Big Diamond report 2001-07-06

Minersville, PA (July 6) - Jim Hauer of Lebanon, PA powered his Dave's Automotive/ Heisey's Diner 9 to his first NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Modified 25-lap feature win on Friday night at Big Diamond Raceway since April 18, 1999. The evening of ...

Minersville, PA (July 6) - Jim Hauer of Lebanon, PA powered his Dave's Automotive/ Heisey's Diner 9 to his first NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Modified 25-lap feature win on Friday night at Big Diamond Raceway since April 18, 1999. The evening of speed was True Value Hardware Night and was also a Simpson Racing Products Contingency Night. John Patchoski of Scranton, PA took his first career NASCAR ShorTrack Series Sportsman win at any speedway in his Anthracite Auto 3x while Dave Miller of Pine Grove, PA corralled his third Roadrunner feature win of the season. Jim Hauer was slated to start third in the Modified feature but pole sitter, Tim Fitzpatrick (Minersville, PA) took to the starting grid late due to electrical problems and was sent to the rear of the field. Hauer overtook Bruce Williams (Mahanoy Plane, PA) on the opening lap and lead all 25 to take his first win of the year in his 1999 Troyer 4-link car.

"We've been having a really tough time this year," commented Hauer. "Either we have been a little off or the car is right and I get caught up in wrecks. The 4-link is very adjustable and is a lot like a late model. I work for Jim Bernheisel (late model driver and builder at Bernheisel Race Cars) and he has helped our team a lot."

Craig Whitmoyer (Hamburg, PA) took second on the opening lap only. A yellow before two were complete for a tangle involving Duane Howard (Oley, PA) and Ray Swinehart (Bechtelsville, PA) saw Howard pit and not make it out in time for the restart. Jack Hartnett (Telford, PA) move from eight to second by lap three while Whitmoyer battled to hold off Steve Bottcher (Lehighton, PA) and Kevin Graver, Jr. (Lehighton, PA) for third. That was the order with Hauer opening up a full straightaway lead by the time the events second yellow flew on lap 19. On the restart Kyle Weiss (Hamburg, PA), who was seventh, got under the infield tires in turn four and shot out into the field resulting in a pile-up involving Meme DeSantis (Temple, PA), Terry Meitzler (Kutztown, PA), Kerry Kratz (Bechtelsville, PA), Jeff Strunk (Bethel, PA) and Larry Kelleher (Scranton, PA).

Hauer was not phased by the fact that his big lead was gone as he again pulled away from the field on the restart. Big Diamond point leader Craig Von Dohren (Barto, PA), restarted sixth and in the closing six laps move to third. At the finish it was Jim Hauer, Jack Hartnett in the Fran Purcell 73, Craig Von Dohren (who started 20th in the 28-car field), Steve Bottcher, Keith Hoffman (Whitehall, PA), Kevin Graver, Jr., Ron Seltmann (Pottstown, PA), Smokey Warren (Jonestown, PA), Barry Readinger (Fleetwood, PA) and Ray Swinehart (Bechtelsville, PA). Heat winners were Graver, Bruce Williams, Tim Fitzpatrick and Craig Whitmoyer while Jeff Strunk won the consolation event.

PATCHOSKI PILOTS '97 KNEISEL CAR TO 1ST CAREER SPORTSMAN WIN. Darren Dreher of Schuylkill Haven, PA took the lead at the drop of the green in the 20-lap Sportsman feature with Tom Solderich (Bethlehem, PA) second. John Patchoski started eighth and moved his 1997 Kneisel car to third by lap four. Patchoski took second on lap 9 but was unable to get by Dreher who defending his position. Finally on lap John powered under Dreher as they came off turn four to complete lap 17 and never looked back. John Patchoski took the win over Darren Dreher, point leader Dave Dissinger (Mohrsville, PA), Tom Brennan (Pottsville, PA), Tom Solderich, Jesse Sterling (Lehighton, PA), Gary Hager (Stewartsville, NJ), Randy Mohn (Fredericksburg, PA), Brad Force (Sellersville, PA), and Jeff Ebersole (Palmyra, PA). Terry Bensinger (Schuylkill Haven, PA), Dale Hartz (Hamburg, PA) and Solderich took heat wins while Joe Biasi, Jr. (Tamaqua, PA) won the consolation.

The event saw six cautions resulting in six charge laps being counted against the race's 20 lap total.


Dave Miller simply dominated the roadrunner field winning both his heat and the feature by a large margin. Miller started seventh in the 15-lap feature and took the lead from Jason Oswald (New Ringgold, PA) on the second lap. Buck Crossley (Leesport, PA) took second on lap six only to see Corey Renninger (Llewellyn, PA) go by him one lap later. Renninger had nothing for Miller and settled for second ahead of Barry Schrader (Orwigsburg, PA), Steve Fessler (Schuylkill Haven, PA) and John Ulsh (Summit Station, PA). Crossley who the other RR heat. Seven of the nine top three feature finishers eligible did collect Simpson Racing Products bonuses for using Simpson Racing helmets and/or driving uniforms resulting in a total payout of $525 for the evening.


This Tuesday night, July10, Big Diamond Raceway will hold their third mid-week open practice session starting at 7 PM. The test session is open to the track's weekly Modified Stock Cars, Sportsman Stock cars and Roadrunners as well at other classes that may or may not be scheduled to appear at the speedway this season. A few Super Sportsman and URC Sprint Cars are expected with their only races at Big Diamond this season are scheduled in the next our three weeks. Also late models, 410 sprints, street stocks, pro stocks and other divisions are welcome.

Plans call for hot lapping on the banked, 3/8th-mile oval to start at 7 PM and tentatively end at 10 PM. The main spectator gates will also be open with concessions open with a limited menu being available. As this is the first open practice night to be held at the track, fans will be admitted FREE to the spectator areas.


Next Friday night, July 13 will see a unique tripleheader card at Big Diamond as the Bar's Leaks United Racing Club Sprints join the NASCAR WRS Modifieds and NASCAR Roadrunners. Chris Coyle of Wilmington, DE is the current URC BAR's Leaks Sprint Series point leader and he will find challenges from Bill Brian, George Suprick. Pete Green, Doug Emery, Scott Pursell, Greg Coverdale, Dave McGough. Mike Haggenbottom, Jeremy Trout, Brian Seidel, Matt Gerber, Danny Massey and many others COAL CRACKER 100 GOLF OUTING SET The annual Big Diamond Raceway Coal Cracker Golf Outing has been scheduled for Sunday, August 26, at the Mountain Valley Golf Course in St. Clair, PA. The shotgun start will be at 1:30 PM for the four man scramble which benefits the Georgie Stevenson Memorial Fund and the J. Smully Foundation. Golf shirts are included for each golfer and there will be door prizes in addition to awards provided to the top three in each of three flites determined upon completion of the golfing. A pig roast follows the round of golf. Entries are now being accepted for four-man teams. Cost is $65 per golfer and foursomes should include their name, address, phone number and shirt size to Big Diamond Raceway Golf Outing, PO Box 298, Minersville, PA 17954. Mountain Valley is located off Burma Road just outside of St. Clair, PA.


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