Hanover, PA (05/13/11) –Billy Dietrich put on a clinic in coming from ninth starting spot to claim his first Trail-Way win of the year in the 25-lap “358” sprint car feature Friday night.
In doing so, he became the fourth winner in as many races in 2011.
“That was a pretty good race,” said Dietrich upon exiting his Racers Used Parts Warehouse/Miner’s Machine Shop #8 in victory lane, “Mike (Duncan) was running really good, and I was just trying to run my line. I thought I could get him with a run off turn two...”
Dietrich did get a good run off turn two, but made the race-winning pass by driving around Duncan in turns three and four of lap 15. From there, he ran away from the field, scoring his second overall win of the season.
Dietrich entered the top five by the end of the third lap, caught Joe Trone, Jr. for fourth on lap five, assumed third when Keith Prutzman dropped from the field during a seventh-lap caution, and passed Randy Whisler for the runner-up spot on lap eight.
Duncan ran a good race as well, starting third and taking the lead from polesitter Whisler on the fourth lap. He led until Dietrich caught him on the 15th-lap restart, and crossed second, with Trone, Dale Hammaker, and tenth-starting Jeff Rohrbaugh completing the top five.
Rounding out the top ten were Tim Wagaman, Cris Eash, Arron Spahr (who came from the back after a first lap caution involving himself and JB Cunningham), Whisler, and Joey Allen.
Heats for the 21 “358” sprinters were won by Whisler, Spahr, and Duncan.
358 Sprint Cars
Feature (25 Laps)
1. 8-Billy Dietrich; 2. 11D-Mike Duncan; 3. 99-Joe Trone, Jr.; 4. 66-Dale Hammaker; 5. 45-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 6. 1-Tim Wagaman; 7. 10W-Cris Eash; 8. 16-Arron Spahr; 9. 64-Randy Whisler; 10. 83-Joey Allen; 11. 18J-Jessie Morrison; 12. 99M-Kyle Moody; 13. 98-Randy Davis, Jr.; 14. 20-Trevor Little; 15. 92-Jeff Fithian; 16. 75-Todd Berkheimer; 17. 1S-Logan Schuchart(DNF); 18. 10-Zach Euculano(DNF); 19. 28-Keith Prutzman(DNF); 20. 7C-J.B. Cunningham, Jr.(DNF); 21. 59T-Tim Stallings(DNS). No Time.
Lap Leaders- Randy Whisler (1-3), Mike Duncan, Jr. (4-14), Billy Dietrich (15-25).
Heat 1 (10 Laps/All to Qualify)
1. 64-Randy Whisler; 2. 28-Keith Prutzman; 3. 45-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 4. 66-Dale Hammaker; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart; 6. 20-Trevor Little; 7. 75-Todd Berkheimer. Time 2:27.04.
Heat 2 (10 Laps/All to Qualify)
1. 16-Arron Spahr; 2. 7C-J.B. Cunningham, Jr.; 3. 18J-Jessie Morrison; 4. 10W-Cris Eash; 5. 83-Joey Allen; 6. 98-Randy Davis, Jr.; 7. 99M-Kyle Moody. Time 2:26.38.
Heat 3 (10 Laps/All to Qualify)
1. 11D-Mike Duncan, Jr.; 2. 99-Joe Trone, Jr.; 3. 1-Tim Stallings; 4. 8-Billy Dietrich; 5. 10-Zach Euculano; 6. 92-Jeff Fithian; 7. 59T-Tim Stallings(DNF). Time 2:27.10.