ABBOTTSTOWN, Pa. – Danny Dietrich scored a milestone win with his Hank Gentzler Memorial victory on Saturday night.
With the triumph, Dietrich won his 50th 410 sprint car feature at Lincoln Speedway, putting him just six wins behind Bobby Abel on the track’s all-time win list.
Gerard McIntyre Jr. and Billy Dietrich shared the front row of the 30-lap feature with Freddie Rahmer and Lucas Wolfe lined up in the second row.
McIntyre had the advantage going into turn one with Billy Dietrich and Rahmer in second and third respectively. A three-way battle for fourth was brewing between Tim Wagaman, Chad Trout and Lucas Wolfe when the caution came out on lap one for Tyler Esh.
Esh slowed on the front stretch and came to a stop in turn two. The top five for the restart were McIntyre, Billy Dietrich, Rahmer, Wagaman and Wolfe.
McIntyre got a great restart, while Rahmer looked under Dietrich in turns one and two and took second. Matt Campbell, who was filling in for Brian Montieth as he spent time with his family, was up to fifth from ninth and got to work on Wagaman to try and take fourth.
Rahmer was reeling in McIntyre and got close enough to slide under him in turn four on lap six to take the lead.
The yellow came out again on lap nine. This time it was for Jay Galloway when he spun out in turn two. Galloway rejoined the field.
This time Rahmer led McIntyre, Billy Dietrich, Wagaman and Campbell to the cone for the single-file restart.
Brandon Rahmer tried to get by Campbell to enter the top five. While those two battled for position, Danny Dietrich entered the mix. Danny Dietrich got by Brandon Rahmer for sixth.
Wagaman was working on Billy Dietrich for third and took the spot on lap 12.
Campbell and Danny Dietrich made it a three-way battle with Billy Dietrich for fourth, with Danny getting by them both to take the spot.
Danny Dietrich challenged Wagaman for third and took the spot coming out of turn two on lap 16. Next in his path was McIntyre, and Danny got by Gerard for the runner-up spot on lap 19.
Rahmer had a 1.9-second lead over Danny Dietrich with 10 laps to go, but the caution lights came on for Tyler Ross on lap 21 when he fell off the pace.
Rahmer led Danny Dietrich, McIntyre, Wagaman and Dietz – who was up to fifth from his 14th starting spot – on the restart.
Rahmer went to the top and Danny Dietrich chose the bottom going into turn one, while Wagaman battled McIntyre for third.
Dietrich used the top of three and four to make up ground on Rahmer. The top two touched coming out of turn two on lap 24 after Dietrich pulled a slide job. The contact allowed Dietrich to take the lead.
Dietrich went on to cross the line 2.345 seconds ahead of Rahmer for his 50th Lincoln win.
Wagaman finished third. McIntyre held on to finish fourth and Dietz rounded out the top five.
410 heat winners were Rahmer, Billy Dietrich and Lucas Wolfe. Chad Trout set quick time over the 30-car field with a lap of 13.271 seconds.
Other division winners included Brett Strickler (358 sprints) and Jeff Paulson (Outlaw Vintage).
1. 48-Danny Dietrich ($4,000); 2. 51-Freddie Rahmer; 3. 5E- Tim Wagaman; 4. 07-Gerard McIntyre Jr.; 5. 75-Chase Dietz; 6. 21-Matt Campbell; 7. 15-Adam Wilt; 8. 8-Billy Dietrich; 9. 1x-Chad Trout; 10. 88-Brandon Rahmer; 11. 24-Lucas Wolfe; 12. 45-Jeff Halligan; 13. 87-Alan Krimes; 14. 59-Jim Siegel; 15. 69-Tim Glatfelter; 16. 15-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 17. 2w-Glenndon Forsythe; 18. 90-Jordan Givler; 19. 7-Trey Hivner; 20. 73B-Brett Michalski; 21. 27G-Jay Galloway; 22. 5-Tyler Ross (DNF); 23. 97-Brie Hershey (DNF); 24. 14c-Tyler Esh (DNF).