|Date: 4/16/2009 2:25:30 PM|
Super DIRTcar Series Headed to Big Diamond Raceway
By DINO OBERTO ….. “Keeping Track”
Big Diamond Raceway (BDR) in Minersville is known for drawing great crowds and strong car counts on a weekly basis for a regular Friday night show. When the national touring big block modifieds of the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series invades the 3/8-mile oval on Sunday, April 26, much of the same and then some can be expected for this high profile event.
Two previous Super DIRTcar races drew a packed house which is the norm wherever the series competes. In 2003 and 2004 the tour came to the track under the direction of Bob Miller, a widely known promoter best identified for his Thunder on the Hill Series at Grandview Speedway. Those two shows, won by Alan Johnson and Brett Hearn respectively, were a huge success.
Originated in 1980, the Super DIRTcar Series is sanctioned by the World Racing Group and headquartered in Concord, NC. Along with the modifieds World Racing Group also oversees the World of Outlaws Sprint and Late Model Series, UMP modifieds and also handles the promotion of several New York state dirt tracks. Super DIRTcar is based in Syracuse, NY.
Since their last visit BDR has changed hands and is now run by co-promoters Buddy Biever, Barry Bashore and Dave Dissinger. That trio has made vast improvements in all facets of the grounds which those affiliated with the tour will find very appealing from five years ago.
“We’ve been there before when Bob Miller promoted the show for us prior to this. In this case I spent a lot of time with Chris Budihas (PR) and I’ve also known Buddy Biever for a long time. It was about a year ago and I was at the track and telling Chris how well they made it look and looking at the numbers they were getting, crowd and team wise, they were obviously doing something right,” said Cory Reed the Northeast Competition Director.
“We had discussed it about a year ago and it was just tabled with the thought of maybe someday we can do something. I felt that a working relationship with them was going to be good so we sort of opened the door for us to having a tour show.”
What really will be adding to the hype of this $6000 to win 75-lap feature is that it will be the first Super DIRTcar race of the season. Last month’s scheduled opener at Hagerstown Speedway was rained out which bumped BDR to the top of the list.
“Now with the Hagerstown rainout this will actually be the first race of the 2009 Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar point series. They’re making out because of the unfortunate circumstance of Hagerstown so that’s the good for them,” said Reed.
The tour competes mostly throughout New York with a few stops in Canada. For fans of big-block dirt modified racing this will be the only chance to see them in Pennsylvania with the exception of a late season show at Lernerville Speedway in western PA.
“Our goal is to bring key shows to key markets. A hotbed of modified racing deserves something like this. This will be the only time that we are south of the New York line this year other than Lernerville at the end of the year so that should also make this a pretty popular show. We always strive to go to facilities that are the upper echelon,” said Reed.
The $6000 BDR top prize will be a great payday as well. All World Racing Group touring races award very respectable payouts. The tour also has a rewarding payout at the end of the season for those drivers who will be chasing points as they crown an overall champion.
“We try to provide enough high dollar shows. We have a $20,000 to win race at Weedsport, New York, a $17,000 to win at Lebanon Valley and Syracuse of course is $50,000. So we try to mix our purses with some really high dollar shows and we’re trying hard to keep all those going and make them as strong as we can,” said Reed.
The Syracuse race is the marquee event each year. Held on the 1-mile state fairgrounds track in October, it’s a 200-lap feature that brings together the best of the best in dirt modified racing. The winner at BDR will have a guaranteed starting spot for Syracuse.
The race at BDR is set to begin at 5:15pm with time trials and heats set for 6:30pm. If need be a Monday rain date will be used.
Along with the stars of Super DIRTcar look for a strong contingent of local racers as well who will attempt to make the 30-car starting grid.
The World Racing Group’s World of Outlaw late models will make a return visit to BDR on June 24. Their debut last season was another in big hit in what continues to be a string of crowd pleasing races that continues to make the track flourish, even in during hard economic times.
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