Monday, August 20, 2012
Tidman Wins Wall ATQMRA Feature for Third Consecutive Triumph
by Earl Krause
WALL TWP., N.J. -- Continuing his fast pace in American Three-Quarter Midget Racing Association (ATQMRA) events, Ryan Tidman drove the No. 1B of Lenny and Donna Boyd to victory on Saturday night at Wall Stadium.
It was Tidman’s third consecutive win on the ATQMRA circuit, following victories at Mountain, Pa. (August 4) and Bethel, N.Y. (August 11).
The defending ATQMRA champion is also the current point leader, on the strength of an overall six wins this year. He also won at Wall on May 19.
This past Saturday on the high-banked, third-mile paved Wall oval, Matt Roselli led the opening two circuits of the 25-lap main.
The caution was then displayed as the No. 39 of Alison Cumens stopped on the outside of the homestretch off turn four. Moments before, Buddy Sload’s No. 53 had slid to the infield off the backstretch after contact from another car. Both Cumens and Sload pitted, and rejoined the field.
Tidman, who had started sixth, took the lead on the restart and set the pace over Roselli, Jon Gambuti, Austin Fehr and Don Adams into the fifth lap. But on that circuit, Roselli’s strong run came to an end as he pulled his No. 98 out with an overheating problem.
Tidman opened up a commanding lead during the next five laps, over Gambuti and Fehr, while the crowd thrilled to a torrid duel for fourth between Adams and Sload. Sload then took that spot on lap 10, and outdueled Fehr for third two circuits later.
Up front, Tidman continued to extend his margin and took the victory over Gambuti (the winner of the Tony Romit Memorial at Wall on June 16), Sload and Fehr, with Cumens racing back for fifth.
Pit Notes: Heading up the field during the pace laps for the feature was the yellow No. 26 vintage TQ-Midget driven by Bill Force, Sr. That beautifully restored car is part of the ATQMRA Vintage Racing division, and was certainly appreciated by fans and racers alike...
The next race on the ATQMRA tour will be on the Oswego (N.Y.) short oval on Sept. 1 as part of Oswego’s “Classic Weekend” with a return to Wall on Sept. 15.
Wall Stadium ATQMRA TQ-Midget Finish: Ryan Tidman, Jon Gambuti, Buddy Sload, Austin Fehr, Alison Cumens, Don Adams, A.J. Fuge, Jeff Kot (Roselli No. 98x), Mike Tidaback (No. 1), Matt Roselli, Chad Jones, Joe Stochel (Kot No. 95).