Big Diamond Speedway Plans Thrilling Schedule For 2016

45th season will continue to see popular traditions and fan favorites at the Coal Region Oval

February 5, 2016
For Immediate Release

Contacts:
Media: Shawn Wood, shawn@thedirttrackchannel.com
Speedway: Jake Smulley, 570-294-7715

Upcoming Events:
Monday, February 29 to March 4
Annual Car Show at the Schuylkill Mall in Frackville, PA.

Sunday, March 13 @ 2:00pm
Open Practice.  Any car with a roll cage is eligible to practice.  Enduro Dash 60.

Sunday, March 20 @ 2:00pm
45TH ANNUAL SEASON OPENER.
Modified 30, $4,000 to win, Sportsman 20, $1,000 to win, Roadrunners.

MINERSVILLE, PA – There will be no shortage of excitement during the 2016 season at Big Diamond Speedway.

The schedule for the 45th year of auto racing at the clay oval in Coal Country features traditional and fan-favorite races which are sure to satisfy the tastes of racers and fans alike.

The 2016 Season Opener is planned for Sunday, March 20, with the CJ’s Tire & Automotive Service 358 Modifieds, U.S.S. Achey Sportsman, and the Savage 61 Roadrunners opening their point championship battles. The 30-lap, 358-modified feature will pay $4,000 to the win.

The track will be closed for Easter (March 27) and returns to action for the first Friday night show of the year on April 1 with the Money in the Mountains Modified 40.

The 40-lap feature for the 358-modifieds pays $5,000 to the win and $400 to take the green with regular Big Diamond rules applying. It will be the first event for the No Sweat Service Group Street Stocks. Rounding out the card are the Savage 61 Roadrunners and 600 Modifieds.

Start time for Friday night racing is again at 8:15 p.m.

THE 2016 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
Friday, June 10: Savage 61 Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Night will present “Pack the Track Night” with a $6 General Admission featuring the Modifieds, Sportsman, and Roadrunners.

The 358 modifieds will take part in several specials including the Red White & Blue Autos Twin 20s. The 20-lap features will take place on Friday, July 29 along with the ARDC Midgets and Roadrunners.

The B&H Landscaping George & Georgie Stevenson Memorial is set for Friday, July 1. The 30-lap modified feature pays $4,000 to win along with the Mark’s Service Center Cash Dash. The sportsman, roadrunners, and 600 Modifieds round out the card. A spectacular fireworks show will take place at intermission.

The Jack Rich Inc. Coalcracker 72, the speedway’s marquee event for the 358 modifieds will be held on Sunday, Sept. 4, with a rain date of Monday, Sept. 5. A hefty $10,000 payday awaits the winner. Ryan Godown is the defending Coalcracker 72 winner.

The popular ‘one-on-one challenge races’ are also scheduled for the three weekly divisions.  All 25 lap Modified features will pay $3,000 or more to win in 2016.

The Sportsman division will be featured in special shows with Twin 20s slated for Friday, April 22; the Andy Fayash Memorial, Friday, Aug. 19 which pays $1,570 to win and the Leindecker Race Engines Sportsman Coalcracker paying $1,600 to win on Friday, Sept. 2.

The Roadrunners will be showcased in the ‘Full Fender Frenzy Crazy 8s’ for Blyth Cleaning Service night on July 15 and they will have an extra-distance race during the prestigious Coalcracker weekend on Sept. 4.

The Street Stock division is set for their first special of the season on Friday, June 24, for Jasen’s Automotive Street Stock 30 Summer Shootout, a new event for this year which pays $1,081 to win along with a Cash Dash. The Street Stocks will also be featured during the Coalcracker weekend race (Sept. 4).

Touring divisions’ are also included in the already packed racing cards in 2016 including the United Racing Club Sprint Cars who will invade the speedway for Schuylkill Mall night on June 17 with the 358 modifieds being outfitted with sail panels for the evening.

The ARDC midgets return to the speedway with two dates; Friday, May 13 and Friday, July 29.

The Modified Short Track Super Series will return on Tuesday, May 10, with the Anthracite Assault 50 along with the sportsman and 600 Modifieds.

The Xcel 600 Modifieds have five dates in addition to the May 10 date. The 600 Modifieds have proven to bring large fields to all scheduled race dates.

The Mark’s Service Center Gone But Not Forgotten Memorial is planned for Friday, May 27, Memorial Day Weekend. Modifieds, sportsman, roadrunners, and Blast From the Past Vintage cars are on the card.

Rounding out the touring divisions will be the 60 lap Enduro Dash events on select nights.

The general admission rate will remain $15 for regular shows and $13 for senior citizens. Active military members with a valid I.D. will receive a complimentary “free” admission and veterans with a valid I.D. will receive a free meal ticket.

Registration for the Annual Car Show at the Schuylkill Mall in Frackville, Pa., is underway. Please go to www.bigdspeedway.com for more information. The car show will run from February 29 to March 5.

Affordable rates for advertising through billboards and/or nightly sponsorships can be obtained by contacting Jeff Bowers at 570-527-9093.

Reserved parking spots are available for race teams in 2016. Teams may request their desired parking spot. If the spot is available, it will be marked with the driver’s name and car number.  Contact 570-527-3168 for more information.

GME steering rewards the drivers gaining the most spots in feature events in the 358 modified and sportsman divisions with a $50 gift certificate.

Those who are seeking media credentials can contact Shawn Wood at shawn@thedirttrackchannel.com.

2016 SCHEDULE
Monday, February 29 to March 4
Car show at the Schuylkill Mall in Frackville, PA

Sunday, March 13 2:00pm
Open Practice.  Any car with a roll cage welcome to attend.  Enduro Dash 60.

Sunday, March 20 2:00pm
45TH ANNUAL SEASON OPENER.
Modified 30, $4,000 to win, Sportsman 20, $1,000 to win, Roadrunners

Sunday, March 27
Easter Break, No Racing

Friday, April 1

U.S.S. Achey Night

Money in the Mountains Modified 40.   $5,000 to win, $400 green.  Street Stocks, Roadrunners, 600 Modifieds.

Friday, April 8
Modifieds, Sportsman, Roadrunners, Street Stocks.  MITM Rain Date

Friday, April 15
Modifieds, Sportsman, Roadrunners, Street Stocks

Friday, April 22
Modifieds, Sportsman Twin 20’s, Roadrunners, Enduro Dash 60

Friday, April 29
Modifieds, Sportsman, Roadrunners, Street Stocks  Pro Shine Auto Detailing Roadrunner Challenge

Friday, May 6
Modifieds, Sportsman, Roadrunners, Street Stocks

Tuesday, May 10
Short Track Super Series Anthracite Assault
Modified 50, $5,000 to win, $400 green.  Sportsman, 600cc Modifieds.  7:45PM start time.

Friday, May 13
Modifieds, ARDC Midgets, Roadrunners, Vintage Cars.

Friday, May 20
Sportsman, Roadrunners, Street Stocks.
Red White and Blue Autos Sportsman Challenge, Kim’s Kreations Mechanics Race.

Friday, May 27
Mark’s Service Center Night/Gone But Not Forgotten Memorial
Modifieds, Sportsman, Roadrunners.  Vintage Cars.

Friday, June 3
Sportsman, Roadrunners, 600 Modifieds, Street Stocks

Friday, June 10
Savage 61 Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Night
$6 General Admission.  Modifieds, Sportsman, Roadrunners.

Friday, June 17
Schuylkill Mall Night
Modifieds, URC 360 Sprint Cars, Roadrunners, Enduro Dash 60.

Friday, June 24
Jasen’s Automotive Night
Street Stock 30 Summer Shootout.  $1,081 to win plus Cash Dash.  Modifieds, Sportsman, Roadrunners.

Friday, July 1
B&H Landscaping Night/George-Georgie Stevenson Memorial
Modified 30, $4,000 to win, $300 green.  Mark’s Service Center Cash Dash.  Sportsman $1,000 to win, Roadrunners, 600 Modifieds, Fireworks.

Friday, July 8
Insinger Performance Night
Modifieds, Sportsman, Roadrunners, Street Stocks, Kim’s Kreations Power Wheels Race (Stevenson Rain Date)

Friday, July 15
Blyth Cleaning Service Night
Modifieds, Sportsman, Roadrunner Crazy 8’s

Friday, July 22
Sportsman, Roadrunners, 600 Modifieds, Street Stocks, Vintage Cars

Friday, July 29
Red White and Blue Autos Night
Modified Twin 20’s, ARDC Midgets, Roadrunners, Enduro Dash 60

Friday, August 5
No Sweat Service Group Night
Modifieds, Sportsman, Roadrunners, Street Stocks.

Friday, August 12
Prelude to the Coalcracker
Modified 30, $4,000 to win, $400 green.  Sportsman, Roadrunners, Modified Challenge Races

Friday, August 19
Breast Cancer Awareness Night
Andy Fayash Memorial Sportsman 30 ( $1,570 to win, $157 green)  Modifieds, Roadrunners, Street Stocks

Friday, August 26
Modifieds, Sportsman, Roadrunners, Kim’s Kreations Powder Puff Race (Fayash Memorial Rain Date)

Friday, September 2
Leindecker Race Engines Night
Sportsman Coalcracker 40, $1,600 to win, $160 green.  Roadrunners, Street Stocks, Modified Underdog Race, Vintage Cars, Enduro Dash 60

Sunday, September 4
Jack Rich Inc. Coalcracker 72
Modifieds, 72 laps, $10,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th, $500 green.  Roadrunners, 600 Modifieds,  Fireworks.  7:45 PM start time

Monday, September 5
Jack Rich Inc. Coalcracker 72 Rain Date

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JACK RICH INC. COALCRACKER WEEKEND TO CLOSE OUT THE 2015 SEASON AT BIG DIAMOND SPEEDWAY THIS LABOR DAY WEEKEND WITH FRIDAY & SUNDAY RACES!

JACK RICH INC. COALCRACKER WEEKEND TO CLOSE OUT THE 2015 SEASON AT BIG DIAMOND SPEEDWAY THIS LABOR DAY WEEKEND WITH FRIDAY & SUNDAY RACES!

This Friday, September 5th the USS Achey Sportsman will run their final points event of the 2015 season in the Sportsman Coalcracker 40.  A quality field of drivers is expected for the $1,200 pay day.  With every position increased, green money has been increased to $120.

Last week’s big winner, Doug Hendricks leads the points over Tim Fitzpatrick and Mike Lisowski.  The 2015 Point Champion will be crowed in Victory Lane following the feature.

The Savage 61 Roadrunners, and Slifko Fabrication Street Stocks will run their final points event of the 2015 season.  Terry Kramer looks to capture his first points title while Chris Holland tries to close the 29 point gap.

Bossinger plans on cruising to his first Big Diamond Street Stock title, with Jeremy Becker and Geesaman close behind.  A 20 lap modified non-winners race will be for any modified driver who ran 3 or more events this season.  Winner will receive a guaranteed starting spot in the Jack Rich Inc. Coalcracker 72.

General Admission is $12, Senior Citizens are $10, kids 12 and under are free, active military with ID are free.  Gates open at 5:45, racing at 8:15.

The Sportsman Coalcracker is an open draw event to all cars signed in.  Any track stamp tire will be accepted.

All focus then turns to second show of the weekend on Sunday, September 6th for the biggest race of the season at Big Diamond, the Jack Rich Memorial Coal Cracker 72 event paying $10,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th, and $500 to take the green flag.

A stellar field of cars from the east coast is expected to be on hand for this lucrative race. Any American Racer track stamp will be accepted.

Drivers will draw for their heat starting spot and redraw for the feature if they finish in a redraw position in their heat race. Twenty-four cars are slated to start the feature event.

The fan-favorite Savage 61 Roadrunners will also be competing in their Coalcracker 25 event, which is paying $300 to win.

The Xcel 600 Modifieds will round out the night.

Yet the thrills don’t stop there. The night includes a fantastic fireworks display at intermission.

Gates will open at 5:00 pm on Sunday, with warm-ups at 7:45 PM, and the first heat hitting the track at 8:15 PM. Grandstand general admission for Sunday’s Coalcracker will be $27.00;

Senior Citizens will be $25.00;

Children 6-12 will be $5.00; active military (with ID) & kids under 6 admitted free of charge.

Pit participation fees will be $40.00 with no license required.

Car entry fee for the Coal Cracker 72 event is $30 if received before Sunday, September 6th, $50 the day of the race.

Forms can be downloaded on track website at www.bigdspeedway.com, or at the speedway pit office.

All 72 laps will be run under green flag conditions with a fuel stop (only fuel) taking place at lap 40.

RAINDATE FOR SUNDAY’S RACE WILL BE ON LABOR DAY, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 with a 7:00pm start time.

In the event of rain on Friday, September 4, the entire racing card will be eliminated. Racing will then commence with the Coaclcracker 72 as scheduled on Sunday, September 6.

MODIFIED TITLE DECIDED THIS FRIDAY, FAYASH MEMORIAL FOR USS ACHEY SPORTSMAN IS SET

MODIFIED TITLE DECIDED THIS FRIDAY, FAYASH MEMORIAL FOR USS ACHEY SPORTSMAN IS SET

Only three races remain at Big Diamond Speedway for the 2015 season. The Modifieds are preparing for their final points event this Friday night, where Billy Pauch Jr has a 24 point lead over Duane Howard. Either one can take the championship this Friday night. So track position will become a hot commodity this week as these drivers will be battling it out to see who will be the 2015 Lias Tire 358 Modified Champion. The USS Achey Sportsman, Savage 61 Roadrunners and Slifko Fabrications Street Stocks have 2 more points races left to determine their champions.

The USS Achey Sportsman will take center stage this Friday for the Andy Fayash Memorial Feature event paying $1570 to win and $157 to take the green. There will also be a Cash Dash event thanks to Mike Radocha, one of the Street Stock Racers, who is showing his support during this event for the Sportsman drivers and offering a little bonus for the lucky driver that can win the Cash Dash. There is expected to be a great field of Sportsman racers in attendance, and this is an open draw event, so any driver is eligible to draw for their starting position for both the heats and feature.

This week the ladies will also take to the track in the Kim’s Kreations Powder Puff event for all divisions. Everyone is also asked to wear Pink in order to help turn the track in pink in honor of Breast Cancer awareness. Mike Glass’s pink number 2 Sportsman will be on display for fans to sign their in memory and in honor of messages prior to the races this coming Friday night. The team will be having various items for sale, such as T-Shirts and bracelets and will be taking donations as well that will be donated to the Hershey Medical Center’s Breast Cancer Research Fund in honor of Terri Bucks, who is Sportsman driver AJ Gerhart’s Mother and Mike Glass’s sister.

Big Diamond Speedway is asking everyone to please wear pink this Friday evening to Pink the Track Out!

Gates open at 5:45 & racing is at 8:15.
General Admission is $20, Senior Citizens are $18, Kids 12 and under are FREE, Active Military with ID are FREE (stands only).

Coming events:

Friday, AUGUST 28
Modifieds (Final points event). Sportsman Andy Fayash Memorial 30, $1,570 to win, $157 to take the green. Roadrunners. Street Stocks. Kim’s Kreations Powder Puff (all classes).

Friday, SEPTEMBER 4
SPORTSMAN COALCRACKER 40. $1,200 to win, $120 to take the green. Roadrunners. Street Stocks. Modified Non-Winners Race. Final points for Sportsman, Roadrunners, Street Stocks.

Sunday, SEPTEMBER 6
Jack Rich Inc. MODIFIED COALCRACKER MEMORIAL 72. $10,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th, $500 to take the green.Roadrunners. 600 Modifieds. GREAT Firework Display!

Monday, SEPTEMBER 7
Jack Rich Inc. COALCRACKER 72 RAIN DATE @ 7:00 pm.
ACTIVE military members receive FREE admission into every race, but all Veterans of our military who have military ID, will receive a FREE meal ticket at each race. Veterans will need an official military ID to receive their meal ticket, which is good for one hot dog, one slice of pizza AND one drink. The Veteran Meal Ticket will be given to them when they purchase their admission tickets as long as proper ID is provided.
Gates Open at 5:45 PM with Warm ups starting at 7:45 and racing getting underway at 8:15.

For more information, please visit the tracks Facebook Fan Page at www.facebook.com/bigdiamondspeedway or on the web at www.bigdspeedway.com. Live time scoring is now available on Friday evenings through the Race Monitor application that is available for both the IOS and Android operating systems.

Tonight is the B&H Landscaping, Georgie/George Stevenson Memorial!

Firework crew is here setting up for tonight’s event! As advertised, we will have fireworks.

“B & H Landscaping Sponsors Prestigious Stevenson Memorial Race”

What promises to be the most emotional night at Big Diamond Speedway this season will take place this Friday, July 3rd as the legendary father and son, George and Georgie Stevenson, will be honored during the wildly popular annual Georgie Stevenson Memorial Race.

After nearly three decades of raising money for children and adults battling life threatening and debilitating illnesses, George Stevenson passed away in April. Big Diamond, however, is proud to bring the past and present together as track management honors both George the father and Georgie his son, who not only made their mark on racing, but impacted the lives of countless children who suffered for decades.

George’s passion for sick and dying kids was famous along the East coast. By partnering with Big Diamond and their drivers and fans, the annual Georgie Stevenson Memorial Race, named in honor of George’s late son who was a huge race fan before his death, the speedway became the premier venue to raise money for “George’s kids.” Now that George has passed on, it’s time to recognize him and his efforts.

Track promoter Jake Smulley said, “it’s a privilege for us to uphold the memory of George Stevenson. This man deserves honor and respect after decades of selfless and tireless work for sick and dying kids. We are proud to memorialize George Stevenson and all he was to Big Diamond.”

In honor of this highly anticipated night, Smulley announced that B & H Landscaping will sponsor the evening’s race with big driver purses for the top two divisions on the race card. Presenting sponsor B&H Landscaping is more than just a landscaping company; they’re your one-stop contact for all your seasonal needs. Going the extra mile to ensure their customer’s satisfaction, B&H Landscaping does everything from mulching, planting, trimming, and fertilization to fence installations, garage cleanouts, hauling, retaining walls, patios, and snow plowing. Visit them today at bandhlandscaping.com or call 570-527-8953.

The 358-modifieds will race for a $4,000 first place payout in a 35-lap feature, which will include $300 to take the green. The evening will also feature a Dash for Cash presented by Mark’s Service Station in memory of Fran Purcell SR and Eddie Dee. The Sportsman division will battle for $1,000 to win, while the Roadrunners and 600 Modifieds complete the card. A great firework show will also take place.

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Gates open at 5:45pm, racing at 8:15pm, firework show at intermission.

It’s Race Day!

IT’S RACE DAY!

The Lias Tire 358 Modifieds will go 30 laps $3,000 to win and $300 to take the green.
The USS Achey Sportsman will go 20 laps $1,000 to win.
The Savage 61 Roadrunners will go 20 laps $300 to win.

FREE HOT DOGS TO THE FIRST 100 CUSTOMERS!

Gates open at 5:45pm
Racing at 8:15pm
GA is $20
Active Military with ID and kids 12 and under are free!

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We are Racing!

IT’S RACE DAY!   Great show on hand tonight!

The mighty ARDC midgets make their return tonight!

Also on tap is the first points event for the Lias Tire 358 small block Modifieds,
The Savage 61 Roadrunners and Slifko Fabrication Street Stocks.

The field for the Searock Fabrication & Speed Supplies modified challenge has been set for tonight:

1.Kyle Follweiler
2.Colt Harris
3.Scott Albert
4.CVD
5.Duane Howard
6.Kevin Beach
7.Jarod Umbenhauer
8.MeMe DeSantis
9.Billy Pauch JR.
10.Rick Laubach
11.Ryan Godown

Ryan Godown will start the challenge.

Gates open at 5pm
Warm ups 7:45pm
Racing 8:15pm

GA is $17
Kids 12 and under are free
Active military with ID are free

Today’s Race has been Cancelled.

Unfortunately due to projected cold temperatures, high wind gusts, the nature of tonight’s kids event, along with a number of fans and racing teams expressing concerns of racing in cold temperatures, tonight’s event has been cancelled.

Leindecker Race Engines night will be this upcoming Friday as the ARDC Midgets will make their return along with the Lias Tire 358 Modifieds and Savage 61 Roadrunners.  The Slifko Fabrication Street Stocks have been added to the card.

The Searock Fabrication and Speed Supplies Modified challenge will also take place next Friday and will be determined by a fan vote.  Details will be posted early next week.

Stay warm and enjoy your weekend.