Big Diamond race report 2003-05-17

Minersville, PA - May 17 - The NASCAR Dodge ShorTrack Series Sportsman Modifieds will be the headliners when racing resumes at Big Diamond Raceway this Friday night, May 23, on the card with the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modifieds, and ...

Minersville, PA - May 17 - The NASCAR Dodge ShorTrack Series Sportsman Modifieds will be the headliners when racing resumes at Big Diamond Raceway this Friday night, May 23, on the card with the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modifieds, and Roadrunners.

The Sportsman Modifieds will compete in a pair of 15-lap feature events on the card which kicks-off the Memorial Day weekend. It will be the Valvoline Cup Kick-off Night at the Big Diamond on Friday night, May 23.

The drivers in all three NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series divisions are eligible sign-up and participate in the Valvoline Cup, a national points championship sponsored by Valvoline. Representatives from RaceFan Marketing and Valvoline will explain the Valvoline Cup to the drivers and register them for the competition. Valvoiline will also distribute product coupons to some lucky fans and the race winners.

The Valvoline Cup is a program that was initiated last year by Valvoline Oil providing drivers in more than 30 classes of racing all over the country to contend for awards. The drivers in all three classes at Big Diamond are eligible to compete against drivers from across the United States in similar racing classes. Drivers will earn points toward the Valvoline Cup for all of their races. Competitors seeking more information can call toll-free 1-877-302-0290 or visit www.valvolinecup.com for more info.

At Big Diamond this season, the Sportsman Modified teams appeared to taking the hardest hit with the rain and bad weather. But following this Friday's event, the Sportsman Modified double feature will bring their total features up to three, matching the track's other two weekly divisions, the Modifieds and Roadrunners.

Ryan Moyer (Schuylkill Haven) took his first career win in the sportsman modifieds and thus is the division's point leader. Ryan ran with the modifieds at Big Diamond for several seasons on a semi-regular basis with limited success. He switched over the limited sprints last year before finding what appears to be a comfortable home in the Sportsman Modifieds with his Heritage Ford-KIA / Detweiler Towing 93.

But Moyer's sudden success should not cast a shadow on the division's competitiveness. Winning in the Sportsman-Modifieds is anything but easy. The division features some of the strongest competition afforded at the speedway.

Billy Moyer (Pine Grove) has proven to be a very consistent racer who can contend with the best in the BG's Market / Werner Lumber Company Troyer #17 cars. Craig Whitmoyer (Hamburg) logged some time in the modifieds before switching to the sportsman modifieds last season where his hard charging attitude paid off more often than not to propel him to the track championship in the ELCO Machine and Tool / Yerger's Archery #99. Tom Umbenhauer (Richland) is another strong competitor who has some history in both the Modified and Sportsman ranks being very competitive in both.

Fred Fisher (Wernersville), after being away from the sport for a number of years, improves with every outing in his Hoover Chevrolet / Wachovia Securities #95 and has an eye on moving to the Modifieds in the coming years. Jesse Sterling is another strong competitor out of the Lehighton area who has great talent and a hard charging attitude behind the when of the Sterling Performance Racing Engines #4. Tom Brennan (Pottsville) has been a top contender since the start of Sportsman action at Big Diamond in the BAC Local 5 / TB Landscaping #26 and his experience running up front makes him very hard to beat.

With only one race in the books, many Sportsman-Modified teams will likely take advantage of a special Open Practice Night at Big Diamond Raceway on Tuesday, May 20, at 7 PM. Competitors from any form of oval, dirt track racing will be afforded the opportunity to practice on the speedway. Admission to the pit area is $20 while fans will be admitted free to the stands. No membership is required. Access to the pits is restricted to 18 years of age and older but young people will be admitted from 16 to 18 years of age with the proper notarized parent/guardian consent form and application. Call (570) 544-6434 with questions.

Racing at Big Diamond Raceway this Friday night May 23 for the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modifieds, ShorTrack Sportsman Modifieds (Twin-15s) and Roadrunners will start with the first heat at 8 PM following 7:30 run-in and hot laps. For more information on Big Diamond Raceway call (570) 544-6434 or check out the track website, www.bigdiamondraceway.com.

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