For the third straight season, Big Diamond Raceway presents the Diamond Nationals. This event traditionally takes place during the final weekend of September and includes several divisions of dirt track auto racing. The total purse is expected to exceed more than $60,000 during the course of the two-day program, sponsored this season by Landis C. Deck in Bernville.The Nationals commence on Sept. 27. The mighty and powerful Big Block Modifieds make their second BDR appearance of the season in a 50-lap main event, which pays $5,000 to win. The second place finisher will receive $3,000, while third place payout is $2,000. A driver is guaranteed $250 just to start the extra distance 50-lapper.
Keith Hoffman, of Whitehall, has been the front force in past Diamond National Big Block events. Hoffman won the '06 and '07 features. BDR has a limited history of Big Block racing, thus, no driver has ever won three career big block features to this date.
The Coalcracker 50 for Sportsman, which was originally rained-out during Labor Day Weekend, is rescheduled for Sept. 27. Cars from several different speedways will combat against a talented field of BDR regulars. The 50-lap main event pays $5,000 to win.
The Wingless ARDC Midgets are competing on Sept. 27. It is the third '08 appearance of the American Racing Drivers Club, which has been in existence since 1939. Randy Monroe Jr. of Hampton VA unseated a quality field of 33 cars in ARDC's first '08 Diamond appearance, June 5. In the second event, Aug. 1, Ryan Smith of Kunkletown earned his first career ARDC victory over a field of 34 combatants.
The Diamond Nationals second day of competition will include the speedway's primary three divisions, with a bit of a twist. The 358 Small Block Modifieds will compete in a Hagerstown (MD) style open competition feature, which pays $5,000 to win. The second place finisher receives $3,000, followed by a third place check of $2,000. Once again, a driver is guaranteed $250 to start the AMain.
Duane Howard, of Oley, emerged victorious in last year's Diamond Nationals Open Competition 358 Modified race. Howard has been on a roll this season capturing huge victories in several larger money races: March 29 Big Block Modifieds ($3,000), July 4 Georgie Stevenson Memorial ($3,000), and Aug. 31 Coalcracker 100 ($10,000).
The top 25 Sportsman feature finishers from Sept. 27 will return for a 40-lap main event on Sunday. This race is based from the Coalcracker rules with the exception of tires, and pays $1,200 to the event winner. Thus, if a driver can win both Sportsman main events he will earn $3,200.
The Roadrunners are competing in an open competition event, allowing headers and 4 barrel carbs. The 25-lap feature pays $750 to win, $300 for second, and $200 for third. The rules will be available on the internet after confirmation from tech.
Registration is required, which helps to make this a positive event for fans and drivers alike. It is necessary to receive an idea of those planning to attend, for parking and event scheduling reasons.
For Big Block Modified, Small Block Modified, and Roadrunners, pre-registration (if received by Sept. 22) is $25. Race Day registration is $50. Admission to the stands each day is $20, and $30 for the pit area.
For complete updates and information, remember to visit the track's official Web site located at www.bigdiamondraceway.com