Big Diamond report 2002-08-09

Keith Hoffman takes 2nd Big Diamond win, extends point lead; Billy Moyer tops Sportsman to tighten point race. Minersville, PA - August 9 - Keith Hoffman of Whitehall piloted the ABDO Electric / Johnny Ray Racing 1 to his second "NACAR Weekly ...

Keith Hoffman takes 2nd Big Diamond win, extends point lead; Billy Moyer tops Sportsman to tighten point race.

Minersville, PA - August 9 - Keith Hoffman of Whitehall piloted the ABDO Electric / Johnny Ray Racing 1 to his second "NACAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge" Modified victory to snap Duane Howard's two-race win streak and slightly extend his point lead over Howard on Friday night. Billy Moyer, Jr. of Pine Grove took his third Sportsman feature win stopping point leader, Craig Whitmoyer's win streak while Dave Miller, also of Pine Grove, topped the Roadrunners for his third win of 2002.

"The car has been strong in recent weeks but tonight Johnny (Ray) put a new Gechter motor in the car and it was much stronger," commented Hoffman in the winner's circle. "We had tried another brand of engine, but Barry built us an awesome piece with this one. I really felt the difference."

Bobby Gunther Walsh of Allentown put his Ironton Telephone TV2 to the head of the class at the opening of the 25-lap Modified feature with Rick Schaffer of Woxall right behind in the Fran Purcell 73. Through several restarts Walsh was just able to show enough power to pull Schaffer off turns two and four to hang on to the lead while Todd Biever (New York. NY) and Bruce Williams (Mahanoy City) battled for fourth. With six laps complete, Walsh push out a bit in turn one on a restart and lost the handle with his TV2 after catching Schaffer's front end. Rick Schaffer now assumed command but he was never credited with leading a lap as Todd Biever overpowered him on the restart to take command.

While top guns Duane Howard (Oley), Doug Manmiller (Wyomissing) had trouble in traffic and went to the rear on lap 7, Keith Hoffman came through a bit better and moved to fourth from his tenth starting spot. Hoffman made a big outside move on a lap 9 restart to go by both Williams and Schaffer in turn one to take second just after two-time winner, Kyle Weiss (Hamburg) caught an inside tire marker and spun his 21K. Hoffman tried all he had but Biever was running the race of his career and was covering all the grooves. Hoffman put the nose of his 1 in front as they passed the starter's stand on lap 14 with an inside move but he had to lift to avoid the slower car of newcomer Rick Sitler (Berwick) and Biever regained control.

The winning pass came on lap 19 as Hoffman got his nose under Biever just far enough in turn three to disrupt the leader's line and sailed under him coming off turn four to take command. More superstar woes saw Craig Von Dohren (Barto) spin while battling with Steve Bottcher (Lehighton) for fourth and Meme DeSantis (Temple) end up spinning off turn two to avoid an out of shape Todd Biever on lap 24. The final restart on lap 24 saw Schaffer get by Biever for second to provide the two-car operation of Fran Purcell with their best finish of the season. Duane Howard battled back to take third from Biever on the final lap.

Hoffman took his second win of the year, worth $2000, over Rick Schaffer, Duane Howard, Todd Biever, Steve Bottcher, a resurgent Craig Von Dohren, Barry Readinger (Fleetwood), Bruce Williams, Terry Meitzler (Kutztown), and John Willman (Zionsville). Teen-lap heat winners were Williams (3:05.05), Hoffman and Kyle Weiss.

Daryl Dissinger of Mechanicsburg was glad to be back in the seat of the 21K after Kyle Weiss piloted it to a second in last week's Sunday non-race. Dissinger put the Madd Nellie's Restaurant 21K to the lead at the drop of the green in the 20-lap Sportsman main. While Tom Cremer (Sinking Spring) pressured him, Billy Moyer, Luke Wagner (Grantville) and Ed Scott (New Tripoli) were able to move through traffic and avoid a lap 4 pile-up to challenge the leaders. Moyer slipped by Cremer for second on lap 4 but Dissinger refused to yield and Cremer continued to apply pressure for second. Meanwhile point leader Craig Whitmoyer (Hamburg) was forced to the pits due to his involvement in the lap 4 pile-up.

Moyer moved his 17 under Dissinger on the front stretch to take the lead on lap 15 just as Luke Wagner was able to take third from Cremer. Jesse Sterling (Lehighton) also entered the picture taking fifth from Ed Scott on lap 16 only to spin his 414 on the final lap. Wagner had his best run of the year as he overtook Dissinger on lap 19 for second. Moyer took the $600 victory over Luke Wagner, Darryl Dissinger, Tom Cremer, Brent Boyer (Bloomsburg), Ed Scott (New Tripoli), Brad Grim (Coplay), Lance Hoch (Topton), Tony Dinatale (Reading) and Jesse Sterling. Eight-lap heat winners were Cremer (2:37.91), Chris Clemens of Coopersburg (2:36.31) and Dissinger (2:36.72).

In recent week's Dave Miller has found his #1 roadrunner in the pits or on the back of a wrecker more often than not. This week he found himself starting fifth in the 15-lap Roadrunner main event. Miller charged to the front on lap two and never looked back. Early in the season Ken Eckert, Jr. (Minersville) brought a sportsman to the speedway to race but he found the car too costly for him and he returned to the roadrunners, buying the former 24 of Kevin Evitts and re-numbering it with his 8M. Eckert led the opening lap and, after losing the spot to Miller, pursued him until lap 9 when Marty Shappell (Pottsville) took the runner-up spot. Shappell was no match for Miller and settled for a second place finish. Barry Schrader (Orwigsburg), now in a dogfight for the point lead with Rodney Ulsh, took third on the final lap with Eckert and Jason Heffner (Pottsville) completing the top five.

This Friday night, August 16, at Big Diamond Raceway is AMSOIL Night with the NASCAR Modifieds, Sportsman and Roadrunners in action. Racing starts at 8PM following warm-ups that start at 7:30.

The Big Diamond event calendar has changed. The Sunday, August 18, event featuring the KARS Unlimited Doorways 358 Sprints had been postponed. There will be no racing at Big Diamond on August 18. The KARS Sprinters will now return on August 30 with the NASCAR Modifieds and Sportsman for Checkered Flag Fan Club Night.

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Series NASCAR , Stock car
Drivers Johnny R
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