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posted June 17, 2001 10:10 AM
CRAIG VON DOHREN TAKES FIRST BIG DIAMOND WIN OF 2001;
2ND WINS FOR FITZPATRICK IN SPORTSMAN, ULSH IN ROADRUNNERS
Forestville, PA (June 15) - Craig Von Dohren of Barto, PA piloted the BRB
Racing/Mrs. T's Pierogies 114 to his first Big Diamond Raceway feature win of
2001 in NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Modified action on Friday night. It
raised Von Dohren's all-time win total at Big Diamond to a track-leading 43
Shawn Fitzpatrick of Branchdale, PA took his second win of the year in
the NASCAR ShorTrack Sportsman while John Ulsh of Summit Station, PA got back
on track for his second Roadrunner win of 2001.
Craig Von Dohren started 12th in the 28-car starting field in the 25-lap
Modified feature and charged through the field while pole sitter Larry
Kelleher (Scranton) set the pace. Jason Andrews (Palmerton) and Barry
Readinger (Fleetwood) chased Kelleher until lap eight when Readinger made a
pass for second in turn one only to see Andrews clip him in turn two causing
both to tangle along with fourth place, Jim Hauer (Lebanon). This moved Glenn
Strunk (Boyertown) to second followed by Kyle Weiss (Hamburg), Jeff Strunk
(Bethel) and Von Dohren. In tight racing on the eighth lap, Von Dohren
avoided a log jam overtook and charged from fifth to second. At this point
Duane Howard (Oley) moved past Jeff Strunk for fifth but by lap 10 they both
moved up a spot behind Kelleher, Von Dohren and Glenn Strunk as Weiss bobbled.
Von Dohren finally overtook Kelleher on lap 13. A yellow on lap 17
caused a restart problem for Kelleher on the outside yielding a false start
and then a front stretch tangle which eliminated Tracy Readinger
(Laureldale), Jeff Strunk and Barry Readinger. Finally when they settled down
Glenn Strunk got by Kelleher on lap 18 and Howard took third one lap later.
Howard muscled by Strunk on lap 22 and charged after Von Dohren and his Wide
Open Technology powered Teo 114.
Howard caught Von Dohren with a lap and a half remaining but Von Dohren
held off Howard's late charge for the win. Kelleher (Scranton) finished third
followed by Glenn Strunk (Boyertown), Bob Trapper (Scranton), Ray Swinehart
(Bechtelsville), Jack Hartnett (Telford), Kyle Weiss (Hamburg), Dennis Bailey
(Kutztown) and Smokey Warren (Jonestown). Heat winners in the 36-car field
were Kelleher, Von Dohren and Weiss with Tom Umbenhauer (Richland) taking the
consolation. Keith Hoffman, last week's winner and track point leader, made
several trips to the pits throughout the feature and finished 15th.
In the Sportsman feature, Shawn Fitzpatrick took the lead from John
Deatrich (Pottsville) on lap 4 of 20. Deatrich took the early lead from his
pole starting position as the yellow flew four times before two laps could be
completed. Fitzpatrick, who started fourth in the Langtry powered T102
FM/Liberty Oil 102, worked by Jeff Paulson (Honeybrook) for second on lap
two. After taking the lead, Fitzpatrick never looked back. Ed Scott (New
Tripoli) grabbed second on lap 15 but, even with the help of two late
yellows, he could not challenge Fitz.
Scott did take second,. behind Fitzpatrick, followed by Joe Biasi, Jr.
(Tamaqua), Scott Singley (Milford, NJ), Deatrich, Bill Moyer, Jr. (Pine
Grove), Paulson, Jeff Graby (Grantville), Ricky Rutt (Phillipsburg, NJ) and
Dave Dissinger (Mohrsville). Heat winners were Jeff Ebersole (Palmyra), Lance
Hoch (Topton) and Fitzpatrick (Branchdale) and Jimmy Reppert (Hamburg) took
the consolation. 24 cars of the 35-car field started the main event.
VON DOHREN, FITZPATRICK, ULSH WIN AT BIG DIAMOND
Dave Dissinger, the division point leader, had problems throughout the
feature, getting involved in several tangles, not of his own cause. Second in
points, rookie Mike Schane, looked poised to take advantage of Dissinger's
problems but encountered mechanical woes of his own while running ninth on
lap 11 and he eventually dropped out to be credited with 20th finishing
John Ulsh's did not get the 15-lap Roadrunner feature lead until lap 14.
Looking for their first career wins, Dave Winslow (Fleetwood) led the opening
nine laps and Chris Bower (Minersville) led 10 through 13. Ulsh caught Bowers
but could not get by and Barry Schrader (Orwigsburg) made it a three-car war
for the lead in the closing laps. Just as it looked like Schrader might sweep
by both Bower and Ulsh for the win, Bower slipped just enough to give Ulsh
the edge, blocking Schrader's run in a very, clean battle. John Ulsh took his
second win over Bower, Schrader, Cory Renninger (Llewellyn) and Dave Miller
(Pine Grove). Heat winners were Winslow and Buck Crossley (Leesport).
The evening was the third Simpson Racing Products Contingency Night of
2001 for the NASCAR WRS Modifieds, Sportsman and Roadrunners. More and more
of the racers are moving to Simpson helmets and driving uniforms to reap the
benefits of cash back bonuses to the top three feature finishers six times a
year in all three classes for their support and use of Simpson racing
Also the Diamond Dolls were on hand again for winner circle ceremonies
but this night they numbered four instead of last week's two. Future
appearances of the Diamond Dolls are uncertain and fan input may play a part
in this management's decision.
This Friday, June 22, all three classes are back for Weikel Racewear
Night, which now will also be Checkered Flag Fan Club Night at Big Diamond.
For the Friday night events gates open at 6PM and racing starts at 8PM.
Fans are already talking about the Tuesday night, June 26, appearance of
the powerful 410 Super Sprints as part of CARQUEST Penna. Sprint Speedweek
2001. The York-based Apple Motorsports Team is undefeated in Big Diamond 410
Sprint action as Fred Rahmer, Greg Hodnett and Tyler Walker have recorded
wins in the red 12. Tennessee native, Hodnett, is back in the 12 after a year
with the World of Outlaws and is ready to extend the streak. But stars like
Fred Rahmer. Lance Dewease, Don Kreitz, Todd Shaffer, Keith Kauffman, Dave
Ely and Len Thompson are expected to have something to say about the outcome.
A strong contingent of Lincoln Speedway regulars, who have not come to Big
Diamond in the past, is expected due to the similarities of the size and
configuration of the two tracks.
The NASCAR ShorTrack Sportsman will also be on the June 26 card in a
race that will carry track points. Big Diamond regulars will be required to
run regular track tire to earn points but the event will also be a challenge
to the Sportsman stars in New Jersey and Northeastern Pennsylvania. Those
outsiders will be permitted to compete on their local track's tire as long as
they meet the remainder of Big Diamond's Sportsman specifications.
On Friday July 6, the NASCAR Modifieds, Sportsman and Roadrunners will be in
action on Dairy Association Night. There will also be a very special Meet the
Drivers/Big Diamond Be a Reader program. Between 6PM and 7:15PM, prior to
racing, modified driver Duane Howard with his 126, Sportsman driver/school
teacher/disk jockey, Shawn Fitzpatrick and his 102 and Roadrunner
racer/police officer Mike Allar and his 22 will read a few books to their
young fans as well as talk to them and sign autographs.
On Tuesday night, July 3, Big Diamond hosts the annual Georgie Stevenson
Memorial 50 for Modifieds. With the new Tuesday night date, numerous invaders
are expected to take on the already strong field of Big Diamond Modified
stars. The Roadrunners will also be on the card that carries a 7:30 starting
time. Both divisions will be running for Big Diamond NASCAR points in this
For more info on racing at Big Diamond call (570) 544-6434 or drop in at www.bigdiamondraceway.com.
FULL RESULT SUMMARY - JUNE 15, 2001
(Weather: Partly Cloudy-Cloudy at Track. Rain. Spotty w/ some heavy showers
in counties south of Schuylkill Co.)
NASCAR WEEKLY RACING SERIES MODIFIEDS - 36 CARS
Feature - 25-laps - 1. 114 Craig Von Dohren, 2. 126 Duane Howard, 3. L70
Larry Kelleher, 4. 357 Glenn Strunk, 5. 69T Bob Trapper, 6. 33 Ray Swinehart,
7. 6JR Jack Hartnett, 8. 21K Kyle Weiss, 9. 55 Dennis Bailey, 10. 99K Smokey
Warren, 11. R19 Ron Seltmann, 12. X1 Ryan Moyer, 13. 14 Terry Meitzler, 14.
21T Jason Andrews, 15. 5 Keith Hoffman, 16. 2T Tracy Readinger, 17. 9 Jim
Hauer, 18. 10 Scott Albert, 19. W9 Jeff Strunk, 20. 70d Barry Readinger, 21.
77H Jerry Higbie, Jr., 22. 88 Kevin Hartnett, 23. 101 Kevin Graver, Jr., 24.
18C Craig Whitmoyer, 25. 8 Tom Umbenhauer, 26. 91 Rick Stankiewicz, 27. 102
Tim Fitzpatrick, 28. 21X Sam Schaeffer. No Time. - Non-Qualifiers: 87 Kerry
Kratz, 3H Kevin Steffy, 27 Bob Ebersole, 30 Mike Missimer, 027 Bruce
Williams, 82 Tom Benner, 58S Shawn Reimert, 3X Ron Mawson, Jr.
Heat 1: L70 Larry Kelleher, W9, X1, 55, 14, 91, 102, 8, 10, 99K, 77H, 87.
10-laps Time: 3:06.98.
Heat 2: 114 Craig Von Dohren, 126, 357, 9, 70D, 21X, R19, 18C, 58S, 82, 69T,
3x. No Time.
Heat 3: 21K Kyle Weiss, 33, 5, 21T, 2T, 101, 88, 30, 3H, 27, 6Jr., 027. No
Consi: 8 Tom Umbenhauer, 69T, 99K, 77H, 6Jr., 18C, 10, 87, 3H, 27, 30, 027,
82, 58S, 3X. No Time.
NASCAR SHORTRACK SPORTSMAN - 35 CARS
Feature - 20-laps - 1. 102 Shawn Fitzpatrick, 2. 002 Ed Scott, 3. B1 Joe
Biasi, Jr., 4. 7X Scott Singley, 5. 25 John Deatrich, Jr., 6. 17 Bill Moyer,
Jr., 7. 316 Jeff Paulson, 8. 77 Jeff Graby. 9. 57 Ricky Rutt, 10. 88X Dave
Dissinger, 11. 505 Randy Mohn, 12. 44 Gary Hager, 13. 8 Brad Force, 14. 19
Brent Boyer, 15. 7 Rick Hendricks, 16. 35 Lance Hoch, 17. 72 Jeff Ebersole,
18. 21 Chris Clemens, 19. 414 Jesse Sterling, 20. M16 Mike Schane, 21. 15
Dale Hartz, 22. 91 Joe Goerner, 23. 88J Jimmy Reppert, 24. 55 John Heckler.
No Time. - Non-Qualifiers: 39 Tom Cremer, 28 Tom Solderich, 26 Tom Brennan,
3X John Patchoski, 39J Jeff Geake, 926 Darren Dreher, 12 Carl Leiber, 9 Ed
Winters, 23B Steve Zimmerman, 83 Carl Koehn, 114 Terry Bensinger.
Heat 1: 72 Jeff Ebersole, 414, 19, 88X, 21, B1, 44, 114, 15, 9, 39J, 39,
8-lap Time: 2:36.34.
Heat 2: 35 Lance Hoch, 25, 57, 17, 77, 7, 8, 88J, 12, 23B, 7X, 83. 8-lap
Heat 3: 102 Shawn Fitzpatrick, 002, 55, 316, 91, M16, 505, 28, 926, 3X, 26.
Consi: 88J Jim Reppert, 7X, 15, 39, 28, 26, 3X, 39J, 926, 12, 9, 23B, 83,
114. No Time.
NASCAR ROADRUNNERS - 18 CARS
Feature - 15-laps - 1. 5 John Ulsh, 2. 8 Chris Bower, 3. 77 Barry Schrader,
4. 3C Cory Renninger, 5. 1 Dave Miller, 6. 76 Buck Crossley, 7. 27X Dave
Winslow, 8. 7 Steve Fessler, 9. 77X Kirby Schlappich, 10. 39 Phil Levering,
11. 19W Derrick Bender, 12. 13 Rob Kistler, 13. 1C Rick Bixler, 14. 25M Marc
Berzowski, 15. 2 Bill McNeal, Jr., 16. 8M Ken Eckert, Jr., 17. 22 Steve
Allar, 18. 51W Marley Whitcomb. No Time.
Heat 1: 27x Dave Winslow, 7, 2, 77, 5, 39, 19W, 13, 8m. 6-lap Time: 2:28.91.
Heat 2: 76 Buck Crossley, 25, 3c, 1, 8, 77x, 22, 1c, 51w. 6-lap Time: 2:30.67.