ABBOTTSTOWN, PA (September 5, 2020): Danny Dietrich swept both ends of the Twin Twenties comprising the Bob Leiby Memorial at the Lincoln Speedway. The victories raised Dietrich’s career total to 53 at the track. He carried $5,750 dollars back to his Gettysburg home.
“We had a really good car and we set it up for the end of the race,” Dietrich said. “Starting fourteenth, I knew that I had to go. I was able to pick up a row at the start.” Although he met his goal of cracking the top ten quickly (he was ninth after one lap was complete), it took him a bit longer to reach the top five. That milestone was achieved soon after the halfway mark. Dietrich made the most progress in the final five laps, though. He was fourth at lap 15, third on lap 16, second on lap 18, and the leader on lap 19.
Brie Hershey and Brett Michalski paced teh field for the opening round. Scott Fisher and Alan Krimes were in row two, with Gelendon Forsythe and Adam Wilt in row three. Tim Glatfelter and Brian Montieth had row four and Matt Cambell and Aaron Bollinger were in row five. Dietrich was on the outside of row seven. Missing from the field was points leader Freddie Rahmer, Jr. Rahmer crashed in turn one after reaching a transfer spot in his heat race and he was unable to make the call fro the B Main.
Michalski led the way in the early part of the race, with Krimes, Forsythe, and Wilt chasing him. Krimes stayed close through the first half of the contest, but he did not make a bid for the lead. That came with twelve laps in the books when he and Wilt took runs at the leader. Soon, it was a four car battle for the top spot, as Montieth joined the action at the front of the pack.
Michalski held his own for several laps despite the withering pressure. Wilt dropped to the inside to try to pick him off on lap 16, and there was contact. Michalski slowed, but was able to keep moving, but Wilt was stopped sideways in turn four.
That moved Montieth into second and Dietrich into third for the restart. Montieth executed a slider in turn one to grab the lead and Dietrich followed him into second. Michalski was showing signs of damage from the shunt with Wilt, as he was no longer able to maintain pace with the leaders. He lost another position to Campbell by lap 18.
Brandon Rahmer spun in turn two to bring out the final caution. That set up Dietrich to power around the top of turns one and two to assume command on the restart.
At the checkers, it was Dietrich over Montieth, Campbell , Krimes, and Jimmy Siegel. Michalski held on for sixth. Justin Peck was seventh, followed by Glatfelter, Forsythe, and Billy Dietrich.
In the second feature, the top eight cars were inverted for the start. That gave Glatfelter the pole with Peck beside him. The two heavy hitters, Montieth and Dietrich, were in row four.
Glatfelter took advantage of the great starting position and he led the first seven laps. On the restart, Peck stayed close and he took a shot at the lead with a slider in turn four. However, Glatfelter anticipated the move and turned back under Peck to maintain the lead as they thundered down the front stretch.
Glatfelter maintained control through the middle stage of the race. However, Dietrich was on the charge again. He was in the top five with nine laps complete and third by lap 15. He slid into second with 18 down and still had a way to go to catch Glatfelter.
Glatfelter was slowed by some lapped cars running the top line. But Dietrich saw an opening on the bottom and he went for it. Dietrich was closing fast, The question was would he get to Glatfelter before the checkers. He did, with a masterful slide in turn four to power off the corner to see the finish line first.
“I wasn’t sure if I was going to get it (the win),” Dietrich said. He remarked that he thought that he had gotten as far as he could when he reached third. “But I drove really hard the last two laps. I got a good run on him (Glatfelter) down the back on the last lap. I thought that he would hear me and that he would turn down on me, but he left the bottom open.”
Following Dietrich and Glatfelter were Peck, Siegel, and Campbell. Montieth was sixth, then came Krimes, Billy Dietrich, Tim Wagaman, and Kyle Moody.
Scott Fisher,, Hershey, and Michalski were the winners of the three heat races. Chad Trout captured the B Main.
Lincoln Speedway will host a Super Late Model special next Saturday, allowing the Sprint Cars to journey north to Port Royal Speedway for the Tuscarora 50. However, there will be a pair of Sprint Car events the following week. On Wednesday, September 16, the track will make up the Weldon Sterner Memorial. Then, on Saturday, September 19, it will present Dirt Classic VII, with a whopping $20,000 to the winner. That race will be sanctioned by the All Stars Circuit of Champions.
Chip Ganassi Racing unveils Alex Palou’s No. 10 DHL Honda
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Chip Ganassi Racing unveiled the livery for two-time and reigning NTT INDYCAR SERIES Champion Alex Palou’s DHL Honda on Tuesday. DHL signed on as the primary sponsor this off-season in a multi-year partnership with the team.
The No. 10 car will carry the familiar yellow of DHL’s branding but adds a splash of red that has been synonymous with the Ganassi team for decades.
“As everybody can see, this is quite the amazing livery,” said Palou. “The No. 10 DHL Honda looks very aggressive, and it will certainly stand out on the track, which is great. I can’t wait to start the season with a run in this livery at Sebring before we kick things off in St. Pete. It’s looking like the perfect livery to try to defend our title in 2024 and I cannot wait to deliver on-track here soon.”
The NTT INDYCAR SERIES season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg presented by RP Funding takes place March 8-10 on the streets of St. Pete.
Jean Lynch Classic Coming to Lernerville Speedway
(February 6th, 2024) – Western PA Speedweek and Lernerville Speedway are introducing ‘The Jean Lynch Classic presented by Rustler Sales & Service’ as the cornerstone event of the 2024 Western PA Speedweek. The $4,000 to win, $350 to start event on Friday, May 31st will mark the highest paying Speedweek race since the 2021 reincarnation.
“My family and I can’t thank Tyler Beichner, Lernerville Speedway, and everyone involved with Western PA Speedweek enough for putting this together to honor my grandmother Jean Lynch,” said racer Sye Lynch, Jean’s grandson, in a Facebook post. “Her accomplishments and legacy in the racing world should never be forgotten. My team and I are working to make this night even more special and memorable for everyone. That’s how “Mrs. Jean” as many called her, would want it.”
Jean Lynch was a pioneer for women in racing with ties to tracks and organizations such as NASCAR, CART, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Indy 500, the All Star Circuit of Champions and Ohio Sprint Speedweek, and much more. However, her love for racing never left the local racing scene as she could be found managing, promoting, and renting out tracks all across the northeast. The pinnacle of Jean’s lifelong love for racing came in 2013 when she was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame. Lynch is also a member of the Lernerville Speedway Hall of Fame, Pittsburgh Circle Track Hall of Fame, Tri-City Speedway Hall of Fame and DIRT Motorsports Hall of Fame.
Lynch passed away last year on June 30, 2023.
Rustler Sales and Service is teaming up with Western PA Speedweek to be presenting sponsor of the Jean Lynch Classic. Owned and operated by former racer Brian Steinman, Rustler Sales and Service specializes in heavy truck sales, service and towing across northwestern Pennsylvania. Call (814) 214-7023 or visit rustlersalesandservice.net to find out how Rustler’s can best serve you.
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Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Names MINI 2024 Marque Of The Year
PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – MINI, the iconic British brand, is the 2024 ‘Marque Of The Year’ for the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. 2024 marks the third time for the brand to receive the honor, which also occurred in 2004 and 2014.
“Excitement is in the air as MINI and MINI of Pittsburgh takes the spotlight as ‘Marque of the Year’, said Morgan McLane, Motoring Advisor at MINI of Pittsburgh. “Join us as we revitalize the spirit of motoring, embrace the elegance of the past, and set the stage for a future filled with MINI adventures.”
MINIS will be everywhere this summer in Pittsburgh including on-track both weekends and at all of the PVGP car shows throughout race week, July 26 through August 4.
“This honor is a testament to our commitment to excellence and we can’t wait to share this thrilling ride with the entire Pittsburgh community,” said Jason Karpa, Motoring Manager at MINI of Pittsburgh.
The Classic MINI debuted in 1959 as an inexpensive, 4-person “saloon” that didn’t use a lot of gas or take up a lot of space.
MINIS are no stranger to the race track. In 1961 British racing legend John Cooper added some horsepower, bigger brakes, tuned the suspension a tweak and the Classic MINI Cooper 997 was born.
John Cooper’s Classic MINI Cooper and Cooper S went on to dominate the 1960’s race scene, winning almost every international competition imaginable, including historic wins at Monte Carlo in 1964, 1965, 1966 and 1967.
MINIS will be on the track in 2024 as Mini of Pittsburgh and Vince Longo Jr. team up for the MINI Track Rides program for the 11th year. Three race-equipped MINI Coopers are custom-wrapped and showcased on the track and at Grand Prix Race Week events. Longo and his certified racers take riders around the track for an experience and view you can only get from inside a car.
Todd Cook created the 2024 PVGP Poster, which features Bruce Whipple racing his 1962 Austin MINI Cooper S that competes at Schenley Park and Pitt Race. Whipple, from Newton, New Jersey plans to change his race number to 42 signifying the 42nd running of the PVGP to match the poster.
Cook also created a second poster featuring a GT40 in honor of the GT40 60th Reunion the PVGP is hosting July 26-28.
For a complete schedule of events, visit PVGP.org.