May 23rd, 2005

RoC Dirt South Region A Perfect Fit For PA Dual-Track Racers
By Brett Deyo

BINGHAMTON, NY – Attention PA Dual-Track regulars: the Race of Champions Dirt Tour’s South region is a perfect fit for you.

History indicates that regulars from Big Diamond (Pa.) Raceway and surrounding tracks excel in trips to the Twin Tiers region.

This year, a solid performance at the historic Five Mile Point Speedway in Kirkwood, N.Y., or Penn-Can Speedway in Susquehanna, Pa., could mean a hefty payday and a boost toward the lucrative RoC Dirt South region title.

The fight for the RoC Dirt Tour’s South region championship begins on Tues., June 7 at Big Diamond with the “School’s Out Special” 75-lap event, paying $4,000-to-win plus a $500 small-block bonus.

Other RoC Dirt South events are slated for Five Mile Point on July 13, Big Diamond on Aug. 9 and Penn-Can on Aug. 17.

As is typical in all RoC Dirt events, rule concessions will be made to ensure the balance between the big- and small-block Modifieds and the alcohol 9-to-1 cars.

“We want to see participation from the Pennsylvania Modifieds and our rules reflect that,” said RoC Dirt administrative director Andrew Harpell. “There is a wealth of talent in that area, some great weekly racers that would shine on the RoC Dirt Tour.

“The Pennsylvania drivers have already shown how well they can do at Penn-Can and Five Mile Point.”

In last year’s “King of the Can” special at Penn-Can, it was Big Diamond’s own Doug Hoffman racing to the win in Dennis “Moose” Eisenhard’s No. 77. He passed Brian Weaver’s big-block to take the win. Bethel, Pa.’s Jeff Strunk finished third and Keith Hoffman posted a ninth-place finish.

Meme DeSantis finished a solid second in the ’04 running of the Southern Tier Open at Five Mile Point, just a narrow margin behind former track champion Mitch Gibbs. Ray Swinehart was a top-six car in the 40-lap contest before a spin on the final lap negated that effort.

Kyle Weiss also achieved success at FMP in 2004, as the Hamburg, Pa., pilot topped the Sportsman portion of the National Quarter Mile Dirt Track Championship Weekend.

Weiss will be among those drivers entering RoC Dirt Sportsman Tour events this season. The first is scheduled for Mon., May 30 at Penn-Can Speedway. Big Diamond will host the second race of the RoC Dirt Sportsman season on Tues., June 28 during the Cindy Rowe Auto Glass Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek.

Entry forms for both the RoC Modified and Sportsman visits to Big Diamond are available at Full rules for both events will be posted shortly. More information on RoC Dirt can be obtained by contacting the office at (607) 238-0432.