Big Diamond April 25th preview

Minersville, Pa - (April 20) - Big Diamond Raceway in Forestville, PA, returns to action this Friday night, April 25, at 8 o'clock, following a nineteen-day break after the track's 2003 season opener. Track lighting has been adjusted and improved...

Minersville, Pa - (April 20) - Big Diamond Raceway in Forestville, PA, returns to action this Friday night, April 25, at 8 o'clock, following a nineteen-day break after the track's 2003 season opener. Track lighting has been adjusted and improved over 2002 for the first night race of the year and equipment problems encountered at the opener have been addressed.

The NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series will be in full swing as the Modifieds, Sportsman-Modifieds and Roadrunners will be in action this Friday. It will be also the first race of the year for the Sportsman-Modifieds as their events on March 30 and April 13 were canceled due to rain and wet conditions.

Craig Whitmoyer of Hamburg, PA looks to repeat as the Sportsman Modified champion but he should get plenty of competition from the likes of Billy Moyer of Pine Grove, Fred Fisher of Womelsdorf, Ed Scott of New Tripoli, Darren Dreher of Orwigsburg, John Deatrich, Jr. of Pottsville, Fran Purcell, Jr. of Pottsville, Gary Wagner, Jr. of Womelsdorf, Ryan Moyer, of Port Clinton, Dan Guinther of Allentown, Brent Boyer of Bloomsburg, Steve Zimmerman of Jonestown and many others.

Among those others is Tom Brennan of Pottsville. Tom was actually happy to see the Sportsman events get canceled thus far. Tom would not have been able to compete in them due to a long recovery from his seriously broken leg courtesy of a fall on the ice during the off season. Although still recovering, the reduced number of misses may still enable the annual Big Diamond sportsman-modified standout to contend for the season title.

The modifieds will return for their second event of the year led by Kevin Hartnett of Perkasie, who brought former driver and current car owner Fran Purcell, who has been at Big Diamond since its 1972 opening, his first modified feature win. Hartnett is one of three winners thus far in Pennsylvania NASCAR Modified action along with Meme DeSantis of Temple and Jon Kellner, Sr. of Lansdale, who have wins at Grandview Speedway.

Kevin captured the Diamond season opener in his debut in the Purcell 6jr. over Jon Kellner, Sr., Doug Hoffman of Allentown, Rick Schaffer of Woxall, Craig Von Dohren of Barto, Billy Pauch of Frenchtown, NJ, Ray Swinehart of Bechtelsville, Meme DeSantis, Kyle Weiss of Hamburg, Rick Laubach of Richlandtown, Steve Bottcher of Lehighton, Terry Meitzler of Kutztown, Jimmy Horton, Jr. of Somerville, NJ, Shawn Fitzpatrick of Pottsville, Ryan Watt of Phoenixville, Doug Manmiller of Wyomissing, Larry Solomon of Birdsboro, Shawn Reimert of Oley, defending champion Keith Hoffman of Whitehall, Keith Brightbill of Mohnton, Mike Nicholas of Lebanon, John Willman of Zionsville, Tom Mayberry of Sellersville, Kenny Brightbill of Sinking Spring. Todd Biever of New York, NY, Ed Scott of New Tripoli, Billy Pauch, Jr. of Frenchtown, NJ, and Jon Kellner, Jr. of Lansdale.

For the roadrunners, Doug Hendricks of Auburn, returned to his favorite place, the Pritz Dodge Winner's Circle, in the 2003 opener. Among his chief expected contenders this week are Rodney Ulsh, Dave Winslow, Kevin Holland, Jason Heffner, Kevin Beach, Kirby Schlappich, Phil Levering, Perry Valariano, Elvin Brennan, rookie Butch Solt, Derek Bender, Jason Purcell, Ken Eckert, Jr. and others.

This Friday cars will take to the track at 7:30 for hot laps followed by the first qualifying heat at 8 o'clock. Qualifying heats will be run for all three NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series divisions followed by a 25-lap modified feature, a 20-lap sportsman-modified feature and a 15-lap roadrunner feature. For information call (570) 544-6434 or visit the Lewis Brubaker designed and maintained Big Diamond website at www.bigdiamondraceway.com.

-bdr-

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Series NASCAR , Stock car
Drivers Billy Pauch