Westfield, MA - Ray Bull, Bloomsburg PA, swept the ARDC events held at Whip City Speedway this year. After warm-ups, the outlook for Bull was looking bleak. The yellow No. 1 suffered cosmetic damage when a fuel fitting vibrated loose. The...
Westfield, MA - Ray Bull, Bloomsburg PA, swept the ARDC events held at Whip City Speedway this year. After warm-ups, the outlook for Bull was looking bleak. The yellow No. 1 suffered cosmetic damage when a fuel fitting vibrated loose. The electrical system sparked igniting the fuel filter.
"I thought we were done," said Bull. "The flames were coming up through the hood. But the crew really worked hard tonight and we kept battling." he continued.
During the heat races, Bull came from his seventh place starting spot and finished second. "Everytime we went out, the car kept getting better," said Bull.
In the feature, Bull started twelfth and quickly moved into the eighth position by lap 2. Leading the pack from the pole position was Duane Mausteller, Bloomsburg PA. Mausteller who claimed a heat win began to pull away from the pack.
As the laps continued to pass, Mausteller opened a three-car length lead on the pack. Bull had found his way to fourth. Chasing Mausteller was Jimmy Stitzel, Blandon PA.
While the battle progressed up front, Marc Dailey, Brownsburg IN, was fighting his way past the cars of Fred Schell, Phoenixville PA and Kathy Kurtz, Temple PA.
Four laps later, Stitzel passed Mausteller and brought Bull with him. On lap 15, the red flag flew when Walt Stearly, Trappe PA, got overturned in turn two. Stearly who also owns the car operated by Stitzel was able to restart the event. Following a restart, Stearly left the track when his wing collapsed.
Stitzel would lead the field back to green on lap 16 and would hold off the hard-charging Bull for four laps. Challenging for third was Bryan Kobylarz, Birdsboro PA. Mausteller who held the position drove the No. 25 deep in the corners and evaded Kobylarz's charge. The No. 49 of Kobylarz from Starrett racing would bring out the second red flag with two laps to go.
Kobylarz got turned around in turn 4. Due to the dust, the red was automatically thrown.
After the field took the green, Bull pulled away to take the checkers.
"I really enjoy this place" said Bull, "You got to get your elbows up and work hard here. You just can't plant your feet and go. You got to have your stuff together," he continued.
Another fan of Whip City Speedway was Jimmy Stitzel. "The car felt good," said Stitzel who appreciates the freedom that Stearly gives his driver. "He provides me with great equipment and let's you run your own show," said Stitzel who felt his car going away as the laps progressed. "We could stay up with the 1 car," said Stitzel, "But he would have to mess up for us to win."
Following Stitzel across the finish line was Mausteller who picked up his second third place finish of the year. Initially, Duane had considered allowing his brother, Shannon, to drive his car. On reconsideration he made his way to Massacheutts. "The drivers a little rusty" said Mausteller, who credits his crew for their hard work. Making the trip with Mausteller was his brother, dad, and Brad Hons.
Mausteller's third place finish came at a good time. His uncle Kerry Mausteller was visiting from Largo, FL and couldn't wait to get to the track to see him race.
Kobylarz also had the opportunity to entertain family. However, he was disappointed with the finish.
Notes: ARDC will participate in the Thunder on the Hill Series to be held at Grandview Speedway on October 20. ... The annual ARDC championship banquet will be held at Lobitz Catering Hall, Hazleton PA on Saturday November 17.
Feature results: (1) Ray Bull, (2) Jimmy Stitzel, (3) Duane Mausteller, (4) Marc Dailey, (5) Fred Schell, (6) Bill Guertin, (7) Kathy Kurtz, (8) Chris Mowray, (9) Gary Halteman, (10) Bryan Kobylarz, (11) Shawn Burke, (12) Lew Blair, (13) Scott Zipp, (14) Randy Mausteller, (15) Walt Stearly, (16) Ron Bunn, (17) Jim Jackson, (18) Craig Rochelle - DNS