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STEVE BUCKWALTER TAKES HIS EIGHTH WIN OF THE SEASON AT DIXIELAND SPEEDWAY

From Steve Williams

The ARDC made their annual invasion of Dixieland Speedway Friday for some warm southern hospitality and entertained the fans with some hot summer racing and Steve Buckwalter came away with his second win in a row and eighth of the season.

At the start of the feature, Brett Arndt bolted from the pole position into the lead. Arndt was followed by Dusty Heistand and Chris Zrinski. Eric Heydenreich got by Zrinski and he, Arndt and Heistand brought the fans to their feet with some tremendous three wide racing.

A caution flag on the eighth lap added a fourth car to the front runners. Steve Buckwalter who had started 14th had worked his way into fourth and the caution allowed him to join the fray. Buckwalter used it to his advantage when on the tenth lap he passed Heistand and Heydenreich on the back stretch to move into second. Buckwalter immediately pressured Arndt and on the next lap drove into the lead. Another driver using the caution to his advantage was Ryan Smith who moved into the fourth position getting by Heistand.

Buckwalter was able to hold off some furious charges, first by Arndt and then by Smith who worked his way into second. Buckwalter was able to open some distance from a great side by side battle for second, between Smith, Arndt and Heydenreich. In the latter stages of the race the battle was joined by members of ARDC’s outstanding rookie class, Steve Drevicki, Alex Bright and Brad Cox.

At the checkered flag, Buckwalter had a 10 car advantage over Smith. Heydenreich was third, Arndt fourth and Alex Bright fifth.

In victory lane, Buckwalter, who would enter the first turn, slam into the cushion and ride around the top said, “I wanted to get to the front before Ryan (Smith and Drew (Heistand).” “I just figured if we could get out front and run that cushion we had a pretty good advantage.”

Rounding out the top ten was Brad Cox, Drew Heistand, Drevicki, Nick Wean and Steve Craig.

Heat races were won by, Steve Buckwalter, Brett Arndt and Drew Heistand.

NOTES: Dixieland claimed three flip victims. Eric Heydenreich and Scott Lawrence in warm-ups and PJ Gargiulo in the feature. After his flip Gargiulo rode in on his damaged racer, waving to the cheering fans. Lawrance was a first time competitor. He was the ARDC 2002 Rookie of the Year but has since moved to the Charlotte, NC area and has not raced a midget in 7 years. After purchasing his race car at the Chili Bowl he was not even sure if the engine would fire as he has no place near his home to get the car started. Brad Cox has moved to Mooresville, NC where he is now competing in NASCAR Late Models for NASCAR Sprint Cup star, Marcos Ambrose. His next Midget race will be at the 2011 Chili Bowl. Steve Drevicki has been using the engine out of his car owner, Greg Fitzpatricks’ car. Fitzpatrick is rebuilding Drevickis’ old engine and expects to be back behind the wheel soon. After his win, Steve Buckwalter hustled back to Pennsylvania where he was slated to race his 410 Sprint Car in the Jim Nace Memorial at Port Royal. Ryan Smith qualified his 360 Sprint Car last week at Fulton, NY with the World of Outlaws. The northerners were met with a blistering heat index of over 100°-F when they arrived at the track. It did cool down into the high 80’s when the sun went down.

DIXIELAND SPEEDWAY August 6, 2010 ARDC MIDGETS (19 Entries)

1) 0 Steve Buckwalter, 2) 34 Ryan Smith, 3) 11 Eric Heydenreich, 4) 46 Brett Arndt, 5) 77 Alex Bright 6) 94 Brad Cox, 7) 12 Drew Heistand, 8) 19 Steve Drevicki, 9) 78 Nick Wean, 10) 55 Steve Craig, 11) 83 Bruce Buckwalter Jr. 12) 01 Steve Bull, 13) 31 Joe Butera, 14) 25 Chris Zrinski, 15) 51 PJ Gargiulo, 16) 84 Jimmy Cammock, 17) 6 Dusty Heistand, 18) 09 Scott Lawrence, 19) 52 Tim Buckwalter

UPCOMING EVENTS

Friday August 13, 2010

Accord Speedway

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

New Egypt Speedway

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

New Egypt Speedway (Rain Date)

Friday, September 3, 2010

Clinton County Raceway (Makeup)

Friday, September 3, 2010

Clinton County Raceway

PAST RESULTS

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Big Diamond Raceway

RAIN

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Susquehanna Speedway Park

Billy Pauch Jr

Candy Bowl Makeup

Steve Buckwalter

Friday, April 30, 2010

Williams Grove Speedway

Steve Buckwalter

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Big Diamond Raceway

RAIN

March 28th Makeup

RAIN

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Williams Grove Speedway

RAIN

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Grandview Speedway

Billy Pauch Jr

Friday, May 28, 2010

Penn Can Speedway

Steve Buckwalter

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Grandview Speedway TOTH w/ USAC

Steve Buckwalter

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Lincoln Speedway w/USAC

Eric Heydenreich

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Susquehanna Speedway

Steve Buckwalter

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Bridgeport Speedway (1/4 mile)

Ryan Smith

Friday, July 02, 2010

Central Pennsylvania Speedway

Steve Buckwalter

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Georgetown Speedway

POSTPONED

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Williams Grove Speedway

Bruce Buckwalter Jr.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

May 8th Makeup

Ryan Smith

Friday, July 16, 2010

Accord Speedway

RAIN

Friday, July 30, 2010

Clinton County Speedway

Completion TBA

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Mercer Raceway

Steve Buckwalter

Friday, August 06, 2010

Dixieland Speedway

Steve Buckwalter

UNOFFICIAL POINT STANDINGS

CAR#

DRIVER

TOTAL POINTS

1

0

STEVE

BUCKWALTER

1494

2

12

DREW

HEISTAND

1417

3

34

RYAN

SMITH

1380

4

11

ERIC

HEYDENREICH

1295

5

83

BRUCE

BUCKWALTER JR

1146

6

44

FRANK

POLIMEDA

1144

7

77

ALEX

BRIGHT

1124

8

46

BRETT

ARNDT

1087

9

78

NICK

WEAN

992

10

52

TIM

BUCKWALTER

952

11

9

STEVE

LENIG

926

12

51

PJ

GARGIULO

911

13

19

STEVEN

DREVICKI

892

14

6

DUSTY

HEISTAND

854

15

16

DAVE

SHIRK

803

16

2

TRACY

READINGER

749

16

49

TREVOR

KOBYLARZ