Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. & Ryan Greth Are Big Winners on July 4th Weekend
BUCKWALTER PICKS UP THE WIN IN “NO BULL 25”
Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. dominated the 2015 season opener of the American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) at Linda’s Speedway before mechanical failure had him headed to the pits midway through the feature event.
He returned to Linda’s on Friday night and earned his first win of the 2015 season as Linda’s Speedway and ARDC honored six time ARDC Champion, Ray Bull with the running of the “No Bull 25”. Bull and his family were on hand for the event, visiting with many of his former competitors, both in the midget in micro sprint divisions.
The twenty-five lap main event was action packed from the green flag as three different drivers led before Buckwalter took over on lap fifteen. Brett Wanner jumped out in front at the start and led the first six circuits as fourth place starter, Brett Arndt moved up to second. Arndt had to fend off the challenges of Tony DiMattia as Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. and Trevor Kobylarz completed the top five in the running order with five laps scored.
Arndt challenged Wanner for the lead on laps five and six and then slid out in front to be scored the leader on lap seven. Arndt had the Schneider Recylcing/Sills Campground #46 on a rail as he sailed around Linda’s Speedway. The caution waved for Alex Bright with fourteen laps scored as Bright tangled with a lapped car.
Arndt went back to work as the race returned to green flag conditions but a part failure felled Arndt as he entered turn three before the lap could be completed. Arndt’s stellar run came to an end as second place runner, Danny Stratton, the winner of the opening day event, led the field on the restart.
The lead was just not the place to be as Stratton slowed on the restart on the again the yellow flag waved. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. became the race leader on the restart and picked up where he left off back in April.
Buckwalter led the way for the final ten laps to pick up his first ever win at Linda’s Speedway. Trevor Kobylarz trailed Buckwalter at the line to finish second. Bright rebounded from his mid-race spin to cross the line in third but was penalized for a restart infraction and placed ninth in the final finish. Current point leader, Steve Drevicki finished third followed by Nick Wean and Tony DiMattia.
A special $100 Hard Charger Award was offered by the Bull Family. Ryan Greth was the race’s Hard Charger, advancing from his twentieth place start to finish sixth at the end of the No Bull 25.
The three qualifying heats were won by Arndt, Wanner and Shawn Jackson. Joining ARDC’s biggest field of the season was AARN’s Miss Motorsports, Shelby Harper who made her first ever start in a midget for the No Bull 25.
NO BULL 25 ARDC FEATURE EVENT FINISH (25 LAPS)
1. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr., 2. Trevor Kobylarz, 3. Steve Drevicki, 4. Nick Wean, 5. Tony DiMattia, 6. Ryan Greth, 7. Jim Radney, 8. Troy Betts, 9. Alex Bright, 10. PJ Gargiulo, 11. Brian Gilmore, 12. Tommy Kunsman, 13. PJ Pavlich, 14. Shawn Jackson, 15. Brett Wanner, 16. Danny Stratton, 17. Brett Arndt, 18. Jason Rice, 19. Shelby Harper, 20. Eric Heydenreich, 21. Bryan Kobylarz, 22. Mark Gilmore
RYAN GRETH MAKES HISTORY WITH FIRST EVER MIDGET WIN AT LANCO
Ryan Greth put Wayne Lesher’s Hyper Midget in Victory Lane for the second time in the 2015 season as he led a stout field of ARDC Midgets in their first ever appearance at Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway for the Hyper Racing sponsored Star Spangled Havoc.
The banked fifth mile track offered plenty of side by side racing and slide jobs during the thirty laps of main event.
Brett Wanner and Eric Heydenreich brought the starting field to the green flag with Wanner, a former regular in Lanco micro competition, taking the lead. Jim Radney quickly moved up to second but was overtaken by his Hyper Racing team mate, Ryan Greth as the leaders exited turn two. Greth tried Wanner for the lead as they came through turns three and four but Wanner held on to lead lap one by a small margin. Greth took the lead as he and Wanner raced out of turn two the second time around.
Greth set sail, leaving the action in his tracks. By lap seven, Greth had caught the tail end of the field.
With ten laps complete, Greth led Wanner, Radney, Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. and Tony DiMattia.
The first caution of the race waved when several cars made contact in turns three and four with only Eric Heydenreich heading to the pits.
On the restart, Danny Stratton put his Hyper midget on the bottom of the track and advanced his position. At half way, Greth led Radney, Stratton, Trevor Kobylarz and Nick Wean. After a torrid battle for second, Stratton took the position and Radney now had his hands full with Kobylarz.
As they battled for third, Radney got into the turn four fence and upside down, bringing out the red with eighteen laps complete. Radney exited unscathed but the 1-2-3 race of the Hyper midgets came to an end.
Greth now had Stratton on his bumper for the restart but was able to pull away handily. Greth ran to the checkered flag for the win followed by Stratton, Kobylarz, DiMattia and Bruce Buckwalter, Jr.
Weiser’s Markets sponsored several special awards for the ARDC midget action. Greth received a $100 bonus from Weiser’s for the win. Danny Stratton was the recipient of the $50 Hard Charger Award for passing the most cars in his heat and feature. PJ Gargiulo was the $50 Hard Luck winner after Gargiulo was forced to scratch from the start of the feature with mechanical issues.
Another big weekend on tap for ARDC as they return to the Bedford Speedway on Friday night, July 10th to complete the rained out feature from June 19th as well as a second twenty lap feature event. The wingless midgets then move on to Mercer Raceway Park for a full show on Saturday, July 11th.
STAR SPANGLED HAVOC ARDC MIDGET FEATURE (30 LAPS)
1. Ryan Greth, 2. Danny Stratton, 3. Trevor Kobylarz, 4. Tony DiMattia, 5. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr., 6. Brett Wanner, 7. Steve Drevicki, 8. Alex Bright, 9. Nick Wean, 10. Brett Arndt, 11. Shawn Jackson, 12. Troy Betts, 13. Brian Gilmore, 14. Jim Radney, 15. Eric Heydenreich, 16. Mark Gilmore DNS – PJ Gargiulo