By Dick Jordan
The Honda USAC Western Midgets are “off” until the August 31-September 1 “Louie Vermeil Classic” at Calistoga (Calif.) Speedway. Ronnie Gardner takes a 68-point lead in the Western Dirt points over Jake Swanson entering the two-night Calistoga event.
Nick Chivello of Manteca, CA won Saturday night’s 30-lap Honda USAC Western Midget race at Madera (Calif.) Speedway in his Vic Hubbard’s Auto Parts/Red Top Electric Spike/Esslinger. He passed fast qualifier Scott Pierovich on lap 23 and led the rest of the way to beat Chad Nichols, Dan Gundo and Pierovich.
HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-Chad Nichols-255, 2-Scott Pierovich-247, 3-Nick Chivello-236, 4-Dan Gundo-233, 5-Tanner Swanson-164, 6-Ken Nichols-132, 7-Frankie Guerinni-108, 8-Kody Swanson-72.