ARDC Rookie Wins Second of Season
In what became a surprise ending to a twenty lap feature event at the Juniata County Fair race at the Port Royal Speedway, rookie driver, Kyle Lick picked up his second win of the season. Lick first won during ARDC’s Southern Swing at the CountyLine Speedway in June.
Greth led Lick, Bruce Buckwalter, Jr., Tony DiMattia and Nick Wean as the next sixteen laps ran without an incident. DiMattia briefly took over third but B. Buckwalter Jr. had regained the position before another lap was completed. Billy Pauch Jr. was making advances as he raced into the top five by the final five laps. Pauch was behind the wheel of the Ford powered Steward #33S.
Greth, in the meantime, continued to stretch his lead. Even with lapped traffic in his path, Greth raced nearly a half lap ahead of the field as the final laps approached.
On lap eighteen, the Heistand cars driven by Drew Heistand and URC competitor, Ryan Wilson, made contact between turns three and four, bringing out the caution. Greth’s huge advantage was erased as Lick, B. Buckwalter, Jr., Pauch and Wean lined up behind the leader for the start of the final three laps.
Greth faltered on the start and Lick quickly moved into the lead. Greth had lost the brakes on his mount during the race which was a situation that he could at least manage while he was well out in front of the field. With his lead erased and cars all around, Greth fell back through the top five. With Lick out in front, Pauch moved up to challenge B. Buckwalter for second. As the field came into turn four, with the checkered flag waving, Steven Drevicki made a bold move when a hole opened up on the bottom of the track. Drevicki had been racing outside of the top five on the last lap but his move in the final corner resulted in a fourth place finish.
Lick drove to the checkered flag to claim his second win of the season as B. Buckwalter, Jr. held off Pauch to take third. Drevicki followed in fourth with Greth rounding out the top five. Eric Heydenreich was the Hyper Hard Charger of the race.
ARDC heads to the Williams Grove Speedway this Friday (September 6) for their third and final show at the Grove for the 2013 season.
FINISH (20 LAPS)
1. Kyle Lick 2. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. 3. Billy Pauch, Jr. 4. Steven Drevicki 5. Ryan Greth 6. Nick Wean 7. Alex Bright 8. Tony DiMattia 9. Jim Radney
10. Tim Buckwalter 11. Steven Bull 12. Brett Arndt 13. Eric Heydenreich 14. Bill Courtwright 15. Ryan Wilson 16. Steve Buckwalter 17. Brett Wanner 18. Joe Butera 19. Mark Gilmore 20. Jamie Speers 21. John Heydenreich 22.. Drew Heistand 23. Greg Fitzpatrick 24. Jason Rice 25. PJ Gargiulo 26. Trevor Kobylarz