Big Diamond report 2004-05-30

Doug Hoffman Goes 2 for 3 in Big Diamond Modified Triple 20's; Von Dohren Takes 2nd Win of Weekend, Sterling Tops Sportsman Minersville, PA -- May 30 -- Doug Hoffman of Allentown, PA captured two of the three NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modified...

Doug Hoffman Goes 2 for 3 in Big Diamond Modified Triple 20's; Von Dohren Takes 2nd Win of Weekend, Sterling Tops Sportsman

Minersville, PA -- May 30 -- Doug Hoffman of Allentown, PA captured two of the three NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modified Triple-20 feature wins on Sunday evening while Craig Von Dohren of Barto, PA took his second Big Diamond win of the weekend. Jesse Sterling of Lehighton, PA grabbed his first NASCAR ShorTrack Sportsman Modified 20-lap feature win of the year while Elvin Brennan of Forestville, PA snapped his streak of bad luck by following up Friday nights win on Kreiser' s Tremont Qwik Stop Night by taking his second win of the year in the NASCAR Roadrunner 15. Carrie Pyle of Downingtown, PA dominated the Roadrunner Powder Puff 8-lapper and Victoria Guinther of Salisbury Township edged Chris Dinatale of Shillington, PA in the thrilling 12-lap Modified/Sportsman Modified combo Powder Puff main event.

Craig Von Dohren came through the field from his 13th starting spot in the Devine Transport / Stauffer Construction 70D while Tim Fitzpatrick led the opening four laps of the first Modified 20-lap Main of the night. Kyle Weiss (Hamburg) led laps five through twelve but 13 was lucky for Von Dohren as he passed Weiss with an inside move off turn four to take his Big Diamond leading 50th career Modified win. Doug Manmiller (Wyomissing) came from tenth starting spot to take second followed by Weiss, Doug Hoffman, Jeff Sechrist (Womelsdorf), Keith Hoffman (Whitehall), Rick Schaffer (Woxall), Ray Swinehart (Bechtelsville), Rick Laubach (Richlandtown) and Paul Kline (Reading). In the second twenty, after Von Dohren drew 12 for the finish invert for the line-up, Tom Pompei (Quakertown) took the early lead from his second starting spot. Ray Swinehart (Bechtelsville) overtook Pompei on lap four but Doug Hoffman, who started ninth, charged to the outside of Swinehart to take the lead on lap eight and never looked back. Hoffman took his fourth win of 2004 in the Heritage Ford / East Penn Podiatry / Hertzog Auto Sales 77 over his brother, Keith Hoffman, who started seventh, Swinehart, Von Dohren, Kline, Laubach, Shawn Fitzpatrick (Pottsville), Sechrist, Weiss and Keith Brightbill (Mohnton).

Hoffman drew the number 15 for the invert, but starting fifteenth in the final 20-lapper proved not to be a problem. A last lap tangle which dropped Rick Schaffer to 15th in the final order of feature two put Rick on the pole and he took the early lead. Kyle Weiss, who started seventh, overtook Schaffer on lap 7 with an outside move in turns three and four but his lead was short-lived. Doug Hoffman dove under Weiss in turn three on lap 11 for the lead and the eventual win, Craig Von Dohren followed him through one lap later but was forced to settle for second. Keith Hoffman won a war with Schaffer and Doug Manmiller (who started 21st) for third while Schaffer and Manmiller tangled on the final lap, dropping both out of the top ten in the finishing order. Laubach took fourth followed by Weiss, Sechrist, Dale Hartz (Hamburg), Billy Pauch, Jr. (Frenchtown, NJ), Brightbill and Kline.

Andy Miller (Schuylkill Haven) led the opening laps of the Sportsman 20 with Fred Fisher (Reading) challenging until he spun in turn two on lap 8. Rookie Doug Hendricks (Auburn) overtook Miller on the restart, but Jesse Sterling was steadily moving up from his eighth starting spot. Sterling went by Hendricks with an inside move in turns three and four to take his first win of the year in his Sterling Performance Engines / Ahner's New and Used Furniture 4. Larry Lippencott (Riegelsville) was second trailed by Luke Wagner (Grantville), Hendricks, Darren Dreher (Schuylkill Haven), Donn Edgar (Lehighton), Ryan Moyer (Schuylkill Haven), Andy Fayash, Jr. (Mary-D), Greg Weiland (Port Carbon) and Brad Force (Milford, NJ).

Rookie Tom Hablett (Schuylkill Haven) led the opening laps of the Roadrunner 15-lapped until Butch Solt (Lehighton) took charge on lap eight. Two-time winner Kevin Holland (Pine Grove) took the lead on lap 11 but pitted with a flat tire on a lap 12 yellow for Hablett. Solt was back on top but now Elvin Brennan took the lead on the restart to take his second win of the weekend. Jason Purcell (Pine Grove) edged Solt on the final lap for second with Dean Ulsh (Pine Grove) and Mike Allar (Orwigsburg) completing the top five.

The seven car Roadrunner Powder Puff field dwindled to four but it made no difference as Carrie Pyle went from last to first on the opening lap and lapped the entire field to take the 8-lap feature win over Becky Sterner (Schuylkill Haven), Denise Brennan (Forestville) and Jesse Kopinetz (Pottsville).

The Modifieds and Sportsman Modifieds were put together for the 12-lap Powder Puff field and Victoria Guinther went from tenth to the lead before the field reached turn one on the opening lap with an outside charge. Chris Dinatale, who started seventh, followed suit a half lap later and slowly cut into Guinther's lead. Just prior to mid-race Dinatale took to the inside of a lapped car Guinther was going around to steal the lead in turn two. Two laps later the roles were reversed with Guinther diving to the inside of a lapped car and Dinatale with Guinther taking the lead and Dinatale bouncing off the wall loosing much ground. On the final lap they again encountered heavy traffic and both leaders went to the outside to pass the final lapped car of the group. Dinatale went over the right rear tire of Guinther but neither lifted and Guinther took the win over Dinatale, Verna Lippencott (Riegelsville), Jody Kuperavage (Cumbola) and Stacey Kohler (Fleetwood). Both Junior Fans of the Week this weekend, Aaron Weaver and Nichole Bartik, were not in attendance.

Racing continues this Friday, June 4, on Dodge Night with the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modifieds, the NASCAR ShorTrack Sportsman Modifieds and the NASCAR Roadrunners in action with the first heat starting at 8PM.

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