Rain interrupts Big Diamond card

<pre> Coming Dates: Fri., Apr.27, 8PM- Simpson Race Products Contingency Night. NASCAR Weekly Racing Series: Modifieds (Full Card plus 2 Consolations & Feature Held-over from April 20) NASCAR ShorTrack Series Sportsman ...

<pre> Coming Dates:

Fri., Apr.27, 8PM- Simpson Race Products Contingency Night. NASCAR Weekly Racing Series: Modifieds (Full Card plus 2 Consolations & Feature Held-over from April 20) NASCAR ShorTrack Series Sportsman NASCAR Roadrunners.

Fri., May 4, 8PM- NASCAR WRS Modifieds, NASCAR STS Sportsman, NASCAR Roadrunners (Full card plus Feature Held-over from April 20).

Fri., May 11, 8PM- Kreiser Fuel's Tremont Quick Stop Night. NASCAR WRS Modifieds, NASCAR STS Sportsman (Full Card plus Consi & Feature Held-Over from April 20) NASCAR Roadrunners.

Minersville, PA - April 20 - Big Diamond Raceway just barely avoided going 0 for 3 against the weather in 2001 on Friday night (April 20) as rain returned at 9:30 after the completion of all nine qualifying heats, forcing the consolations and features to be delayed to future dates. Features will be completed over the next three weeks for the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Modifieds, NASCAR ShorTrack Sportsman and NASCAR Roadrunners as well as two Modified consolations and a Sportsman consi.

Afternoon and evening showers forced the NASCAR racing card at Big Diamond Raceway to get underway about 15 minutes late as track promoter kept the track surface tight until timing forced him to prepare the track at the last moment. The track was very fast and tacky enabling six of the nine heats run to go caution free. But the rain returned and at 10 o'clock the decision was made to postpone the remainder of the program.

The Modified consolations and feature will be added to the Friday night card this week (April 27) which is already scheduled for complete cards for NASCAR's Weekly Racing Series Modifieds, ShorTrack Sportsman and Roadrunners. Starting positions will all three divisions for the regular card, while the held-over consolations and feature have already be determined from the April 20 action and the cars signed-in on for the track's original opener on April 1.

Heat winners in the Modifieds prior to the rain-interruption were Terry Meitzler of Kutztown, PA; Duane Howard of Oley, PA; Jerry Higbie, Jr. of Slate Hill, NY; and Larry Solomon of Reading, PA, with Howard challenging the track's ten lap record with a time of 3:06.44. Sportsman heat winners were all from Pennsylvania, Hershey's Luke Wagner, Mohrsville's Dave Dissinger and Grantville's Jeff Graby. Completing the list of heat winners were Dave Miller of Pine Grove, PA; and Corey Renninger of Minersville, PA

The April 27 card is also the first of six Simpson Race Products Contingency nights at Big Diamond with participants utilizing Simpson Products will be eligible for checks from Simpson for their performance in the regularly scheduled features. Tentatively, Simpson Nights have also been set for May 18, June 15, July 6, July 27 and August 17.

Five cars qualified from each modified heat on April 20 but the top three were 'handicapped' for feature spots in a process introduced at Big Diamond for the 2000 season opener. In this case, these twelve drivers earned back the numbers they originally drew but, while low numbers yielded front starting spots in the heats, the ordering process is reversed for the feature and the highest number goes to the front. Thus Ron Seltman, Kyle Weiss, Ray Swinehart and Randy Bailey will be in the front four starting spots in the hold-over feature.

On May 4, the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Modifieds, NASCAR ShorTrack Sportsman and NASCAR Roadrunners will again be in action with the Roadrunners getting two features with the addition of their held-over feature.

Kreiser Fuel's Tremont Quick Stop Night is set for May 11 and the final held-over feature will be run as the NASCAR ShorTrack Sportsman will see their action starting with the held-over consolation and feature from this past weekend. Then all three divisions will go in a full card sponsored by the Tremont Quick Stop.

Gates will open on Fridays at Big Diamond at 6 PM for the 8 PM racing card.

For information on Big Diamond Raceway call (570) 544-6434, check out www.bigdiamondraceway.com on the Internet or write to the track at PO Box 298, Minersville, PA 17954.

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