<pre> Coming Dates: Fri., July 28 - Racing with Jesus Family Night / Schuylkill Chamber Night at the Races / Simpson Race Products Night.. NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Modifieds, EXIDE ShorTrack Sportsman, Accel Roadrunners. Fri., Aug. 4 - NASCAR WRS Modifieds, United Racing Club Sprint Cars by Carquest, Roadrunners. (No Exide Sportsman). Fri., Aug.11 - NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Modifieds, EXIDE ShorTrack Sportsman Twin-20's, Accel Roadrunners. Fri., Aug.18 - AMSOIL Night. NASCAR WRS Modifieds, EXIDE ShorTrack Sportsman, Accel Roadrunners..
</pre> RAIN AT RACE TIME STOPS BIG DIAMOND FOR 2ND STRAIGHT WEEK; KENWORTH/CUMMINS MODIFIED 50 TO BE RESET TO AUGUST DATE TO BE DETERMINED
Minersville, PA - Heavy rain started at Big Diamond Raceway Friday night, July 21, at 7:45 and continued throughout the evening, forcing track promoters to postpone their NASCAR Weekly Racing Series racing card. Ironically it was the second straight Friday night that rains held off until just 15 minutes before the first heat of the evening was to take to the speedway The scheduled Kenworth/Cummins Night and the Weekly Racing Series Modified 50 will not be run this Friday, July 28, as initially discussed at the track. Officials from Kenworth and Cummins are not available to be on hand this Friday. Keith Harring of Motor Truck Equipment Company will be meeting with the corporate officials on Monday, July 24, to select a date in August. This Friday night, July 28, will see last week's rained-out event, Racing with Jesus Family Night, combined with Schuylkill Chamber Night at the Races at the Forestville, PA oval just northwest of Minersville in Schuylkill County. The evening of high speed action with feature a weekly format of the NASCAR WRS Modifieds, Exide ShorTrack Sportsman and Accel Roadrunners in a Simpson Race Products Contingency Night for the drivers. Defending Big Diamond Raceway NASCAR WRS Modified champion, Duane Howard of Oley, PA, continues to lead the track standings with 1791 points. He is followed by Keith Hoffman of Whitehall, PA with 1696, Terry Meitzler of Kutztown, PA with 1635, Meme Desantis of Blandon, PA with 1630 and Glenn Strunk of Bechtelsville, PA with 1565. Completing the top ten are Jim Hauer of Lebanon, PA (1510), Jeff Strunk of Bethel, PA (1461), Ray Swinehart of Bechtelsville, PA (1421), Kyle Weiss of Hamburg, PA (1410) and Doug Manmiller of Wyomissing, PA (1380). In the Exide ShorTrack Sportsman division Gary Hager of Stewartsville, NJ, who is running his first full season at Big Diamond, is the point leader with 2122 points. Donn Edgar of Lehighton, PA, is second with 1942 trailed by rookie Lenny Leibold, Jr. of Jonestown, PA with 1729, Shawn Fitzpatrick of Pottsville, PA with 1660 and Billy Moyer, Jr. of Pine Grove, PA with 1631. Ed Scott of New Tripoli, PA; John Patchoski of Scranton, PA; Joe Biasi of New Ringgold, PA; defending champion Tom Brennan of Pottsville, PA; and Ryan Bauer of Bethlehem, PA complete the top ten. Dean Ulsh of Auburn, PA looks like he is on his way to his second straight Accel Roadrunner track title as he leads Glenn "Buckshot" Rowan of Pottsville, PA by 178 markers. Steve Fessler of Schuylkill Haven, PA; John Ulsh of Summit Station, PA, and Marc Berzowski of Minersville, PA complete the top five. The rainout Friday was a break for Rowan, who had Chris Reed scheduled to substitute for him in the 00. Among the newcomers on hand and in the infield for hot laps when the rain hit were the Modifieds of Bob Lilick, Jr. and Sam Schaeffer, Ryan Eckert in the Sportsman, and Rob Kistler, Jr. in the roadrunners. Tom Fox, a Bridgeport frontrunner, was on hand after making a single start at Big Diamond last month. Also early season roadrunner feature winner, Willie Metz, Jr., returned for the first time since his car was disqualified with an illegal suspension over a month ago, but now he is the car owner as well as the driver of the #14 Roadrunner. Lap sponsorships are already being accepted for the 2000 Rieck's Printing/Post Vinyl Digital Graphics Coal Cracker 100 for Modifieds on Friday night, September 1. Laps cost $10 each and can be purchased by contacting Mary Bagley on Friday nights in the officials' tower, by calling 610-659-1869 or via the Internet at firstname.lastname@example.org. To insure you get an opportunity to purchase the lap you want, you should do so now target your selection as tickets are going fast. This year the rich event paying at least $10,000 to win, sponsored by Rieck's Printing and Post Digital Graphics of West Reading, PA, carries a Sunday, September 3 raindate. For more information, call (570)544-6434 or visit www.bigdiamondraceway.com.
NOTE - On August 4 Fran Purcell, Jr. plans to be married at the speedway during the racing card. Fran is a former modified and street stock driver and a now a roadrunner tech. inspector.