Ryan Godown Breaks Through For First Big Diamond The Station House 358-Modified Victory of 2011; Paul Kline (U.S.S. Achey Sportsman) and Kevin Olenick (Wooden Keg Tavern Roadrunner) Double Up

Date: 6/4/2011 11:04:14 AM

 
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Ryan Godown Breaks Through For First Big Diamond The Station House 358-Modified Victory of 2011; Paul Kline (U.S.S. Achey Sportsman) and Kevin Olenick (Wooden Keg Tavern Roadrunner) Double Up
 
MINERSVILLE, PA - Ryan Godown made the right call.
 
Feeling under the weather all day due to an illness, Godown considered skipping Friday night's program at Big Diamond Speedway. However, an early afternoon decision to compete paid off to the tune of $2,000 for the Ringoes, N.J., driver. Godown drove Johnny Rea's No. R1 to his first victory of the season in the 25-lap The Station House 358-Modified headliner.
 
Paul Kline (U.S.S. Achey Sportsman) and Kevin Olenick (Wooden Keg Tavern Roadrunners) earned their second victories of the season during a fast-paced night at the Schuylkill County oval. The final checkered flag flew at 10:40 p.m. for the three-division program.
 
"I wasn't sure if we were coming tonight because I've been sick," Godown said following his fourth career Big Diamond victory. "About 1 o'clock this afternoon, I decided to race. I'm glad we did. We needed a win to turn our year around."
 
Neil Huber of Bethel, Pa., started from the pole and led the opening five laps of the 358-Mod event before he was overtaken by Glenn Strunk of Bechtelsville, Pa. following the race's first caution. Godown, who started fourth, followed into second. As the laps clicked off, Godown's Teo-Pro car pressured Strunk. Godown worked the inside lane repeatedly on Strunk, pulling even on the 11th lap. However, Strunk used the outside lane to maintain the advantage in his Vince Gagliardo Sr.-owned No. 41.
 
Godown's key move of the race came on lap 18. Swapping lanes, he charged around the outside of Strunk in turn four to take command. He survived cautions on laps 19 and 23 for the win, his first appearance in the top five this season at Big D.
 
Rick Laubach and Jeff Strunk charged into second and third, respectively, following the lap-19 caution and battled for the race's final six laps. Bechtelsville, Pa.'s Strunk, the current point leader, completed a last-lap pass to finish second in Norm Hansell's No. 357, beating Laubach to the line by a nose. Strunk started 13th. Laubach, of Quakertown, Pa., was credited with third in the Beer City No. 7 after starting eighth.
 
Consistent Keith Hoffman of Whitehall, Pa., advanced from 10th to finish fourth. Hoffman, like Jeff Strunk, has not placed outside the top 10 through six 358-Mod events at Big D this season. Meme DeSantis of Temple, Pa., rallied from 20th Starting spot to finish fifth in Harvey Bitler's No. 88D. He earned a $50 bonus from Tammy's Little Rascals Daycare as the Hard Charger.
 
Craig Von Dohren of Boyertown, Pa., saw his drive for three straight victories end on lap 15 when he pulled to the pits while running third.
 
Heat winners for 358-Modifieds were G. Strunk, Laubach and Godown.
 
Jeff Strunk earned the Shiley Fabrications Fast Time Award at 17.054 seconds.
 
Kline, of Reading, Pa., started the 20-lap Sportsman main from fourth spot. Andy Fayash Jr. took the lead at the start with Daryl Dissinger and Doug Hendricks racing for second.  Contact in turn two on lap eight allowed Kline to put his No. 14 into the runner-up spot. Two laps later, Kline found a lane to the inside of Fayash in turn two and took command. He drove on to his seventh career Big Diamond Sportsman triumph.
 
2008 champion Brad Brightbill of Sinking Spring, Pa., advanced from 14th starting spot to finish second. He arrived in the runner-up spot on lap 14. Frank Yankowski of Throop, Pa., was a steady third, followed by 15th-starter Mike Mammana (Nazareth, Pa.) and Fayash of Mary-D, Pa.
 
Sportsman heat wins went to Mammana, Daryl Dissinger and Fayash.
 
The Shiley Fabrications Fast Time Award went to Paul Kline at 18.229 seconds.
 
Olenick, of Forestville, Pa., led the lead slip away but later regained it en route to the Roadrunner triumph. Kevin's brother, Ryan Olenick, drove from seventh to take the lead from T.J. Fitzpatrick (Branchdale, Pa.) on the sixth lap. Kevin Olenick moved into second moments before a caution on lap nine. Using the outside lane on the restart, Kevin put his No. 450 into the lead.
 
Jeremy Becker was next to run out front, taking the lead just past the halfway mark. However, Becker's No. 97 slid wide in turn four on the 15th lap, allowing Kevin Olenick to reclaim the lead and drive to his 10th Roadrunner win. Becker, of Pottsville, Pa., was second followed by Ryan Olenick of Forestville, Pa., 14th-starter Marc Berzowski of Branchdale, Pa., and Ed Kuperavage of Port Carbon, Pa., rebounding from two spins for fifth.
 
Becker and Ryan Olenick split the Roadrunner heats.
 
Racing resumes at Big Diamond Speedway this Friday (June 10). The Station House 358-Modifieds (qualifying and 25-lap feature), U.S.S. Achey Sportsman (qualifying and 20-lap feature) and Wooden Keg Tavern Roadrunners (qualifying and 20-lap feature) are set for competition at the Schuylkill County oval.  The Shiley Fabrications Sportsman One-on-One Challenge is a special addition to the program, featuring match races among the top-11 drivers in the point standings.
 
Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7:55 p.m. and the first heat at 8:15 p.m. All Friday shows feature an 8:15 p.m. start time this year.  Grandstand admission is $13 (Adults), $10 (Seniors & Military), $5 (Kids 6-12) and FREE for those five years of age and under. Pit admission for members is $25 and $35 for non-members.
 
Big Diamond Speedway is a three-eighths-mile clay oval racing facility located just two miles outside of Minersville, Pa. For further information on the speedway, call 570.544.5114, e-mail bigdiamondpr@aol.com or visit www.bigdiamondspeedway.net. The speedway mailing address is 50 Big Diamond Road P.O. Box 524 Minersville, PA 17954.

JUNE 3, 2011 RACE SUMMARY
 
The Station House 358-Modified Feature (25 laps): RYAN GODOWN, Jeff Strunk, Rick Laubach, Keith Hoffman, Meme DeSantis, Billy Pauch Jr., Ray Swinehart, Glenn Strunk, Andy Burkhart, Colt Harris, Gary Hager, Gary Wagner, Neil Huber, Michael Weinert, Doug Manmiller, Dan Mazy, Nathan Klinger, Chris Esposito, Matt James, Kevin Albert Jr., Mike Gular, Craig Von Dohren, Ron Haring Jr., A.J. DeSantis, Mark Behm.
 
Did Not Start: John Willman, Kenny Gilmore, Dale Hartz.
 
U.S.S. Achey Sportsman Feature Finish (20 laps): PAUL KLINE, Brad Brightbill, Frank Yankowski, Mike Mammana, Andy Fayash Jr., Kevin Beach Jr., Mike Lisowski, Kenny Eckert Jr., Stephen Hughes, Jared Umbenhauer, Billy Moyer Jr., Corey Renninger, Wayne Witmer, Kaitie McCardle, Nick DeSantis, Doug Hendricks, Ray Woodall, Daryl Dissinger, Craig Whitmoyer, Tim Fitzpatrick,
Charles Weber, Jeremy Hertzog, Warren Floyd Jr.
 
Wooden Keg Tavern Roadrunner Feature Finish (20 laps): KEVIN OLENICK, Jeremy Becker, Ryan Olenick, Marc Berzowski, Ed Kuperavage, Christian Donati, Jim Kost, T.J. Fitzpatrick, Shon Elk, Elvin Brennan III, Jon Schlauch, Jared Siegfried, Kody Sites, Kirby Schlappich.



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