Dietrich and Rine Share 75th Anniversary Glory at Selinsgrove

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SELINSGROVE, PA – On the anniversary date of Selinsgrove Speedway’s opening in 1946, a huge crowd and stellar field of 410 sprint car and super late model drivers made a showing Tuesday night for the Snyder County oval’s historic 75th Anniversary Race.

Gettysburg’s Danny Dietrich dominated the evening in the 410 sprint cars by winning his heat race and leading flag-to-flag in the 25-lap main event for the $5,075 victory. The win was the fifth of Dietrich’s career at the track at the wheel of the Kauffman Racing/Weikert’s Livestock No. 48.

Thirteen-time track champion Jeff Rine of Danville made the winning pass on lap 23 of the 25-lap super late model feature for his 113th career victory also worth $5,075 in the Jeff’s Auto Body No. 2J.  It was Rine’s first win of the season at Selinsgrove, and he became the division’s fifth different winner in as many races.

Selinsgrove Speedway is back in action at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday, July 24, with the Jeff’s Auto Body Summer Championship/Armed Forces Appreciation Night featuring the 410 sprint cars, super late models, and roadrunners. Track gates will open at 5 p.m.

Dietrich drew the pole position for the start of the sprint car feature and beat outside front row starter TJ Stutts into the first turn for the early lead. The caution flag unfurled on the first lap when Dylan Norris stopped on the backstretch.




When the race resumed Dietrich was pressured by Stutts as fourth-place starter Blane Heimbach advanced to third to join the battle at the front of the pack. On several occasions early in the race Stutts challenged Dietrich for the front spot to no avail.

On lap 11, Heimbach passed Stutts for second in turn one and set his sights on Dietrich. At the halfway point, Dietrich led Heimbach, Stutts, third-place starter Steve Buckwalter, and eighth-place starter Freddie Rahmer.

Late in the race, Rahmer showed some speed and powered into third on lap 21. For several laps Heimbach was closing in on Dietrich but ultimately fell 3.12 seconds short at the finish. Dietrich took the win over Heimbach, Rahmer, Stutts, and Buckwalter.

In the super late model feature, polesitter Jim Bernheisel edged out front row starter Gene Knaub for the lead entering turn one. With Bernheisel setting the pace, Knaub and third-place starter Dan Stone dueled for the runner up position.

The race’s first caution flag unfurled on lap six for Jason Schmidt’s disabled race car in turn four. When the green flag waved again, Stone got by Knaub for second. A lap later, a fierce battle unfolded for the third position between Knaub, fifth-place starter Jeff Rine, and seventh-place starter Dylan Yoder.

On the 10th circuit, misfortune struck Stone as his car rolled to a stop in turn two. At the halfway point, Rine was tormenting Knaub for the second spot while Bernheisel led the way. Rine took over the runner up position on lap 18 as eighth-place starter Rick Eckert entered the top five.

In the final laps, Rine reeled in Bernheisel and made the winning pass on lap 23 using the highline through turns three and four. Rine took the checkered flag by one second over Bernheisel, Knaub, Eckert, and D. Yoder.

SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY RACE SUMMARY – 20 July 2021

410 Sprint Cars – 22 Entries

25-Lap A-Main:  1) 48 Danny Dietrich  2) 12 Blane Heimbach  3) 51 Freddie Rahmer  4) 11 TJ Stutts  5) 17B Steve Buckwalter  6) 23 Pat Cannon  7) 39M Anthony Macri  8) 5 Dylan Cisney  9) 39 Chase Dietz  10) 27 Devon Borden  11) 35 Jason Shultz  12) 20 Mark Smith  13) 99M Kyle Moody  14) 1W Aaron Bollinger  15) 49H Bradley Howard  16) 33W Mike Walter  17) 24 Dustin Baney  18) 24 17W Jason Wagner  19) 19W Colby Womer  20) 22 Tanner Brown  21) 44 Dylan Norris  22) 21 Matt Campbell

Heat Winners:  Danny Dietrich, Freddie Rahmer, Steve Buckwalter

Timed Warm-Ups:  1) 23 Pat Cannon 16.577  2) 5 Dylan Cisney 16.690  3) 11 TJ Stutts 16.762  4) 39 Chase Dietz 16.826  5) 39M Anthony Macri 16.827  6) 27 Devon Borden 16.861  7) 48 Danny Dietrich 16.891  8) 51 Freddie Rahmer 16.916  9) 35 Jason Shultz 16.926  10) 1W Aaron Bollinger 16.936  11) 21 Matt Campbell 16.949  12) 17B Steve Buckwalter 16.972  13) 44 Dylan Norris 17.002  14) 12 Blane Heimbach 17.086  15) 20 Mark Smith 17.146  16) 99M Kyle Moody 17.153  17) 49H Bradley Howard 17.553  18) 24 Dustin Baney 17.574  19) 19W Colby Womer 17.747  20) 33W Mike Walter 18.035  21) 22 Tanner Brown 18.238  22) 17W Jason Wagner 19.633

Super Late Models – 26 Entries

25-Lap A-Main:  1) 2J Jeff Rine  2) 171 Jim Bernheisel  3) 1 Gene Knaub  4) 0 Rick Eckert  5) 24 Dylan Yoder  6) 22 Brett Schadel  7) 33K Kyle Knapp 8) 27 Jim Yoder  9) 76 Andy Haus  10) 74 Randy Christine  11) 9 Hayes Mattern  12) 0G Deshawn Gingerich  13) 06 Mike Lupfer  14) 32 Shaun Jones  15) 22C Casey Steinhoff  16) 92 Shaun Lawton  17) 63 Nathan Long  18) 92G Frank Gordon  19) 93 Pancho Lawler  20) 98 Randy Croop  21) 2 Dan Stone  22) F1 Coleby Frye  23) 11 Jason Schmidt  24) 17A Scott Dunham Jr.  25) 2Y Andrew Yoder  26) 22S Gregg Satterlee

Heat Winners:  Jim Satterlee, Kyle Knapp, Dan Stone

Timed Warm-Ups:  1) 22S Gregg Satterlee 19.169  2) 2J Jeff Rine 19.235  3) 22 Brett Schadel 19.491  4) 171 Jim Bernheisel 19.496  5) 24 Dylan Yoder 19.646  6) 0 Rick Eckert 19.652  7) 06 Mike Lupfer 19.719  8) 33K Kyle Knapp 19.724  9) 32 Shaun Jones 19.875  10) 2Y Andrew Yoder 19.907  11) F1 Coleby Frye 19.952  12) 2 Dan Stone 19.970  13) 1 Gene Knaub 19.983  14) 27 Jim Yoder 20.043  15) 74 Randy Christine 20.047  16) 1H Pancho Lawler 20.061  17) 76 Andy Haus 20.232  18) 11 Jason Schmidt 20.286  19) 22 Casey Steinhoff 20.446  20) 9 Hayes Mattern 20.576  21) 63 Nathan Long 20.582  22) 0G Deshawn Gingerich 20.632  23) 92 Shaun Lawton 20.773  24) 98 Randy Croop 21.022  25) 92G Frank Gordon 21.105  26) 17A Scott Dunham Jr. 22.584