American Racing Drivers Club

The American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) is an open-wheel midget car racing sanctioning body that operates primarily in the Mid-Atlantic and New England areas of the United States.

History

The American Racing Drivers Club was organized in 1939, making it one of the oldest sanctioning bodies in the United States, predating NASCAR by nearly a decade. The purpose of the organization was to represent the drivers and car owners in dealing with track owners and promoters. The club's first president was Bill Schindler. [http://worthyofhonor.com/Inductees/Bill_Schindler.htm Biography] for Bill Schindler at the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame] Ed "Dutch" Schaefer was elected president in 1952. [http://worthyofhonor.com/Inductees/Ed_Schaefer.htm Biography] for Dutch Schaefer at the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame] Schaefer reigned until 1968, when the series featured 51 races and $93,000 in prize money.

Events

The club currently sanctions approximately 20 events. The venues are located between New York State, North Carolina, Western Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The home track is the Susquehanna Speedway Park. 2008 events include:
* Saturday, April 12, 2008 Susquehanna Speedway Park, Newberrytown, PA
* Saturday, May 03, 2008 Susquehanna Speedway Park, Newberrytown, PA
* Wednesday, May 21, 2008 Grandview Speedway, Bechtelsville, PA
* Friday, May 23, 2008 Penn Can Speedway, Susquehanna, PA
* Saturday, May 24, 2008 Five Mile Point Speedway, Kirkwood, NY
* Saturday, May 31, 2008 New Egypt Speedway, New Egypt, NJ
* Tuesday, June 03, 2008 Grandview Speedway, Bechtelsville, PA
* Wednesday, June 04, 2008 Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA
* Thursday, June 05, 2008 Big Diamond Raceway, Minersville, PA
* Saturday, June 14, 2008 Susquehanna Speedway Park, Newberrytown, PA
* Sunday, June 15, 2008 Susquehanna Speedway Park, Newberrytown, PA (Rain Date 8/17)
* Friday, June 20, 2008 Dixieland Speedway, Elizabeth City, NC
* Saturday, June 21, 2008 County Line Raceway, Rocky Mount, NC
* Thursday, July 03, 2008 Susquehanna Speedway Park, Newberrytown, PA (Rain Date 7/6)
* Saturday, July 05, 2008 Winchester Speedway, Winchester, VA
* Friday, July 11, 2008 Accord Speedway, Accord, NY
* Friday, August 01, 2008 Big Diamond Raceway, Minersville, PA
* Saturday, August 02, 2008 Susquehanna Speedway Park, Newberrytown, PA
* Saturday, August 16, 2008 New Egypt Speedway, New Egypt, NJ
* Friday, August 29, 2008 Big Diamond Raceway, Minersville, PA
* Saturday, September 13, 2008 Susquehanna Speedway Park, Newberrytown, PA
* Saturday, September 27, 2008 Big Diamond Raceway, Minersville, PA
* Saturday, October 18, 2008 Grandview Speedway, Bechtelsville, PA (Features Only)
* Saturday, October 25, 2008 Susquehanna Speedway Park, Newberrytown, PA (Rain Date 10/26)

All events will be wingless (heats and features) unless noted otherwise

ARDC Midget Car Series

ARDC Midget Car Season Champions

*1940 - Bill Schindler
*1941 - Henry Banks
*1945 - Bill Schindler
*1946 - Bill Schindler
*1947 - George Rice
*1948 - Bill Schindler
*1949 - Mike Nazaruk
*1950 - Nick Fornoro Sr.
*1951 - Fred "Jiggs" Peters
*1952 - Steve McGrath
*1953 - Mike Nazaruk
*1954 - Vernon Land
*1955 - Len Duncan
*1956 - Ed Dutch Schaefer
*1957 - Ed Dutch Schaefer
*1958 - Len Duncan
*1959 - Len Duncan
*1960 - Ed Dutch Schaefer
*1961 - Len Duncan
*1962 - Len Duncan
*1963 - Len Duncan
*1964 - Len Duncan
*1965 - Ed Dutch Schaefer
*1966 - Joe Csiki
*1967 - Len Duncan
*1968 - [http://www.worthyofhonor.com/Inductees/Johnny_Coy.htm Johnny Coy Sr.]
*1969 - [http://www.worthyofhonor.com/Inductees/Johnny_Coy.htm Johnny Coy Sr.]
*1970 - Tom McAndrew
*1971 - [http://www.worthyofhonor.com/Inductees/Johnny_Coy.htm Johnny Coy Sr.]
*1972 - [http://www.worthyofhonor.com/Inductees/Johnny_Coy.htm Johnny Coy Sr.]
*1973 - Leigh Earnshaw Jr.
*1974 - Leigh Earnshaw Jr.
*1975 - Leigh Earnshaw Jr.
*1976 - Bob Cicconi
*1977 - Lenny Boyd
*1978 - George Ferguson Jr
*1979 - Hank Rogers Jr.
*1980 - Leigh Earnshaw Jr.
*1981 - Hank Rogers Jr.
*1982 - Nick Fornoro Jr.
*1983 - Nick Fornoro Jr.
*1984 - Nick Fornoro Jr.
*1985 - Nick Fornoro Jr.
*1986 - Nick Fornoro Jr.
*1987 - Brett Mowrey
*1988 - Billy Hughes
*1989 - Billy Hughes
*1990 - Billy Hughes
*1991 - Lou Cicconi Jr
*1992 - Joey Coy
*1993 - Lou Cicconi Jr
*1994 - Lou Cicconi Jr
*1995 - Nick Fornoro Jr.
*1996 - Phil DiMario
*1997 - Ed Stimely Jr
*1998 - Bryan Kobylarz
*1999 - Bryan Kobylarz
*2000 - Ray Bull
*2001 - Ray Bull
*2002 - Ray Bull
*2003 - Ray Bull
*2004 - Ray Bull
*2005 - Ray Bull
*2006 - Andy Martin
*2007 - Andy Martin

Other notable racers

*Mario Andretti, 1961 to mid 1962

Current Front Contenders

0-Stevie Buckwalter

21-Andy Martin

9-Steve Lenig

22-Ray Bull

00-Mike Miller

2-Tracy Readinger

18-Donnie Trent

27-Randy Monroe

77-Nick Wean

46-Brett Arndt

12-Drew Heistand

11-Eric Heydenreich

49-Billy Pauch

51-PJ Gargiulo

49-Bryan Kobalarz

44-Frank Polmedia

54-Ryan Smith

The Cars

Registered midget Chassis in ARDC range from Stealth, Hawk, F5, Twister, and Beast. The engines range from Chevy, Ford, Volkswagen, Pontiac, and Mopar, with big-name motor builders such as Alen Johnson, Gearte, Eslinger, Brayton, Fontana, and Don Ott. With one competitive Personal Motor Builder Mark Piazza. These days all the motors are 4 cylinders, but have approximately 350 to 400 horsepower, weighing only 900 pounds.

Current Roster

* Brett Arndt 49 Topton, PA
* Carey Becker 20 Reading, PA
* Lew Blair 33 Hartsville, PA
* Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. 83 Royersford, PA
* Ray Bull 22 Bloomsburg, PA
* Bill Case, Jr. 69 Sellersville, PA
* Brett Conkling 64 Westwood, NJ
* Steve Craig 55 Levittown, PA
* A.J. Ernesto 14 Reading, PA
* P.J. Gargiulo 51 Morton, PA
* Bobby Goerner 38 Myerstown, PA
* Justin Grosz 39 Hawley, PA
* Drew Heistand 12 York, PA
* Eric Heydenreich 11 Bloomsburg, PA
* Donnie Hoffman 17 Barto, PA
* Jim Jackson 96 Sweet Valley, PA
* Mike Lapp 8 Mertztown, PA
* Mark Lawshe 95 Egg Harbor City, NJ
* Steve Lenig 9 Selinsgrove, PA
* Andy Martin 21 Gordonville, PA
* Zack Martini 29 Hazleton, PA
* Phil Meisner, Jr. 19 Hamilton, NJ
* Randy Monroe, Jr. 27 Hampton, VA
* Billy Pauch Jr. 41 Frenchtown, NJ
* P. J. Pavlick 61 Sweet Valley, PA
* Shane Penny 34
* Frank Polimeda 44 Fort Lee, NJ
* Tracy Readinger 2 Oley, PA
* Randy Reid 53 Odenton, MD
* Greg Robinson 00 Harrisburg, PA
* Chris Rupp 7
* Ted Schmid 24 Lititz, PA
* Dave Shirk 16 Mohnton, PA
* Ryan Smith 54 Kunkleton, PA
* Jack Spence 42 Bear, DE
* Stephanie Stevens 26 Philloipsburg, NJ
* Don Trent 18 Honeybrook, PA
* Ryan Watt 75 Phoenixville, PA
* Nick Wean 78 Phillipsburg, NJ
* Bobby Zipp 92 Norristown, PA
* Scott Zipp 99 Bridgeport, PA
* Chris Zrinski 25 Forked River, NJ

ee also

*National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame

References

External links

* [http://www.ardcmidgets.com ARDC Homepage]
* [http://www.ardcmidgets.com/RecordBooks/Default.asp ARDC Record Book]
* [http://www.worthyofhonor.com National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame]
* [http://www.emmr.org/ Eastern Museum of Motor Racing]
* [http://www.chilibowl.com/ Chili Bowl Nationals]


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