BECHTELSVILLE, Pa. – Danny Dietrich has thrown his name into the hat of local competitors who will compete with the AMOSIL USAC National Sprint Car Series during the annual Eastern Storm.
Dietrich, a veteran in the Pennsylvania winged 410 sprint car ranks, will drive the Tom Buch-owned APEX/DKW Transport No. 13 during four of the five races on the Eastern Storm schedule.
The team and Dietrich plan to compete at Grandview Speedway (June 13), Lincoln Speedway (June 14), Williams Grove Speedway (June 15) and Port Royal Speedway (June 17) before the team returns its attention to winged sprint car racing with the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions at Waynesfield Raceway Park on June 18.
The USAC Eastern Storm will wrap up on June 18 at Susquehanna Speedway.
“Tom has given me a great opportunity to run these wingless races and I’m looking forward to going out and trying something different,” Dietrich said. “It’s going to be tough because we’re out of our element, but I think I can adapt and I believe we have a chance of winning at any of these tracks.”
Dietrich certainly isn’t a stranger to victory lane in Central Pennsylvania, having claimed winged 410 victories at Lincoln, Williams Grove and Port Royal Speedway last year, including the $25,000 Williams Grove National Open with the World of Outlaws.
This will be Dietrich’s first foray into wingless sprint car racing.
“With a wing on we’re used to running really hard on entry,” the 28-year-old racer said. “I think there’s going to be a learning curve, but this is going to make me a more versatile racer.”
“Danny Dietrich is one of the sport’s most popular racers on and off the race track,” said Bob Miller, the co-promoter of the USAC events at Grandview Speedway and Lincoln Speedway. “Having someone of his caliber compete against the USAC drivers adds another layer to the excitement of the Eastern Storm.”
Dietrich teamed up with Buch for select winged 410 sprint car events this year in addition to his regular schedule in the Gary Kauffman-owned/Sandoe’s Fruit Market/Hickory Run Orchards No. 48.