Successful practice day at Big Diamond

This Friday night, May 24, Big Diamond will open the stands at 6PM for an 8PM start. Action will feature the Modifieds in the Spring 50 paying $4000-to-win, the Sportsman Stocks and the Roadrunners in NASCAR Weekly Racing Series action presented...

This Friday night, May 24, Big Diamond will open the stands at 6PM for an 8PM start. Action will feature the Modifieds in the Spring 50 paying $4000-to-win, the Sportsman Stocks and the Roadrunners in NASCAR Weekly Racing Series action presented by Dodge.

46 cars take opportunity to practice at Big Diamond.

Minersville, PA - May 21 - Big Diamond Raceway was open Tuesday night, May 21, for the first open practice night of the 2002 season and 45 cars were on hand.

The tracks weekly divisions, the Modifieds, Sportsman and Roadrunners, were joined by late models and sprint cars for the session which lasted just over 3 hours. Many drivers had the opportunity to get valuable track time and some used other experienced drivers to help with feedback on their cars. And a few teams also took the opportunity to give members of their crews an opportunity to get behind the wheel.

Ten modifieds were on hand including the 1 of Keith Hoffman, the TV2 of Bobby Gunther-Walsh, the 6 of Dale Roth, the 21K of Kyle Weiss, the 42J of Jeff Sechrist, the 67 of Jon Kellner, Jr., two 73 cars of Jack Hartnett, the 88 of Tom Umbenhauer, and the 99K of Don Keefer. One result of the practice was a blown engine in Keith Hoffman's #1 which could put the team in jeopardy of not racing this Friday if an engine can not be secured in time.

Seventeen sportsman cars were on hand hoping to get more experience to help clean-up the divisions recent caution-filled events. Included on hand were Tim Carter (1), Luke Wagner (3), Dale Hartz (15), Billy Moyer, Jr. (17), Brent Boyer (19), Gary Wagner (47), Neal Larson (57), Tony Dinatale (61), Chris Van Schuyler (69), Fred Fisher (95), Al Fidler (97), Mike Radocha (101), Andy Fayash (157), Jesse Sterling (414) and Brad Grim (611). Former modified feature winner Keith Carl was one expert driver who pulled his driving uniform out of the mothballs to help the Fred Fisher 95 Team.

Roadrunners on hand were Dave Miller (1), Corey Renninger (3), Rodney Ulsh (5), Steve Fessler (7), Doug Hendricks (8JR), Derek Bender (19W), Ray Gradwell (26), Kevin Holland (66), Jason Heffner (88), Don Scherb (115) and Troy Miller (ProStock 115). Dave Newman had his 11 super sportsman on hand and Shawn Schnoke (11) and Keith Wetzel (8) took laps in their 358 Sprints. Rounding out the list were the late Models of Lauden Seigfried (3L), Dave Shulski (4S) and Hans Sheriff (17S).

In exchange for their $15 pit fee teams were give numerous practice sessions with cars from their own division. With very many getting more laps than they would in two or three race nights if they were non-qualifiers.

This Friday night, May 24, Big Diamond will open the stands at 6PM for an 8PM start. Action will feature the Modifieds in the Spring 50 paying $4000-to-win, the Sportsman Stocks and the Roadrunners in NASCAR Weekly Racing Series action presented by Dodge.

Three straight Friday night events follow featuring the regular three Big Diamond NASCAR divisions, followed by a Father's Day Sunday evening event featuring the KARS 358 Sprints, Sportsman Stocks and Roadrunners. The date is Father's Day, June 16 at 6:30 PM and it is the first of two Sunday events featuring the KARS Sprints.

The next Big Diamond Raceway Open Practice Night is scheduled for Tuesday night, June 25, at 7:30. No membership is required and any and all divisions of racing cars will be permitted to participate in this open practice with pit admission set at $15.00 to cover insurance. Fans are admitted for free to the stands and the main concession stand is open.

-bdr-

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NASCAR , Sprint , Stock car