ARDC Champions Stimely And Yetter Indy Adventure Easton, Pa., May 20 - The American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) CARQUEST Midget Series Champions accepted an invitation to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to participate in "Champions Day" on May...
ARDC Champions Stimely And Yetter Indy Adventure
Easton, Pa., May 20 - The American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) CARQUEST Midget Series Champions accepted an invitation to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to participate in "Champions Day" on May 13. 1997 ARDC Car Owner Champion, Harold Yetter, of Sciota, Pa. and his driver ARDC Champion, Ed Stimely, Jr., of McVeytown, Pa. traveled to Indy for the day. Although it was for only one day, both say it was worth while trip. Yetter said, "I was at the Indianapolis Speedway in 1967 for the first time. This is the second time I've been to Indianapolis but this time I was really thrilled to be there as the ARDC car owner champion. They treated us royally. It seemed like they couldn't do enough for us. It was a great experience." Was it worth it for Yetter to haul his Midget all the way out to Indy and back for one day? Yetter said, "Absolutely, it was well worth it. We appreciated the invitation. We met Bob Jenkins, Johnny Rutherford and Jimmy Kite. Then they took all the drivers out on the track and introduced them and told everyone what championships they won. They gave us an awful good meal too!" Stimely also enjoyed the day. "I went to Indianapolis in 1988 just to see the speedway but this was the first time during speed weeks. I was a little hesitant about going out there for one day. We had to take the car out there and I thought we were just going to park the car and sit around all day. But, I'll tell you what, they put on a display of courtesy to us like I've never seen before. They treated us more like kings rather than champions. They had us busy all day. And, anything we wanted was no problem. We had passes to go anywhere we wanted to go, including the garage area."
Both Stimely and Yetter were impressed with the Indy race fans. Ed said, "The fans were great. They had an autograph session for about an hour and a half. A lot of people came over and asked questions about the car and ARDC. It was just a real nice deal." The Champions Day event also included seminars on how to get into the IRL. Although Ed Stimely, Jr. enjoyed his day at Indy, he's happy with ARDC and where he is right now. He talked about the seminars. "I went to the seminar about how to get into the IRL, but I'm not really looking for that myself. We're just interested in racing the Midget, winning races and having fun. But, now I'd like to win this ARDC Championship so we can go out they're again next year." Both Yetter and Stimely expressed there thanks to Fred Nation of the IRL who extended the invitation to the ARDC CARQUEST Midget Series Champions. It sounds as though the defending champions of the ARDC gained some incentive to repeat as ARDC Champions in 1998!
The ARDC CARQUEST Midget Series goes to Flemington New Jersey on May 30 for the first of four races scheduled at the great Flemington Speedway. On June 20, Flemington Speedway will host the return of the co-sanctioned ARDC/NEMA Mini-Indy. ARDC returns to Flemington again on July 25 and the final ARDC CARQUEST Midget race at Flemington is Sunday, September 6, for the annual Non-Winners race. Any driver who has never won an ARDC Midget feature is eligible for this race. Last year, JR Booth and Tom Frachetta became first time winners in the Non-Feature races at Flemington.