Riethmeryer Wins Pole At Hickory Motor Speedway
Apr 25, 2006
Web posted by Sherry Clifton
Denver, NC -- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:(4/24/2006)
Bradley Riethmeyer, champion of “The All-American Driver Challenge” (AADC), took the pole in his second race behind the wheel of the AADC midget on Saturday at Hickory Motor Speedway.
“This was the first time that The All-American Driver Challenge midget had ever been on the pole,” said Tracy Trotter, owner of the AADC USAC Midget. “That, in itself, was great for our team.”
Due to USAC inversion rules, Riethmeyer started sixth and moved his way through the pack to third. During a mid-race restart, the leader experienced mechanical problems that caused a bottleneck among the leaders. Unfortunately, Riethmeyer was caught up in the trouble causing him to spin down the track into the inside retaining wall. Riethemeyer's Calico/AADC midget suffered too much damage and was forced to retire from the event. At the checkered flag, defending series champion, Chase Scott returned to victory lane winning his first race of the season. Riethmeyer and Scott will compete again in the next race of the USAC Carolina/Virginia Ford Focus Midget Series on May 13th at Hickory.
Reithmeyer, a native of Hutto, Texas and a senior at Texas A&M University, competed against more than 100 drivers from across the country to be named the Champion of the AADC. He was awarded a contract to drive in the 2006 season of the USAC Carolina/Virginia Ford Focus Midget Series behind the wheel of the AADC Midget owned by Tracy Trotter.
The AADC is a driver development and search program that is geared toward fostering the best up-and-coming talent for a future career in a professional American racing series. Aspiring racecar drivers were invited to enter the AADC and earn their way to becoming the next American racing hero. Open qualifying for the 2007 competition will June 1, 2006. The All-American Driver Challenge is presented by Calico Coatings and other participating sponsors and endorsed by USAC. For more information, please visit www.allamericandriver.com or call 1.800.861.6491.
In only its fourth year, the USAC Ford Focus Midget Series is one of the fastest growing classes in racing where some of today's up-and-coming drivers gain enough experience and expertise to one day get a chance to drive at the professional level. The series currently has 12 races scheduled at six asphalt tracks in Virginia, Kentucky and the Carolinas.
In 2002, the USAC Ford Focus Midget Series started in Bakersfield, California with only six cars. Today, it's one of the fastest growing classes in racing with nearly 200 cars in contention and over 220 races conducted. In 2005, there were over 85 races on the schedule nationwide and in 2006 there are more than 220 races scheduled nationwide.
Many current USAC drivers consider the series as “the front porch to the Daytona 500.” USAC has been the training ground that has launched the careers of such drivers as Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne, Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart. For more information on the Carolina Midget Series and a complete schedule, visit www.carolinamidgetseries.com <http://www.carolinamidgetseries.com> .