By Tyler Altmeyer
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA (August 20, 2016) – “Double-D” Danny Dietrich used traffic to his advantage on Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway, cruising on to score his second Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions feature prize of 2016. The Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, native dominated the final 13 circuits of the 30-lap feature program, crossing under the final checkers nearly three seconds ahead of second place finisher Alan Krimes. Lucas Wolf would round out the podium finishers, completing a podium sweep for the “Pennsylvania Posse” in the Pigeon Hills.
“Man, it feels really good to be back at Lincoln Speedway,” Danny Dietrich explained, pilot of the Gary Kauffman Racing, Sandoe’s Fuit Marks, Weikert’s Livestock, No. 48. “It feels like we haven’t been here in so long, but I think we have something figured out now. I can’t thank my guys enough; Jake, Cody, Tyler – they all work hard and keep me going in the right direction. All of my major sponsors make all of this possible, also. This car was good all night long. We went back to some older notes and mixed them up with some other stuff and it all worked out.”
A pair of “Pennsylvania Posse” competitors, Lucas Wolfe and Danny Dietrich, led the 26 feature starters to green at the “Fabulous” Lincoln Speedway on Saturday night. Wolfe took command during the initial start, officially leading the first circuit ahead of Danny Dietrich, Alan Krimes, Dale Blaney, and Freddie Rahmer. Those five competitors would race in that order until the main event’s first and only caution flew on lap four, halting action for a four-car tangle in turn one.
Green flag conditions would resume with Lucas Wolfe returning to his position at the front of the field. The Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, native raced ahead of Danny Dietrich and Alan Krimes for the next several circuits, approaching lapped traffic for the first time with 12 laps recorded. Traffic allowed Dietrich and Krimes to close the gap, ultimately creating a three-car battle nearly nose-to-tail.
By lap 17, Danny Dietrich was able to work his way under Lucas Wolfe during their battle in traffic, officially leading the lap with Wolfe and Krimes still in tow. Almost immediately, Dietrich opened his advantage, navigating traffic using both grooves of the Lincoln Speedway surface. No challenges would arise for Dietrich during the closing circuits, crossing under the final checkers nearly three seconds ahead of Alan Krimes and Lucas Wolfe. Krimes, who started on the outside of the second row, raced his way to second on lap 20.
“I was just kinda working some different lines there the first part of the race. I was pretty tight during the first half, so I knew the car would eventually come to me,” Dietrich said. “I just tried to stick with Lucas (Wolfe) the best that I could at the beginning. I played my cards out right and was able to use lapped traffic to my advantage a little bit. That’s what we have to do to win these races.”
Following the “Pennsylvania Posse” podium sweep was Dale Blaney and Freddie Rahmer. Blaney’s top-five finish was solid enough to put the defending Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions titlist back on top in the 2016 championship chase, now holding a four point advantage over Chad Kemenah. Kemenah entered Lincoln Speedway as the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions point leader.
For the first time in series history, the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will venture north and visit areas of West Lebanon, New York, set to tackle the high-banked half-mile of Lebanon Valley Speedway. The Upstate New York visit will conclude a four-race campaign through Central Pennsylvania and New York for Tony Stewart’s Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, all starting at the Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania, on Thursday night, August 18.
Lebanon Valley Speedway in West Lebanon, New York, will open pit gates at 3:00 pm on Sunday, August 21. The mandatory drivers meeting will be conducted at 5:30 with hot laps to follow at 6:15. Please visit www.lebanonvalley.com for additional detials. A rain date of Monday, August 22, will be used if necessary. More information to follow.
Contingency Awards/Results: Lincoln Speedway – Saturday, August 20, 2016:
EMi Driver’s Meeting: 41 entries
State Water Heaters Warm-Ups: Freddie Rahmer – 13.396 seconds
Lincoln Electric Fast Qualifier: Dale Blaney – 13.168 seconds
Kistler Racing Products Heat #1: Andrew Palker
All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads Heat #2: Cap Henry
Hunt Brothers Pizza Heat #3: Danny Dietrich
Hoosier Tire Heat #4: Chad Kemenah
JE Pistons Dash: Lucas Wolfe
Daido Engine Bearings Main Event Winner: Dale Blaney (Fourth)
MSD Performance Hard Charger Award: Sheldon Haudenschild (+6)
Outback Steakhouse A-Main 5th Place Finisher: Ryan Smith (7th)
Outback Steakhouse A-Main 10th Place Finisher: Tim Shaffer (11th)
Outback Steakhouse A-Main 15th Place Finisher: Andrew Palker
(Lincoln Electric, Daido Engine Bearings, MSD Performance, Outback Steakhouse: Need decal to qualify for contingency award)
1.1-Dale Blaney, 13.168; 2.16-Gerard McIntyre, 13.255; 3.51-Freddie Rahmer, 13.265; 4.57X-Andrew Palker, 13.307; 5.59-Jim Siegel, 13.413; 6.40-Caleb Helms, 13.474; 7.19m-Brent Marks, 13.536; 8.88-Brandon Rahmer, 13.556; 9.15-Adam Wilt, 13.562; 10.21M-Brian Montieth, 13.562; 11.48-Danny Dietrich, 13.594; 12.99M-Kyle Moody, 13.604; 13.11c-Cory Haas, 13.623; 14.52-Austin Hogue, 13.637; 15.35-Steve Owings, 13.667; 16.21-Cap Henry, 13.670; 17.87-Alan Krimes, 13.704; 18.70-Danny Holtgraver, 13.717; 19.5-Tyler Ross, 13.745; 20.8D-Billy Dietrich, 13.766; 21.1Z-Lucas Wolfe, 13.768; 22.94-Ryan Smith, 13.803; 23.8M-TJ Michael, 13.841; 24.10H-Chad Kemenah, 13.842; 25.51S-Stevie Smith, 13.847; 26.13-Tim Shaffer, 13.849; 27.93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.856; 28.1*-Tim Wagaman, 13.885; 29.81-Lee Jacobs, 13.893; 30.55K-Robbie Kendall, 13.915; 31.2W-Glenndon Forsythe, 13.927; 32.1X-Chad Trout, 13.929; 33.95-Hunter Mackison, 13.966; 34.21T-Scott Fisher, 14.017; 35.45-Kevin Nagy, 14.067; 36.60-Kory Crabtree, 14.109; 37.11K-Kraig Kinser, 14.132; 38.49H-Bradley Howard, 14.230; 39.3B-Randy Baughman, 14.232; 40.1080-Jordan Mackison, 14.251; 41.91-David Quackenbush, 14.512;
Heat 1, Group A – (10 Laps)
1. 57X-Andrew Palker ; 2. 1-Dale Blaney ; 3. 51-Freddie Rahmer ; 4. 16-Gerard McIntyre ; 5. 19m-Brent Marks ; 6. 40-Caleb Helms ; 7. 99M-Kyle Moody ; 8. 59-Jim Siegel ; 9. 95-Hunter Mackison ; 10. 11c-Cory Haas ; 11. 5-Tyler Ross
Heat 2, Group B – (10 Laps)
1. 21-Cap Henry ; 2. 87-Alan Krimes ; 3. 52-Austin Hogue ; 4. 13-Tim Shaffer ; 5. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild ; 6. 35-Steve Owings ; 7. 81-Lee Jacobs ; 8. 1*-Tim Wagaman ; 9. 8D-Billy Dietrich ; 10. 91-David Quackenbush
Heat 3, Group C – (10 Laps)
1. 48-Danny Dietrich ; 2. 94-Ryan Smith ; 3. 88-Brandon Rahmer ; 4. 15-Adam Wilt ; 5. 8M-TJ Michael ; 6. 21T-Scott Fisher ; 7. 1X-Chad Trout ; 8. 45-Kevin Nagy ; 9. 60-Kory Crabtree ; 10. 49H-Bradley Howard
Heat 4, Group D – (10 Laps)
1. 10H-Chad Kemenah ; 2. 1Z-Lucas Wolfe ; 3. 51S-Stevie Smith ; 4. 70-Danny Holtgraver ; 5. 21M-Brian Montieth ; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser ; 7. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe ; 8. 55K-Robbie Kendall ; 9. 3B-Randy Baughman ; 10. 1080-Jordan Mackison
Dash 1 – (6 Laps)
1. 1Z-Lucas Wolfe ; 2. 48-Danny Dietrich ; 3. 1-Dale Blaney ; 4. 87-Alan Krimes ; 5. 21-Cap Henry ; 6. 51-Freddie Rahmer ; 7. 16-Gerard McIntyre ; 8. 57X-Andrew Palker
B-Main 1 – (12 Laps)
1. 59-Jim Siegel ; 2. 40-Caleb Helms ; 3. 11c-Cory Haas ; 4. 35-Steve Owings ; 5. 99M-Kyle Moody ; 6. 55K-Robbie Kendall ; 7. 8D-Billy Dietrich ; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser ; 9. 1*-Tim Wagaman ; 10. 81-Lee Jacobs ; 11. 95-Hunter Mackison ; 12. 1X-Chad Trout ; 13. 3B-Randy Baughman ; 14. 60-Kory Crabtree ; 15. 45-Kevin Nagy ; 16. 1080-Jordan Mackison ; 17. 49H-Bradley Howard ; 18. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe ; 19. 21T-Scott Fisher ; 20. 91-David Quackenbush
A-Main 1 – (30 Laps)
1. 48-Danny Dietrich ; 2. 87-Alan Krimes ; 3. 1Z-Lucas Wolfe ; 4. 1-Dale Blaney ; 5. 51-Freddie Rahmer ; 6. 88-Brandon Rahmer ; 7. 94-Ryan Smith ; 8. 16-Gerard McIntyre ; 9. 52-Austin Hogue ; 10. 51S-Stevie Smith ; 11. 13-Tim Shaffer ; 12. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild ; 13. 19m-Brent Marks ; 14. 59-Jim Siegel ; 15. 57X-Andrew Palker ; 16. 15-Adam Wilt ; 17. 21-Cap Henry ; 18. 10H-Chad Kemenah ; 19. 11c-Cory Haas ; 20. 8M-TJ Michael ; 21. 11K-Kraig Kinser ; 22. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe ; 23. 40-Caleb Helms ; 24. 35-Steve Owings ; 25. 21M-Brian Montieth ; 26. 70-Danny Holtgraver
Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Standings (August 20, 2016):
1. Dale Blaney: 3910
2. Chad Kemenah: 3906
3. Sheldon Haudenschild: 3840
4. Cap Henry: 3660
5. Danny Holtgraver: 3650
6. Kraig Kinser: 3566
7. T.J. Michael: 3512
8. Caleb Helms: 3348
9. Lee Jacobs: 3298
10. Andrew Palker: 3150
Additional Arctic Cat All Star Series Info:
Those seeking additional information regarding the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions should visit their official online home at www.allstarsprint.com. Series updates and breaking news will be posted regularly on the official Twitter account of the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions: https://twitter.com/ASCoC. Find full text results from each and every event, as well as an up-to-date schedule, online at www.allstarsprint.com/schedule/.
About the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions:
All Star Enterprises, LLC, wholly owned by Tony Stewart, d/b/a the All Star Circuit of Champions, is a winged sprint car series. The All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series is one of the oldest traveling 410 sprint car organizations and is a staple of grassroots, open-wheel racing. Formed in 1970 by Bud Miller, the series has largely been considered the first ‘outlaw’ Sprint Car organization of the modern era. After a 10 year stint as owner of the All Stars, Miller passed control of the series to Bert Emick in 1980; a reign that would continue through 2002. Guy Webb then purchased the series from Emick in the summer of 2002 and served as the series President for the next 12 years. Motorsports entrepreneur Tony Stewart agreed to terms with Guy Webb to become the sole owner of the original winged sprint car tour in January of 2015.
About Arctic Cat:
The Arctic Cat brand is among the most widely recognized and respected in the recreational vehicle industry. The company designs, engineers, manufactures and markets all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), side-by-sides and snowmobiles, in addition to related parts, garments and accessories under the Arctic Cat® and Motorfist® brand names. Arctic Cat Inc.’s world headquarters is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Its common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol “ACAT.” More information about Arctic Cat and its products is available at www.ArcticCat.com.