By Steve Williams

The ARDC Midgets will return to Big Diamond Speedway this Friday night July 22nd on B’s Automotive Sales and Service Night, along with the 358 Sportsmen, Sportsman and Roadrunners.

When the Wingless Midgets roll into the pit area, the man to beat will be Ryan Smith who parked the Valley Stove and Fireplace 33 in victory lane the last time ARDC raced in “God’s Country”. Since then Smith has backed up that win with a victories at Bridgeport and Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway and has climbed back up to fifth in the point standings.

Smith, who hails from Kunkletown, PA drives for Jerry and Karen Steward out of Berwick and will have to contend with ARDC’s new point leader “Slick” Nick Wean from Phillipsburg, NJ.

Wean who drives the Wean Heating, Core Info Services 78, owned and wrenched by his dad, an old Modified driver himself, has yet to win this season but has strung together several consistent runs to tally 1013 points, just 1 point ahead of Drew Heistand of Wrightsville, PA who has 1 win on the season.

Heistand, who like Wean, drives for his dad, Don, is part of a two car team along with brother Dusty. Heistand is sponsored by DonCin Transport with additional help coming from American Building and Restoration.

In a tight battle for the third spot the points are Brett Arndt and Bruce Buckwalter Jr. Like Wean and the Heistands, both drivers have dad as the owner and mechanic. Arndt, “The Topton Tornado” wheels the Essay Racing E. Schneider and Sons 46, is just 15 points in front of “Captain America” Bruce Buckwalter Jr. in the BDB Construction 83 going into this weekends event. Buckwalter has one win on the season so far, while Arndt is still looking for his first checkered flag.

Battling for the sixth spot is another brother duo. Big bro, Alex Bright, in his second season behind the wheel of his Lightcap Electric, Todd Hemler General Contracting 77. Bright has a win at Bridgeport and has run up front at several more events, while little bro, Brenden Bright is a rookie and looking for his first win. Brenden’s number 88 is sponsored by Presidential HVAC and Collex Collision.

Action for the 4 division show gets underway at 8:15pm.


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)

Ryan Smith

Friday, July 22

Big Diamond Speedway

Friday, July 29

Clinton County

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)