FORESTVILLE, PA – Matt Stangle is making a name for himself in the sportsman modified ranks in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
The 17-year old who in his first full season of racing at Big Diamond Speedway in the U.S.S. Achey sportsman division scored his first career win at the the track on Friday night in the make-up feature and garnered a fifth-place finish in the regular feature as part of an exciting night of five features.
Other winners on Friday night included Mike Mammana who scored his second sportsman win of the year in the regularly schedule sportsman event while Brenden Birght won the ARDC midget feature. Jasen Geesaman scored the win in the No Sweat Service Group street stock feature and Mike Reichert won the Savage 61 roadrunner feature.
This coming Friday night, May 26, on the Slifko Service Center/Gone But Not Forgotten Memorial night, the much anticipated Money in the Mountains big block/small block modified combination event takes place with the 40-lap feature paying $6,000 to win. The event pays $400 to take the green and the winner earns a guaranteed starting spot in the June 6 Short Track Super Series event, a $500 value.
Also on the card will be the sportsman, roadrunners and street stocks.
The gates will open at 5:30 p.m. on Friday with racing starting at 8:15. Admission is $25 for adults, $23, for seniors and kids 12-and-under and active military with a valid ID are free.
Dave Dissinger appeared to be on his way back to victory lane in the make-up 20-lap sportsman feature from last week, but a broken steering box ended his night on lap 13 as he crashed into the frontstretch wall. He was OK. Dissinger had taken the lead on lap 3 of the race when he drove to the inside of early race leader Ken Eckert, Jr. in Turn 2.
Stangle, who started third, was running Dissinger down for several laps as the pair has put some distance between themselves and the the field.
Stangle would inherit the lead for the restart and would dominate the race over the remaining seven laps for his first career win at the track.
Doug Hendricks finished runner-up while Wayne Witmer, Shawn Light and Mammana rounded out the top five.
Sixth through 10th were Billy Moyer Jr., Cale Ross, Mike Burrows, Ken Eckert Jr., and Kevin Brady.
In the regularly scheduled 20-lap feature sportsman feature Mammana would take the lead from Kevin Brady on lap eight to go on to score his second win of the year.
Cale Ross would finish second with Daryl Dissinger, T.J. Lilly, and Stangle, rounding out the top five.
Sixth through 10th were Ray Woodall Sr., Gary Wagner Jr., T.J. Fitzpatrick, Glenn Rowan and Hendricks.
Heats for the 28 sportsman were won by Eckert Jr., Nathan Moore and Charles Fayash. Kenny Bock won the consolation feature.
In the 20-lap ARDC midget feature, Brenden Bright would pull away to a staightaway lead over the first six laps of the feature only to have the pace slowed for a spin on lap 7.
Following a caution on lap 12, Bright would then have his hands full with Trevor Kobylarz on the restart.
Kobylarz, who started eight, moved to the inside of Bright in Turn 3 on the restart and was along side of the leader as they raced off of Turn 4. The pair would battle side-by-side through turns 1 and 2 before Bright pulled away down the backstretch to go on and score the win.
Kobylarz held on for second with Bret Arndt in third. Alex Bright and Ryan Greth, rounded out the top five.
Sixth through 10th were Jay Hartman, Shawn Jackson, Josh Heckman, Eric Heydenreich, and Jason Rice.
Twin qualifying heats were won by Adam Piersen and Greth.
Kody Sites’ three-race roadrunner winning streak ended on Friday night as Mike Reichert led all 20 laps for his first win of the season.
Sites ran as high as third on several occasions in the feature but fell back and finished fifth.
Devin Trexler would finish runner-up with Terry Kramer, third and Chris Holland, fourth.
Sixth through 10th were Shon Elk, Nate Hill, Jeremy Rock, Jim Kost, and Jon Schlauch. Heats for the roadrunners were won by Luke Arbogast and Reichert.
Jeff Hagg was well in control of the 20-lap street stock feature until mechanical issues dropped him out of the race on lap 13.
Jasen Geesaman would inherit the lead from that point and held off Eric Tripp over the final seven laps to score the win.
Tripp finished second with Elvin Brennan III, Mike Radocha, and Joey Brennan rounding out the top five.
Sixth through 10th were Kevin Heckman, Chris Derr, Haag, Jesse Krasnitsky, and Tyler Stump.
Heats for the street stocks were won by Haag and Kevin Heckman.
In the Blast From The Past Vintage Stock Car feature,
For racers, here is the technical information for the Money In The Mountains Race:
PA/NJ/ Spec Head Small-Block On Gas (Grandview, NES, Big Diamond sealed ONLY): 2,275 lbs.
PA/NJ/ Spec Head Small-Block On Methanol (Grandview, NES, Big Diamond sealed ONLY): 2,350 lbs.
Open Small-Block (Max. 363 c.i.): 2,400 lbs.
Big-Block (Max. 477 c.i.): 2,500 lbs.
Delaware Big-Block (Over 477 c.i.): 2,600 lbs.
*Track scale is official.
*No aluminum block engines.
*No sail panels.
*40 laps, $6,000 to win, $400 green.
*Draw for position.
*24 cars to start the feature
*Feature winner will also receive a guaranteed starting spot for the STSS event on June 6.
*25 point show up bonus for all cars signed in.
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Big Diamond Speedway
Friday, May 19, 2017
U.S.S. Achey sportsman feature (regular, 20 laps): 1. Mike Mammana, 2. Cale Ross, 3. Daryl Dissinger, 4. T.J. Lilly, 5. Matt Stangle, 6. Ray Woodall Sr., 7. Gary Wagner Jr., 8. T.J. Fitzpatrick, 9. Glenn Rowan, 10. Doug Hendricks, 11. Wayne Witmer, 12. Shawn Light, 13. Kevin Brady, 14. Mike Burrows, 15. Ken Eckert Jr., 16. Dylan Smith, 17. Billy Moyer Jr., 18. Charles Fayash, 19. Kenny Bock, 20. Nathan Mohr, 21. Rob Light, 22. Todd Huffman, 23. Tyler Reber, 24. Greg Cole. Heat winners: Eckert Jr., Moore, Fayash. Consolation Winner: Brock.
U.S.S. Achey sportsman feature (from 5/12, 20 laps): 1. Stangle, 2. Hendricks, 3. Wayne Witmer, 4. S. Light, 5. Mammana, 6. Moyer Jr., 7. Ross, 8. Burrows, 9. Eckert Jr., 10. Brady, 11. Moore, 12. Smith, 13. Fitzpatrick, 14. Reber, 15. R. Light, 16. Dave Dissinger, 17. Fayash, 18. Rowan, 19. Ray Woodall Jr., 20. Ed Mrochko, 21. Bock, 22. Daryl Dissinger, 23. Rob Riegel.
ARDC Midgets feature (20 laps): 1. Brenden Bright, 2. Trevor Kobylarz, 3. Bret Arndt, 4. Alex Bright, 5. Ryan Greth, 6. Jay Hartman, 7. Shawn Jackson, 8. Josh Heckman, 9. Eric Heydenreich, 10. Jason Rice, 11. Adam Piersen, 12. Andrew Layser, 13. Rohan Beasley, 14. Kenny Miller. Heat winnners: Piersen, Greth.
Savage 61 roadrunner feature (20 laps): 1. Mike Reichert, 2. Devin Trexler, 3. Terry Kramer, 4. Chris Holland, 5. Kody Sites, 6. Shon Elk, 7. Nate Hill, 8. Jeremy Rock, 9. Jim Kost, 10. Jon Schlauch, 11. Kyle Wingle, 12. Shawn Mulhall, DNS; 13. Luke Arbogast, DNS. Heat winners: Wingle, Reichert.
No Sweat Service Group street stock feature (20 laps): 1. Jasen Geesaman, 2. Eric Tripp, 3. Elvin Brennan III, 4. Mike Radocha, 5. Joey Brennan, 6. Kevin Heckman, 7. Chris Derr, 8. Jeff Haag, 9. Jesse Krasnitsky, 10. Tyler Stump, 11. Joey Hoffer, 12. Butch Helsel, 13. Matt Adams, 14. Chris Heller, 15. Justin Rhoads, 16. Cory Phillips, DNS; 17. Dean Hine, DNS. Heat winners: Haag, Heckman.
Updated Big Diamond Schedule
Friday, May 26 Money in the Mountains (ppd from April 18)
Slifko Service Center Night/Gone But Not Forgotten Memorial.
Big Block/Small Block Challenge, 40 lap, $6,000 sportsman, roadrunners, street stocks
Friday, June 2
U.S.S. Achey Night
Mid-Atlantic Sprint Car Series, sportsman, roadrunners, street stocks, vintage cars and Enduro Dash (from 5/12)
Tuesday, June 6 Short Track Super Series (Rain date is 6-20).
Modified 50, $5,000 to win, sportsman, roadrunners
Friday, June 9
Savage 61 Night
Roadrunner Back Yard Brawl 25, $661 to win, 358 modifieds, sportsman, street stocks plus the 358 modified feature from May 12.