September 16th Story
By Nugesse Ghebrendrias
Madera Speedway hosts exhilarating, fun night
The 45th Annual Harvest Classic presented by Midland tractor and John Deere was held at Madera Speedway and fans were treated to exhilarating races and ground shaking tractors pulls.
The cool weather, fast cars and loud noise all culminated in a night to remember for fans of all ages.
With a best time of 16.726 seconds and a total time of 6:25.103, Howard Holden won the Super Hobby race at the 45th Annual Harvest Classic.
Holden made no mistake in taking the front position at the beginning of the race. Jon Schlundt kept himself in the race but it was to no avail.
Holden separated himself early and never looked back.
His best speed was clocked at 71 mph.
With a top speed of 94 mph and a time of 8:56:672, Cody Gerhardt won the Winged Sprints race at the 45th Annual Harvest Classic.
Although tonight was Cody Jessup’s first race in a winged car, he finished third in the race with a time of 9:06:297.
“It's a completely different feeling from what I'm used to,” Jessup said after the race. “We drive a lot of non-wing cars which don't have any down down force. You're not really going anywhere but if feels like you are and we put these wings on these cars and they go so much faster. It's a completely different sensation going down the track.”
The race began with a little bit of drama after Audra Sasseli was clipped from behind and spun out. Sasseli made her way to the center of the track and thankfully continued the race.
“Well I've been out of a car for a while,”Sasseli said. “I've been trying to recover from an ill as so personally my performance in the car was better than I anticipated. We kind of came in with a gameplay; run the heat race, kid of adjust the car adjust then for the main event see how I felt and if I really was winded then I might just have to pull it in but I was actually coming on strong the last few laps and thought I could pick off the third place guy.
“I didn't feel bad in the car with all things considered.”
Gerhardt and Justin Kawahata jumped to the front of the pack after the restart and they never looked back.
The pair matched each other but Gerhardt was able to reach that extra gear for the lead. Gerhardt finished ahead of Kawahata by 6.437 seconds.
Western US Midgets:
Jesse Love IV took first place in the Western US Midgets race after he posted the fastest time, 11:10:412.
“The whole weekend we had a strong car,” Love IV said. “Going into this race we had a couple fast guys in the front row so we knew it was going to be a little bit of a challenge.
“Once we go t into the lead we had a strong race ahead of us. Once we broke away from the pack a little bit we knew most likely had it in the bag, so we’re just grateful to be out there.”
Annie Breidinger followed up in second place with a time of 11:11:176.
“We definitely improved from last night,” Breidinger said. “I got third last night and tonight we ended up second. The car setup wasn't what I wanted it to be but I worked with what I had, it felt good.”
Out of the eighth racers, the top 5 were only separated by a couple seconds.
Love IV posted the fastest time at 82 mph and the fastest lap 14.539.
With a best time of 14.831, Denny Burrell outlasted opponent Robb Hammond for the victory in the NCMA Sprints at the 45th Annual Harvest Classic.
The race began with two clear frontrunners, Denny Burrell and Robb Hammond. The two drivers opened the 22-lap race neck-and-neck. Hammond nearly took the lead until Burrell sped past him on the fourth lap.
Burrell’s acceleration and smooth turning allowed him to overtake Hammond for the lead.
The race remained tight however due to Hammond’s unwillingness to be beat.
With a total time of 5:44.886, Hammond nearly caught Burrell who only finished .224 seconds faster.
Hammond kept the race exciting and ended up finishing above the bottom two racers, Charlie Huff and Mark Ferrera by 3.901 and 4.485 respectively.
Burell reached a top speed of 80 mph with an average speed of 76.
360 Super Modifiers:
Donnie Large walked away with a shiny trophy after a swift display on the track led him to a first place finish in the 360 Super Modifiers at the45th Annual Harvest Classic.
With a best speed of 86 mph and a time of 5:12:348, Large held off Lance Jackson and his son, Large Jr.
Although both second and third place were only a second and a half back
With a time of 14:24:479, Chad Nichols finished first among 10 drivers, beating second place finisher, Scott Pierovich by 1.036 seconds.
Winged Sprints first place finisher, Cody Gerhardt finished third in the race with a time of 14:25:688 and a beat time of 13.939.
The Madera Speedway was treated to a thunderous display of multi-engined tractors. From single-engines to triple-engines, the crowd at the speedway were given a show of power and machinery.
There were a total of six different categories depending on weight and class.
The farthest pull came from Wild Thing which ran in the 5,800 pound heat. His 350 foot pull seems as if it would never stop. Wild thing trudged down the straightaway kicking up clouds of dirt and smoke.
The noise alone shook the speedway, leaving the fans in awe. The power and dedication to creating these types of tractors was on display to the entire crowd.
Pro- Modified Trucks:
1st. Triple Throw Down 316.61 feet
2nd. Wild Hare 312.86 feet
3rd. Hired Gun 297.87 feet
9300 Super Farm:
1st. Green Adrenaleen 295.90 feet
2nd. Green Reaper 270.84 feet
1st. Wild Thing 350.7 feet
2nd. Mustang Legacy 295.23 feet
3rd. Bail Out 285.92 feet
1st. Earth Shaker 341.78 feet
2nd. Lights Out 304.14 feet
3rd. The Whip 303.63 feet
1st. Maxx Kakl 326.95 feet
2nd. Get R Done 301.58 feet
3rd. Swiss Power 283.63 feet
1st. Oliver Money 248.97 feet
2nd. Haymaker 168.27 feet
First place finishes:
Super Hobby - Howard Holden 6:25:103
NCMA Sprints- Denny Burrell 5:44:662
Winged Sprints- Cody Gerhardt 8:56:672
360 Super Modifieds- Donnie Large 5:12:348
Western US Midgets- Jesse Love IV 11:10:412
Friday night winners;
Madera Late Models - Matt Erickson
MST - Bert Stephens
Sedans - Dean Gould
Western US Midgets - Adam Lemke
Two MAVTV Races to Go (9.18.17)
TWO ROUNDS TO GO IN THE MAVTV TELEVISED SERIES AT MADERA SPEEDWAY
Madera, Ca. (9-18-17) – Fans from all over the nation have watched the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series and the 51FIFFY Jr Late Model Series on television during the 2017 racing season and there are just two rounds to go in these exciting series.
September 23rd is the $2,000.00 to win RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series Round #7 race, and October 7th is the $10,000.00 to win 150 lap final race of the 2017 MAVTV televised series.
The 51FIFTY Jr Late Model Series competes on both September 23rd and October 7th as well and these races are also taped for national broadcast on MAVTV.
Go to www.racemadera.com and hit the $10,000.00 to win link on the front page to get more information on racing in the October 7th Short Track Shootout on national television.
If you have a young driver that is ready to move up to a 51FIFTY Jr Late Model please contact Kenny Shepherd at email@example.com, we still have a couple of rental seats open . There are also a couple of driver coaches still open for 2018 if you would like to operate your own team.
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SHEPHERD WINS MAVTV ROUND #7 (9.23.17)
SHEPHERD CLAIMS FOURTH RPM PRO LATE MODEL WIN OF 2017
MADERA, CALIFORNIA (September 23, 2017) – Bakersfield’s Buddy Shepherd extended his points lead with his fourth RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series victory of 2017 on Saturday night, taking the 100 lap race at Madera Speedway worth $2,000. Shepherd’s win and fast-time gave him critical points in a tight points battle with Napa’s Logan Zampa heading into the Short Track Shootout on October 7th.
Racin Vernon drew the pole alongside Shepherd for an all-Bakersfield front row for round #7 of 8. The busy start for the 25 car field saw Modesto’s Garland Tyler from eighth slide around several times boxing out 16 year-old Eric Nascimento, Jr. Nascimento was forced into a three wide situation to fall back to 11th.
Shepherd led early while Vernon, Zampa, and third-generation driver Ross Strmiska nearly went three-wide on several occasions for second. Tyler’s loose condition jumped him to the outside which was the preferred line anyhow. Mariposa’s Glen Cook and Jarrett Gilmer battled for sixth with Tyler on the outside behind them. There was racing all over the track as Strmiska took over second from Vernon.
Strmiska and Vernon made slight contact in turn two in lapped traffic on lap ten. Strmiska cut down a right rear tire but was saved by a yellow when Nascimento and Oakdale’s Blaine Rocha came together in turn four.
Shepherd had a strong restart which allowed Vernon to get outside Zampa for second. Rick Thompson and Clovis’ Trevor Schlundt crashed in turn three right in front of a side-by-side Howard Holden and Shelden Cooper for a lap 18 caution. Modesto’s Kyle Gottula restarted fourth and followed Shepherd on the following restart to try to pass Zampa, but Zampa held on for second. Vernon drifted backwards but was saved by a yellow when Cook spun and collected Schlundt. Both were able to resume.
Seemingly a new character emerged for third on every successive restart, with Tracy’s Justin Philpott going around the outside of Gottula and 11th starting Matt Erickson also entered the fray.
Gilmer turned around in turn one and sparked a significant crash with six cars stuck together including Mike Shapiro underneath Nascimento. A lengthy red flag resulted although only a couple of cars were actually eliminated from the event. Shepherd lost no momentum when he rocketed away on the restart. A skirmish in turn four ended up with Coarsegold’s William Martyn sideways for another yellow.
Erickson used an uncharacteristic inside line to pass both Tyler and Dillon Tucker to assume fifth before sliding back upstairs on lap 40. Cook had a solo spin for a lap 44 caution that ended up being the halfway break six laps early.
The field resumed 19 cars strong with Vernon and Erickson colliding for a scare down the frontstretch but both managed to keep going.
Zampa had a strong restart at the lap 50 mark but could not make the inside stick, after much of the field reported a tight condition during the break. Erickson and Vernon entertained the fans with a side-by-side battle for many laps for fifth. The race went under its longest green flag stretch which allowed Erickson to crawl up to Tucker for fourth. Erickson threaded the needle on a lapped car to take the spot on lap 75.
Vernon, Shelden Cooper, and Philpott put on a good race for the eighth position before Cooper spun down the backstretch for a lap 84 caution. Erickson was able to restart behind Shepherd from the outside of row two but couldn’t chase him down. A lap 85 yellow for Gilmer spun around in turn one gave Erickson another look. Erickson had a much better restart on this try but Zampa managed to slide up in front of him to keep second behind Shepherd. The scramble brought Rocha into the top-five too. The following lap Rocha spun into the turn three wall to set up the final restart of the evening.
Shepherd proved too strong as he drove away from Zampa with Erickson narrowly edging Gottula for third. Tyler rounded out the top-five. The series concludes October 7th with the $10,000 to win Short Track Shootout that is expected to attract teams from across the country.
Austin Herzog won his sixth career 51FIFTY Energy Drink Junior Late Model race and second of 2017 by taking the 75 lapper. Hollister’s Adam Lemke drew the pole alongside Tanner Reif of Las Vegas against a 17 car field.
Lemke edged forward inside to lead lap one as the top 12 cars all ran side-by-side early. His teammate Hailie Deegan nosed inside Reif to battle for second. Danville’s Anthony Guaimano spun in turn four for the first caution on lap three. Watsonville’s Lilly Mead spun on the backstretch for the next caution on lap five. Lemke jumped ahead by three car lengths while Reif anchored a tightly wound second pack. Deegan looked inside Reif in turn one and they tangled with Reif spinning for a lap 11 yellow flag. Deegan had to restart at the rear which changed the complexion of the race.
The incident allowed Herzog, the evening’s fast-time qualifier, to restart third. Nascimento passed points leader Jesse Love IV of Menlo Park for fifth on the restart. Austin Edwards hounded Lemke up front with several bumps before cutting inside down the backstretch to challenge on lap 17. Edwards led at the line on lap 19 and brought Herzog to second. Tyler Reif spun on the backstretch for a caution on lap 21.
Dylan Zampa and Kyle Keller collided for a turn four spin on lap 24. Love and Deegan worked their way underneath July winner Eric Nascimento, Jr. to drop him back to seventh. Nascimento went to the outside and tried to pass Deegan back while Love peeked inside Berry for fourth in a two-by-two formation.
Herzog got around Edwards and led lap 31 with Lemke following through to take second from Edwards as well. Berry spun from fourth and Love was blocked, dropping him to the rear of the field before the caution flew. Zampa collided with Mead for a caution on lap 34. Deegan and Nascimento displayed great side-by-side action for third on the following restart as Deegan marched through the field.
The intense battle for third continued coming out of the lap 50 break. Deegan finally cleared Nascimento down the backstretch on lap 55. Mead and RJ Smothermon came together on the front stretch prompting a lap 60 caution. Deegan turned up the wick to challenge her teammate Lemke for the second position which allowed Herzog to get a five car length cushion with ten to go.
Lemke managed to motor away from Deegan while Austin Herzog crossed the stripe with the victory. Lemke, Deegan, Nascimento, and points leader Love were the balance of the top-five.
The Modified Super Toyotas and Toyota Sedans ran a combined 30 lap feature where the top two in each respective class ran in unison throughout the race. Dave Lander led the MSTs early before a caution allowed Patrick Geiger to take over the top spot. Lander stayed in tow for the entire distance darting in and out of Sedan traffic.
Lander tried one last move for the lead into turn four at the finish but couldn’t make it work. In Toyota Sedans about ¾ of a lap behind them, Dean Gould held off points leader Mike Marley in a similarly close finish.
Up next for Madera Speedway is a big night this Saturday, with the 75 Lap Open Hobby Stock Race, The USAC HPD Midgets, BCRA Midgets, CSS/360 Super Modifieds, Legends of the Pacific, and the Legends of Kearney Bowl.
For more information about Madera Racing on MAVTV please visit www.racemadera.com or www.mavtv.com. For more information about RPM Mortgage and to obtain loan information please visit www.rpmwins.com and for more information about 51FIFTY Energy Drink visit www.51fiftyenergydrink.com
Madera Racing on MAVTV continues every Thursday night at 8 p.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Pacific. Madera Speedway racing is also available on the LucasOilRacing.TV app.