Buckwalter Caps Big Week with ARDC Win
Buckwalter Caps Big Week with ARDC Win
BUCKWALTER LOOKS FORWARD TO RETURN TO NEW EGYPT
Bright Picks Up Third Win of 2013 Season
Alex Bright, driving the Lightcap Electric #77 owned by his grandfather, Joe Hemler, electrified the full field of ARDC midgets as they concluded their third race of the season at the Williams Grove Speedway. Bright went to the point early in the race and never looked back as he raced more than three seconds ahead of second place finisher, Trevor Kobylarz and the rest of the field.
Polesitter, Kobylarz took the lead on the original start as rookie, Tony DiMattia took over second. Bright, who started sixth on the grid, quickly raced his way to third. On just the second lap, Bright took second from DiMattia and then used the outside to drive by Kobylarz as they raced to the line.
There was three wide racing in turn two as Steve Buckwalter and Steven Drevicki were on the move into the top five. Buckwalter and Drevicki moved into fourth and fifth respectively on lap four. Sprint car driver, Ryan Wilson, was up to sixth with just five laps scored. Wilson was behind the wheel of the Heistand #12 for the second week in a row as he and Drew Heistand have been sharing their rides in the sprints and midgets. Wilson started fifteenth and was knocking on the door for a top five spot with just five laps scored but a broken oil line took him out of contention on the next circuit.
With Bright well out in front, the race was on between Buckwalter and Drevicki who raced side by side for fourth, trading the position back and forth as each driver held the position at a different point on the track. At the crossed flags, Bright raced in his own zip code with Kobylarz in second followed by DiMattia, Buckwalter and Drevicki. Billy Pauch Jr. sat just outside the top five as Tim Buckwalter was making advances by running the outside line.
S. Buckwalter moved up to third on lap eleven. Drevicki began to fall back as he experienced electrical issues with his DeGre Engineering #19. Pauch moved into fifth with T. Buckwalter now sixth.
After a spin on lap two, Ryan Watt, driving for Glen Good & Dave Shirk’s RAACE Foundation #16w, was on the move. Watt drove past T. Buckwalter to take over sixth as the laps counted down.
Bright, whose lead was stretched to more than four seconds at one point in the race, was uneffected by the lapped traffic that he dealt with as the laps counted down. Bright was on a rail as he sailed ahead to his third win of the 2013 season – just one behind his record of a year ago. Kobylarz finished second with Steve Buckwalter in third. DiMattia, who raced without brakes for much of the feature, held off Pauch for fourth. Pauch finished fifth despite a last lap challenge by Watt as they raced to the checkered flag.
Bright, Drevicki and Steve Buckwalter were the heat winners. Kyle Lick was the Hyper Hard Charger of the race, driving from 27th to finish 9th at the checkered after mechancal issues sidelined him from the first heat.
Twenty-eight midgets signed in for the night of racing.
As the 2013 season winds down, the excitement builds as ARDC moves into their final three events of the season. Next stop is the New Egypt Speedway on September 21st.
Finish (20 laps)
1. Alex Bright 2. Trevor Kobylarz 3. Steve Buckwalter 4. Tony DiMattia 5. Billy Pauch, Jr. 6. Ryan Watt 7. Tim Buckwalter 8. Ryan Greth 9. Kyle Lick 10. Shawn Jackson 11. Billy Courtwright 12. Steve Craig 13. Steven Bull 14. Joe Butera 15. Brian Gilmore 16. Jamie Speers 17. Brett Wanner 18. Jason Rice 19. Greg Fitzpatrick 20. Steven Drevicki 21. PJ Gargiulo 22. Ryan Wilson 23. Drew Heistand 24. Jim Radney 25. Brett Arndt
ARDC Rookie Wins Second of Season
In what became a surprise ending to a twenty lap feature event at the Juniata County Fair race at the Port Royal Speedway, rookie driver, Kyle Lick picked up his second win of the season. Lick first won during ARDC’s Southern Swing at the CountyLine Speedway in June.
Greth led Lick, Bruce Buckwalter, Jr., Tony DiMattia and Nick Wean as the next sixteen laps ran without an incident. DiMattia briefly took over third but B. Buckwalter Jr. had regained the position before another lap was completed. Billy Pauch Jr. was making advances as he raced into the top five by the final five laps. Pauch was behind the wheel of the Ford powered Steward #33S.
Greth, in the meantime, continued to stretch his lead. Even with lapped traffic in his path, Greth raced nearly a half lap ahead of the field as the final laps approached.
On lap eighteen, the Heistand cars driven by Drew Heistand and URC competitor, Ryan Wilson, made contact between turns three and four, bringing out the caution. Greth’s huge advantage was erased as Lick, B. Buckwalter, Jr., Pauch and Wean lined up behind the leader for the start of the final three laps.
Greth faltered on the start and Lick quickly moved into the lead. Greth had lost the brakes on his mount during the race which was a situation that he could at least manage while he was well out in front of the field. With his lead erased and cars all around, Greth fell back through the top five. With Lick out in front, Pauch moved up to challenge B. Buckwalter for second. As the field came into turn four, with the checkered flag waving, Steven Drevicki made a bold move when a hole opened up on the bottom of the track. Drevicki had been racing outside of the top five on the last lap but his move in the final corner resulted in a fourth place finish.
Lick drove to the checkered flag to claim his second win of the season as B. Buckwalter, Jr. held off Pauch to take third. Drevicki followed in fourth with Greth rounding out the top five. Eric Heydenreich was the Hyper Hard Charger of the race.
ARDC heads to the Williams Grove Speedway this Friday (September 6) for their third and final show at the Grove for the 2013 season.
FINISH (20 LAPS)
1. Kyle Lick 2. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. 3. Billy Pauch, Jr. 4. Steven Drevicki 5. Ryan Greth 6. Nick Wean 7. Alex Bright 8. Tony DiMattia 9. Jim Radney
10. Tim Buckwalter 11. Steven Bull 12. Brett Arndt 13. Eric Heydenreich 14. Bill Courtwright 15. Ryan Wilson 16. Steve Buckwalter 17. Brett Wanner 18. Joe Butera 19. Mark Gilmore 20. Jamie Speers 21. John Heydenreich 22.. Drew Heistand 23. Greg Fitzpatrick 24. Jason Rice 25. PJ Gargiulo 26. Trevor Kobylarz