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Big Diamond Speedway – July 22, 2011

Craig Von Dohren Brings Big Diamond Win Total To No. 73 (The Station House 358-Modified); Steve Drevicki (ARDC Midget), Doug Hendricks (U.S.S. Achey Sportsman) and Elvin Brennan III (Wooden Keg Tavern Roadrunner) Triumph On B’s Automotive Night

(Track Press Release) MINERSVILLE, PA – The wins keep on coming for Craig Von Dohren.

The Boyertown, Pa., driver racked up his fourth The Station House 358-Modified victory of the season and 73rd of his career on B’s Automotive Sales & Service Night Friday at Big Diamond Speedway. Von Dohren won in dominant fashion from 13th starting spot at the Schuylkill County oval.

July 22, 2011 Video Highlights

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358 Modified Feature Highlights

ARDC Midget Feature Highlights

Sportsman Feature Highlights

Roadrunner Feature Highlights

Young Steve Drevicki topped the 25-lap event for the touring ARDC Midgets, while Doug Hendricks earned his first of 2011 in U.S.S. Achey Sportsman competition and defending champion Elvin Brennan III posted his second straight win in the Wooden Keg Tavern Roadrunners.

Racing resumes at Big Diamond on Tuesday (July 26) with the BD Motorsports Media ‘Anthracite Assault’ 60-lap event for the Race of Champions Dirt Modified Tour paying $5,000 to win and $300 to take the green flag plus RoC Sportsman and XCel Modifieds. Race time is 7:30 p.m. Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. with grandstand gates open at 5 p.m.

Next Friday (July 29), Minersville NAPA Auto Parts sponsors a 25-lap, $1,000-to-win Coalcracker Sportsman Qualifier plus 358-Modifieds and Roadrunners at 8:15 p.m.

Von Dohren, the only 358-Modified driver to win more than once this season, started inside the seventh row with his self-owned No. 1c in the 25-lap small-block Modified main. Young Lehigh Valley driver Ron Haring Jr., who won his first-ever heat race early in the night, led the opening eight laps of the main from the pole in his No. 85.

Dan Hineline briefly burst into the lead on a restart, but the Lake Ariel, Pa., driver’s time out front was short-lived. Von Dohren, who completed a quick ascent through traffic, put his Wide Open Technologies-powered Teo-Pro car out front on the 10th lap following a multi-car tangle in turn one that sent Haring to the pits.

Meme DeSantis and Billy Pauch Jr. followed into second and third, respectively, on lap 11. Neither could chase down Von Dohren, who rocketed to the $2,000 victory by nearly a straightaway.

“This car is on here right now,” Von Dohren, 47, said following the win. “This is No. 4 here this year and it could have been No. 5 if we hadn’t broke last week.”

DeSantis, of Temple, Pa., placed a solid second in the Harvey Bitler-owned No. 88D, with Frenchtown, N.J.’s Pauch Jr. in third. DeSantis and Pauch Jr. started seventh and 10th, respectively. 2010 358-Modified champion Doug Manmiller of Shoemakersville, Pa., driving the second Harvey Bitler car for the first time this season, charged from 18th to finish fourth and 16-year-old Michael Weinert of Tamaqua, Pa., was fifth. Point leader Jeff Strunk was collected in a lap-10 pileup but recovered for sixth in Norm Hansell’s No. 357.

358-Modified heat winners were Haring, Weinert and Rick Laubach. The Shiley Fabrication Fast Lap went to Von Dohren at 17.074 seconds.

Reading, Pa.’s Drevicki won the for the second time this season in the 25-lap ARDC Midget headliner. Drevicki, a Penn Can (Pa.) Speedway victor on Memorial Day weekend, started seventh and took command just two laps from the finish when leader Tim Buckwalter of Douglassville, Pa., dropped off the pace. Brett Arndt of Topton, Pa., led the opening 16 laps before retiring his Essay Racing No. 46 to the pit area.

Drevicki went on to win over 15th-starter Ryan Smith of Kunkletown, Pa., from 15th starting spot. Noted Modified driver Ryan Watt (Boyertown, Pa.) wheeled the Donnie Hoffman No. 17 from 25th to place third riding the outside lane in the race’s second half. Buckwalter was fourth and Drew Heistand of York, Pa., finished fifth (from 10th).

ARDC heat winners were Mark Gilmore, Arndt and Buckwalter.

Orwigsburg, Pa., driver Hendricks topped the 20-lap Sportsman feature, the first victory of the season for the speedway’s all-time leading Roadrunner winner. Hendricks started third and trailed Mike Lisowski (Minersville, Pa.) for the race’s opening seven laps before powering to the outside on the eighth circuit for the lead. Hendricks survived a close call with a spinning car on the 19th lap to post his fourth career Sportsman victory at Big D.

Lisowski was a season-high second, followed by 12th-starter Jared Umbenhauer of Richland, Pa., Billy Moyer Jr. (Pine Grove, Pa.) and two-time ’11 victor Ray Woodall Jr. of Easton, Pa., from 15th.

Heat winners for the Sportsman were Lisowski, Craig Whitmoyer and Tim Fitzpatrick. Hendricks earned the Shiley Fabrications Fast Lap Award at 18.191 seconds.

Last year’s Roadrunner champion Brennan waited until July 15 to visit Victory Lane. After Friday night’s 20-lapper, the Forestville, Pa., driver owns two consecutive victories. Brennan drove from eighth starting position to take the lead on a ninth-lap restart. He led the remainder of the distance for Big D career victory No. 15.

Jeremy Becker of Pottsville, Pa., was second, followed by Ed Kuperavage (Port Carbon, Pa.), up from 12th, and the Forestville, Pa.-based brothers Olenick: point leader Ryan and Kevin.

T.J. Fitzpatrick won the Roadrunner heat.


The Station House 358-Modified Feature Finish (25 laps): CRAIG VON DOHREN, Meme DeSantis, Billy Pauch Jr., Doug Manmiller, Michael Weinert, Jeff Strunk, Rick Laubach, Keith Hoffman, Kevin Albert Jr., Dan Hineline, Sammy Piazza, Glenn Strunk, Andy Burkhart, Dale Hartz, Colt Harris, John Willman, Danny Nicholas, Chris Esposito, Matt James, Justin Grim, Ron Haring Jr., Nathan Klinger, Scott Miller, Mike Gular.

ARDC Midget Feature Finish (25 laps): STEVE DREVICKI, Ryan Smith, Ryan Watt, Tim Buckwalter, Drew Heistand, Steve Bull, Dusty Heistand, Trevor Kobylarz, Alex Bright, Keith McIntyre, Shane Penny, Mark Gilmore, Brenden Bright, Steve Craig, Shawn Jackson, Billy Pauch Jr., Brett Arndt, Carey Becker, Chris Zrinski, Andrew Hannula, P.J. Gargiulo, Nick Wean, Bruce Buckwalter Jr., Justin Grosz, Mike Miller, Parker Evans, Dave Shirk.

U.S.S. Achey Sportsman Feature Finish: DOUG HENDRICKS, Mike Lisowski, Jared Umbenhauer, Billy Moyer Jr., Ray Woodall Jr., Kaitie McCardle, Brad Brightbill, Frank Yankowski, Tim Fitzpatrick, Kevin Beach Jr., Daryl Dissinger, Harry Landis, Corey Renninger, Wayne Witmer, Craig Whitmoyer, Mike Mammana, Nick DeSantis, Christopher Hertzog, Steve Searock IV, Charles Webber. Jeremy Hertzog, Kyle Gardner.

Did Not Start: Joshua Hertzog, Shawn Fitzpatrick, Stephen Hughes.

Wooden Keg Tavern Roadrunner Feature Finish (20 laps): ELVIN BRENNAN III, Jeremy Becker, Ed Kuperavage, Ryan Olenick, Kevin Olenick, Marc Berzowski, T.J. Fitzpatrick, Jim Kost, Jared Seigfried, Robby Vidal, Shon Elk, Joe Kavanaugh, Jon Schlauch.

Did Not Start: Glenn Rowan, Joey Brennan.