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posted August 04, 2002 08:38 AM
DUANE HOWARD TAKES 4TH BIG DIAMOND MODIFIED WIN OF 2002;
WHITMOYER REPEATS IN SPORTSMAN; HENDRICKS GETS 9TH RR WIN
Minersville, PA - Aug. 2, 2002 - Duane Howard of Oley, PA may be making his stretch run at the Big Diamond Raceway NASCAR Weekly Racing Series by Dodge Modified championship as he took his fourth win of the season and his second in a row at Big Diamond on Friday night. Point leader Keith Hoffman of Whitehall, PA pitted to replace a flat tire while running ahead of Howard in second and came back to finish sixth to retain a 60-point lead over Howard.
Point leaders padded their margins in other action at Craig Whitmoyer of Hamburg, PA took his fifth 20-lap Sportsman feature win while Doug Hendricks of Auburn, PA took his ninth roadrunner main event.
Both the sportsman and roadrunners will see action again this Sunday, August 4, along with the MACS Late Models in the Black Gold 50 for Late Models paying $5000. The best late model drivers from local tracks like Hagerstown, Selinsgrove, Port Royal, Bedford, Dog Hollow and others will take on the best that MACS has to offer from Western PA, Ohio and West Virginia in the biggest late model race in Eastern and Central Pennsylvania this year. The sportsman and roadrunners will also be on the card in non-point, open shows. Sportsman cars must run basic Big Diamond rules but may run their own home track tire so long as it is not drag rubber. The roadrunners from Selinsgrove will be permitted to compete in the roadrunner feature but they must be either totally Big Diamond or totally Selinsgrove legal.
Gates open at 4PM with time trials at 6:30. The roadrunners will run in a feature only card while the sportsman will run in a streamlined format to insure the program is completed at as reasonable an hour as possible.
The modified 25-lap main event summary saw Duane Howard take the win over Kyle Weiss (Hamburg), Steve Bottcher (Lehighton), Doug Manmiller (Wyomissing), Meme DeSantis (temple), Keith Hoffman (Whitehall), Terry Meitzler (Kutztown), Rick Laubach (Ricjlandtown), Shawn Reimert (Oley), and Jeff Sechrist (Womelsdorf). Lap leaders were Bobby Gunther Walsh (1-4), Hoffman (5-7), Weiss (8-19) and Howard (20-25).
Craig Whitmoyer was the sportsman winner over Ed Scott (New Tripoli), Gary Wagner, Jr. (Womelsdorf), Billy Moyer, Jr. (Pine Grove), Jesse Sterling (Lehighton), Chris Clemens (Coopersburg), Dale Hartz (Hamburg), Tom "Elvis" Miller (Gilbertsville), Fred Fisher (Womelsdorf), and Dan Guinther (Fleetwood). Lap leaders were Clemens (1-4), Shawn Fitzpatrick (5), Clemens (6-10) and Whitmoyer (11-20).
Doug Hendricks took the roadrunner win over Marty Shappell (Pottsville), Rodney Ulsh (Summit Station), Barry Schrader (Orwigsburg) and Derek Bender (Tremont).