(Abbottstown, PA May 22, 2021): Chase Dietz threw a monkey off his back at Lincoln Speedway. Despite having a fast car all season long, Dietz was winless going into this program. A combination of mechanical problems and crashes took him out of contention far too often. But he had no such problems this night and he became the twelfth winner in thirteen races held in the Pigeon Hills.
“I got a good start, we’ve had good cars here every race,” Dietz said. He chased down Billy Dietrich in traffic. “I saw him go to the bottom and I figured I had a shot if I could get some drive off of four.” That momentum propelled him to the lead as they took the two-lap signal. Dietrich battled back, but Dietz had another trick up his sleeve. He dipped to the inside in turn two and took the lead back.
“I figured it would come to those lapped cars. I had a problem myself on the last lap.” When Dietz had to check up to avoid striking a slower car in his groove, Dietrich was too far back to make a move.
Dave Brown and Billy Dietrich paced the field for the start of the thirty lapper. Tim Glatfelter and Landon Myers started in the second row, with Tim Wagaman and Tyler Ross in the third. Austin Bishop and points leader Alan Krimes were in row four. Dietz was paired with Dylan Norris in row four.
Chad Trout has his new car in row five, along with Glendon Forsythe. Then came Brandon Rahmer and Jimmy Siegel. Freddy Rahmer, Jr. rolled off in fifteenth, T.J. Stutts in eighteenth, and Tim Shaffer in nineteenth.
Dietrich jumped out to the early lead, with Glatfelter slipping in beyond him. Brown stayed with the leaders for a few laps before he began to drift back in the pack. But the driver on the move early was Dietz. He was sixth on the opening lap, fourth by lap five, and third by lap ten. He took over second on lap 12, just as the first of two cautions on that lap.
Dietz was put back to third for the restart, but he did not stay there long. On lap thirteen, he dove to the inside of turn three and slid up in front of Glatfelter.
Meanwhile, Dietrich was on cruise control.
Dietz began to reel him in when Dietrich got into heavier traffic. He was not able to maneuver around the slower cars and soon Dietz was on his tail. Dietrich cleared a couple of slower cars and dropped to the inside line to position himself for the next car.
Unfortunately, that gave Dietz the preferred line through turns three and four. Dietz drove to the front and then he switched lanes to fend off Dietrich’s counter attack.
Dietz took the checkers 0.123 seconds ahead of Dietrich. Third went to Freddie Rahmer, Jr., who came from seventh in the second half of the contest. Ross was fourth, and Myers in fifth.
Positions six through ten belonged to Glatfelter, Krimes, Brandon Rahmer, Siegel, and Stutts.
The three heat winners were Dietrich, Myers, and Dietz. Shaffer won the B Main.
The 358 Sprints concluded the Trailways Lincoln Shootout, with bonus money on the line for the drivers having the best combined finishes. That honor went to Steve Owings, who chalked up a pair of seconds. However, the feature win went to Cody Fletcher.
Fletcher led from the start, with Owings nipping on his heels. Owings did manage to get his nose out front briefly to lead one lap, but Fletcher scooted back into the lead in the first turn. On two other occasions, Owings passed Fletcher and began to pull away, but both lead changes were negated by untimely cautions.
Matt Findley ran third the whole way. Jeff Rohrbaugh came up from twelfth to get the fourth spot in the caution plagued race that also had a red for a fuel stop. Fifth went to Adrian Shaffer. Tyler Esh, Ashley Capetta, Brett Wanner, Travis Scott, and Hatden Miller completed the top ten.
The preliminaries went to Owings, Esh, and Capetta. The B Main went to Wanner.
Next week, Lincoln Speedway will remember the late Hank Gentzler. Racing with the 410 and 358 Sprint Cars will be the Central PA Legends. June will kick off with an open wheel triple header, Topping the card will be the 410 Sprints, The USAC East Coast 360 non-wing Sprints will be in the house, along with the ARDC Midgets.
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.