<pre> Coming Events: June 23 - 8pm - J R Trucking Night. NASCAR WRS Modifieds, Exide ShorTrack Sportsman, Accel Roadrunners. June 27 - 7:30pm (Tuesday) - Keystone Pretzel PA Speedweek Super Sprints & Sportsman. June 30 -...
<pre> Coming Events: June 23 - 8pm - J R Trucking Night. NASCAR WRS Modifieds, Exide ShorTrack Sportsman, Accel Roadrunners. June 27 - 7:30pm (Tuesday) - Keystone Pretzel PA Speedweek Super Sprints & Sportsman. June 30 - 8pm - Georgie Stevenson Memorial. NASCAR WRS Modified 50, EXIDE ShorTrack Sportsman, Accel Roadrunners.
JIM HAUER STEALS BIG DIAMOND MODIFIED WIN AS LEADERS ON LAST LAP;
HAGER TAKES SIXTH SPORTSMAN WIN; OSWALD GETS FIRST ROADRUNNER VICTORY
Minersville, PA - June 16 - Jim Hauer of Lebanon, PA worked himself into the right place at the right time and when leaders Ray Swinehart and Keith Hoffman tangled on the final lap, Hauer found himself up front for his first NASCAR WRS Modified win of the season at Big Diamond Raceway on Friday's True Value Hardware Night.
Gary Hager of Stewartsville, NJ, captured his fifth Exide ShorTrack Series Sportsman feature win while Jason Oswald of New Ringgold, PA took his first career Accel Roadrunner win. The evening of speed was also a Simpson Race Products Contingency Night for the top three finishers in each class.
Scott Albert (Fredericksburg, PA) led the opening tow laps of the 25-lap NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Modified 25-lap feature. Tom Pompei (Quakertown, PA) led the third and fourth laps before veteran Ray Swinehart (Bechtelsville, PA) moved his Bechtelsville Auto Body 33 into the lead on lap five after starting eighth. On the same lap Keith Hoffman (Whitehall, PA), who started 16th, took the second spot with the Bashore Trucking 5. Hoffman stalked Swinehart while 13th starting Jim Hauer moved to third on lap 8.
Hauer had a front row seat for one of the best battles for the lead of the season. On lap 15 Hoffman began showing the nose along side of the leader on the inside. Lap after lap Swinehart held the lead at the start/finish line by only the length of the hood of his 33. Hoffman stayed with his inside line and pulled in front as the completed lap 20 but Swinehart powered back to the lead on lap 21. As they came off turn four to complete lap 24, Hoffman again nosed in front. Swinehart again powered to the outside as they entered turn one but as they exited turn two, the got together with Swinehart spinning to cause a yellow. Hoffman was sent to the rear for his contribution toward causing the incident.
This put Hauer and his Dave's Automotive/Hutter's Gas 'n Shop Troyer 9 into the lead and he never looked back, taking his first win of the season. Tom Pompei took second followed by 23rd place starter Duane Howard (Oley, PA), Glenn Strunk (Bechtelsville, PA), Randy Bailey (Kutztown, PA), Meme DeSantis (Blandon, PA), Kerry Kratz (Bechtelsville, PA), Terry Meitzler (Kutztown, PA), Kevin Graver, Jr. (Lehighton, PA), and Jeff Strunk (Bethel, PA). Modified qualiofying heat winners were Todd Bashore (Bethel, PA), Scott Albert, Glenn Strunk and Brian Engle (Leesport, PA) while the twin consolations went to Tom Umbenhauer (Richland, PA) and DeSantis.
Defending NASCAR ShorTrack Series Sportsman track champion, Tom Brennan of Pottsville, PA has had nothing but back luck this season. It looked like that might change as he took the lead in the 20-lap Exide Sportsman feature from Rick Hendricks (Auburn, PA) on lap three. Joe Biasi (New Ringgold, PA) and Donn Edgar (Lehighton, PA) ran second and third by lap 7 but the blue Johnny's Truck Stop 44 of Gary Hager was on the move. Hager started 19th in the 26-car field and took fourth by lap 7. On a lap ten restart, Hager made a big move to get by both Biasi and Edgar for second. After trailing Brennan for several laps waiting for an error, Hager took things into his own hand, moving to the outside to sweep around the leader on lap 17.
Hager took another feature win followed by Brennan, Biasi, Shawn Fitzpatrick (Pottsville, PA), Kyle Strickler (Sinking Spring, PA), Ed Scott (new Tripoli, PA), Terry Bensinger (Schuylkill Haven, PA), John Deatrich, Jr. (Pottsville, PA), Lance Hoch (Topton, PA), and Edgar, who slowed seriously on the final lap to lose seven spots. Heat wins went to Hendrick, Biasi and Hoch while Hager was the consolation winner.
It took some time but Jason Purcell over took early leader Mike Allar on lap 6 of the 15-lap Roadrunner feature to go on to take his first career win worth $100. Jason Purcell (Pottsville, PA) finished second followed by Dean Ulsh (Auburn, PA), Glenn Rowan (Pottsville, PA), and Marc Berzowski (Minersville, PA). Heat winners were Kirby Schlappich and Dale Hartz (Hamburg, PA).
The evening shrouded by threatening skies saw 40 Modifieds, 35 Sportsman and 17 roadrunners on hand.
This Friday night's NASCAR card features the Weekly Racing Series Modifieds, the Exide ShorTrack Sportsman and the Accel Roadrunners on J R Trucking Night. But that kicks off three races in 8 days at Big Diamond.
On Tuesday night, June 27, at 7:30 Keystone Pretzels presents Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek at Big Diamond Raceway. The powerful Super Sprints make their return to Big Diamond as parts of the week of speed. Also the Sportsman Stock cars will see action with several invaders expected to participate in this non-NASCAR event which is a qualifier for the Quarter Mile Dirt Track Championships at Five Mile Point in Binghampton, NY later this year.
In addition to the involvement of series sponsor Keystone Pretzels of Lancaster County, Alexander Pontiac/Buick/Cadillac/GMC of Sunbury and Middleswarth Potato Chips will also be involved in the card. The Alexander dealership will sponsor a heat winners' cash dash while Middleswarth will be giving out bags of Middleswarth Potato Chips to the first 500 fans courtesy of their sprint car drivers Keith Kauffman and Todd Hestor.
The third headline of the eight-day period comes on Friday, June 30, at the WRS Modifieds go in a 50-lap feature as part of the annual Georgie Stevenson Memorial. The Exide Sportsman and Accel Roadrunners will also be on the card.
For more Big Diamond Raceway information call (570) 544-6434 or drop in on the track website at www.bigdiamondraceway.com.