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Two 25-lap Modified mains in Big Diamond Friday point finale; NASCAR Modified, Sportsman & Roadrunner 2002 Champions to be crowned. Minersville, PA - Sept. 4 - The 2002 NASCAR Weekly Racing Series point races will be decided with a bang this ...

Two 25-lap Modified mains in Big Diamond Friday point finale; NASCAR Modified, Sportsman & Roadrunner 2002 Champions to be crowned.

Minersville, PA - Sept. 4 - The 2002 NASCAR Weekly Racing Series point races will be decided with a bang this Friday night at Big Diamond Raceway with two 25-lap Modified features, a Sportsman 20-lap feature and a 15-lap Roadrunner feature to headline the full racing card.

The modified program interrupted by rain on Friday night, August 23 following the completion of qualifying heats will be completed and then a full three-division card will be run. Two modified consolations and a 25-lap feature will be run with twenty drivers already qualified for the feature. The consolation line-ups are also set but drivers attending the race this week who were not on hand on the 23rd will be permitted to start at the rear of the consolations to attempt to qualify for the opening feature.

The speedway has also been deluged with calls from New Jersey competitors interested in a place to race this Friday. Visiting will be permitted to compete in the Modifieds or Sportsman but their cars must be Big Diamond legal. Without points, the Sportsman entries will be forced to start at the rear of handicapped events. In the modifieds, entries will be placed at the rear of the held-over consolations and will receive credit for their performance in the first program with points earned used as one appearance of the four-week calculation for handicapping. Thus these drivers will receive the points earned plus 459 for three non-appearance weeks in the handicapping process.

(Line-ups for the held over races are listed at end of story.) With two modified features on the card, the most any driver could earn is 400 points for winning both features. Likewise the least to be earned would be 140 as a non-qualifier for both features. Thus defending track point champion and current point leader, Keith Hoffman (Whitehall) needs to do a bit more than just show up to secure his championship with only a 200 point lead. Duane Howard (Oley) with 2656 points, Meme DeSantis (Temple) with 2538 and Craig Von Dohren (Barto) with 2526 all have a shot at capturing the championship should Hoffman falter. And, uncharacteristically, Hoffman had problems in his heat two weeks ago still needs to qualify for the first feature on the card. All three of the contenders have already qualified.

The Sportsman title was very close until last Friday when Billy Moyer (Pine Grove) dropped out very early in the feature while point leader Craig Whitmoyer (Hamburg), who went on to win. Whitmoyer now holds 125-point lead and guarantees at least a title for the championship by simply qualifying for the feature.

Finally in the roadrunners, it is a three-driver race to the championship. Rodney Ulsh (Summit Station) has 2531 points while Barry Schrader (Orwigsburg) is only 84 behind. Steve Fessler (Schuylkill Haven) is 159 back and would Ulsh to miss the event in order to have any chance at all.

(Complete point rundowns for all 3 classes follows held over line-ups at the bottom of this release.) In other news Big Diamond Raceway has one more event on the 2002 schedule. On Sunday, September 29, at 2PM, a special 50-lap Sportsman Open will be held. Also on the card will be a Roadrunner 20. And finally a special three division card will be run for the female counterparts of current drivers, owners and/or crew members will be run. Formerly called Powder Puff racing, the program will feature races for Modifieds, Sportsman and Roadrunners for women who are not currently racing competitively. It will give these women an opportunity to see what racing is like first hand.

Interested competitors are encouraged to contact the speedway with their name, car number, division and name of the regular driver of the car. This will better enable the track to prepare for the event with appropriate awards. Call (570) 544-6434 or see Joann at the pit sign-in on Friday night.

For more information on Big Diamond Raceway call (570) 544-6434 or go to the web at www.bigdiamond raceway.com.

-bdr-

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