ARDC CARQUEST Midgets Add New Egypt And Return To Port Royal Easton, Pa., January 22---The American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) will make an appearance at the newly renovated New Egypt Speedway on Saturday, May 16. ARDC CARQUEST Business...
ARDC CARQUEST Midgets Add New Egypt And Return To Port Royal
Easton, Pa., January 22---The American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) will make an appearance at the newly renovated New Egypt Speedway on Saturday, May 16. ARDC CARQUEST Business Manager, Mike Roselli Sr., has negotiated with New Egypt Speedway promoter, Andy Belmont, for the return of the Midgets to the New Jersey track. Roselli owns Midgets that have raced at New Egypt on the asphalt so he recently took the opportunity to visit the track to observe their reconstruction. Roselli said, " New Egypt is a perfect Midget facility. The place is first class, no ifs, ands or buts about it. Those ARDC drivers that have had previous experience at the New Egypt Speedway will not have an advantage when the Midgets race there on May 16. The track is a completely different surface and, as a result, it will be a whole new ball game for everyone because of the track's new configuration." In 1996, ARDC ran three shows at New Egypt. Lou Cicconi Jr. won both of the regular shows and Rick Hart won the Non-Winners Race. The Non-Winners race is open to drivers who have never won an ARDC feature event.
Also on the schedule for 1998 is the Port Royal Speedway where the ARDC CARQUEST Midgets will venture into the Sprint car country twice during the season. The first visit for the ARDC CARQUEST Midget Series is on April 25. The Midgets will return again on August 8 for a second show at Port Royal. The 1997 ARDC CARQUEST Midget Champion, Ed Stimely Jr., won the season opener at Silver Spring Speedway and the one race at Port Royal Speedway en route to capturing the series championship last year. Stimely's car owner, Harold Yetter, was happy to hear about the two races at this Pennsylvania track. Yetter said, "Eddie lives only about 15 miles from Port Royal and it's like his hometown track. We have a big following when we race there. A lot of Eddie's friends and people from where he works get to see him race. We did well with the Mini Sprint when we ran there, too." Yetter said that the team will have a new paint scheme and some changes to the Creek Chassis. The Gaerte engine has just been re-worked for the 1998 season. Yetter also announced that the crew chief for their championship season, Bob Baker, has left the team. Ed Stimely said, "Chip Davis is going to be our new crew chief. We've been friends for a long time. Chip has helped me before and I'm real comfortable with him as the crew chief." Stimely was the 1996 Rookie of the Year and the 1997 Point Champ. The goals for the Stimely/Yetter No.6 team are, according to Stimely, "To win more races, win our first race on asphalt and we're definitely going after the championship again."