Danny Dietrich earned his sixth win of the season and 61st win of his career at Lincoln on Saturday night at Dean’s Auto Plaza Night of Champions.
Dietrich lined up third for the feature and after battling Buddy Kofoid, took the lead on lap 12.
“Buddy’s not easy to beat, he’ll slip, he’s got this midget mentality where they like to slip or die,” Dietrich said.
The 30 laps feature had three red flags which led to an open red with 8 laps to go. When asked if he had made any changes under the red, Dietrich replied “a lot”.
Dietrich closed the season with a $5,000 win courtesy of Dean’s Auto Plaza.
“This thing was so much fun to drive,” he said. “It’s just fun to have this thing in the win lane and end the season with a win.”
Lucas Wolfe and Kofoid shared the front row for the green flag drop with Wolfe leading the pack into Turn 1. Kofoid was all over Wolfe coming out of Turn 2 and had a run on Lucas to lead on Turn 1. Dietrich passed Wolfe for second in round 2.
Matt Campbell and Kyle Moody raced side by side for fourth place, with Campbell taking the spot on lap 3. Moody reclaimed fourth place on lap 4, with the two continuing to battle for position. Campbell took it over again in the 7th round.
The yellow flag flew on lap 8 for Glenndon Forsythe just as Kofoid had reached doubled traffic.
The top five for the reboot were Kofoid, Dietrich, Wolfe, Campbell, and Moody.
Dietrich went to the top on the restart and nearly made a run on Kofoid but didn’t make the pass. Campbell passed Wolfe for third place.
The red flag came out on lap 9 for Brandon Rahmer who overturned in turns 3 and 4.
Kofoid led Dietrich, Campbell, Wolfe and Moody to the cone for the single file reboot. Kofoid went high to take the charge off Dietrich. The yellow came out on lap 10 when Aaron Bollinger stopped in turn 2, Bollinger had been running seventh.
Dietrich slipped Kofoid for the lead on the restart, but Kofoid clawed back the top spot in the backstretch. Dietrich stayed close and took the lead on lap 12. Buddy stayed with him and tried a slider in turn 2 to regain the lead but it didn’t stick.
Dallas Schott rolled over in Turn 4 and pulled out the red flag on lap 14.
Dietrich, Kofoid, Campbell, Wolfe and Rahmer led the field in the restart. Lucas passed Campbell to regain third place. Rahmer followed and also passed Wolfe to take third, dropping Campbell to fifth.
Moody was looking for a way back into the top five but couldn’t find a way around Campbell. Moody tried a slider and took turn 21.
Just as Dietrich grabbed the tail of the pack on lap 22, Riley Emig flipped on turns 3 and 4, bringing out the third red flag of the race.
After an open red for the teams, Dietrich led Kofoid, Rahmer, Wolfe and Moody to the restart. Kofoid fell low on reboot and tried a slider with no luck. Wolfe passed Rahmer for third place. Kofoid tried another slider unsuccessfully, allowing Dietrich to pull away.
The doubled traffic would not come into play until the checkered flag of the leaders. Dietrich crossed the line 0.730 seconds ahead of Kofoid. Wolfe was third and 2022 track champion Freddie Rahmer was fourth. Moody completes the top five.
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Doug Hammaker back in Victory Lane at Lincoln Speedway
Pole sitter Justin Foster took the lead when the green flag was waved with Jeff Rohrbaugh under Hayden Miller for second place.
Nash Ely was running fourth and held off Doug Hammaker and David Holbrook. Ely caught up with Miller and was looking to take third place. Ely made the pass for third place on lap 3. Hammaker followed, taking fourth place. 2022 track champion Steve Owings wasn’t far behind and passed Miller for fifth on lap five. Owings challenged Hammaker for the fourth while Ely worked on Rohrbaugh for the second.
Hammaker and Owings caught Ely in a four-car battle for second place. Foster had an immediate lead when he caught traffic on lap 14.
Hammaker passed Ely for third on lap 15 and then Rohrbaugh for second on lap 16. Ely followed to take third, but the warning came out before the pass was official. The yellow was for George Streaker who was out of rhythm.
The top five for the reboot were Foster, Hammaker, Rohrbaugh, Ely and Owings. Foster went low and Hammaker went high in Turns 1 and 2. Foster was holding the lead but Hammaker was right there. Hammaker took the lead by inches on lap 18.
Hammaker took the checkered flag 0.942 seconds ahead of Owings who made a last-lap pass for second. Foster crossed the line third and Rohrbaugh was fourth. Ely completes the top five.
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Lincoln Speedway is back in action February 25-26, 2023 with Ice Breaker Weekend.
Feature (30 rounds): 1. 48-Danny Dietrich ($5,000); 2. 11K-Buddy Kofoid; 3. 5w-Lucas Wolfe; 4. 8R-Freddie Rahmer; 5. 99M-Kyle Moody; 6. 19R-Matt Campbell; 7. 44-Dylan Norris; 8. 23B-Devon Borden; 9. 8-Billy Dietrich; 10. 7H-Trey Hivner; 11. 39-Troy Wagaman; 12. 75-Tyler Ross; 13. 59-Jim Siegel; 14. 39T-Cameron Smith; 15. 4R-Tim Wagaman; 16. 11A—Austin Bishop; 17 5F—Glenndon Forsythe; 18. Trout 1X-Chad; 19. 69-Tim Glatfelter; 20. 4z-Zane Rudisill; 21. 33-Riley Emig (DNF); 22. 55S-Dallas Schott (DNF); 23. 16A-Aaron Bollinger (DNF); 24. 5E-Brandon Rahmer (DNF)
Round leaders: Kofoid (1-11) & Dietrich (12-30)
Round 1 (10 laps): 1. 48-Danny Dietrich; 2. 8-Billy Dietrich; 3. 8R-Freddie Rahmer; 4. 7H-Trey Hivner; 5. 5E-Brandon Rahmer; 6. 4R-Tim Wagaman; 7. 11P-Niki Young; 8. 23A-Chris Arnold; 9. 49H-Bradley Howard (DNF)
Round 2 (10 rounds): 1. 99m-Kyle Moody; 2. 11K-Buddy Kofoid; 3. 23B-Devon Borden; 4. 4z-Zane Rudisill; 5. 59-Jim Siegel; 6. 11A—Austin Bishop; 7.00-Chris Frank; 8. 75-Tyler Ross; 9. 21T-Scott Fisher
Round 3 (10 turns): 1. 39-Troy Wagaman; 2. 19R-Matt Campbell; 3. 69-Tim Glatfelter; 4. 39T-Cameron Smith; 5. Trout 1X-Chad; 6. 5-Glendon Forsythe; 7. 55-Domenic Melair; 8. 5a-Zachary Allman; 9. 9-Dalton Dietrich
Round 4 (10 turns): 1. 16A-Aaron Bollinger; 2. 44-Dylan Norris; 3. 5w-Lucas Wolfe; 4. 55-Dallas Schott; 5. 33-Riley Emig; 6. 23-Michael Millard; 7. 97-Brie Hershey; 8. 31-Clay Dow
Consolation (10 rounds): 1. 75-Tyler Ross; 2. 11A—Austin Bishop; 3. 4R-Tim Wagaman; 4. 5-Glendon Forsythe; 5. 11P-Niki Young; 6. 23-Michael Millard; 7.00-Chris Frank; 8.55-Doménic Melair; 9. 23A-Chris Arnold; 10. 97-Brie Hershey; 11. 31-Clay Dow; 12. 5A-Zachary Allman; 13. 49H-Bradley Howard; 14. 9-Dalton Dietrich; 15. 21T-Scott Fisher (DNF)
Feature (20 rounds): 1. 66-Doug Hammaker ($1,600); 2. 35-Steve Owings; 3. 23F-Justin Foster; 4. 45-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 5. 22E-Nash Ely; 6. 2-Kody Hartlaub; 7. 11H-Hayden Miller; 8. 66a—Cody Fletcher; 9. 77-David Holbrook; 10. 41-Logan Rumsey; 11. 69S-Cameron Smith; 12. 5-Travis Scott; 13. 28-Matt Findley; 14. 7w-Jayden Wolf; 15. 54-Brett Wanner; 16. 70D-Frankie Herr; 17. 21T—Scott Fisher; 18. 23J-Jake Eldreth; 19. 12K-Kyle Rohrbaugh; 20. 89-Ashley Cappetta; 21. 21M-Zach Newlin; 22. 77K-Steven Kisamore; 23. 17G-George Streaker (DNF); 24. 84M-Chad Criswell (DNF)
Round leaders: Foster (1-18) & Hammaker (19-20)
Round 1 (8 laps): 1. 45-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 2. Hammaker 66H-Doug; 3. 66A—Cody Fletcher; 4. 2-Kody Hartlaub; 5. 77K-Steven Kisamore; 6. 17G-George Streaker; 7. 15s—Cole small; 8. 19D-Wyatt Hinkle (DNF)
Round 2 (8 rounds): 1. 22E-Nash Ely; 2. 11H-Hayden Miller; 3. 84M-Chad Criswell; 4. 69-Cameron Smith; 5. 23J-Jake Eldreth; 6. 7w-Jayden Wolf; 7. 12K-Kyle Rohrbaugh; 8. 10-Nick Yinger
Round 3 (8 rounds): 1. 23F-Justin Foster; 2. 41-Logan Rumsey; 3. 5-Travis Scott; 4. 54-Brett Wanner; 5. 21T-Scott Fisher; 6. 21M-Zach Newlin; 7. 69-Judge Forbes; 8. 96-Billy Heltzel (DNF)
Round 4 (8 rounds): 1. 77-David Holbrook; 2. 35-Steve Owings; 3. 70D-Frankie Herr; 4. 28-Matt Findley; 5. 89-Ashley Cappetta; 6. 10H-Dave Hollar; 7. 22B-Nat Tuckey
Consolation (10 rounds): 1. 7w-Jayden Wolf; 2. 17G-George Streaker; 3. 12M-Zach Newlin; 4. 12K-Kyle Rohrbaugh; 5. 22B-Nat Tuckey; 6. 10H-Dave Hollar; 7. 15s—Cole small; 8. 10-Nick Yinger (DNF); 9. 69-Judge Forbes (DNS); 10. 19D-Wyatt Hinkle (DNS); 11. 96-Billy Heltzel (DNS)