Danny Dietrich
Danny Dietrich. - Rick Rarer / Photo

From Williams Grove Speedway, image courtesy of Rick Rarer

MECHANICSBURG, PA — Danny Dietrich established himself as an overwhelming favorite for rookie of the year honors by scoring his second sprint car feature win in his last three starts Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway. Dietrich started on the pole this time and made the most of his opportunity. He beat Brent Marks into the first corner, then led all 25 laps to score a convincing victory, which was worth a total of $4050. While Dietrich used every inch of the thin cushion, which was pushed nearly to the outside guard rail, some close racing was going on behind him. Brian Leppo took second place from Marks on lap two, but Marks wouldn’t go away and used an inside move exiting turn two on lap sixteen to take the spot back. While Marks couldn’t catch the leader, his second place finish matched his best effort of the season. He was 1.32 seconds behind Dietrich at the finish line. Leppo settled for third. Tyler Walker took fourth place from Justin Henderson on the last lap. Lance Dewease, who started 15th, advanced nine positions to finish sixth. Alan Krimes, Steve Buckwalter, Greg Hodnett and Mark Smith finished in positions seven through ten respectively. Krimes set fast time in qualifications with a lap of 17.351. Heats for the sprint cars were won by Krimes, Fred Rahmer and Dewease. In the 358-sprint car feature Jason Shultz used the extreme inside of the race track to run away from the field en route to his first victory of the season. Shultz started on the pole and led every lap. Ted Thomas finished second followed by Cory Haas, who started eleventh and Pat Cannon, who started 12th. Chad Criswell completed the top five. Heats for the 36 358s in competition were won by Criswell, Thomas, Haas and Cannon. Mike Ressler won the consolation race.

Williams Grove Speedway Feature Finishes – July 9, 2010

Sprint Car Feature – 25 laps – 1. Danny Dietrich, 2. Brent Marks, 3. Brian Leppo, 4. Tyler Walker, 5. Justin Henderson, 6. Lance Dewease, 7. Alan Krimes, 8. Steve Buckwalter, 9. Greg Hodnett, 10. Mark Smith, 11. Fred Rahmer, 12. Rick Lafferty, 13. Brian Montieth, 14. Adam Wilt, 15. Chad Layton, 16. Doug Dodson, 17. Don Kreitz, Jr., 18. Keith Kauffman, 19. Chris Meleason, 20. Derek Sell, 21. Bill Stine, 22. Bob Howard, 23. Todd Zinn.

358-Sprint Feature – 20 laps – 1. Jason Shultz, 2. Ted Thomas, 3. Cory Haas, 4. Pat Cannon, 5. Chad Criswell, 6. Jay Galloway, 7. Glenndon Forsythe, 8. Danny Massey, 9. Kyle Moody, 10. Nate Hammaker, 11. Matt Boland, 12. Blane Heimbach, 13. Logan Schuchart, 14. Todd Rittenhouse, Jr., 15. Brie Hershey, 16. Dale Hammaker, 17. Tim Berkheimer, 18. Jordan Frontz, 19. Ricky Stonebraker, 20. Steve Fannasy, 21. Jimmy Reppert, 22. Chad Trout, 23. Mike Ressler, 24. Scott Geesey. DNQ: Eric Tomecek, Nathan Berwager, Rick Eichelberger, Brian Garland, Nicole Bower, Derek Frohlich, Clair Wintermyer, Bob Anderson, Stewart Smith, John Barnett, Jay Reichert, Kevin Nouse