By Fully Injected Motorsports:
GETTYSBURG, Pa. (October 12, 2020) – “Double-D” Danny Dietrich was just one position shy of a World of Outlaws triumph on Friday night at the Port Royal “Speed Palace,” opening the two-day Nittany Showdown at Port Royal Speedway with a runner-up performance after starting in the exact same position. Forced to chase Elk Grove, California’s Kyle Larson the entire distance, Dietrich had an opportunity to overtake the top spot during a late restart, but the mission was missed. The Gettysburg, Pennsylvania-native earned his way into the feature program by winning his respective heat race, eventually finishing second in the evening’s dash.
Although missing the top-ten, Dietrich’s route to finish 13th during the Nittany Showdown finale was most impressive, first winning the evening’s Last Chance Showdown before rallying from 21st to settle into 13th. The former Williams Grove Speedway and Lincoln Speedway champion was forced to compete in the Last Chance Showdown after finishing tenth in his Saturday night heat race; an issue with tire bleeders caused Dietrich to lose any potential to transfer.
“I think we were good enough to get Larson on Frida, we just didn’t have enough opportunities to make it work,” Dietrich said, driver of the Gary Kauffman Racing, Weikert’s Livestock, Sandoe’s Fruit Market, Pace Performance, Big Cove Whitetail Trophy Hunts, Drop Of Ink Tattoo, Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Self Made, No. 48 sprint car. “Saturday’s outcome was a far cry from what we were working toward, but regardless, it was a good recovery and I’m proud of our efforts. We’re heading back to Lincoln on Saturday so we’ll do what we can to get a win there.”
Danny Dietirch and Gary Kauffman Racing will help Lincoln Speedway close their doors for the season with Champions Night on Saturday, October 17. Dietrich is a seven-time winner in the Pigeon Hills in 2020, most recently sweeping the Bob Leiby Memorial double feature program on September 5. Still three victories shy of his 2019 total, Dietrich will enter the Lincoln Speedway finale with 12 wins on the season, two against Tony Stewart’s All Stars.
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, Drop Of Ink Tattoo, Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Self Made, Graver’s Garage, Racer’s New & Used Parts Warehouse, El Vista Orchards, Start 2 Finish Complete Property Maintenance, Bollinger Construction, and Blud Lubricants.
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2020 Gary Kauffman Racing Statistics:
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: 12 (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)
2020 Highlights: Finished tenth against All Star Circuit of Champions at Volusia Speedway Park on February 6. Won Lincoln Speedway’s $4,000 Icebreaker on February 22. Finished second at Lincoln Speedway on Sunday, March 1. Finished fourth at Lincoln Speedway on Saturday, March 7. Finished third at Port Royal Speedway on Saturday, March 14. Finished second at Williams Grove Speedway on Sunday, March 15. Finished 12th with World of Outlaws at Knoxville Raceway (48 cars) on Friday, May 8. Finished third with All Stars during first-ever visit to Park Jefferson on May 30th. Earned first All Star victory of season during Monarch Motor Speedway visit on June 12. Earned four top-ten finishes during Thunder Through The Plains campaign. Raced from 17th to third during the Lincoln Speedway feature on June 20. Capped PA Sprint Speedweek with wins at Lincoln Speedway and Selinsgrove Speedway. Earned four top-five finishes during PA Sprint Speedweek. Finished seventh at Williams Grove Speedway on July 10. Rallied to fifth with All Stars during Lou Blaney Memorial at Sharon Speedway on July 11. Finished seventh with All Stars during Justin Snyder Salute to the Troops event on July 12. Finished seventh during Tommy Hinnershitz Classic at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, July 17. Finished fourth during Bob Weikert Memorial finale at Port Royal Speedway on Sunday, July 19. Swept weekend on July 31-August 2; Williams Grove Speedway, Lincoln Speedway and Trail-Way Speedway, respectively. Won Hank Gentzler Memorial at Lincoln Speedway on Saturday, August 8. Qualified for $50,000-to-win Capitani Classic at Knoxville Raceway. Earned three consecutive podium finishes at Williams Grove, Lincoln and BAPS Motor Speedway on August 21-23. Won at Lincoln Speedway on August 22 for ninth win of the season. Won All Star Thunder Cup at Grandview Speedway on August 27. Finished sixth during Lincoln’s Kramer Klash on August 29. Finished second during Bedford Speedway All Star main event on August 30. Swept Bob Leiby Memorial twin features at Lincoln Speedway on September 5. Earned Labor Day weekend top-ten finishes at Williams Grove Speedway, Selinsgrove Speedway and Port Royal Speedway; eighth, fifth, and sixth, respectively. Finished ninth during Night Before the Tuscarora 50 on Friday, September 11. Finished second during BAPS Motor Speedway visit on Thursday, September 17. Finished seventh against All Stars at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, September 18. Finished ninth and sixth during starts at Williams Grove Speedway and Selinsgrove Speedway on September 25-26. Finished second during Port Royal Speedway’s Nittany Showdown opener featuring the World of Outlaws on Friday, October 9.
Photo Credit: Bert Wojo