Lincoln, PA -Tim Dietz of York PA, visited victory lane for the second consecutive week in ARDC competition. Dietz, who operates the number 4 for Roger McKeehan Motorsports claimed the top spot on lap 21 of the 25-lap event. He took the lead from...
Lincoln, PA -Tim Dietz of York PA, visited victory lane for the second consecutive week in ARDC competition. Dietz, who operates the number 4 for Roger McKeehan Motorsports claimed the top spot on lap 21 of the 25-lap event. He took the lead from his teammate Mark Freeland, Ickesburg PA. Freeland had held the lead for most of the feature.
'We've got our act together,' said Dietz, 'Roger McKeehan gives us the best there is, and that's what it takes to win.' While Dietz doubted that he had the car to beat, his hard charge to the front was impressive. 'Our car wasn't that good tonight,' said Dietz, 'We struggled in the heat and has some fuel trouble. We actually guessed at the setup.'
Dietz believed the car to beat was that of defending ARDC champion Ray Bull. Bull dropped from the event following a flat tire on lap 20. Dietz followed Bull to the front as the two drivers started side by side in row 6.
Freeland, who started eighth, overtook Fred Schell, Phoenixville PA, for the lead on lap 1. 'I told Fred I'd get him by the first lap,' Freeland joked. 'I just drove it right to the front.' Freeland also drove his car to the front of his heat race. While it looked like he had the dominant car, Freeland believed the team was off on setup. For Freeland, racing with McKeehan Motorsports is something of a homecoming. He was the primary driver for the team in 2000.
'Basically, I saw that Mark was without a ride and he drove my car last year,' said McKeehan. 'I had another car and another motor.' It made perfect sense to McKeehan. Freeland would operate his second entry.
'It feels like home, said Freeland, It's a lot of fun, there is a family spirit and Roger gives us good equipment.'
Dietz concurs, 'It was definitely fun, and that's the way racing should be.' Dietz has occupied the McKeehan entry for only 8 events. In that time, he has posted 3 wins, a second and a fourth. And, while having a teammate is new to Dietz, he admits that he and Freeland have had there differences on the track, but bygones are bygones, and these guys are ready to repeat their 1, 2 performance.
'These are both good guys, said McKeehan, 'They work hard at what they do and I couldn't ask for better.'
Bryan Kobylarz, Birdsboro PA, finished third. 'There is no way I can feel bad about finishing behind these guys.' he said. Kobylarz had got caught up in traffic early in the event. Then when he had found a line he could run, the caution flew. 'It took time to get then rhythm back after each caution,' he added.
Caution flew twice for Kathy Kurtz who spun in turn three. The third caution cane on lap 19 when smoke bellowed from Ed Stimely Jr.'s machine. Stimely rolled to a stop out of turn two. On the following lap, turn two was calamity corner as Bull slowed following a flat tire.
The rest of the event would be caution free, and exciting. While the battle between teammates had become intense, the shuffle for positions amongst the middle pack of cars began to heat up. Walt Stearly, Trappe PA; Randy Mausteller, Bloomsburg PA; and Gary Halteman, Gilbertsville PA had all shuffled positions continuously for the entire event.
Notes: Thunder Mountain Wings, Mildred PA will be giving away a wing at Grandview Speedway on July 17, when the ARDC midgets participate in the Thunder on the Hill series.
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Get well wishes are extended to Pete Pavlick who was injured Friday night in a racing related incident.
Next up for the ARDC midgets, is their rescheduled event at Whip City Speedway in Massacheutts on July 14.
Feature Results (1) Tim Dietz, (2) Mark Freeland, (3) Bryan Kiobylarz, (4) Marc Dailey, (5) Fred Schell (6) Walt Stearly, (7) Gary Halteman, (8) Randy Mausteller, (9) Lew Blair, (10) Kathy Kurtz, (11) Steve Craig, (12) Buddy Baker, (13) Jim Knickerbocker, (14) Scott Zipp, (15) Craig Rochelle, (16) Ray Bull, (17) Ed Stimely Jr. (18) Brian Suchy, (19) Shawn Burke, (20) Frank Fiore.