Danny Dietrich
Danny Dietrich. - Rick Rarer / Photo

From Lincoln Speedway

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA , 4/14/12 – To say Danny Dietrich had his hands full at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night is an understatement.

Lincoln’s point leader became the sixth different winner in seven races in the 25-lap “410” sprint car feature, but it wasn’t easy.

Dietrich started eighth and looked spectacular the first half of the race, driving around polesitter and race-long leader Gerard McIntyre, Jr. for the lead on lap 10 and pulling away to a 3.40-second lead by the time ninth-starting Brian Montieth cleared McIntyre for second on lap 17. But that’s when things started getting complicated.

“I guess it was exciting…I had to slow down. We have a heck-of-an oil leak. I was running out of tear-offs and couldn’t grab the steering wheel,” said Dietrich upon exiting the Gary Kauffman-owned Sandoe’s Fruit Market/APM Buildings #48, “ I was a little worried, like last week. I got bit in lapped traffic and I was hoping that wasn’t going to happen tonight. I kept looking at the board and saw Brian (Montieth) get to second, and I thought ‘I need to get up on the wheel,’ but it was hard because I couldn’t hold the wheel.”

Between laps 17 and 19, Montieth cut the lead in half. Montieth was on Dietrich’s back bumper for the final five laps as the pair raced through heavy non-stop lapped traffic. Dietrich’s final margin of victory was a scant .88 seconds.

“The oilier it got, the worse it was, and I though for sure it was raining until I realized everything inside was getting wet. Like oil and water, oil and driving don’t mix.”

“He’s fast. He’s a hell-of-a driver and he’ll be tough to beat no matter where we start,” continued Dietrich, “We try to put on a show and he’s good, and I’m glad I made the move to the bottom of one and two on the last lap because I’m sure a slider was coming or something.”

While the race for the lead had fans on their feet, 11th-starting Lance Dewease completed a great run by passing McIntyre for third on lap 19. By that time, the leaders had checked out on the rest of the field.

McIntyre settled for fourth, with 12th-starting Cory Hass completing an excellent run of his own in crossing fifth.

Sixth through tenth were 15th-starting Greg Hodnett, Daryn Pittman, Billy Dietrich, 17th-starting Brent Marks, and J.J. Grasso.

The only caution of the race took out the second, third, and fourth-place cars of Aaron Ott, Bill Stine, and Alan Krimes in turns one and two of lap seven. Ott and Stine collided entering the first turn, and collected Krimes. None of the three were able to continue.

Heats for the 31 “410” Sprints were won by Montieth, Kevin Nouse, and Alan Krimes, with Kyle Pruitt winning the consolation.

The famous #1a was back in victory lane at Lincoln in the “358” sprint car feature. This time, it was Bobby Allen’s son Jacob fulfilling a lifetime dream by claiming his first career Lincoln win.

Allen lost and reclaimed the lead from his outside front row starting spot in the first lap, and was scored the leader of each lap. He stayed glued to the bottom the entire way, and outran polesitter Isaac Sneeringer the entire way for a 2.01-second win.

Kyle Moody, Cris Eash, and Mike Bittinger completed the top five, with Todd Rittenhouse, Jr., Matt Mountz, Dale Hammaker, Jeff Rohrbaugh, and Tim Wagaman rounding out the top ten.

Heats for the 29 “358” Sprints were won by Eash, Moody, and Logan Wagner, with Ted Thomas, Jr. winning the consolation.

Lincoln’s first-ever thundercar champion claimed the win in the season opener for “358” late models. Larry Baer started on the outside of the front row and beat polesitter Bernie Beard off the second turn of the opening lap. From there, he led the rest of the way, with Travis Mease coming from fifth starting spot to cross second.

Cam Zeigler, who started 11th, finished third, with D.J. Mease and Bernie Beard completing the top five.

Heats for the 25 358 Late Models were won by Gene Knaub (who dropped a valve and scratched from the feature lineup) , Zeigler, and Pat Beard.

Next Saturday, April 21st, at 7 PM, Lincoln Speedway will host another 3-division show feature the Lawrence Chevrolet 410 Sprints, Keizer Aluminum Wheels 358 Sprints and the Thundercars. Gates will open at 5 PM.

To get all the latest news, results, schedule changes and rule changes, visit Lincoln Speedway’s website at to stay up-to-date on all the action or pending weather conditions at Central Pennsylvania’s “Premier” Saturday night race track – The Fabulous Lincoln Speedway.

Sat., April 14, 2012
Abbottstown, PA

Feature (25-Laps) – 1. 48-Danny Dietrich ($3,200); 2. 21-Brian Montieth; 3. 30C-Lance Dewease; 4. 16-Gerard McIntyre, Jr.; 5. 11C-Cory Haas; 6. 39-Greg Hodnett; 7. 27-Daryn Pittman; 8. 8-Billy Dietrich; 9. 19M-Brent Marks; 10. 92-JJ Grasso; 11. 51-Fred Rahmer; 12. 14-Kevin Nouse; 13. 20S-Derek Sell; 14. 38N-Nick Schlauch, Jr.; 15. 59-Jim Siegel; 16. 21K-Kyle Pruitt; 17. 44-Frank Cozze; 18. 50-Austin Reed; 19. 95-Hunter Mackison (Alt.); 20. 6-Brad McClelland (DNF); 21. 1S-Logan Schuchart (DNF); 22. 77-Aaron Ott (DNF); 23. 71X-Bill Stine (DNF); 24. 87-Alan Krimes (DNF). DNS – 65-Johnny Mackison, Jr. No Time

Lap Leaders – Bill Stine (1-3), Gerard McIntyre, Jr. (4-9), Danny Dietrich (10-25)

1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) – 1. 21-Brian Montieth; 2. 71X-Bill Stine; 3. 11C-Cory Haas; 4. 30C-Lance Dewease; 5. 20S-Derek Sell; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart; 7. 21K-Kyle Pruitt; 8. 6-Brad McClelland; 9. 59-Jim Siegel; 10. 51-Fred Rahmer; 11. 15B-John Barnett (DNF). Time – 2:30.519

2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) – 1. 14-Kevin Nouse; 2. 8-Billy Dietrich; 3. 16-Gerard McIntyre, Jr.; 4. 27-Daryn Pittman; 5. 44-Frank Cozze; 6. 19M-Brent Marks; 7. 65-Johnny Mackison, Jr.; 8. 84-Chad Criswell; 9. 4-John Rudisill; 10. 0-Steve Storrie (DNF). No Time

3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) – 1. 87-Alan Krimes; 2. 77-Aaron Ott; 3. 48-Danny Dietrich; 4. 92-J.J. Grasso; 5. 39-Greg Hodnett; 6. 50-Austin Reed; 7. 38N-Nick Schlauch, Jr.; 8. 5T-Glenndon Forsythe; 9. 95-Hunter Mackison; 10. 175-Jeff Geiges. No Time

Consolation (10 Laps/6 to qualify) – 1. 21K-Kyle Pruitt; 2. 65-Johnny Mackison, Jr.; 3. 38N-Nick Schlauch, Jr.; 4. 51-Fred Rahmer; 5. 6-Brad McClelland; 6. 59-Jim Siegel; 7. 95-Hunter Mackison; 8. 84-Chad Criswell; 9. 4-John Rudisill; 10. 5T-Glenndon Forsythe; 11. 15B-John Barnett (DNF); DNS – 175-Jeff Geiges. Time – 2:29. 899

Feature (20-Laps) – 1. 1A-Jacob Allen ($1,000); 2. 19Z-Isaac Sneeringer; 3. 99M-Kyle Moody; 4. 17E-Cris Eash; 5. 12-Mike Bittinger; 6. 23-Todd Rittenhouse, Jr.; 7. 94V-Matt Mountz; 8. 66-Dale Hammaker; 9. 45-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 10. 1*-Tim Wagaman; 11. 85-Nathan Berwager; 12. 6R-Logan Wagner; 13. 29-Ryan Wilson; 14. 28F-Matt Findley; 15. 97-Brie Hershey; 16. 67-Jason Cherry; 17. 10-Zach Eucalano (Alt.); 18. 99-Jan Luckenbaugh; 20. 94-Ted Thomas, Jr. (DNF); 21. 69H-Shane Hoff (DNF); 22. 21-Scott Fisher (DNF); 23. 52-Austin Hogue (DNF); 24. 69-Travis Willow (DNF); DNS – 65-Niki Young. No Time

Lap Leaders – Jacob Allen (1-20)

1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) – 1. 17E-Cris Eash; 2. 19Z-Issac Sneeringer; 3. 66-Dale Hammaker; 4. 45-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 5. 69H-Shane Hoff; 6. 21-Scott Fisher; 7. 94-Ted Thomas, Jr.; 8. 5A-Brian Allman; 9. 28F-Matt Findley; 10. 91-Adrian Shaffer (DNF). No Time

2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) – 1. 99M-Kyle Moody; 2. 1*-Tim Wagaman; 3. 12-Mike Bittinger; 4. 23-Todd Rittenhouse, Jr.; 5. 97-Brie Hershey; 6. 29-Ryan Wilson; 7. 10-Zach Eucalano; 8. 67-Jason Cherry; 9. 47-Michael Hammer; 10. 55-Matt Krause. No Time

3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) – 1. 6R-Logan Wagner; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart; 3. 65-Niki Young; 4. 94V-Matt Mountz; 5. 99-Jan Luckenbaugh; 6. 52-Austin Hogue; 7. 69-Travis Willow; 8. 59T-Tim Stallings; 9. 85-Nathan Berwager (DNF). No Time

Consolation (10 Laps/6 to qualify) – 1. 94-Ted Thomas, Jr.; 2. 67-Jason Cherry; 3. 85-Nathan Berwager; 4. 5A-Brian Allman; 5. 69-Travis Willow; 6. 28F-Matt Findley; 7. 10-Zach Eucalano; 8. 47-Michael Hammer; 9. 55-Matt Krause (DNF); 10. 59T-Tim Stallings (DNF); DNS – 91-Adrian Shaffer. No Time