Big Diamond June 19th preview

KARS Sprints ready for Friday action at Big Diamond. Minersville, PA - July 18 - In the winner's circle at Big Diamond Raceway on June 16, feature winner Chad Layton stated, "A lot of us have never seen this place (Big Diamond) before but this...

KARS Sprints ready for Friday action at Big Diamond.

Minersville, PA - July 18 - In the winner's circle at Big Diamond Raceway on June 16, feature winner Chad Layton stated, "A lot of us have never seen this place (Big Diamond) before but this is a great sprint car track. It would be awesome if we could come and run here every week."

Well it may not be every week, bit Big Diamond officials heard Chad loud and clear, so the Keystone Auto Racing Speedways (KARS) 358 Sprint Car series will be at Big Diamond for an added third date this Friday, July 26, to go along with their already scheduled for Sunday, August 18.

The KARS 358 Sprints will replace the NASCAR Sportsman on the 3-division card sharing the spotlight with the track's regularly featured NASCAR Modifieds along with the roadrunners. The Sportsman will return on Friday, August 2.

The NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Modified racing at Big Diamond has turned into a showdown for the championship between four of the divisions best, defending champion Keith Hoffman of Whitehall, PA; past champion Duane Howard of Oley, PA; all-time leading feature winner, Craig Von Dohren of Barto, PA; and the leading 2002 Pennsylvania modified feature winner, Meme DeSantis of Temple, PA.

But not to be over-shadowed are feature winners Shawn Reimert of Oley, PA and Kyle Weiss of Hamburg, PA; and strong regulars Terry Meitzler of Kutztown, PA; Steve Bottcher of Lehighton, PA, Jack Hartnett of Telford, PA, Kevin Hartnett of Perkasie, PA, Rick Schaffer of Woxall, PA, Tom Pompei of Sellersville, PA, Barry Readinger of Fleetwood, PA and many others.

On the KARS Sprint side, the Layton win on June 16 was a real Father's Day thriller. Dan Richcreek (Enola, PA) looked like a first-time winner until late in the feature when Dale Hammaker (Grantville, PA) tracked him down to take over with five laps left. But Chad Layton (Harrisburg, PA) then caught Hammaker on the final lap and made the pass for the win in turn three using the outside groove.

Layton was trailed at the finish by Hammaker, Adrian Sheaffer, Richcreek, Tony Smolenyak, Tim Long, Jeff Rohrbaugh, Bob Beidleman, Rick Horn and Cory Haas.

The Doorways Unlimited KARS 358-Sprint Series is conducting its 14th season of racing in 2002, continuing a tradition of competitive sprint car racing that began in 1989. Over the years, the KARS Series has entertained race fans at tracks in six states.

For more information on Big Diamond Raceway check the speedway's newly redesigned website at www.bigdiamondraceway.com or call (570) 544-6434.

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