Rico Abreu sets fast time
SPRING RUN – The Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek race at Path Valley Speedway was delayed Sunday night due to a serious crash during the first 600 cc Micro Sprint car heat race.
The 40-lap main event for the Sprint cars was not started at 11:30 p.m. California’s Rico Abreu set fast time over the 44-car field with a track record lap of 9.693. He earned an extra $950. Greg Hodnett, NASCAR cup series point leader Kyle Larson, Lucas Wolfe and Brock Zearfoss were the top five qualifiers.
In the first micro sprint car heat race, a serious crash occurred in the second turn. One driver, Guy Griffin, had to be airlifted to Altoona. No update on his condition was available. This delayed the program for two hours.
The 10-lap Sprint car heats were completed with Zearfoss, Tyler Walker, Anthony Macri and Kyle Moody winning those.
Larson started fourth and finished third in his heat race, while fellow NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne finished third in his heat.
At Lincoln Speedway Saturday night, Danny Dietrich came out on top of a 10-lap battle with Lance Dewease to win the Kevin Gobrecht Memorial in the second race of Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek.
The $7,000 win was Dietrich’s sixth of the season at Lincoln and sixth career in Speedweek competition for the defending series champion. The non-stop race was timed in 8:10.30.
“I didn’t feel very good there at the end,” Dietrich said of Gettysburg. “I felt like Lance was definitely probably catching me. I saw him one time and started to play defense. Those guys are quick behind me. I’m not sure I had the fastest car at the end.”
The 30-lap main event began with second starter Trey Starks getting the lead over Rico Abreu and fourth starter Dietrich.
Starks led the first 10 laps before Abreu made an inside pass off turn two to take the lead. Dietrich moved by Starks as well and into second and then passed Abreu for the lead.
Dewease moved into second and challenged Dietrich for the lead over the next 10 laps even racing side-by-side at one point as they raced around lapped cars. But, it was Dietrich getting the win and Dewease settling for second.
“I think me and Danny had more or less equal cars there,” Dewease said. “It was whoever got through lapped cars right.”
Abreu, Australian James McFadden and Williams Grove Speedweek winner Freddie Rahmer completed the top five. Alan Krimes, Brandon Rahmer, Lucas Wolfe, Matt Campbell and Starks rounded out the top 10.
The series heads back to Lincoln Speedway tonight and then Grandview Speedway, near Pottstown, Tuesday night.