MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Lance Dewease outdueled Freddie Rahmer to win the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Tommy Hinnershitz Memorial on Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway.
Despite periods of pressure from Rahmer, as well as a near-disastrous run-in with traffic, Dewease and his Don Kreitz-owned Schannauer Plumbing & Heating/RVWorkshop.com No. 69K held on to claim the 30-lap feature.
Friday marked Dewease’s sixth Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions victory at Williams Grove and the 32nd series win of his storied career.
Rahmer finished second, followed by Tim Shaffer, Aaron Ott and Danny Dietrich.
“We are really happy with this,” Dewease said in victory lane. “Davey [Brown] and Don [Kreitz] work really hard every week. They worked all winter to try and get us to qualify a little bit better. This car is a little different than what we had last year, so it has a little bit of a different feel. This is only our third race of the year. We’re not where we need to be yet, but we are getting close.”
Dewease started fourth, driving to second by the completion of lap one and eventually making his first bid for the top spot on lap five. The Fayetteville, Pennsylvania native took command officially on the sixth round, driving by Tim Shaffer with a move on the bottom of the speedway.
Despite Dewease’s initial ability to drive away from the rest of the field, Rahmer — who followed Dewease around Shaffer to take the runner-up position on lap 10 — never lost sight of the No. 69K. The pair was only separated by six tenths of a second when the first and only caution flag of the race appeared on lap 17.
Green-flag conditions soon resumed, with Dewease extending a slight advantage once again, stretching to a near-two second lead even after catching the back of the running order. But using traffic to his advantage, Rahmer was able to shrink Dewease’s margin to less than a second, ultimately driving to the back bumper of the No. 69K coming to two laps to go.
With traffic an obvious obstacle for Dewease entering turn one on the final lap, Rahmer attempted to drive around the Central Pennsylvania veteran, as well as the lapped car of Anthony Macri. All three nearly made contact, with Dewease barely sneaking beyond Macri on the bottom of the speedway.
Dewease’s bold move sealed the deal, driving on to score his first Arctic Cat All Star victory of the season by .814 of a second.
“Freddie [Rahmer] hauled it in there pretty hard like he’s supposed to,” Dewease explained. “He’s not here to run second. Macri slipped up just a little and I was able to jam it in there. Fortunately, I was able to get by. That allowed us to hold off Freddie for the last lap. He’s been good all night. He’s turning into a pretty good racer.”
“This is their race track, for sure,” Rahmer said about Dewease and his team. “I was just trying to go where Lance wasn’t. I think if he wouldn’t have snuck by Macri, we may have had enough to beat him. We were right there with him, so I’m pretty happy about that.”
RESULTS: Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions; Williams Grove Speedway; April 28, 2017
A-Main (30 Laps): 1. 69K-Lance Dewease ; 2. 51R-Freddie Rahmer ; 3. 49X-Tim Shaffer ; 4. 25-Aaron Ott ; 5. 48-Danny Dietrich ; 6. 44S-Trey Starks ; 7. 21-Brian Montieth ; 8. 24-Lucas Wolfe ; 9. 11-TJ Stutts ; 10. 14-Tony Stewart ; 11. 39-Cory Haas ; 12. 94-Ryan Smith ; 13. 1Z-Dale Blaney ; 14. O7-Doug Esh ; 15. 88-Brandon Rahmer ; 16. 7C-Caleb Armstrong ; 17. 10H-Chad Kemenah ; 18. M1-Mark Smith ; 19. 87-Alan Krimes ; 20. 27-Greg Hodnett ; 21. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss ; 22. 39M-Anthony Macri ; 23. 16-Matt Campbell ; 24. 8M-TJ Michael ; 25. 17-Caleb Helms ; 26. 38-Steve Buckwalter ; 27. 95-Hunter Mackison 
Lap Leaders: Shaffer 1-5; Dewease 6-30.
CREDIT: All Star Communications