HANOVER, PA, 5/30/03 - Extra laps and added money will push many a driver to the limit. In this case, hometown favorite Billy Dietrich of nearby Aspers pushed not himself so much, but his sprinter to the limit, in the special 30-lap Auto Locator...
HANOVER, PA, 5/30/03 - Extra laps and added money will push many a driver to the limit. In this case, hometown favorite Billy Dietrich of nearby Aspers pushed not himself so much, but his sprinter to the limit, in the special 30-lap Auto Locator 358 Sprint Championship Friday night at Trail-Way Speedway.
Dietrich, who started sixth, drove around race-long leader Neil Amspacher exiting the fourth turn of the fourth lap to grab the lead and then held on for the remaining 24 laps to claim the $1,200-to-win Auto Locator Sprint Championship for his first win of 2003 at Trail-Way Speedway.
Afterwards, the second generation driver revealed that he almost didn't make it to the checkered as he had to keep one eye on his temperature gauge the whole time as he sliced through heavy lapped traffic though much of the race.
"I'm not tired, I'm ready for another 30 (laps)," said Dietrich upon exiting his winning Shellhamer Hay and Straw No.8D sprinter in victory lane. "I might be ready for another 30, but my motor isn't...it was getting hot and I was glad it was over when it was."
"I shut it down there after the checkered. If there would have been more than a couple of laps to go I would have had to bring it in (to the pits). "
After a Danny Dietrich and Dale Hammaker tangle exiting the second turn of the opening lap, polesitter Neil Amspacher grabbed the lead over outside frontrow starter Troy Becker with third starting Brad McClelland and Billy Dietrich trailing in third and fourth position respectively.
Dietrich slipped around McClelland for third on the second lap and then Becker for the runner-up spot on the third lap as Amspacher tried to extend his lead.
But Dietrich was on a mission and drove his familiar high side line around the lightning quick one-third mile oval to perfection. Dietrich used his momentum to drive past Amspacher for the lead exiting the fourth turn of the fourth lap and quickly opened up a 1.20 second lead by the time the caution waved for an Aaron Long spin in the fourth turn of the sixth lap.
Dietrich continued to lead Amspacher and McClelland over the next two laps before the caution waved again on the eighth lap as Rory Janney spun in the first and second turns and Danny Dietrich stopping in the third and fourth turn.
On the restart defending micro-sprint champion turned 358 racer McClelland drove around Amspacher into second with 12th-starting Scott Tate following into third. But a fourth turn tangle between Danny Dietrich and Aaron Long on the 12th lap erased the leaders' 2.18 second advantage.
With a clear track in front of him Dietrich open up another two second advantage following the 12th lap restart over McClelland and Tate by the time they headed in lapped traffic on the 17th lap.
As Dietrich tried to navigate through the heavy lapped traffic on the 20th lap he watched in horror as two cars tangled right in front of him heading up the backstretch with one car bouncing off the outside retaining wall and sliding directly across his path into the infield.
Unfazed and with a clear track in front of him, Dietrich calmly pulled away by nearly two seconds once again over McClelland and Tate. Then just as he was about to head into heavy lapped traffic once again, the race's final caution waved with three laps to go when Joe Ross spun in the fourth turn.
That allowed Dietrich to easily lead the final laps to take the checkered by 1.95 seconds over McClelland for his second career Trail-Way Speedway victory.
Especially that blue number 88," said Dietrich jokingly about his younger brother Danny Dietrich when asked about what it was like trying to navigate through lapped cars during the race. "I kept trying to dodge him...there was a lot of lapped traffic but you'll have that."
"It was a lot of lapped traffic, but you'll have that. I was there when I started (racing) but you'll have that."
"I really want to thank them for putting up the extra money," said Dietrich about the championship race sponsor Auto Locator who upped the winner's check to $1,200 this night. "I also want to thank Trail-Way for making us the show here on Friday nights...we'll be here every week."
Tate held off Mike Bittinger for third place at the finish with opening day winner Scott Ausherman coming from his 19th starting position to complete the top-five.
Completing the top-10 were Dan Dietrich, Brian Eichelberger, Becker, last week's Coors Light 358 Sprint Series winner Brandon Grindstaff and Brian Allman.
Heat winners for the 27 "358" sprints on hand were won by Long, Dan Dietrich, and Hammaker, with Ausherman winning the consolation.
In winning the third heat, Hammaker set a new 8-lap track record with a non-stop time of one minute, 43.07 seconds, crushing the old mark of one minute 56.84 seconds set by Darren Eash on 5/2/03.
Bonneville's Steve Clabaugh passed race-long leader Ron Shultz on the 22nd lap and then led the rest of the way to pick up his first win of 2003 in the special 25-lap Auto Locator Thundercar Championship race.
Shultz grabbed the lead from his outside frontrow starting spot at the outset with polesitter Duane Hahn trailing. Clabaugh, who started third, moved around Hahn into second on the fifth lap and drove in Shultz's shadow over the next 17 laps.
After many failed attempts to drive under the race-leader, Clabaugh made a bold dive under Shultz entering the third of the 22nd lap and slid up in front to take the lead exiting the fourth turn. From there Clabaugh drove away to take the checkered 1.79 seconds ahead of Shultz for the win.
Clabaugh then announced in victory lane that he will make his 358 sprint debut in three weeks at Trail-Way.
Mark Shorb, Doug Devilbiss and John McDonough Jr. finished third through fifth respectively. Completing the top-10 were Neil Smith, Jerry Bingaman, Randy Zechman, Fred Lloyd and Bernie Beard.
Heat winners for the 25 thundercars were won by Shultz, Clabaugh, and Zechman, with Bryan Wagaman winning the consolation event.
Glenville's Doug King led all 15 laps to pick up his first win of the year in the 15-lap street stock feature. King drove from his third starting spot into the lead on the opening lap and then held off both Mike Herman and Ron Myers Jr. the entire 15 lap distance for the win.
Barbara Neiderer and Don Owens finished fourth and fifth respectively.
Completing the top-10 were defending street stock champ Danny Beard, Robert Bare, Ted Forsythe, Chris Holston and Josh Wildasin.
Heat winners for the 29 street stocks were won by Myers, King, and Herman, with Michael Kress winning the consolation.
In winning the second heat, King also set a new 8-lap track record with a non-stop time of two minutes 45.34 seconds, beating the old mark of two minutes 49.93 seconds set by Danny Beard on 5/2/03.
Trail-Way swings back into action Saturday night, May 31st, with a standard Saturday night show featuring the Predator Racecraft 250cc & 600cc Micro-Sprints, Scramble Cars (4 & 6 cylinder), Figure 8's & Classic Cars at 7 PM. Gates open at 4:45 PM.
AUTO LOCATOR SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP
Coors Light 358 Sprint Car Series
Feature (30 Laps) - 1. 8D-Billy Dietrich ($1,200); 2. 6-Brad McClelland; 3. 9-Scott Tate; 4. 12-Mike Bittinger; 5. 39-Scott Ausherman; 6. 8-Dan Dietrich; 7. 55-Brian Eichelberger; 8. 98-Troy Becker; 9. 09-Brandon Grindstaff; 10. 5A-Brian Allman; 11. 73-Rusty Rupp; 12. 29-Joe Ross; 13. 88-Danny Dietrich; 14. 29T-Neil Amspacher; 15. 58-Aaron Long; 16. 88J-Rory Janney; 17. 20-Jon Keller; 18. 28H-Billy Heltzel Jr.; 19. 3J-Judd Shepard; 20. 66-Dale Hammaker. No Time
Lap Leaders - Neil Amspacher (1-3), Billy Dietrich (4-30)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 58-Aaron Long; 2. 8D0-Billy Dietrich; 3. 3J-Judd Shepard; 4. 29T-Neil Amspacher; 5. 88-Danny Dietrich; 6. 28H-Billy Heltzel Jr.; 7. 64-Rich Carnathan; 8. 39-Scott Ausherman; 9. 64K-Kyle Purks. Time - 1:58.70
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 8-Dan Dietrich; 2. 98-Troy Becker; 3. 9-Scott Tate; 4. 5A-Brian Allman; 5. 73-Rusty Rupp; 6. 29-Joe Ross; 7. 20-Jon Keller; 8. 2T-Tracy Readinger; 9. 13-Bo Gordon. Time - 1:59.21
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 66-Dale Hammaker; 2. 6-Brad McClelland; 3. 88J-Rory Janney; 4. 12-Mike Bittinger; 5. 55E-Brian Eichelberger; 6. 09-Brandon Grandstaff; 7. 28M-Mark Moody; 8. 9C-Bill Case Jr.; 9. 24-Pat Small (DNF). Time - 1:43.07 (New 8 Lap Track Record - old record was 1:56.84 set by Darren Eash on 5/2/03)
Consolation (8 Laps/2 to qualify) - 1. 39-Scott Ausherman; 2. 20-Jon Keller; 3. 64-Rich Carnathan; 4. 28M-Mark Moody; 5. 64K-Kyle Purks; 6. 24-Pat Small; 7. 9C-Bill Case Jr.; 8. 2T-Tracy Readinger; 9. 13-Bo Gordon (DNF). Time - 1:57.06
AUTO LOCATOR THUNDERCAR CHAMPIONSHIP
Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 2. 31-Ron Shultz; 3. 22-Mark Shorb; 4. 15-Doug Devilbiss; 5. 19-John McDonough Jr.; 6. 1-Neil Smith; 7. 21-Jerry Bingaman; 8. 98-Randy Zechman; 9. 83-Fred Lloyd; 10. X-Bernie Beard; 11. 93G-Skip Messinger; 12. 34M-Jim Martz Jr.; 13. 51-Chad Myers; 14. 3-Mike Gladfelter; 15. 8-Robert Bopst; 16. W-Bryan Wagaman; 17. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 18. 70-Duane Hahn; 19. 2-Jeremy Brown; 20. 67-Randy Doty. No Time
Lap Leaders - Ron Shultz (1-21), Steve Clabaugh (22-25)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 31-Ron Shultz; 2. 70-Duane Hahn; 3. 67-Randy Doty; 4. 34M-Jim Martz Jr.; 5. 21-Jerry Bingaman; 6. 8-Robert Bopst; 7. W-Bryan Wagaman; 8. 7A-Dale Knight (DNF); 9. 30-Craig Wagaman (DNF). No Time
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 2. 19-John McDonough Jr.; 3. 22-Mark Shorb; 4. 93G-Skip Messinger; 5. 2-Jeremy Brown; 6. 51-Chad Myers; 7. 39-Howard Williams; 8. 83-Fred Lloyd (DNF). No Time
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 98-Randy Zechman; 2. 15-Doug Devilbiss; 3. 1-Neil Smith; 4. X-Bernie Beard; 5. 3-Mike Gladfelter; 6. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 7. 91-Tom Slusser Jr. (DNF); 8. 81-Mike Zeigler Sr. (DNF); 9. 52-Nat Tuckey (DNF). Time - 2:42.56
Consolation (8 Laps/2 to qualify) - 1. W-Bryan Wagaman; 2. 83-Fred Lloyd; 3. 91-Tom Slusser Jr.; 4. 39-Howard Williams; 5. 7A-Dale Knight (DNF); 6. 52-Nat Tuckey (DNF); 7. 81-Mike Zeigler Sr. (DNF); 8. 30-Craig Wagaman (DNF). No Time
Feature (15 Laps) - 1. 23-Doug King; 2. 39-Mike Herman; 3. 94-Ron Myers Jr.; 4. 6N-Barbara Neiderer; 5. 48-Don Owens; 6. 60-Danny Beard; 7. 76-Robert Bare; 8. 12-Ted Forsythe; 9. 20-Chris Holston; 10. 84-Josh Wildasin; 11. 3-Todd Miller; 12. 77-Justin Mong; 13. 7-John Magruther; 14. 33-Len Yorty; 15. 65-Walt Mann; 16. 68-Patrick Reindollar; 17. 1R-Barry Reinhart; 18. 45-Philip Heffner; 19. 56-Michael Kress; 20. 88X-Tim Hahn. No Time
Lap Leaders - Doug King (1-15)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 94-Ron Myers; 2. 3-Todd Miller; 3. 7-John Magruther; 4. 84-Josh Wildasin; 5. 1R-Barry Rinehart; 6. 45-Philip Heffner; 7. 68-Patrick Reindollar; 8. 51-Kyle Lear; 9. 6-Randy May (DNF); 10. 30-Richard Howes (DNF). No Time
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 23-Doug King; 2. 88X-Tim Hahn; 3. 20-Chris Holston; 4. 33-Len Yorty; 5. 60-Danny Beard; 6. 76-Robert Bare; 7. 75-Jim Smith; 8. 70-Rick Weaver; 9. 07-Robert Stough; 10. 22X-Todd Peck. Time - 2:45.34 - New 8 Lap Track Record - old record 2:49.93 was set by Danny Beard on 5/2/03
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 39-Mike Herman; 2. 6N-Barbara Neiderer; 3. 48-Don Owens; 4. 12-Ted Forsythe; 5. 77-Justin Mong; 6. 65-Walt Mann; 7. 56-Michael Kress; 8. 00-Randy Crunkilton; 9. 42-James Bigelow Jr.. Time - 2:50.58
Consolation (8 Laps/2 to qualify) - 1. 56-Michael Kress; 2. 68-Patrick Reindollar; 3. 75-Jim Smith; 4. 00-Randy Crunkilton; 5. 70-Rick Weaver; 6. 07-Robert Stough; 7. 51-Kyle Lear; 8. 22X-Todd Peck (DNF); DNS - 6-Randy May, 42-James Bigelow Jr., 30-Richard Howes. No Tim