For the second time this season, the Royersford Rocket, Steve Buckwalter, climbed behind the wheel of the Mike Heffner owned Lelands.com midget and came away with a feature win.
Due to mechanical issues, Buckwalter was forced to sit out the 410 Sprint Car portion of the show but came home with the win in the twenty lap American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) feature event.
Tommy Kunsman and Shawn Jackson swapped the lead during the early laps. Kunsman took the lead on the initial start as the field was three wide down the backstretch with PJ Gargiulo, Jackson and Jim Radney racing for position. The action came to an abrupt halt when Radney got a little too high in turns three and four and flipped his Hyper No. 95. The safety crews were on the scene to declare the driver was okay as the field lined up for a complete restart.
Jackson took the lead when the race got underway and led the first five laps as the three wide action continued behind his Elite Chassis No. 7. Kunsman mounted a challenge for the lead, trying the inside as the leaders raced down the backstretch but it wasn’t until the next time around that Kunsman was able to take the lead as he and Jackson raced off turn two. Steve Buckwalter advanced to fourth from his 12th place start on the same lap.
With Kunsman out in front, S Buckwalter continued to advance as he moved by Gargiulo for third on lap eight. Gargiulo, the race winner at Williams Grove earlier this season, raced with Jackson for third.
At half way, Kunsman led Steve Buckwalter, Gargiulo, Jackson and point leader, Steven Drevicki.
Steve Buckwalter narrowed the margin as he closed in on Kunsman for the lead. With a move to the inside off of turn two, Buckwalter became the race leader.
With Buckwalter out in front, the race was on for second as Drevicki challenged Kunsman for the lead. Drevicki treid a slider in turn four but Kunsman fought back. The two drivers raced side by side down the backstretch with Drevicki taking the spot on lap nineteen.
Buckwalter drove to his second ARDC win of the season, trailed by Drevicki, Kunsman, Gargiulo and Brenden Bright. It was Kunsman’s first podium finish in ARDC competition.
Heat races were won by Brett Wanner and Brett Arndt.
ARDC FEATURE FINISH (20 LAPS)
1. Steve Buckwalter, 2. Steve Drevicki, 3. Tommy Kunsman, 4. PJ Gargiulo, 5. Brenden Bright, 6. Brett Arndt, 7. Ryan Greth, 8. Brett Wanner, 9. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr., 10. Brian Gilmore, 11. Shawn Jackson, 12. Jamie Spears, 13. Jason Rice, 14. Trevor Kobylarz, 15. Danny Stratton, 15. Jim Radney