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posted August 24, 2001 05:52 AM UIN: 16262997
BIG DIAMOND COAL CRACKER MODIFIED 100 TO PAY $10,000 TO WIN

Minersville, PA - (Aug. 22) - Big Diamond Raceway's 22nd Annual Coal Cracker
100 for 358 Modifieds, is slated for Friday night, August 31. The best
competitors on the Big Diamond/Grandview circuit, considered by many to be
the one of the toughest weekly stock car circuits in the country, will be on
hand along with a few invaders to contend for the $10,000 first prize.
The roadrunners will compete in a non-point 20-lap championship feature
on the Coal Cracker card that carries an 8pm starting time. The rain date for
the Coal Cracker 100 is Sunday, September 2.
The track will also be open on Thursday night, August 30 at 7:30, for a
special open practice night for Modifieds, Roadrunners and any other
division. The NASCAR ShorTrack Sportsman will also be in competition in a
25-lap event. This event will again require Sportsman competitors to meet all
Big Diamond Sportsman car specifications with one allowance only. Outsiders
will be able to run their local track's track tire with the exception of East
Windsor Speedway's track tire, which is more like drag rubber than the more
common tires used at Big Diamond and other Sportsman tracks. Also a loop hole
in the Big Diamond rules permitting a grace period on bodies non-conformances
has been close and absolutely no sail panel bodies will be permitted.
The track initiated a new modified tradition in 2000 that will stay with
the annual Coal Cracker event, all past Coal Cracker winners since the
initial run in 1979 will be guaranteed starters if they are current active
racing competitors. To be eligible for a guaranteed spot, past winners must
have competed regularly in a full-size class in 2000 like modifieds,
sportsman, sprints or late models or must have competed in a modified or
sportsman at least once during the year at Big Diamond. Eligible drivers
electing to provide entries for the 100 will be able to use their
"guaranteed" status to start at the rear of the 100 should they not qualify,
guaranteeing them a minimum of $325 payoff..
The list of past Coal Cracker champions includes three-time winners Jeff
Strunk (Bethel) and Charlie Eckert (Auburn); two-time winners Duane Howard
(Oley), Kenny Brightbill (Sinking Spring) and Doug Hoffman (Allentown); and
single victors Tom Mayberry (Sellersville), Rick Schaffer (Woxall), Richie
Tobias (Annville), Craig Von Dohren (Barto), Billy Pauch (Frenchtown, NJ).
Fred Rahmer (Salfordville), Billy Schinkel (Llewelyn), Paul Koch (Alburtis)
and Bob Emerich (Hamburg). Of these drivers, only Eckert, Schinkel and
Emerich are no longer active drivers. Big Diamond Raceway/Grandview Speedway
regulars Strunk, Howard, Mayberry, Schaffer, Von Dohren and Koch are expected
and word is that Pauch may be returning with his D. A. Hansen 1P to defended
his 2000 CoalCracker win.
Among the others looking crack the winner's circle for this rich event
are Keith Hoffman (Whitehall), Terry Meitzler (Kutztown), Jim Hauer
(Lebanon), Steve Bottcher (Lehighton), Glenn Strunk (Bechtelsville), Meme
DeSantis (Temple), Ray Swinehart (Bechtelsville), Kyle Weiss (Hamburg), Larry
Kelleher (Scranton,), Shawn Reimert (Oley), Dennis Bailey (Kutztown), Tom
Umbenhauer (Richland), Bob Trapper (Scranton), Barry Readinger (Fleetwood)
and more.
Entries are being accepted now for the 22nd Annual Coal Cracker 100. The
entry fee, including the driver's pit pass, is $65 for NASCAR member drivers
and $80 for others. Drivers can enjoy a discount of $10 off both of these
rates ($55 and $70 respectively) if they submit their entries by Sunday,
August 26th.
Entries can be faxed to speedway to 570-544-6720 meet the deadline (with
payment required to follow no later than Thursday, August 30, 8 PM --- no
exceptions). Information to be included is: Car Number, Driver's and Owner's
Names, Driver's NASCAR Member Number if a member, Driver's and Owner's Social
Security or Tax ID Numbers, Driver's and Owner's Full Addresses including Zip
Codes, Driver's and Owner's Phone Number and the signature of the Driver
and/or Owner.
Lap sponsorships are still being accepted for the Coal Cracker. Laps
cost $10 each and can be purchased by contacting Mary Bagley, by calling 610-
659-1869 or by Internet at baggroup@aol.com.
For more info on Big Diamond Raceway check www.bigdiamondraceway.com or
call (570) 544-6434.


BIG DIAMOND COAL CRACKER 100 TO INCLUDE LAP 50 FUEL STOP

Minersville, PA - (Aug. 23) - The highlight of the 2001 racing season at Big
Diamond Raceway, the 22nd Annual Coal Cracker 100 for 358 Modifieds, will
take the green flag on Friday night, August 31. The 22nd Annual Coal Cracker
100, paying $10,000-to-win, will see the event broken up into two, 50-lap
segments for a fuel stop due to the limited fuel capacity of the Modifieds
running at Big Diamond.
The roadrunners will also compete in a non-point 20-lap championship
feature on the Coal Cracker card that carries an 8pm starting time. The rain
date for the Coal Cracker 100 is Sunday night, Sept. 2.
To eliminate concerns regarding the ability of cars to make the full
100-lap distance on their fuel tank capacity and potential safety hazards
related of "live" race pit stops, the red flag will fly on lap 50 and two
crew members per car will be permitted to refuel the cars on the speedway in
turn two. No other work will be permitted with the exception of providing the
driver with tear offs and refreshment, if desired.
Any work on the car, be it a minimal as sheet metal removal or tire
pressure adjustment, must be done in the pit area with the car being required
to start at the rear. Penalties for such work taking place on the track can
range from being placed at the rear to a one lap penalty depending upon the
infraction.
"We found that Modified teams were looking to buy larger fuel tanks if
they could to fit within the current frames," commented track race director,
Jeff Gromis. "Those having problems were talking about adding supplemental
tanks. It just did not make sense to our people to see the teams go to the
effort and expense to do this for just one or two races. So as much as we do
not like a fuel stop, it is the only reasonable alternative."
Among the others expected to try to crack the winner's circle for this
rich event are Duane Howard (Oley), Keith Hoffman (Whitehall), Craig Von
Dohren (Barto), Jeff Strunk (Bethel), Terry Meitzler (Kutztown), 2000 Coal
Cracker winner Billy Pauch (Frenchtown, NJ), Jim Hauer (Lebanon), Steve
Bottcher (Lehighton), Glenn Strunk (Bechtelsville), Meme DeSantis (Temple),
Ray Swinehart (Bechtelsville), Kyle Weiss (Hamburg), Larry Kelleher
(Scranton), Tom Mayberry (Sellersville), Rick Schaffer (Woxall), Shawn
Reimert (Oley, Dennis Bailey (Kutztown, Tom Umbenhauer (Richland), Bob
Trapper (Scranton), Barry Readinger (Fleetwood) and more.
Entries are being accepted now for the 22nd Annual Coal Cracker 100. The
entry fee, which includes the driver's pit pass, is $65 for NASCAR member
drivers and $80 for non-members. But drivers can enjoy a discount of $10 off
both of these rates ($55 and $70 respectively) if they submit their entries
by Sunday, August 26th.
Entries can be faxed to meet the deadline (with payment required to
follow no later than Thursday, August 30, 8 PM --- no exceptions).
Information to be included is: Car Number, Driver's and Owner's Names,
Driver's NASCAR Member Number if a member, Driver's and Owner's Social
Security or Tax ID Numbers, Driver's and Owner's Full Addresses including Zip
Codes, Driver's and Owner's Phone Number and the signature of the Driver
and/or Owner.
The track fax number is 717-570-6720 and mailing address is Box 298,
Minersville, PA 17954-0298.
The track will also be open on Thursday night, August 30 at 7:30, for a
special open practice night for Modifieds and Roadrunners, in preparation for
their Coal Cracker races on Friday, as well as any other division. The NASCAR
ShorTrack Sportsman will also be in competition in a 25-lap event. This event
will again require Sportsman competitors to meet all Big Diamond Sportsman
car specifications with one allowance only. Outsiders will be able to run
their local track's track tire with the exception of East Windsor Speedway's
track tire, which is more like drag rubber than the more common tires used at
Big Diamond and other Sportsman tracks. Also absolutely no sail panel bodies
are permitted as the statement in the rulebook for one-week grace tolerance
of body non-conformities does not apply to such blatantly illegal bodies.
For more information on the action at Big Diamond Raceway check out the
speedway's web site at www.bigdiamondraceway.com or call (570) 544-6434.

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