ARDC Crowns New Champion and Announces Special Award Winners
The American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) gathered at Lobitz Catering in Hazle Township, PA on Saturday to celebrate its 75th Anniversary Season with the crowning of its new champion.
Steven Drevicki of Reading, PA and car owner, Greg Fitzpatrick were honored as the 2014 ARDC Champions on Saturday night as their DeGre Engineering Race Team celebrated its first championship.
Drevicki’s record during the 2014 season was nearly flawless as the young driver and his team completed every lap of every event on their way to three wins and twelve top five finishes in the fifteen race schedule. Drevicki won the season opener at the New Egypt Speedway and then went on to pick up his first ever wins at both the Port Royal Speedway and Grandview Speedway later in the season. Drevicki also grabbed eight qualifying race wins during the season.
Car owner, Fitzpatrick praised his driver for being “easy on equipment” and also had high praise for crew chief, Dave Drevicki who supervises the weekly maintenance and preparation on the DeGre Engineering cars driven by both the 2014 ARDC Champion and Fitzpatrick himself. Dave Drevicki was names as ARDC’s 2014 Ken Hickey Mechanic of the Year recipient.
Other special awards were presented to KaseyJo Burnish who received the President’s Award for her service to the club throughout the 2014 season. Scott and Brett Arndt received the Best Appearing Car Award for their #46 in what was this father and son’s 25th season of racing together. Austin Burke overcame injury and disappointment in 2013 to receive the 2014 ARDC Rookie of the Year honors. Stan Lobitz presented the Lobitz Sportsmanship Award to Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. for his unwavering support and promotion of ARDC as well as his sense of fair play and camaraderie among his fellow competitors.
Dino Oberto was the Master of Ceremonies for this year’s event while Ms. Motorsports, Cassi Pinder did the honors of presenting the various awards to the recipients. The top fifteen in driver and owner points were recognized along with the recipients of all of the special awards.