Fully Injected supporter Brian Leppo rallied from a 12th place starting spot to finish 4th last night at Lincoln Speedway -Rick Rarer Photo
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA , 4/28/12 – His dad won two Lincoln track titles, and his younger brother is the current Lincoln points leader. But it was Billy Dietrich who was joined by Dan and Danny in victory lane after winning Saturday night’s rained-delayed “410” sprint car feature.
The entire night of racing was completed in two hours and 40 minutes after a three-hour rain delay pushed qualifying back to 10 p.m.
“The track was good and starting position was great for us,” said Dietrich upon exiting the family-owned Racers New & Used Auto Parts Warehouse #8 in victory lane, “I need all the advantage I can get.”
A red flag for a flipping Austin Reed on turn two of the opening lap put Billy in fourth for the second attempt to start the race. Polesitter John Rudisill led the first lap before outside front row starter Chad Criswell grabbed the lead on lap two. Dietrich took second from Rudisill on lap three, and then chased Criswell for the next nine laps before Criswell suddenly dove off turn two into the infield while leading on lap 11.
Dietrich’s only challenge after that was from brother Danny, who came from 13th-starting spot to take second from Kevin Nouse on lap 18 and quickly closed on Billy. Danny was on Billy’s back bumper as the leaders maneuvered through lapped traffic on lap 23, but then Danny experienced the same problems as two weeks ago (oil blowing into the cockpit) and faded slightly over the final two laps.
“I took a peak at the board one of them laps, and I saw the 48 was second. That’s good, “added Dietrich, “If it wouldn’t be for him, I wouldn’t be here. He helps us out with set-up, and he’s got a hell-of-a team there. If it would be for that, we’d probably be chasing our tails. He’s a hell-of-a racer.”
Eighth-starting Alan Krimes got by Nouse with five to go and nipped Danny at the line, with 12th-starting Brian Leppo fourth and Nouse holding on for fifth. Sixth through tenth were Brent Marks, Rudisill, Frank Cozze, 21st-starting Jim Siegel, and Brad McClelland
Heats for the 28 “410” Sprinters were won by Nouse, Sam Schlosberg, and Billy Dietrich, with Nick Schlauch, Jr. winning the consolation.
Sat., April 28, 2012 LINCOLN SPEEDWAY Abbottstown, PA
LAWRENCE CHEVROLET 410 SPRINTS Feature (25-Laps) – 1. 8-Billy Dietrich ($3,200); 2. 87-Alan Krimes; 3. 48-Danny Dietrich; 4. 17-Brian Leppo; 5. 14-Kevin Nouse; 6. 19M-Brent Marks; 7. 4-John Rudisill; 8. 44-Frank Cozze; 9. 59-Jim Siegel; 10. 6-Brad McClelland; 11. 70-Sam Schlosberg; 12. 21K-Kyle Pruitt; 13. 69-Tim Glatfelter; 14. 175-Kyle Moody; 15. 4B-Jon Brennfleck; 16. 38N-Nick Schlauch, Jr. (DNF); 17. 15-Adam Wilt (DNF); 18. 1S-Logan Schuchart (DNF); 19. 85-Gerard McIntyre, Jr. (DNF); 20. 84-Chad Criswell (DNF); 21. 5T-Glenndon Forsythe (DNF); 22. 11C-Cory Haas (DNF); 23. 7C-Chad Trout (DNF); 24. 50-Austin Reed (DNF). No Time