Friday, August 26, 2016

Big Diamond Speedway to Crown Two Champions Friday Night

On Friday night, Big Diamond Speedway will crown two of its four division champions as the point battle will end for the CJ’s Tire & Automotive Service 358 modifieds and U.S.S. Achey sportsman.
Also on the card on Friday will be the Savage 61 roadrunners and the Kim’s Kreations powder puff race. It will also be Purple Night for Lupus Awareness to benefit Haley Williams. Fans are enocurage to wear purple on Friday and there will be raffle baskets and a helmet drive.

The gates will open at 5:30 with warm ups at 7:45 and racing at 8:15. General admission for Friday is $15, seniors, $13 while kids 12-and-under and active military with a valid ID are free.

Ryan Godown takes a 211-point lead over Craig VonDohren into Friday’s final 358 modified point race. Godown has two wins in 12 starts this season at the track along with 12 top 10’s and 10 top fives.

VonDohren, who has a division-leading four wins, holds a 139-point lead over Duane Howard for second while Howard holds a 46-point lead over three-time winner Rick Laubach, for third. Jeff Strunk rounds out the top five in points. There have been seven different 358 modified winners this year.

Brandon Grosso holds a 124-point lead over Ray Woodall, Jr., heading into Friday night for the sportsman. He leads the division and modified drivers with six wins which includes the inaugural (non-championship points) Short Track Super Series open sportsman race.

Woodall, Jr., holds a 156-point lead over third place Wayne Witmer who leads two-time winner Mike Lisowski by just 13 points for fourth as one-time winner Tim Fitzpatrick rounds out the top five.

In all, the sportsman division has had six different winners including Ray Woodall, Sr., who won his first-ever sporstman race on May 20.

Heading into Friday, Andy Fayash III lead Steve Gromis by 435 points in the roadrunner division while Eric Tripp leads Rich Bossinger by 198 points in the No Sweat Service Group street stock division. The roadrunner and street stocks titles will be decided on Sept. 2.

On Friday, Sept. 2, it’s the start of the Coalcracker Weekend on Leindecker Race Engines Night as the sportsman take center stage with a 40 lapper paying $1,600 to win and $160 to take the green. Also on the card will be the roadrunners, street stocks, non-winners modified race, vintage cars and an Enduro Dash 60.

The gates will open at 5:30 on Sept. 2, with warm ups at 7:45 and racing at 8:15. General admission is $13, seniors, $11 and kids 12-and-under along with active military with a valid ID are free.

The non-winners modified race on Sept. 2 will be for drivers who have raced four or more time this season in the modified division but did not win a feature. The winner gets a starting spot in the Coalcracker 72. No other positions will get paid.

Then on Sunday, Sept. 4, it’s the prestigious Jack Rich Inc., Coalcracker 72 paying $10,000 to win the 358 modified feature. Tenth place in the Coalcracker pays $1,000 and it’s $500 to take the green.The start time for Sept. 4 is 7:45 p.m. The roadrunners, 600 modifieds and fireworks will round out the night of racing on Sept. 4.

Gates for the Coalcracker will open at 4 with warm ups at 7:15 and racing at 7:45. General admission is $27; Kids 6-11 are $10 while kids under 6 are free along with active military with a valid ID.

The rain date for the Coalcracker, if needed, is Monday, Sept. 5.

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