Big Diamond - Coal Cracker 100

Coming Dates (Starting Times 8PM for 1st Heat): Fri., Aug. 25: NASCAR WRS Modified Kenworth/Cummins 50, Exide ShorTrack Sportsman, Accel Roadrunners. Simpson Race Products Contingency Night. Final Point Races. Fri., Sept. 1: Rieck's ...

Coming Dates (Starting Times 8PM for 1st Heat):

Fri., Aug. 25: NASCAR WRS Modified Kenworth/Cummins 50, Exide ShorTrack Sportsman, Accel Roadrunners. Simpson Race Products Contingency Night. Final Point Races.

Fri., Sept. 1: Rieck's Printing/Post Digital Graphics Coal Cracker National 100 for Modifieds, Roadrunner 20. (Raindate, Sunday night, September 3)

RIECK'S PRINTING/POST GRAPHICS 100 COMPLETES BIG DIAMOND SEASON

Minersville, PA - (Aug. 19) - The Rieck's Printing/Post Digital Graphics Coal Cracker 100 will close the 2000 racing season at Big Diamond Raceway on Friday night, September 1. The 21st Annual Coal Cracker 100, sponsored by Rieck's Printing and Post Digital Graphics of West Reading, PA, event will pay $10,000-to-win. The roadrunners will also compete in a non-point 20-lap championship feature on the Coal Cracker card which carries an 8pm starting time. The raindate for the Coal Cracker 100 is Sunday night, September 3. Entries are being accepted now for the 21st Annual Coal Cracker National 100 by Rieck's Printing and Post Digital Graphics. The entry fee, which includes the driver's pit pass, is $65 for NASCAR Member drivers and $80 for non-members. But drivers can enjoy a discount of $10 off both of these rates ($55 and $70 respectively) if they submit their entries by Sunday, August 27th. Past Coal Cracker winners, provided they have been active drivers in the 2000 season, will be guaranteed starters in the Post/Rieck's Coal Cracker 100. To be eligible for a guaranteed spot, past winners must have competed regularly in a full-size class in 2000 like modifieds, sportsman, sprints or late models or must have competed in the modifieds or sportsman at least once during the year at Big Diamond. Guaranteed starters will be awarded spots at the rear of the Coal Cracker 100 should they be unable to qualify, guaranteeing them a minimum of $325 payoff. The list of past winners in Big Diamond's annual headlining event looks like a who's who of dirt track racing. Jeff Strunk of Bethel, PA has three Coal Cracker wins to his credit with celebrated victories in 1996 and 1997 in the Keith Roussey-owned 93 and in 1990 in his father's 88. The only other three time winner in Coal Cracker history is the retired Charlie Eckert of Auburn, PA with wins in 1980 in the Walacavage 48, in 1982 in the Siegfried 27 and in 1984 in the Woods 16. Duane Howard of Oley, PA piloted the Cary Duncan 85A to his second straight Coal Cracker win last year and joined Kenny Brightbill of Sinking Spring, PA (1992 and 1994) and Doug Hoffman of Allentown, PA (1986 and 1988) as two time winners. Other past winners include Tom Mayberry of Sellersville, PA (1995), Rick Schaffer of Woxall, PA (1991), Richie Tobias (1989), Craig Von Dohren (1987), Fred Rahmer (1985) and the retired Billy Schinkel of Llewelyn , PA (1993), Paul Koch of Neffs, PA (1981) and Bob Emerich of Hamburg, PA (1979). The Coal Cracker Nationals were not run in 1983. Among the other drivers looking to add their names to the Coal Cracker winners' list this year are Keith Hoffman (Whitehall,PA), Meme DeSantis (Temple,PA), Terry Meitzler (Kutztown,PA), Jim Hauer (Lebanon,PA), Glenn Strunk (Bechtelsville,PA), Ray Swinehart (Bechtelsville,PA), Doug Manmiller (Wyomissing,PA), Shawn Reimert (Oley,PA), Kyle Weiss (Hamburg,PA), Dennis and Randy Bailey (Kutztown,PA), Kerry Kratz (Bechtelsville,PA), Jerry Higbie, Jr. (Slate Hill,NY), Tom Umbenhauer (Richland,PA), Tom Pompei (Sellersville,PA), Bob Trapper (Scranton,PA), Barry Readinger (Fleetwood,PA), Smokey Warren (Jonestown,PA) and many more. For more information on the Rieck's Printing/Post Digital Graphics Coal Cracker 100 or Big Diamond Raceway check out the speedway's web site at www.bigdiamondraceway.com or call (570) 544-6434.

RAIN STOPS BIG DIAMOND ACTION, TWO DATES REMAIN ON 2000 SCHEDULE

Minersville, PA (Aug. 18) - Steady rain throughout most of the day and the evening on Friday forced officials at Big Diamond Raceway to cancel the AMSOil Night of racing. The event was scheduled to include the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Modifieds, the EXIDE ShorTrack Sportsman by NASCAR and the NASCAR Accel Roadrunners on the evening which was also to be Racing With Jesus Ministries Family Night. Racing action resumes at Big Diamond Raceway on Friday night, August 25, for Kenworth/Cummins Night. Kenworth and Cummins have teamed up with Motor Truck Equipment Company to make the Kenworth/Cummins NASCAR Dual Track Championship Series possible and, as part of that sponsorship, bring the NASCAR WRS Modifieds to the Forestville oval for a special 50-lap main event. The 50-lap main will determine if Keith Hoffman of Whitehall, PA or defending track champion, Duane Howard of Oley, PA will be the 2000 NASCAR WRS Modified track champion. Hoffman, seeking his first Big Diamond track title, currently holds a 44-point lead over Howard, 2256 to 2212. Gary Hager of Stewartsville, NJ has already sewed up the Big Diamond Raceway Sportsman championship but is looking to improve his rating in the NASCAR Exide ShorTrack Series Northeast Region in an attempt to maintain his lead in the region's championship run. Likewise Dean Ulsh of Auburn, PA has clinched the Big Diamond Accel Roadrunner title following his closest rival, Buckshot Rowan's decision to sell his roadrunner a month ago and purchase the former Larry Graver modified. In addition to this 50-lapper being the final Big Diamond Raceway point race of the season, it will act as a tune-up for the Post Digital Graphics/Rieck's Printing Coal Cracker 100 paying $10,000-to-win on September 1. The NASCAR Exide ShorTrack Series Sportsman and Accel Roadrunners will also be on the Kenworth/Cummins Night card for their final point races for the year. Entries are being accepted now for the 21st Annual Coal Cracker National 100 by Rieck's Printing and Post Digital Graphics. The entry fee, which includes the driver's pit pass, is $65 for NASCAR Member drivers and $80 for non-members. But drivers can enjoy a discount of $10 off both of these rates ($55 and $70 respectively) if they submit their entries by Sunday, August 27th. Past Coal Cracker winners, provided they have been active drivers in the 2000 season, will be guaranteed starters in the Post/Rieck's Coal Cracker 100. To be eligible for a guaranteed spot, past winners must have competed regularly in a full size class in 2000 like modifieds, sportsman, sprints or late models or must have competed in the modifieds or sportsman at least once during the year at Big Diamond. Guaranteed starters will be awarded spots at the rear of the Coal Cracker 100 should they be unable to qualify through qualifying events that night. Lap sponsorships are still being accepted for the 2000 Rieck's Printing/Post Digital Graphics Coal Cracker 100 for Modifieds on Friday night, September 1. Laps cost $10 each and can be purchased by contacting Mary Bagley on Friday nights in the officials' tower, by calling 610- 659-1869 or via the Internet at baggroup@aol.com.

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