From the desk of Kevin Triplett
A trio Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) young guns swept the podium for the 30-lap feature at Placerville Speedway on Saturday September 24, 2016, as Bakersfield’s Cory Elliott claimed his first career BCRA victory over Anaheim’s Robert Dalby and Macdoel’s Maria Cofer rounded out the top three in BCRA’s final scheduled dirt track race for the 2016 season.
Fourteen midgets signed in and drew for starting positions for the two 8-lap heat races. Among the entries was Gridley’s Quintin Crye making his first BCRA start in several seasons with his Kevin Sharrah Designs sponsored Brayton-Ford powered machine. Both Crye and Taylor Simas in the Doug Bock #62 suffered mechanical gremlins during warmups, but both teams were able to diagnose and remedy the problems in time to make their scheduled heat race starts.
In the first heat race, Shane Golobic in the Bock #26 went wire-to-wire from his pole starting position, chased across the finish line by Cory Elliott and Robert Dalby. In the second heat race, Shane’s brother Dustin Golobic drove the Bock #25G to claim victory has he held on through two restarts over Sparky Howard and Maria Cofer.
The start of the feature was aligned “straight up” with the Golobic brothers scheduled for the front row, but Shane pulled off the track before the start with terminal engine problems that ended his evening. At the drop of the green, Dustin Golobic shot into the lead with Elliott in hot pursuit, and Dustin held the point until the leaders encountered lapped traffic. Elliott in his #11E made a nifty move in turn two to grab the lead and began to pull away as Golobic and Dalby staged a battle for the second position.
On lap 21, Dalby’s car slid high over the cushion in turn four and dropped back to fourth place but he battled back to resume his duel with Golobic, which was resolved when Dustin bobbled on the last circuit which dropped him to fourth behind Dalby and Cofer. Further back in the field with his solid finish, Brian Gard of Kelseyville in the Arata Racing midget claimed the BCRA 2016 season dirt driver’s championship in his final appearance as a driver.
The 2016 BCRA racing season begins to wrap up next Saturday October 1 at Madera Speedway “the fastest 1/3-mile in the West” as part of the $3,000 to win National Winged Sprint Car Challenge for the King of the Wing Sprint Cars, USAC HPD Midgets, CSS/360 Super Modifieds, and the Legends of Kearney Bowl.