ALLSTAR: Volusia Speedway report 2002-02-08

BARBERVILLE, FL -- (2/802) After the first night of racing got canceled at Volusia Speedway Park due to rain, the skies cleared up and the All Star Sprints where able to race at the famed ½-mile in Barberville Friday night. With 44 cars signed...

BARBERVILLE, FL -- (2/802) After the first night of racing got canceled at Volusia Speedway Park due to rain, the skies cleared up and the All Star Sprints where able to race at the famed ½-mile in Barberville Friday night. With 44 cars signed into the pits, Lance Dewease was able to make it two-in-a-row in Al Hamilton's No. 77.

On the pole of the 20-lap A-Main for the All Star Circuit of Champions was Wednesday night's feature winner Dewease. On the outside front row was New Oxford, Pa's Stevie Smith. When the green flag flew, it was a dead heat going into turns one and two. Coming off of two, Dewease shot off of the corner taking the early lead from Smith, Greg Hodnett, Travis Rilat and Chad Kemenah. On lap 4, second place car Smith's motor started to stumble as he dropped back to about 8th. Going into turn one the next lap, Smith's motor again stumbled and right behind him was Kasey Kahne. Kahne spun to avoid the slower car of Smith. Also involved was the No. 7 of Craig Dollansky. Dollansky was able to restart but Kahne's night was over. When the race restarted, Dewease was again out front of the field pulling away. That lead would come to an end when Smith's car stopped on the top of turn three to bring out the second caution of the A-Main.

Dewease was able to stretch out to about a half a straightway lead before the next caution came out for Dollansky who stopped at the top of turn two. Lap nine was the cursed lap of the night as the yellow came out on the restart for the 45 car of Tim Shaffer who hit the inside wall going into turn one. Also involved was the No. 51 of Danny Smith. When the green finally came out the race was on for the third spot between the 20 of Danny Lasoski and the 92 of Joey Saldana. It was slide job after slide job for a whole lap between the two drivers with Lasoski coming out on top. With about eight laps to go the 63w of Greg Wilson started to tear up the field moving pass Saldana and Lasoski and then had his sights set on the No. 12 of Hodnett and the leader Dewease. On lap 18, Wilson got around Hodnett to take over second but on the last lap Hodnett got Wilson back. Dewease went on to pick up his second win in Florida Speedweeks, worth $4,000. Second was Hodnett, third was Greg Wilson, fourth went to Danny Lasoski, fifth was Joey Saldana, sixth was Chad Kemenah, seventh was Travis Rilat, eighth was Shane Stewart, ninth was Kenny Jacobs and rounding out the top ten was Jason Johnson.

The Crown Battery heat fell to Kemenah, the B&B Oval Products heat to Shaffer, The Engler Machine & Tool heat to Kahne and the TP Wings heat to Craig Dollansky. Stevie Smith captured the B Main win.

-allstar/ab-

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Series Sprint
Drivers Tim Shaffer , Danny Lasoski , Kasey Kahne , Craig Dollansky , Kenny Jacobs , Joey Saldana , Shane Stewart , Travis Rilat , Greg Wil , Chad Kemenah , Jason Johnson