Big Diamond race report

Desantis cracks Big Diamond NASCAR Modified winner's circle; Whitmoyer gets first career Big Diamond win in Sportsman. Minersville, PA - Meme DeSantis of Temple, PA piloted the Norm's Save Station 357 to victory at Big Diamond Raceway on Sunday...

Desantis cracks Big Diamond NASCAR Modified winner's circle; Whitmoyer gets first career Big Diamond win in Sportsman.

Minersville, PA - Meme DeSantis of Temple, PA piloted the Norm's Save Station 357 to victory at Big Diamond Raceway on Sunday in the 25-lap feature in NASCAR Modified Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge action. Craig Whitmoyer of Hamburg, PA powered his Reppert's Automotove 99 Sportsman to his first career Big Diamond feature win.

The 15-lap Roadrunner feature was interrupted by rain and will be resumed as part of the full show scheduled for Sunday, April 21, at 4 PM. After heavy rain Saturday and fog on Sunday morning the skies cleared to permit the complete Sunday afternoon show except the final eleven circuits of the Roadrunner main event.

Meme DeSantis was making only his second start at the track behind the wheel of the Norm Hansell owned, JL Davis Insurance/MarAl Auto Body/ASKO Roofing 357 after many years driving for Dennis Eisenhart.

"A lot went on over the winter," commented DeSantis. "I am real happy. Going from one good car right into another doesn't happen very often. It is great to be able to plug right into a top team like Norm's."

DeSantis started on the pole in the 25-lap Modified main event and led wire-to-wire to capture his ninth career win at Big Diamond. Duane Howard of Oley, PA, closed in late but fell 0.22 seconds short and ran second. Todd Burley (Spencerport, NY) finished third, in only his second visit to Big Diamond, followed by Craig Von Dohren (Barto), Ray Swinehart (Bechtelsville), Keith Hoffman (Whitehall), Terry Meitzler (Kutztown), Todd Bashore (Bethel), Brian Johnson (Quakertown), and Jeff Strunk (Bethel). Heat winners were Kyle Weiss (Hamburg), DeSantis, Ron Mawson, Jr. (Hughestown) and Howard while consi honors went to Doug Manmiller (Wyomissing) and Jim Hauer (Lebanon).

Keith Hoffman quickly moved-in on DeSantis's tail on the opening laps of the main event for his fifth starting spot. But a lap six restart saw Hoffman's car slow with an apparent problem keeping the car in gear. After several visits to the pits, Hoffman return but was out of contention. Duane Howard took second at this point. Before he was able to mount his big charge in the closing laps on the leader, Duane nearly lost second to Todd Burley, in the Bashore Trucking 5, on lap 10. But Howard's Big Spring Car Wash 126 was right on the rear bumper of DeSantis's 357 at the finish.

Craig Whitmoyer finally got the monkey off his back at Big Diamond and captured his first feature win at the track in his Yerger's Archery/Harmony Hill Assisted Living 99 Sportsman. Whitmoyer, who manhandles his 99 with one artificial arm, put on a clinic as he led every lap of the 20-lap feature. In fact he had such a large lead, that when he did make an error on the final lap, which saw his 99 bounce off the front stretch wall while overtaking lapped cars, he still won by 2.06 seconds. But his car was towed to the winner's circle with a broken rear from where is stopped on the backstretch.

Jeff Ebersole (Palmyra) ran second the full distance as well and at the finish he was followed by opening day winner Scott Singley (Milford, NJ), Joe Goerner (Hamburg, PA), Paul Marra, Sr. (Bordentown, NJ), Donn Edgar (Lehighton), Jesse Sterling (Lehighton), Tom Cremer (Sinking Spring), Luke Wagner (Grantville) and Tom Brennan (Pottsville). Heat winners were Whitmoyer, Ebersole, Goerner and Brad Grim (Coplay). Consi wins went to Billy Moyer, Jr. (Pine Grove) and Sterling.

Rodney Ulsh (Summit Station) took the lead from pole sitter Dave Winslow (Fleetwood) on the opening lap of the 15-lap Roadrunner feature but the rains began almost immediately thereafter and stopped the racing with only four laps complete. As the event was not at least 50% complete, it will be resumed as part of the full three-division card slated for next Sunday.

Big Diamond's NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge season continues this Sunday, April 21. The starting time for action is two-hours later at 4PM for the card featuring the Modifieds, Sportsman-Modifieds and Roadrunners.

-bdr-

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