ABBOTTSTOWN, PA (March 13, 2021): Danny Dietrich made a decisive move to take the lead with five laps remaining in the 410 Sprint Car main event at Lincoln Speedway. Aided by some mayhem early in the contest, Dietrich worked his way to the front from deep in the pack to earn his 55th career win at the Pigeon Hills oval.
Dietrich was glad to see the track become dry and slick for the first time this season. The first two weeks had a wet and tacky, but narrow surface. Dietrich explained that the track was wider and it allowed for more passing.
“I think I used every inch of the racetrack and every part of the racecar on the right side,” he said. When he made the winning move on Chad Trout coming through turn four, Dietrich knew that he had some room on the right side of the leader. “I also knew that I was going to hit the wall, i just had to do it right.” Dietrich added, “I’m sure glad that there were no bolts in the wall down there.” The outside wall is smooth-sided concrete, rather than Armco barrier at Lincoln Speedway.
Dietrich remarked that it was good that the race ended so early in the day because he and his crew had a lot of work ahead of them to get the machine ready for opening day at Williams Grove Speedway. They made some hasty repairs after a heat race skirmish, but the feature also took its toll. “We’ve got some bent wings and axles and things. We have some work to get ready for tomorrow.”
Dietrich added that they planned to replace the motor as well. “This thing is pretty used up, it’s leaking some oil. I told Don Ott that the gasket was shot when I was going through the valves.” Any drop in power was not noticable given the track conditions.
Freddie Rahmer, Jr. was on the pole for the A Main, with Bradley Howard on his flank. Current point leader Kyle Moody was lined up with Chase Dietz. Trout and Matt Campbell occupied the third row. Billy Dietrich was paired with last week’s winner, Tim Shaffer, in row four. Jimmy Siegel and Tyler Ross possessed row five. Glendon Forsythe and Alan Krimes nailed down row six. Danny Dietrich was two rows further back.
It took three tries to get the feature going. On the first attempt, Moody spun in turn one, and the entire field managed to get around him without incident. On the second, Rahmer was not so lucky. He tangled with Howard and flipped violently in turn one. Chaos ensued and half of the field was involved in one way, shape, or other. The changes in the line-up were profound.
Dietz was a prime beneficiary of the changes and bolted out to the early lead from his new front-row starting spot. Trout tucked in behind him, followed by Billy Dietrich, Siegel, Shaffer, Ross, and Krimes. Trout was no match for Dietz, who pulled away with ease as the laps clicked off.
As the race neared the halfway mark, changes started to occur un the running order. Billy Dietrich got loose in turn four and lost several positions. His brother, Danny, was moving forward, however, reaching the top five.
A caution further changed the running order on lap 18, when Krimes and Forsythe tangled, collecting a back marker. That brought Dietz back to the rest of the racers.
Dietz resumed his lead, but it would not last for long. He got his right wheels into the fluff in turn four and climbed the outer wall. The front end damage was severe, and his day ended with a tow to the pit area.
That put Trout on the point for the restart with ten to go. Danny Dietrich lined up second, followed by Campbell, Siegel, Shaffer, and Ross.
When the green light flashed on again, Danny Dietrich tried inside and outside lines, bit he was unable to pass Trout. As the track started to take rubber, Trout moved to a middle groove, leaving the top open for Dietrich. Dietrich seized the opportunity as the leaders awaited the five lap signal.
Dietrich squeezed his car between Trout and the turn four wall. Dietrich made no contact with the leader, but, as he anticipated, he did bounce off the wall. He kept the car straight and came off the corner with an advantage that he would not surrender.
Campbell stayed close and he began to flog the cushion trying to find some extra speed. He challenged Trout, but could not pull off a pass for second.
Danny Dietrich, Trout, and Campbell grabbed the podium positions. Siegel turned in his best outing for fourth. Then came Shaffer. Ross, Billy Dietrich, Krimes, Steve Buckwalter, and Moody rounded out the top ten.
Heat winners were Shaffer, Howard, and Billy Dietrich. Buckwalter topped the B Main.
Next week, Lincoln Speedway will race under the lights for the first time in the new year. There will be a 6 p.m. start. Joining the 410 Sprints will be their cousins, the 358 Sprint Cars. The 305 Sprints will join the big boys on March 27 with another 6 p.m. start.
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.