MINERSVILLE, PA - Take one quick look at the 2014 Big Diamond Speedway schedule, and much like the race of the same name, you will see that there really is “Money in the Mountains”.
Second year track owners Jake and Jasmine Smulley have put together what is sure to be the most aggressive and rewarding schedule in the 40 plus years of the historic speedway. Highlights of the season include the following races:
Sunday 3-30-14 – SEASON OPENER! Just like every other season, opening day means extra money is on the line. The 358 Modifieds go 30 laps for $3,000 to win and $300 to take the green. The Sportsman cars go 20 Laps for $1,000 to win and the Roadrunners go 20 Laps for $300 to win.
Friday 4-4-14 – 2nd Annual MONEY IN THE MOUNTAINS! A huge success last season, the 40 lap Big Block/Small Block challenge race returns to the schedule paying $7,500 to win and $500 to take the green. The Late Models and Roadrunners are also on the card. This race carries a rain date of Sunday 4-6-14.
Friday 6-13-14 – 2nd Annual ANDY FAYASH MEMORIAL for Sportsman! This race, run in memory of one of the most popular competitors in the history of the Speedway, goes 30 laps for the Sportsman cars paying $3000 to win and $157 to take the green. DIRTcar 358 Modifieds and the XCEL 600 Modifieds are also on tap, but this night is truly for the Sportsman racers to shine.
Tuesday 6-24-14 – THE DIAMOND SHINES 40 WORLD OF OUTLAWS LATE MODEL SERIES! The first appearance of the World of Outlaw Late Models since June 24th, 2009 pays $8,000 to win and $600 to take the green. Roadrunners are also a part of this awesome evening of racing.
Friday 7-4-14 – 34TH GEORGIE STEVENSON MEMORIAL! Always a “must attend” event, the 34th running of this race run in memory of young Georgie Stevenson sees the 358 Modifieds going 34 laps for $3400 to win and $340 to take the green. Sportsman, Roadrunners, and XCEL 600 Modifieds also are part of the evenings festivities. This race carries a rain date of Friday, July 11th.
Tuesday 7-15-14 – BIG BLOCK BRAWL! The DIRTcar Big Blocks Modifieds make their return for the first time since 2009! The race will be 75 laps for $6,000 to win. Roadrunners and FIREWORKS round out the evening!
Friday 8-15-14 – 2nd Annual PRELUDE TO THE COALCRACKER! Run for the first time ever last season, this event sees the 358 Modifieds go 30 laps for an insane $4,000 to win and $400 to take the green. Late Models and Roadrunners join the Modifieds. This event has a rain date of Friday, August 22nd.
Friday 8-29-14 – The LATE MODEL COALCRACKER 40 paying $1,600 to win and $150 to take green (If over 26 cars) along with the SPORTSMAN COALCRACKER 40 paying $1,600 to win and $150 to take green (If over 26 cars). The Roadrunners also see action on this night, when our other divisions take center stage. Sure to be a great night of racing.
Sunday 8-31-14 – THE JACK RICH MEMORIAL COALCRACKER 72! The premier event at Big Diamond Speedway sees the 358 Modifeds going 72 Laps for $10,000 to win and $700 just to take the green. You read that correctly, $700 to take the green, the largest amount ever paid for last place in the history of the track. The Roadrunners also shine on this night, going 25 laps in their Coalcracker event. FIREWORKS! are also presented during the evenings events. This race carries a rain date of Monday, September 1st.
Other special dates include Friday April 25th, when the URC SPRINT CARS make their only appearance of the season joined by the DIRTcar 358 Modifieds and Roadrunners. On Friday, May 9th, the SUPER SPORTSMAN make their return for the first time in many years, with the DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, and Roadrunners also in action. Friday, June 6th sees the Roadrunner division competing in the fan favorite “Crazy 8″ races. Four eight lap feature events for the Roadrunners highlight the evening, along with the DIRTcar 358 Modifieds and Late Models. Friday August 8th sees the 2nd annual FANdemonium! event. This night offers FREE GRANDSTAND ADMISSION to everyone in attendance! DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, Roadrunners, and XCEL 600 Modifieds make up this unprecedented event.
Lastly, should the races listed above not be exciting enough, the racers have one more reason to attend Big Diamond Speedway on Friday evenings. Should the Modified field have 33 cars or more attempting to qualify for a regular 25 lap feature, the purse will be raised to $3,200 to win and $275 to take the green. There is exciting news for the other divisions too, as it was recently announced that should the field of cars for any of the other three classes reach 33 cars for a regular show, they too will get a boost in pay. The Late Models will get $1,200 to win and $150 to take the green, the Sportsman will get $1,000 to win and $125 to take the green, and the Roadrunners will get $400 to win and $40 to take the green. This is only in affect for their regular 20 lap feature events when cars counts are 33 cars or more. Otherwise, standard purse payouts will apply.
It’s all shaping up to be a season to remember for fans and competitors alike at Big Diamond Speedway.