The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Shawn Brouse on Motorsports

September 26, 2010

Tires suit Dewease

With the season now nearly over, don’t try to tell veteran 410-sprint-driver Lance Dewease that the change from mandated Hoosier tires to Goodyears in the area hasn’t been for the better in some ways.

In fact, in the September 18 Jim Nace National Open at Selinsgrove Speedway, the Fayetteville driver was one of the very few who chose to stay on Goodyears in what was an open tire race. Most chose Hoosiers, but Dewease drove to victory shod with Goodyears.

“There’s nobody that can tell me our racing’s been good the last three years,” Dewease said recently. “At least you can race on these. I’m not saying the tires are the best tires, but they’ve put it back in the driver’s hands and you don’t have guys starting up front and winning (all the time).”   

The 44-year old pilot admits that the Goodyear compounds do wear down quicker than others if the car isn’t set up right, causing excessive tire spin.  

But, he says, “I look it as our racing is better than it’s been, probably to me, better than the last five or six years.”  

“You go back the last three years, you can’t hardly name guys that have won from 11th,” he points out. As opposed to the last several seasons when it wasn’t uncommon for a driver starting on the front row at Williams Grove on a Friday night to run off and win while nobody else could move forward.

“You have to kind of keep in mind what’s better for the races.”

Dewease moved from sixth starting spot to take the lead from Greg Hodnett on lap 24 of the 40-lap Kenny Weld Memorial at Lincoln Speedway on Saturday night to notch his third career victory in the event and his 10th overall of the year.  

“It’s anybody’s race,” says Dewease of this week’s 48th annual National Open worth $50,000 at Williams Grove. Dewease has probably the fastest car in the area currently and is a top contender to vie for his fourth career Open win this weekend.

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