2024 Frank Sagi Tribute at Hagerstown Speedway

Danny Dietrich Making Dirt Late Model Debut At Hagerstown In July

Danny Dietrich Making Dirt Late Model Debut At Hagerstown In July

PA Posse Sprint Car standout Danny Dietrich is making his Dirt Late Model debut July 28 at Hagerstown Speedway live on FloRacing.

May 11, 2024 by Kyle McFadden

Count Danny Dietrich as the latest open-wheel standout to try his hand in Dirt Late Model racing.

The Pennsylvania Posse Sprint Car standout announced intentions on Friday to make his debut in the fendered discipline on July 28 at Hagerstown (Md.) Speedway as part of the half-mile's Frank Sagi Tribute live on FloRacing.

Dietrich will be driving a Rocket Chassis owned by Pennsylvania car owner Larry Baer with fellow Pennsylvania Dirt Late Model racer Coleby Frye helping him get up to speed.

“I’ve wanted to try a Late Model for a long time, and am really looking forward to this opportunity," Dietrich said in Friday's press release announced by Turn 5 Turn Around. “I want to have fun with this deal, but having fun to me is being competitive.  I’ll do everything I can to make that happen for the fans, the crew and myself."

The Sunday night special Dirt Late Model event honoring the speedway's late, 39-year track announcer Frank Sagi is promoted by Alan Sagi — son of Frank — who has sought Pennsylvania's finest Sprint Car drivers to crossover into a Dirt Late Model for the evening the last few years. 

Sagi helped put National Sprint Car Hall of Fame driver Lance Dewease in a Dirt Late Model in 2022 and in 2019 he put eventual five-time Port Royal Speedway track champion Logan Wagner in a fendered machine, too.

Twin 20-lap features paying $3,000-to-win apiece are on the night's docket with an inversion among the top finishers of the opening race. Among special guests are retired Super Late Model racers Jeff Robinson and Jeremy Miller along with Mike Warrenfeltz, the track’s all-time winningest pure stock driver.

Gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30 p.m. Visit hagerstownspeedway.com or the track’s social media channels for details.