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SELINSGROVE – Danny Dietrich and Brent Marks competed in the Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek Final at Selinsgrove Speedway on Sunday night fighting for the Series Championship and also ended up fighting for the feature film victory.
In the end, it was Marks who passed Dietrich for the $ 7,500 win at the Jan Opperman / Dick Bogar / Ralph Heintzelman Sr. Memorial, and Dietrich hung on for his second career Speedweek Championship in the Gary Kauffman. n ° 48. His other title came in 2016.
Dietrich did not win a race, but finished in the top four seven times in eight races. He beat Marks by 24 points (1046-1022). Rico Abreu, Justin Peck and Paul McMahan finished in the top five for the final points.
“We knew we had to show up and win the thing to win the points deal,” said Marques. “Danny just hasn’t backed off far enough for me. He’s always good here. I knew it was going to be tough. I really needed this race last night (Port Royal).
“It was a great week for us” said Marques. “Our car is really fast. I feel like we can run in the top three every night. We just had a few gremlins this week that really hurt us. Proud to show everyone that we have speed in our car. I really enjoy driving it.
“Tonight we had the fastest car in my opinion”, said Dietrich. “The overtaken cars were difficult and sometimes it’s better to run second when the leader gets to them.”
Dietrich took the lead in the 30-lap final from his starting second place. Marks moved from fourth to second in the first lap and shot in the lead, but couldn’t make the pass. Kyle Reinhardt finished third.
The marks remained straight with Dietrich racing around a quick cushion. They started turning slower cars with six laps completed and about three car lengths separated the leaders.
The two drivers negotiated the slower cars. Dietrich put the cushion down a few times, while Marks stuck to the cushion.
Dietrich placed a doubled car between him and Marks and was 1 second ahead when the yellow flew with nine laps completed.
Both drivers blew up the cushion on the restart, while Reinhardt rode inside almost taking second place. Marks was on Dietrich’s bumper in the front stretch as they completed lap 11. He didn’t fall low to try a slider, but stayed just behind Dietrich on the pad in turns one and two.
The yellow flew again when Anthony Macri slowed down down the first straight with a smashed header.
Dietrich again built a second lead at the halfway point. They pulled away from Reinhardt and resumed the car tour with 12 to go.
The marks remained on the cushion as Dietrich fell low again entering the first lap. Marks got Dietrich a great run down the stretch and tried a slider but couldn’t hold it back and Dietrich led with seven to go. Marks fired another shot at him in one and two, but Dietrich flipped under him on turn two and into the back stretch.
Marks passed through turns three and four, taking the lead with five to go. Dietrich had his nose fin which came off after contact with a broken-in car.
“I was staying aggressive at the top and Danny was starting to get by just a twitch when he got into traffic”, said Marques. “I kept the right back in it all the time. I knew I needed doubled traffic because he was very fast at the top and he had a good car. I was able to stay there with him, but I knew I wasn’t going to be able to make a pass until I got to traffic.
“I felt like I was better than him because even in the clean air, I was catching him with every lap. “ said Marques. “I knew when I caught him I wasn’t going to be able to pass because of the momentum he could carry. I wanted to make sure I hit my goals and didn’t make mistakes.
Marks took a 2.122-second victory, his third in the Speedweek Series and sixth in Central PA this season, while Dietrich settled for second.
“It feels good to win overall, but we’re here to win”, said Dietrich. “It’s just frustrating. We’ve been so close all week, but it’s like the stars don’t align. The nose wing broke there, but it didn’t affect us. We had cars on the track that beat us pretty hard. It just didn’t work. Brent has been quick all week. We’ve been quick all week. I felt we had the fastest car, especially in clean air.
“I just want to win some races”, said Dietrich.
Reinhardt crossed over to third place, but was lightly weighed and was disqualified. Rico Abreu, Lance Dewease and Justin Peck rounded out the top five. Logan Wagner, Paul McMahan, Lucas Wolfe, Pat Cannon and Matt Campbell round out the top 10.
Macri clocked a quick time out of the 33-car field with a lap of 16.923 seconds. Abreu, Marks, Dietrich and McMahan won the qualifying races. Dylan Cisney won the B-main.
The Selinsgrove 75th Anniversary Race takes place on Tuesday evening July 20 with the 410 Sprints and super late models. The circuit’s first race took place on Tuesday July 20, 1946.
Sprint Car Feature (30 laps): 1. Brent Marks. 2. Danny Dietrich. 3. Rico Abreu. 4. Launch Dewease. 5. Justin Peck. 6. Logan Wagner. 7. Paul McMahan. 8. Lucas Wolfe. 9. Pat Cannon. 10. Matt Campbell. 11. Blane Heimbach. 12. Jason Shultz. 13. Kyle Reinhardt. 14. Devon Borden. 15. Steve Buckwalter. 16. Cody Keller. 17. Ryan Smith. 18. Alex Bright. 19. Mike Wagner. 20. Sam Hafertepe Jr. 21. Anthony Macri. 22. Chase Dietz. 23. Dylan Cisney. 24. Kyle Moody. Did not qualify: TJ Stutts, Dylan Norris, Dustin Baney, Curt Stroup, Colby Womer, Greg Plank, Mike Walter II, Justin Whittall. Didn’t start: Mark Smith.