Kreitz Preps For Open With Grove Victory
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Don Kreitz Jr. prepped for next weeks Williams Grove Speedway National Open by taking a convincing win in Fridays National Open Tune Up race for 410 sprint cars at the oval.
Kreitz had to battle his teammate Ryan Smith and Brian Montieth to pick up his second oval win of the season, worth $4,000.
In the 20-lap 358 sprint main it was Jordan Givler picking up his first 358 victory at the track.
Kreitz started fourth in the feature field and throttled to the front quickly when the race began, allowing Montieth to lead the first lap before going out front.
As the pair burst into the third corner working the second circuit Kreitz put on a drive through the middle to drive up in front for the lead as they exited the fourth turn for control.
After that, polesitter Smith battled with Montieth for second before finally getting the spot on the eighth tour as Kreitz worked the backmarkers.
Kreitzs traffic issues allowed Smith to close in for the lead and the younger team Kreitz driver took the lead at the line with 11 laps away only to see his boss go back out in front as the pair worked into the first turn.
It was a lead that Kreitz would then never relinquish even though the pace was slowed with 10 laps to go for stopped point leader Fred Rahmer on the frontstretch.
Montieth had repassed Smith for second just before the caution flag and the final 10 laps of the race was filled with suspense over the battle for the second spot.
Smith and Montieth kept trading the spot back and forth until finally with two laps to go Smith took the spot for the last time.
Im really pumped, Kreitz said.
Im almost more excited for Ryan than myself.
It was the first time that the Kreitz team cars finished one/two in a feature event at Williams Grove.
Montieth ended the race third followed by Greg Hodnett and Alan Krimes.
With Rahmers misfortune and Hodnetts finish, Hodnett unofficially took over the season-long point lead by 35 markers over Rahmer.
Sixth through 10th in the main went to Pat Cannon, Lance Dewease, Steve Buckwalter, Brent Marks and Paul McMahan.