BRIGHT IS THE STAR IN CANDY BOWL ARDC FEATURE Kobylarz is 2013 ARDC Champion
Brenden Bright made sure that his third season in ARDC midget competition was not a winless one as he picked up his first win of the season in the final ARDC event of 2013. The 2011 ARDC Rookie of the Year struggled with mechanical issues throughout much of the season and missed several races during the summer months. Bright rejoined the schedule just three races ago, picking up a third and a win to close out the season.
Bright took the lead on lap thirteen from rookie, Jim Radney and then drove to the checkered flag seven laps later.
A multi car incident in turn two was the cause of a complete restart and Radney and Brett Arndt led the field to the green for the second attempt at lap number one. After getting upside down, Tony DiMattia was unable to continue. Jason Rice and Steve Craig were also casualties in this incident.
Radney took the lead on lap one as Arndt and Steven Drevicki battled it out for second. Drevicki came up with the spot and then challenged Radney for the lead, becoming the race leader on the second circuit. Drevicki led through lap five as Radney kept him in his sights from second. Ryan Greth moved up to third ahead of Arndt while Bright moved into fifth on lap five.
Radney raced back by Drevicki to take the lead on lap six. The caution came out again on lap eight as Dave Shirk and Brian Gilmore came together between the first and second turns. Radney held the advantage over Drevicki as Greth ran third. Bright had now advanced to fourth with Kyle Lick rounding out the top five.
Radney took the half way sign as the race leader as Bright moved up to third behind Drevicki. Bright took over second on lap twelve and used the outside line to drive into the lead one lap later.
Bright was able to navigate his way through lapped traffic as he drove away from the competition. Bright took the checkered flag followed by Radney, Drevicki, Greth and Alex Bright.
After missing his heat race due to mechanical issues, Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. started the feature from the scratch position and drove up to seventh to earn the Hyper Hard Charger Award.
Trevor Kobylarz restarted at the rear of the field after the lap one incident in turn two but his 15th place finish was more than enough to secure his first ARDC Championship as a driver and the second consecutive Owner’s Championship for R/T Racing’s, Dyke and Carey Becker.
Finish (20 laps)
1. Brenden Bright 2. Jim Radney 3. Steven Drevicki 4. Ryan Greth 5. Alex Bright 6. Brett Arndt 7. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. 8. Billy Pauch, Jr. 9. Kyle Lick 10. Curt Michael 11. Steven Bull 12. PJ Gargiulo 13. Brett Wanner 14. Billy Courtwright 15. Trevor Kobylarz 16. Brian Gilmore 17. Dave Shirk 18. Clayton Glassman 19. Greg Fitzpatrick 20. Steve Craig 21. Jason Rice 22. Tony DiMattia DNS – Mark Gilmore
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