Big Diamond report 2002-05-05

Shawn Reimert takes Big Diamond win on Valvoline Cup Night; Whitmoyer repeats in Sportsman, Hendricks and Miller Split Roadrunner features. Minersville, PA - May 5, 2002 - Shawn Reimert of Oley, PA took his first Big Diamond Raceway Modified win...

Shawn Reimert takes Big Diamond win on Valvoline Cup Night; Whitmoyer repeats in Sportsman, Hendricks and Miller Split Roadrunner features.

Minersville, PA - May 5, 2002 - Shawn Reimert of Oley, PA took his first Big Diamond Raceway Modified win since 1996 in only his third race in the Generation II Construction/Karcher Pressure Washers Bicknell 55 owned by Tom Sitler on Sunday afternoon. It was Reimert's second career Big Diamond win and it came on Big Diamond's Valvoline Cup kickoff night.

Craig Whitmoyer of Hamburg, PA took his second Sportsman win in three tries in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge. Doug Hendrick of Auburn captured the Roadrunner feature delayed from April 14 while Dave Miller of Pine Grove, PA was back in his 1 to take the second 15-lap Roadrunner feature of the day.

Racing switches to Friday nights at Big Diamond Raceway this week on May 10 but the NASCAR Modifieds, Sportsman and Roadrunners will be on the card slated to start at 8PM.

Shawn Reimert started on the pole in the 25-lap Modified feature and took charge over Smokey Warren (Jonestown) at the drop of the green. Warren battled with Ron Mawson, Jr. (Pittston, PA) and Kenny Brightbill (Sinking Spring, PA) for second while Reimert led the way. Defending track champion, Keith Hoffman (Whitehall, PA) Blew into the picture from his 15th starting spot to go by Mawson and Brightbill on lap 11 following a red flag caused by Todd Bashore (Bethel, PA) tumbling his 4 over the crossed up 178 of Warren in turn two without injury.

Hoffman tried all he could to get the nose of his Johnny Ray-owned 1 under Reimert's 55, but Reimert was glued top the inside. Duane Howard (Oley, PA) began his charge to the front from his 16th starting spot a bit later than Hoffman did, but he overtook Mawson for third on lap 19. One lap later, Hoffman switched to try the outside on Reimert off turn four but lost ground and fell into Howard's clutches. The duo charged back up on Reimert's tail while they waged their own war. On lap 24 Howard went into three hard in hopes of shooting under Hoffman in turn four, but Keith's 1 push exiting turn two and Howard made contact with his rear bumper. The contact crippled Howard's 126 and left Hoffman too far behind to challenge Reimert on the final lap.

Shawn Reimert took the $2000 win followed by Keith Hoffman, Ron Mawson, Jr., Rick Laubach (Quakertown, PA), Kenny Brightbill, Steve Bottcher (Lehighton, PA). Kevin Graver, Jr. (Lehighton, PA), Craig Von Dohren (Barto, PA), Meme DeSantis (Temple, PA) and Duane Howard. Heat winners were Laubach, Kyle Weiss (Hamburg, PA), Hoffman and Howard while DeSantis and Todd Burley (Spencerport, NY) took consolation wins.

It looked like a day for Shawns as Shawn Fitzpatrick of Pottsville, Pa took the early lead from his second starting spot in the 20-lap Sportsman main. Fitzpatrick led over Stan Struble and Chris Clemens (Coopersburg, PA) until Craig Whitmoyer entered the picture after starting 14th. Whitmoyer moved to second by lap six and pressured "Fitz." On lap nine, Whitmoyer powered around the outside of the leader in turn one and never looked back. It was Whitmoyer's second straight win.

Craig Whitmoyer was again a winner in the Reppert's Automotive/Outlaw Graphics 99 over Shawn Fitzpatrick, Billy Moyer, Jr. (Pine Grove, PA), Donn Edgar (Lehighton, PA) who started 22nd, Tom Brennan (Pottsville, PA0, Jeff Ebersole (Palmyra, PA), John Deatrich. Jr. (Pottsville, PA), Joe Goerner (Hamburg, PA), John Heckler (Hatfield, PA) and Paul Marra, Sr. (Bordenton, NJ). Heat winners were Chris Clemens, Scott Singley and Fitzpatrick while Heckler took the consolation.

Four laps of the first Roadrunner feature on the card were completed on April 14 and leader Rodney Ulsh of Summit Station, PA picked up right where he left off to lead Steve Fessler (Schuylkill Haven, PA) and Doug Hendricks while Dave Winslow (Fleetwood) fell to fourth. Hendricks, the season opener winner, went under leader Ulsh on the front stretch, going three wide as Fessler made on run at the leader on the outside. Hendricks went on to take his second straight feature win in his JR Trucking 8JR over Ulsh, Fessler, Winslow and Chris Bowers (Minersville, PA).

Dave Miller was thankful for two rainout weeks as he was able to get an engine back in his fast Heritage Ford/Schaeffer Harley Davidson #1 after a season opener blown engine. Miller started back in eighth in the regularly scheduled 15-lap roadrunner main. He blew through the competition, added by a lap one pile-up, to take the lead from Marty Shappell (Pottsville, PA). Shappell ran smoothly and held second until lap eight when Dave Winslow powered his 27X past both Miller and Shappell on a lap 9 restart in turn one. But Miller regained the lead on lap 10 while Shappell's 117 failed. Miller took the win over Winslow, Barry Schrader (Orwigsburg, PA), Rodney Ulsh and Corey Renninger (Llewellyn, PA).

In addition to their winning payoffs, the feature winner's received gift certificates for $50 in Valvoline products and free lunch or dinner for themselves and their families at Madd Nellie's Restaurant on Route183 in Schuylkill Haven, PA.

This Friday night Big Diamond will open the stands at 6Pm for the first Friday night show of the year slated to start at 8PM. Action will feature the Modifieds, Sportsman-Modifieds and Roadrunners in NASCAR Weekly Racing Series action presented by Dodge.

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