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Action-packed races highlight Round No. 6 of the LoanMart Open Series at the Madera Speedway By Ronald Montez

If fans couldn't attend the latest August show at the LoanMart Madera Speedway, then they missed a lot of suspenseful, competitive, and electrifying racing at the "Fastest 1/3 Mile of the West".

Each division brought a little intrigue to its respective race on Saturday night (August 30, 2014) in Round No. 6 of the LoanMart Open Series featuring the Open Late Model Series and the Open Hobby Stock Series along with the MST's, Toyota Sedans, 4-Bangers, and WSRA Mini Cups.

In the Open Late Model Series, the biggest question of the night was could anyone catch the speedy Matt Erickson in his signature No. 42 Late Model car.

Two laps into the main, fans got their answer as he stormed past the rest of the 11-car competition.

Erickson, who entered the event with four Open Late Model Series victories this season, picked up his fifth win out of six 100-lap races at the Speedway.

The official results of the Open Late Model race are pending for inspection to the cars.

While Erickson's first place finish is unofficial, his physical presence and dominance on the track couldn't be ignored by the Speedway spectators, who witnessed him finish 9.721 seconds ahead of runner-up Garland Tyler.

Tyler, who was the top qualifier (15.756), was in a steady second place for a majority of the race after he passed Madera's Emma Tucker on Lap 20.

Erickson was sitting comfortable before a spinout by Rick Thompson on Lap 29 brought the pack closer to him on the caution.

Erickson didn't hesitate to regain his enormous lead with blazing restarts on Lap 29 and again on Lap 44 after contact between Aaron Mullins and Tucker occurred.

With Erickson out in front, Tyler pulled away from Mike David to sit in second.

Heading into the break, Ryan Hart was riding in a consistent fourth place followed by Tony Schmitz, Rick Thompson, Mullins, Tucker, Del McIntosh, and Ronnie Roberts.

After returning from the pits, Erickson picked up right where he left off and began widening his lead again by lapping most of the field on the way to another sure victory.

He was followed by Tyler in second place.

When David went out of the main on Lap 85, Hart claimed the third position and finished out the final 15 laps in that spot to reach the top-three winner's circle.

A $10,000.00 will be on the line for these drivers in the October 18 Open Late Model Championship race.

Erickson wasn't the only driver on the evening who displayed his effective racing abilities.

In the Open Hobby Stock Series, it was Josh Whitfield who won Click here for more

Slips and spills during Speedway's eventful SaturdayBy Mark Smith
The Madera Tribune

The Mountain Man 150-lap Enduro race at the LoanMart Madera Speedway Saturday night lived up to its name, as more than a dozen drivers showed true grit while racing through multiple spills, skids, bumps and thumps. Click here ofr more...

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