Spectacular crash highlights opening of Desert Thunder Raceway season
Saturday nights at Desert Thunder Raceway are always good for full throttle racing excitement, and Saturday night was not exception.
Hometown drivers and race fans mix with drivers and fans from Salt Lake, Grand Junction, Colo., Rock Springs, Wyo. and many other areas to create an exciting environment fueled by high octane gasoline and adrenaline.
This past weekend held far more thrills than the typical Friday or Saturday night at the races though.
After a crash on Friday night in the IMCA modified class put at least three drivers out of the race for Saturday night, Albert Madill in modified number 13-2 found himself spinning in the air on Saturday night only minutes into the heat races in a spectacular crash that left the spectators and his wife gasping and the car inverted on the track.
The crowd was completely silent on their feet as Carbon County EMS and fire crews attempted to turn the car over and assess the condition of 41 year old Madill, a three year veteran of IMCA Modified racing.
Cheers and clapping erupted as he climbed out from under the car virtually unscathed and threw a victorious fist in the air.
After the pieces of the car were cleaned up and Madill had been checked out by paramedics, a video courtesy of another IMCA modified team and Steve Wilstead of Salt Lake City showed that Madill's rear tire caught the wall shortly after the first bend and sent him airborne. He barrel rolled at least four times in the air and another six on the dirt track before coming to rest.
When asked if he had any comment Madill, a Carbon county resident, simply said "All I saw was dirt, sky, dirt, sky. All I can say is wow."
And then he added "That just goes to show how safely these cars are built"
In the pits the racers are a tight knit group, the other drivers and their pit crews were gathered around what was left of Madill's car trying to see if they could help him get it back on the track for the next race weekend.
The video also shows 28 year old Brandon Hughes from Grand Junction, Colo. a six year veteran of IMCA modified racing using his driving skills to keep his $25K car from being crushed by Madill as he finally came to rest on the ground.
When the night was over the spectators all left with the excitement and rush of what the drivers call "Race Fever," many promising that they'll be back.
"There's no such thing as a dull night at the races. Everyone should come out and see for themselves," said Carl Potter, the "voice" of the IMCA modified class.