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Billy Dietrich holds off Brother Danny at Lincoln

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ABBOTTSTOWN, PA (April 3, 2021): For the second week in a row, a veteran driver got a long-overdue win at the Fabulous Lincoln Speedway. This time, it was Billy Dietrich who last went to Victory Lane five years and three weeks ago. The Biglersville driver scored his third career 410 Sprint Car win to go along with nine in the 358 Sprint division.

Another veteran also scored at Lincoln Speedway this week. Jeff Rohrbaugh earned his seventeenth career victory in the 358 ranks. He has the most wins in that class since its inception.

“That was a hell of a race,” Billy Dietrcih exclaimed after climbing from his car. “We’ve been creepin’ up on it,” he added, noting his consistent finishes so far this season. He attributed his success to improvements in the engine department over the off-season. “We also had a good time trial lap.”

The race was run under the PA Speedweek rules. Under that regime, the fastest qualifier in each heat race are slotted into fourth starting position and the remainder of the cars start heads up. The heat race winners and the fastest qualifiers from each heat get to re-draw for starting spots at the front of the field. The lone exception is if the heat winner happens to be the fastest car to advance. In that case, only one car would make the re-draw.

Dietrich, the third-fastest qualifier on the night, easily made the transfer to the A Main. He then had the good fortune to pull pill number two. Joining him on the front row was Chad Trout, who set the second fastest time of the night. In row two were Danny Dietrich and Troy Wagaman, both of whom won their respective heat races. Row three had the other heat winner, Tim Shaffer, flanked by the night’s quick timer, Robbie Kendall. The current point leader, Alan Krimes, was paired up with Matt Campbell in row four. Last week’s winner, Jimmy Siegel and Chase Dietz started in row five. the Sixth stanza had Freddie Rahmer, Jr. and Tim Wagaman, Jr., the Icebreaker 30 winner.

While Trout led the parade to the first turn, Billy Dietrich rode the rim in turns one and two to grab the lead. Troy Wagaman and Danny Dietrich fell in line, followed by Shaffer, Dietz, Krimes, Campbell, and Siegel.

Wild Bill sailed along out front and began lapping cars early in the contest. Despite encountering the slower traffic so soon, Dietrich was able to stretch his advantage while picking his way through the back markers.

Meanwhile, Trout was holding off the leader’s brother. Dietz was making headway, and reached the fourth spot by the time that the crossed flags were shown to Billy Dietrich. Troy Wagaman and Shaffer were fighting for fifth, with Krimes lurking in their shadows.

The only caution of the race came with 22 of the 30 laps complete. There was debris in turn two.

On the restart, Danny Dietrich blasted into turn one on the outside, while Trout hugged the inside rail. The powerful move put the brothers first and second. Danny closed in on his sibling and he tried both high and low lines to try to overtake Billy.

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“I figured that he was coming,” Billy said about his brother’s challenge. “I was staying on the bottom no matter who was there.” Danny did roll up beside Billy in turns one and two several times in the waning laps, but the better grip was low in those corners. Ironically, the outside line was faster for Billy in turns three and four, and Danny could not get hooked up on the inside at that end of the speedway.

Billy took the checkers as the sixth winner in six races at Lincoln. Danny was second, followed by Trout, Dietz, and Troy Wagaman. Shaffer was sixth, ahead of Krimes, Freddie Rahmer, Jr., Campbell and Siegel.

Glendon Forsythe was the B Main victor. Kendall’s quick time was 13.409 seconds.

Rohrbaugh decided to go racing on Friday. “We pulled the car down from the shelf and put the motor in yesterday,” he explained. “It’s great to be back. A lot of guys said ‘it’s good to see you,’ I said, ‘it’s good to be seen,'” he added with a laugh. Of his seventeen triumphs, Rohrbaugh noted “I’ve been doing it longer than the rest of them, I get one a year or so.” His goal, he added, was to reach twenty, which may be good enough to call it a career.

Riley Emig, a 358 Sprint rookie, had the pole and he jumped out to the early lead. Rohrbaugh quickly moved into second from his fourth place starting spot and he was in position to grab the lead when Emig drifted a bit too high in turns three and four with four laps down.

Rohrbaugh led Emig, Cody Fletcher, Brett Strickler, and Jon Stewart. Fletcher had a scare when his car had an oil leak develop into a flash fire which quickly subsided. Track officials threw a yellow flag, though, because Fletcher dropped enough fluid onto the speedway. Fletcher was able to retain his starting position, though, and he would go on to complete the contest.

Emig’s impressive run came to an end just before the halfway mark. He spun in turn one for the only other interruption in the race.

Rohrbaugh cruised to the win, followed by Brett Strickler, Fletcher, Stewart, and Jordan Strickler. Brett Wanner, Tyler Esh, Kody Hartlaub, Kyle Denmyer, and Wyatt Hinkle completed the top ten.

Heats for the 358 Sprinters went to Stewart, Jordan Strickler, and Rohrbaugh. Mike Bittinger won the B Main.

Next week, the same two divisions will be in action, along with the Outlaw Vintage racers. The scheduled starting time will be 7 p.m., but be sure to check the track’s social media to determine if the start time will be moved up due to adverse weather. The following week, the track will host the annual Weldon Sterner Memorial for the 410 Sprints. Sterner was a long-time car owner and a former promoter at the Pigeon Hills oval.

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Danny Dietrich takes All Stars victory at Sharon Speedway

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HARTFORD, OH (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Danny Dietrich led wire-to-wire to pick up his first Ohio Speedweek victory Tuesday night at Sharon Speedway after starting on the outside of the front row.

“This goes out to my buddy Derek (Snyder) of Sweeney and Pace Performance; this win is for him,” said Dietrich. “That was fun. We had one slip away from us at Fremont on Saturday, so we wanted to get this one pretty bad, especially at Derek’s home track. He does so much for this team and we wouldn’t be able to do any of this without him. We still have a lot of racing left this week. We’ll try to get a few more of these and hopefully a Speedweek title.”

Dietrich got the early jump on pole-sitter George Hobaugh and used the bottom lane to perfection to grab his first win in the ‘Buckeye State’.

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“I knew I needed to get the initial jump,” explained Dietrich. “That was on my mind from the start. I didn’t want to let that one slip by.  Once we got to the front, I just needed to stay patient and focus on maintaining the line through each corner. With a single groove like that, I knew it was going to be tough for anyone to drive around me, but you didn’t want to slip up in the corner and let someone show their nose.”

Tyler Courtney finished second followed by Justin Peck in third and Kyle Larson in fourth.  Hobaugh dropped back to finish fifth.

Ohio Sprint Speedweek will continue on Wednesday evening, June 16, at Waynesfield Raceway Park in Waynesfield, Ohio.

A-Main (35 Laps)
1. 48-Danny Dietrich [2]; 2. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [5]; 3. 13-Justin Peck [7]; 4. 57-Kyle Larson [8]; 5. 40-George Hobaugh [1]; 6. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [6]; 7. 22C-Cole Duncan [18]; 8. 11-Ian Madsen [3]; 9. 2F-AJ Flick [11]; 10. 101-Lachlan McHugh [16]; 11. 5X-Buddy Kofoid [12]; 12. 17B-Bill Balog [4]; 13. 5-Paul McMahan [25]; 14. 28-Tim Shaffer [19]; 15. 3C-Cale Conley [17]; 16. 42-Sye Lynch [14]; 17. 26-Cory Eliason [21]; 18. 10-Zeb Wise [22]; 19. 18-Cole Macedo [9]; 20. 91-Kyle Reinhardt [13]; 21. 5K-Adam Kekich [20]; 22. 23P-Darren Pifer [15]; 23. 4-Cap Henry [10]; 24. 81-Lee Jacobs [24]; 25. W20-Greg Wilson [23] Lap Leaders: Danny Dietrich (1-35)

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Freddie Rahmer, Jr. and Brett Wanner Win Fallen Firefighter Memorial Races at Lincoln Speedway

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Lincoln Speedway

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA (June 12, 2021): Freddie Rahmer, Jr. became the first three-time winner this season at Lincoln Speedway. The third-generation driver came from eighth to the lead seventeen laps into the race and then he held off Alan Krimes in a three-lap dash for the cash. It was the third time in his career that the Salfordsville pilot won the Fallen Firefighters Memorial run in honor of Brandon Little and this marked his seventeenth career win at the track dominated by his father for so many years.

This was the tenth running of the Fallen Firefighters Memorial and it was believed to be the last time for Lincoln to host the event. However, it was announced that another family of a fallen firefighter has stepped forward to carry on the tradition begun by the Little family.

Rahmer, who seemed critical of the track’s handicapping system during his post-race interview, noted “we need to keep fighting to get into position to win.” He bemoaned coming from eighth or ninth in heat races in such events, as only the top three finishers would be put to the front of the feature line-up. However, this was a time-trial show and Rahmer still had to overcome a deficit due to a poor qualification run. “We got lucky in the heat, which got us to eighth (in the feature line-up).” He was running in the fourth spot when the leaders collided while fighting for the top spot. That put him second for the restart and he held his own for the rest of the way. Without that break, Rahmer was looking at a start in about row eight. “We need to take advantage of these time trial shows,” Rahmer added.

Two of the next three contests will be run under the PA Speedweek format, which uses time trials to set the starting order in heats. The fastest car in each heat race starts fourth and the remaining cars are heads up. The heat winner and the fastest qualifier get to draw for positions in the front of the field for the feature. The rest of the starting order is based on the heat finishes.

In this redraw, Krimes and Tim Wagaman were the lucky ones to get the front row, T.J. Stutts, making the first start in the Barshinger 24 car, lined up third, with Troy Wagamanm next to him. Dylan Norris and Lucas Wolfe were in row three, followed by the Rahmer brothers, Brandon inside and Freddie outside. Cory Haas and Chad Trout rolled off from row five.

Opening day winner Tim Wagaman grabbed the early lead, with Krimes, Troy Wagaman, Stutts, Norris, Wolfe, and Freddie Rahmer, Jr. following. This grouping remained relatively intact for the first ten laps of the race. Krimes moved ahead a notch on lap eleven. Rahmer moved into second the next time around.

Rahmer chased Krimes for five laps before driving by in the high groove in turns one and two. Soon thereafter, Wolfe began picking off cars and he reached third by lap twenty-six. However, he was quite a ways behind Rahmer and Krimes.

On lap thirty, Troy Wagaman brought his car to a stop in turn two. That brought Rahmer and Krimes back to Wolfe and company for the only restart of the race.

Rahmer had the point, followed by Krimes, Wolfe, Haas, Tim Wagaman, Stutts, Brandon Rahmer, and Chase Dietz, who marched forward from twenty-second on the grid.

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Rahmer and Krimes got away cleanly on the restart. Wolfe went to the outside and began to build some momentum. He closed quickly on Krimes entering turn three, but Wolfe got above the cushion and lost valuable ground in his quest for second.

While Rahmer, Krimes, and Wolfe distanced themselves from the other racers in the final three laps, Haas and Tim Wagaman held their own. Dietz moved forward a few more positions to get sixth and claim a $200 bonus as the hard charger. Stutts, Brandon Rahmer, Billy Dietrich, and Norris completed the top ten.

Wolfe, who set fast time at 13.149 seconds, won the first heat. Other heat winners were Stutts, Troy Wagaman, and Norris. Kyle Moody won the B Main.

In the 358 Sprint feature, Riley Emig had the pole and he took the lead at the drop of the green. Brett Strickler, Mason Chaney, Brett Wanner, and Adrian Shaffer were next. Emig’s moment in the spotlight ended on lap four when he suddenly slowed and pulled off the track in turn two. That handed the lead over to Wanner.

As the race continued, Wanner got faster. He was also quite good on restarts and he had no difficulty maintaining his advantage. Wanner took the checkers for his first win of the 2021 season.

Strickler crossed in second, with Kody Hartlaub overtaking Shaffer in the waning laps. Steve Owings ran a steady race to earn the fifth spot. Cody Fletcher, Travis Scott, Tyler Esh, Chaney, and C.J. Tracy completed the top ten.

Tracy was the hard charger passing thirteen cars en route to tenth. He received $870 for his efforts.

The three heat winners were Wanner, Emig, and Shaffer. Jordan Strickler won the B Main.

Next week, Lincoln Speedway will present a triple header consisting of 410 Sprints, Super Sportsmen Tour, and Late Models. June 26 and 28 will be the second and fourth rounds of PA Speedweek. The former will have Extreme Stocks on the card, while the latter will be a Sprint Car only event. July 3 will feature Monster Trucks and the Central PA Legends.

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Miley, Shingledecker, Lynch, and Clark Dominate at Lernerville

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Lernerville Speedway

(Sarver, PA June 11, 2021): Four drivers turned in dominant performances at Lernerville Speedway. Three of the winners were familiar names–Jared Miley (Late Models), Jeremiah Shingledecker (Pictured above – Big Block Modifieds), and Sye Lynch (410 Sprints). The fourth to reach victory lane was Justin Clark in the Allegheny Sprint Tour for 305 Sprint Cars.

“I found a nice lane on the restart and I thought I could get him,” Miley said of his mid-race move that relegated early leader Colton Flinner to the role of the first chaser. Once out front, Miley set sail. “When the track is wet, we’re really good. We’ve got to do some work on the slick,” he added when asked about what he needs to do to get ready for the Firecracker 100 coming soon to the Action Track.

Flinner lined up next to Tommy Beck for the first twenty-five leap feature of the night. Kelvin Kohan and Will Thomas were in the second row, with Levi Yetter and Ken Schaltenbrand in the third. Clay Ruffo and Tyler Gietz were in row four, with former champions Alex Ferree and Maily in the fifth row.

Flinner bolted out to an early lead, with Beck, Thomas, Kohan, and Schaltenbrand following. A couple of cautions slowed the pace in the early laps of the event. On the second restart, with seven laps complete, there was contact between Beck and Gary Lyle, who had worked his way to the front. Lyle got up into the fluff and lost several positions. Miley snuck past Beck during the incident, and he pursued Flinner.

Flinner continued to lead Miley through lap fifteen. Miley had several shots to overtake Flinner on restarst in this segment of the race, but he was unable to overtake the leader. The lap fifteen restart proved to be the turning point in the contest.

Miley led the rest of the way. Flinner raced along in second. Beck tussled with Schaltenbrand before losing the third position in the final laps of the race. Dietz crossed in fifth. Lyle rebounded to get the sixth spot. He was trailed by Yetter, Clayton Kennedy, Collin Burke, and Logan Zarin.

A pair of heats were held, with Flinner and Beck taking the checkers. There was no B Main.

Jeremiah Shingledecker used his second starting spot to launch into the lead at the drop of the green for the Big Block Modifieds. He had a huge advantage wiped out by a red flag on lap twenty when fourth place runner John Mollick tumbled in turn four.

That incident put Garrett Krummert on the outside for the restart, but he had nothing for Shingledecker on the restart. “It was a lot better before the caution came out,” Shingledecker noted. “Garrett’s been good all season,’ he added, “but the bite was really good in the middle and it was a little rough on the outside, so I thought that I would be OK.”

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In the final five laps, the battle was for the third position. Brain Swartzlander held it until two laps remained. Rex King, Jr. grabbed the position with a strong move off turn two. Swartzlander held off Rex King, Sr. at the finish.

Rick Regalski, Steve Feder, Dave Murdick, Chas Wolbert and Colton Walters completed the top ten. Wolbert was making his fist start in a Big Block Modified this night.

King Jr. and Mollick prevailed in the preliminaries. There was no B Main.

Sye Lynch had the pole position for the 410 Sprint A Main. Next to him was A.J. Flick. The two drivers from Apollo, PA ran ahead of the other drivers, with Lynch building upon his lead. Flick seemed to have second sewn up, but he spun unexpectedly in turn four with twenty-one laps in the books.

Brandon Matus fired off second on the restart, but Lynch had no difficulty holding the point. George Hobaugh was third. David Kalb turned in an impressive run to get the fourth spot. Dan Kuriger was fifth. Flick charged back through the field to claim sixth. Ralph Spithaler, Bryan Salisbury, and Matt Sherlock completed the top ten.

“The track was really tricky,” Lynch observed. “When you start on the pole, you don’t know what the other guys are doing. It was a real shame what happened to A.J., he’s really tough here,” Lynch commented.

Darin Gallagher and Brandon Matus won their respective heats. Gallagher’s win was costly, as he lost his motor after taking the checkers. Gallagher was unable to start the A Main. Also unable to start the feature were Jack Sodeman, Jr., and Michael Bauer, both of whom tangled coming off turn four in the first heat race.

In teh nightcap of the 305 Sprint Cars of the Allegheny Sprint Tour, it was Justin Clark driving past Robbie Bartchy six laps into the race. Clark led the remaining fourteen laps without incident to earn the win.

Bartchy was second. Garrett Bard came on in the second half of the race to get third. Fourth went to Derek Hauck. Jacob Gomola was fifth. Rob Felix, Andy Cavanaugh, Jarrett Rosencrance, Logan McCandless, and Jeff Bacha rounded out the top ten.

McCandless and Felix were tops in the heats. There was no B Main.

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