Big Diamond's Howard back on top of Northeast Region

DAYTONA BEACH, FL. (June 19)- Duane Howard of Oley, PA, has moved into the lead in the Competition Performance Index (CPI) standings in the Northeast Region of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series. Howard, who competes in the dirt track Modifieds at...

DAYTONA BEACH, FL. (June 19)- Duane Howard of Oley, PA, has moved into the lead in the Competition Performance Index (CPI) standings in the Northeast Region of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series. Howard, who competes in the dirt track Modifieds at Big Diamond Raceway in Minersville, PA, has captured three wins this season at the.375-mile oval. Howard has six top-five finishes in seven starts.

Vern Bliss (Arcade, NY) has slipped to second in the region. Bliss, who competes in the Pro Stock division at Holland (NY) International Speedway, has collected four wins at the high-banked .375-mile oval this season. Bliss has six top-five and seven top-ten finishes in seven starts this season.

Barry Awtey (Jennerstown, PA) has moved to third in the regional standings. Awtey, who competes in the Late Model division at Jennerstown (PA) Speedway, has two victories in 2001. Awtey has collected eight top-five finishes in eight starts on the spacious .500-mile oval.

Todd Patnode (Sawazney, NH) of Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH; Jeff Dunmyer (Friedens, PA) of Motordrome Speedway in Smithton, PA; J.R. Kent (Horseheads,NY) of Chemung (NY) Speedrome; T.J. Potrzebowski (Elmira, NY) of  Spencer Speedway in Williamson, NY; Rick Groetsch (North Ridgeville, OH) of Lorain County Speedway in Amherst, OH, and Joe Hartmann (Calverton, NY) of Riverhead (NY) Raceway round out the top nine in the first tier of the Competition Performance Index (CPI) standings in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Northeast Region.

Craig Von Dohren, who is second in points at Big Diamond and 14th in the Northeast region, jumped to third in the NASCAR WRS New England Region region, in spite of a rain-out last week at Big Diamond's sister track, Grandview Speedway. In the Big Diamond's Northeast Region Keith Hoffman of Whitehall, PA is currently 22nd, Ray Swinehart (Bechtelsville, PA) is 35th and Terry Meitzler (Kutztown, PA) is 43rd. Another Big Diamond regular, Jeff Strunk, stands 33rd in the New England Region through Grandview Speedway.

The regional champions will be decided following the conclusion of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series season on September 16. The NASCAR Weekly Racing Series national championship will then be determined by a ranking of the regional champions using the Competition Performance Index (CPI).

-BDR-

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