KOBYLARZ LEADS THE WAY TO BEDFORD WIN
Trevor Kobylarz led the field of ARDC midgets as they made their first appearance at the Bedford Fairgrounds Speedway on Friday night. Kobylarz picked up his third win of the season on the banked half mile track after taking the lead from Ryan Greth on lap seventeen of the twenty lap main event.
Greth put his wingless racer out in front as he and 2012 ARDC Rookie, Brett Wanner led the starting line-up to the wave of the green flag. Greth began to pull away from the field as Wanner and Jim Radney raced for second. Tony DiMattia ran in fourth as Kobylarz raced into fifth with just five laps scored.
With seven laps on the books, Kyle Lick brought out the first caution as he slowed on the homestretch after losing a wheel.
The field was realigned for the start – Greth’s advantage erased and Alex Bright looking to join the top five.
Kobylarz moved by DiMattia for fourth aand was racing Radney for third at the half way mark. Again, Greth drove away from the field as Kobylarz advanced through the top five.
Kobylarz took second from Wanner on lap fourteen as now Steven Drevicki looked to join the top five. Drevicki moveed up to sixth and then took over the fifth spot with fve laps remaining.
When Greth left an opening on lap seventeen, Kobylarz saw his opportunity as he took the lead as the pair raced down the backstretch.
Kobylarz raced to the checkered flag with Greth a solid second. Drevicki was on the move in the final laps as he took over fourth with two laps to go and then moved up to third on the white flag lap. Wanner had his best outing of the season as he finished fourth with Radney earning his second consecutive top five finish in just his fourth outing with ARDC.
Greth and Radney were the winners of the two eight lap qualifiers. Drevicki was the race’s Hyper Hard Charger.
Finish (20 laps) 1. Trevor Kobylarz 2. Ryan Greth 3. Steven Drevicki 4. Brett Wanner 5. Jim Radney 6. Tony DiMattia 7. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. 8. Brett Arndt 9. PJ Gargiulo 10. Joe Butera 11. Alex Bright 12. John Heydenreich 13. Nick Wean 14. Billy Courtwright 15. Kyle Lick
BRIGHT REPEATS AT PPMS IN EXCITING STYLE
In a race that saw five different leaders and countless lead changes, Alex Bright emerged as the winner of his second ARDC event of the season as ARDC raced on the high banks of Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway. Bright was also the winner in 2012 when ARDC raced at PPMS.
It was one of the most competitive races of the 2013 season as Ryan Greth and Kyle Lick led the field to the start with Greth taking the lead. Greth led for the first two circuits before Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. saw and opportunity and one slide job later, Buckwalter was the new race leader as he slid by Greth and Lick to take the lead.
Buckwalter held the lead as a three way battle was waged for second between Greth, jim Radney and Lick as Alex Bright broke into the top five after starting eighth.
Lick’s preferred line was on the very bottom of the track – quite contrary to his style. But at PPMS, Lick was hooked up on the bottom and sailed into the lead by the half way point.
Lick led the field for several laps with Buckwalter, Radney and Bright in hot pursuit. It was Lick on the bottom as Radney and Bright raced the top of the track. While the leader changed between the corners and the straightaways, Lick crossed the line in the lead for three circuits before Radney took over. Lick went back into the lead when Radney made contact with the wall between turns one and two but the impact just seemed to propel Radney forward as he regained the position down the backstretch.
Radney ran hard into one and two but Bright held the advantage in three and four as he ran to the bottom to take the lead before sliding back to the top in front of Radney.
Bright was the race’s fifth leader but it was still anybody’s race as Lick ran between second and third, between Bright and Radney. Coming to the white flag, Lick’s car jumped out of gear, sending Lick to the pits just one lap from a tremendous finish.
Steven Drevicki took over the third spot as Buckwalter and Brett Arndt raced in the top five going for the checkered. The twenty lap race went green to checkered without a caution in just less than nine minutes.
Greth and Drevicki were the winners of the eight lap heat races. Bright received the Hyper Hard Charger Award.
Finish (20 laps) 1. Alex Bright 2. Jim Radney 3. Steven Drevicki 4. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. 5. Brett Arndt 6. Ryan Greth 7. PJ Gargiulo 8. Brett Wanner 9. Trevor Kobylarz 10. Tony DiMattia 11. Joe Butera 12. Brian Gilmore 13. Kyle Lick 14. John Heydenreich