Somehow, he left with an even faster car.
In one of the more dominating performances in recent seasons, Diemel overwhelmed the field in Saturday night’s 92-lap John Seitz Memorial Late Model feature at River Cities Speedway, winning by a whopping 13.572 seconds to claim a $9,200 paycheck.
Diemel lapped up to the fifth-place car as he led all but 10 laps.
Diemel won Thursday night’s NLRA season finale and had a strong car in Friday night’s pole dash, which set the top eight starting spots for the feature.
“We were really good when we unloaded,” said the Elk Mound, Wis., driver. “We tweaked things here and there and it paid off. And this was a heck of a race track to race on.”
Diemel also became the first three-time winner of the Seitz, regarded as one of the region’s top late model events each season.
Diemel took the lead on the opening lap, but Chad Mahder — another past winner — got past the Wisconsin driver with 69 laps remaining.
Eight laps later, the race was halted