Dietrich Races To Williams Grove Point Lead And Title In Season-Ending National Open

Gettysburg driver notches second career track crown, Special awards announced

Mechanicsburg – Danny Dietirch of Gettysburg capped off his 2022 sprint car campaign at Williams Grove Speedway on Saturday night by claiming his second career Lawrence Chevrolet 410 sprint car track title with a hard fought eighth place finish in the season-ending National Open.

The title is also a second for car owner Gary Kauffman, having taking the title with Dietrich as well in 2019.

The title chase came right down to the wire in Saturday’s National Open as Dietrich entered the event some 185 points behind in the standings.

After starting 19th in the field Dietrich raced his way forward to ninth, placing himself in a tie with Freddie Rahmer for the point lead, before gaining one more spot which ended up serving him with a 10-point advantage to claim the prestigious crown.

Dietrich picked up three wins at the oval during the season including an impressive sweep of the Jack Gunn Memorial twin 20s sanctioned by the All Stars in late August.

Aside from the victories, among his other top results were a trio of seconds, four third-place finishes and a pair of fifths.

In total, Dietrich raced to 15 top-ten finishes on the year at Williams Grove while competing in 20 of the 24 main events staged.

Dietrich now joins a list of other oval two-time track champions including Freddie Rahmer, Jimmy Nace, Keith Kauffman, Smokey Snellbaker, Kramer Williamson, Johnny Mackison Sr. and a few others.

Special awards for the 2022 season within the 410 sprint ranks were also recently announced.

Earning Rookie of the Year honors was Austin Bishop, who ended up 21st in season points.

Lucas Wolfe earned the Sportsmanship Award.

And Dylan Norris was voted Most Improved Driver of the 2022 season by virtue of earning his first oval win early in the year before ending up an impressive third in season points.

Lance Dewease was crowned the 2022 Hoosier Diamond Series titlist in late September.

The title is the fifth of Dewease’s career having taken three alone for current car owner Don Kreitz Jr. while it was a fifth overall for Kreitz as well including a pair he scored while driving his own mount.

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