Brett Kressley Wins First-Ever Stevenson Memorial at Big Diamond

FORESTVILLE, PA. -- For once, Mother Nature gave race fans at Big Diamond Speedway a break.

An early-evening shower could not stop Big Diamond Speedway from celebrating the 37th running of the Stevenson Memorial on a night when the track remembered not only Georgie and his father George, but the loss of five of the speedway’s racing family members over the past few weeks.

Brett Kressley scored his first win of the season and his first-ever win in the Stevenson Memorial in the Steel & Metal Service Center 358 modified feature which earned him a $4,000 pay day for the 30-lap event.

In the 30-lap 358 modified feature, Kressley took the lead at the start at the race from his pole position as he and outside pole sitter Ray Swinehart jumped out to an early lead on the field.

On a lap 3 restart, Frank Porreca’s car got sideways resulting in an 11-car pile-up on the frontstretch which brought out a 15-minute red flag as the track crew did an excellent job in getting the race back underway in a short time. All drivers in the accident were OK.

When the race resumed, Kressley once again took off from the field while a four-car battle for the second was begging to shape up behind him which include two-time winner Craig VonDohren.

By lap 8, Kressley began to extend his lead over the field and five laps latter he was working lapped traffic.

VonDohren would track down runner-up Swinehart during those laps and then worked to his inside of Turn 4 by lap 15.

At this point, Kressley’s lead was more than a straightaway as VonDohren took over the second spot at the start of lap 16.

From there, VonDohren had clear track while Kressley worked lapped traffic, allowing VonDohren to cut the lead down to a straightaway by lap 22.

Kressley would see his big lead erased when the caution came out for Swinehart on lap 26 who lost his right front wheel in Turn 2.

Kressley was able to maintain the lead on the restart as Ryan Godown drove under VonDohren for second in the apex of Turns 1 and 2 before VonDohren raced back under Godown for second on the backstretch.

Kressley would go on to score the win and became the fifth different winner of the season by .540 seconds over VonDohren with Godown settling for third.

Jeff Strunk came from 18th to finish fourth while 15th-place starter Duane Howard finished fifth.

“The track was real nice and fast tonight and luckily we had a pretty good starting position,” Kressley said. “The restarts are not always my best thing and I’m learning as we go race-by-race. I saw Ryan (Godown) and Craig (VonDohren) right behind me so I knew that I couldn’t make a mistake.”

Sixth through 10th were Rick Laubach, John Willman, Mike Lisowski, Shawn Fitzpatrick and Kevin Beach Jr.

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