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