Steve Buckwalter became the third different driver to claim an ARDC victory at the Grandview Speedway this season as he picked up the American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) portion of the Open Wheel Spectacular at the Grandview Speedway. Buckwalter joins other Grandview feature winners, Alex Bright and Tim Buckwalter.
ARDC midget action saw 2012 ARDC Rookie, Brett Wanner lead lap number one from the pole. Billy Pauch Jr. took the lead on lap two, driving the RT Racing #20 on this occasion. Racing came to a stop with two laps scored as Tommy Kunsman spun in turns three and four, collecting Ryan Watt. Watt flipped the Fred Schell owned #75. All drivers were okay but Watt and Kunsman were unable to continue.
Pauch Jr. led the field on the restart with Steve Buckwalter in hot pursuit. Tim Buckwalter now ran in third with Danny Stratton and current ARDC point leader, Steven Drevicki completing the top five. With the two Buckwalters racing for second, Pauch was able to pull away from the field temporarily. Alex Bright and Bruce Buckwalter Jr. moved in to fourth and fifth as positions changed on nearly every lap.
Steve Buckwalter closed in on Pauch on lap eight and after a two lap battle, wrestled the lead from Pauch to score lap ten.
Wanner drew a caution when he came to a stop in turns three and four with thirteen complete. Steve led Tim Buckwalter, Pauch, Alex Bright and Steven Drevicki with half of the laps on the books.
Steve Buckwalter held off the challenge of Tim Buckwalter as Pauch, Alex Bright and Drevicki raced in the top five with ten laps remaining.
Bright took over third on lap sixteen and then moved in to challenge Tim Buckwalter for second. Bright had the runner-up spot by lap eighteen and he began to close the gap on the leader in the final laps.
Two restarts realigned the field nose to tail but Steve Buckwalter had the race in hand as he led Alex Bright and Tim Buckwalter to the checkered flag. Drevicki finished fourth with Pauch rounding out the top five.
The win was Buckwalter’s second ARDC midget win of the season.
Qualifying heats were won by Pauch, Drevicki and Kobylarz.
ARDC Midget Feature Finish (25 laps)
1. Steve Buckwalter 2. Alex Bright 3. Tim Buckwalter 4. Steven Drevicki 5. Billy Pauch Jr. 6. Danny Stratton 7. Ryan Greth 8. Brett Arndt 9. Tony DiMattia 10. Austin Burke 11. Brenden Bright 12. Trevor Kobylarz 13. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. 14. Eric Heydenreich 15. Tyler Brehm 16. Greg Fitzpatrick 17. John Barnett 18. James Morris 19. Kyle Lick 20. Brian Gilmore 21. Brett Wanner 22. Nick Wean 23. Clayton Glassman 24. Ryan Watt 25. Tommy Kunsman