By Shawn Wood
For The Daily Item
PORT ROYAL -- Lance Dewease decided to go where no other driver was on the half-mile Port Royal Speedway on Monday afternoon.
The move paid off as the Fayettville driver scored his fourth Sprint Car Labor Day Classic win, holding off Logan Schuchart in lapped traffic late in the race.
In the 20-lap ARDC midget feature, Kyle Lick took advantage of a late-race restart and won for the second time this season.
The win for Dewease was his fourth in the Sprint Car Labor Day Classic and the 96th of his career at the speedway. It was just the third overall win of the season for Dewease.
"We've been pretty darn good since Knoxville, we just haven't had much luck," he said. "This is probably my worst season in 15 to 20 years. At the beginning of the season, we couldn't take advantage of good starting spots and then, we went through a dry spell for a while."
Dewease, who started sixth, moved into the third on lap 1 and then closed in on runner-up Blane Heimbach and leader Logan Schuchart as they entered Turns 1 on lap 2.
Dewease then drove to the high side of the speedway used the run to move around Heimbach down the backstretch. He kept that momentum going as he dove under Schuchart for the lead entering Turn 3.
Schuchart would cut into Dewease's lead as they entered lapped traffic on lap 6.
The first of two cautions came out on lap 9 for Brock Zearfoss who spun in Turn 1.
Chad Layton, who is second in the point standings, slowed coming out of Turn 4 on the following lap. Layton would be credited with 22nd place, thus losing more ground to points leader Heimbach who won for the fifth time this season at the track last Saturday night.