PAPosseRacing.com l Justin Snyder
Abbotstown, PA l Feb 25th, 2017
With heavy rain storms in the forecast for Abbottstown, PA hundreds of fans optimistically piled into Lincoln Speedway for the annual “Icebreaker 30” this past weekend. A central Pennsylvania tradition, the day race serves as the opener for 410 Sprint cars in the area and is highly anticipated by fans and drivers alike.
With temperatures in the mid 60's, it looked as if Mother Nature was a racing fan for the day. However, she would throw the track multiple curve balls before the nights end. A tornado warning and heavy rain storms hit the 3/8 mile, high banked, clay oval just after 2 p.m., followed by various bouts with hail and extreme wind gusts. Temperatures then dropped about 20 degrees as well.
After a four hour delay to get the track back up to standards, fans returned to their rain-soaked seats to watch Danny Dietrich outduel Kyle Moody and park his car in victory lane to claim the $4,000 prize as the winner of the event. “I told these guys all week we were going to race,” said Dietrich now under the lights and nearly 7 hours after the initial start time.
“I expected to be done by 3PM, but we missed that by about a half-hour,” joked the driver of the Gary Kauffman-owned Weikert’s Livestock/Sandoe’s Fruit Market #48. “It was just another day.”
However, weather was not the only obstacle Dietrich faced en-route to victory at the speedway, as he faced motor issues in the closing laps of the feature. “I think it was a valve spring that went,” said Dietrich. “But as Bob Weikert would have said, we have more back in the shop.”
Tim Glatfelter paced the field early before Bradley Howard slowed to a stop on lap #2 for the feature events only caution. Glatfelter once again opened up a lengthy lead and quickly approached lap traffic at lap #5. By lap #11, four-time track champion Brian Montieth, powered his way to lead from his fifth starting position, but three laps later, Montieth pulled into the infield pits with a fuel line issue, handing the lead back to Glatfelter with front row starters Matt Campbell and Moody in tow.
Six laps later, Dietrich, who started sixth in the event, passed Moody for third and set his sights on the leaders. On lap 20, Dietrich passed both Campbell and Moody on the backstretch. From there it was smooth sailing for the Gettysburg native as he opened up a huge lead before limping his red, white, and blue car to victory. The win was his 32nd career at Lincoln Speedway where he collected the track championship back in 2012.
Third through fifth place went to Cory Haas, Gerard McIntyre and Freddie Rahmer Jr.
Heat race wins for the night went to Gerard McIntyre, Kyle Moody, and Chad Trout. All 27 cars qualified for the feature in an attempt to beat impending weather.