Dewease Lands Heffner Racing Seat
HELLERTOWN, Pa. – Lance Dewease has been named lead driver of Heffner Racing Enterprise’s Lelands.com-sponsored No. 27 sprint-car for the upcoming season.
The three-time National Open winner’s first race for the team will be the All Star Circuit of Champion third annual Winter Freeze on Feb. 7 at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga.
The team will continue on to Florida to compete with the All Stars at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., Feb. 8-9, and Volusia Speedway Park near Barberville, Fla., on Feb. 13-14.
The team will remain in Barberville to compete against the World of Outlaws Feb. 15-17 for the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals.
Dewease and crew will then return north for the start of the Central Pennsylvania racing season, following a schedule similar to last year, running local events, the All Stars Eastern Series, select World of Outlaw shows and several shows in the Midwest and the Knoxville Nationals and Knoxville 360 Nationals.
“Mike Heffner [team owner] has done some wonderful things for our sport and Heffner Racing is a top notch team that’s been real competitive. I am excited about joining the team and look forward to continuing their winning ways right out of the box,” said Dewease.
Dewease, who suffered a broken spine from a crash late in the 2011 season, replaces driver Daryn Pittman. Pittman piloted the No. 27 for three seasons before returning to the World of Outlaw circuit as a member of Kasey Kahne Racing in 2013.
“Lance is a natural fit for our team. He knows the car, knows the engine builder and will be bringing his mechanic along, so there won’t be any big changes or too many different things to adapt to. Plus, Lance is a fan favorite and well respected in the sport, which is very important to me,” said Heffner.
Though he has won nearly 300 races in his career, Dewease admits that the past year was “off” for him.
“It took time to get back to race mode after my injury; the year started a little slowly. But we got our speed back at the end of the year, ran well at Knoxville and now my goal is simply to be very competitive and win as much as we can,” said Dewease.