Big Diamond Banquet summary

Modified King Doug Hoffman Tops Honorees at Big Diamond Banquet; Tom Brennan, Dean Ulsh Take NASCAR Dodge Sportsman, Roadrunner Titles Minersville, PA - November 6 - Doug Hoffman of Allentown, PA topped a long list of award winners an the ...

Modified King Doug Hoffman Tops Honorees at Big Diamond Banquet; Tom Brennan, Dean Ulsh Take NASCAR Dodge Sportsman, Roadrunner Titles

Minersville, PA - November 6 - Doug Hoffman of Allentown, PA topped a long list of award winners an the annual Big Diamond Raceway NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Banquet at the Landingville (PA) Community Fire Company on Saturday evening, November 6.

Big Diamond's NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modified champion Doug Hoffman and his car owner Dennis "Moose" Eisenhard also captured the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Northeast Regional championship and were in contention for the series' national title. Additional track champions honored were NASCAR Dodge ShorTrack Series Sportsman Modified champion driver/owner Tom Brennan of Pottsville, and NASCAR Roadrunner point king, Dean Ulsh of Auburn.

The NASCAR/Big Diamond Raceway point fund was paid out to Top 20 Modified and Sportsman Modified and Top 15 Roadrunner drivers in attendance at the banquet and photo plaques or trophies were presented to the top 20 modified drivers, top 15 sportsman-modified drivers, top 10 roadrunner drivers and the top five modified and sportsman-modified car owners.

Hoffman's championship celebration actually started one week ago as he was recognized by NASCAR for his Dodge Weekly Series Northeast Region championship last week at the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series banquet at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, last Saturday, October 30, collecting nearly $45,000. 2004 was truly a unique one for Big Diamond as Hoffman edged Craig Von Dohren (Oley), Keith Hoffman (Whitehall), Doug Manmiller (Wyomissing) and Rick Laubach (Quakertown), a group that completed possibly the strongest top five in the track's history. In fact Von Dohren's NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series CPI would have enabled him to capture the Northeast Regional title if he had been able to top Doug Hoffman for the Big Diamond title.

Car owners for the top five finishers were also honored including Doug Hoffman's championship owner Dennis Eisenhard, Bill Devine, Johnny Rae, Greg Sarangoulis and Dick Biever. In the Sportsman the top five combinations were driver/owner champion Tom Brennan, Dave Dissinger and his wife and car owner Christine, owner/driver Greg Weiland, Gary Wagner, Jr. and his wife/car owner Tracey, and driver/owner Billy Moyer, Jr.

In the roadrunners completing the top five behind champion Dean Ulsh were Mike Allar (Orwigsburg), Elvin Brennan (Forestville), Kevin Beach (Llewellyn) and Jake Smulley (Phoenix Park)

Special award winners were announced and included led by a tie for the 2004 Modified Rookie of the Year title between Sportsman Modified graduate Randy Mohn (Fredericksburg) and true Big Diamond racing rookie, Justin Andrews (Parryville). Ryan Beltz (Schwenksville) and Josh Biever (Landingville) shared the Modified Most Improved Driver recognition while John Willman (Zionsville) was given the Modified Sportsmanship Award and Ron Mawson, Jr. (Hughestown) earned the Hard Luck Award.

In the Sportsman Modifieds there were also two Rookie of the Year Awards handed out as Roadrunner graduate Doug Hendricks (Auburn) and true rookie Jordan Umbenhauer (Richland) shared the honor. Brad Brightbill (Sinking Spring) was the division's Most Improved Driver, Lowell Snyder (Upper Black Eddy) won the Hard Luck Award and Brad Force (Milford, NJ) earned the Sportsmanship honors.

Robbie Pyle (Downingtown) was the Roadrunner Rookie of the Year and Mike Allar (Orwigsburg) was the Most Improved Driver. Butch Solt (Lehighton) took the Roadrunner Sportsmanship Award and Derek Bender (Tremont) took the Hard Luck Award.

Art Bair of Bair Racing Wheels and Wheel Repair will honored the top heat winner in each of the three classes. Doug Hoffman took the $250 Modified award, Dave Dissinger took the bead lock racing wheel in the Sportsman and Tom Hablett won a roadrunner wheel.

Doug Hoffman will also receive a championship ring from NASR Jewelers of the Fairlane Village Mall in Pottsville, PA, to go along with the championship watch they presented to him last year.

The champions in all three classes received two championship jackets, one from the speedway and one from American Racer tires and the top three point finishers in each division also received plaques from NASCAR. Tom Hiester, who operates the speedway novelty stand, also presented Doug Hoffman with a mounted HO scale model of his championship #77 TEO Modified.

It was shared that the 2005 Big Diamond Raceway schedule will be released sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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