Dietrich wins on opening day at Lincoln Speedway
Lincoln Speedway had its annual Ice Breaker 30 on Saturday as Danny Dietrich claimed his second career opening-day win with a standing-room only crowd in attendance.
Dietrich lined up for the main event in third, behind pole-sitter Glenndon Forsythe and Ryan Smith. Forsythe led the field into Turn 1, but the caution came out before a lap could be completed. Brett Michalski and Landon Myers got tangled up in Turn 1. Both drivers were able to rejoin the field.
After several caution flags and a fuel stop on lap nine with eight laps to go, the field lined up once again behind Dietrich for the restart. Dietrich and the rest of the top five — Logan Schuchart, Freddie Rahmer, Brandon Rahmer and Anthony Macri — started to pull away from the rest of the field.
Dietrich took the checkered flag and crossed the line 1.145 seconds ahead of Schuchart. Freddie Rahmer held onto third and Brandon Rahmer finished fourth. Macri crossed the line fifth after starting tenth in the main event.
• Clinton County released the plans for the 32nd year of operation at the speedway.
The Fair Association decided to be the operators with assistance and guidance of former race promoter Jason McCahan, who promoted the speedway from 2002-2004.
“The board felt it was the right time to take control of the speedway to ensure that it opened in 2020,” said fair board president Phil Courter. “We watched the success of the Juniata County Fair Association and Port Royal Speedway and would like to replicate that here. We are pleased to have Jason back with us for this new era of racing at Clinton County.”
The speedway plans to open on Friday, May 1, with limited late-models as the headline division. The following week on May 8, the Racesaver Sprint Cars sanctioned by the Laurel Highlands Sprint Series will be the featured division. The two divisions will share the spotlight throughout the 2020 season.
In addition to the headlining divisions, the 270 micro sprints, 600 micro sprints, pro stock and four-cylinder stock cars will be featured weekly.
“We have had a number of Pro Stock drivers from Selinsgrove Speedway and Port Royal Speedway express an interest in racing Friday nights at Clinton County, so we have made them a weekly division,” McCahan said.
“We are doing the same thing with the 270 micro sprints and 600 micro sprints. We believe as a weekly division more drivers can commit to making Clinton County their weekly Friday night speedway.”
LINCOLN SPEEDWAY results
410 Sprint feature (30 laps): 1. 48-Danny Dietrich ($4,000); 2. 1s-Logan Schuchart; 3. 51-Freddie Rahmer; 4. 88-Brandon Rahmer; 5. 39M-Anthony Macri.