Dewease Makes History At Roaring Knob
While Shaffer continued to lead and work lapped traffic, the battle for second intensified again on lap 14 with Schuchart trying to keep Dewease and Cole Duncan at bay. Dewease raced side-by-side with the grandson of the great Bobby Allen. Shaffer dealt with heavy lapped traffic on lap 16 allowing the trio to close.
It was now a four-car race for the lead with 10 laps to go. Dewease got a great run down the backstretch on lap 20 to drive by Schuchart for second. One lap later, Duncan dropped Schuchart back to fourth. Dewease sensed a chance at the victory as he closed in on Shaffer on lap 23.
Then on lap 24 Dewease was right on the tail tank of the No. 83 of Shaffer. Dewease tried every line to get by Shaffer then followed him in the closing laps. With the white flag waving, everyone expected Dewease to try to go around Shaffer on the top. Dewease though surprised everyone including Shaffer as he snuck under the leader in turns one and two then got a great bite off turn two powering by down the backstretch.
Dewease opened up some ground heading into turn three, but had traffic to deal with through the final turns. Shaffer wasn’t about to give up as he rode the cushion and nearly stole the win at the checkered flag, but came up one car-length back.
“I didn’t even realize it was the final lap,” revealed Dewease. “We were in traffic so hard there. I was really nice on the bottom. I didn’t think those guys could stay tight and if they got slowed up a little and unable to run the top. I was shocked Tim moved to the top and left the bottom open. Once he went outside, I just dove to the bottom and it worked out. Tim and I are the seniors, but Logan (Schuchart) is going to be a real good racer for a long time. I’m really happy for Mike Heffner. He’s not here tonight, but is going to be real happy about this win. We haven’t had the year we wanted. The tire change put us behind, but we’re slowly gaining on it.”
Shaffer, who competed with the World of Outlaws on Friday and Saturday night at Eldora Speedway, earned $2,000 for his runner-up finish.
“It was one of those nights I think you needed to be running second,” said Shaffer. “The cars just didn’t fall the way we wanted, but that’s part of racing. It stinks to run second, but we’ll take it. The CH Motorsports team is going good this year. You couldn’t ask for a better track. When you can run the bottom and the top you can put on great racing. A lot of tracks get single lane and follow the leader. They did a great job.”