ARDC Teams Make an Impact on Opening Night at The Chili Bowl Tulsa, OK - January 5 - Four of the ARDC midget teams who travelled to Tulsa for the 19th annual Chili Bowl made a profound impact, as the event opened with the first qualifying event...
ARDC Teams Make an Impact on Opening Night at The Chili Bowl
Tulsa, OK - January 5 - Four of the ARDC midget teams who travelled to Tulsa for the 19th annual Chili Bowl made a profound impact, as the event opened with the first qualifying event on Wednesday.
Three of the four ARDC drivers qualified for the initial "A" feature, with Royersford, PA, pilot Steve Buckwalter leading the way. Buckwalter won his heat race in spectacular fashion, dueling with J.J. Yeley for the lead in the opening stages of the 10-lap dash.
Buckwalter and Yeley ran side-by-side for one entire circuit on the quarter-mile dirt oval before Yeley grabbed the lead away from the micro sprint and midget standout. Yeley then spun, collecting Buckwalter. The Royersford Rocket restarted at the back of the pack, but he shot to the front of the field once again to take the checkered flag ahead of everyone else.
Reading, PA's Tracy Miller finished as the runner-up in heat race number four, and she started the feature in 16th spot. An early race, multi-car tangle caused a flat tire and bent shock on Miller's Stealth-chassied no. 3, and Tracy wound up finishing 24th.
Versatile Frank Polimeda, from Fort Lee, NJ, also finished second in his heat race. Because he started on the outside pole, and the Chili Bowl uses a "passing points" formula for qualifying, Polimeda had to run in the second "B main", where he finished fourth to become the final entrant into the "A" feature. Starting dead last in the 25-lap main event, Polimeda soldiered to a 13th place finish.
Dave Shirk, Mohnton, PA, wound up seventh in his 10-lap heat. Shirk, wheeling one of the three Mega Motorsports entries, weaved through the "D main" field to take the checkered in sixth, leaving him two spots short of transferring to one of the "C mains".
All four drivers will compete again on Saturday night as they attempt to "run the alphabet" and race their way into the 50-lap finale. Buckwalter, by virtue of his seventh place finish in Wednesday's feature, should have the easiest path to the Chili Bowl's main event. Steve will start in the top-five in one of two "B mains", where the top six transfer to the main event.
On Thursday evening, five-time ARDC champion Ray Bull will try to qualify. Joining the Bloomsburg, PA, throttle-jockey on Thursday's card will be ARDC members Michele Miller, Marc Dailey, and Donnie Trent.
Dailey updates will continue on www.ardcmidgets.com, www.chilibowl.com, and live updates during the racing programs can be found at www.whowon.com.