By Ricardo Cano
The wins weren’t pretty for Audra Sasseli and Chad Nichols, who both made skids, in efforts to secure the lead, that sent them to the bottom half of the pack.
But this was the Vukovich Classic, where fans at the LoanMart Madera Speedway on Saturday were on the edge of their seats and drivers pulled out all the stops to win on one of the local racing community’s most prestigious nights.
Sasseli took the checkered in the NCMA/PBR Sprints main event and Nichols won the BCRA/USAC Midgets main event race — both in thrilling comebacks — and Jim Birges returned from a one-year racing hiatus to win Round 2 of the Super Modifieds vs. Winged Sprints, this year’s Vukovich Classic headliner.
The Vukovich Classic honors one of the Valley’s most prolific racing families...