Clovis News: Sports

Vukovich Classic revs up Saturday

The big boys will take the track Saturday for the Vukovich Classic, honoring two-time Indy 500 champion Bill Vukovich Sr. and grandson Billy Vukovich III, who both died in race accidents.

Heading the lineup are the 410/360 Super Modifieds, paced by Dinuba's Troy Regier, the defending Madera Supermodifieds champion. Also on tap: USAC/BCRA Midgets and USAC Ford Midgets, along with Legends of the Pacific, NCMA Sprint Cars and a Hornets celebrity race.

Trevor Schlundt, a 19-year-old out of Clovis, earned the pole position in last Saturday's 75-lap Western Late Models feature and won his first race of the season. Carlos Vieira of Merced was second and Clovis' Rick Thompson third.

It took Stockton's John McCollum Jr. seven years to record his first main victory, and he hasn't let up on the pedal. McCollum won his second straight race in Modified Super Toyotas. Chowchilla's John Bowersox was runner-up and Fresno's Danny Large third.

Chris Smith of Mendota dove underneath polesitter Jessica Brunelli of Hayward on the opening lap of Grand American Modifieds and dominated the 15-lap race. Brunelli was third behind Brad Villeggiante of Santa Rosa.

Other winners: Dennis Saunders of Modesto in American Limited Stock Cars; Cody Stout of Clovis in Toyota Sedans; Rich Hall of Modesto in Hornets.

Chowchilla Speedway

Mark Key will have a couple of weeks to savor his victory in Hobby Stocks last Saturday with the track closed this weekend.

Key became the first double winner in the class.

Ryan Bernal held off Kent Stephens in the Spec Sprint class; Mitch Enos was first in Super Stocks; and Matt Sotomayer took the 4-Banger main.