Hoffman to defend Big Diamond Title

Minersville, PA - (March 25, 2001) - There is no question, defending Big Diamond champion, Keith Hoffman of Whitehall, PA is serving notice that NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Modified teams looking to contend for the 2001 Big Diamond Raceway track...

Minersville, PA - (March 25, 2001) - There is no question, defending Big Diamond champion, Keith Hoffman of Whitehall, PA is serving notice that NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Modified teams looking to contend for the 2001 Big Diamond Raceway track championship will need to prove they can take it from him.

Hoffman already has several Big Block Modified and Modified races under his belt this year in preparation for the Big Diamond's 2001 Opening Day this Sunday afternoon, April 1. The opener will feature a big triple header program of NASCAR stock car racing. Qualifying heats are scheduled to get underway at 2 PM for the NASCAR WRS Modifieds, NASCAR ShorTrack Sportsman and NASCAR Roadrunners. Warm-ups are slated to get underway at around 1:30.

"I was extremely happy to hear that Big Diamond signed on again with NASCAR," stated Hoffman. "I'm looking forward to defending my title and taking the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Regional title."

Keith returns with Barry Bashore's #5 NASCAR Modified team which posts a strong list of sponsors led by Bashore Trucking of Bethel, PA. Kauffman's Barbeque Chicken, Boltz Drywall, Wenger's of Myerstown, WayHar Farms, Troyer Inc., Hoffman Brothers Speed Parts and AFCO Shocks are also lending their support to the team's title defense.

"We are returning with a 2001 Troyer 4-Link car but our motor program has changed to Pat Morrison Racing Engines, who also does our Big Block and 358 gas motors," continued Hoffman. "After have a full year of working with the Troyer 4-Link car, I think our team will be stronger in the win column this year and we need wins to contend for the NASCAR's regional and national Weekly Racing Series titles as well as the track championship."

The NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Modifieds should be particularly competitive this season at Big Diamond. Among the expected challengers to Keith Hoffman's title defense are Jeff Strunk (Bethel, PA), Duane Howard (Oley, PA), Terry Meitzler (Kutztown, PA), Craig Von Dohren (Barto, PA), Dennis Bailey (Kutztown, PA), Ray Swinehart (Bechtelsville, PA), Kyle Weiss (Hamburg, PA) and Jim Hauer (Lebanon, PA).

Following the April 1 season opener, Big Diamond Raceway has another Sunday afternoon show slated for April 8 featuring the Modifieds, Sportsman and Roadrunners. The track remains dark for the Easter weekend before shifting to a weekly Friday night format on April 20 for the remainder of the year with an 8 PM starting time.

For more information on Big Diamond Raceway call (570)-544-6434 or check the speedway website at www.bigdiamondraceway.com.

-BDR

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