Von Dohren Nears 100, Diamond Notes – DTD Exclusive

By KEN BRUCE

Although the illustrious career of Craig Von Dohren is starting to wind down, the Oley, Pa.,  driver shows no signs of that career ending anytime soon. Von Dohren, author of 341 total wins in his career, is on the verge of another milestone. Last Friday night, Von Dohren drove the Dave Dissinger No. 88x to his 99th career victory at Big Diamond Speedway. Von Dohren’s Big Diamond stats show him with 96 small-block wins to go along with one big-block win and two Sportsman wins. This Friday night will find the veteran driver going for win number 100 to add to his lofty totals.

The Modified filed at Big Diamond Speedway is among the toughest around as witnessed by Von Dohren and Mike Gular starting in the fifth and second starting spots due to their lack of success so far in 2021. Gular got the early jump on the field as Von Dohren steadily worked his way forward. Von Dohren worked his way past Mike Lisowski for second around the halfway mark and then proceeded to apply pressure to Gular for the lead. 

Gular was committed to the bottom as Von Dohren tried to make the top work. Von Dohren was making progress, but Gular had the forward bite coming off the turns to maintain the top spot. Gular moved up to try and impede Von Dohren’s advances but found the top was not to his cars liking and moved back down. Finally, Von Dohren was able to get a good run around the top going through turns one and two and finally take command of the race on lap 18. Gular continued to work the inside to get the lead back, but to no avail, as Von Dohren held him off to take his 99th career win at the speedway. 

“It was good to have a good run here finally,” mentioned Von Dohren after the race. “We’ve struggled all year here. I don’t know why, we just did. We were finally able to get it going here tonight. I found the top there, don’t know how I found it, but it was there.




“I felt good there running with Mike, he would pull away in spots and then I would gain a little bit. I wasn’t sure if I could get by him or not. I think he heard me there and he moved up a little bit thinking he could run the same line, but I guess he couldn’t get it to stick there, and I was finally able to get a good run on him and get around him. I am glad for the team.  Big Dave (Dissinger) gives us a good car for here. I know it helps to start fifth, but it wasn’t an easy fifth, that’s for sure.”

Big Diamond Gems:

Friday night saw 29 Modifieds in the pits at Big Diamond with Mike Gular, Danny Bouc and Shawn Fitzpatrick winning the heats. The consi was won by Brett Kressley…

As mentioned before, this was Craig Von Dohren’s 99th career win at Big Diamond. Some numbers from those wins include two Sportsman wins in the Von Dohren #1C. Von Dohren has won for nine different owners in small-block Modified competition at Big Diamond – Von Dohren #1C/#85am (21 wins), Hyneman #126 (7 wins), Schuman #5s (5 wins), Faust #1C (3 wins), BRB #114 (19 wins), Devine #70D (9 wins), Harvey #1C (13 wins), Searock #26 (1 win) & Dissinger No. 88X (17 wins). Craig has one big-block Modified win aboard the Dick Biever No. 14S…

2020 Insigner Performance Modified champion Mike Gular finally got his season going with a strong second-place finish…

 Mike Lisowski, in the family-owned No. 15L, earned his best finish of the season by finishing third…

Alex Yankowski, who was second in points going into Friday night, had a tough night. Yankowski was involved in wreck during his heat race forcing the No. 84Y to exit the speedway on the back of a tow truck. Yankowski qualified through the consi but could only manage a 12th-place finish at the end of the 25-lap feature…

After a great start to the season with two top five finishes, the wheels have come off the No. 29K of Ryan Krachun as the team seems to have run into some issues. Krachun no doubt will bounce back in the coming weeks…

Jeff Strunk has run into some troubles since he visited victory lane back on Friday night May 21st. Strunk has had two DNF’s in the two races after his win of which neither was of his doing…

Don’t look now, but Strunk’s Zubi’s Racing teammate Dillon Steuer has quietly been moving up the ladder in the chase for the 2021 title. Steuer finished a strong fifth on Friday moving the young driver up to fifth in points…

Leading Open Sportsman driver Brandon Edgar decided to bolt a Crate 602 under the hood of the No. 57 last week to go for the extra money being offered courtesy of Savage 61. Edgar’s move proved to be a good one as he dominated the Crate 602 feature to take home the $1,061 first-place prize…

Duane Howard continues to be a model of consistency this season aboard the Butch Getz No. 15G. Howard finished fourth last Friday night to maintain his points lead in the chase for the Insigner Performance Modified championship. Top five in points are Howard (863, Billy Pauch Jr (756), Alex Yankowski (754), Timmy Buckwalter (743) & Dillon Steuer (721)…

Next up for Big Diamond Speedway is this Friday June 25th when the URC Sprints return for the second time this season. The Modifieds, Open Sportsman and Roadrunners will fill out the racing card…

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