No Catching Greth at Lanco
RYAN GRETH MAKES HISTORY WITH FIRST EVER MIDGET WIN AT LANCO
Ryan Greth put Wayne Lesher’s Hyper Midget in Victory Lane for the second time in the 2015 season as he led a stout field of ARDC Midgets in their first ever appearance at Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway for the Hyper Racing sponsored Star Spangled Havoc.
The banked fifth mile track offered plenty of side by side racing and slide jobs during the thirty laps of main event.
Brett Wanner and Eric Heydenreich brought the starting field to the green flag with Wanner, a former regular in Lanco micro competition, taking the lead. Jim Radney quickly moved up to second but was overtaken by his Hyper Racing team mate, Ryan Greth as the leaders exited turn two. Greth tried Wanner for the lead as they came through turns three and four but Wanner held on to lead lap one by a small margin. Greth took the lead as he and Wanner raced out of turn two the second time around.
Greth set sail, leaving the action in his tracks. By lap seven, Greth had caught the tail end of the field.
With ten laps complete, Greth led Wanner, Radney, Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. and Tony DiMattia.
The first caution of the race waved when several cars made contact in turns three and four with only Eric Heydenreich heading to the pits.
On the restart, Danny Stratton put his Hyper midget on the bottom of the track and advanced his position. At half way, Greth led Radney, Stratton, Trevor Kobylarz and Nick Wean. After a torrid battle for second, Stratton took the position and Radney now had his hands full with Kobylarz.
As they battled for third, Radney got into the turn four fence and upside down, bringing out the red with eighteen laps complete. Radney exited unscathed but the 1-2-3 race of the Hyper midgets came to an end.
Greth now had Stratton on his bumper for the restart but was able to pull away handily. Greth ran to the checkered flag for the win followed by Stratton, Kobylarz, DiMattia and Bruce Buckwalter, Jr.
Weiser’s Markets sponsored several special awards for the ARDC midget action. Greth received a $100 bonus from Weiser’s for the win. Danny Stratton was the recipient of the $50 Hard Charger Award for passing the most cars in his heat and feature. PJ Gargiulo was the $50 Hard Luck winner after Gargiulo was forced to scratch from the start of the feature with mechanical issues.
Another big weekend on tap for ARDC as they return to the Bedford Speedway on Friday night, July 10th to complete the rained out feature from June 19th as well as a second twenty lap feature event. The wingless midgets then move on to Mercer Raceway Park for a full show on Saturday, July 11th.
STAR SPANGLED HAVOC ARDC MIDGET FEATURE (30 LAPS)
1. Ryan Greth, 2. Danny Stratton, 3. Trevor Kobylarz, 4. Tony DiMattia, 5. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr., 6. Brett Wanner, 7. Steve Drevicki, 8. Alex Bright, 9. Nick Wean, 10. Brett Arndt, 11. Shawn Jackson, 12. Troy Betts, 13. Brian Gilmore, 14. Jim Radney, 15. Eric Heydenreich, 16. Mark Gilmore DNS – PJ Gargiulo
(Lee Greenwalt Photo)