Heydenreich Battles Kobylarz For First ARDC Win At Lincoln Abbotstown, Pa.--- John Heydenreich fought with Bryan Kobylarz of Birdsboro, Pa. for 23 laps until he wrestled the lead away from Kobylarz for good with just two laps left in the ARDC...
Heydenreich Battles Kobylarz For First ARDC Win At Lincoln
Abbotstown, Pa.--- John Heydenreich fought with Bryan Kobylarz of Birdsboro, Pa. for 23 laps until he wrestled the lead away from Kobylarz for good with just two laps left in the ARDC CARQUEST Midget feature at Lincoln Speedway on Saturday night.
Heydenreich, who now resides in Indianapolis where he is pursuing a full time racing career, flew into Pennsylvania to drive for John Givens on Saturday night.
Heydenreich started on the pole and Kobylarz lined up in the sixth position. It didn't take long for the lead swapping to begin. A red flag on lap two for a five car incident in turn one stopped the action once and then again on lap eight when Fred Schell rolled over in his No.57.
After the Schell incident, it was non-stop racing and the Heydenreich/Kobylarz show was on. The two drivers exchanged the lead five times before the more experienced Heydenreich made the final pass.
John Heydenreich has won many Midget features but he explained why this one was so special. "This was my first win at Lincoln Speedway. I have seven second place finishes and a third place finish here. Bryan Kobylarz drove a great race and we got lucky in lapped traffic."
Kobylarz talked about how he felt, racing the veteran Heydenreich for the win. " John is a great driver. After the race he told me where I messed up. I should have followed those lapped cars through the turns. I knew we had a good car in the heat race. I guess with two laps to go, I blew it. I was really expecting to see Tim Dietz or Mark Freeland coming up to the front."
Heydenreich and Kobylarz finished first and second with 1997 ARDC CARQUEST Champion, Ed Stimely Jr. taking third. Ray Bull and Lew Blair completed the top five. Monnie Wonder III received the Pennzoil award, finishing 14th.
The ARDC CARQUEST Midget Series will be at Port Royal Speedway on April 25, Williams Grove Speedway on May 8, Flemington Speedway on May 9 for ARDC Fan Appreciation Day and on May 16 at New Egypt Speedway.
Mason Racing Ignitions Heat 1 (8 laps, 6 qualify): 1. Doug Borger 2. Gary Halteman 3. Mark Freeland 4. Phil DiMario 5. Duane Mausteller 6. Monnie Wonder III 7. Mark Wakefoose 8. Gary Mondschein 9. Jim Jackson
Hank's Performance Heat 2 (8 laps, 6 qualify): 1. Ray Bull 2. Tim Dietz 3. Walt Stearly 4. Bill Ertel 5. Fred Schell 6. Tom Martocci 7. Billy Courtwright 8. Ted Schmid 9. Mike Piersig
Sander Engineering Heat 3 (8 laps, 6 qualify): 1. Bryan Kobylarz 2. John Heydenreich 3. Ed Stimely, Jr. 4. Lew Blair 5. Randy Mausteller 6. Mike Lapp 7. Shawn Burke 8. Brian Suchy
Consolation Race (8 Laps, 6 qualify): 1. Gary Mondschein 2. Billy Courtwright 3. Dennis Schaeffer 4. Mark Wakefoose 5. Shawn Burke 6. Mike Piersig 7. Ted Schmid 8. Jim Jackson 9. Brian Suchy
ARDC CARQUEST Feature (25 Laps): 1. John Heydenreich 2. Bryan Kobylarz 3. Ed Stimely, Jr. 4. Ray Bull 5. Lew Blair 6. Billy Courtwiright 7. Walt Stearly 8. Gary Mondschein 9. Duane Mausteller 10. Phil DiMario 11. Dennis Schaeffer 12. Tom Martocci 13. Mark Wakefoose 14. Monnie Wonder III 15. Shaun Burke 16. Time Deitz 17. Mark Freeland 18. Fred Schell 19. Mike Lapp 20. Brian Suchy 21. Gary Halteman 22. Doug Borger 23. Bill Ertel 24. Mike Piersig
Lap Leaders: 1-4 Heidenreich; 5 - Kobylarz; 6-8 Heydenreich; 9-22 Kobylarz; 23-25 Heydenreich