ARDC ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE FOR 2015 SEASON
Big Season Planned for American Racing Drivers Club
The American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) has a full season of events planned for the 2015 season, featuring the return of the wingless midgets to both North Carolina and Western Pennsylvania speedways as well as an increased presence on the area quarter mile tracks.
The 2015 season kicks off with the Friday night opener at the Linda's Speedway on April 3rd. It has been several years since the wingless midgets competed at Linda's but 2015 will mark the return with three dates at the Jonestown, PA track. ARDC will return to Linda's for a Friday night show on July 3rd that will honor five time ARDC Champion, Ray Bull with the Living Legends Event, the No Bull 25. As the season winds down, ARDC will return to Linda's for a Friday night event on October 2nd.
After a successful return to the Path Valley Speedway in September of last year, ARDC will compete on the Spring Run, PA quarter mile on three separate occasions this year beginning on Saturday, April 18th. ARDC will return to Path Valley on July 25th and again on September 19th.
The Bridgeport Speedway quarter mile will host ARDC on five separate occasions as the wingless midgets are featured in Bridgeport's Friday night program starting on May 8th. ARDC returns to Bridgeport on June 5th, July 24th, August 28th and again on September 25th.
The month of May starts out at the Big Diamond Speedway on May 1st where the midgets will return for a second show in 2015 on Friday, July 17th. In addition to the May 8th show at Bridgeport, ARDC will compete in a Sunday night Thunder on the Hill show at the Grandview Speedway on May 24th. The first travel weekend of the season follows one weekend later as the ARDC teams will head south for Dixieland and County Line Speedways in North Carolina on May 29th and 30th.
USAC comes to the East for the Eastern Storm tour in early June. ARDC will appear with the wingless USAC sprints at both Grandview on Tuesday, June 2nd and again at the Port Royal Speedway on Saturday June 6th.
Mid-June marks the return of ARDC to Western Pennsylvania as the midgets head to the Bedford Speedway on Friday, June 19th and then it's on to the Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway on Saturday night, June 20th. The month of June concludes with ARDC's first of two appearances at the Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, June 26th.
After opening the July 4th weekend at Linda's on Friday the 3rd, ARDC is looking to spend the holiday with a race at Laneco on July 4th but this date has not yet been confirmed. It's back to Mercer Speedway on Saturday, July 11th and then Big Diamond on Friday the 17th. July concludes with a Friday night show at Bridgeport on the 24th and then Path Valley on Saturday the 25th.
After a hectic June and July, ARDC will race at return to the Lincoln Speedway on Saturday, August 15th and then at Bridgeport on Friday, August 28th.
September shapes up with a possible Labor Day race at Port Royal (to be announced). ARDC returns to Williams Grove on Friday, September 18th and then it's on to Path Valley the next day. September concludes with a Friday night show at Bridgeport's quarter mile on Friday, September 25th.
The 2015 season concludes with shows at Linda's on Friday, October 2nd and Thunder on the Hill at the Grandview Speedway on Saturday, October 17th when the 2015 ARDC Championship will be determined.
2015 promises to be an exciting season of racing for the American Racing Drivers Club as the wingless midgets are featured on a wide variety of speedways. Just the kind of versatility that has made midget racing so popular.
2015 ARDC SCHEDULE
3 - Linda's Speedway (ARDC Season Opener)
18 - Path Valley
1 - Big Diamond
8 - Bridgeport
24 - Thunder on the Hill at the Grandview
29 - Dixieland
30 - County Line
2 - Eastern Storm - Thunder on the Hill - Grandview
5 - Bridgeport
6 - Eastern Storm - Port Royal
19 - Bedford
20 - Pittsburgh
26 - Williams Grove
3 - Linda's
4 - Laneco (tentative)
11 - Mercer
17 - Big Diamond
24 - Bridgeport
25 - Path Valley
15 - Lincoln
28 - Bridgeport
7 - Port Royal (tentative)
18 - Williams Grove
19 - Path Valley
25 - Bridgeport
2 - Linda's
17 - Thunder on the Hill - Grandview
ARDC ANNOUNCES 2015 SEASON OPENER AT LINDA'S SPEEDWAY
Wingless Midget Return to Linda's in 2015
One of the goals of the American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) for the 2015 season was for the wingless midgets to see more action on the quarter mile tracks and that goal is in sight as ARDC announces their opener at Linda's Speedway on Friday, April 3, 2015. The midgets will be part of a triple header as they join the wingless 600 Micros and 270 Micros in Friday night action.
ARDC's successful return to the Path Valley Speedway in 2014 sparked more interest in the quarter mile tracks. In addition to three dates each at Path Valley and Linda's in 2015, there will also be five dates on Bridgeport's quarter mile track for ARDC with other dates awaiting confirmation of the 2015 schedule.
Linda's Speedway's Michael Batz is looking forward to opening night when the midgets will run time trials to determine starting line-ups for their qualifying heats. "It will be the first race of the season and the first race for the midgets at Linda's. Time trials will give us an opportunity to introduce each of the drivers to our fans and I expect that there will be some surprises out there," Batz relates. The quarter mile track will make the competition more equal among the midgets that typically run on many different size tracks - up to and including large half miles. Batz expects that some new stars may emerge in the series of races on the quarter mile tracks.
Many of the ARDC competitors have come from quarter midgets and then micro sprints before making the move into the midgets. For many, it will be a return to their roots. It will also give the current micro sprint competitors a close up view of the midget competition.
Look for the complete 2015 ARDC schedule to be released in the near future.
Mark your calendars for the opener on Friday, April 3rd at the Linda's Speedway in Jonestown, PA.
DREVICKI IS CHAMPION IN 75TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON
ARDC Crowns New Champion and Announces Special Award Winners
The American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) gathered at Lobitz Catering in Hazle Township, PA on Saturday to celebrate its 75th Anniversary Season with the crowning of its new champion.
Steven Drevicki of Reading, PA and car owner, Greg Fitzpatrick were honored as the 2014 ARDC Champions on Saturday night as their DeGre Engineering Race Team celebrated its first championship.
Drevicki's record during the 2014 season was nearly flawless as the young driver and his team completed every lap of every event on their way to three wins and twelve top five finishes in the fifteen race schedule. Drevicki won the season opener at the New Egypt Speedway and then went on to pick up his first ever wins at both the Port Royal Speedway and Grandview Speedway later in the season. Drevicki also grabbed eight qualifying race wins during the season.
Car owner, Fitzpatrick praised his driver for being "easy on equipment" and also had high praise for crew chief, Dave Drevicki who supervises the weekly maintenance and preparation on the DeGre Engineering cars driven by both the 2014 ARDC Champion and Fitzpatrick himself. Dave Drevicki was names as ARDC's 2014 Ken Hickey Mechanic of the Year recipient.
Other special awards were presented to KaseyJo Burnish who received the President's Award for her service to the club throughout the 2014 season. Scott and Brett Arndt received the Best Appearing Car Award for their #46 in what was this father and son's 25th season of racing together. Austin Burke overcame injury and disappointment in 2013 to receive the 2014 ARDC Rookie of the Year honors. Stan Lobitz presented the Lobitz Sportsmanship Award to Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. for his unwavering support and promotion of ARDC as well as his sense of fair play and camaraderie among his fellow competitors.
Dino Oberto was the Master of Ceremonies for this year's event while Ms. Motorsports, Cassi Pinder did the honors of presenting the various awards to the recipients. The top fifteen in driver and owner points were recognized along with the recipients of all of the special awards.
ARDC SETS THE STAGE FOR 2015 SEASON
The members of the American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) held their annual Fall General Membership meeting on Sunday, November 2nd at the American Legion in Topton, PA.
One of the first items on the agenda was the election of Board of Governor members. Wayne Lesher was elected as the President of the organization for the 2015-2016 term. Dave Drevicki was elected to the position of Vice President, Jerry Steward - Treasurer, Deb Smith - Secretary, Tom Grumbine - Owners' Representative and Ted Bright as Member at Large. PJ Gargiulo, Driver's Representative and Keith Mory, Trustee, will continue in their positions through 2015.
As the newly elected president, Wayne Lesher is looking forward leading ARDC into the future. "2014 has been a year of celebration and change within the ARDC," Lesher explained. "I'm excited about what we have in store for 2015. Meetings with car owners and track representatives have been very positive and in few weeks we will have very exciting announcements about the upcoming season." Lesher added, "2015 will mark year 76th for this historic organization and it will
be flat out and on the cushion!!!!"
ARDC will celebrate their 75th Anniversary Season by crowning their 2014 ARDC Champion, Steven Drevicki on Saturday, November 29th at Lobitz Catering in Hazle Township. The banquet is open to the public. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For non-members, tickets are $35 while ARDC members can purchase tickets for $10 by contacting Deb Smith at 610-972-6176 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DREVICKI WINS IT ALL IN ARDC ACTION
NEW ARDC CHAMPION CLOSES SEASON WITH A WIN
It was the final race of the season for the American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) as the wingless midgets competed as just one of the five divisions in the final Thunder on the Hill event of 2014 at the Grandview Speedway.
Steven Drevicki had already clinched the 2014 ARDC Championship prior to the final event. With the title in hand, Drevicki was now free to race on the final night and not be concerned about points. Drevicki took full advantage of the opportunity and it paid dividends for the first time champion.
"I'm really looking forward to racing at Grandview this weekend," Drevicki related in the days prior to the final race. "By clinching the title after Path Valley, I can go into Grandview to race for the win and not have to worry about the points." With the Grandview Speedway just a short distance from his Reading, PA home, Drevicki was anxious to pick up his first win at his home track.
Timed warm-ups determined the top twelve fastest for the final race with those twelve drivers then drawing for their starting positions. Brenden Bright has the fastest time. Drevicki timed fifth quick and then drew the pole for the start of the twenty-five lap main event.
In spite of his pole position start, Drevicki still had his work cut out for him. Alex Bright, with five ARDC feature wins to his credit, started outside pole in the Mike Heffner owned #27.
Drevicki took the lead at the wave of the green with Alex Bright right on his tail. Billy Pauch Jr., driving a team car to Drevicki, powered past PJ Gargiulo to take over third following a lap four restart. Pauch Jr. made a three car race for the lead as Gargiulo, Ryan Watt, 2013 ARDC Champion, Trevor Kobylarz and Brenden Bright followed.
Brett Arndt lost power as the field headed down the homestretch to complete lap eleven and then needed a caution when he and Ryan Greth tangled between turns one and two.
Following the single file restart, Drevicki held a car length or two lead over Alex Bright who was now fending off the challenges of Pauch Jr. for second. Gargiulo and Kobylarz rounded out the top five with plenty of action to follow among the likes of Brenden Bright, Danny Stratton, Watt, Tim Buckwalter and Jim Radney.
Stratton had just broken into the top five when driveline issues sent him pit side. Brenden Bright was also sidelined with a flat tire with just nine laps remaining.
With plenty of pressure coming from Pauch for second, Drevicki was able to pull away from his rivals in the final laps. Pauch used a slide job to pass Alex Bright for second as they raced in turn three but Bright returned the favor in the next corner and regained the position.
Drevicki led the way to the checkered, adding a third win to his championship season and his first ever at the Grandview Speedway. Alex Bright finished second with Pauch, Jr. taking third. Kobylarz finished fourth with Gargiulo rounding out the top five.
The win also gave Drevicki the win in the Hilbert on the Hill Challenge sponsored by Bob Hilbert Sportswear. Drevicki will be awarded 100 Express White shirts for his team at the upcoming ARDC banquet in November.
FEATURE (25 LAPS) 1. Steven Drevicki, 2. Alex Bright, 3. Billy Pauch, 4. Trevor Kobylarz, 5. P.J. Gargiulo, 6. Tim Buckwalter, 7. Jim Radney, 8. Ryan Watt, 9. Bruce Buckwalter Jr., 10. Kyle Lick, 11. Austin Burke, 12. Tyler Brehm, 13. Nick Wean, 14. Danny Straton, 15. Brenden Bright, 16. Brett Arndt, 17. Ryan Greth, 18. Brett Wanner, 19. Shawn Jackson, 20. Thomas Kunsman, 21. Billy Courtwight.
ARDC 75TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON COMES TO A CLOSE
Final 2014 ARDC Event in Saturday's Thunder on the Hill
The 75th Anniversary Season of the American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) will come to a close at the Thunder on the Hill Halloween Party at the Grandview Speedway this Saturday night when ARDC is just one of the divisions to be featured in this fun filled annual event.
Steven Drevicki of Reading, PA has already sealed the 2014 Championship for his DeGre Engineering team and car owner, Greg Fitzpatrick. In addition to his two feature wins, Drevicki has been able to complete every race on the 2014 ARDC schedule and has amassed a long string of top five finishes. In spite of his outstanding record, Drevicki would like nothing better than to add a Grandview Speedway win to his list of accomplishments for the 2014 season. Many of the ARDC teams consider Grandview to be their home track and of course, want to perform well in front of family, friends and sponsors!
Even thought Drevicki has clinched the title, there is still plenty of action left to determine who the top ten will be at season's end. Currently, Brenden Bright is second in the points chase - a position that he has held for most of the season. 2013 ARDC Champion, Trevor Kobylarz, sits in third, followed by Alex Bright and Brett Arndt. Alex Bright leads all competitors with five wins. Bright has one win at Grandview this season that still has many talking. Bright came from 21st to win the twenty-five lap feature during the first Thunder on the Hill program back in May.
Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. Nick Wean, Ryan Greth, rookie, Austin Burke and PJ Gargiulo round out the top ten in points going into the final event but Tony DiMattia, Kyle Lick and Brett Wanner are well within striking distance. This is a very important race for many ARDC teams.
With the 2014 winding down, plans are well underway for 2015. Many tracks do not begin to work on their new schedules until after their last race of the season however, ARDC has already scheduled several dates for 2015. The 2015 schedule will include a return of ARDC to the tracks of Dixieland and Countyline in North Carolina as well as Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway and the Bedford Fairgrounds. Stay tuned for more upcoming news in the months to come!
BRETT ARNDT IS THE WINNER IN ARDC RETURN TO PATH VALLEY
Arndt Earns Second Career Win During Anniversary Season
The return of the American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) and Brett Arndt's win on that historic night will be a red letter addition to ARDC's 75th Anniversary season!
In their first Path Valley appearance since 1993, ARDC elected to use a revenge draw for the main event. PJ Gargiulo drew the pole and gave that position to Arndt for the start of the twenty-five lap feature event. And that was all that Arndt needed to garner his second ARDC career win as he led from the green flag to the checkered to take the win.
The feature winner, as well as his competitors, had high praise for the Path Valley racing surface. Arndt related, "The track was ready when we got there. For the feature, it was a good slick track from the bottom to the cushion," Arndt added.
With six laps to go, 2011 ARDC Champion, Drew Heistand challenged Arndt for the lead. Unfortunately for Heistand, the slide job was not successful as Heistand drew the late race caution. Heistand's challenge also presented an opportunity for Tim Buckwalter who had moved up to second with about ten laps to go. Buckwalter trailed Arndt and thought that Heistand's challenge just might create a chance for him with the leader but that opportunity never presented itself. "I really liked racing at Path Valley," Buckwalter stated. "That's a great track for the midgets!"
Alex Bright was the hired gun in the Mike Heffner owned #27 midget for the Friday night show at Path Valley. After being involved in two altercations earlier in the feature, Bright rebounded to a third place finish at the checkered. "The axle was bent but I was still able to steer the car," the five time ARDC winner explained. And steer the car he did as he captured the final podium finish after twenty-five laps.
The top five was rounded out by two ARDC Champions as Trevor Kobylarz drove the R/T Racing #1 up to fourth after starting 10th on the grid. With his fifth place finish, Steven Drevicki secured the 2014 ARDC Championship title with one more point show remaining on the ARDC schedule.
It was a big night for the Arndts and their EF Schneider sponsored #46. Always in the hunt, Brett Arndt has had several strong runs since mid-season. Friday night's race at Path Valley put the exclamation point on what has been a strong season for Arndt who holds down fifth in points with just one race remaining.
PJ Gargiulo, Tommy Kunsman Jr., Nick Wean, Brett Wanner and Brenden Bright finished in sixth through tenth.
Heat wins went to Nick Wean, Drew Heistand and Tim Buckwalter.
Feature Finish (25 laps)
1. Brett Arndt, 2. Tim Buckwalter, 3. Alex Bright, 4. Trevor Kobylarz, 5. Steven Drevicki, 6. P.J. Gargiulo, 7. Tommy Kunsman Jr., 8. Nick Wean, 9. Brett Wanner, 10. Brenden Bright, 11. Greg Robinson, 12. Tony DiMattia, 13. Carey Becker, 14. Austin Burke, 15. Dusty Heistand, 16. Ryan Greth, 17. Drew Heistand, 18. Shawn Jackson, 19. Jim Radney, 20. Bruce Buckwalter Jr., 21. Greg Fitzpatrick, DNS - Danny Stratton.
ARDC RETURNS TO PATH VALLEY
The wingless midgets of the American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) will return to the Path Valley Speedway for the first time in more than twenty years when ARDC heads to central Pennsylvania this Friday night racing with Path Valley Speedway Park on their schedule. The field of midgets will take the green flag for a twenty-five lap feature event.
Path Valley Speedway Park is a perfect venue for the wingless midgets - the 1/4 mile banked clay track is optimal for plenty of "side by side" and three wide racing that the ARDC midgets are known.
Jim Radney and his Hyper Midget will be among the entries in Friday night's events. Radney was the race leader just one week ago before being sidelined with electrical problems ten laps from the finish. He will be looking to redeem that performance when the midgets take to the track on Friday night. Radney will be joined by his team mate, Ryan Greth on Friday night. Both drivers are in search of their career first ARDC Midget wins.
Current point leader, Steven Drevicki of Reading will in the field, looking for his third win of the 2014 season. Collegeville, PA driver, Alex Bright leads the ARDC competitors with five wins and will be looking to add to his total. Brenden Bright earned his first win of the season just a week ago and would love to duplicate that effort at Path Valley. Tim Buckwalter and PJ Gargiulo have each picked up one win this season.
Lou Cicconi was the ARDC winner when the club last raced on the Franklin County surface in 1993. Johnny Heydenreich was the race winner in 1987.
Ten lap heat races will determine the starting field as well as a twelve lap B Main. Warm-ups get underway at 7pm.
1. Steven Drevicki 1754
2. Brenden Bright 1578
3. Trevor Kobylarz 1490
4. Alex Bright 1439
5. Brett Arndt 1384
6. Bruce Buckwalter Jr. 1278
7. Nick Wean 1160
8. Ryan Greth 1062
9. Austin Burke 1045
10. P.J. Gargiulo 1043