Big Diamond PA Sprint Speedweek preview

Big Diamond readies for 410 Sprints with Middleswarth Chips on July 2; Carquest Auto Parts PA Sprint Speedweek totals $177,000 in prize money. Minersville, PA -June 6- The 2002 Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek sponsored by Carquest Auto Parts will...

Big Diamond readies for 410 Sprints with Middleswarth Chips on July 2; Carquest Auto Parts PA Sprint Speedweek totals $177,000 in prize money.

Minersville, PA -June 6- The 2002 Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek sponsored by Carquest Auto Parts will carry $177,000 in prize money for the powerful 410 Sprint Cars. Big Diamond Raceway is again part of PA Speedweek, which includes eight races in nine days. Big Diamond will run the third race of the series on Tuesday night, July 2, starting at 7:30 PM. The winner of the 30-lap main will earn $4,000 and this year's purse has been raised for cars finishing fourth through tenth from last year's payoff.

The Middleswarth Chip Company will once again provide its famous chips to the fans at Big Diamond. Dave Middleswarth and Jeff Goff are also planning something special for the Speedweek event. Their #7 Middleswarth Chip car captured last year's Big Diamond Speedweek win with veteran Keith Kauffman behind the wheel. Dave and Jeff look to double their chances of repeating at Kauffman's understudy, Todd Hestor, will bring the #7m Middleswarth BBQ Chip car to Big Diamond for the first time as he has shown he has come of age with several wins this year including the big Jan Opperman Memorial at Selinsgrove Speedway.

Up until last season's win by Kauffman the red and white Apple Auto Group #12 team was undefeated at Big Diamond. They look to get back on track with Greg Hodnett of Memphis, Tennessee, piloting the 12, coming off a sweep of the World of Outlaw weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, NC.

The likes of Fred Rahmer, Lance Dewease, Don Kreitz, Cris Eash, Billy Pauch, Doug Esh, Todd Gracey and Johnny Mackison, Jr. are expected to challenge for the feature win as well as the Carquest Auto Parts Speedweek point fund.

The card will start at 7:30 with 410 sprint car time trials. Big Diamond's Sportsman Stocks will also be competing action under the sanction of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge.

This year's PA Speedweek rotation is Lincoln Speedway, Grandview Speedway, Big Diamond Raceway, Silver Spring Speedway, Susquehanna Speedway, Williams Grove Speedway, Port Royal Speedway and Selinsgrove Speedway.

For more information on racing at Big Diamond Raceway or directions to the Forestville oval, contact the speedway office at (570) 544-6434. The track's website can also be used for information at www.bigdiamondraceway.com.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Billy Pauch
Teams Williams