Tuesday, May 2, 2023

It’s Modified Madness this Friday at Big Diamond Speedway

After suffering their first rainout of the season last Friday, Big Diamond Speedway will return to action this Friday night with a huge show. 

On Friday night, May 5th, it will be “MODIFIED MADNESS” at Big Diamond Speedway as the Mid-Atlantic Modifieds make a visit to the Schuylkill County dirt oval. This will be the first time the touring series has raced at Big Diamond Speedway. They will join the Quandel Concrete Modifieds, the USS Achey Crate 602 Sportsman, the Big Creek Concrete Crate Rookies and the Red White and Blue Autos Roadrunners to make it a must see show this Friday night.

The Mid-Atlantic Modified touring series is heading into its 14th year and the fourth under the direction of owner Tim Light. Light has been involved in racing for many years and in fact is one of the designers of the original Batmobile No. 112 dirt modified that was driven by Gary Balough to victory at Super Dirt Week in 1980. As mentioned before, this will be the first ever visit to Big Diamond Speedway and Light is very excited to bring his touring stars to the speedway as they battle for the $10,000 to win the 2023 points title.

The MAM is a series that generally schedules around 30 races per season and has had some amazing finishes over the years. The cars are a hybrid of a UMP/AMRA modified to make a Econo Touring series. The MAM cars are based off a steel block engine with no cubic inch limit but with only using a eight inch wide tire makes the cars hard to drive and hook up with the track.

Last season the championship was won by Michael Altobelli Jr over Justine Cullem, Ray Kable III, TJ Dehaven and Keith Jackson. So far in 2023, there have been two series races run with wins going to Ray Kable III and Drake Troutman. Light hopes to have a good field of cars in attendance this Friday night in anticipation of a great night of Mid-Atlantic Modified racing. Frequent MAM competitor and former NASCAR driver David Stremme has indicated that he will be making the tow to Big Diamond on Friday night to compete.

Not to be left out of the modified discussion, our hometown Quandel Concrete Modifieds will headline the night. So far in 2023, we have had three races with three different winners as Craig Von Dohren, Duane Howard and Mike Gular have all visited victory lane this season. One driver to watch this week will be Brett Kressley aboard his No. 19K. Kressley has been in contention to win each week and is hungry to get his first win of the year. In the race for the 2023 points title, Von Dohren leads the way over Gular, Jeff Strunk, Louden Reimert and Rick Laubach.

Last week’s winner in the USS Achey Crate 602 Sportsman division, Jordan Henn will be looking to go back to week this Friday, but to do that he will have to beat out a stellar field that includes two-time winner in 2023 Logan Watt, 2022 champion Brandon Edgar, Danny Buccafusca, Nick Desantis and a host of others in the highly competitive crate class. New 2023 track regular Paulie Hartwig III has been fast and looked to have a win in the bag when we last raced on April 21st only to clip a yuke tire after taking the white flag ending his night. Henn leads the points after three races over Watt, Edgar, Talan Carter and Nick Desantis.

In the Big Creek Concrete Crate Rookie class, we have had three winners in three weeks with Bryce Bashore, Jax Yohn and Brennan Chapman all taking wins. The rookies have put on some great racing so far this year and look for that to continue as they progress and gain more experience.

Rounding out the racing card on Friday night are the always exciting Red White and Blue Autos Roadrunners. By virtue of his three second place finishes so far this season, Chuck Fayash is the current leader in points over Kris Ney, two-time winner Alex Schoffstall, Jim Kost and CJ Ferguson.

Pit gates will open Friday night at 5:00 PM with the Grandstand gate opening at 5:30 PM

Pit passes are $35 for Big Diamond Speedway members. Non-member pit passes are $45.

Hot laps will get underway at 7:15 PM with racing starting at 7:45 PM

General admission is $25, Seniors are $23, Kids under 16 are free. Active military are admitted free with a valid ID.

If you cannot attend in person, Dirt Track Digest TV will have all the action live via Pay-Per-View.

For the full schedule, rules and speedway forms along with any other information regarding Big Diamond Speedway, please visit the track website at www.bigdspeedway.net