Monday, August 11, 2014

Just my Opinion....

What a weekend. Central PA has been blessed the past few weeks with some great weather and with that has come some great racing. Saturday night Lance Deweese showed everyone once again he still has it by picking up win number 4 on the season at Port Royal, while at Lincoln Speedway former 358 track champion Tim Wagaman picked up his first career 410 feature win in an awesome 33 lap feature which saw the lead change 4 times in the last 2 laps. Wagaman, Bill Dietrich, and soon to be crowned Lincoln Speedway Track Champion Alan Krimes put one hell of a show on for the fans. The 358 feature was won by the Central PA 358 Point Series presented by Capitol Renegade point leader Brad McClelland, but it was noty a cake walk. Jeff Rorhbaugh was about to take the lead when a caution came out saving McClelland and the win. Not sure how many people where watching the battle for the lead however as youngster Chase Dietz was once again putting on a passing clinic coming from the rear after a spin on lap two and passing everyone on the high side to finish 3rd at the finish.

Which leads me to my first thought.....

Had a person tell me a few months back that during a conversation with a well respected driver at Lincoln Speedway, that this driver thought the talent at Lincoln was the weakest he had ever seen at the track. I couldn't believe it, then I got to thinking about his remarks and I can understand why he thinks this. How many "Big dogs" run at Lincoln on a weekly basis? Danny Dietrich, Brent Marks, Brian Montieth, and Alan Krimes are the only drivers this person would agree to are the "Big Dogs" at Lincoln. Looking at it from that pointy of view I guess he has a point, but I told him look at the future and tell me Lincoln Speedway wont be stacked in a few years? You have so many young hungry drivers that have just moved into the 410 division from the 358 division that once they get comfortable they are going to dominate the area for a long time....If they stick around. Look at this list of young drivers that race at Lincoln Speedway on a normal week...

Austin Hogue
Robbie Kendall
Freddie Rahmer
Gerard McIntyre, Jr.
Kyle Moody
Tyler Ross

Shane Hoff
Brandon Rahmer
Ryan Wilson

Nathan Berwager

All these drivers are Young and just moved into the division. You know what I see? The future of 410 racing in Central PA. Need a few more names to add to that list?

Chase Dietz
Chandler Leiby
Matt Campbell
Jeff Halligan
Tyler Esh
Kody Lehman

All YOUNG and hungry 358 drivers who are showing that they are going to take sprint car racing into the next decade and make sure our are is still on of the best in the country. They might not have the name recognition of Doug Esh, Lance Deweese, Chad Layton, or Blane Heimbach, but these youngsters are our future and the more people choose to ignore them, the more surpised they are going to be when they hear their names called in Victory Lane and read about them in AARN. And I'm speaking directly to you all in the media who ignore the young and rising stars of our sport in Central PA.



Now I'm about to say something that's probably going to piss a lot of people off, but you all know me I'm used to that. Ready?

Tony Stewart please stay away from our local short tracks and stick to racing in NASCAR!!!!

There I said it, and guess what you should be as well. Saturday night once again Mr. Stewart shined the big bright spotlight of  the National media on our sport and not in a good way. I'm not getting into what happened as enough people have already covered that and know way more about it then I do or ever will. My opinion and my reasoning for asking Mr. Stewart to stay away from local short track racing is a simple one. How many times has Tony made National headlines because of something he did that was bad? A bad wreck, him being hurt, and now what happened on Saturday night. News stations like ESPN and Fox Sports 1 could care less about sprint car racing unless Tony does something bad. Well guess what? Its hurting our sport. Did any National media cover Tony racing last Saturday at Selinsgrove Speedway? Whats that? No? Of course they didnt. Wanna know why? Because he didn't make any news by doing it. But low and behold he has an incident at a track and I have to hear Ricky Craven tell millions of sports fans that sprint cars have two way radios and spotters. Really? 

See right there is my point. Because of Mr. Stewarts actions people that really have no idea about our sport are covering it and telling people who have no clue abut our sport some Bullshit and guess what? They will now believe it. Is that going to help our sport? All the unneeded attention brought to our sport by Tony is not worth it any longer. I understand why he still enjoys racing sprint cars on his off nights, and he has every right to do it, but at this point he would be better served to help promote the sport in other ways then driving a sprint car. If he still feels the need to race on dirt, build a track in your back yard and drive in circles until your heart is content. At this point your hurting our sport more then your helping it.

But then again that's just my opinion.

Like always please feel free to yell at me and tell me I have no clue about what I'm talking about. Leave a comment in the comment section of this article, just dont be a chicken and leave your real name. You can also hit me up on twitter  
@BillMcIntyreIII or shoot me an email at boogermac420@inbox.com. 

Until next time, I'm Bill McIntyre and thank you for reading.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Can someone please pass the salt???

Does anyone have some salt I can use? I need it for the big plate of crow that I'm about to eat. Last November I penned this article http://boogermac.blogspot.com/2013/11/lance-dewease-is-new-driver-of-dietz-14.html and now its time for me to admit I was wrong, way wrong.

This past Saturday night at Williams Grove Speedway Lance Dewease not only took home the Summer Nationals against the best in the business the World Of Outlaws, scoring the $20,000 first prize check, winning his 3rd race of the season, scoring his 300th career feature win, he did it in a car I said he was going to need a lot of luck in just finishing races in. BOY WAS I WRONG.

Lance has shown me that not only is he one of the best drivers in our area, but he is one of the best drivers in the country. Now when I wrote the article back in November Lance was coming off one of his worst season ever in a sprint car, winning just 2 features in 2013 in one of the best cars in Central PA , the Heffner 27. But history should have shown me that you can never count out a driver like Lance Dewease. A sure fire first ballot Hall of Famer. After Lance and the 27 team did not  click last season, Lance decided to try his luck with a team that had not had much success in the Dietz 14 car. Lance has struggled at times in the 14 car, and that was to be expected when jumping into a new ride with a new team, but not only has Lance proven he is still capable of winning races, 1 at Susquehanna Speedway (which was the 1st win for the race team) he backed that up 2 weeks ago with his 2nd win of the season at Lincoln Speedway. Those win while not a surprise as he is Lance Freaking Dewease, the team has struggled big time on the big half miles. Lance was a DNQ at Port during Speed Week. Which leads us to this past weekends WOO invasion. Thursday night at Lincoln Lance was a DNQ at the track which had won at just 5 days earlier. Friday night Lance put it in the show but could only manage a 16th place finish. Not a bad finish when your racing against the best in the country, but this is Lance Dewease. You know the guy who has won 9 career features at Williams Grove Speedway against the Outlaws, with 3 of those wins coming in the National Open. Saturday night Lance showed that he still has what it takes to win at the Grove and proved all the naysayers wrong and made sure we would all be asking the same thing this week....Please pass the salt.
Saturday night proved that all it takes is the right driver at the right time, in the right car, to make any team a winner. I should have known from the start Lance Dewease was that driver, hell we all should have. Never again will I ever question Lance or the Dietz team. Lance has earned that with his HoF career, and the Dietz team has earned it by becoming one of the best teams in Central PA.

Congratulations to everyone involved with the Dietz 14 team. You guys and Gals deserve it.

Now does anyone have any A1 I could use? This Crow sort of taste like steak.





Saturday, July 19, 2014

Fast start for Hoff in first 410 ride

 Hoff at Lincoln Speedway last Saturday. Photo courtesy of Barry Skelly & Allan Yeager Photography.


After a two-year stretch running a 358 sprint car, Shane Hoff, 18, of New Oxford, PA has moved up to the 410 sprint division and if last Saturday’s Icebreaker 30 was any indication, he’ll be a rookie to keep an eye on.
Hoff led five out of the 10 laps in his qualifying heat race and managed to not only make the feature, which he said was his goal for the day, but also to make the top 10 board, crossing under the checkers tenth.
Hoff began racing go-karts at Hunterstown and Shippensburg speedways when he was 11-years-old. After picking up 28 total kart wins, he then graduated to the 270cc micro sprints, where he ran for a year-and-a-half. The next year-and-a-half he spent racing a 600cc micro sprint and claimed four wins. The past two years, Hoff has been racing a 358 sprint car at Trail-way and Lincoln speedways. He has accrued three total wins in the division and said that it just seemed like the right time to move up to the next division.
Hoff’s car is owned by his parents, Tracey and Tammy Hoff, along with his uncle. He also receives help from his sponsors, Granite Hill Camping Resort and Color Wheel Decorating Center. “We also get help on the car from family friends, Eric Tomecek, Cris Eash, Cory Groft, and Scotty Myers,” Hoff said.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A few words of wisdom from my Grandfather

Standings ta work tonight I go to thinking about the 2 most important things my grandfather William A. McIntyre Sr. has ever told me.
1. You have to pay to play, which he told me while I was pissed off I had no money for gas after I drove around town for 3 days doing nothing but driving around wasting gas.
and...
2. Opinions are like Assholes, everyone has one and they all stink.

Now think about that last one for a second. I'll give you a few seconds to let that sink in.....

Yes we all have opinions on just about everything and in this day and age of social media we can share them at any time no matter what we are doing. Those of you that follow me on twitter or are friends with me on Face Book know I share just about everything a man can share, but then again my life has always been an open book. Ive always lived with the thought that if you don't hide anything then no one can spread lies about you. For some reason that never stops people from trying.

Now getting back to opinions and social media. Those that follow me know I am one of if not the MOST opinionated person they will ever meet. Want to know how I feel about a race? Just ask me. Want to know how I feel about the Steelers ? Just ask. Hell ask me about music, movies, TV Shows, books anything and I'll share my thoughts on them. But Ive always been a guy who liked conversations good or bad. My wife hates talking to me about anything because she says I love to debate EVERYTHING.

Now on Twitter I have tried to keep my opinions from making personal attacks on drivers. Don't get me wrong, I will call a driver out for being an idiot and making a boneheaded move, or I will call my own cousin a moving billboard on occasion, but I always try and keep it to that. Only driver who I have not been able to do this with is Tyler Walker but that is a whole different story. I do the same for race tracks. There is a reason I can complain about Port Royals lack of wins from farther back then the 2nd row, and then show up at the track and have Mr. Oneal walk up to me and shake my hand, welcome me back to the track, and then ask me how me and my family have been. Its the same reason I can sit in the stands at Williams Grove and complain about how bad the racing was on a particular night and have Justin Loh walk up to me after the races and shake my hand and ask me " How the hell are ya Bill?" Its because I don't attack them or the track personally. Can some of you say the same thing? I doubt it.

Remember folks I am the ONLY "media" person that will give you my honest feelings on anything. I can promise you Jason Bly or Jeremy Elliot do not give you theirs. Wanna know why? They need to be liked by everyone so you all check their websites and listen to their podcast. Myself, I could care less to be honest. I dont play favorites and treat every driver, race team, race track, and media person the exact same way that I treat the next. I'm honest and that's all there is to it.  

Anyway the reason I decided to write this morning is because of everything I have read last night about one Mr. John Westbrook and his lawsuit against Williams Grove Speedway. Now I don't know the whole story as to why he is suing him, and I'm pretty sure non of you do either, but that hasn't stopped people from making personal attacks on the man for doing what he is doing. Why? Because he dares sue the most Historic race track on the east coast because HE thinks they are somehow negligent in his accident? I don't see how that really is anyone's business, yet I have seen him called everything from an asshole to nothing more then a greedy bastard.  Well I'm going to throw my opinion out there just like everyone else but I'm going to do it from another standpoint.

First off I'm going to start this by saying I Love John Westbrook. I think he is a great man who is an inspiration to not only people who have suffered the type of accident he did, but also to people like me, and here is why...If a man like John can wake up everyday with a smile on his face even though he may never walk again, how the hell can I sit and bitch because I cant do something? I had the pleasure of interviewing John not once but twice on Central PA Live a few years back and the very last thing John said to me was "I always wanted to be a stand up comedian, so I might give that a try". Think about that, here is a man who is confined to a wheel chair the rest of his life cracking jokes about being a STAND up comedian. That right there told me everything I ever needed to know about him.

Now as far as his lawsuit goes. Do I think it's right? NO, I think it should not have happened. The thing that bothers me the most is John says the track is unsafe and helped cause his injuries yet he continues to field a race car at the very same track that he is suing. That to me is just plain stupid.

Ive also read about how he thinks a catch fence should be installed in turns 1 & 2 instead of the sharp drop off that played a part in his injuries. I happen to agree with him and have said that for years. There is absolutely no reason the track cant put up a catch fence to try and keep the cars from going out over the guard rail. And don't give me that BS about a car hitting the fence and bouncing back into the path of another car. How many times have we ever seen that happen? Can't say I have ever seen that happen at Lincoln in either of the turns. I can remember Jeff Sheppard had his career ended by such a wreck at Knoxville but I didn't see anyone trying to tear the fence down after the wreck now did I?

Just remember folks, its all well and good to have an opinion, just try and keep it from being so damn personal all the time.

Oh and one last thing, to the people who think responding to me with "You should worry more about car counts at Trail Way" or "You just keep going to that shithole Trail Way" trying to upset me, let me fill you in on a secret....IT WON'T WORK .

Thanks for reading once again, please feel free to leave a comment on here (don't be a chicken shit and leave your real name), you can tweet me @BillMcIntyreIII or even email me at boogermac420@inbox.com. Until then have a great week folks, and I'll be sitting track side Thursday night to watch Stevie Smith kick Outlaw butt at Lincoln Speedway.

Later

Monday, July 07, 2014

Something positve for a change

Welcome back everyone  to another Central PA Racing Scene hosted by yours truly Bill McIntyre. This week I want to touch on something I think might get lost once in a while, while we are sitting in the stand, on twitter, or even a message board complaining about our local racing here in Central PA. More on that in a moment.

First off I want to wish Tyler Esh a very speedy recovery from a  Fractured vertebrae in his spine suffered Saturday in a sprint car crash at Lincoln Speedway. Tyler was the leading rookie in the Central PA 358 Point Series presented by Capitol Renegade and an incredible young man. Hope to see Tyler make a full recovery and get back in the seat very soon.

Congratulations to Lucas Wolf on picking up the Central PA 2014 Speed Week Championship last night at Selinsgrove Speedway. Many of you know that Lucas missed the Saturday nights race at Lincoln Speedway to be there for the birth of his first child a daughter named Vera. Congratulations Lucas on not only being crowned Speed Week Campion but more importantly, becoming a father for the first time.


This past weekend while many of you where sitting at the track watching the 410's race fpr the Speed Week Championship I spent my normal 2 nights of racing at Trail Way and Lincoln Speedway's watching the 358 Sprint Cars in action. Something happened and it reminded my why I love going to the races and its not just to watch the man and woman who race these fire breathing machines go around in circles. 

Its to be with my family and Friends.

Friday night I stood in the pits talking to "Big" Brad McClelland and his wife and while picking on Brad for not racing Saturday night what he told me his plans where made me remember why this sport is so great. Brad decided that it was more important to take his wife out for dinner on a rare Saturday night off from racing (For those that don't know, Brad is the crew chief for Steve Owings at Lincoln) then to go run the 6r machine. That is a man who has his priorities right. After watching the 25 lap 358 feature event I watched the family of Robbie Kendall all celebrate in VL as we always do at the track, and to see how close he is with his family really made me think about all the friends I have made in this area.

Back in 2009 I started the Central PA 358 Point Series and over the past 6 years I have made numerous friends in the pits of our area dirt tracks. From the 1* gang of Timmy Wagaman who I have shared many an after race beer with to guys like Rob and Derek Sell who moved from Arizona to race sprint cars. Sitting here I can remember a young punk named Danny Dietrich running around the pits trying to learn how to drive a 358 sprint car at Trail Way Speedway while his brother Bill was cleaning up and running with Jeff Rohrbaugh. All of whom I am now proud to call my friends.

Being there and seeing some young kid roll into the pit area in the famous Bobby Allen hauler and walking over and getting my first glimpse of A future World of Outlaws driver in Logan Schuchart and a year later his Uncle Jacob Allen. Walking through the pits opening night and seeing some skinny kid and his family unload the ugliest green car I had ever seen, and take that car and park it in Victory Lane his 3rd night out. Now that kid and his family are not only the defending 2013 Central PA 358 Point Series Champions they also have won their 1st 410 race this season. That family is the Hogue Family, and that skinny kid is non other then Austin Hogue. I owe so much to that family. Their cousin  Catherine was instrumental in helping me get the sponsorship from Capitol Renegade and I owe her so much for that. I can't say I have ever met a nicer family in a sprint car pit area.

Saturday night I was reminded once again about Family and and friends. First off Saturday night was the night I was set to give out the 2014 CPA358PS Most Popular Driver trophy to Ashley Cappetta. I knew how hard Ashley worked to win that trophy and to see the smile on not only her face but her mothers as well when I walked onto the track with it made me once again glad to be just a small part of this great sport.

But the biggest highlight for me and something that might be hard to ever top happened after the awesome 25 lap 358 feature event. Doug Hammaker the son of "The Godfather" Dale Hammaker won his first career 358 feature event. I have been lucky to be friends with the family for a few years, Dale and myself are cut from the same cloth in more ways then 1, and like always I walked to victory lane to congratulate Doug like I do every driver that wins a 358 feature event, but while I was there I spotted Dale behind the car , and I cant say I have ever seen that man as happy as he was at that very moment. Dale walked over, grabbed me in a huge bear hug and with tears of joy filling his eyes he gave me a big smooch on the cheek and said "We finally did it". That right there is why I do what I do for that division. To crown the night off right Jason Loss and myself took it upon ourselves to make sure Doug would always remember his first sprint car win....

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Now that is why I love this sport so damn much. It's the friends and families in the pits and the friends and family's in the stands I have made over the years that mean the most to me. This sport is not all about a bunch of cars going in circles, its about the people we share our lives with each week at Trail Way, Williams Grove, Lincoln, Port Royal, Selinsgrove or any other race track in this great country of ours.

With that I want to wish everyone a great week and thanks again for checking out my site. Don't forget you can leave a comment here (please leave your name don't be a damn chicken), you can tweet me  @BillMcIntyreIII or hit me up by email at boogermac420@inbox.com. Thanks for playing along, and I hope to see all of my friends back at the track very soon.

Bill McIntyre III




Monday, June 30, 2014

An Open Letter to Williams Grove Speedway

Dear Williams Grove Speedway,

 I am writing you this morning in regards to your announcer Bruce Ellis on behalf of the 358 division and all of the drivers, race teams, and sponsors in the division. I'm not sure if you realize this or not but your announcer Mr. Bruce Ellis has been disrespecting the 358 division for sometime. I noticed last year when I was there or a race with my family, (I don't get up to the track as much as I used to) , that Mr. Ellis would not announce the sponsors of the 358 division, but would tell me everything but which energy drink the drivers in the 410 division have before strapping into the car.

             Adrian Shaffer in victory lane with family and crew at Williams Grove Speedway

 Now don't get me wrong I love learning all I can about each and every 410 driver that has the guts to strap into one of those beast, I even love to hear each sponsor so I can spend my $ at the places that help drive our favorite sport. My family sponsors a 410 sprint car and love hearing that said every time the car comes out onto the track, but don't you think the sponsors of the 358 division deserve the same recognition? Those sponsors spend a lot of money to help those men and woman compete weekly at your race track, and for an employe to not have the courtesy to say their names is very disrespectful. Your track the "Historic" Williams Grove Speedway should embrace that division just like every other division big or small that races there. Why not let Mr. Ellis know that it's not right to disrespect the division just because he does not like it? Your announcer is representing your race track and by disrespecting the drivers, teams, and most importantly the Sponsors you are making it harder and harder for the teams to find people who are willing to give them money to continue to race at your race track.

I have yet to go to any other race track and not hear the announcer disrespect a division like Mr. Ellis does on a weekly basis. Do you think the announcer at Knoxville Raceway would do this to the 360 division? I doubt it. I know Wayne Harper makes sure to say the names of the sponsors at Lincoln Speedway when they race there. I would think with declining car and FAN counts the past few years you would want to keep EVERY race team happy so they want to come back and race next season. How can teams continue to gain the sponsorships to continue when they can't even get the ones they have now said so the fans can hear them and possibly spend their money at those businesses? Instead you allow the voice of the Most Historic and Famous speedway on the east coast to continue to disrespect them every chance he gets.

His latest thing to show disrespect to the hard working race teams of the 358 sprint car division is to NOT call them SPRINT CAR DRIVERS. Really? What would you call them if 358's are not sprint cars? Should we rename the 358 division the 358 Whatchamacallits? He was quoted Friday night as saying "It sure is nice to see 358 driver Adrian Shaffer back in a sprint car" What has he been racing the past few years? 358 dragsters? Does Mr. Ellis hate the top wings that much that he wont call them what they truly are? 358 SPRINT CARS?
                                  Adrian Shaffer in his 358 sprint car at Williams Grove Speedway

In closing I would just like to ask that Mrs. Huges or even Justin Loh have a talk with Mr. Ellis and explain to him that even though he might not like the division for what ever reason, it is in the best interest of the track, and every race team that chooses to compete in the 358 division, to do everything he can to ensure that car counts do not fall even more by announcing the sponsors of these teams, and showing them the respect they deserve for the time, money, and hard work that each race teams puts into it to compete at their race track.

                                                                 Thanks you very much for your time,
                     The drivers, crews, fans, and sponsors of the 358 sprint car division.

Thursday, May 01, 2014

GKR crew: nurturing friendships & striving for success

By CATHERINE HOGUE
**As printed in the Gettysburg Times, Saturday, April 19, 2014.


What do you think of when you think of dirt track racing? Maybe you think of the smell: that perfume of burning alcohol that can only be found at the racetrack. Or perhaps you think of flying mud pelting you in the face and particles of dust sticking in your contact lenses. Maybe you think about the food: greasy and most likely heart-attack-inducing but definitely some of the best nachos and soft pretzels you will ever have (or if you’re at the Grove, the pizza…yum!). Maybe you think of the bright-colored cars that hurtle around the oval tracks at crazy speeds. What about the drivers: your favorites that you cheer for, or maybe even your not-so-favorites that you boo?
Maybe something that doesn’t come to mind at first: the pit crews. You know, those guys who get the cars ready during the week, make sure they have enough fuel, enough air in the tires; the guys who hurry around trying to patch the cars back up when they wreck. The guys who play vital roles in getting the drivers and cars you love and hate out there on the track every weekend for your entertainment.
Danny Dietrich, local favorite, has a crew of dedicated guys behind him every week. The 25-year-old Gettysburg resident drives the Gary Kauffman-owned, Sandoe’s Fruit Market/Hickory Run Orchards LLC/Weikert’s Livestock No. 48 410 sprint car. He frequents local Central PA tracks such as Williams Grove and Lincoln Speedway, and even does some traveling. Dietrich ran in Australia last year and started his 2014 season down in Florida. The young driver has built up a resume of wins, including back-to-back victories against the World of Outlaws at Lincoln Speedway in 2012 and 2013.

But Dietrich wouldn’t be able to do it without his crew. The crew works together as a whole, but each member has their own specific duties that they must perform in order for the operation to work smoothly.
Gary Kauffman is the owner of not only the GKR No. 48, but also Sandoe’s Fruit Market, which is Dietrich’s main sponsor. Kauffman has gone to the races his whole life but is only in his fifth year as a car owner. Kauffman is responsible for some of the most fundamental yet important aspects of fielding a winning race team. “The main thing is providing good sponsorship,” he said of his role as a car owner. “I get Danny the best equipment that we can have to keep us up front. Our goal is to go out there and win, that’s the name of the game today.” In other words, he’s the one who makes sure all the bills are paid and keeps everything in line.
Jake Hinkle, 26, of York Springs, PA, is Dietrich’s crew chief. Jake started going to the races as a young teenager and started hanging out with Dietrich, who he went to school with. He eventually started helping him out. As crew chief, Jake works with Dietrich to make a lot of the decisions regarding how they will set the car up and what they will or won’t run. Jake describes his role as “putting up with the driver.”
Jakes younger brother, Cory Hinkle, 21, is also a member of the No. 48 crew. He met Danny through Jake and their father and started helping out on the team. Cory is the fabricator. He mostly takes care of things involving fuel, such as the fuel settings. After those responsibilities, he said he does “a little bit of everything.”
Yet another Hinkle family member works on the No. 48: Bo Hinkle, 39, of Biglerville, PA, is Jake and Cory’s uncle. Bo has been around racing his whole life but has only been involved with Danny for five years. Bo’s brother and other nephew work on Dietrich’s brother’s car, “so it’s sort of like the Hinkle’s and the Dietrich’s,” he said. Bo is what is referred to as the car chief. He’s constantly going over the car and checking it to make sure everything is where it should be.


Jason Gastley, 26, of Gettysburg, PA, grew up with Dietrich and used to sit with him and his mom in the stands to watch Dietrich’s father race. Gastley has been around the sport his whole life but didn’t start helping Dietrich on his car until 2006, after he graduated high school. “We each have our own little individual things we go over every week,” Gastley said. “I’ll do the tires and get everything mounted up and sized up for Jake and then let him make the decision on what we run.”
Last but not least is Tyler Koenig, 29, of Carlisle, PA. Like the others, he has been around racing since he was young, but started helping Dietrich around the middle part of last year. Koenig doesn’t do much mechanically with the car, but his role is still an important one. “Everybody’s got their own little gig,” he said. “For me it’s just getting lineups, scraping mud, anything small, cleaning the car off as it comes off the track; just little things so that the guys who are wrenching the car can worry about that and I’ll take care of the other stuff for them.”
Kauffman said he thinks they have one of the best crews around. “They’re young and they’re energetic and they work together as a team,” he said. “And with a young driver like Danny, we’ve got everything put together as one of the better teams here in Central PA. We all work together. That’s what it’s all about today.”
The whole crew agrees that they get along well with each other, and there’s a recurring theme present throughout their interaction with each other. They’re a family, of sorts, and it’s important for them to not only build those relationships at the track, but away from the track as well.
“We’re all basically family,” Cory said. “We’ve all known Danny forever. We all know how each other works and what works best for everyone.” Koenig agreed, saying, “We’re like brothers. We’re making fun of each other one minute and the next minute if any of them have an issue, we can talk to each other. That’s what makes it really good.” Gastley said the crew even spends time together during the off-season. “We have fun, we talk, and everybody is just on the same page,” he said. “In the off-season we all get together and still hang out so we’re all pretty close. We look at each other as family and have each other’s backs when something needs to get done.”

Kauffman said that in order to be successful, the members of a team need to be dedicated to the sport. “The main thing is, you’ve got to know what’s going on when it comes to sprint car racing, with the tires, with the fuel, with Jake setting the car up,” he said. “You just have to have guys on the crew that know what’s going on.”
A pit crew needs to be able to work efficiently and communicate well with each other. A key to that is having a mixture of people who get along on a fundamental basis. “Getting along and being on the same page and not fighting is important,” Gastley said. “Just staying happy and having fun with it. As long as everybody’s having fun it makes it enjoyable. When we can all get along and be around each other, I think that’s a huge thing on any team, whatever you race.”
“You need to be able to laugh together,” said Jake. “You can’t be angry at each other or nothing’s ever going to work. You’ve got to be able to listen to each other or you’re never going to do anything.”
Heated moments and arguments are bound to come up, but the No. 48 crew said it’s important to be able to talk it out and then put it behind you. “The good thing about us is if we get mad at each other, we can go drink a beer later on and it’s all good,” said Bo. “I think that’s the family thing that’s in it. We get mad every now and then but it doesn’t even last the next day. I think that’s why we’re so successful with what we do; we’re on the same level.”
Cory agreed and explained how things can escalate quickly in such a fast-paced environment. “I think one of the biggest things is not to take offense to anything anyone says because things happen quickly and sometimes you yell at each other,” he said. “But you’ve got to be able to turn around five minutes later and be totally fine with each other. I think that’s one of the biggest things because there’s going to be ups and downs.”

 The dynamics of a pit crew are a delicate balance between hard work and fun, but Dietrich’s crew seems to have it figured out. “We don’t come here to run second,” said Bo. “We’ve got the best driver out there and the best crew, I feel, and everybody sees that. We just have a good time.”
Dietrich expressed how important it is to have a reliable crew behind him. “Having a crew I can trust is huge,” he said. “I don’t have to worry about parts falling off the car. When I hit the racetrack I can worry about racing, not if something is going to fail.” And Dietrich trusts his team 100 percent. “My confidence in the entire team is as high as I could ever trust anyone,” he said. “Those guys work their butts off week in and week out. They are proud of the job they do and they have every right to be; they do a great job.”
The driver of the No. 48 is confident in his crew’s ability to be a winning force out on the track, but also to maintain their friendships regardless of their success out on the oval. “In my mind, a crew has to be able to have their heated moments and then turn around 15 minutes later and be back to jelling with winning in mind,” said Dietrich. “We are all one big family. At the end of the night we all can sit and have a beer together and I don’t think there will ever be a day we wont be able to do that.”