FREMONT, OH -- Shane Stewart recorded his first career All Star sprint win Friday night at Fremont Speedway in the 30-lap feature. It was a wire-to-wire victory for the Oklahoma driver, who wheeled Junior Holbrook's Eagle chassis on Hoosier Tires...
FREMONT, OH -- Shane Stewart recorded his first career All Star sprint win Friday night at Fremont Speedway in the 30-lap feature. It was a wire-to-wire victory for the Oklahoma driver, who wheeled Junior Holbrook's Eagle chassis on Hoosier Tires across the line ahead of Kenny Jacobs. Stewart became the 22nd different All Star winner this season in 42 races.
"We had a really good car tonight," Stewart recalled. "It's my first All Star win. We've been close so many times. It feels really good to win here at Fremont, this place had a lot of history. I knew Kenny (Jacobs) was coming and if I could get through one and two that was going to be the key because in three and four I was really good."
On the pole for the start was Stewart with Jason Johnson alongside, followed by Byron Reed, Jeff Shepard, Chad Kemenah and Paul McMahan. Stewart led the first three laps before a pair of cautions slowed the action. He was ahead of Johnson and Reed for the restarts and jumped out into the lead again as Reed took second from Johnson, but Johnson returned the favor a lap later. Stewart began pulling away from Johnson, and was in heavy lapped traffic by the tenth circuit.
Shepard passed Reed for third on lap 11, and then disaster struck Reed a lap later when he was trying to lap Dustin Daggett and Daggett got sideways slightly in turn three. Reed collided with the Michigan driver and dumped his machine on its side, bringing out a red. Reed was able to repair his car and return to the tail of the field for the restart. Stewart again led over Johnson, Shepard, Jacobs, McMahan and Danny Smith. Eighth starter Jacobs began challenging Shepard for third and took over that spot with a low groove move on lap 20. As Stewart pushed out to almost a full straightaway lead, lap 21 became a disaster for runner-up Johnson as he hit the cushion at the wrong angle in turn three in Al Harrison's No. 22 and barrel rolled into Fremont's foam-block covered concrete wall. Johnson was uninjured in the flip.
This put Jacobs second on the restart with Shepard in third, followed by Kemenah, McMahan and Greg Wilson who had started 13th. McMahan got past Kemenah for fourth on lap 23 and Stewart saw a three second lead evaporate again on lap 27 as a brakeless Bobby Clark stopped on the track to bring out another caution.
This set up a three lap dash to the finish, but Stewart was too strong and led to the end. Shepard took second on lap 29, but Jacobs battled back and ducked under Shepard coming off turn four to regain second at the finish.
"I wasn't going to beat Shane," runnerup Jacobs said about the restart with three laps to go. "I was about as good as anybody in one and two. We had the wing back so far to try and run the top in three and four. I guess we were just second best tonight."
After Shepard it was McMahan in fourth and All Star points leader Kemenah fifth. Smith was sixth ahead of Kelly Kinser (up from 16th), last starter Rob Chaney and Phil Gressman.
Dale Blaney was scheduled to start 14th in the A Main, but his engine was missing when he pushed off for the main. He went to the pits for repairs and had to start last, and dropped out early.
The Crown Battery heat fell to Bobby Clark, the B&B Products heat went to Kemenah, the Engler Machine and Tool heat was won by Shepard and the TP Wings heat fell to Bill Rose. Todd Heller won the Georgia Marketing & Promotions C Main and Mike Wagner won the United Aluminum Window Sales & Consulting B Main. The evening was sponsored by Auto Value.