Minersville, PA - (Aug. 23) - The highlight of the 2001 racing season at Big Diamond Raceway, the 22nd Annual Coal Cracker 100 for 358 Modifieds, will take the green flag on Friday night, August 31. The 22nd Annual Coal Cracker 100, paying ...
Minersville, PA - (Aug. 23) - The highlight of the 2001 racing season at Big Diamond Raceway, the 22nd Annual Coal Cracker 100 for 358 Modifieds, will take the green flag on Friday night, August 31. The 22nd Annual Coal Cracker 100, paying $10,000-to-win, will see the event broken up into two, 50-lap segments for a fuel stop due to the limited fuel capacity of the Modifieds running at Big Diamond.
The roadrunners will also compete in a non-point 20-lap championship feature on the Coal Cracker card that carries an 8pm starting time. The rain date for the Coal Cracker 100 is Sunday night, Sept. 2.
To eliminate concerns regarding the ability of cars to make the full 100-lap distance on their fuel tank capacity and potential safety hazards related of "live" race pit stops, the red flag will fly on lap 50 and two crew members per car will be permitted to refuel the cars on the speedway in turn two. No other work will be permitted with the exception of providing the driver with tear offs and refreshment, if desired.
Any work on the car, be it a minimal as sheet metal removal or tire pressure adjustment, must be done in the pit area with the car being required to start at the rear. Penalties for such work taking place on the track can range from being placed at the rear to a one lap penalty depending upon the infraction.
"We found that Modified teams were looking to buy larger fuel tanks if they could to fit within the current frames," commented track race director, Jeff Gromis. "Those having problems were talking about adding supplemental tanks. It just did not make sense to our people to see the teams go to the effort and expense to do this for just one or two races. So as much as we do not like a fuel stop, it is the only reasonable alternative."
Among the others expected to try to crack the winner's circle for this rich event are Duane Howard (Oley), Keith Hoffman (Whitehall), Craig Von Dohren (Barto), Jeff Strunk (Bethel), Terry Meitzler (Kutztown), 2000 Coal Cracker winner Billy Pauch (Frenchtown, NJ), Jim Hauer (Lebanon), Steve Bottcher (Lehighton), Glenn Strunk (Bechtelsville), Meme DeSantis (Temple), Ray Swinehart (Bechtelsville), Kyle Weiss (Hamburg), Larry Kelleher (Scranton), Tom Mayberry (Sellersville), Rick Schaffer (Woxall), Shawn Reimert (Oley, Dennis Bailey (Kutztown, Tom Umbenhauer (Richland), Bob Trapper (Scranton), Barry Readinger (Fleetwood) and more.
The track will also be open on Thursday night, August 30 at 7:30, for a special open practice night for Modifieds and Roadrunners, in preparation for their Coal Cracker races on Friday, as well as any other division. The NASCAR ShorTrack Sportsman will also be in competition in a 20-lap event. This event will again require Sportsman competitors to meet all Big Diamond Sportsman car specifications with one allowance only. Outsiders will be able to run their local track's track tire with the exception of East Windsor Speedway's track tire, which is more like drag rubber than the more common tires used at Big Diamond and other Sportsman tracks. Also absolutely no sail panel bodies are permitted as the statement in the rulebook for one-week grace tolerance of body non-conformities does not apply to such blatantly illegal bodies.
For more information on the action at Big Diamond Raceway check out the speedway's web site at www.bigdiamondraceway.com or call (570) 544-6434.