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posted April 28, 2001 09:03 AM UIN: 16262997
by Jeff Gromis
Minersville, PA - 4/27/01 - Terry Meitzler of Kutztown, PA and Duane Howard
of Oley, Pa shared the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series spotlight with wins in the
first features of the 2001 season at Big Diamond Raceway on Friday night
(April 27). Ed Scott of New Tripoli, PA took his first career Big Diamond
NASCAR ShorTrack Series Sportsman 20-lap feature win while John Ulsh of
Summit Station, PA grabbed the Roadrunner main event victory.
The program, which included two consolations and a feature for the
Modifieds rain-delayed from last week as well as a full Simpson Racing
Products Contingency Night card for the Modifieds, Sportsman and Roadrunners,
was completed in just under four hours.
Ron Seltmann (Pottstown, PA) started on the pole in the opening NASCAR
WRS Modified 25-lap feature and put his R19 up front in the early laps with
Kyle Weiss (Hamburg, PA) directly behind. Weiss pressured Seltmann hard and
on lap 8 he went under the leader in turn two to take the top spot. Terry
Meitzler and Keith Hoffman (Whitehall, PA), who started fifth and seventh
respectively, were now in a torrid battle for third with Meitzler finally
getting the edge and going one further to take second from Seltmann on lap 9.
Meitzler quickly seized the opportunity when Weiss pushed out high in turn
four as they completed lap 11 to take the lead.
Early leader Seltmann fell to seventh as Hoffman, Ray Swinehart
(Bechtelsville, PA), Duane Howard, and Kevin Hartnett (Perkasie, PA) pursed
Meitzler and Weiss with Larry Solomon (Reading, PA), Jerry Higbie, Jr. (Slate
Hill, NY), and Randy Bailey (Kutztown, PA) completing the top ten. Before lap
16 could be completed, Hoffman and Weiss touched battling for second off turn
four resulting in a huge pile-up. Among the cars involved were Howard,
Hartnett, Solomon, Higbie, Bailey, Jeff Strunk (Bethel, PA), Craig Von Dohren
(Barto, PA), Bob Trapper (Scranton, PA), Meme DeSantis (Temple, PA), Jimmy
Hauer (Lebanon, PA), Tim Fitzpatrick (Minersville, PA), Bob Ebersole
(Hummelstown, PA) and Glenn Strunk (Bechtelsville, PA). The costly crash
knocked Jeff Strunk, Kevin Hartnett, Randy Bailey and Bob Ebersole out for
the remainder of the racing card.
From there Terry Meitzler went on to take the $2000 win, his first
Modified in his second season in the **** Biever owned, Alpha Mills/Heritage
Ford 14 Troyer with Burns and Yost power. Ray Swinehart finished second
followed by Tom Umbenhauer (Richland, PA), Dennis Bailey (Kutztown, PA),
Larry Kelleher (Scranton, PA), Keith Hoffman, Tim Fitzpatrick, Bob Trapper,
Barry Readinger (Fleetwood, PA), and Craig Von Dohren. Held over consolation
wins went to Meme DeSantis and Jeff Strunk while heat wins run of April 20
went to Meitzler, Duane Howard, Jerry Higbie, Jr. and Larry Solomon.
The regularly scheduled NASCAR WRS feature was quite different as the 28-car
field went 25 laps in a non-stop 8 minute, 19.19 second time. Barry Readinger
started on the pole inside Meme DeSantis and Readinger put the Devine Teo 70D
up front convincingly in the early going. Duane Howard was the driver on the
move and he powered Glenn Hyneman's Big Spring Car Wash 126 from seventh
starting spot to third on lap 9 when he overtook Ray Swinehart and Glenn
Strunk. Howard overtook DeSantis for second on lap 13 and then powered the
Larry Lombardo powered Troyer after leader Readinger. On lap 17 Howard dove
under Readinger to close the chapter on this race.
Duane Howard was the $2000 winner followed by Barry Readinger, Meme
DeSantis, Keith Hoffman, Craig Von Dohren, Ray Swinehart, Glenn Strunk, Jerry
Higbie, Jr., Terry Meitzler and Jimmy Hauer. Heat winners in the 49-car field
were Randy Stoudt (Pottstown, PA), Howard, Hoffman and Glenn Strunk while Tom
Mayberry (Sellersville, PA) and Shawn Reimert (Oley, PA) took consolation
Brad Force (Sellersville, PA) took the early lead in the NASCA ShorTrack
Sportsman 20-lap feature and held off Hershey's Luke Wagner and Ed Scott in
the early laps. Scott secured second as Wagner spun in turn two on lap 6 but
things were not any easier as former Five Mile Point star, Mike Schane
(Hamlin, PA) was on Scott's tail as he pursued Force. These three ran in
close quarters with Scott getting around the outside of Force on lap 13.
Schane was unable to follow through and Joe Biasi, Jr. (New Ringgold, PA),
who went to the rear in a lap 1 tangle, changed back into the picture in the
Biasi's charge fell one spot short as Ed Scott took his first Big Diamond
win in his Link's Cycle/Scott's Power Sports/Kurt Scott HVAC&R 002 Troyer
4-Link with CMS power to the $600 win. Joe Biasi, Jr. took second followed by
Mike Schane (with a last lap pass), Brad Force, Darren Dreher (Schuylkill
Haven, PA), Randy Mohn (Fredericksburg, PA), Tom Brennan (Pottsville, PA),
Jeff Ebersole (Palmyra, PA), Steve Donat (Reading, PA), and Tom Cremer
(Sinking Spring, PA). Heat winners were Scott, Terry Bensinger (Schuylkill
Haven, PA) and Luke Wagner with John Deatrich, Jr. (Pottsville, PA) taking
the consolation.
In the Roadrunner 15-lap main event, Marc Berzowski (Minersville, PA) led
the opening 6 laps before Dave Miller (Pine Grove, PA) took over on lap 7.
But John Ulsh, who started seventh in the Ulsh Auto Sales 5, was strongest on
this night a he overtook Miller on lap 10 for the lead and the first win of
the year. Miller crossed the line second but was disqualified in a post race
inspection which found he was running an illegally locked rear. That moved
Marc Berzowski to second followed by Mike Allar (Orwigsburg, PA), Steve
Fessler (Schuylkill Haven, PA) and Kirby Schlappich (Temple, PA). Heat wins
went to Berzowski and Allar.
This Friday, May 4 will see all three NASCAR divisions in action once
again with the Roadrunners running in two features with the addition of the
rain-delayed feature card from April 20. Gates open at 6 PM with racing at 8
PM. For information call (570) 544-6434 or check out the track website at

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