Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Everything and everyone was ready to go, but just like many other years, Mother Nature decided to let us all know that she may not be a huge race fan.  All day rain Saturday and Sunday forced the postponement of the 2014 Big Diamond Speedway 43rd season opener to this coming Friday, April 4th. 2014.

Speaking of the season opener, this Friday April 4th it's the event you've been waiting for since the inaugural event in 2013; 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.  No car registration fees and no gamblers fee required!  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, "The Doctor" Danny Johnson, Jimmy Horton, Matt Billings, Sammy Piazza, Chad Brachmann, Anthony Perrego, Billy Pauch Sr., Keith Hoffman 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 with warm-ups at 7:45 pm and the 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.  Rain date for this event is Sunday April 6th with gates opening at noon, warm-ups at 2:30 pm, and first heat at 3:00 pm if needed.

Racers in all divisions will be able to run approved Hoosier D300, 400, and 500 tires or American Racer 44 or harder tires on rear.  Weights are as follows: Spec Head Gas - 2275 lbs, Spec Head Alky - 2350 lbs, Open Small Block on Gas under 363ci - 2350 lbs, Open Small Block on Alky under 363ci - 2400 lbs, Small Block over 363ci - 2500 lbs, and Big Blocks - 2500 lbs. Big Diamond/DIRT style body rules...NO SAIL PANELS.

Adult grandstand admission for this event will be $25.00.  Seniors, active military, and students ages 13 to 17 (all with valid ID) will be $23.00.  Kids ages 12 and under are admitted free of charge.  Pit participation fees will be $30.00 with a valid 2014 license from any track, and $40.00 without a license.

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 $750 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.

As is the case with every 358 Modified race this season, GME Manufacturing LLC from New Ringold, PA, one of the top performance steering builders & rebuilders in the nation, will award a $25 gift certificate for use off a rebuild of a steering gear (any brand) to the hard charger in the Modified feature.

Another weekly award for both the 358 Modifieds and Roadrunners is the Red, White, and Blue Autos Inc. Hard Luck Award.  The management of Big Diamond Speedway will pick a driver who had bad luck that night from each of those two divisions based on the evenings racing results.  The driver picked as the hard luck driver in each division will be admitted for free the following week, courtesy of the fine folks at Red, White, and Blue Autos Inc.  To be eligible for this award, drivers must have a Red, White, and Blue Autos Inc. sticker on the right side of their car that will be provided to them at the track.  The goal of this award is to help ease the pain of someone who may have had engine issues, incurred a flat tire while running near the front of the pack, or any other sort of issue that brings an abrupt and unfortunate end to their evening.

It's shaping up to be another fantastic race, and we hope to see you there.

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