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Newlywed McQueen Scores BCRA Midget Triumph at Marysville

By Robert Haugh

After taking the lead on Lap 7, Bakersfield’s Shannon McQueen cruised to the 25-lap Bay Cities Racing Association Midget feature in dominating fashion, wheeling her own #7 Spike/Esslinger to victory at the 1/4-mile Marysville Raceway Park on Saturday, May 29.

Following the newlywed McQueen to the checkers nearly three seconds back were 2008 BCRA Midget champion and current BCRA Midget points leader “Young Lion” Nick Foster, Jr. of San Jose in Jim Fowler’s Zero-Zero Motorsports’ #1 “Blue Bayoo” Windows Unlimited Beast/Esslinger, Scott Nail of Visalia aboard his #16 Stealth/Riolo Chevy, Chico’s Dillon Silverman in the RAM Racing #14 Spike/RRE Chevy EcoTec and 7-time BCRA champion “Ageless Wonder” Floyd Alvis rounding out the top five aboard his newly acquired #83 ex-Cliff Servetti Stealth/Gaerte.

Bill Lindsey of San Carlos claimed sixth in Stu Donaldson’s #8x Farajian Farms-Rite Way Wheels Stealth/Pontiac with Angwin’s Britton Bock claiming seventh aboard his #67 TCR/Esslinger.

Oakdale’s Danny Parker claimed eighth aboard Bob Roza’s #28 Stealth/Esslinger with Lonny Alton in Lana Alton’s #5a Stealth/SCREAM SuperFocus in ninth, three laps down.

Mike Donaldson spun and exited on Lap 14 in Stu Donaldson’s #5b Ellis/Pontiac.

Jimmy Christian and Britton Bock made contact in Turn 4 on the opening lap, sending Christian out on the hook aboard Dave LaMott’s #0 HotHead Engine Heaters Stealth/Bob Wirth Honda – ending the car’s recent dominance in BCRA action.

Foster took the initial lead at the green over Alvis.

Nail claimed Heat 1 over Silverman, Alvis, Lindsey and Alton.
McQueen claimed Heat 2 over Christian, Bock, Foster and Donaldson.

Citing indifference between officials, reigning BCRA champion “Mr. Excitement” David Prickett of Fresno parked the #15 Neverlift Motorsports TCR/Van Dyne after hot laps.

Tremendous tip-of-hat to Marysville Raceway Park promoters Paul and Kathy Hawes for turning out an excellent race track – after fighting rain and hail storms during the week.

Foster maintains the 2010 BCRA Midget points lead over Nail, Silverman, Lindsey and Alton.

The BCRA Midgets continue their 67th season of racing next week, when they make their second of three 2010 appearances at the 1/4-mile Placerville Speedway on Saturday, June 5.

The race was the seventh of 21 total races and second of three BCRA Midget appearances at Marysville in 2010 (April 17, May 29, August 28). The race was the fifth of 13 Dirt races on the 2010 BCRA Midget schedule.

Visit www.bcraracing.com for information on the BCRA Midgets and www.marysvilleracewaypark.com for additional information on Marysville Raceway. Please visit www.racingwest.com for racing results from throughout the West Coast.

Summary:
Feature (start): 1. McQueen (7), 2. Foster (1), 3. Nail (8), 4. Silverman (4), 5. Alvis (3), 6. Lindsey (2), 7. Bock (5), 8. Parker (9), 9. Alton (11), 10. Donaldson (6), 11. Christian (6)
Lap Leaders: 1-6 Foster, 7-25 McQueen
Heat 1: 1. Nail, 2. Silverman, 3. Alvis, 4. Lindsey, 5. Alton
Heat 2: 1. 1. McQueen, 2. Christian, 3. Bock, 4. Foster, 5. Donaldson