Four Races in Six Days for Wingless Competition
It’s the first week of June and that can only mean one thing – it’s Eastern Storm week as the wingless Sprint Car drivers from USAC travel east for their annual appearance. The midgets of the American Racing Drivers Club will continue to celebrate their 75th Anniversary as they join USAC for four nights of racing.
Eastern Storm competition opens on Tuesday evening, June 2 at the Grandview Speedway where ARDC just completed a spectacular show just a little more than a week ago. The fans are still talking about that twenty-five lap feature event that saw five different leaders and many more lead changes in what many have determined was the ‘best race of the night’ on the seven features only Thunder on the Hill Show. Collegeville, PA driver, Alex Bright came from the eleventh row of the starting grid to win his first ARDC midget event of the 2014 season when he charged in between Billy Pauch Jr. and leader, Kyle Lick to take the lead.
On Thursday evening, June 4 ARDC will join USAC at the New Egypt Speedway. This will be ARDC’s third appearance of the season at NES where drivers, Steven Drevicki and most recently, PJ Gargiulo have picked up wins n 2014. Drevicki, the current ARDC point leader, won the season opener at NES back in April. Gargiulo just picked up his win at NES a few short weeks ago when he led all twenty laps from green to checkered.
On Saturday, June 6, ARDC will make their only appearance of the 2014 season at the Port Royal Speedway where the wingless midgets will join the stars of USAC at the Juniata County Fairgrounds. On Sunday, June 7, the Eastern Storm wraps up at the Susquehanna Speedway Park.
Last season, Tim Buckwalter, Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. and Trevor Kobylarz picked up ARDC feature wins during race nights with the Easter Storm. Tim Buckwalter was the winner at Grandview – his only ARDC midget win of the season, while running a very limited schedule. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. picked up the win at Port Royal for his second win of the 2013 campaign and the second Port Royal win of his racing career. Trevor Kobylarz’s win at Susquehanna was his first of the season and first ever at the SSP. Kobylarz would garner three more wins on his way to the 2013 ARDC Championship.
After finding his way into the lead at Grandview on Memorial Day weekend, Kyle Lick is looking forward to a return engagement on the high banks. Lick was also a feature winner at Port Royal last season – his rookie season with ARDC. Lick can be considered a strong contender for the week ahead. Lick will take part in a Meet & Greet session at the Grandview Speedway prior to racing on Tuesday night.
Brenden Bright won ARDC’s final race of the season at Susquehanna’s Candy Bowl last October and would like nothing better than to pick up his first “W” of 2014 during Eastern Storm events this week.
Never to be counted out our ARDC drivers Ryan Greth, Brett Arndt, Tony DiMattia, Nick Wean, Drew Heistand Brett Wanner or Shawn Jackson. Greth and DiMattia are still in search of that first ARDC win as are Jim Radney, Greg Fitzpatrick, the Gilmore brothers, Mark & Brian, and Ryan Watt, as well as new comers Shawn Burke, John Barnett, Tommy Kunsman and Clayton Glassman.
There is so much potential in the field of competitors in the wingless midgets of ARDC that you never know who will get to the checkerd flag first. The only thing for certain is that there will be plenty of side by side and three wide (or more) racing before that checkered flag waves!