Dietrich Cruises To Kevin Gobrecht Victory Classic
Danny Dietrich after his win at BAPS Motor Speedway. (Chad Updegraff Photo)
YORK HAVEN, Pa. — After a jam-packed 40 days of racing, Danny Dietrich was exhausted and needed a vacation to recharge.
First, Dietrich had unfinished business. The Gettysburg, Pennsylvania driver wanted to add another BAPS Motor Speedway win to his resume.
It didn’t look very difficult for Dietrich Sunday. He decimated the field, starting on pole and earning an eight-second victory in the prestigious Kevin Gobrecht Classic presented by Chad Baker Drain Cleaning, Plumbing, & HVAC. The win netted the Gary Kauffman-owned No. 48 a handsome $5,300.
“Really, the only time we’ve been slow was Speedweek,” Dietrich said. “We just weren’t good enough, but it’s hard to believe it only ended 20 days ago. I feel like it was two months.
“Eldora did not follow our path. We canceled this week, and it’s behind us. We will enter the month of money in September with a slightly different attitude. We’re going to do two short jaunts to recover and get Knoxville off the ground. He’s still a beater and seems to beat everyone.
Dietrich continued: “We are going to try to refresh ourselves, refresh our bodies, refresh our engines, build our cars and try to get by. We’ve had double-digit wins, and 10 wins is a good season no matter how you look at it.
Dietrich stowed this one early, when he took off from his starting position on pole. Freddie Rahmer also made a quick move forward, blasting Chase Dietz to take second at the end of the first lap.
Catching Dietrich was going to be a tall order. He took a 1.656 second lead on the fifth circuit, entered traffic a lap later and extended his lead to 4.022 seconds on lap 10.
“We were really good,” Dietrich said. “I was able to drive in the second half of the races. The car felt really good, and I went out there and didn’t really have to race anyone other than cars with laps.
“Every once in a while you think you hear someone and you get to the point where you’re driving a broken-in car for five or six laps, and you feel like you’re not getting any time. You have to tell yourself to leave so that no one catches you.
Halfway through, Dietrich mowed down the competition. He placed in the top 10 and held a 5.016 second lead. Five laps later, the advantage increased to 6.381 seconds over the 15-car field.
Dietz, who moved back into fourth at one point before passing Kyle Moody for third, started to close in on Rahmer a bit, but neither driver had anything for the leader. Dietrich took sixth place and took the win 8.316 seconds ahead of the rest of the field.
Rahmer backed up his fifth-place finish Friday against World of Outlaws with a second-place finish. Dietz, Moody and Dylan Norris round out the top five.
“We were only good for the first 10 laps or so, then I didn’t come out of Turn 4 at all and didn’t make up any time,” Rahmer said. “At the start, we were as quick as him. In some corners I was gaining on him and in others he was pulling a bit.
“I started to lose control just as the top went into four. It wasn’t bad, we just needed more drive in the corner or carry more speed, somehow. on another. The way we had the car, I couldn’t do it. I was a little tighter, but it wasn’t bad. It’s not what we wanted, but we got back safe and sound and we will continue until next Friday.
In the modified 358 main event, Louden Reimert started on pole and turned it into a wire-to-wire win in the 30-lap main event.
Jeff Strunk rounded Franke Cozze Sr. on the opening homer to take second place. He got a clear shot on the leader after a lap 15 warning for Brett Kressley, who hit the wall and punctured a tire.
Reimert repelled Strunk’s advances and retained the lead. He was unchallenged the rest of the way and took the win by 0.923 seconds. Strunk settled for second, with Cozze, seventh-place starter Billy Pauch Jr. and Tim Buckwalter rounding out the top five.
Feature (30 laps): 1. 48-Danny Dietrich; 2. 51-Freddie Rahmer; 3. 39-Chase Dietz; 4. 99M-Kyle Moody; 5. 44-Dylan Norris; 6. 23-Devon Borden; 7. 75-Tyler Ross; 8. 19M-Landon Myers; 9. 90-Jordan Givler; 10. 33-Riley Emig; 11. 99A-Devin Adams; 12. 49H-Bradley Howard; 13. 9-Gordon Senft Jr.; 14. 1X-Chad Trout; 15. 35-Tyler Esh