By Shawn Wood
For The Daily Item
BLOOMSBURG -- The American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) is celebrating its 74th year of existence in 2013.
One of the oldest touring midget clubs in the world, ARDC dropped the green flag on its 71st year of racing last Saturday at the New Egypt Speedway in New Jersey as 2010 ARDC champion Steve Buckwalter got the win.
The midgets are at Williams Grove tonight, the second of a 22-race season. It's the first of two times that they'll be on the card with the All Stars.
Bloomsburg's Eric Heydenreich notched his fourth career win and first ever at Williams Grove last June. Nescopeck's Shane Penny made just three starts and got caught up in wrecks in all three events.
Last year, ARDC had 11 different winners in 19 races.
"We missed a couple of races while waiting on parts and with that we had to start at the back of the field at our first race at Winchester (Va.) Speedway," Penny said. "I came up through the field pretty quickly in the feature and I was running sixth when a caution came out. I was confident that I could get by the car in front of me and we were probably going to have a top-five run, but he and another car spun out heading into Turn 1 on the restart and took me out."
Penny's two other starts were are at Mercer Raceway Park (Mercer) and Grandview.
"We got caught up in the second red flag at Grandview and got torn up and at Mercer, we had just taken the checkers in the heat race when Brian Gilmore bounced off the wall and into me, breaking the rear end," he said. "At that point, I was frustrated with getting torn up because of other peoples' faults and I just parked the car."