ARDC TEAMS COMPETE AT KNOXVILLE...AND IT RAINED! Oley, PA - The race teams of the American Racing Drivers Club are used to getting wet, as six of their first seven events have been totally or partially rained out so far this year. Some of the...
ARDC TEAMS COMPETE AT KNOXVILLE...AND IT RAINED!
Oley, PA - The race teams of the American Racing Drivers Club are used to getting wet, as six of their first seven events have been totally or partially rained out so far this year. Some of the ARDC Midget teams thought they might escape the rainy weather by going to Knoxville, Iowa, this past weekend to compete in the Pepsi/Mountain Dew Knoxville Midget Nationals.
The first night of action, on Friday, June 3, was run under a threat of thunderstorms. The wet weather held off, though, and the entire program was run off without a hitch. The grand finale, scheduled for Saturday, was not immune to the bad weather that surrounded the Marion County Fairgrounds.
The fact that a tornado touched down just a few miles from the track, combined with the threat of severe thunderstorms, prompted Knoxville track officials to cancel the second night of the Midget Nationals.
The ARDC teams in attendance fared pretty well on Friday evening. Of the eight drivers who traveled to Knoxville, four of them advanced to the A-Main. ARDC kingpin Ray Bull, driving for the Mega Motorsports Team, finished tenth in the feature, while Steve Buckwalter placed 11th. Rookie Andy Martin wound up 20th after winning the B-Main, and Mike Miller was forced to retire during the feature due to his car being way too tight. "It was a rocket down the straightaways, but it just didn't want to turn," stated Miller.
Ray Polimeda, piloting the Lou Zrinski Midget, missed a transfer to the feature by one spot. Michele Miller was right behind Polimeda, missing out on the main event by two positions. Mega Motorsports teammates Dave Shirk and Carey Becker battled mechanical and handling problems all night long, and joined the list of those who did not qualify.
With seventy-some of the best midgets in the country on hand at Knoxville, the teams carrying the ARDC banner did quite well in the preliminary event. Unfortunately, they were not able to try and improve their fortunes on Saturday night.
Several of the ARDC teams who traveled to Knoxville also ventured to Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, on Sunday, to race at Angell Park Speedway.