Big Diamond race report 2002-06-07

Kyle Weiss takes second Big Diamond Modified win of year; Brennan, Winslow capture first wins in Sportsman, Roadrunners. Minersville, PA - June 7 - Kyle Weiss of Hamburg, PA took his second Modified feature win at Big Diamond Raceway on Friday...

Kyle Weiss takes second Big Diamond Modified win of year; Brennan, Winslow capture first wins in Sportsman, Roadrunners.

Minersville, PA - June 7 - Kyle Weiss of Hamburg, PA took his second Modified feature win at Big Diamond Raceway on Friday night in "NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge" action on True Value Hardware Night. Tom Brennan of Pottsville, PA won a thriller in the Sportsman 20-lap feature for his first win since the 1999 season while Dave Winslow of Fleetwood, PA earned his first career roadrunner victory when apparent winner Dave Miller was disqualified in post race inspection.

In the 25-lap Modified feature Weiss took the win in the 29-car starting field over Craig Von Dohren of Barto, PA; Keith Hoffman of Whitehall, Pa; Jack Hartnett of Telford, PA; Todd Burley of Spencerport, NY, Meme DeSantis of Temple, PA; Dave Gerhart of Lebanon, PA; Terry Meitzler of Kutztown, PA; and Steve Bottcher of Lehighton, PA. Qualifying heat winners were Weiss, Tom Pompei of Sellersville, PA; and Hoffman.

Tom Pompei took the early feature lead and paced the field for two laps. Weiss moved from third to second on the opening laps and overtook Pompei with an inside move in turn two on lap three. Pompei and Jack Hartnett battled for second until Craig Von Dohren and Keith Hoffman quickly entered the picture. Von Dohren passed both Pompei and Hartnett on lap 6 while Hoffman got back on his tail one lap later. At this point the yellow flew for the sixth time, closing out the early yellow fever.

Von Dohren got right up with Weiss for the next several laps but could not get by the Brickel's Racing Collectibles/Madd Nellie's Restaurant 21K and Weiss began to draw away. Things closed up a bit again at they entered lapped traffic on lap 14 but, again, Weiss stayed in control.

"We've done nothing since the (win at the) opener," shared Weiss who was visiting victory lane for the third time in his modified career. "We just got this engine from Larry Lombardo last week and it is really strong."

The Sportsman 20-lapper was a thriller. Tom Brennan took his third career win in his TB Landscaping over new point leader Craig Whitmoyer of Hamburg, PA; Chris Clemens of Coopersburg, PA; Dale Hartz of Hamburg, PA; the most recent previous sportsman winner Ed Scott of New Tripoli, PA; rookie Fred Fisher of Womelsdorf, PA; Andy Fayash of Mary-D, Pa; Jesse Sterling of Lehighton, PA; Tom Cremer of Sinking Spring, PA; and Darren Dreher of Schuylkill Haven, PA. Fayash, Brennan and Fisher were heat winners while Cremer grabbed the B-Main honors.

Front row starters Dale Hartz and Fred Fisher got away on top with Chris Clemens moving from fifth to third on lap two. Hartz and Fisher certainly did not look like inexperienced drivers as they ran wheel-to-wheel for several laps with Hartz holding on the lead. Clemens made it a three way battle by lap five with Tom Brennan and the three 2002 feature winners, Ed Scott, Scott Singley and Craig Whitmoyer, running in fifth through seventh. Singley, entering the night at the point leader, had his night go south very quickly as he lost a wheel on his 7X ion lap 8. On the following restart Clemens slipped by Fisher and Brennan did the same on lap 9.

Both looking for their first career wins, Hartz and Clemens really put on a show battling for the lead with Brennan just behind. On lap 12 Clemens got a run of Hartz going down the backstretch and moved under Hartz entering turn three. It appeared Clemens secured the spot but Tom Brennan also followed Clemens under Hartz in turn three and when Clemens pushed out a bit in turn four, Brennan was there to move under him for the lead. Whitmoyer took second from Clemens on lap 15 but could not challenge Brennan the rest of the way.

A second sportsman victory lane ceremony was held for Ed Scott, who was named the feature winner of the most recent sportsman feature (May 24) as apparent winner Andy Fayash was found to be illegal. Fayash was dropped to last and Scott moved in at the winner. Adjustments to the payoff will be made as well as point adjustments due to the disqualification.

Dave Miller of Pine Grove, PA was the apparent winner of the 15-lap roadrunner feature but his #1 car was found to be illegal in post race inspections and Dave Winslow of Fleetwood, Pa took his first career win. Rodney Ulsh of Summit Station, Pa was second followed by Phil Levering of Parkerford, PA; Kevin Holland of Pine Grove, Pa and Steve Fessler of Schuylkill Haven, PA. Winslow and Marty Shappell of Pottsville, PA, were the heat winners.

Levering led the opening laps of the feature in his 39 but Derek Bender put his 19W on top on lap two. With two laps complete point leader Doug Hendricks of Auburn, Pa, dropped out of the event. Levering came right back to reclaim the lead on lap four but now Dave Miller was right on his tail. Miller powered into the lead on lap six and never looked back. Levering ran second until lap 11 when Winslow took the runner-up spot that eventually turned out to be the pass for the win.

AMSOIL will be on hand at Big Diamond Raceway on Friday, June 14, to sponsor the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series racing card presented by Dodge. The Modifieds, Sportsman and Roadrunners will be on the card that gets underway at 8PM.

On the same weekend on Sunday (June 16), the Doorways Unlimited KARS 358-Sprint Series will appear at Big Diamond Raceway for a special Father's Day racing program. Also on the evening card, which starts at 6:30PM, will be the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Sportsman and Roadrunners that run every Friday night at Big Diamond.

For more information on racing at Big Diamond Raceway or directions to the Forestville oval, contact the speedway office at (570) 544-6434. The track's website is also an outstanding source of information at www.bigdiamondraceway.com.

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