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With the 2015 Pennsylvania racing season quickly approaching, York’s Chase Dietz is more than ready to take on the challenges that lie ahead.
The Spring Grove High School senior will be a weekly competitor in the ‘410’ ranks in 2015; racing at the Lincoln Speedway near Abbottstown, Pennsylvania each and every Saturday night. Dietz, the 2014 Lincoln Speedway ‘358’ sprint car track champion, is more than eager to make the jump in division, and has the confidence necessary to be competitive.
“My focus this season is to learn as much as possible” said Dietz. “I want to improve every single time I hit the track. I plan on increasing my knowledge regarding car setups, paying close attention to the track conditions and critiquing everything I can about my driving to make myself better and better. I want to be the best of the best, but to get there I must be very focused and work as hard as I possibly can.”
Besides the obvious changes that take shape when making the transition into ‘410’ racing from the ‘358’ ranks, the ‘level of competition’ change is perhaps the most notable. Dietz understands Pennsylvania’s notoriety for tough competition. The Keystone State holds a high reputation for building and developing great young drivers and sprint car teams.
Dietz hopes to become a part of that statistic, and mold himself after the racers he will challenge week-in and week-out.
“I’m really looking forward to the different atmosphere that comes with running a 410” explained Dietz. “The competitors in this division compete at the highest level they possibly can and go beyond their limits every time they are out on the track — racing with these former champions, outlaw drivers, and other great young drivers will allow me to push myself and help me learn so much more.”
“I’ve watched many of these drivers since I was born and to be racing with them at my age is just unbelievable to me. I’ve am very fortunate to have this many great people behind me, and without them I would not be where I am today. I’m very grateful for the opportunities I have received and very thankful to have had such amazing people behind me the entire way.”
Although Central Pennsylvania’s weekly schedule is filled with high profile programs with respectable purses, Dietz is most excited about competing against the All Star Circuit of Champions and the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. ‘America’s Series’ and ‘The Greatest Show on Dirt’ will each make visits to the Pigeon Hills in 2015; bringing along some of the nation’s top sprint car drivers.
“There are many races that I can’t wait for this season, but as you would expect, I’m stoked to be able to race against the Outlaws and the All Stars” said Dietz. “The prestige of the Outlaws is like no other and to be racing with those guys will make a dream of mine reality.”
“I hope I get a chance to race with Donny Schatz; I think he is one of the greatest sprint car drivers right now. The All Stars are the same way because of guys like Dale Blaney, Tim Shaffer, and Jac Haudenschild. I’ve loved watching those guys all my life, but I’m ready to take these guys on and show everyone what I have.”
Dietz and car owner Scott Gobrecht will launch their 2015 campaign next Saturday, February 21, during the $4,000-to-win Lincoln Speedway ‘Icebreaker 30.’ The afternoon program will utilize a 2 p.m. start; officially kicking-off the 2015 Pennsylvania sprint car season. Adam Wilt is the defending ‘Icebreaker 30’ champion.
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