|Date: 7/4/2015 12:29:42 PM|
Bill Pauch Jr wins the Georgie Stevenson Memorial, Holland, Mammana and Hitzler earn victories Friday Evening at Big Diamond Speedway
Minersville, PA July 3, 2015
The fans packed the Big Diamond Speedway Friday evening to cheer on the Lias Tire 358 Modifieds, USS Achey Sportsman, Savage 61 Roadrunners and the Xcel 600 Modifieds during the Georgie Stevenson Memorial evening, which was sponsored by B & H Landscaping. The race and nights activities honored both the memory and contributions of George Stevenson, who dedicate much of his time raising funds for sick and dying children in memory of his own son, Georgie, who had passed away. George spent nearly 30 years of his life raising money to help others in need and was known on the East coast for his work for George’s kids. George lost his own battle to illness this past April, but his tradition of helping others continued Friday evening as many drivers participated in a helmet drive that benefited a charity of the family’s choice in honor of George and Georgie Stevenson. George would have been proud of the turn out Friday evening to honor both his hard work and dedication to helping others and the memory of his son. Everyone is thanked for their support of this event and for their help in ensuring that the tradition that George started will continue even though he is gone, as his acts of kindness touched so many people through out the years.
There were 33 cars vying for one of the 26 starting spots that were available for the Lias Tire 358 Modifieds main event that was paying $4000 to win and $300 to take the green. Colt Harris would be the early race leader, but by lap 3 it was Meme DeSantis showing the way. The caution would come out on lap 7 when Andy Burkhart spun in turn 4 and that would set up a restart that put DeSantis against Billy Pauch Jr on the front row. Pauch would jump out in the top spot and once here was there, he held off the challenges of Craig VonDohren to maintain the top spot. As Pauch began to work his way through the tail end of the field; putting a few cars down a lap, he was able to stretch out his lead over VonDohren. Lap 30 saw the caution flag come out and during that period, 3rd place driver of Meme DeSantis had to pull off the track with mechanical issues, sidelining him for the remainder of the event. On the restart Pauch and VonDohren would line up nose to tail, VonDohren hoping for the right opportunity to overcome Pauch’s dominance, but it was not to be and VonhDohren would finish in the runner up spot, followed by Jeff Strunk, Jared Umbenhauer and Ryan Watt. The GME Hard Charger Award was earned by Jeff Strunk for starting 16th and finishing 3rd for a gain of 13 positions. The heats were won by Colt Harris, Justin Grim and Craig VonDohren. The consolation event was won by Bobby Gunther Walsh. The three heat race winners would compete against each other in the Mark’s Service Center Cash for Dash, and it would be Craig Vondohren who would be victorious in that event.
The Savage 61 Roadrunners would be brought to the green flag by Elvin Brennan and Kris Ney. Brennan would jump out in the lead and attempted to keep at bay Chris Holland and Andy Fayash III. Fayash has won 2 features back to back in recent weeks and was looking to score his third win, but Chris Holland was also determined to take home the top spot. The two drivers battled with each other as they also challenged Brennan while he was leading. Lap 14 saw a complete change in the running order as Brennan spun out going into turn 2, but Holland and Fayash were able to maneuver around Brennan and retain their positions in front of the field. The two racers would swap the top spot back and forth in the finals laps, but it would be Chris Holland coming home with the win followed by Fayash, Tim Fitzpatrick, Elvin Brennan and Jesse Krasnitsky. The heat races were won by Shon Elk and Chris Holland. The Red White and Blue Autos Hard Luck award was awarded to Brian Buchinsky.
The USS Achey Sportsman were brought to the green by Chad Putalavage and Mike Mammana, but before completing the first lap, Putalavage would have some issues and the yellow would come out. This would put Mammana on the front row along with Charles Webber for the restart and Mammana would take over the top spot. Tim Fitzpatrick would apply the pressure, but Mammana would not falter and earn the $1000 payday that was sponsored by B & H Landscaping. Fitzpatrick would finish in the runner up spot, followed by Doug Hendricks, Mike Lisowski and Kris Lilick. The heats were won by Doug Hendricks, Charles Fayash and Mike Mammana. Ray Woodalph Jr. won the consolation event. The Kim’s Glass Hardluck award was awarded to Brett Kressley. The GME Hard Charger for that race goes to JR Fulper for a gain of 16 spots to finish in 7th place after starting 23rd.
The 600 Modifieds would complete the evenings venue of racing. They had a starting field of 31 cars that had Jonathan Josko and Nathan Brinker bring the field to the green flag. Drinker would be able to take the top spot and would lead the first five laps until Richie Hitzler was able to catch him and take the lead away from him. Hitzler was battling with Aaron Bowes, but the race was checkered at lap 12 after rain began to fall and make the racing surface too slippery for safe race conditions. Hitzler would go to Victory Lane and Aaron Bowes would finish in the runner up spot followed by Chris Eckert, Jonathan Pepe and Nathan Brinker.
The Lias Tire 358 Modified feature will be made up Friday, July 10 and the program that evening will include the Lias Tire 358 Modifieds, for their regular and make up feature, which will start on lap 4, with the running order they were in at the time of the cancelation due to rain, USS Achey Sportsman, Savage 61 Roadrunners, and Slifko Fabrication Street Stocks. General Admission for this event is $15, Senior Citizens are $12 and children 12 and under and active military with ID are admitted for free.
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.
Lias Tire 358 Modified Feature Results - 1.Billy Pauch Jr. 2. Craig VonDohren 3. Jeff Strunk 4. Jared Umbenhauer 5. Ryan Watt 6. Duane Howard 7. Justin Grim 8. Shawn Fitzpatrick 9. Ray Swinehart 10. John Willman 11. Dave Dissinger 12. Kevin Beach Jr. 13. Scott Albert 14. Bob Sarkiaian 15. Kyle Borror 16. Andy Burkhart 17. Eric Biehn 18. Meme DeSantis 19. Andrew Krause 20. Danny Bouc 21. Paul Moyer 22. Bobby Gunther Walsh 23. Colt Harris 24. Dale Hartz 25. Heath Metzger 26. Rick Laubach DNQ - Steve Young, Mario Dinatale, Mike Butler, Ron Haring, Heath Metzger, Kent Reinhart and Rusty Smith
Savage 61 Roadrunners Feature Results- 1. Chris Holland 2. Andy Fayash III 3. Tim Fitzpatrick 4. Elvin Brennan 5. Jesse Krasnitsky 6. Shon Elk 7. Terry Kramer Jr. 8. Jim Kost 9. Kris Ney 10. Bruce Ditzler 11. Chris Natale 12. Kermit Jacoby 13. Jeremy Becker 14. Brian Buchenski 15. Devin Trexler 16. Jon Schlauch
USS Achey Sportsman Feature Results - 1. Mike Mammana 2. Tim Fitzpatrick 3. Doug Hendricks 4. Mike Lisowski 5. Kris Lilick 6. Wayne Witmer 7. JR Fulper 8. Bobby Butler 9. Daryl Dissinger 10. Carl Bittenbender 11. Charles Fayash 12. Glenn Rowan 13. Chad Putalavage 14. Craig Whitmoyer 15. Matt Clay 16. Shawn Light 17. AJ Gerhart 18. Brett Kressley 19. Ray Woodall Jr. 20 Jim Houseworth 21. Brad Brightbill 22. Charles Webber 23. Rob Light 24. Brandon Whitmoyer DNQ - Ed Mirochko, Josh Hertzog, Justin Riegel
Xcel 600 Modifieds Feature Results - 1. Richie Hitzler 2. Aaron Bowes 3. Chris Eckert 4. Jonathan Pepe 5. Nathan Brinker 6. Josh Pepe 7. Jonathan Josko 8. Nick Mady 9. Tyler Reeser 10. Barry Breidegan 11. Josh Bewley 12. Dave Baldwin Sr. 13. Tim VanHorn Jr. 14. Dylan McCrone 15. Dakota Barlet 16. Barry Lee 17. Andrew Ace 18. Shawna Schibilia 19. Grant Schibilia 20. Luke Harper 21. Bryan Care 22. Dalton Minovich 23. Wyatt Harrar 2. Steve Sterner 25. Kyle Inglin 26. DJ Hunt 27. Kory Inglin 28. Billy Koch 29. Scott Washburn 30. Vincent Varano DNS - Abbey Price
LIAS TIRE 358 MODIFIED POINT STANDINGS AS OF 7/3/15
SAVAGE 61 ROADRUNNERS POINTS STANDINGS AS OF 7/3/15
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