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Phil DiMario Does It Again At Flemington -First ARDC Repeat Winner

Flemington, NJ., July 26, 1998 – "Flyin" Phil DiMario of Piermont, New York took the lead on lap 15 and went on to record his second win of the year in the ARDC CARQUEST Midget Series on Saturday night at Flemington  Speedway. DiMario also became the first driver to win more than one feature event in this very competitive 1998 ARDC racing season.

Monnie Wonder III of Lititz, Pa. beat Bill Ertel into turn one at the start of the 20-lap feature to become the early leader. Wonder held on to the top spot for 13 trips around the fast five-eighths mile asphalt track and looked very strong but Gary Mondschein and Lew Blair were in pursuit of Wonder's No.51w. With Mondschein and Blair after Wonder, Bryan Kobylarz, Phil DiMario and Ed Stimely were working their way to the front of the field to join the chase. Kobylarz got past Wonder on lap 14 but his tenure as race leader didn't last very long. DiMario took the lead from Kobylarz one lap later.

A caution on lap 17 for fluid on the track and a stalled car on the backstretch gave Kobylarz and defending ARDC CARQUEST Midget Champion Ed Stimely Jr. a shot a DiMario's lead. But it never happened. DiMario went on to record another ARDC win in the McCabe Motorsports No.23 at Flemington. Phil DiMario also set a new track record for Midgets at Flemington Speedway on Saturday night during his heat race. DiMario ran one lap in 16.15  seconds…139.317 miles per hour.

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