Buckwalter has been the winner of both twenty-five lap ARDC main events. During the June race, Buckwalter raced with Billy Pauch, Jr. and Tim Buckwalter before taking the win. In July action, it was current ARDC point leader, Steven Drevicki who held the race lead when Buckwalter challenged.
Williams Grove & Lincoln Speedways Celebrate ARDC’s 75th
It was all about history.
It was all about the present.
It was all about the future as the American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) celebrated their 75th Anniversary with the help of the Williams Grove & Lincoln Speedways and the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing at the Latimore Valley Fairgrounds this weekend.
When the last checkered flag waved, it proved to be a weekend about Alex Bright who emerged with his fourth and fifth wins of the season by capturing the first wins of his career at both Williams Grove and Lincoln.
Williams Grove Friday night
It has been nearly fifty years since ARDC ran their first race at the Williams Grove Speedway in 1955.
Justin Grosz and Bright shared the front row as they led the field to the green flag for the twenty lap feature event.
Bright grabbed the lead and Bruce Buckwalter drove to the inside of Grosz to take over second as they raced into turn three. The racing came to a quick halt as Grosz caught the track the wrong way as he approached turn four. Grosz caught the wall with the tail of his #99G and then got up in the air and turned around before settling back on the track. Grosz was not injured.
The field realigned for a complete restart. Bright put his Lightcap Electric #77 out in front as Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. took over second. 2013 ARDC Champion, Trevor Kobylarz moved up to third as PJ Gargiulo took over fourth. Bright pulled away from the field as he led Buckwalter, Kobylarz, current point leader, Steven Drevicki and Gargiulo with five laps scored.
Drevicki was on the move as he took third one lap later and then made his way past Buckwalter for the runner-up spot on lap eight. By that time, Bright was out of the line of sight of his nearest competitor.
Bright, Drevicki, BJ Buckwalter, Kobylarz and Steve Buckwalter raced in the top five at the half way mark.
There were any number of competitors who were looking for a caution in those final ten laps but there was not a yellow to be found.
BJ Buckwalter was successful in holding off the challenges of Kobylarz for the battle for third as the laps counted down. Buckwalter got airborne with just two laps to go as he caught the track the wrong way in turn four. While the BDB Construction #83 got some height, several competitors were able to go by but Buckwalter saved the car and finished the race in sixth.
With the checkered flag waving, Alex Bright drove to his fourth win of the season with Drevicki following in second. Kobylarz picked up the final podium spot followed by Gargiulo and Brenden Bright.
Eastern Museum of Motor Racing
The EMMR celebrated the 75th Anniversaries of both ARDC and the Williams Grove Speedway during their annual convention weekend.
There was a roundtable discussion on Friday that included several ARDC past competitors – Brett Mowery, Hank Rogers, Jr., Lenny Boyd, Ken Brenn Sr., Jimmy McGuire, Ron Lauer and six time champion, Ray Bull.
The ARDC Midget teams were invited to the beautiful ground of the Latimore Valley Fairgrounds to make their preparations for the upcoming events at the Lincoln Speedway on Saturday night. It gave the teams a chance to catch up with some old friends – like Ken Brenn, Sr., Jimmy McGuire, Stan Lobitz and many more while race fans had the opportunity to watch the team’s prepare for the race. It was a great time for the fans to see the midgets and the drivers up close.
ARDC competitor, Kyle Lick even had the opportunity to drive on the track at Latimore Valley in a vintage URC sprint car owned by his grandfather.
After an absence of several seasons, the ARDC midgets returned to the Lincoln Speedway and it wasn’t long before everyone was reminded of the great combination that Lincoln and the midgets make!
There was a lot of close racing in the qualifying events that was just a prelude to the action that awaited in the twenty-five lap feature event.
Steven Drevicki led the field to the start and quickly took control of the field when the green flag waved. Steve Buckwalter used the top of the track to move into second after starting fifth. Gargiulo took third on lap two but it was Wean who ran third just one lap later. Buckwalter pressed Drevicki for the lead and took the top spot to lead lap five. Drevicki, Wean, Gargiulo and Arndt made up the top five. At this point in the race, Alex Bright raced outside of the top five as he looked for a way to the front.
Bright was the only change to the top five at lap ten as he moved up to take fifth. That’s when Bright retried the high, outside line and found it to his liking. He took fourth from Gargiulo on lap twelve as S Buckwalter raced well ahead of the field. For several laps, Bright raced Wean for third. With ten to go, Wean held the spot as Arndt moved into fifth ahead of Gargiulo.
Bright took third from Wean and began to reel in the DeGre Engineering #19 of Drevicki. On lap nineteen, Drevicki had Bright on his rear bumper.
As Drevicki and Bright battled for second, they came up on the lapped car of Tyler Brehm. Just as the two contenders closed in on Brehm, Brehm had a water line break on his Jackson #97 in the midst of a lot of steam and water. The caution was thrown and everyone negotiated the situation successfully. Buckwalter’s huge lead was erased as the single file restart had Drevicki and Bright lined up right behind the 2010 ARDC Champion.
Bright took it to the top of the track, passing first Drevicki and then Buckwalter to lead lap twenty. Buckwalter battled back from the bottom of the track but Bright had all of the momentum coming off the top.
Bright took the win ahead of Steve Buckwalter and Drevicki. Wean and Arndt battled side by side for fourth for the final laps of the feature with Wean holding the edge at the line over Arndt.
Williams Grove Speedway (20 lap feature)
1. Alex Bright 2. Steven Drevicki 3. Trevor Kobylarz 4. PJ Gargiulo 5. Brenden Bright 6. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. 7. Brett Arndt 8. Kyle Lick 9. Jim Radney 10. Brett Wanner 11. Nick Wean 12. Tommy Kunsman, Jr. 13. Austin Burke 14. Clayton Glassman 15. Steve Buckwalter 16. Ryan Greth 17. John Barnett 18. Billy Courtwright 19. Greg Fitzpatrick 20. Justin Grosz DNS – Tony DiMattia
Lincoln Speedway (25 lap feature)
1. Alex Bright 2. Steve Buckwalter 3. Steven Drevicki 4. Nick Wean 5. Brett Arndt 6. Ryan Greth 7. PJ Gargiulo 8. Trevor Kobylarz 9. Brenden Bright 10. Eric Heydenreick 11. Drew Heistand 12. Kyle Lick 13. Brett Wanner 14. Justin Grosz 15. Tony DiMattia 16. Austin Burke 17. Tommy Kunsman 18. Tyler Brehm 19. Jim Radney DNS – Clayton Glassman, Billy Courtwright, Brian Gilmore, Bruce Buckwalter, Jr.
A weekend celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) will be held this weekend as ARDC races at the Williams Grove Speedway on Friday evening (8/15) and then the Lincoln Speedway on the following night. (8/16).
The Eastern Motorsports Museum of Racing (EMMR) will be hosting events to honor both ARDC and the Williams Grove Speedway who are both celebrating their 75th Anniversaries this season as part of the EMMR’s Annual Convention. Crocky Wright will also be honored on this very special weekend.
The EMMR will host a round table discussion on Friday morning from 10:30am-noon that will feature six time ARDC Champion, Ray Bull on the discussion panel. Friday evening, the ARDC midget teams will head to the Williams Grove Speedway for qualifying events as well as a twenty lap feature. Then on Saturday morning, the museum will be providing space for the ARDC teams to prepare their car for the night’s action at the Lincoln Speedway. Fans will be able to watch the teams at work during this time. Late in the day on Saturday, the racing teams will head to the nearby Lincoln Speedway for a second night of midget racing.
Of course, the museum and all of its facilities will be open throughout the weekend for people to few the history on display.
The weekend of activities will be concluded on Sunday with the roast of Stan Lobitz, a long time friend of ARDC and racing in general. Lobitz has been an advocate of the preservation of racing history and has supported the sport and the museum in many ways over the years. The roast should be entertaining at the very least – full of many stories from over the years.
Make a weekend of it and take in two nights of racing as well as the EMMR Museum on the grounds of the Lattimore Valley Fairgrounds.
Our next event is ARDC’s 75th Anniversary weekend celebration starting next Friday August 15th @ Williams Grove, Saturday August 16th @Lincoln, and Sunday August 17th @Latirmore Valley.
|ARDC POINTS STANDINGS THRU BIG DIAMOND, 7/25/2014|
|1||19||Steven Drevicki**||1282||1||19||Greg Fitzpatrick**||1282|
|2||92||Brenden Bright||1132||2||92||Ted Bright||1132|
|3||83||Bruce Buckwalter, Jr.||1031||3||83||Bruce Buckwalter, Sr.||1031|
|4||1/20||Trevor Kobylarz||1024||4||77||Joseph Hemler***||972|
|5||77||Alex Bright***||972||5||1||RT Racing||920|
|6||46||Brett Arndt||913||6||46||Scott Arndt||913|
|7||78||Nick Wean||789||7||78||Rick Wean||789|
|8||54||Austin Burke – R||780||8||54||Shawn Burke||780|
|9||50||Tony DiMattia||771||9||50||Alex DiMatta, Jr.||771|
|10||8||Kyle Lick||755||10||8||Terry Lick||755|
|11||4||Ryan Greth||745||11||4||Wayne Lesher||745|
|12||44||Brett Wanner||702||12||44||Marilyn Wanner||702|
|13||13||Brian Gilmore||696||13||13||Dale Gilmore||696|
|14||5||P.J. Gargiulo*||676||14||5||P.J. Gargiulo*||676|
|15||0||Steve Buckwalter***||670||15||0||Steve Buckwalter***||670|
|16||52||Tim Buckwalter*||640||16||52||Steve Buckwalter*||640|
|17||21||Tommy Kunsman – R||639||17||21||Tommy Kunsman, Sr.||639|
|18||33/20||Billy Pauch, Jr.||507||18||20||RT Racing||533|
|19||28||Greg Fitzpatrick||505||19||28||Greg Fitzpatrick||505|
|20||15B||John Barnett, Jr.||430||20||75||Fred Schell||499|
|21||17||Clayton Glassman||429||21||15B||John Barnett Sr||430|
|22||95||Jim Radney||407||22||17||Clayton Glassman||429|
|23||75||Ryan Watt||369||23||33||Jerry Steward||426|
|24||7||Shawn Jackson||283||24||95||Wayne Lesher||407|
|25||11||Eric Heydenrich||203||25||7||Bill Jackson||283|
|26||33||Danny Straton||143||26||11||Eric Heydenrich||203|
|27||75||Billy Courtwright||130||27||12||Don Cin Transport||154|
|28||12||Drew Heistand||129||28||34||Jerry Steward||99|
|29||20||Carey Becker||127||29||10||Dale Gilmore||92|
|30||10||Mark Gilmore||92||30||99G||John Grosz||59|
This was ARDC’s first race at Big Diamond since the 2012 season and ironically, Alex Bright was the winner of that race as well. Bright has added many accomplishments to his credentials within the last year – including a win in the Magic Man 34 in Australia last November and a fourth place finish in the renowned Chili Bowl in January of this year. Bright drives the Lightcap Electric #77 owned by his grandfather, Joe Hemler. He has won two of the last three ARDC events.
The top six qualifiers in the two heat races drew for their starting positions in the feature event. Bright shared the front row with Bethlehem, PA hot shoe, Kyle Lick. It was Bright who grabbed the lead on the start as Lick, Brett Arndt, ARDC newcomer, Tyler Brehm and Trevor Kobylarz raced in the top five at the start of the race. Kobylarz was on the move as he raced his way to third on lap two.
Bright started to pull away from the field but his efforts were negated when Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. drew a caution with just three laps on the books. On the restart, Kobylarz challenged Lick for second but it was 2013 ARDC Rookie of the Year, Tony DiMattia who was on the move, taking over 4th on lap five. Unfortunately, DiMattia was the reason for the red flag one lap later as he went for a wild ride in turn four. DiMattia was uninjured. Brett Arndt and Brian Gilmore headed to the pits when the yellow lights came back on.
With Bright out in front, Kobylarz again challenged Lick for second. Lick fought off the advances as they headed through turns one and two but Kobylarz made it stick when he raced down the inside groove on the backstretch. Lick fought back but Kobylarz held the position.
The race for fourth was heating up as the race approached the half way mark. Nick Wean raced Ryan Greth for the spot as Brenden Bright and Steven Drevicki were closing in. At the crossed flag, Bright led Kobylarz, Lick, Wean and Brenden Bright.
As Bright negotiated his way around some of the slower cars, the battle was on for third. Lick, Wean and Brenden Bright raced side by side and wheel to wheel for the last ten laps of the race. Inside, outside and down the middle, these three cars raced under a blanket for the third spot. Wean won the position in the final laps.
With the checkered waving, Bright took his third win of the season followed Kobylarz, Wean, Lick and Brenden Bright. Greth, Drevicki, Bruce Buckwalter Jr. who rallied back from the lap four caution, PJ Gargiulo and Tyler Brehm.
Gargiulo and Drevicki won the qualifying heats.
ARDC heads to Potomac, MD and Winchester, VA for action this Friday and Saturday.
FEATURE FINISH (25 LAPS)
1. Alex Bright 2. Trevor Kobylarz 3. Nick Wean 4. Kyle Lick 5. Brenden Bright 6. Ryan Greth 7. Steven Drevicki 8. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. 9. PJ Gargiulo 10. Tyler Brehm 11. Clayton Glassman 12. Austin Burke 13. Tommy Kunsman 14. Brett Wanner 15. Tony DiMattia 16. Brett Arndt 17. Brian Gilmore DNS – Eric Heydenreich, Tim Buckwalter
Current ARDC point leader, Steven Drevicki and Alex Bright led the field of wingless midgets to the green flag with Bright using the outside line to take the lead on lap one. Bright ran and hid from the field as he extended his lead lap after lap. Bright was already reeling in the back of the field by lap eight as Drevicki, Brenden Bright, Tim Buckwalter and Ryan Watt raced in the top five.
But disaster would strike for the young Collegeville, PA driver on lap eleven. Bright was preparing to negotiate his way through lapped traffic when contact was made between the Lightcap Electric #77 and the car driven by Eric Heydenreich. Bright took a wild ride in turn two before coming to rest on the inside of the track. Bright exited the car uninjured but his bid for his third ARDC win of the season ended with ten laps complete.
Drevicki took the lead on the restart as Brenden Bright and Tim Buckwalter battled for second in front of Watt. Tim Buckwalter took over second when the pair raced through turn three. Steve Buckwalter slid into third before the half way mark. After a two lap battle with Tim Buckwalter, Steve Buckwalter moved up to second. The caution waved for Tyler Brehm who sat on the infield just off of turn four with just eleven laps remaining.
Drevicki now had Steve Buckwalter on his back bumper for the single file restart. Drevicki and Buckwalter swapped the lead back and forth but Buckwalter took the lead for good on lap seventeen as the pair headed down the backstretch.
Steve Buckwalter had the lead to himself as Tim Buckwalter closed in on Drevicki in the final laps.
When the checkered flag waved, it was Steve Buckwalter for the win. Drevicki held off Tim Buckwalter’s challenges to finish second. Brenden Bright followed in fourth. Kyle Lick made a late race charge to crack the top five as he crossed the finish line in fifth at the end of twenty-five laps.
|3||83||Bruce Buckwalter, Jr.||843|
|7||54||Austin Burke – R||634|
|15||33/20||Billy Pauch, Jr.||507|
|16||21||Tommy Kunsman – R||490|
|19||15B||John Barnett, Jr.||430|
|33||34||James Morris – TP||0|
|33||97||Tyler Brehm – TP||0|
The Amercian Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) midgets returned to action on the Bridgeport Speedway quarter mile for the first time since June of 2011. With one win to his credit this season, Collegeville, PA driver, Alex Bright was looking forward to the return to the Logan Township Speedway where he won his very first ARDC midget feature in May of 2011 – in just his second season of ARDC competition.
It was a reconfigured quarter mile track that awaited the wingless midgets with banking increased earlier this season.
After running some experimental lines during his qualifying event, Bright drew the pole for the start of the twenty-five lap feature event. “I was kind of lucky,” Bright related. “By the time I drew, most of the high numbers were already taken.”
Bright took the green at the start but immediately was pressured by 2013 ARDC Champion, Trevor Kobylarz. Bright led the first six laps but when he moved up the track on lap seven, it was the opportunity that Kobylarz was looking for as he shot into the lead. Kobylarz led through the half way point of the race with Bright keeping pace with the leader. Brenden Bright ran in third followed by Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. and current ARDC point leader, Steven Drevicki.
The leaders caught up to the back of the pack and had to negotiate their way around the lapped traffic. As the leaders approached the car of Austin Burke, Kobylarz elected the inside while Bright went to the outside. Bright took the lead as Kobylarz made his way around Burke. As Kobylarz pressed to retake the lead on the next circuit, he lost the handle on his Cafe Waldorf #1, bringing out the caution on lap fifteen.
Bright raced the distance for this second win of the season with Brenden Bright taking second. Drevicki took over third with five to go to finish ahead of Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. Nick Wean rounded out the top five.
2013 Bridgeport Champion, Ryan Watt, did double duty on Saturday night in both the Big Block Modifieds and the midgets. Watt drove Fred Schell’s #75 to a sixth place finish on the quarter mile.
Heat races were won by Brian Gilmore, John Barnett, Jr. and Drevicki.
ARDC returns to the high banks of the Grandview Speedway for another Open Wheel Spectacular with the Hilborn TSRS 305 Sprint Cars on Sunday, July 20th.
ARDC MIDGET FEATURE (25 laps – 1/4 mile track) 1. Alex Bright, 2. Brenden Bright, 3. Steven Drevicki, 4. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr., 5. Nick Wean, 6. Ryan Watt, 7. Shawn Jackson, 8. Trevor Kobylarz, 9. Brett Arndt, 10. Austin Burke, 11. Brett Wanner, 12. John Barnett, Jr., 13. Tony Kunsman, 14. P.J. Gargiulo, 15. Greg Fitzpatrick, 16. Carey Becker, 17. Clayton Glassman, 18. Tyler Brehm, 19. Brian Gilmore, DNS – Danny Stratton, Tony DiMattia
The American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) wingless midgets will return to action at the Bridgeport Speedway on Saturday night, July 12th. The midgets will take their action to the quarter mile Bridgeport track for heats and a twenty-five lap feature event as they celebrate ARDC’s 75th Anniversary.
ARDC has not raced at the Logan Township track since 2011 when Alex Bright and Ryan Smith picked up wins in the club’s two appearances. Collegeville, PA driver, Bright will be in the field, looking for his second ARDC win of the season behind the wheel of the Lightcap Electric #77 – the same car that the young speedster drove to a fourth place finish in this year’s Chili Bowl. Smith is now competing in 410 Sprint cars but his win came in the Jerry & Karen Steward owned midget that will be driven this Saturday night by Danny Stratton.
Of course, current ARDC point leader, Steven Drevicki will have something to say about the results. Drevicki has already claimed victory on two occasions this season and would like nothing better than to add another ‘w’ to his list.
PJ Gargiulo has a win this season and expects to be in the Bridgeport field. 2013 ARDC Champion, Trevor Kobylarz is in search of his first win of 2014 along with drivers Bruce Buckwalter, Jr., Brenden Bright, Brett Arndt, Nick Wean and Kyle Lick. Drivers like Ryan Greth, Jim Radney, Tony DiMattia and others are looking to add their names to the ARDC Feature Winners List.