Dietrich ends Williams Grove drought

Danny Dietrich ended a nearly two-year drought at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday night. (Photo by Dan Demarco)

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Danny Dietrich ended a nearly two-year losing streak at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday night.

His last victory on the track dates back to July 31, 2020.

The first Bill Gallagher 5G To Win main for the USAC East 360 sprints was scored by Alex Bright for his third circuit win of the year.

Bright’s victory was thrilling as the final eight laps saw the battle for the lead intensify.

Dietrich would eventually wire the field from pole for the 25-lap sprint car victory in 410, but he had his opponents who both met doom late in the race.

Dietrich came from the back of the pack on lap seven and initially struggled to start lapping cars before breaking free to extend a lead of more than five seconds on lap 10.

However, by then fourth starter Anthony Macri was second and knocked him down and by lap 15 Dietrich’s lead was reduced to 1.5 seconds.

Still in traffic with four laps to go, the lead’s advantage was reduced to less than half a second as Macri prepared for an overtake.

But as he came to the tape with three laps to go, his car suddenly sputtered and slowed as third runner Brent Marks nearly ran him over as the pair raced down the front straight.

Marks then turned his car into gear in second and set his sights on leader Dietrich.

With a pair of lapped cars between him and the leader, Marks drove every bit of his No. 19m into the first corner in a bid to put both cars behind him.

However, his move failed and he nearly wiped out the roders while spinning mid-corner to continue.

Her spin let Macri come back for second as Dietrich rushed to the ladies in the No. 48 Kauffman to take the win by 3.183 seconds.

It was the 26th victory of his career at Williams Grove.

Marks finished third followed by Freddie Rahmer and Kyle Moody.

Mark Smith started the USAC East Gallagher 30-lap Memorial on pole and took command of the field with Kenny Miller and Mike Thompson in pursuit.

Smith had an immediate lead on lap eight when the race’s first warning flag appeared for a puncture on Steve Wilbur’s rider.

Miller contested the lead on the restart before Smith broke free and stalked off the field again only to be slowed down once more with a lap to go.

Miller, Joey Amantea, Steve Drevicki and Alex Bright followed for the reboot.

Drevicki took a big step when the action returned to drive the low lane into second place with Bright moving up to fourth.

And then the red flag appeared with 12 laps to go when Mike Thompson and Amantea jumped out of the fast lane, exiting through turn four.

The two drivers got out of their car a few moments later.

The restart found Drevicki, Bright and point leader Briggs Danner chasing victory.

Drevicki pounced on Smith at the new green and took the lead on lap 20.

Smith briefly regained the lead on the lap, but Drevicki persevered to maintain control before Smith slowed to a stop with three laps to go.

This go-around, Bright, Danner and Kody Swanson gave the reboot chase.

And Bright was up for the challenge as he moved inside Drevicki as the duo descended the backchute on lap 24 before plunging into the lead as the duo engaged their cars on corner three.

Eyes then turned to Danner as he came forward to slide by Drevicki.

However, he ran out of time to round Bright, instead crossing the line in second.

Drevicki, Miller and Swanson rounded out the top five.

The end:

Feature (25 laps): 1. Danny Dietrich, 2. Anthony Macri, 3. Brent Marks, 4. Freddie Rahmer, 5. Kyle Moody, 6. Devon Borden, 7. Lucas Wolfe, 8. Aaron Bollinger, 9. Tyler Ross, 10. Justin Whittall, 11. Dylan Norris, 12. TJ Stutts, 13. Chase Dietz, 14. Dylan Cisney, 15. Steve Owings, 16. Dwight Leppo, 17. Bryn Gohn, 18. Anthony Fiore, 19. Chad Trout, 20. Brent Shearer, 21. John Walp

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