Big Diamond Teaming With DIRTcar
MINERSVILLE, Pa. – For the first time in track history, Big Diamond Speedway will fly the DIRTcar banner over the facility for the 2014 racing season.
DIRTcar’s Director of Series & Sanctioning Joe Skotnicki, along with Jake Smulley, reached the agreement recently and details were released this week.
This marks yet another change since the Smulley’s took over prior to the 2013 season. The track will continue to offer one of the highest weekly 358 modified purses in the nation, paying $2,750 to win a regular 25 lap feature event and $225 to take the green.
Recently it was also announced that should the modified field have 33 cars 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.
It should be noted that even though Big Diamond Speedway has joined the DIRTcar fold, the 358 modifieds are the only one of the four regular divisions that will be DIRTcar sanctioned. Also, an important note to all 358 modified teams, Big Diamond and DIRTcar management have a reached an agreement that will see the current rules package in place at Big Diamond phased into DIRTcar rules over a period of time, with management from both sides having input in regard to these regulations.
DIRTcar 358 Modified Series rules will remain intact for the all Series events.
Next year will be the first time a DIRTcar division has run at Big Diamond since Duane Howard won a Super DIRTcar Series big-block modified race there in 2009. Brett Hearn in 2004 and Alan Johnson in 2003 also won Super DIRTcar races at Big Diamond.
The Super DIRTcar Series will make an appearance at Big Diamond next year on July 15 for a 75-lap event paying $6,000 to win.
Also new at Big Diamond Speedway in 2014 is the partnership between Big Diamond and Hoosier Mid Atlantic.
The three year Hoosier tire deal marks the first time in years that the American Racer BGP stamped tire will not be used at the track. This change was driven by the fact track management was informed a few weeks back that Grandview Speedway decided to end a partnership on the tire deal.
Since the BGP stamp was no longer an option, management decided to look at every option, and Hoosier Mid Atlantic came back with the most impressive offer for everyone involved. Hoosier Mid Atlantic and Big Diamond will give away over $36,000 in free tires over the next three years along with thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise to the fans.
More than $40,000 worth of product will be given back to the racers and our loyal fans. Hoosier Mid Atlantic has also signed on to be the title sponsor for the 358 Modifieds over the next three seasons.