BCRA Midgets – Vukovich Classic – Madera Speedway May 5th

After what seemed like an eternity, almost a full month since the BCRA Midget season opener at Marysville Raceway Park, thirteen BCRA Midgets lined up and fired off for the Annual Vukovich Classic (Super Saturday #2) at the beautiful repaved and refurbished Madera Speedway. Fast time went to Tanner Swanson in Bob Rosen’s immaculate #4 Mr. Expresso, follow closely by Michael Snider and his brother Darrin.

Qualifying (2 Laps): 1 – Tanner Swanson, #4, Rosen, 13.806; 2 – Michael Snider, #6k, Snider, 14.088; 3 – Darrin Snider, #2, Snider, 14.172; 4 – Kevin Morris, #17k, Morris, 14.209; 5 – David Goodwill, #88, Arata, 14.249; 6 – Mike Donaldson, #5, Donaldson, 14.787; 7 – Floyd Alvis, #18, Alvis, 15.353; 8 – Rick Holbrook, #6, Holbrook, 15.390; 9 – Lonny Alton, #5a, Alton, 15.414; 10 – Bob Lawlor, #83b, Alvis, 15.457; 11 – Gary Conterno, #55, Conterno, 15.701; 12 – Bill Lindsey, #8, Donaldson, 15.735; 13 – J.R. Williams, #74, Williams, 15.965.

In Heat #1, Darrin Snider and Tanner Swanson locked into a very close battle with Darrin Snider pulling out a 0.3 of a second victory.

Heat #1 (8 Laps): 1 – D. Snider, 2 – Swanson, 3 – Goodwill, 4 – Alvis, 5 – Conterno, 6 – Alton, 7 – Williams

In Heat #3, at the end of lap 1, Mike Donaldson rode over a wheel and shot straight up the front straightaway wall and fence. The red #5 rode the fence from the start-finish line upside-down and backwards until making contact with the large pole supporting the gate in Turn 1. The car then fell to the track in Turn 1, landing on its side. After many tense minutes, Mike Donaldson was extracted from the car and rush to the hospital. I’m happy to report that after an overnight stay, Mike is home and ok, except for many aches and pains. Heat #3 was concluded at that point.

Heat #3 (1 Lap): 1 – Holbrook, 2 – Morris, 3 – Donaldson, 4 – M. Snider, 5 – Lawlor 6 – Lindsey (DNS)

The 30 lap Midget Main Event was run briskly with 4 yellows and concluded in 18:40. Tanner Swanson brought the Mr. Expresso #4 home in first place, followed by Michael Snider and Kevin Morris, with Gary Conterno and Floyd Alvis rounding out the top five.

Main Event (30 Laps): 1 – Swanson, 2 – M. Snider, 3 – Morris, 4 – Conterno, 5 – Alvis, 6 – Holbrook, 7 – Williams, 8 – Goodwill, 9 – D. Snider, 10 – Alton, 11 – Lawlor, Lindsey (DNS), Donaldson (DNS)

Next BCRA Midget race: Sat. May 12, 2012 at Lakeport Speedway

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