Kreitz Bests 63-Car Williams Grove Field
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Don Kreitz Jr. surged past Danny Dietrich on the final lap Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway to win his first World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series event of the season and lead a Pennsylvania Posse sweep of the podium.
Dietrich held on to finish second with Brian Montieth in third. Fourth-place Donny Schatz was the top-finishing World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series driver with Greg Hodnett rounding out the top five.
It’s the third time in three World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series races this season at Williams Grove that Hodnett has finished one spot behind Schatz, who won the series’ previous two events this season at the half-mile dirt oval.
Dietrich, who beat the Outlaws earlier this season at Lincoln Speedway, was a bittersweet runner-up in his Sandoes Fruit Market Maxim after leading the field to the white flag on lap 24 then losing his advantage through turns one and two.
Steve Buckwalter won the dash and led the field to the green. He jumped out to an early, but uncomfortable, lead with Dietrich quickly working his way up from the fourth position to second. Dietrich ran hard on Buckwalter, but the seasoned veteran held his ground. On lap 16, Buckwalter faltered and Dietrich capitalized to take the lead. In the process, top Kreitz and Montieth closed the gap for a four-way race for the lead.
Dietrich held the lead for the next seven laps, including a restart on lap 19 after Cody Darrah brought out a caution with a blown right rear tire. Coming to the white flag it looked like Dietrich had sealed his second win of the season until Kreitz’s Sharman Builders Maxim powered around him through turns one and two. Dietrich tried to counter in three and four, but could not make a pass.
“I guess I didn’t know what I was going to do until he went down to the bottom and it was our only move to go around him and the car stuck.” said Kreitz. “I really didn’t know where he was going, but I knew either way I was just going to haul it in there. I was preparing myself to go around him and I guessed he would go to the bottom and it just worked out.”