For more information: Linda Mansfield, lindamansfield@CompuServe.com Defending Champion Wins First ARDC CARQUEST Feature Since 1994 By EARL KRAUSE FLEMINGTON, N.J., May 24 - Moving into the lead by the second circuit and then ...
For more information: Linda Mansfield, lindamansfield@CompuServe.com
Defending Champion Wins First ARDC CARQUEST Feature Since 1994
By EARL KRAUSE FLEMINGTON, N.J., May 24 - Moving into the lead by the second circuit and then extending his margin the rest of the way, 1996 American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) driving champion Phil DiMario of Piermont, N.Y., went on to win Saturday night's 20-lap ARDC CARQUEST Midget Series feature at the five-eighths mile paved Flemington Speedway. DiMario was at the wheel of the Phil's Machine Service/Hoosier/Auto Meter/Power Mist Fuels No. 23 Stealth Gaerte entry fielded by Ray McCabe of Philadelphia. It was not just DiMario's initial victory of the season, but also his first ARDC victory since 1994. He took over the ride in McCabe's car last month. Polesitter Bryan Kobylarz of Birdsboro, Pa., led the first lap as DiMario raced from his fourth starting spot to second. The driver known on the ARDC circuit as "Flyin' Phil" then made his move up the backstretch on the second circuit to take a lead that he would never relinquish. A caution on lap five for a stalled Greg Klar did little to slow DiMario's pace, as he moved right back out on the green to eventually win by a straightaway. Second was Bob Cicconi of Prospect Park, Pa., at the wheel of the No. 98 usually driven by point leader Michael Roselli Jr. However, the 17-year-old Roselli is not permitted to race in New Jersey due to the state racing rules, so Cicconi substituted for the evening. Third through fifth were Ed Stimely Jr. of McVeytown, Pa.; Gary Halteman of Gilbertsville, Pa.; and former Flemington stock car racer J.R. Booth of Lebanon, N.J. Completing the top 10 were ARDC rookie Rudy Boetticher; Kobylarz, whose car slowed near the end with motor problems; micro sprint regular Mark Wakefoose in Jack Kirchner's No. 81 that DiMario drove to the ARDC title last year; Doug Borger and Shannon Mausteller. Borger did the best passing job of the night, coming from 17th to ninth. Stimely annexed the first 8-lap heat with DiMario scoring a clean sweep as the captured the second qualifier. The ARDC CARQUEST Midget Series now heads for the three-eighths mile clay Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, N.Y., this coming Friday night, May 30 for a combo show with the ESS Sprints and the track's CVRA 358 modified and sportsman divisions. The summary:
First Heat (8 laps) - 1. Ed Stimely Jr., 2. J.R. Booth, 3. Monnie Wonder III, 4. Gary Mondschein, 5. Mark Wakefoose.
Second Heat - 1. Phil DiMario, 2. Bob Cicconi, 3. Gary Halteman, 4. Bryan Kobylarz, 5. Rudy Boetticher.
Feature (20 laps) - 1. Phil DiMario, 2. Bob Cicconi, 3. Ed Stimely Jr., 4. Gary Halteman, 5. J.R. Booth, 6. Rudy Boetticher, 7. Bryan Kobylarz, 8. Mark Wakefoose, 9. Doug Borger, 10. Shannon Mausteller, 11. Randy Mausteller, 12. Gary Mondschein, 13. Art Lawshe Sr., 14. Tom Martocci, 15. Don Trent II, 16. Rob Boetticher, 17. Monnie Wonder III, 18. Greg Klar, 19. Jim Jackson, 20. Art Lawshe Jr., 21. Duane Mausteller.