BECHTELSVILLE, PA The results of the second Open
Wheel Spectacular at Grandview Speedway have been written in the record
books. While that chapter may be closed,
it is not likely that the talk about this racing event will end any time
Race fans saw Steve Buckwalter set a blistering pace
on his way to his second consecutive win in American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC)
action on the high banks of the Grandview Speedway Sunday night. The Tri-State Race Savers (TSRS) Sprint Car
feature saw three different leaders during the final six laps with multiple lead
changes on several laps before Jeff Geiges took command and the win.
Current ARDC point leader, Steven Drevicki and
Alex Bright led the field of wingless midgets to the green flag with Bright
using the outside line to take the lead on lap one. Bright ran and hid from the field as he
extended his lead lap after lap. Bright
was already reeling in the back of the field by lap eight as Drevicki, Brenden
Bright, Tim Buckwalter and Ryan Watt raced in the top five.
But disaster would strike for the
young Collegeville, PA driver on lap eleven. Bright was preparing to negotiate his way through lapped traffic when
contact was made between the Lightcap Electric #77 and the car driven by Eric
Heydenreich. Bright took a wild ride in
turn two before coming to rest on the inside of the track. Bright exited the car uninjured but his bid
for his third ARDC win of the season ended before the half way
Drevicki took the lead on the
restart as Brenden Bright and Tim Buckwalter battled for second in front of
Watt. Tim Buckwalter took over second
when the pair raced through turn three. Steve Buckwalter slid into third before the half way mark. After a two lap battle with Tim Buckwalter,
Steve Buckwalter moved up to second. The
caution waved for Tyler Brehm who sat on the infield just off of turn
Drevicki now had Steve Buckwalter
on his back bumper for the single file restart. Drevicki led through lap fifteen but Buckwalter took the lead for good on
the next go round.
Drevicki held off Tim
Buckwalter''s challenges to finish second. Brenden Bright followed S. Buckwalter, Drevicki and T. Buckwalter across
the finish line with Kyle Lick completing the top five at the
Kyle Purks and Rick Stief paced
the field of TSRS Sprint Cars to the green flag with Purks quickly exerting his
muscle to take the lead.
A red flag brought the racing to a half on the first
lap as Scott Frack made hard contact with the wall coming out of turn two before
going over. Frack escaped injury but his
race ended prematurely on this night. Adam Carberry, the feature winner in the first Sunday night Open Wheel
Spectacular, exited the race as a result of wing damage incurred in the same
incident. Tim Tanner, who was the TSRS
point leader coming into this race, exited under the lap one stop with motor
Purks went into the lead on the
complete restart and caught the rear of the field on lap six. Even with lapped traffic to hinder his
progress, Purks continued to pull away. With ten laps complete, Jeff Gieges ran in second and began to close the
gap on Purks while two time TSRS Champion, Mike Haggenbottom raced in
Stef Palmai drew a caution when
she ran into problems with seventeen laps complete, setting up a single file
restart with just eight laps left to run.
Purks had Geiges, Haggenbottom,
Tom Carberry Jr. and Ryan Stillwaggon lined up nose to tail right behind him as
he led the field back to green flag racing.
And then things got interesting. Purks led lap eighteen as Geiges took a look to the inside. Haggenbottom took his car to the outside,
passed Geiges for second and then took the lead from Purks to lead lap
nineteen. Purks came right back to take
the lead as the field exited turn two. Haggenbottom was back in front as he and Purks crossed the line on the
next lap but the lead changed hands around the speedway. Haggenbottom was scored as the race leader on
laps twenty-one through lap twenty-three when Jeff Geiges overtook Purks for
second and then passed Haggenbottom for the lead. Haggenbottom fought back and regained the
lead momentarily before Geiges took the lead and led the way to the checkered
It was Geiges for the win followed by
Haggenbottom, T. Carberry, Purks and Brennflect.
The third Open Wheel Spectacular of
the season is set for Sunday, August 31st again featuring the TSRS
Sprints and ARDC Midgets. Racing will start at 7:30
Saturday, July 26th, 7:30 p.m. Atlas Paving Corporation of Wayne, NJ
will sponsor the night which will feature the Pepsi-Bashore Challenge One-on-One
Modified Challenge races along with a full card of NASCAR 358 Modifieds, BRC
Late Models and Sportsman stock cars. Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m. and as
the gates are opened the popular Low Down and Dirty Meet & Greet will be
presented featuring modified standout Duane Howard along with father and son
Late Model racers Lou Egrie Sr. and Jr. Again this Saturday fans will have the
opportunity to win valuable tickets for the NASCAR race events being presented
at Pocono Raceway on August 2nd and 3rd topped by the
GoBowling 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race. Tickets are courtesy of WNPV-1440AM Radio
of Lansdale and Pocono Raceway.
ARDC WINGLESS MIDGET
FEATURE RESULTS (25 LAPS) 1. Steve Buckwalter 2. Steven Drevicki 3. Tim
Buckwalter 4. Brenden Bright 5. Kyle Lick 6. Nick Wean 7. Trevor Kobylarz 8.
Brett Arndt 9. PJ Gargiulo 10. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. 11. Tony DiMattia 12. Tommy
Kunsman Jr. 13. Austin Burke 14. Clayton Glassman 15. Brian Gilmore 16. Greg
Fitzpatrick 17. Ryan Watt 18. Tyler Brehm 19. Alex Bright 20. Eric Heydenreich
21. Brett Wanner
HILBORN TRI-STATE RACE SAVER 305 WINGED SPRINT CAR FEATURE (25
LAPS) 1. Jeff Geiges 2 Mike Haggenbottom 3. Tommy Carberry Jr. 4. Kyle Purks 5.
Jon Brennflect 6. Ryan Stillwaggon 7. Rick Stief 8.. Jon Haegele 9. Bryant Davis
10. Mike Esposito 11. Eddie Wager 12. Dave Brown 13. Sean Kirkpatrick 14.
Stephanie Stevens 15. Dave Graber 16. Mares Stellfox 17. Scott Krauss 18. Ian
Detweiler 19. Harris Kohen 20. Stef Palmai 21. Karl Freyer 22. Shane Smith 23.
Tim Tanner 24. Scott Frack 25. Adam Carberry
Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road just
off Route 100 in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown. For information
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