Lance Dewease scored big on Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway, taking the 25-lap 410 sprint-car main in his first appearance of the year at the track to boost his career win total there to 86, which is just four wins shy of the all-time win mark at the historic oval.
In the 358 sprint main it was Adrian Shaffer taking the season opener for the division at the track, which turned out to be his fourth victory in a row in the Williams Grove lidlifter for the 358s.
Danny Dietrich drew the pole to start the 410 sprint-car main, and after a strong showing in his heat, Dietrich may have been poised to run off with the victory, but Dewease had other thoughts.
After starting fourth in the field, Dewease streaked around the cars of Steve Buckwalter and Alan Krimes in the first corner of the opening lap to be along side Dietrich for control in the second corner.
Dietrich tried to hold Dewease back and pulled ahead for a lap or so but to no avail, as the Fayetteville flyer drove through the middle of the turns to net control on the third circuit.
After getting control, Dewease pulled away from Dietrich and was just entering the backmarkers on the ninth tour when the race’s first caution flag unfurled.