Dietrich scores top-ten in Ironman 55; Knoxville Nationals preliminary action kicks-off Wednesday

By Fully Injected Motorsports:

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (August 9, 2021) – After kicking-off his Ironman 55 weekend with a 17th-place showing during preliminary competition on Friday, August 6, “Double-D” Danny Dietrich performed the ultimate rebound and wrapped up the 2021 Ironman 55 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Missouri, with a top-ten score, finishing eighth, officially, after starting 11th on the 55-lap, $20,000-to-win grid.

Impressive enough, Dietrich was ninth with two circuits remaining, eventually sneaking by ten-time World of Outlaws champion, Donny Schatz, as the white flag waved.

The result was Dietrich’s sixth top-ten finish of the 2021 season against the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, two of which accomplished inside the top-five.

Dietrich kicked-off his Ironman 55 finale campaign with the 11th fastest time during qualifying time trials, driving on to finish third in his respective heat race; there were 34 cars entered for action.

“Hats off to my guys. Friday didn’t go as well as we wanted. We were forced to dig ourselves out of the Last Chance Showdown, but to turn things around and nail down a top-ten on Saturday is pretty awesome, especially against a field like that,” Dietrich said of his top-ten at I-55, driver of the Gary Kauffman Racing, Weikert’s Livestock, Sandoe’s Fruit Market, Pace Performance, Big Cove Whitetail Trophy Hunts, Bowhunters Superstore, Drop Of Ink Tattoo, Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Self Made, Graver’s Garage, Racer’s New & Used Parts Warehouse, No. 48 sprint car. “The real reason we’re out here starts Wednesday. It all begins with qualifying. We’re going to do whatever we can to get this No. 48 locked into Saturday’s finale.”

In an attempt to gain some valuable lap time at Knoxville Raceway, Danny Dietrich and Gary Kauffman Racing entered the 10th annual Capitani Classic on Sunday, August 8; Dietrich retired after qualifying and heat race action.

“Double-D” will begin his 2021 Knoxville Nationals effort with preliminary action on Wednesday, August 11. Saturday’s Nationals A-Main will award $150,000-to-win and $10,000-to-start. In addition, $1,000 of lap money will be awarded for every lap led in the 50-lap finale bumping the total winning potential to $200,000.

SPECIAL THANKS:
Danny Dietrich and Gary Kauffman Racing would like to thank all of their current marketing partners including: Weikert’s Livestock, Sandoe’s Fruit Market, Pace Performance, Big Cove Whitetail Trophy Hunts, Bowhunters Superstore, Drop Of Ink Tattoo, Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Self Made, Graver’s Garage, Racer’s New & Used Parts Warehouse, East Park Automotive Inc., RV 4 Wheel Drive & Performance Automotive Inc., Bollinger Construction, Blud Lubricants.

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STATS:

2021 Gary Kauffman Racing Statistics:
Top-5s: 29
Top-10s: 44
Wins: 3

2018 Wins: 10 (Lincoln Speedway: 3/10, 4/21, 6/30, 7/2, 7/14) (BAPS Motor Speedway: 4/8, 9/20) (Port Royal Speedway: 5/5, 7/7) (Williams Grove Speedway: 6/1)

2019 Wins: 15 (Lincoln Speedway: 3/16) (Williams Grove Speedway: 3/29) (BAPS Motor Speedway: 4/7) (Port Royal Speedway: 4/20) (Bridgeport Speedway [WoO]: 5/21) (Port Royal Speedway: 5/25) (Williams Grove Speedway: 5/31) (Weedsport Speedway [ASCoC]: 6/9) (Lincoln Speedway: 6/15) (Williams Grove Speedway: 6/21) (Orange County Fair Speedway [ASCoC]: 7/13) (Williams Grove Speedway: 7/19) (Lincoln Speedway: 8/17) (Williams Grove Speedway: 8/30) (BAPS Motor Speedway: 11/16)

2019 Championships: Williams Grove Speedway Track Championship, Central Pennsylvania Sprint Car Championship

2020 Wins: 13 (Lincoln Speedway Icebreaker – February 22) (Monarch Motor Speedway – All Stars – June 12) (Lincoln Speedway – Kevin Gobrecht Memorial – June 27) (Selinsgrove Speedway – Jan Opperman Memorial – June 28) (Williams Grove Speedway – July 31) (Lincoln Speedway – August 1) (Trail-Way Speedway – August 2) (Lincoln Speedway – Hank Gentzler Memorial- August 8) (Lincoln Speedway – August 22) (Grandview Speedway – All Stars – August 27) (Lincoln Speedway x2 – Bob Leiby Memorial – September 5) (Lincoln Speedway – Season Finale – October 17)

2020 Championships: Central Pennsylvania Sprint Car Championship

2021 Highlights: Earned a pair of top-five finishes, highlighted with a runner-up result, during World of Outlaws and All Star Circuit of Champions competition at Volusia Speedway Park/DIRTcar Nationals. Charged from 15th to sixth at Lincoln Speedway on Saturday, March 6. Scored first victory of 2021 during Lincoln Speedway start on Saturday, March 13. Rallied from 12th to fourth during Lincoln Speedway start on March 20. Jumped from 24th to ninth during a start at Williams Grove Speedway on March 26. Rallied from ninth to third during Port Royal Speedway visit on March 27. Finished second at Lincoln Speedway on Saturday, April 3. Finished eighth at Bridgeport Speedway on April 6. Charged from 14th to fourth during Port Royal Speedway start on April 10. Rallied from 21st to 11th during Lincoln Speedway start, also on April 10. Finished sixth during Port Royal’s Keith Kauffman Classic on April 17. Scored back-to-back top-fives during starts at Port Royal and Selinsgrove on April 24-25. Finished fourth from tenth at Lincoln Speedway on May 1. Finished second during the Kevin Gobrecht Classic at BAPS on May 2. Finished tenth during Lincoln’s Outlaw Tune-Up on Saturday, May 8. Finished sixth during West Virginia Motor Speedway’s Mountaineer Nationals on Saturday, May 22. Finished second during the Yellow Breeches program at Williams Grove Speedway on May 21. Rallied from 17th to finish fourth in Bob Weikert Memorial at Port Royal Speedway. Finished third and seventh during stops at Williams Grove and Lincoln on Friday and Saturday, June 4-5. Capped All Star Speedweek second in championship standings. Earned Speedweek victory at Sharon Speedway on June 15. Earned All Star Speedweek top-tens at Attica Raceway Park, Fremont Speedway, Sharon Speedway, and Portsmouth Raceway Park. Capped 2021 PA Sprint Speedweek campaign with seven top-fives in eight contested events; earned 2021 PA Sprint Speedweek championship. Charged from 13th to fourth in 13th Annual Lou Blaney Memorial at Sharon Speedway on Saturday, July 10. Finished second in 38th Annual Kings Royal main event and finished tenth in 37th Annual Kings Royal main event; each $175,000-to-win. Victorious in Selinsgrove Speedway’s 75th Anniversary event on July 20. Finished third at Williams Grove Speedway on July 30. Finished sixth and third in Port Royal Speedway Dream Race starts on July 31. Finished eighth with Outlaws in Ironman 55 at I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Missouri.

2021 Wins: 3 (Lincoln Speedway: 3/13) (Sharon Speedway | All Stars: 6/15) (Selinsgrove Speedway | 75th Anniversary Race: 7/20)

2021 Championships: Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek

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