Minersville, PA - Sept. 26 - Blake Tobias, crew chief of the Hoover Chevy/Olds 95 owned by Fred Fisher, reported on Wednesday night that Meme DeSantis of Temple, PA will pilot their car in the Big Diamond Raceway PA State Sportsman Championship 50...
Minersville, PA - Sept. 26 - Blake Tobias, crew chief of the Hoover Chevy/Olds 95 owned by Fred Fisher, reported on Wednesday night that Meme DeSantis of Temple, PA will pilot their car in the Big Diamond Raceway PA State Sportsman Championship 50 on Sunday afternoon, September 29.
"We'd pretty much parked the car for the year with plans for Fred (Fisher) to run with the modifieds next year," shared Tobias. "But the scheduling of this race made us rethink things."
Meme DeSantis captured the $20,000 first prize in the THP Properties Freedom 76 just two weeks ago and came within two laps and a flat tire of taking the $10,000 win in Big Diamond's Coalcracker 100 a month ago.
"Meme and Fred have been friends for year so Meme said he'd help us out," continued Tobias. "He should be able to share some things with us on setting up the car and might just make some money for us for next year's parts."
The first Pennsylvania State Sportsman Championships will take place at Big Diamond Raceway in Minersville, PA on Sunday afternoon, September 29, at 2 o'clock. The Sportsman Championship will go over 50-laps and pay $2000 to win. The roadrunners will also be in action in a 20-lap feature event. Rounding out the card will be the first Big Diamond Raceway Powder Puff races for women who are not regular racing drivers.
The cars of sportsman competitors will be required to meet basic Big Diamond car specifications. Sportsman engine rules will be enforced. Bodies must generally meet Big Diamond Raceway Sportsman body configurations and sail panels, wings or airfoils will absolutely NOT be permitted. Competitors must either run Big Diamond track tires or their home track tires but in NO case will drag rubber be permitted. Also NO aluminum wheels are permitted.
Modifieds will not be permitted to compete unless they meet Big Diamond Sportsman rules as per the rule book.
"They won't just be able to change a carburetor of their Modified and run as a Sportsman," shared track technical inspector, Harvey Ensminger. "If they think they can, they better take another look at the rule book. Pit gates will open at 11:30 and we may get an earlier start if cars are here so we can get them all inspected. We encourage teams to get there as early as possible even though the event starts at 2 o'clock."
Two other modified drivers, Kyle Weiss and Tim Fitzpatrick, may also see action in the Sportsman 50. Kyle has prepared the 21K Sportsman for Daryl Dissinger to race this season and may either run that car or put a sportsman motor in his regular ride. Fitzpatrick Racing has both sportsman and modified cars in their stables and Tim may join his brother, Shawn, in one of two sportsman powered 102 entries.
As always for information regarding Big Diamond Raceway or the special September 29 event, call 570-544-6434 or check out www.bigdiamondraceway.com.