Dietrich Fends off Dewease in Gobrecht Memorial

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA 6/30/2018 – In one of the best eight-minute shows a racing fan could ask for, Danny Dietrich fought off a Lance Dewease last-lap, last turn slider and out-raced him to the finish line to win the 19th Annual Kevin Gobrecht Memomrial on Night 2 of Pennsylvania Speedweek action at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.

“Shout out to that guy there,” said Dietrich about Dewease following his emotional wing-dance in victory lane. “This feels good. I think you’re going to see a lot of good things between the 69K (Dewease) and 48 (Dietrich)…they have a fast car and so do we.”

“If we would have went another five laps I guess Lance would have been there. It would have been interesting because I was going to move down in turns one and two and I can’t image the bottom in three and four was where he wanted to be, where he was (on the last turns to the checkered), whatever though, that was impressive. I’m just glad to be standing here.”

To be precise, it took eight minutes 9.953 seconds to complete 30 laps. Every driver finished. It all came down to the final turns.

Outside front-row starter Chad Trout got the jump on pole-sitting Dietrich and led the charge for the first nine laps. Trout even fought off a Dietrich slider in turns three and four on lap eight to hang on to the top spot.

“I don’t like leading, I just wanted to feel it out,” said Dietrich on Trout getting the lead at the drop of the green to the 30-lap feature. “He just got around me and I thought I’d just let him go and keep him within reach.”

“Lapped traffic was going to come into play. We weren’t set up for the start. We were set up for the end of the race.”

But the lapped traffic came into play starting on the fifth lap allowing Dietrich to close the gap and eventually nipped Trout at the line to complete the 10th lap as the new leader.

Dietrich took charge at that point and was flying through lapped traffic and had opened up a four second lead after 20 laps were in the books.

All eyes began watching behind Dietrich the final 10 laps as fifth-starting Dewease was making his charge to the front with 10th-starting Brian Montieth in tow.

Dewease and Montieth were closing the gap fast the final five laps but it appeared that Dewease was going to run out of time.

Then on the final lap it appeared Dietrich got loose off the second turn. Dewease closed quickly on Dietrich as they headed up the backstretch and was in position to dive under the leader.

“I could see him in one and two on the bottom there, in the middle, where ever he was there,” said Dietrich on that final lap. “I could damn near see his front wheel.”

“There was rubber on the top of the track and there had to be rubber on the bottom. If I had another lap I would have went to the bottom because I saw Macri get his nose back under me there as I was lapping him. It’s got to be rubbered up. It was rubbered up on entry down there but you couldn’t get off pretty good.”

And dive Dewease did.

Everyone stood as the pair raced off the final turns to the checkered. Dietrich had carried more speed through the turns and beat Dewease to the line for a wild non-stop 30-lap, $7,000-to-win Speedweek show.

“I just ran her into three hard,” said Dietrich on the final turns to the checkered. “I knew the slider was coming. I just had to beat him to the apex…that’s what it all came down to.”

Dietrich summed it up perfectly in the end, “That’s an exciting race.”

The win was Dietrich’s third of the year, and the 41st of his career at Lincoln Speedway. It was also his seventh career Pennsylvania Speedweek victory.

Montieth settled for third, with fast timer Lucas Wolfe, and Trout finishing fourth and fifth respectively. Completing the top-10 were Greg Hodnett, Freddie Rahmer, Jim Siegel, Trey Starks, and Alan Krimes.

Sprint heats were won by Dietrich, Freddie Rahmer, Dewease, and Jim Siegel, with Robbie Kendall winning the consolation. Fast time in time trials for the 39-car 410 Sprint field was set by Wolfe with a one-lap time of 14.149-seconds (95.413 MPH).

RACE RESULTS Saturday, June 30, 2018 LINCOLN SPEEDWAY Abbottstown, PA PENNSYLVANIA SPEEDWEEK (Race 2 of 10) 19th Annual Kevin Gobrecht Memorial Lawrence Chevrolet 410 Sprints 410 Sprint Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 48-Danny Dietrich ($7,000); 2. 69K-Lance Dewease; 3. 21-Brian Montieth; 4. 24-Lucas Wolfe; 5. 1X-Chad Trout; 6. 27-Greg Hodnett; 7. 51-Freddie Rahmer; 8. 59-Jim Siegel; 9. 44-Trey Starks; 10. 87-Alan Krimes; 11. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss; 12. 24R-Rico Abreu; 13. 21X-Austin Hogue; 14. 59W-Ryan Smith; 15. 3-James McFadden; 16. 39M-Anthony Macri; 17. 88-Brandon Rahmer; 18. 39-Cory Haas; 19. 07-Gerard McIntyre, Jr.; 20. 1*-Tim Wagaman; 21. 55K-Robbie Kendall; 22. 99M-Kyle Moody; 23. 15-Adam Wilt; 24. 5-Tyler Ross. Time – 8:09.953

Lap Leaders – Chad Trout (1-9), Danny Dietrich (10-30)

410 Sprint Heat One Finish (10 laps/5 to qualify) – 1. 48-Danny Dietrich; 2. 27-Greg Hodnett; 3. 39M-Anthony Macri; 4. 24-Lucas Wolfe; 5. 07-Gerard McIntyre, Jr.; 6. 55K-Robbie Kendall; 7. 33-Jared Esh; 8. 6K-Chris Knopp; 9. 11-Greg Plank; 10. 4R-Chase Dietz. No Time

410 Sprint Heat Two Finish (10 laps/5 to qualify) – 1. 51-Freddie Rahmer; 2. 59W-Ryan Smith; 3. 87-Alan Krimes; 4. 21X-Austin Hogue; 5. 39-Cory Haas; 6. 3-James McFadden; 7. 19-Landon Myers; 8. 21T-Scott Fisher; 9. 53-Jessie Attard; 10. 74-Dwayne Gutshall. Time – 2:34.768

410 Sprint Heat Three Finish (10 laps/5 to qualify) – 1. 69K-Lance Dewease; 2. 21-Brian Montieth; 3. 24R-Rico Abreu; 4. 1X-Chad Trout; 5. 15-Adam Wilt; 6. 99M-Kyle Moody; 7. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe; 8. 73B-Brett Michalski; 9. 49H-Bradley Howard; 10. 69-Tim Glatfelter (DNF). No Time

410 Sprint Heat Four Finish (10 laps/5 to qualify) – 1. 59-Jim Siegel; 2. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss; 3. 44-Trey Starks; 4. 88-Brandon Rahmer; 5. 1X-Chad Trout; 6. 5-Tyler Ross; 7. 10-Joe Kata, III; 8. 3B-Randy Baughman; 9. 12W-Troy Fraker. Time – 2:42.227

410 Sprint B-Main Finish (10 laps/4 to qualify) – 1. 55K-Robbie Kendall; 2. 3-James McFadden; 3. 5-Tyler Ross; 4. 99M-Kyle Moody; 5. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe; 6. 21T-Scott Fisher; 7. 53-Jessie Attard; 8. 4R-Chase Dietz; 9. 33-Jared Esh; 10. 10-Joe Kata, III; 11. 73B-Brett Michalski; 12. 49H-Bradley Howard; 13. 3B-Randy Baughman; 14. 11-Greg Plank; 15. 12W-Troy Fraker (DNF); 16. 19-Landon Myers (DNF); DNS – 6K-Chris Knopp, 74-Dwayne Gutshall, 69-Tim Glatfelter. Time – 3:13.905

Time Trial Results – 1. 24-Lucas Wolfe, 14.149-seconds (95.413 MPH); 2. 87-Alan Krimes, 14.179; 3. 69K-Lance Dewease, 14.182; 4. 1X-Chad Trout, 14.183; 5. 48-Danny Dietrich, 14.190; 6. 59W-Ryan Smith, 14.224; 7. 21-Brian Montieth, 14.291; 8. 59-Jim Siegel, 14.396; 9. 27-Greg Hodnett, 14.397; 10. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 14.400; 11. 1*-Tim Wagaman, 14.439; 12. 44-Trey Starks, 14.471; 13. 39M-Anthony Macri, 14.482; 14. 21X-Austin Hogue, 14.525; 15. 15-Adam Wilt, 14.571; 16. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 14.620; 17. 55K-Robbie Kendall, 14.663; 18. 3-James McFadden, 14.665; 19. 24R-Rico Abreu, 14.696; 20. 88-Brandon Rahmer, 14.743; 21. 07-Gerard McIntyre, Jr., 14.754; 22. 39-Cory Haas, 14.767; 23. 99M-Kyle Moody, 14.824; 24. 5-Tyler Ross, 14.879; 25. 4R-Chase Dietz, 14.903; 26. 19-Landon Myers, 14.970; 27. 49H-Bradley Howard, 15.101; 28. 10-Joe Kata, III, 15.107; 29. 33-Jared Esh, 15.126; 30. 21T-Scott Fisher, 15.315; 31. 69-Tim Glatfelter, 15.365; 32. 12W-Troy Fraker, 15.458; 33. 11-Greg Plank, 15.481; 34. 74-Dwayne Gutshall, 15.486; 35. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe, 15.587; 36. 3B-Randy Baughman, 15.667; 37. 6K-Chris Knopp, 15.705; 38. 53-Jesse Attard, 15.890; 39. 73B-Brett Michalski, 15.961.