|2014 A.R.D.C. MIDGET SCHEDULE|
|APRIL||19||Sat||New Egypt Speedway, New Egypt, NJ|
|25||Fri||Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA|
|MAY||4||Sun||Grandview Speedway, Bechtelsville, PA|
|17||Sat||New Egypt Speedway, New Egypt, NJ|
|23||Fri||Big Diamond Speedway, Minersville, PA|
|25||Sun||Grandview Speedway – Thunder on the Hill, Bechtelsville, PA|
|JUNE||3||Tue||Grandview Speedway – Thunder on the Hill, Bechtelsville, PA|
|5||Thu||New Egypt Speedway, New Egypt, NJ|
|7||Sat||Port Royal Speedway, Port Royal, PA|
|8||Sun||Susquehanna Speedway, York Haven, PA|
|22||Sun||Grandview Speedway, Bechtelsville, PA|
|27||Fri||Clary’s Speedway, Brinkleyville, NC|
|28||Sat||County Line Speedway, Elm, NC|
|JULY||12||Sat||Bridgeport Speedway, Swedesboro, NJ|
|20||Sun||Grandview Speedway, Bechtelsville, PA|
|25||Fri||Big Diamond Speedway, Minersville, PA|
|AUGUST||1||Fri||Potomac Speedway, Mechanicsville, MD|
|2||Sat||Winchester Speedway, Winchester, VA|
|9||Sat||New Egypt Speedway, New Egypt, NJ|
|15||Fri||Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA|
|16||Sat||Lincoln Speedway, Abbottstown, PA|
|30||Sun||Grandview Speedway, Bechtelsville, PA|
|SEPTEMBER||12||Fri||Grandview Speedway, Bechtelsville, PA|
|21||Sun||Susquehanna Speedway, York Haven, PA|
|OCTOBER||18||Sat||Grandview Speedway – Thunder on the Hill, Bechtelsville, PA|
|25||Sat||Susquehanna Speedway, York Haven, PA|
|**Schedule is tentative – updates to follow|
Engine Rules to be locked in for 2014-2016 season
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Thunder on the Hill Win to T. Buckwalter
2012 ARDC Champion, Tim Buckwalter was the winner of the 25 lap feature event when the wingless midgets of ARDC joined the wingless sprint cars of USAC for the Eastern Storm event at the Grandview Speedway. It was only Buckwalter’s second ARDC start of the season as he transitions into the PA 358 Small Block Modifieds, running the midget on a part time basis. This was Buckwalter’s second Grandview win in a midget – his first came in October 2010 when he won the Thunder on the Hill season finale.
Shawn Jackson and Jimmy Glenn led the twenty-six car field to the green flag. A complete restart was needed when 2011 ARDC Champion, Drew Heistand and Ryan Watt came together on the backstretch. Jackson wasted no time in claiming the lead on the start. Steven Drevicki was on the move, taking over third on lap three as Alex Bright and rookie, Kyle Lick battled for position.
Point leader, Trevor Kobylarz drew the caution with five complete. Kobylarz had a left front flat from the start of the feature. Quick pit work sent Kobylarz back on the track to rejoin the rear of the field.
Drevicki moved into second ahead of Glenn and began to pressure Jackson for the lead. Drevicki took the lead on the backstretch on lap six as the battle was on for second through fifth. With ten complete, Tim Buckwalter moved into second behind Drevicki with Glenn, Alex Bright and Lick completing the top five.
Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. ran into trouble on lap thirteen with the cars of Nick Wean, Steve Craig, Steven Bull and Brett Arndt coming together in turn four. Only Craig was able to continue.
By half way, three time winner, Steve Buckwalter had moved into the top five. He had just moved ahead of Glenn for fourth when the DeGre Engineering #19 broke while leading. A disappointed Drevicki headed to the pits as Tim Buckwalter assumed the lead.
The top three spots would remain unchanged as Tim Buckwalter led and Alex Bright and Steve Buckwalter duked it out for second right down to the checkered flag. After winning the consolation, Billy Pauch Jr. drove the Fitzpatrick #28 through the field, taking fourth away from Glenn with about five laps to go.
Tim Buckwalter raced to his first win of the season with A. Bright, S. Buckwalter, Pauch and Glenn rounding out the top five. Pauch was named the Hyper Hard Charger of the race, finishing fourth after starting 19th.
PJ Gargiulo finished sixth as Watt rebounded from the lap one problem to finish 7th. Kyle Lick had the best performance of the season by a Rookie in eighth. Ryan Greth and Jason Rice completed the top ten.
Heats were won by Alex Bright, Glenn and Brenden Bright with Pauch winning the consi.
This race was the first of three for ARDC as they travel with the eastern Storm to Port Royal and Susquehanna this weekend.
Feature Finish (25 laps)
1. Tim Buckwalter 2. Alex Bright 3. Steve Buckwalter 4. Billy Pauch Jr, 5. Jimmy Glenn 6. PJ Gargiulo 7. Ryan Watt 8. Kyle Lick 9. Ryan Greth 10. Jason Rice 11. Brenden Bright 12. Tony DiMattia 13. John Barnett 14. Trevor Kobylarz 15. Scott Zipp 16. Brian Gilmore 17. Steve Craig 18. Carey Becker 19. Steven Drevicki 20. Nick Wean 21. Brett Arndt 22. Steven Bull 23. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. 24. Shawn Jackson 25. Bill Courtwright 26. Drew Heistand
WINNER – Tim Buckwalter (Photo by Ty Garl)
Hyper Racing Hard Charger – Billy Pauch Jr. (Photo by Ty Garl)
ARDC “At the Track” @ Grandview Speedway
BRIGHT LIGHTS THE NIGHT AT POTOMAC SPEEDWAY
Alex Bright picked up his first ARDC Midget win of the 2013 season when the American Racing Driver’s Club rolled into Potomac Speedway, Maryland for the first night of racing.
Bright, who led all competitors with four wins last season, had been consistent through the first three ARDC events of the year – his best finish coming during the season opener at New Egypt where he finished third behind Steve Buckwalter and Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. Bright is still ahead of his 2012 pace where his first win came in June at the Grandview Speedway.
Bear, DE competitor, Shawn Jackson not only led the twenty-five lap event but had pulled away to a straightaway lead. Bright, who started eleventh at the green, lost several positions in the early going. By the time he made his way to second, Jackson was long gone. “When I got to second and saw how much of a lead he (Jackson) had,” Bright stated, “I knew I had my work cut out.” But as luck would have it – good for Bright, not so for Jackson – a caution was needed, erasing Jackson’s advantage. It was then that Bright noticed that Jackson had lost his edge. “He wasn’t pulling down the staightaway like he had been.” For Jackson, his #7 starting missing and popping. “I didn’t know what was wrong.” Jackson headed to the pits shortly after Bright took the lead. It would be learned later that a broken spark plug had caused the issue in Jackson’s mount.
With Bright in the lead, the race was on for second as PJ Gargiulo and Trevor Kobylarz literally, ran wheel to wheel for the checkered flag. “I did everything I could,” Gargiulo stated. “I was determined that Trevor might push me across the finish line but I was going to finish ahead of him.” “It was just good racing,” Kobylarz stated.
Bright took the win in his Joe Hemler owned, Lightcap Electric #77 . Gargiulo picked up his first podium finish of the season with his second while Kobylarz finished third. Ryan Greth earned his third fourth place finish of the season while Steven Drevicki salvaged a top five finish – crossing the line with very little air in either rear tire.
Tony DiMattia, an ARDC rookie this season, earned his best result of the season with a ninth place finish.
FINISH (25 laps)
1. Alex Bright 2. PJ Gargiulo 3. Trevor Kobylarz 4. Ryan Greth 5. Steven Drevicki 6. Steven Bull 7. Carey Becker 8. Brett Arndt 9. Tony DiMattia 10. Steve Craig 11. Dusty Heistand 12. Billy Courtwright 13. Brian Gilmore 14. Brenden Bright 15. Shawn Jackson 16. Randy Reid 17. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. 18. Greg Fitzpatrick
DNS – Mark Gilmore, Jimmy Glenn, Kyle Lick
BRUCE BUCKWALTER, JR IS ALL SMILES AFTER WIN AT WINCHESTER
Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. turned over a new leaf on Saturday when he took the twenty-five lap ARDC feature at the Winchester Speedway and did so in convincing style!!
For the first time in his career, Buckwalter, Jr. was winless in 2012. Despite many good runs, luck was just not on his side. “When we finished, we had good finishes,’ Buckwalter, explained. “But we had so many good runs when we just didn’t finish!” But the winless streak was over as Buckwalter celebrated from the top of the roll cage on his BDB Construction #83.
Jimmy Glenn took command at the start of the twenty five lap main event and put some daylight between himself and second place contender, Tony DiMattia. Dimattia had shed his rookie stripe over the weekend and was enjoying a strong run in second. As Glenn pulled away, DiMattia was soon battling with Buckwalter who took over second on lap four after starting in the third row.
Buckwalter began to erase Glenn’s lead. A caution was needed for Dusty Hiestand on lap. Shawn Jackson relinquished a top five spot when he headed to the pits under the caution. Contact on the restart sent the DeGre Engineering car of Steven Drevicki to the pits with a flat and another caution was needed.
Three times Glenn led Buckwalter back to the green flag. On the third attempt, Buckwalter made his best move and was the race leader when lap eight was scored.
Buckwalter pulled away as the race passed the half way point with Glenn, Friday night winner, Alex Bright, DiMattia and Ryan Greth running in the top five and PJ Gargiulo and Trevor Kobylarz starting to challenge for a top five position.
A red flag was needed when Bright got sideways going into turn one, collecting DiMattia in the process. DiMattia got upside down as Gargiulo and Greth were also collected. Only Gargiulo was able to restart following the incident – caused when Bright’s arm restraints got caught inside something in the cockpit.
With just seven laps remaining, there was a lot of racing still to come. Brett Arndt raced his way back to fourth after an earlier incident. Kobylarz and Glenn put on a show for second as the two drivers used slide jobs to gain the second position.
With the checkered waving, Buckwalter raced to his first win of the season and fifth win in a row for the Elite Chassis built by Steve Buckwalter. Kobylarz won the battle with Glenn who finished a strong third. Gargiulo finished fourth with Arndt rounding out the top five.
ARDC action returns with the Eastern Storm at the Grandview Speedway on June 5th.
Complete finish for Winchester Speedway: Bruce Buckwalter, Jr., Trevor Kobylarz, Jimmy Glenn, P.J. Gargiulo, Brett Arndt, Steven Bull, Carey Becker, Joe Butera, Billy Courtwright, Dusty Heistand, Alex Bright, Tony DiMattia, Ryan Greth, Brenden Bright, Steven Drevicki, Brian Gilmore, Greg Fitzpatrick, Shawn Jackson
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Potomac Speedway Finish: Alex Bright, P.J. Gargiulo, Trevor Kobylarz, Ryan Greth, Steven Drevicki, Steven Bull, Carey Becker, Brett Arndt, Tony DiMattia, Steve Craig, Dusty Heistand, Billy Courtwright, Brian Gilmore, Brenden Bright, Shawn Jackson, Randy Reid, Bruce Buckwalter, Jr., Greg Fitzpatrick…. Did not Start: Mark Gilmore, Jimmy Glenn, Kyle Lick
ARDC DOUBLEHEADER THIS WEEKEND
And a New Name on the Win List!
But with Buckwalter remaining in the Keystone State due to sprint car comittments this weekend, a new name will hit the 2013 ARDC Feature Win List! Who will it be!
Buckwalter Completes Clean Sweep of First 3 ARDC Events in 2013
Steve Buckwalter Wins ARDC Event at Williams Grove
Steve Buckwalter came out of Williams Grove with his second ARDC Midget victory of the season just on week after winning the 2013 season opener.
Twenty-nine ARDC Midgets went to the post to earn a starting position in the twenty six car field for the twenty lap main event. Buckwalter’s opening day win found him seated deep in the pack – starting 15th at the start of the race.
Polesitter, Brenden Bright, paced the field from wave of the green with PJ Gargiulo pressuring him all the way. A multi car tangle in turn four prevented the scoring of the first lap as Mark Gilmore, Nick Wean and Austin Burke retired from the race. A complete restart was called for and again, it was Bright who paced the field.
Bright, who was the winner of this race a year ago, began to put some distance between himself and the field by lap three. Reading, PA Steven Drevicki was on the move as he moved up to fourth on lap four. On lap six, Drevicki overtook PJ Gargiulo for third and Buckwalter moved up to fourth.
By half way, Buckwalter ran in third behind Bright and Carey Boyer. Boyer, who was racing an Elite Chassis car built by Buckwalter, lost the runner-up spot to Buckwalter on lap twelve. Before the lap was scored, Buckwalter had overtaken Bright for the lead.
As Buckwalter drove away from the field, the battle resumed for a spot in the top five. Drevicki took over second with four laps remaining. Tim Buckwalter moved up to third one lap later after starting from the 20th starting spot.
Ryan Greth took over fifth on lap eighteen and then moved by Bright to take the fourth spot.
With the checkered waving, it would be Steve Buckwalter for the second week in a row over Steven Drevicki, Tim Buckwalter, Ryan Greth and Brenden Bright.
The Hyper Hard Charger Award was awarded to Tim Buckwalter for his race from twentieth to finish third.
Finish (20 laps)
1. Steve Buckwalter 2. Steven Drevicki 3. Tim Buckwalter 4. Ryan Greth 5. Brenden Bright 6. Carey Becker 7. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. 8. Alex Bright 9. Shawn Jackson 10. Jimmy Glenn 11. Trevor Kobylarz 12. Steven Bull 13. PJ Gargiulo 14. Steve Craig 15. Jason Rice 16. Tony DiMattia 17. Jodie Spears 18. Kyle Lick 19. Greg Fitzpatrick 20. John Heydenreich 21. Drew Heistand 22. Brett Arndt 23. Mark Gilmore 24. Nick Wean 25. Austin Burke 26. Randy Reid
Top 3 (3rd – 1st left to right) – Tim Buckwalter, Steve Drivicki, Steve Buckwalter