FORESTVILLE, PA – They say that the third time is the charm.
Hopefully that is the case for the 5th annual and twice weather-postponed Money in the Mountains big block/small block challenge on Friday night at Big Diamond Speedway.
It will be Slifko Service Center/Gone But Not Forgotten Memorial night at the track this Friday as the racing card will also see the U.S.S. Achey sportsman, Savage 61 roadrunners and the No Sweat Service Group street stocks in action.
The gates will open at 5:30 p.m. 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.
The 40-lap feature for the big block/small block MITM pays $6,000 to win and $400 to take the green. The winner earns a guaranteed starting spot in the Short Track Super Series event at the track, a $500 value, on June 6.
Rick Laubach is the defending winner of the race.
The MITM event is the one of many big-paying events for the modifieds. The other races are the June 6, STSS (50 laps, $5,000); Friday, July 7, George/Georgie Stevenson Memorial (30 laps, $4,000); Friday, Aug. 25, Prelude to The Coalcracker (40 laps, $4,600) and the Coalcracker 72, Sunday, Sept. 3 (72 laps, $10,000).
Jeff Strunk, who won the season-opening 358 modified feature, won the first-ever MITM race in 2013. Other past winners of the event include Ryan Watt (2015) and Ryan Godown (2014).
The modified field continues to have healthy car counts as the Steel & Metal Service Centers 358s are averaging more than 30 cars per night while the sportsman count has been in the very high 20s.
On opening night there was a combined 62 modifieds in the pits (34 358s, 28 sportsman) of the more than 90 cars that signed in.
The race will wrap up the month of May at the speedway and June is shaping up to be a great month with six nights of racing on tap.
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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.
Updated Big Diamond Schedule
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 358 modified feature from May 12
Tuesday, June 13
Short Track Super Series
Modified 50, $5,000 to win, Sportsman, Roadrunners. Rain date is 6-20
Friday, June 16
Sportsman, Roadrunners, Street Stocks, Vintage Cars. Kim’s Kreations Mechanics Race
Friday, June 23
Modifieds, URC Sprint Cars (with wings), Roadrunners, Enduro Dash 50
Friday, June 30
Jasen’s Automotive Night.
Street Stock Summer Shootout 30, $1,081 to win.
Modifieds, Sportsman, Roadrunners. Rain date 7-28