ARDC ADDS RACE DATE AND ANOTHER ROOKIE Hazleton, PA - With the start of the 2005 racing season just weeks away, the American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) is still adding to an already impressive schedule. The latest addition is the Central PA...
ARDC ADDS RACE DATE AND ANOTHER ROOKIE
Hazleton, PA - With the start of the 2005 racing season just weeks away, the American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) is still adding to an already impressive schedule.
The latest addition is the Central PA Speedway in Clearfield, PA, on Saturday, September 3rd. The 3/8-mile clay oval will host the mighty midgets as part of their Labor Day weekend racing card, according to track owner Andy Paden and ARDC Booking Agent Mike Miller.
On September 3rd, the teams of ARDC will compete in qualifying heats and a feature, and they will do so in wingless fashion.
Miller and the new co-promoter of Clinton County Speedway, Randy Mausteller, are also working hard to find a suitable date for an ARDC event at that facility. Mausteller, a former competitor and president of the American Racing Drivers Club, is busy making improvements to the track located near Lock Haven, PA. He is optimistic, however, that he can find a spot for the midgets in his 2005 racing schedule at Clinton County.
One driver who is looking forward to a race at Clinton County is rookie Eric Heydenreich. The nephew of midget, sprint, and Silver Crown ace Johnny Heydenreich, has purchased a Stealth midget for his rookie season with ARDC. The car, which will carry the number 84, will be powered by a Brayton powerplant.
Eric, a successful micro sprint racer for several seasons, hails from Bloomsburg, PA, which is not far from the 1/3-mile track at Clinton County. His uncle should be able to provide plenty of good advice, as Johnny has amassed 36 career wins with ARDC. The most recent of those victories came in June of 2004 at Grandview Speedway.
The ARDC Midgets wheel into action on Saturday, April 23, at the Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, PA. The drivers will demonstrate their tremendous versatility at the season opener, running two, 20-lap features. The midgets will compete with wings in one of the main events, then run wingless in the other 20-lapper. Drivers will draw for position in race no. 1, while starting spots in the second main event will be inverted, based on finishing positions in the first feature. As is customary with ARDC, rookies will start to the rear in both races. As per the rulebook, all first-year drivers start to the rear in the first three events in which they are entered.