Bull finds victory lane at Whip City By Tammyrae Benscoter Westfield MA - Ray Bull, Bloomsburg PA, found victory lane at Whip City Speedway, on Saturday night. The race had originally been scheduled for June 2, but Mother Nature had other...
Bull finds victory lane at Whip City
By Tammyrae Benscoter
Westfield MA - Ray Bull, Bloomsburg PA, found victory lane at Whip City Speedway, on Saturday night. The race had originally been scheduled for June 2, but Mother Nature had other plans for that evening.
This time around the American Racing Drivers Club was greeted with beautiful weather and smiling fans. The 'Mighty Midgets' of ARDC are a site to see on the quarter mile semi-banked clay oval.
Going into the weekend, the point's race between leader Ray Bull and Tim Dietz, Hanover PA had been tightening. 'Tim said it best,' commented Bull, 'When you win the races, you are in the points lead.' After a misunderstood signal by another driver, Dietz was forced out of the feature event. Driver Bill Guertin Jr, South Hampton MA, came down on Dietz while making a turn toward the infield on lap 19 to retire his own car.
Polesitter Steve Craig, Levittown PA had been running in mid pack when the caution flew. Craig had initially opened up a lead from the pack. Bull took the lead following a caution on lap 8 brought out by Marc Dailey, Brownsburg IN. Dailey came to a sudden stop on the frontstretch.
While Craig slid back in the pack, his car remained strong. 'There was couple of laps when I was good,' said Craig. 'I was consistent and could motor right off of the corners.'
The third place finish is the first in some time for Craig. 'I'm pretty pumped right now,' he said.
Prior to the feature, Craig and his team had made some changes to the car. Craig gave a special nod to his crew for the night, Bob Shaffer, Bob Carney and Michelle Magee. 'Every change we made was good' said Craig. 'Last year when the midgets visited Whip City, Craig finished fifth. 'I expected to run well here,' he said, 'The car was comfortable to drive and this place is what midgets were built to run on.'
For Bryan Kobylarz, Birdsboro PA, his experience at Whip City will remain pleasant. Last year at Whip City, Kobylarz blew up the motor early on, when his family had attended the event. 'It's nice to have family come here and see us run.' said Kobylarz. 'My brother and his family live 15 to 20 minutes from here, and I have family in the New England states.'
This year, Kobylarz brought the No.49 to a second place finish. 'It takes some patience to run a track like this,' he said. Kobylarz believes he has figured out what the track needs. 'I more or less gave up on trying to win,' he said. 'The race and the track needed that.' But, he found himself slowly gaining on the leader. 'I wish we had one more restart,' he said, 'Ray and I were running different grooves, but who knows what would've happened.'
While the show must go on, Bull expressed his disappointment that more competitors did not come to Whip City Speedway after the event had been rescheduled.
But special thanks went out to the fans for coming out to see the show. Both the grandstands and the pits were full of onlookers. 'Any time you have a small track, it's going to be action packed,' Bull said. 'There is lapped traffic, and no set groove. You have to get in there and hustle the car around.'
For Bull, he got what he wanted. 'I wanted to come back here and win,' said Bull. 'I was frustrated last year that we missed the setup.' This year, Bull gave special mention to his nephew and crewmember Steven Bull, 15. Since school is out, Bull spent two full days changing the car over from asphalt to dirt. 'He did a good job,' said Ray Bull, 'nothing fell off.' (Special thanks Steven!)
The ARDC midgets will have the opportunity to try their hand at the track again in September. The midget will run at Whip City Speedway on Saturday September 8.
Next up for the ARDC Midgets is the Thunder on the Hill show at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville on July 17. Rain Date is July 18. Four series of competitors will compete in feature events only. Also, one lucky midget driver will be the recipient of a Thunder Mountain Wing giveaway. Owned by Charlie Provost, Mildred PA, Thunder Mountain Wings is a proud supporter of midget auto racing.
On August 15, the Montgomery County Midget Club will host ARDC night at Phoenixville Raceway.
The second annual kid's night will take place at Lincoln Speedway on August 18. The ARDC Midgets will be running a wingless show at Lincoln that evening.
Belated birthday wishes are extended to Randy Mausteller, Bloomsburg PA and Fred Schell, Phoenixville PA.
Get well wishes are sent to Bud Baker, Limerick PA, who underwent knee surgery earlier this week.
Heat 1 Results: (1) Ed Stimely Jr. (2) Ray Bull, (3) Bill Guertin Jr. (4) Bryan Kobylarz, (5) Steve Craig, (6) Kathy Kurtz, (7) Lew Blair, (8) Mark Lawshe
Heat 2 Results: (1) Tim Dietz, (2) Walt Stearly, (3) Chris Mowray, (4) Mark Wakefoose (5) Rich Durso, (6) Ron Bunn, (7) Marc Dailey DNS (8) Fred Schell DNS.
Feature Results: (1) Ray Bull, (2) Bryan Kobylarz, (3) Steve Craig, (4) Ed Stimely Jr., (5) Mark Wakefoose, (6) Chris Mowray, (7) Marc Dailey, (8) Fred Schell, (9) Lew Blair, (10) Kathy Kurtz, (11) Rich Durso, (12) Walt Stearly, (13) Bill Guertin Jr. (14) Tim Dietz, (15) Mark Lawshe (16) Ron Bunn