Tim Buckwalter wins at Grandview
History repeated itself when Douglassville, PA driver, Tim Buckwalter drove his Buckwalter Motorsports #52 into Grandview's Victory lane after a twenty-five lap win in the American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) feature event when ARDC joined USAC for the first Eastern Storm event on Tuesday night. The event survived the weather - waiting out two periods of rain but the entire show was completed in a timely manner.
Buckwalter, who became a regular in Saturday night action in Grandview's tough 358 Small Block Modified ranks last season, earned his first midget victory of the season in his first race of the year with ARDC. Buckwalter had planned to make several other starts but those events fell victim to Mother Nature. While Buckwalter is still seeking his first stock car victory at Grandview, his win on Tuesday night made it two in a row of the 2012 ARDC Champion in Eastern Storm competition.
Buckwalter had this to say about his first outing. "We rebuilt the car and pretty much put everything back to where it was before. Buckwalter added, "I will tell you one difference thought - I ran my own shocks on all four corners of the car! That was one thing that was different." Buckwalter has built a reputation around the micro sprint, midget and even stock car competition for his knowledge with shocks. Tim's Shock Lab (TSL) can be found on many of the ARDC midgets on race night.
Alex Bright was scheduled to start on the pole for the feature event but developed motor issues and pulled into the pits while the field was still forming. Bright's departure moved rookie driver, Austin Burke to the pole for the start of the race with 2013 ARDC Champion, Trevor Kobylarz to his outside. Kobylarz took the lead at the start but the caution came out at the end of one lap when Ryan Watt and Eric Heydenreich tangled on the homestretch. Koybylarz retook the lead on the restart as Bruce Buckwalter Jr. looked to the inside to take over second. It was Tim Buckwalter who made the move, passing his cousin and then Burke to move into second. Buckwalter overtook Kobylarz for the lead on lap five before the red was displayed when James Morris and Clayton Glassman came together on the backstretch. Both drivers escaped injury in the incident and the field was realigned for a single file restart.
Tim Buckwalter had the race in hand as the battle for second on back allowed the former champion to drive away from the field. Bruce Buckwalter took over third from Burke on lap seven and then raced Kobylarz for second for several laps. Kobylarz lost the handle in turn three as the field was coming to the half way mark as Danny Stratton and Tony DiMattia were collected in the incident. After getting upside down, Stratton's night came to an end but Kobylarz and DiMattia restarted the feature.
Tim Buckwalter restarted the race and pulled away from Bruce Buckwalter Jr. and Brett Arndt as a side by side battle was waged for fourth between Steve Buckwalter and Billy Pauch Jr. Arndt took second on lap sixteen with Pauch moving up to third on the next go round. A move to the inside down the backstretch took Pauch to second.
With five to go, Tim Buckwalter held a sizeable lead over Pauch, Arndt, Steve and Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. Current point leader, Steven Drevicki broke into the top five in the final laps, gaining several positions in the late stages of the race.
Tim Buckwalter sailed to the win with a healthy lead over Pauch, Steve Buckwalter, Arndt and Drevicki.
Heats were won by Kobylarz, Ryan Greth and Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. with Danny Stratton winning the consolation event.
It's on to the New Egypt Speedway for race #2 in the Eastern Storm on Thursday night.
Billy Pauch Jr. drove Carey Becker's #20 for the first time - finishing second after starting 11th. Four of the top five cars - both Buckwalters, Pauch and Drevicki were Steve Buckwalter's Elite chassis design. It was season best performances for Tim Bucwalter, Pauch, Steve Buckwalter and Arndt. Micro sprint driver, James Morris made his ARDC debut as the driver of the Steward #34 while Danny Stratton returned to midget competition driving Steward's #33.
FEATURE RESULTS (25 LAPS)
1. Tim Buckwalter 2. Billy Pauch Jr. 3. Steve Buckwalter 4. Brett Arndt 5. Steven Drevicki 6. PJ Gargiulo 7. Brenden Bright 8. Ryan Greth 9. Kyle Lick 10. Tony DiMattia 11. Austin Burke 12. Trevor Kobylarz 13. Brian Gilmore 14. Tommy Kunsman Jr. 15. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. 16. Ryan Watt 17. John Barnett 18. Brett Wanner 19. Danny Stratton 20. Eric Heydenreich 21. Clayton Glassman 22. James Morris 23. Jim Radney (DNS - Alex Bright)
PJ GARGIULO RACES TO ARDC WIN AT NEW EGYPT
Gargiulo Battles A Bright to the Finish for the Win
After a six year absence, PJ Gargiulo drove into Victory Lane after winning the twenty lap Amercan Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) feature event at the New Egypt Speedway. Gargiulo led the race from the green flag to the checkered even though the lead was hotly contested throughout the main event.
Gargiulo and Bruce Buckwalter Jr. led the starting field to the wave of the green flag in ARDC's second New Egypt appearance of the season. Gargiulo immediately jumped out in front while Steven Drevicki and Brenden Bright battled their way into second and third. Buckwalter and Ryan Greth completed the top five in the running order in the early going as Gargiulo put together a lead of several car lengths.
Buckwalter made a move past Brenden Bright to take over third as the field raced to the half way mark. Alex Bright had just cracked the top five as he overtook Greth for the fifth position.
The first caution of the race flew on lap eleven for 2013 ARDC Champion, Trevor Kobylarz in turn two. Kobylarz restarted at the rear and the field realigned for the restart.
One lap was scored before the caution waved again but not before Alex Bright had raced his way to third and began to pressure Drevicki for the runner-up position. It was a three way race for the lead as Gargiulo had Bright to his inside and Drevicki looking at the high line as the laps counted down.
The red flag was needed for a multi car incident in turn four that saw 2011 ARDC Champion, Drew Heistand get upside down. Heistand exited the car and caught a ride back to the pit area in the ambulance. Jim Radney's run ended with this incident as did Davey Sammons first ARDC ride as Sammons substituted for owner/driver, Greg Fitzpatrick.
Gargiulo had plenty of time under the red flag to think about what lay ahead of him. With Alex Bright on his rear bumper, Gargiulo hit all of his marks on the green, white, checkered finish and drove to his second career win in ARDC competition. Alex Bright followed Gargiulo across the line with Drevicki finishing third. Ryan Greth finished fourth while some late race moves by Nick Wean landed him a fifth place finish.
Heats were won by Alex & Brenden Bright and Drevicki.
ARDC has a two race weekend coming up for the Memorial Holiday with a race at the Big Diamond Speedway on Friday night and then the Thunder on the Hill show at the Grandview Speedway on Sunday.
Feature Finish (20 laps) 1. PJ Gargiulo 2. Bruce Buckwalter Jr. 3. Steven Drevicki 4. Ryan Greth 5. Nick Wean 6. Bruce Buckwalter Jr. 7. Brenden Bright 8. Trevor Kobylarz 9. Brett Arndt 10. Austin Burke 11. Clayton Glassman 12. Brian Gilmore 13. Brett Wanner 14. Billy Courtwright 15. Billy Pauch Jr. 16. Kyle Lick 17. Mark Gilmore 18. Drew Heistand 19. Jim Radney 20. Davey Sammons 21. Tony DiMattia
ARDC MIDGET ACTION RETURNS TO SUNDAY NIGHTS AT THE GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY
It's been thirty years since Sunday night racing at the Grandview Speedway featured midget racing but that is all about to change this Sunday, May 4th with the Open Wheel Spectacular on the high banks of the Grandview Speedway! And what better timing than the 2014 season as the American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) celebrates their 75th Anniversary.
In what will be the first of four doubleheader events, ARDC will team up with the Hilborn Tri-State Race Saver 305 Sprint Cars in a Sunday night program on the 1/3 mile speedway with both divisions featured in qualifying events and twenty-five lap features.
After rain caused the cancellation of the second event on the ARDC 2014 schedule, ARDC teams are anxiously awaiting their next event at Grandview. Many of the ARDC teams consider the Grandview Speedway to be their home track. "Grandview is one my favorite tracks," 2013 ARDC Champion Trevor Kobylarz stated recently. "We consider Grandview to be our home track since it is the closest to home of anywhere we race. It gives us a chance to bring our sponsors to the track as well as family and friends." Kobylarz continued, "And with this being our (ARDC) 75th Anniversary, it connects us to a part of our history that was very popular. A lot of people have told me how they used to attend those Sunday night races at Grandview."
Many of the drivers share Kobylarz' sentiments and would like nothing better than to visit Victory Lane at the Grandview Speedway.
Kobylarz and regular Saturday night Grandview competitor, Tim Buckwalter were the winners of the 2013 ARDC events at Grandview and both will be in the field for the first Sunday night event in thirty years. Buckwalter moved into competition in the Small Block Modified ranks at Grandview after winning the 2012 ARDC Championship.
Kobylarz and Buckwalter will have plenty of competition from the likes of the winner of the 2014 season opener, Steven Drevicki, Bruce Buckwalter, Jr., Ryan Greth, PJ Gargiulo, Brett Arndt, Tony DiMattia, Alex Bright, Kyle Lick and Nick Wean as well as many more. Billy Pauch Jr. who has an ARDC win at Grandview in the Burke Trucking #54 will be doing double duty on Sunday nights as he races in both the sprint cars and midgets. Modified chauffeur, Ryan Watt will run a team car to Pauch as both drivers wheel entries owned by Jerry & Karen Steward.
A Meet & Greet will allow fans access to two drivers from each organization prior to the Sunday night events. Drivers will be available for pictures and autographs beginning at 5pm on race night, just outside the track's main entrance.
It's been a part of midget history and now will become apart of the present.
Racing begins at 7:30pm. Adult admission is $15 with children 6-11 just $3. Children under 6 are free.
DREVICKI OPENS 2014 ARDC SEASON WITH A WIN
Reading, PA driver, Steven Drevicki put his DeGre Engineering #19 in Victory Lane at the New Egypt Speedway as the American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) opened their 2014 racing season - the 75th Anniversary season of the organization.
It was Drevicki's first race in a brand new car - an Elite chassis that his team built over the off season. With an Essingler power plant under the hood, Drevicki was in the thick of the race for the lead from the drop of the green flag after starting outside polesitter, 2013 ARDC Rookie of the Year, Tony DiMattia.
DiMattia took the field to the start and pulled his #50 out in front as with Drevicki and 2013 ARDC Champion, Trevor Kobylarz in hot pursuit. Alex Bright made some quick moves after starting in ninth position to join the leaders after just two laps were completed. Kobylarz spun in turn two after making contact, ending his first race of the season. DiMattia regained the lead on the restart but Drevicki completed the pass for the lead on lap four as Bright followed into second. Shawn Jackson and Brenden Bright after five laps were completed.
Bright dogged Drevicki through the race's half-way point. Brenden Bright made his move on lap fifteen to take over third from Dimattia. One lap later, Alex Bright challenged for the lead, taking over the lead on lap sixteen.
As the leaders raced into lapped traffic, Drevicki stayed with Bright, looking for an opportunity. As Bright and Drevicki raced out of turn two on lap twenty-two, Bright slowed and pulled to the infield as his bid for the win came to an end. Drevicki drove into the lead. As the laps counted down, Lick made a pass by DiMattia to take third.
Drevicki drove to the win followed by Brenden Bright, Lick, DiMattia as Brett Wanner completed the top five at the finish line.
Heat races were won by Drevicki and Alex Bright.
The 2014 schedule takes ARDC to the Williams Grove Speedway this Friday night for the first of two events this season. The first of the Sunday night open cockpit shows at the Grandview Speedway is next on the calendar with the first of four of these events coming on Sunday, May 4th.
Feature Finish (25 laps) - 1. Steven Drevicki 2. Brenden Bright 3. Kyle Lick 4. Tony DiMattia 5. Brett Wanner 6. BJ Buckwalter 7. Tommy Kunsman (R) 8. Brian Gilmore 9. Ryan Watt 10. Shawn Jackson 11. Austin Burke 12. Alex Bright 13. Trevor Kobylarz 14. Carey Becker 15. Greg Fitzpatrick 16. PJ Gargiulo 17. Justin Grosz 18. Billy Pauch Jr. 19. Brett Arndt DNS - Nick Wean
Trevor Kobylarz Fulfills His Quest as ARDC Champion
By DINO OBERTO …. “Keeping Track”
(HAZLE TOWNSHIP, PA) It was exactly one year ago over the Thanksgiving weekend that Trevor Kobylarz attended the yearly American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) banquet at Lobitz Catering Hall in Hazle Township and watched Tim Buckwalter yield in the accolades of winning the championship of the time honored Midget car racing organization, one of the most respected in the Nation.
Kobylarz’s car owners, Dyke and Carey Becker, did secure the owners title but he was runner-up in driver points and from that night vowed to return to the banquet with nothing less than the top prize. Fast-forward to last weekend’s 2013 awards ceremony and it was mission accomplished for the 20-year old who hails from Birdsboro.
“It made us hungry and determined to go into this year with the best equipment. The Becker’s gave us a solid piece and great motor to run which made a big difference. Having my dad as my crew chief and all the crew guys that worked on the car during the week let alone each week at the race track, we knew we would go to each race with the best possible car,” said Kobylarz.
“Second was great but getting this championship is what it’s all about. I am so proud to be able to get the Becker’s a car owner championship for a second time but we definitely wanted to get the driver title this year also.”
When Kobylarz left Lobitz Hall at the end of last year’s banquet, he immediately set the wheels in motion to prepare for the title run.
His racing actually began in January in Tulsa, OK at the annual Chili Bowl indoor event, Midget racing’s biggest show. He did well too, just missing out on qualifying for the high profile A-main. The momentum from there then carried over once the regular season got underway.
From April through October as the ARDC traveled about the eastern seaboard, Kobylarz remained steady and consistent in nearly every race. Four wins, which came at Susquehanna Speedway Park, Potomac Speedway, Bedford Fairgrounds and Grandview Speedway plus 14 top tens in 20 starts was the key in winning this year’s crown. Five times he finished runner-up.
“We finished ever race but one and the car held up really well. There were a lot of really good runs up front throughout the season. Nine times we finished either first or second and we only raced twenty times so half the time pretty much we were up front,” said the Kobylarz, who is majoring in Mechanical Engineer at Penn State Berks.
“It seemed at times we struggled at some tracks and we couldn’t even get a top ten but that just gives us room for improvement for next year.”
Even though his numbers read well, that did not mean he cake-walked into the championship. ARDC is infamous for close racing and parity. Matter of fact the title was not clinched until the final race of the season at Susquehanna. Steve Drevicki and Bruce Buckwalter Jr., second and third respectively in points, remained very close right to the finish.
“This year we had nine different winners and you have guys like Steven (Buckwalter) who runs a 410 Sprint Car at Williams Grove and Tim (Buckwalter) who runs a Modified and a few other guys who run in other divisions and are competitive there also so the competition is really hot in ARDC,” said Kobylarz.
Winning an ARDC championship is coveted. Since 1939 a virtual who’s who in Midget car racing has competed with the club and for Kobylarz there was added cause for celebration as his father, Bryan Kobylarz, was a two-time champion which put them in an elite group with just two other father/son combinations that did the same feat, Nick Fornoro Sr. and Jr., and Johnny Coy Sr. and Joey Coy.
“It’s really great and I know for him it was very special because I’m able to do what he did 15 years ago. The only other father/son teams to have won and ARDC championship are the Coy’s and Fornoro’s. We may not have been the first but they are two great families with lots of deep history in the sport and it’s an honor to be joined with them now,” said Kobylarz.
“Even though I’m only 20, my dad started running a Midget for the Starrett’s (car owners) when I was only three years old and I’ve been around it ever since. For the past 17 years I’ve been around ARDC and the Midget racing world. There is so much history in this club and the list of drivers who have gone on to win in Indy Car and the Indy 500, it’s definitely an honor to have my name included in.”
Bryan Kobylarz won ARDC titles in 1998-99 and has been a mainstay with the organization for the past 20 years. He serves as crew chief for his son and was named Ken Hickey Crew Chief of the Year for the second consecutive season.
“It is very special for me and Trevor. This was a long time coming and I’m a proud dad,” said Bryan.
Mentor, crew chief, advisor and father, Bryan Kobylarz was behind his son’s racing every step beginning with ¼-Midgets to Karts to Micro Sprints and now the Midgets.
“I think that’s where we really come together being a great team. With him being a previous two-time champion he knows what it takes on and off the track. Every time I would come off the track I would turn to him for advice on were other guys are running, do I need to change my line or keep doing what I’m doing. He always has great insight on certain things I may have to do slightly different. We have great communication,” said Kobylarz.
Trevor Kobylarz is now in the history books of ARDC as a champion. His goal was reached and the new focus is to do as his dad and defend his crown.
“It would be great if we can go out and do it again next year especially with it being the 75th anniversary. We made it two in a row for the Becker’s and hopefully we can three-peat for them and go for two with myself.”
KOBYLARZ IS CROWNED AS 2013 ARDC CHAMPION
The American Racing Driver's Club is rich in history as the oldest race sanctioning body in the United States prepares to celebrate its 75th Anniversary in 2014.
The Kobylarz name as been a part of that history for nearly twenty years. Bryan Kobylarz captured back-to back Driver Championships in 1998 and 99. Kobylarz then added a owner's title in 2008 with driver Randy Monroe. Trevor Kobylarz picked up his first ARDC Championship this season to add his own chapter to the history books.
Trevor Kobylarz decided a year ago that he would chase the title in 2013 after he finished second to 2012 ARDC Champion, Tim Buckwalter but won the Owner's Championship for his R/T Racing car owners, Dyke and Carey Becker. It was an ambitious goal but one the twenty year old Penn State student made sure to fulfill and Buckwalter was on hand to present the new champion his trophy.
Four feature wins highlighted the championship season for Kobylarz who went to Victory Lane at Susquehanna Speedway Park, Potomac Speedway, Bedford Fairgrounds and the Grandview Speedway. Just as important as the wins were ten top five and fourteen top ten finishes that Kobylarz racked up during the season.
Finishing second in points was Steven Drevicki of Reading , PA - driver of the DeGre Engineering #19 owned by Greg Fitzpatrick. Drevicki's third place finish in the final race of the season - the Candy Bowl at Susquehanna - was enough to move him ahead of Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. in the standings.
The voice of the Action Track USA and Lanco Speedways, Barry Angstadt served as the emcee for the night's events.
Announcements were made about the 2014 season and ARDC's 75th Anniversary. Seven race dates have been scheduled at the Grandview Speedway - three Thunder on the Hill programs and four special Sunday events on the high banks. Maurice Bull addressed the gathering on be half of the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing who plans a 75th Anniversary Celebration at the museum at Lattimore Valley in mid-August. ARDC will race at the Williams Grove and Lincoln Speedways that weekend as well as participate in events on the grounds of the museum. Plans have been made to honor Crocky Wright during this celebration.
In addition to their Championship trophies, Kobylarz and the R/T Racing Team received the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Award. After accumulating the most points in that competition, Kobylarz will receive 100 white express race shirts from Bob Hilbert Sportswear. Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic presented Kobylarz and owners, Dyke and Carey Becker with Championship jackets from Hoosier Tires.
There were presentations made of several special awards. PJ Gargiulo who serves as the Driver's Representative on the ARDC Board of Governors presented Rookie of the Year honors to Tony DiMattia who competed in every event during 2013 and finished seventh in points. Gargiulo also made the Most Improved Driver Award presentation. This award went to Ryan Greth who finished fourth in points while debuting the new Hyper built midget this season.
Bryan Kobylarz received the Ken Hickey Crew Chief of the Year Award as the crew chief on the championship team.
The President's Award was presented to Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. by former ARDC president, Ron Lauer. The President's Award honors someone whose service to ARDC follows the example of the award's namesake, Galen Halteman. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. was honored for his service to ARDC and for his promotion of several causes through his midget. Buckwalter has used his midget to promote awareness and raise funds for several organizations during the racing season.
For the first time, the Stan Lobitz Sportsmanship Award was presented. The award was created to honor Lobitz who has shown unending support for ARDC and the preservation of racing history. Lobitz was called upon to make the first presentation to Austin Burke. The seventeen year old had planned to contend for Rookie of the Year honors in 2013 but a season ending injury during the first race event put an end to those plans. But instead of being idle, Burke came to the races and offered his mechanical services to other race teams. He spent much of the season assisting rookie, Tony DiMattia.
The Best Appearing Car Award was again selected by the fans and this year's award went to the Buckwalter #83. Buckwalter's Stars and Stripes design was popular with the fans and collected the most votes at the track as well as on the Facebook vote.
BRIGHT IS THE STAR IN CANDY BOWL ARDC FEATURE
Kobylarz is 2013 ARDC Champion
Brenden Bright made sure that his third season in ARDC midget competition was not a winless one as he picked up his first win of the season in the final ARDC event of 2013. The 2011 ARDC Rookie of the Year struggled with mechanical issues throughout much of the season and missed several races during the summer months. Bright rejoined the schedule just three races ago, picking up a third and a win to close out the season.
Bright took the lead on lap thirteen from rookie, Jim Radney and then drove to the checkered flag seven laps later.
A multi car incident in turn two was the cause of a complete restart and Radney and Brett Arndt led the field to the green for the second attempt at lap number one. After getting upside down, Tony DiMattia was unable to continue. Jason Rice and Steve Craig were also casualties in this incident.
Radney took the lead on lap one as Arndt and Steven Drevicki battled it out for second. Drevicki came up with the spot and then challenged Radney for the lead, becoming the race leader on the second circuit. Drevicki led through lap five as Radney kept him in his sights from second. Ryan Greth moved up to third ahead of Arndt while Bright moved into fifth on lap five.
Radney raced back by Drevicki to take the lead on lap six. The caution came out again on lap eight as Dave Shirk and Brian Gilmore came together between the first and second turns. Radney held the advantage over Drevicki as Greth ran third. Bright had now advanced to fourth with Kyle Lick rounding out the top five.
Radney took the half way sign as the race leader as Bright moved up to third behind Drevicki. Bright took over second on lap twelve and used the outside line to drive into the lead one lap later.
Bright was able to navigate his way through lapped traffic as he drove away from the competition. Bright took the checkered flag followed by Radney, Drevicki, Greth and Alex Bright.
Trevor Kobylarz restarted at the rear of the field after the lap one incident in turn two but his 15th place finish was more than enough to secure his first ARDC Championship as a driver and the second consecutive Owner's Championship for R/T Racing's, Dyke and Carey Becker.
Finish (20 laps) 1. Brenden Bright 2. Jim Radney 3. Steven Drevicki 4. Ryan Greth 5. Alex Bright 6. Brett Arndt 7. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. 8. Billy Pauch, Jr. 9. Kyle Lick 10. Curt Michael 11. Steven Bull 12. PJ Gargiulo 13. Brett Wanner 14. Billy Courtwright 15. Trevor Kobylarz 16. Brian Gilmore 17. Dave Shirk 18. Clayton Glassman 19. Greg Fitzpatrick 20. Steve Craig 21. Jason Rice 22. Tony DiMattia DNS - Mark Gilmore
KOBYLARZ HONORS TOM HERBERT WITH ARDC WIN AT GRANDVIEW
One Race Remains to Determine 2013 ARDC Champion
Current ARDC point leader, Trevor Kobylarz, had many reasons for wanting to pick up the win at the Thunder on the Hill - House of Thunder Show at the Grandview Speedway on Saturday. He was looking to increase his lead in the point standings with just one race remaining in the 2013 ARDC season. Kobylarz was also in search of his first career win at the Grandview Speedway - the track that Kobylarz like many of his fellow competitors, consider to be their home track. And Trevor Kobylarz wanted to honor former Grandview late-model driver and ARDC member, Tom Herbert. Herbert, who lived in the same neighborhood as Kobylarz, lost his battle with cancer just days before and was laid to rest on Saturday morning. Herbert was known to Grandview Speedway fans as the Pink Panther but he had also served as an official and crew member in ARDC in the past.
In what was features only program, Kobylarz started eighth on the grid for the start of the twenty-five lap ARDC feature event. PJ Gargiulo used the outside line to power by pole sitter, Jason Rice of Danielsville, PA on the first lap to take the lead. Kobylarz challenged Topton, PA driver, Brett Arndt for third on the fourth circuit as Gargiulo pulled away from the field. Gargiulo led Rice, Kobylarz, Arndt and Ryan Greth with just five laps on the books.
Kobylarz challenged Rice for the runner-up spot on the eighth lap and moved in to set his sights on Gargiulo. As the leaders came to the line to score lap ten, Kobylarz edged Gargiulo for the lead.
Steve Buckwalter was making his way through the field after starting fifteenth at the green. As Kobylarz extended his lead, Buckwalter moved into the top five by the half way point of the race. On lap fourteen, Buckwalter challenged Ryan Greth for fourth. Two laps later, Rice was in his sights as Buckwalter moved up to third. With Kobylarz making his way through lapped traffic, Buckwalter moved in to take second from Gargiulo on lap eighteen.
Kobylarz had a straightaway lead on the field by the time Buckwalter made his way into second. With just five laps to go, the caution was needed when Jimmy Glenn came to a stop in turn three and Kobylarz's advantage was erased. The field was realigned nose to tail with the 2010 ARDC Champion, Buckwalter right on the tail of Kobylarz's R/T Racing #1.
Kobylarz got a good start and was able to keep his #1 ahead of Buckwalter all of the way to the checkered flag. Kobylarz led Buckwalter, Gargiulo, Nick Wean and Ryan Greth to the finish for his fourth win of the season and first ever at Grandview. After starting eleventh on the grid, Wean drove into the top five just past the half way mark and battled with Gargiulo for the third spot in the closing laps.
There was great racing throughout the pack throughout the entire feature event. Rice was in the thick of many battles throughout as Brenden Bright, Pauch, Jr. Drevicki and Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. mixed it up right to the checkered flag.
Billy Pauch Jr., starting from the 23rd spot, drove the Steward #33s up to an eighth place finish and earned the Hard Charger Award.
The 2013 ARDC season concludes this Saturday with the Candy Bowl at Susquehanna Speedway Park.
FINISH (25 LAPS) 1. Trevor Kobylarz 2. Steve Buckwalter 3. PJ Gargiulo 4. Nick Wean 5. Ryan Greth 6. Jason Rice 7. Brenden Bright 8. Billy Pauch Jr. 9. Steven Drevicki 10. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. 11. Brett Arndt 12. Kyle Lick 13. Tony DiMattia 14. Brett Wanner 15. Mark Gilmore 16. Billy Courtwright 17. Steve Craig 18. Joe Butera 19. Jimmy Glenn 20. Greg Fitzpatrick 21. Alex Bright 22. Tim Buckwalter DNS-Jimmy Radney
ARDC MIDGETS RETURN TO GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY THIS WEEKEND
Thunder on the Hill to feature top 24 in points
Just two races remain on the 2013 ARDC Midget schedule with the next race to take place at the Grandview Speedway's Thunder on the Hill Show this Saturday night.
This features only event will showcase the top drivers in the current championship chase. Trevor Kobylarz is the current point leader with a fifty point advantage over second place driver, Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. Steven Drevicki is third and still within striking distance as he is 82 markers behind the leader. Ryan Greth and PJ Gargiulo complete the top five in points with just two races remaining.
Six drivers are currently competing for the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Award to be presented at the ARDC Awards Banquet on November 30th. For the second consecutive season, Bob Hilbert Sportswear will present 100 white express race shirts to the winner of this special points awards. The results from both the Thunder on the Hill Show at Grandview and the Candy Bowl at the Susquehanna Speedway Park will be included in the point tabulation for this award. Kobylarz, B. Buckwalter, Jr., Drevicki , Greth, Gargiulo and Brett Arndt are in the hunt for this contingency package.
Fans attending the Thunder on the Hill event will also have the opportunity to vote for the recipient of the 2013 ARDC Best Appearing Car Award sponsored by BDB Graphics. Votes have already been cast for the #46 of Ardnt, the Gargiulo #5, R/T Racing #1, the Butera #3 and the #83 of B. Buckwalter, Jr. Ballots will be made available to fans throughout the night so that they can participate in deciding this special award.
Alex Bright, Tim Buckwalter and Brenden Bright have just returned from competition in the Gold Crown Nationals where all three ARDC competitors competed in the fifty lap main event on the final night of competition. Alex Bright had a very successful weekend as he finished 7th and tenth in the A Mains during the first two nights of competition. After winning the second B Main on the final night, Alex finished fifth in the main event. Alex will participate in a Meet & Greet outside Grandview's main entrance prior to the start of racing on Saturday night.
The 2013 ARDC Season will conclude with the running of the Candy Bowl at Susquehanna on Saturday, October 26th.
The 2013 Championship and special awards will be celebrated at the ARDC Awards Banquet to be held at Lobitz Catering on Saturday, November 30th. Tickets are available for purchase for $30
CLEAN SWEEP FOR BUCKWALTER AT NEW EGYPT
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
KOBYLARZ LEADS THE WAY TO BEDFORD WIN
Trevor Kobylarz led the field of ARDC midgets as they made their first appearance at the Bedford Fairgrounds Speedway on Friday night. Kobylarz picked up his third win of the season on the banked half mile track after taking the lead from Ryan Greth on lap seventeen of the twenty lap main event.
Greth put his wingless racer out in front as he and 2012 ARDC Rookie, Brett Wanner led the starting line-up to the wave of the green flag. Greth began to pull away from the field as Wanner and Jim Radney raced for second. Tony DiMattia ran in fourth as Kobylarz raced into fifth with just five laps scored.
With seven laps on the books, Kyle Lick brought out the first caution as he slowed on the homestretch after losing a wheel.
The field was realigned for the start - Greth's advantage erased and Alex Bright looking to join the top five.
Kobylarz moved by DiMattia for fourth aand was racing Radney for third at the half way mark. Again, Greth drove away from the field as Kobylarz advanced through the top five.
Kobylarz took second from Wanner on lap fourteen as now Steven Drevicki looked to join the top five. Drevicki moveed up to sixth and then took over the fifth spot with fve laps remaining.
When Greth left an opening on lap seventeen, Kobylarz saw his opportunity as he took the lead as the pair raced down the backstretch.
Kobylarz raced to the checkered flag with Greth a solid second. Drevicki was on the move in the final laps as he took over fourth with two laps to go and then moved up to third on the white flag lap. Wanner had his best outing of the season as he finished fourth with Radney earning his second consecutive top five finish in just his fourth outing with ARDC.
Greth and Radney were the winners of the two eight lap qualifiers. Drevicki was the race's Hyper Hard Charger.
Finish (20 laps) 1. Trevor Kobylarz 2. Ryan Greth 3. Steven Drevicki 4. Brett Wanner 5. Jim Radney 6. Tony DiMattia 7. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. 8. Brett Arndt 9. PJ Gargiulo 10. Joe Butera 11. Alex Bright 12. John Heydenreich 13. Nick Wean 14. Billy Courtwright 15. Kyle Lick
BRIGHT REPEATS AT PPMS IN EXCITING STYLE
In a race that saw five different leaders and countless lead changes, Alex Bright emerged as the winner of his second ARDC event of the season as ARDC raced on the high banks of Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway. Bright was also the winner in 2012 when ARDC raced at PPMS.
It was one of the most competitive races of the 2013 season as Ryan Greth and Kyle Lick led the field to the start with Greth taking the lead. Greth led for the first two circuits before Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. saw and opportunity and one slide job later, Buckwalter was the new race leader as he slid by Greth and Lick to take the lead.
Buckwalter held the lead as a three way battle was waged for second between Greth, jim Radney and Lick as Alex Bright broke into the top five after starting eighth.
Lick's preferred line was on the very bottom of the track - quite contrary to his style. But at PPMS, Lick was hooked up on the bottom and sailed into the lead by the half way point.
Lick led the field for several laps with Buckwalter, Radney and Bright in hot pursuit. It was Lick on the bottom as Radney and Bright raced the top of the track. While the leader changed between the corners and the straightaways, Lick crossed the line in the lead for three circuits before Radney took over. Lick went back into the lead when Radney made contact with the wall between turns one and two but the impact just seemed to propel Radney forward as he regained the position down the backstretch.
Radney ran hard into one and two but Bright held the advantage in three and four as he ran to the bottom to take the lead before sliding back to the top in front of Radney.
Bright was the race's fifth leader but it was still anybody's race as Lick ran between second and third, between Bright and Radney. Coming to the white flag, Lick's car jumped out of gear, sending Lick to the pits just one lap from a tremendous finish.
Steven Drevicki took over the third spot as Buckwalter and Brett Arndt raced in the top five going for the checkered. The twenty lap race went green to checkered without a caution in just less than nine minutes.
Greth and Drevicki were the winners of the eight lap heat races. Bright received the Hyper Hard Charger Award.
Finish (20 laps) 1. Alex Bright 2. Jim Radney 3. Steven Drevicki 4. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. 5. Brett Arndt 6. Ryan Greth 7. PJ Gargiulo 8. Brett Wanner 9. Trevor Kobylarz 10. Tony DiMattia 11. Joe Butera 12. Brian Gilmore 13. Kyle Lick 14. John Heydenreich.
KOBYLARZ AND DREVICKI ARE WEEKEND WINNERS IN ARDC ACTION
Kobylarz Wins Second of Season at Potomac Speedway
The Potomac Speedway will always be one of Trevor Kobylarz' favorite tracks. It's where he captured his first ever ARDC win a year ago in May. Now it's the track where he picked up his second win of the 2013 season.
The first half of the twenty lap feature certainly did not lack for excitement as Ryan Greth took the race lead. It was a wild night with caution flags keeping the field close.
Two red flag periods interrupted the race when first John Barnett and then 2012 Rookie of the Year, Brett Wanner flipped. Both drivers were uninjured.
It was a three car race for the lead between Greth, Kobylarz and Steven Drevicki. Kobylarz took the lead just before the half way mark on lap nine.
Kobylarz led Drevicki, Kyle Lick, Greth and PJ Gargiulo as the second half of the race progressed. Greth brought out the caution with six laps remaining as Lick was now running second and challenging. Drevicki struggled with an ill running race car and pulled off before the end of the race.
Lick, a rookie with ARDC this season but a veteran of 600 Micro competition, challenged Kobylarz to the checkered. Kobylarz would take his second win of the season over Lick as Jimmy Glenn raced from the back of the pack to finish third and take the Hyper Hard Charger Award. It was Glenn's best finish of the season. 2011 ARDC Champion, Drew Heistand finished fourth with Gargiulo rounding out the top five.
Rookies Kyle Lick and Tony DiMattia won the first two eight lap qualifiers with PJ Gargiulo picking up the win in the third heat race.
Feature Finish (20 laps)
1. Trevor Kobylarz 2. Kyle Lick 3. Jimmy Glenn 4. Drew Heistand 5. PJ Gargiulo 6. Brett Arndt 7. Alex Bright 8. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. 9. Greg Fitzpatrick 10. Tony DiMattia 11. Stephen Bull 12. Jason Rice 13. Billy Courtwright 14. Mark Gilmore 15. Steven Drevicki 16. Ryan Greth 17. Jim Radney 18. Brett Wanner 19. Billy Pauch, Jr. 20. John Barnett 21. Bryan Kobylarz 22. Jamie Speers
DREVICKI WINS FIRST OF SEASON AT WINCHESTER
After a lot of hard work and more than a measure of bad luck, Steven Drevicki drove to this first win of the 2013 season at the Winchester Speedway as he was chased across the finish line by Jimmy Glenn and Alex Bright.
Jason Rice and Billy Courtwright raced for the lead at the start of the twenty-five lap feature event, crossing the start/finish line side by side to complete lap one. Rice edged ahead of the veteran competitor to take the lead on lap two.
Drevicki took the lead briefly on lap six but Rice regained the lead one lap later when Drevicki got a little too high coming through turns three and four. With the race approaching the half way mark, Drevicki took the lead, followed by Rice and Courtwright.
The battle was on for the third on back when Greth and Courtwright tangled in turn two. Drevicki and Rice now had Alex Bright, Jimmy Glenn and Billy Pauch Jr. on their tails when the green flag waved.
Bright worked the outside of the track, taking over second on lap sixteen. Glenn raced side by side with Rice to take over the third spot on lap nineteen. Stephen Bull came to a stop in turn three setting up a one lap shootout for the win.
Drevicki held his line and drove to the win. Bright waged a challenged for the lead and Glenn took advantage to outrace Bright to the line to finish second. Jim Radney, driving in only his third ARDC Midget feature event, raced from nineteenth to take fourth on the final lap of the feature to win the Hyper Hardcharger . Rice had a strong outing to finish fifth.
Greth, Kobylarz and Radney were the winners of the three eight lap qualifiers.
Feature Finish (20 laps)
1. Steven Drevicki 2. Jimmy Glenn 3. Alex Bright 4. Jim Radney 5. Jason Rice 6. Billy Pauch, Jr. 7. Brett Arndt 8. Brett Wanner 9. Mark Gilmore 10. Trevor Kobylarz 11. Billy Courtwright 12. Tony DiMattia 13. Kyle Lick 14. Bryan Kobylarz 15. Joe Butera 16. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. 17. Stephen Bull 18. PJ Gargiulo 19. Ryan Greth
Weekend Race Notes
Jimmy Glenn had a career highlight weekend with podium finishes both nights - third at Potomac and then a second at Winchester. It was a career highlight for Glenn. Brett Wanner rebounded from his flip on Friday night to a top ten finish at Winchester. Billy Courtwright showed that there's strength in experience as he led the third heat race for five laps and then raced for the lead in the feature. Some driver changes for the Potomac/Winchester weekend saw Billy Pauch, Jr. in a second Steward #33, Bryan Kobylarz in Carey Becker's #20 and Tony DiMattia in the cockpit of the Burke #54.
KYLE LICK EARNS FIRST CAREER ARDC WIN ON SOUTHERN SWING
Rain and Lick are Winners on North Carolina Weekend
Mother Nature and Kyle Lick were the winners as the American Racing Drivers Club made their annual trek to North Carolina Speedways - Dixieland in Elizabeth City and County Line in Elm City North Carolina.
Qualifying was completed on Friday night at Dixieland Speedway before a persistent threat of rain turned into a steady reality. Drew Heistand, Trevor Kobylarz and Brenden Bright won the three qualifying heats. Threatening skies, streaked with lightning finally brought an end to the Friday night show and the Dixieland fans left the track without seeing most of the feature events.
On Saturday night, the field of ARDC Midgets pulled into the County Line Speedway for a second night of wingless midget competition on the Southern Swing.
Rookie Kyle Lick and Jason Rice lined up in the front row to lead the nineteen car field to the start of the twenty-five lap main event. Lick and Rice raced side by side for the first lap before Lick was able to pull ahead on the second time around. Lick and Rice pulled away as the battle was waged for third between Drew Heistand, Steve Drevicki and Brett Arndt. Trevor Kobylarz raced his way into the top five by lap ten.
Lick turned lap after lap of consistent racing as he led the field as the half way mark of the race was scored. Rice held down the runner-up spot as he fought off the challenges of Drevicki. Drevicki would shoot to the inside as they exited turn four but Rice was able to roll the outside to maintain his edge. With sixteen laps complete, Rice and Drevicki raced in tandem into turn one. Racing side by side for second, they quickly reeled in a slower car. Rice caught a the rear wheel of Joe Butera's #3, standing his #57 on its nose. The red flag was displayed as Rice emerged uninjured.
With the green flag restarting the action, Lick pulled away from the field. Drevicki faded on the restart with a wheel problem on his #19. PJ Gargiulo moved into second as Heistand, Kobylarz, and Wean battled for third.
With less than five laps remaining, Ryan Greth lost the handle on the Steward #33 entering turn two. Greth kept the car in motion but the caution was needed when contact was made with Tony DiMattia . DiMattia headed to the pits but Greth was able to restart.
With the final lap approaching, Drew Heistand set Gargiulo up as they raced down the backstretch. Lick entered turn four as Heistand slid by Gargiulo to take over second as they raced through turn three.
Lick led the field to the white flag as four cars still battled for second and third. The car came around on Heistand as he slid into turn two. Nick Wean went into a slide to avoid a direct hit with Heistand. The front wheel of the Wean #78 caught the wall and Wean got airborne, flipping over Heistand. The red was thrown and the field slowed to a stop in turn three. Flames shot from Gargiulo's car as he came to a stop. With less than a lap remaining, three of the top five cars were eliminated. All drivers escaped injury as Heistand , Wean and Gargiulo had their race end just one lap from the finish.
Lick had Kobylarz on his rear bumper for the final lap as he drove to his first win in ARDC Midget competition. Kobylarz was the Hyper Hard Charger, finishing second after starting eleventh. Brett Arndt raced to his second consecutive podium finish with his third place effort. Current ARDC point leader, Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. finished fourth with Brenden Bright completing the top five at the checkered.
Three exciting qualifying heats were won by Lick, Kobylarz and Gargiulo.
ARDC returns to competition at the Mercer Raceway Park on Saturday, July 20th.
Feature (25 laps) 1. Kyle Lick 2. Trevor Kobylarz 3. Brett Arndt 4. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. 5. Brenden Bright
6. Ryan Greth 7. Dusty Hiestand 8. Bryan Kobylarz 9. Billy Courtwright 10. Steven Drevicki 11. Joe Butera 12. PJ Gargiulo 13. Drew Heistand 14. Nick Wean 15. Tony DiMattia 16. Shawn Jackson 17. Jason Rice 18. Greg Fitzpatrick 19. Mark Gilmore
ARDC HEADS TO NORTH CAROLINA FOR SOUTHERN SWING
Dixieland and County Line Speedways Will Feature ARDC This Weekend
The wingless midgets of the American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) will head to North Carolina for their annual Southern Swing weekend.
The ARDC midgets will be welcomed by the fans of the Dixieland Speedway near Elizabeth City, NC on Friday night. Racing action then moves west to County Line Speedway in Elm City, NC for more action on Saturday night.
Brenden Bright, ARDC's 2011 Rookie of the Year, is looking for his first win of the season and a race at the Dixieland Speedway fits right into that plan. Dixieland was the site of Bright's first win during his rookie season. He returned to Victory Lane when ARDC visited Dixieland in 2012. He is certainly among the favorites for Friday night's action.
"Slick Nick" Wean is also looking for his first win of the 2013 campaign. Wean was the feature winner at County Line last season and he would like nothing better than to add another County Line win to his total.
Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. has two feature wins so far this season and is the current ARDC point leader going into this weekend. Buckwalter has been very strong in every outing so far this season and has to be considered a threat when the ARDC teams pull into North Carolina.
The most recent winner on the ARDC schedule is Shawn Jackson of Bear, DE. Jackson earned his first career win with ARDC just two weeks ago when the midgets raced at the Williams Grove Speedway. Jackson has tasted victory and will certainly be looking for a second trip to the Winner's Circle.
Topton, PA driver, Brett Arndt had his best outing of the season at Williams Grove and is hoping that his momentum will carry him right through the Southern Swing. PJ Gargiulo is currently in the thick of the points battle and has several podium finishes to his credit this season. Trevor Kobylarz recently won his first of the 2013 season at the Susquehanna Speedway. Kobylarz and the #1 are a threat at any track they race.
Steven Drevicki has had the DeGre Engineering car in contention throughout the early part of the season. Drevicki will be joined in the NC field by car owner, Greg Fitzpatrick.
Jimmy Glenn has shown his ability to lead in ARDC competition and he takes his search for his first ARDC win into the south. Ryan Greth has five top five finishes in his second season in the Steward #33. He, too is looking for his first trip to ARDC Victory Lane.
Both Mark Gilmore and 2012 ARDC Rookie of the Year, Brett Wanner will return to ARDC action this weekend after missing several shows due to mechanical problems. Both of the Heistand brothers will be in competition this weekend as 2011 ARDC Champion, Drew and former ARDC Rookie of the Year, Dusty will be in the field at Dixieland and County Line.
Kyle Lick, John Barnett and Tony DiMattia will make their first attempts on the tracks in North Carolina as the three rookie drivers take part in their first Southern Swing. Jason Rice of Danielsville, PA, Joe Butera of Wampum, PA and Bill Courtwright of Hackettstown, NJ have indicated their intentions to compete in both races on the Southern Swing.
The fans of the Dixieland and County Line Speedway are always an enthusiastic about the midgets coming to town. They enjoy the side by side and three wide racing that the wingless midgets provide and the competitors love to put on a show for their appreciation.!
Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. and Trevor Kobylarz are ARDC Weekend Winners
Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. will tell you that he seems to do well at new tracks.
For the first time since joining the ranks of the American Racing Driver's Club in 2008, Buckwalter returned to Victory Lane at a track where he had previously won - the Port Royal Speedway. Up until Saturday night, all of Buckwalter's ARDC wins had come at different tracks.
Buckwalter battled with Brenden Bright during the running of the first qualifying heat, unable to take the lead from the Collegeville, PA driver. But the twenty lap main event offered a different outcome.
Bright took the lead at the green flag but was immediately challenged by Buckwalter for the top spot. Bright started outside on the front row with Buckwalter right behind him on the starting grid. Buckwalter made his pass count on lap two, becoming the race leader and never looking back. Buckwalter started to pull away from Bright and the rest of the field in his BDB Construction #83.
Three time ARDC feature winner, Steve Buckwalter, slowed on the fifth lap. Engine problems sidelined the Royersford Rocket from contention.
Buckwalter held a comfortable lead over Bright who had some breathing room ahead of third place driver, Steven Drevicki. The battle was behind the top three and Ryan Greth, Tony DiMattia and 2011 ARDC Champion, Drew Heistand battled for position. DiMattia held the fourth spot with just five laps to go but the rookie had his hands full in the final five circuits as both Greth and Heistand challenged for position.
Bright began to close in on Buckwalter in the closing laps. A loose race car had Buckwalter taking it easy. "If someone had shown their nose or gotten close, I could have reacted," Buckwalter stated. But Bright's challenge fell short when he made contact with the outside wall between turns one and two. Bright did a great job recovering and not losing a position in the process.
Buckwalter crossed the finish line for his second win of the 2013 season with Bright earning a season best finish in second. Drevicki was the final podium finish in third. Greth won the three way battle for fourth - his fourth, fourth place finish of the season as Heistand edged DiMattia for fifth.
Brenden Bright and Steven Drevicki were the winner's of the qualifying heats.
Feature (20 laps) 1. Bruce Buckwalter Jr., 2. Brenden Bright, 3. Steve Drevicki, 4. Ryan Greth, 5. Drew Heistand, 6. Tony DiMattia, 7. PJ Gargiulo, 8. Brett Arndt, 9. Kyle Lick, 10. Billy Pauch Jr., 11. Nick Wean, 12. Trevor Kobylarz, 13. Jason Rice, 14. Brian Gilmore, 15. Joe Butera, 16. Jamie Spears, 17. Steve Buckwalter
Kobylarz Wins at Susky in Eastern Storm Finale
Trevor Kobylarz picked up his first win of the 2013 season on the third night of ARDC competition as the wingless midgets joined the wingless sprint cars of USAC for their Eastern Storm Tour.
Brett Arndt led the field to the start of the twenty lap feature event and took the lead as rookie, Tony DiMattia took over second on lap two. One lap later, Kobylarz was challenging DiMattia for the runner-up position as Ryan Greth and Steven Drevicki were trying to determine the fourth position. With just five laps scored, Arndt led Kobylarz, Greth, DiMattia and Drevicki around the 4/10 of a mile track.
They were three wide off of turn two as Kobylarz, Greth, Drevicki and DiMattia sliced and diced for position behind the leader, Arndt. "It was a little hairy there," Kobylarz related. "With the five of us battling!" Drevicki moved by Greth to take third just before Kobylarz used a pass on the high, outside to move past Arndt and take the lead on lap seven. Mechanical ills sent Arndt pitside just before the halfway point.
With Kobylarz out in front, Greth reclaimed the second spot ahead of Drevicki before a caution was thrown for Jason Rice. The red flag was needed on the restart as Steven Bull had nowhere to go when Brenden Bright spun going into turn one. Neither driver was injured.
"The red flag killed us," Drevicki would state later. "The caution hurt us but the red flag did us in." Drevicki's tire sealed over while the cars sat and waited for the race to resume.
With Kobylarz out in front, Drevicki continued to run the bottom of the track to look for an advantage over Greth. As the laps counted down, the three way battle for fourth held everyone's attention as DiMattia, Nick Wean and Drew Heistand battled it out. On several occasions, Wean threw a slide job to overtake the rookie who would power right back to reclaim the spot, running the inside while Wean slid to the outside. Heistand would ultimately claim the fourth spot. Ryan Watt raced his way through the field after starting in fourteenth to finish fifth in the RAACE Foundation, Dave Shirk/Glen Good entry.
Kobylarz took the checkered flag - his first at the Susquehanna Speedway park with Greth picking up a season best second place run. Drevicki took the final podium finish for the second night in a row to finish third ahead of Heistand and Watt.
Greth and Kobylarz were the winners of the qualfiying races.
ARDC returns to action at the Williams Grove Speedway this Friday night, June 14th.
Feature (20 laps) 1. Trevor Kobylarz 2. Ryan Greth 3. Steven Drevicki 4. Drew Heistand 5. Ryan Watt 6. Tony DiMattia 7. Nick Wean 8. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. 9. Kyle Lick 10. Tim Buckwalter 11. PJ Gargiulo 12. Jason Rice 13. Brenden Bright 14. Steven Bull 15. Brett Arndt
DNS - Brian Gilmore
TIM BUCKWALTER PICKS UP ARDC WIN
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
THREE RACES IN FIVE DAYS FOR ARDC MIDGETS
ARDC Midgets Join USAC Sprints for Three Shows
The Eastern Storm is coming to town and the wingless midgets of the American Racing Drivers Club will make three appearances this week with the USAC Sprint Cars during their East Coast tour.
Doubleheader action begins on Wednesday evening, June 5, at the Grandview Speedway when ARDC joins the USAC Sprint Cars in a Thunder on the Hill program. Three ARDC Champions will compete in Wednesday night's competition - 2010 Champion, Steve Buckwalter, 2011 Champion, Drew Heistand and 2012 Champion, Tim Buckwalter.
Buckwalter has dominated ARDC action so far, winning the first three events of the 2013 season and equaling his win record from last season. Alex Bright and Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. have each won one race to date.
Bright was a four time winner to lead all competitors in ARDC competition last season. Bright will compete with ARDC on a part time basis for the remainder of the season as he moves into the RW Motorsports #27 and will compete in the Midwest in Poweri and selected USAC Midget events.
Both Steve and Tim Buckwalter were three time winners in 2012. Steve Buckwalter has already equaled that mark at this point in the season. His Elite Chassis have won all of the ARDC events so far this season.
Brenden Bright and Trevor Kobylarz each picked up two wins last season. Nick Wean, Steven Drevicki, Brett Wanner, Eric Heydenreich and Drew Heistand had one win a piece.
With the Grandview Speedway situated near Bechtlesville, PA, it is considered to be the "home" track of many of the ARDC competitors who look forward to competing near home and in front of family and friends.
On Saturday night, action moves to the Juanita Fairgrounds and the Port Royal Speedway for another doubleheader. Steve Buckwalter and Trevor Kobylarz were ARDC winners at Port Royal last year and one of Buckwalter's wins this season came at the lightning fast Port Royal Speedway.
On Sunday, action concludes at the Susquehanna Speedway Park. Drew Heistand's 2012 win came during Candy Bowl action at Susquehanna last October. The 4/10 mile track is a favorite of many ARDC competitors.
This is the most intensive week of the season for ARDC competitors with three races in just five days.
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.
1. Trevor Kobylarz 2171
2. Steven Drevicki 2116
3. Bruce Buckwalter Jr. 2108
4. Ryan Greth 1991
5. P.J. Gargiulo 1856
6. Brett Arndt 1831
7. Tony DiMattia 1723
8. Alex Bright 1681
9. Kyle Lick 1523
10. Nick Wean 1292