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Daring driving defines Gerhardt Classic

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In a once-a-year LoanMart Madera Speedway race that runs 70 laps longer than the circuit’s norm, it’s undeniable that absolutely anything can happen.

Such an adage was more true than ever Saturday night during the Gerhardt Classic 100-lap United States Auto Club/Bay Cities Racing Association Midgets race, which saw Chad Nichols easily hold the lead for more than 50 laps, but — to the gasps of the crowd — drop out in the last five.

The race — like all others Saturday — was held in tribute of legendary auto racing engineer Fred Gerhardt and, fitting to a mechanic who built cars in the wild days of racing’s past, packed with awe-inspiring moments.

Whether it was Jerome Rodella in the electric blue five car making a potential suicide dive through five opponents in lap traffic to hold onto his then-lead, David Goodwill and Michael Snider exchanging the second-place spot three times in one lap, or of course, Nichols cruising to a lead measured by seconds, there was something for every fan in what could, without a doubt, be called a truly classic event...


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