Buckwalter Leads the Way in Big Diamond Action
2012 ARDC Champion, Tim Buckwalter, made his first start of the 2015 season when the American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) visited the Big Diamond Speedway on Friday night and came away with the win. Buckwalter becomes the third different driver to capture an ARDC Midget victory so far this season as he picked up the second win for Mike Heffner’s #27.
Tommy Kunsman Jr. and Brett Wanner paced the field to the start of the twenty lap feature event. Kunsman grabbed the lead on the start as Ryan Greth quickly moved up to second. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. threaded his way through several cars to take third off of turn two.
The one and only caution of the event came with one lap complete when Eric Heydenreich got out of shape in turn four.
It was Kunsman out in front on the restart, holding off the challenge of Greth for the lead. 2014 ARDC Champion, Steven Drevicki moved up to third but Tim Buckwalter raced his way by to secure third on lap two. Buckwalter quickly closed on the tail tank of Greth and took over second on lap four. With a move to the inside, Buckwalter raced side by side with Kunsman down the backstretch to take the lead on lap five as Billy Pauch Jr. moved up to second in Greg Fitzpatrick’s #28.
As the race approached the half way mark, Drevicki moved in to challenge Pauch for second. Nick Wean took over the fourth spot on lap thirteen with a pass by Kunsman.
Buckwalter sailed ahead of the field as the battles for position waged in the pack. With five to go, Trevor Kobylarz challenged Kunsman for a spot in the top five.
As Tim Buckwalter led the way to the checkered, Pauch put a move on Drevicki for second but when a lapped car chose the outside line, Drevicki was able to take advantage of the situation and grab the spot.
Trailing Buckwalter across the line were Drevicki, Pauch Jr., Wean and Kobylarz in Carey Becker’s #20.
ARDC action moves to the Bridgeport quarter mile this Friday night.
ARDC Feature (20 laps)
1. Tim Buckwalter 2. Steve Drevicki 3. Billy Pauch Jr. 4. Nick Wean 5. Trevor Kobylarz 6. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. 7. Tommy Kunsman 8. Ryan Watt 9. Brett Arndt 10. Austin Burke 11. Tony DiMattia 12. PJ Gargiulo 13. Brett Wanner 14. Eric Heydenreich 15. Ryan Greth DNS – Jim Radney