Big Diamond preview 2002-07-26

KARS SPRINTS ADDED TO BIG DIAMOND JULY 26 PROGRAM Minersville, PA - July 14 - Officials at Big Diamond Raceway have announced that they have added the Keystone Auto Racing Speedways (KARS) 358 Sprint Car races to a third date for 2002 at the ...

KARS SPRINTS ADDED TO BIG DIAMOND JULY 26 PROGRAM

Minersville, PA - July 14 - Officials at Big Diamond Raceway have announced that they have added the Keystone Auto Racing Speedways (KARS) 358 Sprint Car races to a third date for 2002 at the Minersville oval, on Friday night, July 26.

The KARS 358 Sprints will replace the NASCAR Sportsman on the 3-division card joining the NASCAR Modifieds and Roadrunners. The Sportsman will return on Friday, August 2.

"We run down the field in the Sportsman with so many dates recently," shared Big Diamond spokesman, Jeff Gromis. "A pair of two races in a single week with Tuesday and Sunday specials has left a few teams in need on a break to pull their cars together. We feel the two week hiatus will be beneficial to the division coming down the stretch."

The first of three KARS appearances at Big Diamond this year was a thriller on Father's Day, Sunday, June 16. 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.

"KARS is taking very positive steps to permit competitors running under the Selinsgrove, Lincoln and Williams Grove 358 Sprint rules to compete with them," commented Big Diamond race director, Jeff Gromis. "The first event saw an acceptable field but an outstanding race and the teams really had many good things to say about the track. This should bring and even better field of cars on July 26."

The third KARS date at Big Diamond is Sunday, August 18, with the NASCAR Sportsman Stocks and the NASCAR Roadrunners scheduled on the racing card. The current KARS point standings shows Dale Hammaker on top with 1145 followed by Dan Richcreek with 1000, Jake Raudabaugh with 960, Cory Haas with 790, Bob Gutshall with 785, Keith Prutzman with 780, JR Berry with 720, Rick Horn with 700, Kenny Foor with 610 and Jeff Rohrbaugh with 610. The second ten in points in order are Brian Allman, Brian Eichelberger, Denny Gross, Adrian Sheaffer, Chad Layton, Matt Borland, Mike Miller, Bob Beidleman, Timmy Long and Bill Case.

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.

In the only appearance of the KARS Sprints at Big Diamond prior to 2002, Jimmy Stitzel of Blandon, PA took the feature win.

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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Series NASCAR , Sprint , Stock car
Drivers Mike Miller
Teams Williams