2018-01-18 / Racing Roundup

Racing Roundup

By Brad Vores

The 2018 National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductees were announced last week and one of the eight new members will be Fayetteville 410 Sprint car driver Lance Dewease.

Dewease has been a longtime staple on the Central PA racing circuit and his career was rejuvenated two years ago when he joined the Don Kreitz-owned team. The team has been the top-performing team locally over the past two seasons.

Dewease has won over 320 career Sprint car races and is a great pick to join may other top 410 Sprint cars from the state of Pennsylvania.

Joining Dewease at the induction ceremony in Knoxville, Iowa, June 2 willl be the late Bryan Clauson, mechanic Scott Gerkin, Emmett Malloy, the late Dave Steele, Steve Beitler, Bob Mays and Oscar Red Garnant.

For the 10th time in his career, World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz was voted as the 410 Sprint Car Driver of the year by the North American 410 Sprint car Poll, which includes myself. Schatz got my vote once again on the heels of another superb season on the Outlaw trail. Schatz got 17 of the 20 possible first place votes

David Gravel finished second in the voting in 2017 with three first-place votes followed by Brad Sweet. Shane Stewart, Kerry Madsen, Daryn Pittman, Lance Dewease, Chad Kemenah, Kyle Larson and Jason Johnson. Other PA Drivers making the final list include Greg Hodnett (12th) and Danny Dietrich (16th).

For the first time ever, the CJB Motorsports owned by Chad and Jenn Clemens with driver David Gravel were named Team of the Year, while Port Royal Speedway’s Steve O’Neal was named Promoter of the Year for a second straight year. Kyle Larson won the Wild Card Award, while California’s Giovanni Scelzi was named Rookie of the Year. Steve Post of MRN was named Media Member, while the Manufacturer of the Year ended in a tie between J & J Auto Racing’s Jack and Bonnie Elam and Max Papis of Max Papis Innovations.

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