ERICKSON AND WEST DOMINATE FOR BIG MADERA SPEEDWAY WINS
MADERA, CALIFORNIA (August 27, 2016) - Domination was the theme for the two MAVTV-televised Late Model divisions in Saturday's show at LoanMart
Madera Speedway. Both races were won by their points leaders. Matt Erickson put on a strong clinical performance lapping up to third for the Open Late
Model victory while Dezel West won his second consecutive 51FIFTY Junior Late Model race.
Three-time winner Austin Herzog of Clovis set a new track record in Jr. LM qualifying with a 15.194 second lap but had to start fourth after the redraw.
Redwood Valley's Kolby Berry led the first five laps from the pole position with Las Vegas' West, 12, on his rear bumper. West looked inside several times
but Berry was able to roll the top effectively to maintain the lead.
After a bit of door banging, West took over to lead lap six. Las Vegas' Kyle Keller had a pair of spins to bring out cautions on lap nine and 12. Herzog
worked his way past April winner Austin Edwards on the outside for the third spot. Herzog then challenged Berry in a very entertaining battle where he
tried the outside on several occasions and also looked low.
A restart on lap 16 was the exclamation point of the race. Edwards and Canadian Ben Silliker made hard contact on the front stretch with Silliker's front
wheels off the ground. Berry and Herzog came together on the backstretch with Herzog climbing the wall before the pair came to a stop. Edwards had to pit
for repairs while Silliker continued on in second. Herzog and Berry were done for the night.
Jarrett Gilmer took over second from Silliker before the race's halfway mark on lap 25. The running order was virtually unchanged throughout a non-stop
final 25 laps with West blitzing to a 3.056 second victory ahead of Gilmer, Silliker, Alison Gay, and Keller.
Erickson's strong win was not an obvious outcome after the first 50 laps of the LoanMart Open Late Models were completed. He started the 22 car, 100 lap
feature in tenth position after the redraw from qualifying second. Polesitter and fast time qualifier Rick Thompson led the first four laps of the race while
Modesto's Garland Tyler jumped up to second inside Glen Cook.
Tyler Herzog spun in turn two for a yellow flag on lap four. The restart proved pivotal as Thompson got a slight jump on Tyler and moved up the race track
coming out of turn four. Tyler got into the back of Thompson heading into turn one, sending Thompson for a spin. Both drivers were sent to the rear.
The melee handed Cook the lead but it was short lived as David Ross took the top spot using the inside line. A multi-car crash slowed things on lap nine and
Logan Zampa and Ryan Philpott worked past Cook on the following green flag.
Ross set the standard with a comfortable five car length lead throughout much of his time at the front, looking to be perhaps the strongest challenger for
By the 17th lap Erickson was looking inside Dillon Tucker for fifth position, but the two made contact in turn three causing Tucker to spin and sending
Erickson to the rear for involvement. Ross slowed dramatically on the gas for the next restart and fell out with a blown engine, giving Zampa the lead
position to be the fourth different leader in the show.
Zampa ran a great race up front while Philpott and Cook staged a side-by-side duel of former Altamont racers. Philpott finally broke through for second to
make it a battle between Cook and Tyler for third. Erickson chipped away at the pack and was into the top ten by lap 29. He quickly made his way to fourth
by lap 41.
A caution period for a multi-car incident in front of the leaders in turn four gave Erickson his shot, as he went to the outside of Philpott to charge from
fourth into second place. Erickson proceeded to hound Zampa in a thrilling fight for the lead. Zampa held off a pair of big slidejob attempts from Erickson
to lead into the halfway break.
The second half of the race did not take place until three hours later, when the track had cooled substantially and was under darkness. Zampa's lead
quickly went away as he picked the outside for the restart and Erickson took over the lead with Philpott going into second as well. The top six cars pulled
way with Cook falling back to seventh. Cook ended up drifting all the way to the rear of the field with unknown mechanical problems.
Heavy lapped traffic was the name of the game by lap 61 and for the remainder of the event with Matt Erickson continually increasing his lead on the pack.
The lead increased to nearly ten seconds at one stage. Philpott ran solidly in second place while the fans were treated to a great race between Zampa and
Tyler for third. The rookie and the veteran ran side-by-side in and out of traffic for the entire remaining laps of the race.
An incident involving Tyler, Zampa, and the lapped car of Chris Lyon brought out a yellow checkered at the conclusion of lap 100. Erickson won over
Philpott, Dos Palos' Ryan Hart, Madera Ranchos' Dillon Tucker for a career best fourth, and Jason Aguirre of Atwater in fifth.
Chuck Dozhier had a well-deserved win in the Super Hobby Stocks to tighten the points chase in Madera's stock car division. Thomas Suarez had a hard hit
to bounce off the front stretch wall as the field rolled to the green for the 30 lapper with Dozhier taking the lead from third starting position. Points leader
Joseph Reichmuth worked his way up to second but was unable to close the gap on Dozhier before a caution on lap 21 for Eloy Bazan spinning from third.
Reichmuth seized the opportunity running side-by-side with Dozhier for the next four laps with neither driver giving an inch. The battle ended when
Reichmuth spun in turn three on lap 25. Dozhier cruised to victory over former Madera Modified driver Jesus Hernandez of Fresno with Bazan winning a
photo finish over Suarez for third.
The youth drivers in the California Mini Cups put on another great race with Adam "The Bullet" Lemke of Hollister picking up the 20 lap win. Calvin Hegje
started on the pole but Lemke led from third by the end of the first lap. Points leader Jackson Dukes ran his way forward up to third by the close of the
feature but Lemke held off Hegje for a .805 second victory with Dukes having to settle for third after a slow restart near the finish. Joseph Holliday and
Aaron Thomas were the balance of the top-five.
Erik Woods broke the Jillaun Holden grip on the Toyota Sedan division by taking the victory in the 25 lap main event. Holden led the first six laps before
Woods took the lead on lap seven. Woods managed to keep the top position all the way to the end for a .269 second win. "Tommy Wreckless" Thomas
Magray was third. Lucy Carmona entered the night second in the points but had a crash into the inside K Rail in the heat race that ended her night
Clovis' Kevin Thompson continued his drive for a fourth track championship in MST by defeating Bert Stephens for his ninth main event win of the year.
There were several restarts after minor spins but Thompson was able to keep Stephens at bay throughout the duration of the race. Dennis Brannon
rounded out the top-three.
LoanMart Madera Speedway continues on September 3rd with Hampton Inn and Suites Night at the Speedway. Madera Late Models, Madera Hobby
Stocks, NCPRO 4 Modifeds, MST's, Toyota Sedans, 4-Bangers, and the Jr, Late Model 25 lap exhibition race make up the racing card!
Race fans can catch up on LoanMart Madera Speedway action every Thursday with "Madera Racing" on MAVTV at 8 p.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Pacific.
Thursday's edition will feature the July 30th race for the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Models plus the BCRA Midgets portion of the July 9th Gerhardt Classic.
For more information visit www.RaceMadera.com
LAKE COUNTY DRIVERS SWEEP FEATURES AT MADERA ON SATURDAY by Steven Blakesley
MADERA, CALIFORNIA (August 13, 2016) - Jeremy Doss and Darrin Knight both extended their points leads, taking touring series victories on a busy
night at LoanMart Madera Speedway. Doss, from Upperlake, CA, and Knight, from Kelseyville, CA, both hail over 250 miles north of the 1/3rd mile
speedway. Doss' win came in the MAVTV-televised Pacific Challenge Series presented by PenneyLawyers.com while Knight won the Sunoco Fuels 60 for
the North State Modifieds.
Doss' win was his 18th career victory in the series. Jason Romero made his first career Madera start after sweeping both Roseville races this year. He led
practice, set a new track record at a 14.162, and proceeded to win the American Racer Tire dash for a set of tires and the pole position.
Romero's pole was short lived at the start of the feature as Valley Springs' Tracy Bolin swept around the outside to lead lap one. Romero fell into the
clutches of Doss for second in a back-and-forth battle until Doss spun with contact from Ross Strmiska on lap five. Lodi's Matt Wendt suffered a flat right
front tire and slight damage trying to avoid the spin. Mike Beeler also was caught up in the incident.
Doss took over the lead from Bolin on the restart and Herzog used the restart to get around Jeff Bishofberger for third. Travis Milburn started turning up
the heat as he got around Chris Scribner for sixth on lap 24 and then overhauled Shannon Mansch for fifth on the outside on lap 32.
The Herzog and Bischofberger battle was very physical with the drivers snaking three-wide through lapped traffic. The long 34 lap green flag run ended on
lap 40 for a brief caution. Lap 41 proved to be difficult to overcome with a series of spins. Most notably Matthew Wendt suffered damage when he tangled
Colby Potts suffered heavy front end damage to his Camaro and a few laps later tangled hard with Don Swartz' Mustang for a lap 45 caution. Potts was done
for the evening.
All the following restarts were single file which gave Doss a cushion over the continuing battling between Bolin and Herzog. Herzog got around on the
outside for second on lap 49 to turn his attention to Doss. Mansch spun with contact from Strmiska for a lap 51 caution that set up the battle to the finish.
Herzog made his mark, diving inside Doss several times and making contact in turn four to lead lap 55. Doss charged back on the outside to lead lap 56 and
would not be deterred as he drove away for a 1.7 second win ahead of Herzog, Bolin, Bischofberger, and Romero for a comeback run to fifth.
Knight's win in the North State Modifieds was convincing as he led Charlie Collins in a close duel throughout the closing laps. Nick Lyons started on the
outside pole and took the lead from Terry Deal on the initial start. Charlie Collins and Mike Collins navigated the pack from eighth and sixth starting
positions respectively. Knight lined up on the fifth row with June 11th North State Madera winner Jason Philpot of Sacramento alongside. Knight was
quickly on the move and was up into third on lap five using the outside line.
Knight then took over second with Charlie Collins up third behind him by lap ten. Lyons, Knight, and Collins staged a nice battle before a red flag when
Benny Moon lost an engine in turn one. Knight took over the lead on the restart and Collins went to work on Lyons for second. The battle continued until
Lyons was finally shuffled to the outside line and freight trained back to sixth position.
At the halfway point of the 60 lap race Charlie Collins was in pursuit of Knight. Heavy lapped traffic in the final five laps of the race allowed Collins within
half a second but never closer. Knight got the win over Collins, Philpot, Mike Collins, and Darrin Sullivan. Lyons eventually finished sixth. Kevin Barba won
the dash earlier in the evening.
The USAC HPD Western Midgets main event was a 30 lap contest with many twists and turns. Race winner Toni Breidinger had to do her work from the
back of the field and it took her several laps to get to the front. David Prickett led early in his guest appearance before a spin that allowed Tom Patterson to
take over on lap three.
Jesse Love IV stayed close with Patterson for many laps while Breidinger continued to chip away at the field. The exclamation point was a spin by Cody
Jessop in the Honda house car on lap 23 that dropped him from fifth place. Breidinger seized the opportunity and took the lead from Patterson on lap 28 to
take the narrow half a second victory. Her sister Annie worked her way up to third with Blake Brannon and Antonia Boscacci the top-five finishers.
The CSS 360 Super Modified race was abbreviated by mechanical problems but ended up making for a drama filled race. Clovis' AJ Russell was the odds on
favorite for the race win after winning both the heat race and qualifying over Bakersfield's Justin Tuey. The main event was again a battle between the duo
as Tuey led the opening five laps before Russell took over.
Tuey went up in smoke for a caution on lap nine which gave surprise hard charger Donnie Large, Jr. a chance to get Russell. Large went up the inside of
Russell several times in a high speed duel that ended when Large's engine blew on lap 12. The race was halted prematurely with Russell, Large, and Austin
Carter the final finishers.
Lucy Carmona got her second Toyota Sedan victory of the year leading the whole distance of the race with Mike Marley on her bumper. Erik Woods spun
out on the 23rd lap of the race to set up a two lap shootout. Carmona had no problems to fight off Marley, while points leader Jilliaun Holden slowed
dramatically at the finish allowing Woods to snake through for a third place run.
A wild start for the MSTs in their main event caused DJ Lander to slow to a stop and forced Dennis Brannon to the pits and out of the race. After things
settled down it was Kevin Thompson and Bert Stephens anchoring the front of the field. A caution on lap eight saw Rian Bowman bounce off the front
stretch wall in contact with Zachary Cook. Another caution on the ensuing restart gave Bowman enough time to rejoin the field.
Thompson held on for a .410 second win over Bert Stephens to extend his points lead with Cook coming back to run third.
LoanMart Madera Speedway is dark on August 20th before returning on August 27th. The program includes: Race # 6 of the MAVTV Televised $1,000 to
win LoanMart Open late Model Series split 50's, Race #5 of the $1,000 to win Twisted Tea Modifieds, Race #5 of the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series 50 laps
(split 25's), Race #6 of the Super Hobby Stock Series, MST, Toyota Sedans, 4-Bangers, and Mini Cup.
Race fans can catch up on LoanMart Madera Speedway action every Thursday with "Madera Racing" on MAVTV at 8 p.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Pacific.
For more information visit www.RaceMadera.com
ERICKSON EDGES OUT TYLER on Valley Children's Night
Madera, Ca. (8.6.16) - Matt Erickson has enjoyed one of the most winning late model seasons so far in the 2016 racing year, but contrary to what would
think it has not been a dominant season by Erickson. Now that sounds contradictory doesn't it? But what is meant is that Erickson has rarely been the best
car on any given night, and in many races another driver has had Erickson beat, but somehow Erickson has found a route to victory lane on most nights.
Last night Garland Tyler out qualified Erickson by two tenths of a second, and Tyler appeared to have the best race car in the main event, and especially
through the middle of the corners. But when the checkered flag fell, it was Erickson rolling into victory lane again.
Another example of Erickson's mastering of track position was on display in the last MAVTV televised race held on July 30th where Erickson was in third
place in the closing laps in the 100 lap race, but when a mechanical failure forced race leader Bryan Herzog to the pits and then new race leader Ryan
Philpott caught lapped traffic Erickson was able to slip by for the win. Erickson only led a couple of laps in that entire race, but he led the right lap that got
him to victory lane, again.
Garland Tyler has found a lot of speed in his race car as of the last month or so, and he came home in second place on August 6th. Shelden Cooper had a
great night coming in third, followed by Dillion Ticker and new comer Mike Shapiro rounding out the top five in the Madera Late Model race.
The Southwest Tour Truck Series had a nice race at LoanMart Madera Speedway and it was Zack Green that won in the dominant number 27 truck followed
by Zack St. Onge, Roger Harder, William Martin, and Dan Coburn for the top five in the trucks.
Tim Curtis won the Toyota Sedan race followed by his good friend Kyle Fortney for second place. Lucy Carmona came in third with a great drive holding
off her fellow lady competitor Jillaun Holden. Mike Marley came in fifth in the sedans main event.
In what was one of the more action packed races of the night Bert Stephens made his way back to victory lane in the Mini Super Toyota division followed
by Zackery Cook, DJ Lander, Kevin Thompson, and Rian Bowman for the top five. Fans were yelling, cheering and having a good time watching the door
slamming action the MST's provided as there was more contact in this one race than all other divisions combined.
Thomas Suarez won the Hobby Stock race, with Quintin Harris in second, Steve Schemerhorn in third, Ivan Scorsur in forth and Eloy Bazan taking fifth.
Jackson Dukes picked up a victory in the Jr. Late Model exhibition race over Jadan Rocha.
The next race at LoanMart Madera Speedway is a big event with a dual-headliner show on Saturday night August 13th will give valley race fans the best of
both worlds with the Pacific Challenge Series Super Late Models bringing the thunder and North State Modifieds bringing the lightning to the fastest
one-third mile in the west. MAVTV cameras will again be rolling for the 75 lap feature for the PCS while the Modifieds will race for 60 laps. CSS 360 Super
Modifieds headline an undercard that includes USAC HPD Midgets, MSTs, and Toyota Sedans.
For more information go to www.racemadera.com
ERICKSON AND WEST TASTE LATE MODEL VICTORY LANE AT MADERA by Steven Blakesley
MADERA, CALIFORNIA (July 30, 2016) - Las Vegas' Dezel West and La Grange's Matt Erickson took the Late Model victories in Saturday's round number
five of MAVTV-televised action at LoanMart Madera Speedway. West, 12, was the incoming co-points leader in the 51FIFTY Junior Late Models while
Erickson's win in his fourth in a dominant season at the top of the LoanMart Open Late Models.
Both wins came against arguably the toughest customers in each respective division on the fastest one-third mile in the West. A red hot Saturday night saw
temperatures soar above 110 degrees with green flag temperatures still above 95.
Erickson took on Tracy's Ryan Philpott for his victory, in a repeat of their duel in the April round. Erickson used a strong charge up the inside of turn two
in lapped traffic to take the lead on lap 97 of the 100 lap contest.
22 Open Late Models accepted the green flag with Garland Tyler of Modesto leading from the pole position. June 18th winner Bryan Herzog slowly chipped
away at the pack and was up to third on lap three. A wild three-wide battle for fifth between second in points Joey Licata, Erickson, and Atwater's Jason
Agguire caused a domino effect with Ryan Hart spinning off of Logan Zampa's bumper for a caution.
Philpott swung around Tyler with a great restart on the outside to take over the lead at the conclusion of lap 16. Alexander Mead and Carl Pearce tangled
in turn two for a caution lap 19. That caution set up another incident when Glen Cook spun on the front stretch with a trio of blue cars of Shelden Cooper,
Mead, and Zampa all spinning to avoid. Herzog used the restart to take the lead from the outside of Philpott on lap 21.
Herzog was not able to pull away very far from Philpott, facing numerous challenges. Erickson closed in on the leaders and managed to nab second place in
a great race at the front. Cooper spun for another caution which saw Licata retired to the pits with an engine failure. Tyler inserted himself back into the
race taking over second place on that restart. A series of cautions brought the race to an early halfway mark caution on lap 44.
When racing resumed Howard Holden went up in smoke on the backstretch and the following lap saw Tyler Herzog spinning and getting hit in the drivers
door hard by Hart. All drivers involved were uninjured. Philpott came back at Tyler for second position with the top-six cars running very close together.
Things went south for Herzog as he fell from the lead with a clutch failure on lap 73. Philpott assumed the lead of the race with Erickson in tow. A great
crossover filled battle ensued.
Erickson kept Philpott in the crosshairs as lapped traffic approached in the final ten laps. The winning move came on lap 94 in traffic with Erickson using
the inside to sneak through for the exciting win. Erickson led Philpott, Tyler, Rick Thompson, and Dillon Tucker as the top-five finishers.
Dezel West led all 50 laps of the 51FIFTY Junior Late Models for his first points paying win. He entered the event as the co-points leader and drew the pole.
West led Jarrett Gilmer while outside pole sitter Kyle Keller fell backwards. Keller found himself mired back in sixth position when the first caution flew on
lap six for Jaden Lyn Rocha spun in turn one. Co-points leader Austin Herzog set fast time but started fifth after the redraw. He went to the outside of May
28th winner Austin Edwards to take fourth on the restart. Herzog then dove inside Kolby Berry but Berry was able to make the outside line work for
several laps to hold him at bay.
Chris Trickle and Keller had a mix up that saw both cars going through the infield but continuing on under green. Keller spun on the following lap for a
caution on lap 15. A caution involving Lilly Mead and Keller on lap 22 brought the field to its halfway break three laps early.
Coming out of the break, Herzog continued to hound Berry from the inside with Berry making the outside work to maintain third. Herzog finally got the
move done on lap 28 with Berry spinning a lap later for a lap 29 yellow. Berry and Rocha tangled when the field tried to get back underway as well.
Trickle continued to move forward as he overhauled Edwards for fourth. Herzog spent many laps challenging Gilmer for second position while West led the
race. With nine to go, Herzog was up to second and turned his attention to West.
The top-two staged a thrilling nose-to-tail battle through another series of cautions. West persevered through every restart to earn his first career Junior
Late Model points win by a scant .308 seconds over Herzog, Edwards, Canadian 11 year-old Ben Silliker, and Oceanside's Ali Gay.
Stockton's JoJo Stearns picked up his first win in the Mini Cup division, which notably has six rookie drivers in the eight car division. The 20 lap victory
was a comfortable one from the second row. Rookie pole sitter Joseph Holiday slowed with mechanical issues on lap two and Stearns took the lead on the
lap three restart ahead of Calvin Hegje. Jackson Dukes navigated the pack up into second place but never got the caution he needed. Stearns led Dukes,
Hegje, Bruce Bivens, Hollister's Adam Lemke as the top-five.
Tim Curtis utilized his wife's car with duct tape numbers to lead all 25 laps in the main event for the Toyota Sedans. Jillaun Holden, the points leader, kept
things close for the entire race.
The caution flew when Thomas Magray and Erik Woods tangled in turn four for the lone stoppage of the race. Holden took advantage to challenge on the
inside for several laps but Curtis was strong enough to hold on for the victory head of Holden, Lucy Carmona, Mike Marley, and Magray.
Stockton's Joseph Reichmuth earned his fourth top-two finish in Super Hobby Stock competition in an abbreviated feature for the division. Chuck Dohzier
and Thomas Suarez rounded out the top-three at the checkered flag. Eloy Bazan spun from the initial start from the front row but was able to complete a
360 to keep the race green. Bazan's incident on lap 18 ended the competition early due to time constraints.
Bert Stephens took over the lead from Rian Bowman on lap five and never looked back in route for the 25 lap Modified Super Toyota (MSTs) victory. Points
leader Kevin Thompson closed within a car length but couldn't make the winning pass. Dave Lander, Dennis Brannon, and Zachary Cook were the balance
of the top-five with Bowman eventually coming home sixth.
The Loanmart Madera Speedway continues its summer stretch this Saturday with Children's Hospital Kids Night Presented by JBT FoodTech. Madera Late
Models, Madera Hobby Stocks, 4-Banger, Toyota Sedans, MST, South West Tour Trucks, and Junior Late Model 25 lap exhibition race make up the
Race fans can catch up on LoanMart Madera Speedway action every Thursday with "Madera Racing" on MAVTV at 8 p.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Pacific.
AR BODIES SIGNS ON AS A SPONSOR OF TWO MADERA SERIES
Madera, Ca. (7-21-16) - The LoanMart Late Model Series and the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series has been developed through long term planning that began
back in 2012 with the roll out of the series with phase one, phase two brought national TV in 2015, and now we are in phase three of the program which
will expand sponsorships for the series and benefits for the drivers.
Once the 2016 Madera Racing program aired on MAVTV the phone calls have been pouring in, and many of those phone calls have been from major
companies in the motorsports industry.
"Our plan is to expand sponsorships for the series with major programs for the drivers via contingency sponsorships for 2017, but a couple have decided
to get onboard for the 2016 season and we are excited to have their great products supporting our teams" Kenny Shepherd.
AR Bodies is announcing today a 2016 sponsorship program for both the LoanMart Late Model Series and the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series.
Here are the details of the sponsorship;
1. All late model drivers and Jr. Late Model Drivers that attend the 2016 championship awards banquet will be entered into a drawing to win a complete
package "A" ABC body, or a muscle car body package. One driver will win the complete body package at the banquet.
2. Top three in points in each the LoanMart Late Model Series and the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series will earn certificates towards the purchase of body
packages. 1st - $750, 2nd - $500, 3rd- $250.
3. The top three finishers in each of the televised races in the LoanMart Late Model Series and the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series will receive a certificates
as follows; 1st-$100, 2nd- $75, 3rd- $50. These certificates can be used towards the purchase of body parts. This will include all eight races in each ser
THORN AND ZAMPA ROLL INTO VICTORY LANE ON A BIG MADERA NIGHT
Madera Ca. (7-17-16) - Race fans enjoyed a beautiful California summer night and some high quality racing action this past Saturday evening at the
LoanMart Madera Speedway. The headliner was the Spears Southwest Tour Race for Autism 125, but prior to the headliner one of the undercards put on
what was probably the race of the night in the Madera Late Models that ended with a young driver picking up his first victory.
The Race for Autism 125 capped off a night of exciting short track action and it was Derek Thorn that seized early control of the eighteen car field in the
125 lap race and then Thorn proceeded to dominate by putting every car except the top five cars a lap down on his way to victory lane. Bobby Hodges was
the only car that was able to keep pace with Thorn, but Hodges was never able to get close enough to make a bid for the lead. There was only one caution
flag in the 125 lap event and it was Thorn that found victory lane followed by Hodges, Jacob Gomes, Christian McGhee, and Craig Raudman for the top five.
The Madera Late Model Series is the tune-up/feeder division to the MAVTV televised LoanMart Series and the drivers in this class of racing showed off
some amazing talent and side by side by side racing in what many considered to be the race of the night.
Jason Aguirre and young Logan Zampa exchanged the lead multiple times in a side by side battle thrilling the crowd in the 40 lap main event with a pack of
two by two racing right on their back bumpers that included some fantastic racing from drivers like Rick Thompson, Justin Dukes, Loren Kutz, Shelden
Cooper, Dillion Tucker, Trevor Schlundt, and much of the sixteen car field.
When the tire smoke cleared it was young Logan Zampa that picked up his first late model victory with Jason Aguirre right on his back bumper for second
place, followed by Dillion Tucker for third, Rick Thompson in fourth, Trevor Schlundt in fifth, and Shelden Cooper in sixth in the Madera Late Models.
Other winners of the night included Rian Bowman with a big win in the Mini Super Toyotas, Jeremy Woods in the Legends of the Pacific, Jillian Holden in
the Toyota Sedans, Joseph Reichmuth in the Super Hobby Stocks, and Kyle Keller in the exhibition Jr. Late Model Series race.
The next race event at the LoanMart Madera Speedway is a BIG ONE on July 30th with Round #5 of the televised LoanMart Late Model Series and the
51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series! The undercard includes the Super Hobby Stock Series, MST, Toyota Sedans, Mini Cup, and the Legends of the Pacific, WOW,
talk about another TOUR Like race event!
As a bonus all ticket prices have been cut for the July 30th race event thanks to sponsorship from LoanMart, MAVTV, Lucas Oil and 51FIFTY Energy
Drink. Adult tickets are only $15, Seniors and Military are only $13, youth ages 6-12 are only $7, and kids five and under are free. For more information
HERZOGS GET HISTORIC FATHER SON VICTORIES AT MADERA SPEEDWAY by Steven Blakesley
MADERA, CALIFORNIA (June 18, 2016) - Austin and Bryan Herzog achieved an unprecedented feat for Father's Day weekend, with the father and son duo
each claiming Late Model victories in Saturday's MAVTV-televised action at Madera Speedway. Austin, 13, won an outstanding 51 Fifty Jr. Late Model
race for his third win of the year. Bryan later won the 100 lap LoanMart Open Late Model for his first victory of the season.
Austin's win was yet another come-from-behind victory in the 50 lap contest against a 15 car turnout. Herzog navigated through entire field in just 16 laps
after a mid-race incident, and used a stunning turn four pass on the outside of Ryan Vargas on lap 48 for the win. Herzog's wins in the last two races have
seen him lead just six total laps.
Las Vegas' 12 year old Dezel West took quick time and led the field to green. Herzog kept West in sight throughout a series of early race caution periods. A
strong battle developed between 11 year-olds Idaho's Zachary Telford and Jesse Burks for fifth. Burks dove inside Telford in turn one on lap 13 but spun to
bring out the caution.
Canadian Ben Silliker, also 11 years old, used the ensuing restart to overhaul Telford and bring Austin Edwards from Southern California with him. The pair
then applied pressure on Las Vegas' Kyle Keller for fourth. West led Herzog,15 year-old Ryan Vargas, Silliker, and Keller into the halfway break at lap 25.
After a five minute break for adjustments, the action continued with Edwards using the restart to get fifth from Keller. Edwards and Silliker showed great
driving ability as they drove out of some sideways contact a few laps later. Edwards eventually slid to a halt in turn one to bring out a lap 33 caution.
Slowing for the caution, West and Herzog made contact on the front stretch with West spinning. West blended back in for third place with Vargas assuming
the lead over Silliker. Herzog was relegated to the rear.
West turned up the wick to try to gain the lead back as he made contact with Silliker in turn four with Silliker spinning. Jarrett Gilmer sliced through the
traffic to take over second on lap 39 while Herzog slowly chipped away at the leaders. Things escalated when West tagged Gilmer in turn one on lap 44,
with Gilmer spinning. Kolby Berry assumed second and Herzog found himself third.
Ali Gay had made her way to fifth but got tangled up on the restart in an incident that ended the race for April winner Austin Edwards. Herzog moved his
way past Berry and put his sights on Vargas for the lead. On lap 48, Herzog jumped to the outside of Vargas in turn three. Vargas drifted wide in turn four
with the pair making slight contact. Herzog raced past a sparking Vargas and never looked back for the victory. Vargas nursed a flat right front tire to
ultimately finish eighth. Herzog led Berry, Silliker, RJ Smotherman, and Gilmer the top-five finishers across the stripe.
Bryan Herzog's LoanMart Open Late Model 100 win avenged his narrow loss to points leader Matt Erickson in round #3 on May 28th. Herzog took over the
lead on lap 15 and defended from countless challenges from Erickson down to the wire.
Dos Palos' Ryan Hart led the opening ten laps of the race with Garland Tyler making his way forward to second place. The top eight cars ran side-by-side
often in the early stages as the first half of the race was run under rare sunlight conditions. Hart picked the bottom line on a lap 10 restart and surrendered
the lead to a hard-charging Tyler. Herzog moved past Hart as well. A lap 14 caution was all it took for Herzog to use the bottom to take the lead from Tyler.
Dominic Lopez, fresh off of a career-best top-ten in round #3, went up in smoke with electric problems on lap 18. There were still 17 lead lap cars at that
stage of the race. Hart and Glen Cook staged a furious battle for third position with the pair sliding down the backstretch sideways at one stage. The contact
caused eventual mechanical problems for Hart that his team was able to repair under a later caution.
Round #2 runner-up Ryan Philpott of Tracy dropped from contention with mechanical woes on a lap 23 caution for Del McIntosh's mechanical-caused
spin in turn one. Philpott eventually rejoined the race several laps down.
Erickson moved up to second position and battled closely with Herzog through several restarts. Rick Thompson and Alexander Mead had a grinding crash
on lap 41 that ended Mead's evening. The first half was ended prematurely during a lap 48 caution.
The second half of the race resumed several hours later under total darkness. Tracy's Justin Philpott picked up the pace to duel with Hart for fifth in a
battle that would continue for much of the remaining laps. Erickson kept Herzog within a car length with the final 52 laps have abundant green flag racing.
Erickson took many looks inside Herzog throughout lapped traffic with Tyler in the nose-to-tail trio. Contact between the leaders got the fans on their feet
on lap 86 as they charged out of turn four. Herzog was able to drive away from Erickson as his door panels.
Hart eventually spun in turn three on lap 86 in the midst of the great battle with Philpott for the race's final caution. Cook used that stoppage to wrestle
third away from Tyler, but Tyler claimed it back on lap 98.
Erickson tried a few slidejob attempts that fell short as Herzog rolled the top side. Herzog was credited with a .366 lead over Erickson under the double
checkered flags with Tyler, Philpott, and Cook the top-five.
Lucy Carmona won her first career Toyota Sedan race in one of the earlier main events of the evening. Carmona took over the lead from Thomas Magray
on lap three and never relinquished it with Erik Woods second and points leader Jilliaun Holden in third. Magray eventually finished fourth. Carmona has
aspirations to move into the Late Model division and has been doing extensive testing at the speedway leading up to a possible July debut.
Rocklin's Robby Czub continued a perfect 2016 season in Legends cars, winning his sixth straight win state wide in the Legends of the Pacific-sanctioned
action. The 35 lap race actually had four different leaders with John Bowman at the helm for the first four laps before Jack Wood took over. Wood was spun
from the lead by Bakersfield's Braden Rogers on lap nine handing fellow Bakersfield driver Colton Page the lead. Page's lead only lasted a lap before Czub
moved past him.
Czub eventually gained more than five seconds on the field for the comfortable win. Page, Stockton winner Pete Peirce, Wood, and Kern County champion
Eddie Garone were the top-five at the finish.
Clovis' AJ Russell knocked off the dominate Bakersfield driver Justin Tuey for a popular win in the CSS 360 Super Modifieds. Russell has been one of the
busiest drivers at Madera in open wheels, running both the Super Modifieds and the Madera Winged Super Sprints. Tuey led the first four circuits before
surrendering to Russell.
Russell's lead waned in the closing stages with Tuey closing to within 1.533 seconds at the stripe. Lance Jackson scored another top-three in third although
he was one lap down on the leaders.
Chuck Dozhier and Joseph Riechmuth resumed what has been a dogged battle for Super Hobby Stock supremacy at Madera in 2016. Saturday night
belonged to Dozhier as he won the 40 lap race. The fast-paced feature was concluded in just 11 minutes as Dozhier's lead over Reichmuth ebbed and flowed
through the race. The pair came nose-to-tail several times before Dozhier pulled away at the end for a .800 margin of victory. Eloy Bazan ran a steady race
from third position ahead of Thomas Suarez and Jesus Hernandez.
Modified Super Toyotas (MSTs) had a wild race that saw a very deserving win for John McCollum, Jr. McCollum was racing in honor his late grandfather
George McCollum who recently passed away.
Patrick Geiger led the first three laps before McCollum took over. Incoming points leader Kevin Thompson slowly but surely made his way towards the
front and was to third by lap nine. An incident involving Thompson and Bert Stephens sent them back to the rear.
McCollum was undeterred in a narrow .134 second win ahead of the late run by Thompson with Stephens in tow. Geiger settled for fourth over DJ Landers.
The Loanmart Madera Speedway is off on June 25th before returning to racing on July 2nd for the Grassroots Racer Classic with a giant fireworks show!
MAVTV coverage of Madera Speedway continues on Thursday June 23rd with another original episode of "Madera Racing" Thursday's broadcast features
the April 30th race for the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Models and the March 19th 75 lap race for the Pacific Challenge Series Super Late Models. "Madera Racing"
airs Thrusdays on MAVTV at 8 p.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Pacific.
TELLSTROM GETS BIG WIN DURING SUMMERTIME HORSEPOWER NATIONALS by Steven Blakesley
MADERA, CALIFORNIA (June 11, 2016) - Ukiah's Kyle Tellstrom won his second straight Lucas Oil Modifieds race at Madera Speedway, claiming the
California Farmers 75 as part of the Summetime Horsepower Nationals at the one-third mile oval. Tellstrom led the final 58 laps to add to his $5,000 win
in last October's Short Track Shootout.
Saturday night's action saw both the North State Modifieds and the Lucas Oil Modifieds break their respective track records. The top-four Lucas cars broke
the previous record. MAVTV coverage for the evening included both the Lucas Modifieds and the Madera Winged Super Sprints being filmed for later
Tellstrom had to defend himself against the challenges of Linny White who is the only repeat winner in the 2016 series. Tracy's Scott Winters had won the
previous two Summertime Horsepower Nationals and led the opening 17 laps of the feature.
Winters, the former track champion, started alongside White at the start of the 26 car contest but a little bit of contact in turn one on the second lap
shuffled White back to fourth.
The first of seven cautions of the feature occurred on lap four when Brian Collins and Eddie Secord tangled in turn one. Another incident saw Madera's
Elliott Sterjne spin in turn two on lap six.
William Guevara of Lake Havasu City, AZ had his first trip into the wall on lap eight for the next stoppage. Things settled down from there with the top eight
cars in a lead pack running nose-to-tail around the top of the high banked speedway. Tellstrom used that green flag run to close down on Winters before
completing a thrilling slidejob off of turn four to lead lap 18.
Larry Gerchman and Aaron McMorran had contact for the next caution on lap 23 in an incident that collected Idaho's Shelby Stroebel as well. McMorran
was unable to continue and Gerchman was sent to the rear for his involvement.
Winters used that restart to take third at one third race distance with Tellstrom pulling away. Lapped traffic on lap 40 brought the field back together
before another caution on lap 47. Going back to green fast-time qualifier and new track recorder holder Austin Barnes slowed and the race went back to
yellow. Barnes was able to get back into gear to continue his race albeit from the rear. A hard crash on lap 50 involving Shane Skaggs from Albuquerque
and Guevara was the final caution of the race.
Tellstrom took a .349 second victory over a late charge from White with Winters settling for third over former series champion Dylan Cappello from
Peoria, AZ. Incoming points leader Matt Hicks finished fifth.
The co-main event was the Lucas Oil Racing Mid-State 60 for the North State Modified Series. Sacramento's Jason Phipot is now a perfect two-for-two in
the series for 2016 and took both the track record and the race victory. Philpot had to race forward from tenth position after pulling a ten car inversion
Joe Rhodes, Jr. of Sacramento made his first Madera start count from the outside front row to take the lead from pole sitter Sierra Furia from Lakeport.
Rhodes led 15 laps in a strong performance for the former Roseville Bomber driver. It did not take long for Philpot to move through the pack as he
assumed fourth by lap eight around Lucas Oil Dash Winner Guy Young of Redding.
Furia drifted back to eighth position by lap ten in a tough start for the rookie. The leaders encountered lapped traffic by lap 15 when the first caution came
out for Eric Price, Jr. stalled on the track.
Rhodes picked the outside on the restart and points leader Darrin Knight of Kelseyville took advantage to take the lead into turn one. The move was
nullified when Furia spun across the front stretch head on into the wall.
Rhodes chose the inside on the next attempt but Knight was not deterred as he took over the lead on lap 16. Rhodes eventually was shuffled back to fifth.
Knight's lead was short-lived as Philpot closed in quickly. Philpot dove inside Knight on lap 29 through turns three and four with the pair making contact
to send Knight spinning. Philpot drove off with the lead and Knight had to restart from the rear.
The fast-paced race had one more caution on lap 43 when Young went up in smoke. Philpot drove away from the pack once more to take the .556 second
win over Upperlake's Charlie Collins, Rhodes, Knight, and another Northern-area driver Darrin Knight of Kelseyville the top-five.
Meridian, Idaho's Bryan Warf took advantage of a great opportunity, guest driving the #8 Glenn Hutchison-owned Sprint Car to the Madera Winged Super
Sprint victory. Warf's win was his second straight in the car after primary driver Dylan Hutchison is out with a wrist injury unrelated to racing. Warf first
won on Memorial Day in Utah before heading to Madera.
The 30 lap feature started 10 cars but it was a high quality field. Justin Kawahata started outside heat race winner Tom Baker for the feature and led the
opening lap. Warf was on the move from the get-go from fourth on the grid and swung around the outside of Kawahata to lead lap two.
AJ Russell from Clovis took over the second position from Kawahata not long after that. Russell battled Warf briefly before falling out with mechanical
problems on lap 11.
Warf pulled away to almost a half-lap lead while rookie Dylan Noble used an over/under maneuver to take Baker on the outside for third and third
Kawahata inside for second.
Gordon Rogers had a spin on lap 23 that set up a seven lap shootout between Warf and Noble. Warf gassed it hard with a tight race car, lifting his wheels off
the ground on several occasions. The pair rippped across the line nose to tail for a close finish with Cody Gerhardt two seconds back in third. Kawahata
and Baker were the top-five with heat winner Anthony Simone sixth.
Toni Breidinger led 11 laps en route to the win in the USAC HPD Midgets 30 lapper. Cody Jessop made his return to Madera and was the race leader for
much of the event with Jesse Love IV and Breidinger in a close pursuit. Love eventually spun from second in turn three on lap 15 and collected his
teammate Antonia Boscocci in the process.
After a lengthy caution to clean up fluid from Adam Lemke's car, the battle was on between Breidinger and Jessop. Jessop eventually relinquished the lead
on lap 20 and fell all the way to fifth with apparent mechanical problems. Toni led her sister Annie across the line with first timer Joey Iest, Blake Brannon,
and Jessop rounding out the top-five.
The Loanmart Madera Speedway continues a busy June this Saturday with the LoanMart Open Late Models, 51FIFTY Jr. Late Models, Super Hobby
Stocks, CSS 360 Super Modifieds, Legends of the Pacific, MSTs, and Toyota Sedans in action.