brickers Famous French Fries.

Aboard the Don Kreitz, Jr owned #69K, Dewease was fast all night, setting quick time over the 36-car field in time trials with a lap of 14.208 seconds then scoring the win in his heat race.

“I’m having a lot of fun,” the Fayetteville driver stated in victory lane after earning the $4,000 payday.  “This is something way different than I’ve done my whole racing career. Donnie, Davey (Brown) and the whole crew are great. Before the races tonight, we were sitting there reminiscing about races that me and Donnie raced together and that’s what its all about. The last couple years have been down years and I’m real happy with what I’m doing this year.”

By virtue of his dash win, Hodnett, the winner of the April 10th BAPS 410 Sprint Series race at Susquehanna grabbed the early lead over Steve Buckwalter in the 30-lap Gobrecht Classic.

Hodnett drove away from the field during the early laps and had a near three second lead wiped out on lap seven when Cory Haas stopped on the track to bring out a caution.

Hodnett again opened up a lead following the restart as Dewease, who started fourth on the grid was looking for ways to get around Buckwalter for the runner-up spot.

Just past the mid-way mark of the race, Hodnett changed lines on the track which allowed Buckwalter and Dewease to close dramatically and once Dewease disposed of Buckwalter with 20 laps complete, he went after Hodnett and drove around the middle of turns three and four to take the lead with 22 laps in the books.

Hodnett faded after losing the lead but closed to within two car lengths of the leader on the final lap before Danny Dietrich’s flip in turn two brought out a red flag.

Dewease wasn’t to be denied the win, holding Hodnett off in the one lap shootout to take his first win since joining the team.

“I was trying to bid my time out there because I knew the longer we’d run the better we’d get,” stated the winner. “I was searching around for different lines , I found the middle then three quarters to the top you could really starting eating those guys up. We couldn’t run the bottom tonight. We pushed too hard off the corner and it just killed my momentum. I move up a couple of times and didn’t real special up there and I moved down a little bit and felt better. If you can shorten the race track up from where those guys are, you’ll be alright.”

Hodnett settled for the runner-up finish ahead of ninth starting Brent Marks, Aaron Ott and Buckwalter with Ryan Smith, Lucas Wolfe, Tim Shaffer, Bill Dietrich and Rodney Westhafer completing the top 10.

Dewease, R. Smith, Hodnett and Ott were heat race winners. The B-Main was won by Mike Bittinger.

Photo courtesy of Micheal Fry
Dover’s Chad Trout took the lead from Jordan Givler with five laps in and held off the late race challenges of Doug Hammaker and Kevin Nouse to win the 20-lap 358 Sprint car feature.

Following the top three were Givler, Dwight Leppo, Brent Shearer, Adrian Shaffer, jared Esh, Glenndon Forsythe and Dalton Dietrich.

Heats for the 30 358 Sprints were won by Forsythe, Esh and Chris Frank. Steve Drevicki won the consolation.

Susquehanna Speedway returns to action Saturday, May 14th on Tyson Fence Night as the Credit Connection Auto Sales Super Sportsman return to the track joined by the second Precise Racing Series event for the 358 Late Models and the Xtreme Stocks .Pits open at  4PM with grandstands opening at 5PM and Racing beginning at 7PM.

Fans are reminded to check out for the latest news and results.

30 LAPS: 1.69K-Lance Dewease, 2. 27-Greg Hodnett, 3. 19M-Brent Marks, 4. 25-Aaron Ott, 5. 24-Steve Buckwalter, 6. 94-Ryan Smith, 7. 1-Lucas Wolfe, 8. 13-Tim Shaffer, 9. 8-Bill Dietrich, 10. 44-Rodney Westhafer, 11. 12-Blane Heimbach, 12. 52-Austin Hogue, 13. 21-Brian Montieth, 14. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 15. 20-Ryan Taylor, 16. M1-Mark Smith, 17. 35-Steve Owings, 18. 48-Danny Dietrich, 19. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe, 20. 5R-Tyler Ross, 21. 12B-Mike Bittinger, 22. 95-Hunter Mackison, 23. 11C-Cory Haas, 24. 747-Davey Sammons
Did Not Qualify: 39-Anthony Macri, 1080-Jordon Mackison, 1X-Chad Trout, 75-Frankie Herr, 99M-Kyle Moody, 19-Colby Womer, 91-Anthony Fiore, 5B-Justin Barger, 21T-Scott Fisher, 49H-Bradley Howard, 10-Joe Kata, 55W-Michael Wagner.

25 LAPS: 1. 21M-Chad Trout, 2. 66-Doug Hammaker, 3. 1J-Kevin Nouse, 4. 90-Jordan Givler, 5. 4-Dwight Leppo, 6. 12S-Brent Shearer, 7. 27S-Adrian Shaffer, 8. 30-Jared Esh, 9. 21-Glenndon Forsyhe, 10. 9-Dalton Dietrich, 11. 35-Tyler Esh, 12. 23-Chris Arnold, 13. 41-Jeff Halligan, 14. 19S-Steve Drevicki, 15. 77-David Holbrook, 16. 7-Trey Hivner, 17. 14C-Dave Carlberg, 18. 80-Todd Reed, 19. 00-Chris Frank, 20. 8-Rich Eichelberger, 21. 67-Justin Whittall, 22. 16-Matt Campbell, 23. 18-Nyle Berkes, 24. 12B-Mike Bittinger.
Did Not Qualify: 90-Bradley Howard, 5A-Brian Allman, 10-Brody Treaster, 77K-Steve Kissamore, 5-Phil Walter, 17G-George Streaker, Jr.

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