Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Final Full Month Of Racing At Big Diamond Speedway Begins Friday; Coalcracker Weekend Set For Sept. 2 and Sept. 4

MINERSVILLE, PA. -- The No Sweat Service Group, the title sponsor of the street stock division at Big Diamond Speedway, will help kick off the final full month of racing on Friday night.

A four-division show is on tap for the CJ’s Tire & Automotive Services 358 modifieds, U.S.S. Achey sportsman, Savage 61 roadrunners and the No Sweat Service Group street stocks.

The gates will open at 5:30 with warm ups at 7:45 and racing at 8:15. Admission is $15 while kids12-and-under and active military with a valid ID are free.

The No Sweat Service Group is a fabrication and mobile hydraulic hose repair company located in Pottsville. They offer repairs and more at competitive prices. To learn more, call them at 570-527-1304 and like them on Facebook,

Heading into Friday nights racing action, Ryan Godown leads Jeff Strunk in the 358 modified point standings by184 points with Craig VonDohren, Duane Howard and Rick Laubach rounding out the top five.

VonDohren leads the division with three wins while Godown and Laubach have two wins each. Seven different drivers have won a feature this season.

Brandon Grosso leads the sportsman point standings over Ray Woodall, Jr., by 89 points with Tim Fitzpatrick, Wayne Witmer and Mike Lisowski completing the top five.

Andy Fayash III maintains a healthy points lead of 377 points over Steve Gromis with Jim Kost, Kris Ney and Terry Kramer rounding out the top five.

Rich Bossinger leads the street stock standings by 28 points over Eric Trip with Elvin Brennan III, Jeremy Becker and Chris Derr rounding out the top five.

Next Friday, Aug. 12, its the Prelude to the Coalcracker with the 30-lap 358 modified feature paying $4,000 to win and $400 to take the green. Also on the card that night is the modified challenge races, sportsman and roadrunners.

The Prelude will be an open draw for the modifieds and a non-points event. There will be 50 show-up points to those who support the race. The night is also 'Hunt the Giant' night sponsored by Jimmy Reppert racing.

Friday, Aug. 19, the track will host Breast Cancer Awareness Night and CJ's Tire & Automotive Services Night along with the Andy Fayash Memorial for the sportsman. The 30-lap sportsman feature pays $1,750 to win and $157 to take the green. Also on the card that night will be the 358 modifieds, roadrunners and street stocks. The track is planning a Pink-out for that evening and encourages everyone to wear pink in support of breast cancer.

The final Friday of the month, Aug. 26, will see the a three-division show of 358 modifieds, sportsman and roadrunners along with the Kim’s Kreations Power Puff race and if needed, the rain date for the Andy Fayash Memorial.

Then one week later on Sept. 2, it will be Leindecker Race Engines Night as the Coalcracker weekend begins with the 40-lap sportsman feature paying $1,600 to win and $160 to take the green. Also on the card that night will be the roadrunners, street stocks, modified underdog race, vintage cars and the Enduro Dash 60.

Finally, the season concludes for Big Diamond on Sunday, Sept. 4 with the prestigious Jach Rich Inc., Coalcracker 72 for the 358 modifieds. The 72-lap feature pays $10,000 to win with $1,000 for 10th and $500 to take the green. The roadrunners, 600 modifieds and a fireworks display will round out the evening with racing getting underway at 7:45 p.m.

The Coalcracker began in 1979 when it was won by Bob Emerich and in its history, no driver have ever won the event three straight year. The defending winner of the race is Ryan Godown, who now owns three Coalcracker wins to his credit.

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