Tracy Readinger back at Big Diamond in Sprint Car in '03 Minersville, PA - March 15, 2003 - When Big Diamond Raceway announced that the Doorways Unlimited KARS 358 Sprints would be running at the speedway seven times in 2003, Tracy Readinger of...
Tracy Readinger back at Big Diamond in Sprint Car in '03
Minersville, PA - March 15, 2003 - When Big Diamond Raceway announced that the Doorways Unlimited KARS 358 Sprints would be running at the speedway seven times in 2003, Tracy Readinger of Laureldale, PA decided he was ready for the challenge.
The sprint teams get their first crack at Big Diamond Raceway on Sunday afternoon, March 30, when they and the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modifieds get a chance to dial-in their 2003 mounts with hot lap sessions while the NASCAR Sportsman-Modifieds and Roadrunners get right to business in their first competitive racing of the season in qualifying events and features. One week later, April 6, the Sportsman-Modifieds step aside as the KARS Sprints and NASCAR Modifieds compete in their first card of the year at Big Diamond along with the NASCAR Roadrunners.
Tracy Readinger returns to sprint car racing with the support of friend Donnie Hoffman and his business, D&S Archery. Just like father, Dan, and brother, Barry, Tracy has been a modified competitor for a number of years. But he did spend a number seasons away from the stock cars doing some sprint car racing, initially with United Racing Club where he was Rookie of the Year in 1992. Tracy moved to the Central PA 410 Sprints in 1994. He recorded his first 410 Sprint a win at Clinton County in 1996 in the Nittany 50. Readinger won again in 1998 while splitting time with sprints and modifieds before returning full time to the stock cars in 1999.
Readinger has always been fairly competitive at Big Diamond in Modified action, but recently he has focused his stock car racing on Grandview Speedway so both the Hoffman-Readinger modified cars are prepared for the same track enabling Hoffman to also climb behind the wheel and gain experience. Now the second Modified is gone and a 2000 Schnee sprinter with a 358 cubic inch engine has taken its place in the 2T D&S Archery stables. The sprint focus will be on Fridays in KARS events at Big Diamond and 358 events at Williams Grove as well as other KARS events. The modified will be raced regularly on Saturdays at Grandview with a few added excursions as scheduling permits.
The D&S Archery #2T cars in the Readinger/Hoffman stable have added Devine Transport of Honeybrook, PA, and Elite Fitness and Nutritional Consultants of Blandon, PA, to an already strong list of sponsors including Haldeman Ford, Christa's Country Creations, Tim Long/Bill Thomas Insurance and Baja Beach.
After the April 6th event, the KARS Sprinters return to Big Diamond for evening shows on Friday, May 9, and Friday, July 13. The July 13 event will be a challenge event pitting the Pennsylvania-based KARS Sprints against the Carolina-based American Outlaw Action Series (AOAS) 360 Sprints. On Tuesday night, July 1, they will part of a sprint doubleheader at Big Diamond with the 410 Sprint Cars as part of PA Sprint Speedweeks. Regular Friday night shows are next for KARS at Big Diamond on July 25 and August 10. The sprints close the season on Sunday afternoon, September 28, with the KARS National Open on the Minersville oval.
The KARS 358 sprints are expected to be led by 2002 KARS champion, Jake Raudabaugh of Carlisle; Dale Hammaker of Grantville; 2002 KARS Rookie of the Year, Keith Prutzman of Hamburg; Dan Richcreek of Enola; Cory Haas of Dallastown; Brian Eichelberger of Etters; J.R. Berry of Boyertown; Brian Allman Red Lion; Rick Horn Dover; Denny Gross of New Freedom, Adrian Sheaffer of Mt. Wolf; Keith Wetzel of Fleetwood; 2002 Big Diamond winner Chad Layton of Harrisburg; Jeremy Gardner of Harrisburg and many others 358 Sprint stars.
For more information on Big Diamond Raceway call (570) 544-6434 or check the track website at www.bigdiamondraceway.com. Also for KARS info, try www.pitside.com/kars. And, if you are interested in info on the American Outlaw Action Series, the address is www.aoasprints.com.