Dietrich’s storybook season at Lincoln continues with UNOH All Star win

Danny Dietrich
Danny Dietrich. - Rick Rarer / Photo

Danny Dietrich
Danny Dietrich
From Brian Liskai

Abbottstown, PA — (June 9, 2012) — Last season when the University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions rolled into Lincoln Speedway, Danny Dietrich scored (at the time) his biggest career victory. It may have given the Aspers, Pennsylvania driver the confidence he was looking for, as he has carried that into 2012 in a huge way, including taking the UNOH All Star triumph Saturday.

Just three weeks after scoring his first win over the World of Outlaws, Dietrich, who leads the point standings at Lincoln, took home the $5,000 top prize in the 30-lap non-stop University of Northwest Ohio All-Star Circuit of Champions “A” main.

A fourth-place finish in the six-lap dash put Dietrich on the outside of row two for the start. He switched lanes and dove under three time and defending All-Star champ Tim Shaffer for third in the first two turns. Dietrich then caught outside front row starter Fred Rahmer for second in turns three and four of lap five, and then erased Alan Krimes’ 1.79-second lead as the leaders raced through lapped traffic between laps six and 11.

Dietrich drove past Krimes for the race lead on the back stretch of lap 12, and then pulled away to a 5.68-second win at the checkered. It was his fourth win of the season at Lincoln.

“It could turn around the other way real quick,” said Dietrich when asked about his fantastic season to date, “But we’re enjoying this. This is great. Week after week I say the same thing when I get up here…this team here behind me…they’re great. Every car in the pit area can come here and win, and to be standing out here again feels really good.”

“Tim Shaffer was so good in the dash there I thought we were going to have an All Star winner here tonight. But thank God it wasn’t an All Star winner tonight,” added Dietrich beside his Sandoe’s Fruit Market, APM, El Vista Orchards, Alwine Farms, Whisler’s Dry Cleaning, Rt. 30 Seafood backed machine. “We weren’t that good in our heat or the dash. “The track came to us tonight. We love these kind of race tracks. This format they have for the All Stars for the heat race makes it just about tough for just about anybody, especially when you time trial good you kinda’ get penalized for it. You get started in a non-qualifying spot so it makes it tough. You time trial in the top 24 of 37 cars…they’re good cars, all top six of them starting in the heat races. Luckily we got our way into fifth there…I had to beat my brother (Billy) out but we got there and made the dash, and this is where the money’s at.”

“That’s pretty cool!” exclaimed Dietrich after being reminded of beating both the Outlaws and All-Stars at Lincoln this year, “I can’t thank these guys behind me enough, all my sponsors, and especially (car owner) Gary (Kauffman).”

Kauffman said it was hard to believe his team beat the Outlaws and the All Stars in the same season.

“Danny and our crew work very hard every week and that’s what it takes to keep a car up front, hard work and a lot of dedication. Ron Krimes builds us a good motor…it’s a team effort,” said Kauffman.

Krimes settled for second, with Rahmer third, and ninth-starting Cory Haas and fifth-starting Aaron Ott completing the top five. Sixth through tenth were Stevie Smith, Tim Shaffer, national All-Star points leader Dale Blaney and All Star regulars Cap Henry and Paul McMahan.

“You never like to lose the lead when you are leading. But, we weren’t very good again…we haven’t been very good here all year. I don’t know what we have to change. We aren’t even in the class of the 48 (Dietrich) or the 11c (Cory Haas). We have to get faster. I don’t how we’re going to do it but we have to do something,” said a dejected Krimes beside his Conestoga Valley Garage, Krimes Racing Engines, Mike’s Powerwash backed machine.

“That was the only time my car was good all day,” added Krimes who moved from third to first on first lap. “I saw those two guys slide in there and start sliding up and I hit the bottom about perfect and drove by them…I thought ‘that didn’t take long to get the lead.’ It was kind of hard to tell where I needed to run when I was out there by myself and I come up on that lap car and I just couldn’t get around him and Danny snuck by on the bottom. I don’t think it would have mattered… I think he was going to get us regardless…he was a lot better than we was.”

Rahmer noted “two guys for sure were better than me tonight.”

“We’re chipping away at it. We’ll get it figured out,” added Rahmer beside his C&S Lawn and Landscape, Bairs Tree Service backed machine.

The UNOH All Stars will be back in action tomorrow night at Utica Rome Speedway and then the 30th Annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek kicks off with nine straight nights of racing across the Buckeye State June 22-30.

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Lincoln Speedway – 6/9/2012
UNOH Night

All Star Circuit of Champions (37 Cars)
[#]-Starting Position

Qualifying – Kistler Engines
1. 19-Stevie Smith, 14.308; 2. 89G-David Gravel, 14.344; 3. 51-Fred Rahmer, 14.345; 4. 48-Danny Dietrich, 14.365; 5. 69-Tim Glatfelter, 14.372; 6. 77-Aaron Ott, 14.388; 7. 87-Alan Krimes, 14.389; 8. 54-Cap Henry, 14.451; 9. 83-Tim Shaffer, 14.469; 10. 2-Dale Blaney, 14.509; 11. 45-Paul McMahon, 14.521; 12. 11C-Cory Haas, 14.524; 13. 59-Jim Siegel, 14.533; 14. 85-Gerard McIntyre Jr., 14.544; 15. 92-Kevin Nouse, 14.577; 16. 14L-Brian Leppo, 14.582; 17. 14-Tony Stewart, 14.595; 18. 30C-Lance Dewease, 14.609; 19. 75-Nicole Bower, 14.627; 20. 27-Daryn Pittman, 14.645; 21. 19M-Brent Marks, 14.649; 22. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 14.684; 23. 3-Pete Miller III, 14.711; 24. 8-Billy Dietrich, 14.750; 25. 39-Greg Hodnett, 14.788; 26. 21-Brian Montieth, 14.793; 27. 15-Adam Wilt, 14.840; 28. 6-Brad McClelland, 14.844; 29. 84-Chad Criswell, 14.872; 30. 95-Hunter Mackison, 14.891; 31. 5T-Glenndon Forsythe, 14.898; 32. 15B-John Barnett, 15.054; 33. 21K-Kyle Pruitt, 15.121; 34. 55K-Robert Kendall, 15.224; 35. OE-Steve Storrie, 15.301; 36. 20S-Derek Sell, 99.998; 37. 3B-Randy Baughman, 99.999

Heat 1 – Kears Speed Shop (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 14-Tony Stewart[2] ; 2. 59-Jim Siegel[3] ; 3. 19M-Brent Marks[1] ; 4. 83-Tim Shaffer[4] ; 5. 39-Greg Hodnett[7] ; 6. 19-Stevie Smith[6] ; 7. 69-Tim Glatfelter[5] ; 8. 21K-Kyle Pruitt[9] ; 9. 84-Chad Criswell[8] ; 10. 3B-Randy Baughman[10]

Heat 2 – All Pro Aluminum Heads (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 85-Gerard McIntyre Jr.[3] ; 2. 77-Aaron Ott[5] ; 3. 30C-Lance Dewease[2] ; 4. 21-Brian Montieth[7] ; 5. 2-Dale Blaney[4] ; 6. 89G-David Gravel[6] ; 7. 55K-Robert Kendall[9] ; 8. 95-Hunter Mackison[8] ; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart[1]

Heat 3 – Dragon Race Fuel (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 3-Pete Miller III[1] ; 2. 87-Alan Krimes[5] ; 3. 92-Kevin Nouse[3] ; 4. 51-Fred Rahmer[6] ; 5. 45-Paul McMahon[4] ; 6. 15-Adam Wilt[7] ; 7. 75-Nicole Bower[2] ; 8. 5T-Glenndon Forsythe[8] ; 9. OE-Steve Storrie[9]

Heat 4 – Kinsler Fuel Injection (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 27-Daryn Pittman[2] ; 2. 11C-Cory Haas[4] ; 3. 14L-Brian Leppo[3] ; 4. 54-Cap Henry[5] ; 5. 48-Danny Dietrich[6] ; 6. 8-Billy Dietrich[1] ; 7. 6-Brad McClelland[7] ; 8. 15B-John Barnett[8] ; 9. 20S-Derek Sell[9]

Dash – Outerwears Performance Products (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 6 starting positions of A-feature 1. 83-Tim Shaffer[2] ; 2. 51-Fred Rahmer[1] ; 3. 87-Alan Krimes[3] ; 4. 48-Danny Dietrich[4] ; 5. 77-Aaron Ott[5] ; 6. 54-Cap Henry[6]

B-Main – MSD Ignition (12 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 19-Stevie Smith[1] ; 2. 89G-David Gravel[2] ; 3. 15-Adam Wilt[7] ; 4. 8-Billy Dietrich[6] ; 5. 95-Hunter Mackison[10] ; 6. 69-Tim Glatfelter[3] ; 7. 6-Brad McClelland[8] ; 8. 21K-Kyle Pruitt[13] ; 9. 15B-John Barnett[12] ; 10. 84-Chad Criswell[9] ; 11. 5T-Glenndon Forsythe[11] ; 12. 55K-Robert Kendall[14] ; 13. 75-Nicole Bower[4] ; 14. OE-Steve Storrie[15]

A-Main – University of Northwestern Ohio (30 Laps) 1. 48-Danny Dietrich[4]; 2. 87-Alan Krimes[3]; 3. 51-Fred Rahmer[2]; 4. 11C-Cory Haas[9]; 5. 77-Aaron Ott[5]; 6. 19-Stevie Smith[11]; 7. 83-Tim Shaffer[1]; 8. 2-Dale Blaney[7]; 9. 54-Cap Henry[6]; 10. 45-Paul McMahon[8]; 11. 59-Jim Siegel[13]; 12. 19M-Brent Marks[19]; 13. 30C-Lance Dewease[17]; 14. 92-Kevin Nouse[14]; 15. 21-Brian Montieth[23]; 16. 85-Gerard McIntyre Jr.[10]; 17. 14-Tony Stewart[16]; 18. 39-Greg Hodnett[22]; 19. 15-Adam Wilt[24]; 20. 14L-Brian Leppo[15]; 21. 89G-David Gravel[12]; 22. 27-Daryn Pittman[18]; 23. 3-Pete Miller III[20]; 24. 8-Billy Dietrich[21]

Hard Charger: 21-Brian Montieth[+8]