Dixieland and County Line Speedways Will Feature ARDC This Weekend
The wingless midgets of the American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) will head to North Carolina for their annual Southern Swing weekend.
The ARDC midgets will be welcomed by the fans of the Dixieland Speedway near Elizabeth City, NC on Friday night. Racing action then moves west to County Line Speedway in Elm City, NC for more action on Saturday night.
Brenden Bright, ARDC’s 2011 Rookie of the Year, is looking for his first win of the season and a race at the Dixieland Speedway fits right into that plan. Dixieland was the site of Bright’s first win during his rookie season. He returned to Victory Lane when ARDC visited Dixieland in 2012. He is certainly among the favorites for Friday night’s action.
“Slick Nick” Wean is also looking for his first win of the 2013 campaign. Wean was the feature winner at County Line last season and he would like nothing better than to add another County Line win to his total.
Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. has two feature wins so far this season and is the current ARDC point leader going into this weekend. Buckwalter has been very strong in every outing so far this season and has to be considered a threat when the ARDC teams pull into North Carolina.
The most recent winner on the ARDC schedule is Shawn Jackson of Bear, DE. Jackson earned his first career win with ARDC just two weeks ago when the midgets raced at the Williams Grove Speedway. Jackson has tasted victory and will certainly be looking for a second trip to the Winner’s Circle.
Topton, PA driver, Brett Arndt had his best outing of the season at Williams Grove and is hoping that his momentum will carry him right through the Southern Swing. PJ Gargiulo is currently in the thick of the points battle and has several podium finishes to his credit this season. Trevor Kobylarz recently won his first of the 2013 season at the Susquehanna Speedway. Kobylarz and the #1 are a threat at any track they race.
Steven Drevicki has had the DeGre Engineering car in contention throughout the early part of the season. Drevicki will be joined in the NC field by car owner, Greg Fitzpatrick.
Jimmy Glenn has shown his ability to lead in ARDC competition and he takes his search for his first ARDC win into the south. Ryan Greth has five top five finishes in his second season in the Steward #33. He, too is looking for his first trip to ARDC Victory Lane.
Both Mark Gilmore and 2012 ARDC Rookie of the Year, Brett Wanner will return to ARDC action this weekend after missing several shows due to mechanical problems. Both of the Heistand brothers will be in competition this weekend as 2011 ARDC Champion, Drew and former ARDC Rookie of the Year, Dusty will be in the field at Dixieland and County Line.
Kyle Lick, John Barnett and Tony DiMattia will make their first attempts on the tracks in North Carolina as the three rookie drivers take part in their first Southern Swing. Jason Rice of Danielsville, PA, Joe Butera of Wampum, PA and Bill Courtwright of Hackettstown, NJ have indicated their intentions to compete in both races on the Southern Swing.
The fans of the Dixieland and County Line Speedway are always an enthusiastic about the midgets coming to town. They enjoy the side by side and three wide racing that the wingless midgets provide and the competitors love to put on a show for their appreciation.!
Who will come home with wins from North Carolina this year? Stay tuned for results. Nightly updates will be posted on Facebook as the action happens!