Story By: KEN BRUCE / BIG DIAMOND SPEEDWAY – MINERSVILLE, PA – Insigner Performance and Sunoco Race Fuels, the leading provider of racing fuel in the Northeast have once again stepped up to the plate in their support of our local dirt modified racing.
Insigner Performance has teamed up with Big Diamond Speedway and New Egypt Speedway to announce a $5,000 bonus to any driver who can win both the Big Diamond and New Egypt Speedway track titles in 2018.
The bonus being offered by Insigner Performance and Sunoco Race Fuels will provide a great incentive for a driver to run both Big Diamond Speedway on Fridays and New Egypt Speedway on Saturdays to vie for the $5,000 bonus. If a single driver was able to pull off winning the titles at both tracks, him and his team could take in total winnings in excess of $20,000.
In an era where it is uncommon to see tracks working together for the good of the sport this is a welcome start and hopefully a good sign of things to come in the future.
Big Diamond Speedway promoter Jake Smulley is excited for the 2018 season to get started and is happy to work together with Insigner Performance and Sunoco Race Fuels along with New Egypt Speedway to provide an extra incentive to the drivers to run both tracks.
“I talk to Joey (New Egypt track manager Joey Liquori) pretty often and we get along well.” Mentioned Smulley, “I told him last week that I was going to try to secure a sponsor to pay a bonus if a Modified driver can win both the Big Diamond Speedway and New Egypt Speedway points title and he was all for it. The potential to win up to $20,000 is a great incentive to run both tracks. We are already both under contract with Sunoco Race Fuels and I allow any track stamped American Racer tire to compete at Big Diamond on a weekly basis. It just made sense to try to do something between the two tracks and see how it goes.”
New Egypt Speedway track manager Joey Liquori is equally excited to be able to work together with one of his fellow track operators to give a little bit back to the drivers and teams that make this all possible.
“That’s a lot of money for somebody to race weekly.” In talking to Liquori. “The biggest thing is that the tracks are working together. Everybody wants race tracks to work together and now that some of us are hopefully some of the others will work together too. I think some of the racers will take advantage of it, so we’ll see what happens.”
Both Big Diamond Speedway and New Egypt Speedway have a tremendous schedule planned for 2018 with a multitude of special events that are sure to wet the appetite of both the competitors and the fans alike.
The 2018 season at Big Diamond Speedway is scheduled to get underway on Friday April 6th with a 30 lap $4000 to win show for the Modifieds followed up by the annual “Money in the Mountains” big block/small block challenge the following Friday April 13th with a first-place prize of $6000 to the winner. Some of the other highlights of the 2018 season schedule at Big Diamond is the first ever Modified Topless 35 feature on Friday May 4th paying a cool $4000 to win. The USAC Wingless Sprints will be in town for two shows in 2018 (5/18 & 7/20) as will the URC Sprints (5/25 & 6/22). The big paying modified shows continue in June when the STSS will present the fourth running of the Anthracite Assault which will be a combined North/South Series race sure to bring all the stars to God’s country on Tuesday June 5th. The George Stevenson Memorial race returns in 2018 but this year the format for the race will the fan popular “Twin 20’s.” The “Prelude to the Coalcracker” 35 lap event paying $4000 will be the run again Friday August 17th in 2018 to get everyone ready for the tracks signature race on Sunday September 2nd, the $10,000 to win Jack Rich Coalcracker 72. Not be to be outdone, the tracks Sportsman teams will for the first time ever run a Summer Classic race sponsored by Leindecker Race Engines paying an unheard of $5,000 to the winner of the 40-lap race. The Sportsman modifieds will also be a part of the Coalcracker weekend on Friday August 31st when they will run a 40-lap feature event with $1800 going to the winner. You can check out all of what’s happening at Big Diamond Speedway by going to their new website www.bigdspeedway.net
Down in the pine regions of New Jersey, the New Egypt Speedway has quite an impressive schedule in place for the 2018 season as well. The track which for years had been a spec 358 only track for its modified division has opened up the motor rules for 2018 so any combination motor will be legal for competition this season. The 2018 season will get underway on Saturday March 24th when the track presents it’s March Meltdown 50 lap event paying $5,000 to win. The regular season will kick-off on Saturday April 7th with a 40-lap double points event for the Modifieds. Some of the other highlight shows for the speedway are the Twin 20’s night on Saturday April 28th. The track will present the “Garden State Gunfight 2” on Wednesday June 20th for the Modifieds paying $6000 to win the 60-lap feature race. Saturday night July 7th will be the Firecracker 40 followed by the “Jersey Rush VIII” on Tuesday July 24th. The fan popular Twin 20’s return on Saturday September 1st and on September 22nd it will be the second annual “Legends of the Fall 75” a 75-lap feature event paying a tidy sum of $7500 for the victory. The track will then conclude it’s 2018 season on Saturday October 20th when they present the six annual All-Star Cup Classic 60 lap $6000 to win race. For more information and to get the speedway’s complete schedule go to www.newegyptspeedway.net
It’s shaping up to be an exciting season at both Big Diamond Speedway and New Egypt Speedway in 2018 and with a little help from Mother Nature which everyone will agree owes us all a little cooperation it should be a banner season.