ARDC: Final two events preview

TWO EVENTS REMAIN ON '05 ARDC SCHEDULE Oley, PA - The 2005 ARDC schedule has dwindled down to a pair of events during the month of October. The midgets of the American Racing Drivers Club return to New Jersey's Bridgeport Speedway on...

TWO EVENTS REMAIN ON '05 ARDC SCHEDULE

Oley, PA - The 2005 ARDC schedule has dwindled down to a pair of events during the month of October.

The midgets of the American Racing Drivers Club return to New Jersey's Bridgeport Speedway on Saturday, October 1. Rained out back on July 27, the ARDC throttle-stompers are chomping at the bit to sling some clay on not one, but two different tracks at Bridgeport.

Twin features are planned for the midgets, with the first one being a wingless affair on the spacious 5/8-mile oval. The nightcap will be run with wings, and it will be contested on the 1/4-mile bullring inside the big track.

The event at Bridgeport begins at 4 p.m.

The cars and stars of ARDC will close out their 2005 campaign on Saturday, October 29. Racing begins at 4:00 that day at Susquehanna Speedway Park, in a show billed as the Candy Bowl. The midgets will be topless at Susky, competing in heat races and a big main event. This is the final point race for the midgets, and the teams are looking forward to "getting it on" at the ultra-competitive Newberrytown, PA dirt track.

Some of the teams took part in an open practice session at Susquehanna last spring. Eyes widened and heads turned as the drivers screamed down the straights and twisted their wingless mounts through the corners. On May 12, Mike Miller, along with his daughters, Tracy and Michele, competed in a match race during one of the weekly race meets. Once again, fans and officials were very impressed by the midgets' performance, and promoter Todd Fisher is expecting a very exciting show when a full field of ARDC racers take the green flag.

With three features remaining, Ray Bull has opened up a bit of an advantage over Steve Buckwalter in the point standings. The chase for the 2005 title is still up for grabs, however, and many veteran insiders anticipate the battle going right down to the final lap at Susky. Andy Martin and Mike Miller are also involved in a close fight for the third spot, with Steve Lenig, Michele Miller, and Ed Stimely slugging it out for fifth.

It has truly been an exciting year for ARDC, and the last two events of the season will be no exception. Buckwalter is the leading feature winner of 2005, with seven, but Bull is hot on his heels. The five-time and defending champion of ARDC picked up his sixth victory of the season at the Clinton County Speedway on September 17.

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Series Midget
Drivers Mike Miller , Ray Bull