Story By: BIG DIAMOND SPEEDWAY – MINERSVILLE, PA – Mother Nature once again threw her ugly head into the everyone’s holiday plans forcing Big Diamond Speedway to cancel with the threats of strong storms last Friday night.
Promoters Jake and Jasmine Smulley were forced to play it safe on Friday as not to cause unnecessary travel expenses to the race teams.
With last Friday night being cancelled, the Georgie Stevenson Memorial will take place this coming Friday night July 8th sponsored by B&H Landscaping. The program will remain the same with the exception of the Wingless Super Sportsman not being on the schedule. The night will be punctuated with a huge FIREWORKS display that never disappoints.
This Friday night will feature the Insigner Performance Modifieds competing in race number four for the PA Tri-Track Spec 358 Series paying $3,500 to the winner. The USS Achey Crate 602 Sportsman will race for a winner’s share of $1,000 and the Red White and Blue Roadrunners feature winner will receive $500.
For those who do not know, Georgie Stevenson was an avid fan of the Big Diamond Speedway along with his family. Georgie and his family supported the speedway religiously each week. Sadly, Georgie was diagnosed with cancer at a young age and while fighting the dreaded disease, the young man worked hard to raise money for cancer research. Georgie’s battle with cancer concluded at the age of twelve when the courageous young man passed away. Georgie loved the sport of dirt racing especially at his home track, the Big Diamond Speedway.
After Georgie’s passing, his father George worked relentlessly to raise money for the terminally ill children who were also suffering from cancer. The Stevenson family’s goal was to help defray the costs of treatment and to also help the families to deal with anything that was thrown at them. Sadly, George died in 2015 but the Stevenson family’s presence radiates through the speedway with the annual running of the Stevenson Memorial.
After three races on the PA Spec Tri-Track series, Douglasville, PA driver Timmy Buckwalter leads the way in the points standings by a mere margin of twelve points over Craig Von Dohren with Brett Kressley in third only thirteen points off the lead. Von Dohren has two series wins with Kressley winning the remaining race.
Brett Kressley remains the only modified driver at Big Diamond Speedway who has multiple wins with two which includes the first PA Tri-Track Spec Series race in June. Jeff Strunk, Duane Howard, Ryan Krachun and Ryan Krachun all have single wins in 2022. After a rough week two weeks ago resulting in Howard rolling over the No. 15G in turn one, Howard rebounded with a strong second place finish to regain the points lead with a mere five-point lead over Kressley. After a few weeks of taking off due to a hard crash, Jeff Strunk will be back in action on Friday night but not in his normal ride. Instead, Strunk will be back driving the famed Glenn Hyneman No. 126. Billy Pauch Jr, Timmy Buckwalter, Jack Butler, and others will be joining the field on Friday night in search of the $3,500 first place prize.
This week, the Insigner Performance Modifieds will race for show-up points toward the 2022 Big Diamond Speedway championship and will draw for groups at check-in. Modifieds will be put into groups for their heat races. Modifieds will hot lap in their respective groups with lap speeds determining how they will lineup for the heats. There will be no invert, lineups will be fastest to slowest.
The ultra-competitive USS Achey Crate 602 Sportsman will be racing for $1,000 to win this Friday night. The last time we raced, it was Logan Watt winning for the second time in his short Big Diamond Speedway career over a strong running Jordan Henn. Brandon Edgar continues to lead the points over Danny Buccafusca as these two have established themselves as the drivers to beat in the season long battle for the championship.
The Red White and Blue Autos Roadrunners continue to thrill the fans each week with their exciting brand of door-to-door action. Mike Reichert and Alex Schoffstall put on quite a show last Friday night before Schoffstall was able to pull away in the last couple of laps to take the win. With his second-place finish, Reichert continues to lead the points.
Pit gates will open this Friday at 5:00 pm with Grandstand gates opening at 5:30 pm
Pit admission is $35 for Big Diamond Speedway members. Non-member pit admission is $40.
Warmups get underway at 7:15 PM with racing starting at 7:45 PM.
General admission on Friday night will be $25, Kids under 16 are free. Active military are admitted free with a valid ID.