Big Diamond Raceway will hold their annual Fairlane Village Mall Car Show one week earlier this year, February 18 through 24, in Pottsville, PA as announced earlier. Cars already confirmed from the ranks of the weekly Big Diamond Raceway competition are the Modifieds of Bruce Williams, Larry Kelleher, Ryan Moyer, Tim Fitzpatrick and Kyle Weiss, the Sportsman Stocks of Bill Moyer, Shawn Fitzpatrick, Terry Bensinger and Tom Brennan and the Roadrunners of Mike Allar, Dave Miller, John Ulsh and Jay Wiederhold. Grandview Speedway's two-seater "fans can ride" modified stock car built by Ray Swinehart will be on display as will Big Diamond's Stoudt's Auto Sales Corvette Pace Car, the go-kart of Brian Shiley, the micro-sprint of Mike Burke and the limited sprint of Jamie Schwartz. The Fairlane Village Mall has plenty of room for race cars but Big Diamond competitors are encouraged to pre-register their cars to assure space. Race teams wishing to participate in the show are urged to contact Joann Roehrig at the Big Diamond Raceway offices by phone at (570) 544-6434, by fax at (570) 544-6720 or by mail at P.O. Box 298, Minersville, PA 17954. The track is also looking for representatives from the 410 sprints, super sportsman and URC sprints to participate in the show. With the move of the date of this year's show to avoid conflict started last year with another car show, the number of cars planning to participate in the show could double or triple from last year. The mall space could fill up fast. Teams are reminder that the cars will go into the mall between 5 and 6 PM on Sunday, February 18, well after the expected conclusion of the Daytona 500! Likewise the cars will leave the show after the mall closes on February 24, permitting teams also planning to participate in the Reading shows to do so. Once again the tire changing competition, conducted by V&M Towing, will be held during the week of the show. Throughout the week Big Diamond Raceway representatives will be on hand with racing schedules and items for the fans and rule books and new 2001 membership/registration forms for the competitors. The show wraps up on Saturday afternoon and evening, February 24, with the annual Georgie Stevenson Memorial Fund Raising Auction which starts at 4 PM. Many fans and drivers will be starting their car show week a few hours early as Sportsman competitor Tom Brennan will be hosting a Daytona 500 party on Sunday, February 18, at the Goodwill Fire Company Social Hall in Minersville, PA starting at 11 AM. There will be food, beverages, desserts and racing entertainment as well as the 500 on the big screen television. For tickets call (570) 622-5632 or e-mail The donation price for advance tickets is discounted 15% under the price at the door. Big Diamond opens its 30th season of racing on Sunday afternoon, April 1, at 2 PM with a show featuring the Modifieds, Sportsman and Roadrunners. All three divisions will return on week later for action on Palm Sunday. After taking the Easter Weekend off, the action moves back under the lights on Friday, April 20, for all three divisions. Throughout the season the Modifieds, Sportsman and Roadrunners will be featured but joining them for special events are the United Racing Club limited sprints, the Super Sportsman, and the 410 Super Sprints. Although considerations given to bringing the MACS Super Late Models in for an event this year have been put on the back burner until 2002, the speedway is considering a limited late model appearance on the schedule.