Buckwalter Caps Big Week with ARDC Win
Steve Buckwalter topped off a big week with his fifth ARDC Midget victory of the season – his third win at the New Egypt Speedway in the 2013 racing season. Buckwalter increased his New Egypt win total to seven with his win over current ARDC point leader, Trevor Kobylarz in the twenty lap feature event.
Polesitter, Brett Wanner and Brett Arndt led the field to the green flag. It was three wide for the lead by the time the field reached the starter stand as Shawn Jackson came away with the lead as the field entered the back stretch for the first time. A tangle in turn four between Kyle Lick and Steven Drevicki brought out the caution before the lap could be scored. Drevicki restarted at the rear of the field while Lick headed to the pits.
Kobylarz came away with the lead on the complete restart as Buckwalter drove from tenth to second to challenge. Buckwalter snagged the lead with one of his trademark slide jobs as the field exited turn four on lap one.
The race was on as Bruce Buckwalter, Jr, Nick Wean and Brenden Bright raced for the third spot. Bright raced his way from a sixteenth place start into the top five in just the first few laps of the race. Bright ran fourth, ahead of Wean by lap eight and then moved up to third over B. Buckwalter by the half way mark.
Kobylarz stayed with S. Buckwalter throughout the race, pulling even with the leader to challenge for the top spot but Buckwalter was able to pull ahead. Buckwalter’s biggest lead came in the closing laps as the leaders caught the back of the field and Buckwalter easily made his way through traffic to take the checkered flag.
Kobylarz finished second with B. Bright in third. B. Buckwalter and Wean rounded out the top five.
Qualifying heats were won by Drevicki and S. Buckwalter. The Hyper Hard Charger went to Bright who advanced thirteen positions.
Next on the 2013 ARDC schedule is the Grandview Speedway for the Thunder on the Hill event on October 19th.
Finish (20 laps) 1. Steve Buckwalter 2. Trevor Kobylarz 3. Brenden Bright 4. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. 5. Nick Wean 6. Tim Buckwalter 7. Steven Drevicki 8. PJ Gargiulo 9. Brett Wanner 10. Billy Pauch, Jr. 11. Jason Rice 12. Tony DiMattia 13. Steve Craig 14. Billy Courtwright 15. Mark Gilmore 16. Brett Arndt 17. Greg Fitzpatrick 18. Ryan Greth 19. Shawn Jackson 20. Curt Michael 21. Jim Radney 22. Kyle Lick
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