Big Diamond Labor Day preview

Minersville, PA - August 22, 2002 - Big Diamond Raceway holds their biggest weekend of racing of the 2002 season this Friday (August 30) and Sunday (September 1). Friday night will see a unique format featuring the KARS 358 Sprint Cars along with...

Minersville, PA - August 22, 2002 - Big Diamond Raceway holds their biggest weekend of racing of the 2002 season this Friday (August 30) and Sunday (September 1). Friday night will see a unique format featuring the KARS 358 Sprint Cars along with NASCAR point races for Modifieds and Sportsman. Then it is the 23rd running of the Coal Cracker Modified 100 paying $10,000 on Sunday evening as well at the Coal Cracker 20 for roadrunners.

The 100 was moved to Sunday during the off-season after last year's Friday rain-out forced the track to run the 100 on Sunday, Labor Day eve. There seemed to be fewer conflicts with other tracks and both the field of cars and the crowd was good. The Sunday race also seems to make it easier for travelers to make the show with Sunday and Labor Day allowing more time and fewer complications due to work schedules.

With the move to Sunday, Big Diamond will still be in action on Friday, August 30. The KARS 358 Sprint Cars will join the NASCAR Modifieds and NASCAR Sportsman on a special Checkered Flag Fan Club Night. CFFC members showing their membership cards will get a $2 discount on their admission to the spectator area only.

This event will provide a unique tune-up opportunity for several of the cars entered in the Coal Cracker 100 as they will not just be practicing but actually competing for a payoff. The Modifieds will run in a full program culminating with a 20-lap feature. The cash payout for the top five will be slightly less than a normal 20-lap feature at Big Diamond but these five drivers will also qualify for the Coal Cracker 100. The remainder of the feature run down will receive the normal 20-lap feature payoff. The event will also carry points toward the Big Diamond Raceway./NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge championship standings.

The five cars that qualify on Friday need do nothing more than show up Sunday and draw for their feature starting spots with the 12 to 15 heat qualifiers from Sunday. A B-main will fill the field.

Additionally, past winners of the Coal Cracker Classic are eligible to be guaranteed starters at the rear of the 100 field if they attempt to but are unable to qualify. Included in the list of past winning Coal Cracker drivers that are eligible for this guaranteed status are Duane Howard, Craig Von Dohren, Rick Schaffer, Jeff Strunk, Paul Koch, Billy Pauch, Kenny Brightbill, Doug Hoffman, Tom Mayberry, Richie Tobias and Fred Rahmer.

The Roadrunner 20 lap feature will be open to Big Diamond and Selinsgrove legal cars with Selinsgrove cars forced to start behind the Big Diamond legal cars in the main event.

For more information on racing at Big Diamond Raceway check out the track web site at www.bigdiamondraceway.com or call (570) 544-6434.

-bdr-

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