By Steve Williams
The ARDC Midgets wrapped up a big weekend Sunday Night at Susquehanna Speedway Park and it was Drew Heistand picking up his first win of the season by the slightest of margins.

Before the first lap could be completed a pile up in turn four claimed the cars of Tim Buckwalter, Steve Craig and Alex Bright. Other cars involved but able to continue were, Bruce Buckwalter Jr. and Dusty Heistand.

When the race got back underway rookie Brenden Bright sprinted into the lead from his outside pole position and led, Greg Fitzpatrick, Steve Drevicki Keith McIntyre Jr. and Ryan Watt.

By lap two, Drew Heistand moved into third with a pass of Fitzpatrick but was set back when a caution was called for a slowing Shane Penny.

On the restart Heistand again blasted by Fitzpatrick and set after Drevicki for second. The two entertained the crowd with some incredible side by side racing when on lap six Heistand was able to move into the lead as he got past both Drevicki and Bright.

It looked as if Heistand would be able to run away as the furious racing behind him gave him a big advantage. First Drevicki and Bright battled for the runnerup spot and then Nick Wean who had come from the 11th starting spot got involved when he got by McIntyre.

Hot on Weans tail was Parker Evans but in a close battle with McIntyre the two touched wheels and Evans looped the car in the second turn.

On the restart Drevicki was able to get back around Bright but at that point it appeared as if Heistand had an insurmountable lead, however over the final eight laps Drevicki was able to close up on the rear of Heistand and going into the first turn on the final lap, dove low and pulled ahead coming off turn two.

Heistand, who’s car has been a rocketship all season was able to regain a slight advantage down the backstretch but Drevicki was again able to draw even in three and four.

The pair came off the final turn side by side but at the stripe it was Heistand by a nose for his first win of the season over Drevicki.

Third through fifth spots went to Brenden Bright, Nick Wean and Andrew Hannula.

Fifth through tenth went to PJ Gargiulo, Dusty Heistand, Jason Rice, Shane Penny and Dave Shirk.

Heats for the 23 Midgets in attendance went to Drew Heistand, Nick Wean and Ryan Watt.


1) 12 Drew Heistand, 2) 19 Steve Drevicki, 3) 88 Brenden Bright, 4) 78 Nick Wean, 5) 89 Andrew Hannula, 6) 51 PJ Gargiulo, 7) 6 Dusty Heistand, 8) 57 Jason Rice, 9) 4 Shane Penny, 10) 75 Dave Shirk, 11) 2 Shawn Jackson, 12) 01 Steve Bull, 13) 8 Keith McIntyre Jr., 14) 17 Ryan Watt, 15) 28 Greg Fitzpatrick, 16) 83 Bruce Buckwalter Jr.,17) 61 Parker Evans, 18) 33 Ryan Smith, 19) 0 Tim Buckwalter, 20) 55 Stteve Craig, 21) 77 Alex Bright DNS 46 Brett Arndt, 81 Mark Gilmore


Sunday, April 10

Susquehanna Speedway Park

Steve Buckwalter

Friday, April 29

Williams Grove Speedway

Steve Buckwalter

Saturday, May 07

Port Royal Speedway

Bruce Buckwalter Jr

Saturday, May 21

Bridgeport Speedway (1/4 Mile)

Alex Bright

Friday, May 27

Penn Can Speedway

Steve Drevicki

Monday, May 30

Big Diamond Speedway

Ryan Smith

Tuesday, May 31

Grandview Speedway (w/USAC Sprints)

Steve Buckwalter

Saturday, June 04

Port Royal Speedway (w/USAC Sprints)


Saturday, June 11

Bridgeport Speedway (1/4 Mile)

Ryan Smith

Sunday, June 12

Susquehanna Speedway Park

Drew Heistand

Saturday, July 09

Pittsburgh PA Motor Speedway (PPMS)

Friday, July 22

Big Diamond Speedway

Friday, July 29

Clinton County (Full show & Makeup Feature)

Saturday, July 30

Mercer Raceway Park

Friday, August 05

Southern Swing – Dixieland Speedway

Saturday, August 06

Southern Swing – County Line Raceway

Saturday, August 13

Winchester Speedway

Tuesday, August 16

New Egypt Speedway

Saturday, August 20

Port Royal Speedway

Saturday, September 03

Bridgeport Speedway (1/4 Mile)

Friday, September 16

Williams Grove Speedway

Saturday, October 15

Grandview Speedway (ToTH)

Saturday, October 29

Susquehanna Speedway Park

Sunday, October 30

Susquehanna Speedway Park (rain date)