The Fourth of July weekend is certainly one of the highlights on the 2015 schedule for the American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC).
On Friday evening, July 3rd, the wingless midgets make their second appearance of the 2015 season at Linda’s Speedway in Jonestown, PA. Linda’s Speedway hosted the 2015 season opener as well as the first race of the short track series back in April.
This time, ARDC will be competing in a special event – the “No Bull 25” – a race honoring six time ARDC Champion, Ray Bull. Bull reigned as the ARDC Champion for six consecutive seasons from 2000 – 2005 and collected fifty ARDC feature wins during his years of competition. Bull will be on hand Friday night as he is honored by Linda’s Speedway and ARDC.
Bull had a lot of success while racing Micro Sprints at Linda’s, including a win in the National Open. He is 13th on the all time Winners List in the 270cc Micros.
Bull achieved considerable success during his racing career, competing in several A Mains at the Chili Bowl in Tulsa, OK. as well competing in the Silver Crown series.
The Bull Family is offering an additional $100 award to the Hard Charger in the “No Bull 25” as well as a special commemorative checkered flag. One flag will be presented to ARDC and a second to Linda’s Speedway for this special event.
On Saturday night, the Fourth of July, ARDC will make their first ever appearance at Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway in Newmanstown, PA. The event is billed as “Star Spangled Havoc” and promises to be an exciting evening of racing for the wingless midgets on Lanco’s fifth mile track.
Several ARDC competitors took part in an early season practice session at the track and have indicated that they are looking forward to this first event. Ryan Greth, Jim Radney, Trevor Kobylarz, Steven Drevicki, Brett Wanner, Danny Stratton and Jared Esh participated in the practice session and have promised that the midgets will put on a show this Saturday night. It is a return to their roots for several drivers like Drevicki, Wanner and Greth who have raced at Lanco in the past while competing in Micro Sprint competition. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. and PJ Gargiulo have also turned some laps at Lanco.
Tim Weiser of Weiser’s Market of 680 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz, PA and 805 Main Street, Akron, PA will be sponsoring several special awards for this inaugural event. The feature winner of Star Spangled Havoc will receive a $100 bonus from Weiser’s Markets. Weiser’s will also present a $50 award to the Hard Charger and another $50 award to the Hard Luck competitor in the feature event. (www.weisersmarket.com)
It is hoped that both of these events will be continued on the schedule of future ARDC seasons.
Danny Stratton was the feature winner on opening night at Linda’s but in the six races that have been completed since then, only Tim Buckwalter has been able to repeat in the Winner’s Circle. Ryan Greth, Brett Wanner, Steve Buckwalter and most recently, PJ Gargiulo have picked up ARDC single feature wins so far this season. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. dominated the season opener, setting fast time, winning his heat race and then leading the feature until the half way mark when mechanical woes took him out of the running. Alex Bright returns to the Mike Heffner owned #27 for this weekend’s events. Brett Arndt had a strong run a week ago and looks to build some momentum on his 2015 season. 2013 ARDC Champion, Trevor Kobylarz & 2014 ARDC Champion, Steven Drevicki are both looking for their first wins of the 2015 season.
It’s been an exciting season so far and this weekend promises to put an exclamation point on ARDC’s mantra – “where Three Wide and Side by Side is standard.”
Make sure that these events are part of your Fourth of July holiday weekend!