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posted July 22, 2001 12:10 PM UIN: 16262997
Minersville, PA - July 20 - Duane Howard of Oley, PA powered the Big Spring
Car Wash 126 to his fifth win of the year in the $2100-to-win Big Diamond
Raceway NASCAR Weekly Racing Series 25-lap feature. It was also Howard's
second straight win in the Glenn Hyneman owned, Larry Lombardo powered,
Troyer 4-Coil #126.
It appeared to be 'New Jersey Night at Big Diamond' in the NASCAR
ShorTrack Series Sportsman as Scott Singley of Milford, NJ and Gary Hager Of
Stewartsville, NJ taking the first and second wins of the year respectively
in the Twin-15 program. In the roadrunners, the a wide scramble over the
final laps, John Ulsh of Summit Station, PA stole his third win of the year
with a final lap pass.
Jeff Bomgardner (Annville, PA) put his Tobias 7L into the early lead in
the Modified 25-lap feature. Last week's feature went wire-to-wire without a
yellow but that was far from the case tonight as the yellow flag flew for
five separate incidents before two laps could be completed including an
eleven-car pile up in turn one on the opening lap involving most of the cars
starting from 14th through 28th. Point leader Keith Hoffman (Whitehall, PA)
pitted during the first yellow and missed the next restart only to get a
reprieve as the yellow flew again before a lap could be completed. He was
able to return in time and, after two additional quick in and out pit stops
for adjustments, was able to finish the event and maintain his point lead.
Second place point man, Craig Von Dohren (Barto, PA) was less fortunate
as his Mrs. T's Pierogies #114 lost power under the final lap one yellow flag
condition. The car would not restart forcing Craig out of the event, yielding
a 22nd place finish and dropping him to third in the point standings.
Shawn Reimert (Oley, PA) charged past Bomgardner to lead lap two with
Jeff Strunk (Bethel, PA) and Steve Bottcher (Lehighton, PA) right behind
after starting seventh and ninth. Strunk wasted little time taking the lead
from Reimert with an inside pass off turn two on lap four but Duane Howard,
who started 12th, was also on the move. Howard took third on lap four and
second on lap five. He followed Strunk for only two laps before charging
under the Strunk W9 in turn two on lap seven.
While Howard was walking away from the field, Terry Meitzler (Kutztown,
PA) and Steve Bottcher but on a great show battling for third. In the closing
laps Keith Hoffman was able to work back through the field to get a glimpse
of this battle at the checkered flag. Duane Howard took the win over Jeff
Strunk (who may have finally shaken the monkey off his back with the solid
run), Terry Meitzler, Steve Bottcher, Keith Hoffman, Scott Albert
(Fredericksburg, PA), Ron Mawson, Jr. (Pittston, PA), Kyle Weiss (Hamburg,
PA), Barry Readinger (Fleetwood, PA) and Craig Whitemoyer (Hamburg, PA). Heat
winners in the 35-car field were Shawn Reimert, Whitmoyer, and Kevin Graver,
Jr. (Lehighton, PA), while Jim Hauer (Lebanon, PA) won the consolation.
Rookie Dale Hartz (Hamburg, PA) started on the pole in the first NASCAR
ShorTrack Sportsman 15-lap main event. Hartz held off John Heckler (Hatfield,
PA) until lap three when the Heckler took charge. Scott Singley, who finished
fourth in his most recent Big Diamond appearance four races earlier, moved
his Flemington Refrigeration/Gary Bouc Racing Engines 7x '94 Troyer from 13th
starting spot to third on lap six. Singley took second from Hartz on lap
seven and set his sights on the leader, Heckler. Meanwhile rookie Mike Schane
(Hamlin, PA), Hartz, Terry Bensinger (Schuylkill Haven, PA), Tom Brennan
(Pottsville, PA) and Ricky Rutt (Phillipsburg, NJ), a former Tanner/Laureno
36 instead of his usual 57, battled for top five spots.
Scott Singley powered into the lead on lap 11 to take his first win in
his 7X over John Heckler, Terry Bensinger in his best run of the year, Dale
Hartz, Mike Schane, Tom Brennan, Joe Biasi, Jr, (Tamaqua, PA), Shawn
Fitzpatrick (Branchdale, PA), Gary Hager and Randy Mohn (Fredericksburg, PA).
Heat winners were Heckler, Hartz and Schane with Fitzpatrick and Dave
Dissinger (Mohrsville, PA) grabbing the consi checkered flags.
The top 12 finishers in the first 15-lap main were inverted for the
second 15 and Ed Scott (New Tripoli, PA) took the early lead over Randy Mohn
and Chris Clemens (Coopersburg, PA). Gary Hager was struggling most of the
evening but a fourth place start seemed to cure things. Hager moved the
Johnny's Truck Stop #44 Troyer into second on lap two while Mohn had his
hands full for third with Shawn Fitzpatrick and Joe Biasi Jr. Hager charged
around the outside of Scott on lap 7 in turn two and the was content to see
the others battle for second.

Gary Hager took his second win of the year followed by Joe Biasi, Jr., Ed
Scott, Shawn Fitzpatrick, Randy Mohn, Mike Schane, Scott Singley, Tom
Brennan, Dave Dissinger, and Terry Bensinger. Dissinger maintained the
Sportsman point lead with his 13th and 9th place finishes but his lead has
shrunk and his pursuers are many in a log jam including Mohn, Brennan, Schane
and Biasi.
Phil Levering (Parkersburg, PA) was slated to start seventh in the
roadrunner main but the second and third starters chose to start at the rear
and Willie Metz, Rick Bixler and Dave Winslow crashed in front of him on the
initial start. So when the actually got the green Levering started second and
he immediately took the lead. Looking for his first win of the year, Levering
had his hands full early as John Ulsh, Dave Miller (Pine Grove, PA), Barry
Schrader (Orwigsburg, PA) and Steve Fessler (Schuylkill Haven, PA) were in
the next four spots by lap 2, also benefiting from the early elimination of
the up front starters. Levering found Ulsh and Miller on either side of him
as Miller squeezed through and into the lead on lap 3.
Just as it looked like Miller was the winner and Schrader, Fessler, Chris
Bower (Minersville, PA), Levering and Ulsh would finish second through sixth,
Miller slowed as his left rear tire began to lose pressure and Ulsh, who spun
to the rear on lap 8, was charging. By lap 13 the top six were in a tight
side-by-side, bumper-to-bumper pack. Levering slipped back through and into
the lead as the white flag flew. Ulsh was fourth but third place Fessler spun
off the track on the backstretch withing a half lap of the finish line and
Miller continued to slow. Ulsh charge past Miller and up inside of Levering
off the final turn and edge in front. The two touched but John Ulsh took his
third win of the year over Levering, Miller, Schrader and Bower. Heat winners
were Rick Bixler and Marc Berzowski.
This Friday night, July 27, at Big Diamond Raceway will see the NASCAR WRS
Modifieds, ShorTrack Series Sportsman and Roadrunners on the three-division
card starting at 8PM. Several modified teams missing in recent weeks and a
new "big name" driver are expected to join the modified ranks for this race
On August 3, West Side Wood Products and Hamburg's Dark 'n Go Tanning
Salon will bring the Super Sportsman cars to Big Diamond on a card with the
NASCAR Modifieds and Roadrunners. The list of Sportsman Tour stars expected
includes Carmen Perigo, Frankie Herr, Ken Carberry, Howie Locke, Smokey
Snellbaker, Rich Eichelberger, Russ Mitten, Danny Hager, Craig Morrow, Pat
Cannon, and Donnie Beaver as well as local favorites like Bill Schoffstall,
Pat Kelly, Chris Reed, Kirby Sites and recent Lincoln Speedway winner Keith
Regarding the Super Sportsman at Big Diamond, the track has announced that,
due to the fact that the Big Diamond back gate pit fee of $25 is higher that
the super sportsman teams usually pay, all position including non-qualifiers
money will be increased $20 over the usual Super Sportsman Tour payoff. It is
hoped that this will be seen as a good faith effort by the track to listen to
the concerns of the sportsman drivers and partially cover some of their added
The annual Big Diamond Raceway Coal Cracker Golf Outing has been
scheduled for Sunday, August 26, at the Mountain Valley Golf Course off Burma
Road in St. Clair, PA. The shotgun start will be at 1:30 PM for the four-man
scramble that benefits the Georgie Stevenson Memorial Fund and the J. Smully
Foundation. Golf shirts are included for each golfer and there will be door
prizes in addition to awards provided to the top three in each of three
flites determined upon completion of the golfing. A pig roast follows the
round of golf.
Entries are now being accepted for four-man teams. Cost is $65 per golfer
and foursomes should include their name, address, phone number and shirt size
to Big Diamond Raceway Golf Outing, PO Box 298, Minersville, PA 17954.
Art Bair and Bair Wheel Repair of New Ringgold, PA has awarded three racing
wheels to feature winners in the Modifieds and Sportsman and will present
racing wheels to both the Thursday night sportsman winner and the Friday
night Modified 100 winner as part of the season ending Coalcracker 100
leading into the Labor Day weekend. Finally Art will provide a racing wheel
to the leading Sportsman heat winner at the end of the season and $250 to the
leading modified heat winner.
Big Diamond Raceway is now accepting lap sponsorship money for the
Modified Coal Cracker 100 to be run on the Friday night of the Labor Day
weekend. Laps are $10 each and can be purchased from Mary Bagley at the track
on race night in the officials' tower or by contacting Mary at (610)
For more info on racing at Big Diamond Raceway call (570) 544-6434 or drop in
at the track web site,

BIG DIAMOND RACEWAY, Minersville, PA - Race Result Summary - July 20, 2001

NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Modifieds
25-lap Feature: 1. 126 Duane Howard, Oley. PA ($2100), 2. W9 Jeff Strunk,
Bethel, PA; 3. 14 Terry Meitzler, Kutztown, PA; 4. 77H Steve Bottcher,
Lehighton, PA; 5. 5 Keith Hoffman, Whitehall, PA; 6. 10 Scott Albert,
Fredericksburg, PA; 7. 3X Ron Mawson, Jr., Pittston, PA; 8. 21K Kyle Weiss,
Hamburg, PA; 9. 70D Barry Readinger, Fleetwood, PA; 10. 18C Craig Whitmoyer,
Hamburg, PA. Lap Leaders: Bomgardner (1), Reimert (2-3), J. Strunk (4-6)
Howard (7-25). Howard's 5th win of the Year.
10-lap Heats (7 Qualify, 4 Handicapped), 10-lap Consolation (7 Qualify)
Heat 1: 58S Reimert,
Heat 2: 18C Whitmoyer
Heat 3: 101 Graver,
Consolation: 9 Hauer,

NASCAR ShorTrack Series Sportsman
1st 15-lap Feature: 1. 7X Scott Singley, Milford, NJ ($500); 2. 55 John
Heckler, Hatfield, PA; 3. 114 Terry Bensinger, Schuylkill Haven, PA; 4. 15
Dale Hartz, Hamburg, PA; 5. M16 Mike Schane, Hamlin, PA; 6. 26 Tom Brennan,
Pottsville; 7. B1 Joe Biasi, Jr., Tamaqua, PA; 8. 102 Shawn Fitzpatrick,
Branchdale, PA; 9. 44 Gary Hager, Stewartsville, NJ; 10. 505 Randy Mohn,
Fredericksburg, PA.. Lap Leaders: Hartz (1-2), Heckler (3-10), Singley
(11-15). Singley's 1st Win of 2001.
2nd 15-lap Feature: 1. 44 Gary Hager, Stewartsville, NJ; 2. B1 Joe Biasi,
Jr., Tamaqua; 3. 002 Ed Scott, New Tripoli, PA; 4. 102 Shawn Fitzpatrick,
Branchdale, PA; 5. 505 Randy Mohn, Fredericksburg, PA; 6. M16 Mike Schane,
Hamlin, PA; 7. 7X Scott Singley, Milford, NJ; 8. 26 Tom Brennan, Pottsville,
PA; 9. 88X Dave Dissinger, Mohnsville, PA; 10. 114 Terry Bensinger,
Schuylkill Haven, PA. Lap Leaders: Scott (1-5), Hager (6-15). Hager's 2nd Win
of 2001.
8-lap Heats (6 Qualify, 4 Handicapped), 8-lap Consolations (3 Qualify)
Heat 1: 55 Heckler,
Heat 2: 15 Hartz,
Heat 3: M16 Schane,
Consolation 1: 102 S. Fitzpatrick,
Consolation 2: 88X Dissinger,

NASCAR Roadrunners
15-lap Feature: 1. 5 John Ulsh, Summit Station, PA; 2. 39 Phil Levering,
Parkersburg, PA; 3. 1 Dave Miller, Pine Grove, PA; 4. 77 Barry Schrader,
Orwigsburg, PA; 5. 8 Chris Bower, Minersville, PA. Lap Leaders: Levering
(1-2), Miller (3-13), Levering (14), Ulsh (15). Ulsh's Third Win of the
6-lap Heats (All Qualify, 6 Handicapped)
Heat 1: 1c Bixler,
Heat 2: 25M Berzowski,

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