Weather postpones Big Diamond March 30th opener

Modifieds, KARS Sprints & Roadrunners now set for April 6. Minersville, PA (March 30) - The staff at Big Diamond Raceway waited out the slow snow melt and ground thaw to scramble to be ready for the Sunday afternoon, March 30, only to see heavy...

Modifieds, KARS Sprints & Roadrunners now set for April 6.

Minersville, PA (March 30) - The staff at Big Diamond Raceway waited out the slow snow melt and ground thaw to scramble to be ready for the Sunday afternoon, March 30, only to see heavy rain and even snow on race weekend wipeout the planned event for the NASCAR Sportsman-Modifieds and Roadrunners.

After the substantial rain prior to the passing of the cold front on Saturday, the speedway made the call to pull the plug on the opener as there was no hope of sun to dry the track on Sunday with 1 to 3 inches of snow forecasted.

Now Big Diamond Raceways headlining division, the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modifieds, and the KARS Doorways Unlimited 358 Sprints will join the NASCAR Roadrunners on the opening card slated for this Sunday, April 6, at 2 PM. Gates will open to the stands at noon. The pit gates will open an hour earlier to help get race teams through the season-opening inspection process with their cars.

Keith Hoffman of Whitehall will open the defense of his 2003 Big Diamond NASCAR Modified championship this week against some of the best Modified drivers in the Northeast today including Meme DeSantis of Temple, Billy Pauch of Frenchtown, NJ, Craig Von Dohren of Barto, Terry Meitzler of Kutztown, Duane Howard of Reading, Kevin Hartnett of Perkasie, Kyle Weiss of Hamburg, Ray Swinehart of Bechtelsville, Rick Schaffer of Woxall, Shawn Fitzpatrick of Pottsville, and many others.

Likewiise 2002 KARS champion, Jake Raudabaugh of Carlisle looks to get off on the right foot toward his second straight title over the likes of Dale Hammaker of Grantville; 2002 KARS Rookie of the Year, Keith Prutzman of Hamburg; Dan Richcreek of Enola; Cory Haas of Dallastown; Brian Eichelberger of Etters; J.R. Berry of Boyertown; Brian Allman Red Lion; Rick Horn Dover; Denny Gross of New Freedom, Adrian Sheaffer of Mt. Wolf; Keith Wetzel of Fleetwood; 2002 Big Diamond winner Chad Layton of Harrisburg; Jeremy Gardner of Harrisburg and many others KARS regulars plus a newcomer or two like Modified drivers Tracy Readinger of Laureldale and Larry Kelleher of Scranton.

Big Diamond will host a second Sunday afternoon event on April 13 with the NASCAR Sportsman-Modifieds getting their first racing in the books along with the NASCAR DWS Modifieds and Roadrunners. Then the track stands idle for the Easter weekend as the transition is made to the weekly Friday night format.

Although no rain date was set for the rained-out $1000-to-win Sportsman 30, the track is looking at the schedule for a possible spot to add a similar event sometime during the season.

Racing is scheduled to get underway on Sunday, March 30, at 2 PM with gates opening at noon. The NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Sportsman-Modifieds and Roadrunners will compete in qualifying races and feature events while the Modified, the KARS 358 Sprints and others will be shaking down their cars for the 2003 season. For more information, call (570) 544-6434 or check www.bigdiamondraceway.com.

-bdr-

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