Sunday, March 16, 2014


The Fairlane Village Mall in Pottsville, PA was the location for closing ceremonies as the 2014 Big Diamond Speedway Car Show came to a close on Friday, March 14th.  All eyes are now focused on this coming Sunday, March 23rd, as the track presents a test and tune session open to any race vehicle with a roll cage.  Gates open at 12 noon and practice begins at 2 PM.  The following Sunday, March 30th, will be opening day with gates opening at 12 noon, warm-ups at 2:30 PM, and the first heat hitting the track at 3 PM.  Opening day will feature the 358 Modifieds going 30 laps for $3,000 to win and $300 to take the green.   Also on the card will be the U.S.S Achey Sportsman going 20 laps for $1,000 to win and the Savage 61 Roadrunners going 20 laps for $300 to win.

Track announcer Tim Pitts was the Master of Ceremonies for Friday evening’s events, which began with driver interviews.  Many of the tracks drivers were on hand to inform the large crowd on hand their plans and goals for the 2014 race season.  After driver interviews were completed, show awards were handed out to the Best Support Division Vehicle along with Best of Show.  Capturing the Best Support Division Award was the sharp looking #97 Roadrunner car driver by Jeremy Becker.  Capturing the Best of Show Award was the always immaculate looking #T102 Sportsman car driven by long time track supporter Tim Fitzpatrick.  At the completion of the awards, it was time for the fan favorite tire change completion.  This was the fourth consecutive year for the tire change contest, and each year it has grown from two teams the first year to a total of eight teams competing this year.  When the dust had settled, it was the team of former Sportsman driver Jordan Dreher and Dwayne Weist winning with a time of 1 minute 10.81 seconds over the second place team of Roadrunner driver Glenn “Buckshot” Rowan and his wife Melissa Rowan with a time of 1 minute 19.19 seconds.  A great time was had by all, and plans now begin for the 2015 Big Diamond Speedway Car Show.

Friday, April 4th is the 2nd annual Money in the Mountains big block/small block challenge race going 40 laps for $7,500 to win and $500 to take the green.  A strong field of cars is expected for this event, with verbal commitments already received from Billy Decker, Pat Ward, Larry Wight, Stewart Friesen, Mike Mahaney, Matt Billings, Sammy Piazza, Chad Brachmann, Anthony Perrego, and many more invaders, ready to take on track regulars Craig Von Dohren, Jeff Strunk, Doug Manmiller, Kevin Albert Jr., Dale Hartz, Shawn Fitzpatrick, and many, many more.  Gates open at 5 pm and first heat hits the track at 8:15 pm.  Also on the card that evening will be the Jeremy Slifko Fabrication Services Late Models, making their 2014 season debut, along with the Savage 61 Roadrunners.  Each of these divisions will go 20 laps in their respective feature events.

Over $750 in lap money has been collected for this event, including the Jeremy Slifko Fabrication Service Halfway Bonus paying $150 to the leader of lap #20.  Two other awards to be handed out that evening will be to the benefit of two drivers who fail to qualify for the feature event that evening.  The 2nd annual Fans of Big Diamond/Dog Pound Hard Luck Award will award $730 to the driver voted on by track management as having the hardest luck of the evening that kept them from making the field.  New this year is the “Long” Haul Award, which will award $125 to the driver that failed to qualify but had the longest tow to get to the track.  It’s shaping up to be another fantastic race, and we hope to see you there.

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