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Opening night All Star winner, Lance Dewease (photo courtesy of Leo Dougherty and hoseheads.com) PALATKA, FL (February 6) -- Lance Dewease won the All Star Florida Speedweek opener at Putnam County Speedway on Wednesday, as Team-Hoosier showed they were once again the brand to beat after capturing fast time and winning every race contested. Hoosier Open Wheel Dirt Product Manager Neil Cowman reported from Florida 32 of the 39 cars entered elected to ride atop Hoosier tires. In the 30-lap feature race, the purple tire brand's presence increased even more with 22 of the 24 starters carrying the Hoosier banner. 

Team-Hoosier provided an early glimpse of what was to come as they swept the ten fastest times in qualifying. Gary Wright set fast time when he posted a 14.740 second lap around the 3/8-mile oval as Billy Pauch, Greg Hodnett, Jason Johnson, Chad Kemenah, Tim Shaffer, Lance Dewease, Dean Jacobs, Danny Smith and Kenny Jacobs rounded out the list of the ten fastest qualifiers.

Single lap qualifying was one thing, but just how good would the tires be during multi-lap races. Zach Chappell, Travis Rilat, Craig Dollansky and Phil Gressman provided the answer as they each won their respective heat races and kept Team-Hoosier's perfect night in tact. 

Up next was the Dash, as Greg Hodnett was the race winner followed by Tim Shaffer, Kenny Jacobs, Dean Jacobs, Phil Gressman and Fred Rahmer as all six competitors were using Hoosier tires. 

In the B-main, Team-Hoosier put on yet another display of dirt track domination as all four transfer slots were garnered by Hoosier-shod drivers when Chad Kemenah, Jason Johnson, Lance Dewease and Rodney Duncan finished first through fourth, respectively.

The 30-lap A-main field was comprised of 24 drivers, 22 of them used the Hoosier brand. Lance Dewease and Tim Shaffer started the race on the front row. Shaffer immediately jumped out to the early race lead as the green flag dropped followed closely by Dewease. 

On lap 13, a caution flag came out for a spun sprinter. On the restart, Dewease used the low line to motor past Shaffer and move into the lead. Despite another caution on lap 27, Dewease would not be denied the opening night win as Shaffer took runner-up honors. All told, the first eight drivers to cross the finish line were members of Team-Hoosier. 

Chad Kemenah finished in third place followed by Dean Jacobs in fourth as the top four drivers elected to use a pair of Hoosier D10's in the 30-lap A-main. Defending All Star Champion Kenny Jacobs, using a Hoosier D10/D12 combination, took fifth place while Phil Gressman, Joey Saldana and Fred Rahmer completed the sweep of the top eight positions for Team-Hoosier. Zach Chappell finished in tenth place and enabled Hoosier to claim nine of the top ten positions in the night's final race. 

Hoosier's Neil Cowman commented via telephone after the event, "I was extremely pleased with the performance of the teams using our tires throughout the entire opening night of racing." Cowman continued, "The tires not only proved to be superior in qualifying, they also displayed a performance advantage in every race contested."

All Star Speedweek continues tonight at Florida's Volusia Speedway in the first of four consecutive nights of action followed by four more nights at East Bay (Feb. 13-16), culminating in Saturday's $26,000 to-win race.  


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