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posted July 04, 2001 12:35 PM
DAN DIETRICH CLAIMS LINCOLN HOLIDAY "358" SHOW
Veteran racer Dan Dietrich trailed race leader Chad Trout for 15 laps and
appeared destined for a solid runner-up finish in Tuesday night's 20-lap 358
sprint feature at Lincoln Speedway. But Trout's motor suddenly began to
sputter and lose power on the 18th lap with Dietrich closing fast on the
backstretch. Before Dietrich knew what was happening, he was forced to dive
under the Felton racer and grabbed the lead with the white flag waving.
"We hung around and got lucky at the end," said a happy Dietrich in victory
lane. "It's a shame he was heating up there, and I guess he probably burnt
it into the ground."
"I knew it from about half way on. I could smell his anti-freeze. He was
pushing a lot of water. So I knew he was heating up. It's a shame for him it
didn't go two more laps, but, it was good for me."
Dietrich went on to lead the final lap and easily to claim his first 358
sprint win of the year.
Trout, who started third, trailed polesitter Mark Zellers and outside
frontrow starter Jim Siegel at the completion of the first lap. Following a
caution for a Cory Haas spin in the second turn, runner-up Siegel spun in
the third and fourth turns while trying to hold back Trout. This allowed
Trout to move into second, and on the ensuing restart, he blasted around the
top of the first and second turns to grab the lead on the exit. Dietrich,
who started fifth, followed Trout into second by the end of that third lap
and tried to race down the leader.
On the 17th lap, Trout's motor began to sound weak and on the 18th lap
began to noticeably slow, giving Dietrich the opportunity he was waiting
After making the pass for the lead on the 18th lap, Dietrich went on to
take the checkered for his second career 358 sprint win at the Pigeon Hills
Tim Hershey came from his 10th starting spot to finish second, with Gary
Gollub third. Joe Ilg came from his distant 19th starting spot to finish
fourth, with Mike Miller fifth.
Hamburg's Keith Prutzman came from his seventh starting position to chase
down race-long leader Glenn Keller on the 18th lap for the lead and raced
away to his first win in three years in the 20-lap super sportsman feature.
Keller hung on for second, with Rusty Rupp, Ken Carberry, and Carmen Perigo,
Jr. completing the top five.
Bill Rice of Schuyler, VA, claimed the 20-lap Virginia Sprint Series
feature. Rick started 12th and took the lead from polesitter Pete Kingrea
on the ninth lap. He raced away to a 1.14-second win over Kevin Zirk, with
Tim Hamlet (who started 16th), Jerrold Harris (who started 14th), and Tom
Worrick (who started 17th) finishing third through fifth.