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By Steven Blakesley

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (May 28, 2016) - 13 year-old Austin Herzog solidified his position as one of the top young stock car drivers in the nation, with a thrilling win during Armed Forces Tribute Night Saturday night at Loanmart Madera Speedway. Herzog charged from the rear of the field of MAVTV 51FIFTY Jr. Late Models for drivers ages 10-16, making the decisive pass for the lead on lap 47 of the 50 lap feature. The win is Herzog's second in the series in three races so far.

Matt Erickson remained perfect on the season winning his third MAVTV-televised Open Late Model main and fifth overall for the year as well in the 100 lap contest.

Herzog set fast-time and sat on the pole over the 15 car turn out but had to restart at the rear after having a missing gas cap. While Herzog went to work from the back, it was Las Vegas' 12 year-old driver Dezel West leading the opening laps. West and 15 year-old Ryan Vargas of La Mirada, CA anchored the field with a gap back to third place Canadian Ben Silliker in a train of six cars for third.

Seth Holman and Jesse Burks had hard contact mid-pack that forced Holman to escape to the pits followed by Las Vegas' Kyle Keller spinning on the front stretch for a caution on lap 12. Kolby Berry and another Las Vegas driver Chris Trickle, nephew of Dick Trickle, came together to send both of those 15 year-olds to the back as well.

Herzog made some of the first outside passes in the history of the MAVTV-televised series on Saturday night. He made his way past round two winner Austin Edwards for fifth as the race reached the lap 25 break.

After a ten minute break on the front stretch, the action picked back up with Herzog clearing Jarrett Gilmer for fourth. Trickle continued his run through the field as well to get past Edwards. Silliker maintained third until he was passed by Herzog on lap 31 in turn three, and coming out of turn four Silliker banged doors with Gilmer. Gilmer was bumped back to sixth and Silliker to eighth in a tough break for the former Micro Sprint racers.

Vargas ran comfortably in second until both Herzog and Trickle got around him near the 35th lap of the race. Edwards took advantage to close in hard on Vargas for fourth. Edwards managed to get past Vargas to take the position a few laps later.

The action intensified up front as Herzog closed on West for the lead. The fans roared in approval as Herzog made a big cross-over maneuver to take the lead. The turn four pass on lap 46 was enough as Herzog went on for a .624 second win for his second of the season. Trickle, Edwards, Vargas, Gilmer, Silliker, Kolby Berry, and Idaho's Zachary Telford rounded out the lead lap finishers.

Matt Erickson led the final 73 laps of the two part Loanmart Open Late Model 100 to continue a perfect 5-0 season at Madera including three televised wins. Erickson wrestled the lead away from 15 year-old Logan Zampa on lap 27 and then fended off a strong challenge from 2015 runner-up Bryan Herzog at the conclusion of the tough race.

Glen Cook led from the green flag with Joey Licata on the outside front row. A caution for contact on lap two saw Erickson already up to second after starting fifth. Erickson slid around from the outside line on the restart to surrender positions to Licata and Zampa before the next caution as Thomas Suarez had rear end problems. Incoming third in points David Ross slowed with a right front problem in turn four on the successive restart in an incident that ultimately derailed his night, putting him many laps down. Erickson capitalized to take the lead from Cook on lap eight. Click here for more
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