MECHANICSBURG, PA (Williams Grove Speedway July 31, 2020): Danny Dietrich capitalized upon a late race restart to earn his fist victory of the season at Williams Grove Speedway. The win marked the tenth consecutive season that the Gettysburg driver has taken the laurels at the historic venue.
“We haven’t been very good since we got back from Texas,” Dietrich said. “We have had some speed, but there were nights that things broke or I wasn’t very good.” But, Dietrich was both lucky and good this night. He explained, “I hit the bottom very good coming off two and Anthony (Macri) rolled into three on the high side. I guess he thought that he had enough of a lead, but I hit the inside really hard and I slid him. I have a lot of respect for Anthony, and it’s mutual. I was in a situation myself where Brock (Zearfoss) could have fenced me but he showed me some respect. It’s mutual. We’re all friends.”
Tyler Ross and Macri occupied the front row by virtue of their heat race wins. Behind them were Dietrich and points leader Justin Marks. Row three had Lucas Wolfe paired with Zearfoss. Freddie Rahmer, Jr. and Adrian Schaffer were in row four, followed by Ryan Smith and Jason Solwold.
Ross jumped out to the early lead, but Macri was not to be denied. He blew by Ross in turns three and four to lead the field to the scoring loop for lap two. From there, Macri built up a substantial lead. Over the next 16 laps or so, the battle was for second between Ross and Dietrich, while Marks, Rahmer, and Wolfe fought for positions in the top five.
Dietrich took over second with 18 laps in the books. Soon thereafter, Ross came to a stop in turn four wiping out Macri’s huge lead.
While the field was pacing under the caution, Dietrich drove up beside Macri. We will never know if the tactic rattled the younger driver, but this much we do know. Dietrich hung tough on the restart and, as he said, he got a good run at the leader coming off turn two. Dietrich completed the maneuver by sliding by Macri entering turn three.
Macri lost another position to Marks a lap later. Things could have been worse for Macri, as he made contact with Marks’ car coming off turn four after the pass. Fortunately, both drivers were able to gather it up and keep their cars moving forward without further incidents.
At the checkers, it was Dietrich over Marks by 2.616 seconds. Macri held on for third. Zearfoss and Wolfe completed the top five. Smith passed a faltering Rahmer for sixth. After Rahmer came Solwold, Chase Dietz, and Matt Campbell.
There was no B Main due to the short field.
Derek Locke scored his first career win in the 358 Sprints, leading the entire distance. Brett Wanner had a couple of shots at him on restarts, but Wanner could not get the nose ahead of the leader on either occasion. Dylan Norris, Jordan Strickler, and Scott Fisher completed the top five. Kevin Nouse was going for his third consecutive win of the season at the Grove, but he crashed between turns three and four on the opening lap. Nouse was fighting for second at the moment of impact.
Williams Grove will have 410 Sprints and Super Late Models next Friday, August 7. August 14 will be a Sprint Car triple header as the 410s and 358s will be joined by the USAC East Coast 360 Sprints. They race sans wings, so there will be a little something for everybody that night. That show was added to the schedule after the Knoxville Nationals were postponed due to the COVID-19 limitations.
All Star Circuit of Champions returning to Lernerville Speedway for 2-events including Don Martin Memorial
SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The All Star Circuit of Champions (ASCoC) is returning to Lernerville Speedway in 2022 for two nights of action including the Don Martin Memorial XXXI.
The All-Stars will make their first appearance at ‘The Action Track’ on Friday, April 29. The appearance will mark the series return to Lernerville for the first time since 2019 as COVID-19 cancelled their 2020 appearance and rain washed out this year’s visit.
On July 6th the All-Stars will return for the $25,000-to-win ‘Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup XXXI’, one of the most prestigious Sprint Car events in the history of the sport.
“We’re very excited to bring in the All-Stars and their thrilling brand of high-level Sprint Car racing” said Lernerville Speedway General Manager Mike Lysakowski said in a statement. “I have always been a fan of the All-Stars and for 2022, we had more freedom in choosing a date for this year’s Silver Cup. We believe we have chosen a date that is very conducive to bringing both national and regional Sprint Car aces to Lernerville.”
Western PA Speedweek to return in 2022
SHIPPENVILLE, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Western PA Speedweek is returning for 2022 following a successful reboot earlier this year.
The five consecutive nights of winged 410 Sprint Car action will see the best regional drivers vying for an A-Main feature purse that is increasing to $14,000 with $3,000 going to the winner each night and a $300 minimum to start!
The action takes place Wednesday, June 1st through Sunday, June 5th at Michael’s Mercer Raceway (Mercer, PA), Thunder Mountain Speedway (Brookville, PA), Lernerville Speedway (Sarver, PA), Sharon Speedway (Hartford, OH) and Tri-City Raceway Park (Franklin, PA), with the round-trip total clocking in at exactly 259 miles from beginning to end.
The group time trial format used last season was extremely popular with both drivers and fans alike, and will also be utilized again in 2022.
Ryan Smith of Fleetwood, PA is the defending Speedweek Champion after winning two features and a podium in three events in 2021.
Lernerville Speedway not on World of Outlaws schedule in 2022
SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Lernerville Speedway, a fixture on the World of Outlaws tour since their inception in 1978, is not on the Outlaws schedule for 2022. The fate of the Don Martin Silver Cup is unknown at this time.
Lernerville officials were planning for two NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car events as well as a World of Outlaws Late Model event for 2022 and were shocked and surprised when the schedule was released on Monday.
Pittsburgh Racing Now has reached out to World Racing Group, the parent company of the World of Outlaws, for comment but have not received a response as of publication.