ABBOTSTOWN — It was a big night for the Dietrich family in a thriller Saturday at Lincoln Speedway.
In the end, Danny Dietrich claimed his fifth win of the year over brother Billy and Freddie Rahmer in a three-car battle that went down to the finish.
“That was freakin’ awesome! That’s some good racing there, ain’t it?” Danny Dietrich said after scoring his 36th career Lincoln win. “I used the wall to not run into somebody else, so we’re glad to be standing here.”
The winner started ninth, with brother Billy starting fourth, and Rahmer starting sixth. Polesitter Tim Glatfelter grabbed the lead at the drop of the green was immediately challenged by Billy.
The red flag came out on lap five when points leader Brian Montieth spun in turns three and four, collecting Jim Siegel and Matt Campbell, who rolled onto his side. Those three were battling for seventh place at the time. That was the only break in the 25-lap event, with Billy Dietrich claiming the lead from Glatfelter on the restart.
Rahmer got by Glatfelter for second on lap eight, and Danny Dietrich moved past Glatfelter to enter the top three on lap 10. That set up a 15-lap battle for the lead through lapped traffic which saw Rahmer and Danny swap second several times. Danny officially took over the runner-up spot on lap 15, with Rahmer reclaiming second on lap 17. Danny reclaimed second on 19 and began to pressure brother Billy.
He drove around Billy with a slider on lap 22, and led the rest of the way, finishing 1.47 seconds ahead of Billy, with Freddie crossing a close third.
“I drove harder than everybody else,” Danny Dietrich said. “My brother ran hard, too. It looked like he just went away at the end. ... Once I got the lead, I moved back to the bottom and was hoping that no one could take the long way around me.”
WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWEEK NEARING
MECHANICSBURG — Williams Grove Speedway will kick off the 27 annual Pennsylvania Speedweek Series for 410 sprint cars coming up on Friday, June 30, at 8 p.m.
The Lawrence Chevrolet 410 sprints will compete in time trials, heats and a 25-lap speedweek feature paying $5,000 to win before the series swings back to Williams Grove one week later on July 7 for the annual Mitch Smith Memorial.
Also racing at Williams Grove on June 24 will be the HJ Towing & Recovery 358 sprint cars.