ARDC: April schedule

For more information: Linda Mansfield, ARDC CARQUEST Midgets to Appear at Four Great Dirt Tracks in April FLAGTOWN, N.J., March 27 - The American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) CARQUEST Midget Series will appear at four...

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ARDC CARQUEST Midgets to Appear at Four Great Dirt Tracks in April

FLAGTOWN, N.J., March 27 - The American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) CARQUEST Midget Series will appear at four of the nation's premier clay tracks in April to kick off its 58th season of midget racing.

The season opener is slated for Saturday night, April 5 at Silver Spring Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa. The next date is Saturday night, April 19 at Lincoln Speedway in New Oxford, Pa. To round out the month the ARDC CARQUEST Midgets will appear at Williams Grove (Pa.) Speedway on Friday night, April 25 and at Hagerstown Speedway on Saturday night, April 26, just over the Mason-Dixon line in Maryland.

Warm-ups are at 6:30 p.m. for all of the shows except Williams Grove, which has warm-ups at 7:30 p.m.

As usual, the battle for the championship looks like it will be a doozy. Phil DiMario of Piermont, N.Y., will use two cars to defend his driver championship: Jack Kirchner's Boston Hawk Gaerte for the asphalt-track shows, and Ray McCabe's brand-new Stealth Gaerte for the clay-track events.

Lou Cicconi Jr. of Aston, Pa., who led the most laps last year and finished second in the championship, will make some ARDC CARQUEST events in 1997 but he'll concentrate on his ISMA supermodified ride. KARS limited sprint driver Tom Franchetta might step into Cicconi's midget in his absence, although he wasn't registered as of press time and Cicconi was.

The two top rookies of 1997 - Ed Stimely Jr. of McVeytown, Pa., and Bryan Kobylarz of Birdsboro, Pa. - are expected to take off right where they stopped last year, which was neck-and-neck in the point standings. Stimely finished third last year while Kobylarz placed fourth.

Gary Mondschein plans to run a limited schedule, but he has two midgets at his disposal this year and if his business commitments allow him, watch for the Stewartsville, N.J. driver to make most of the shows. Nothing would fan his desire to do that like a feature victory.

John Heydenreich of Bloomsburg, Pa., will concentrate on his USAC Silver Crown, sprint and midget commitments. His car owner, John Givens, will support him in that effort with the midget that won the 1996 ARDC CARQUEST car owners championship.

Brett Mowrey of Sybertsville, Pa., is expected to be in the ARDC fold early in the season, lay out for awhile for business reasons, and then be back at it in full force later in the season. Gilbertsville, Pa.'s Gary Halteman, however, plans to make all the shows for his sponsor, Schaeffer's Family Restaurant.

The ever-popular Bob Cicconi of Prospect Park, Pa., plans to make as many shows as possible, and his quick wit will be spicing up the pit area just as his talents behind the wheel liven up the on-track action.

The third rookie to crack the top 10 in the final point standings last year - young Michael Roselli of Brodheadsville, Pa., has freshened up his Ellis Fontana and the 17-year-old is anxious to continue to turn heads like he did in 1996.

Other drivers who can be counted on to add even more excitement to the mix include Doug Borger of Kunkletown, Pa.; Tom Martocci of Brodheadsville, Pa.; Jim Jackson of Sweet Valley, Pa.; Tim Dietz of Hanover, Pa.; the three Maustellers of Bloomsburg, Pa. (ARDC President Randy Mausteller and his sons Duane and Shannon); Mark Freeland of Ickesburg, Pa.; Walt Stearly of Trappe, Pa.; Monnie Wonder III of Lititz, Pa.; J.R. Booth of Lebanon, N.J.; Mike Lapp of Slatington, Pa.; Danny Shelbo Jr. of Bethlehem, Pa.; Joe Payne Jr. of Hawthorne, N.J.; Fremont Dickerman of Higganum, Conn.; Lew Blair of Hatboro, Pa.; P.J. Pavlick of Haskell, N.J.; Bill Ertel of Toms River, N.J.; Ted Schmid of Lititz, Pa.; Donnie Trent of Honey Brook, Pa.; and a host of others.

The ARDC CARQUEST Midget Series' slogan for 1997 is "ARDC...We're revvin' in '97!" The motors start doing just that on Saturday night, April 5 at Silver Spring.

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Series Midget
Drivers John Heydenreich , Michael Roselli , Donnie Trent
Teams Williams