Mothers earn love, drivers earn trophies at LoanMart Madera Speedway
By Mark Evan Smith
The Madera Tribune

Mothers were the theme Saturday night at LoanMart Madera Speedway, as its Mother's Day Special highlighted the racing of women drivers as well as all winners in a full schedule of local events.
Perhaps most impressive was how the always-popular Toyota Sedans division was comprised of 40 percent female drivers, including rookie Lucy Carmona, Candee McIntosh, Jillaun Holden, and Sarah Vivian.

Holden, who started at the pole and finished fifth, said the entire race was a lot of fun and a great way to show there's more than men behind the wheel.

"This is the first year we've had quite a few girls out here in this class so I think it's a pretty interesting event," Holden said. "It makes it more interesting giving the guys a run for their money."
Because the races were held a day before Mother's Day, Holden's mother Sandi, also in attendance, laughed when she discussed watching her daughter drive in a heated race.

"I was a nervous wreck," Sandi said. "She told me she'd be in the back of the pack, and here she was right in the middle. It's nerve wracking!"

"It was crazy in front of us," Holden said. "But my mom's enjoying it, she likes seeing me and the boys in our family out there doing a great job."

In the grandstands, fans were happy to praise their mothers as well.
Sofie Jordan, 12, even asked for a chance to hold the track microphone and told everyone about how much she loved her mom Iryna.

"She's the best mother in the world," Jordan said. "She deserves to hear that over a microphone."
Outside all the motherly love, the Toyota Sedans race was one of many that fit the bill of intense moments.

From the pole, Holden began with McIntosh, Donnie Large Jr., and eventual winner Brennen Mankin behind her.

On the start, McIntosh zipped into the lead underneath Holden while Large Jr. made himself known as well with a skilled rush to third place.
Mankin and Large Jr., racing teammates, then overtook Holden by turn 2 and went after McIntosh, who held the lead until lap 10.

In that lap, Jason Lawton had swooped his way onto the inside line and took second from Large Jr., then managed to take his spot on top of the pack.

Lap 12 brought a yellow-flag restart as points leader Tim Curtis made contact with McIntosh as she cut down on turn 3, which sent him into the infield and back of the pack. Curtis finished in sixth.

On the restart, Lawton fended off Mankin for at least four laps until Mankin, his mind a mission for victory, slammed on his gas pedal and snatched away the lead.

From there, female drivers fought for their own strong finishes while Mankin took first, Lawton second, and Large Jr. in third.

After the race, rookie driver Lucy Carmona, the only sedans racer under 18 years old, said it felt great to show women drivers have a place on the Speedway.

"I'm like the youngest out of everybody and I'm kicking butt," said Carmona, who finished in ninth. "It's challenging to be out there with all these great drivers, I need to learn some stuff, but I'm progressing a lot."

The Modified Super Toyotas got off to a wild start when Darrell Herzog, who came into the race points leader, made contact with Kevin Thompson in the first lap which spun Thompson into lap traffic and led to a red-flag wreck.

As Thompson, who took the lead from starting in third, moved around turn 3 of lap 1, Herzog tried to move way onto the inside line and caused the spin when he nudged Thompson's rear end.
Thompson's momentum flung him around and his eyes looked directly upon incoming drivers, including the 88 car of Rian Bowman who then slammed head on into Thompson's 77 vehicle.
Fortunately, all drivers weren't injured, though Thompson, Bowman, and Tim Kammerer, caught up in the collision, were forced from the race while Herzog returned to the back of the pack.
After the restart, MST's top qualifier John Bowersox led the race followed by Elliott Stjerne and Zackary Cook.

For more than the next 10 laps, Herzog began to work his way back to the front of the race and earned the third position behind Bowersox and Stjerne by lap 11.

The three drivers gave each other a hard race up to lead lap 14, when Bert Stephens spun out near the back of the pack, which forced the 50 car of Patrick Geiger into the turn 2 wall and caused another red flag while he was towed off the track.

After another red-flag restart, Bowersox, Stjerne, and Herzog continued their fight for a coveted victory.

From then on, though Herzog managed to take second place in lap 16, Stjerne retook his runner-up finish while Bowersox finished in a strong, clean first.

"I've been working on this car all day and I've been cramping up," Bowersox said. "But I had a blast. I mean I had to work really hard to get here, and we put the car back together, it's all just a very special win for me."

Herzog said he was caught in a bad place during the collision with Thompson early on, as he said Bowersox was behind him while Thompson came down from the top.
"(Thompson) was outside and then he decided to come down and I was there," Herzog said. "What am I going to do? I'm in the middle of the turn, (Bowersox) is right on my butt, so when he taps me I don't have nothing to do but stay in it otherwise I'd be in the middle of all that. It was nothing intentional."
Thompson disagreed, and said simply, "when you drive through the leader you should be parked."
The two are sure to bring a forming rivalry back when the Speedway returns to action May 30.

Madera Late Models
Lap times in the Madera Late Models division were incredibly quick, as Rick Thompson managed to hold onto a strong lead despite the oncoming rush of Jason Aguirre.

Starting in the pole was Trevor Schlundt, followed by the 96 car of Loren Kutz and eventual winner Thompson.

Almost immediately, Thompson pushed onto the inside line and took second place while Kutz quickly redrew.

Going into lap 10, Thompson began to work the track as he attempted to get by Schlundt in first.
Schlundt did an excellent job withholding Thompson's onslaught until lap 12, when Thompson finally rushed the outside line and pulled away.

From there, it looked like Thompson may have had an easy win in hand, but gradually, Aguirre managed to eke closer and closer to the lead.
Going into lap 21, Thompson had beat his own qualifying time - 16.453 - with a 15.977 finish, but from there, Aguirre, who led qualifying with a 16.207 time, ran faster and faster, hitting his best lap of 15.664.

However, though he got closer, Aguirre simply didn't have enough time to work with and Thompson finished with the checkered flag.

"I feel great," Thompson said. "(Aguirre) was faster than me all day so I knew I had to get in front of (Schlundt) and have him hold (Aguirre) up a bit. It worked out perfect. Sometimes a little strategy works."

Aguirre said if he had more laps, he might have earned the win but he still came away from the race in one piece.

"I knew I shouldn't have let him get away," Aguirre said of Thompson. "We were running him down, but there's not enough time. I was hoping a yellow would come out so we could go right with him head to head, but not tonight."

David Etheridge easily earned a 100-lap Enduro win - which was mostly free of any contact, uncharacteristic for the class - as he gave up the lead to Devin Slagle for a few laps but retook his position and finished far ahead.

"I knew he was there but I figured I'd be able to hold him off," Etheridge said. "I was able to get by him and stay in front, it was just a lot of fun and I'm glad to get the win."

Though it was the Mother's Day Special, and Etheridge expressed love for his mom, grandma, and aunt in attendacne - as well as cousins and other family at home - he noted his dad was an integral part of his strong racing in the Enduros.

"I would not be able to do this without him," Etheridge said. "We busted our butts until like midnight last night getting the car ready. Without him I think I'd be a middle-pack car, he's just awesome. I can't thank him enough."

Southwest Tour Trucks
Ed Cutler, top qualifier in the Southwest Tour Trucks, cruised to a relatively-easy win over 13-year-old Zack St. Onge and numerous other drivers.

Cutler slowed down after he pushed too hard on the race's start to sixth place, then quickly worked his way into the top spot by lap 5 and came away with the first-place trophy.

After the race, Cutler complimented St. Onge, his young opponent who kept things close.
"Starting from the back is fun," Cutler said. "He did an awesome job, and I enjoy racing with all of these guys. They're all awesome. We're getting more trucks and we'll really be taking off here in the future."

Madera Hobby Stocks

In the Madera Hobby Stocks, Howard Holden pulled out an easy, clean victory after a collision-filled race on April 25 set a much different tone.

Holden, the top qualifier in the class at 16.867, pulled ahead easily by three laps and found his way to a strong finish over Shelden Cooper, four-and-a-half seconds behind.

In victory lane, Holden thanked his mother for helping him along his path to racing. He said he'd await the return of Ben Lewis Jr., the driver who may have forced Holden into the straightaway wall as both drivers went across the finish line last month.

Kathy Williams beat sole opponent Rick Carlie as the two drivers participated in the Toyota Sedans main event.

Despite having only one driver to compete agains, Williams kept to the theme of strong women at the Speedway Saturday and said she had one reason to be there.
"My kids asked me what I wanted to do for Mother's Day and I said I want to race," Williams said. "That's all I want to do, race."

The LoanMart Madera Speedway will take two weeks off and return May 30 for Military Tribute Night, where all active and retired soldiers get in for free!
Veterans will be met with a jam-packed schedule, as the LoanMart Open Late Model Series, Twisted Tea Modifieds, Super Hobby Stock Open Series, Legends of the Pacific, MST's, Toyota Sedans, and Mini Cup all take to the track.
For information, visit, call (559) 673-7223, or go to for photos and videos of on-track action as well as free ticket giveaways.



Enduros (100 laps, 50-lap split):
David Etheridge
Richard Herzog-(-10.592)
Devin Slagle-(2 laps)
Mike Robinson-(4 laps)
Jake Kirby-(5 laps)
James Cooke-(6 laps)
Robert Smith-(10 laps)
Antonio Mentzer-(19 laps)
Marisa Odgers-(25 laps)
Jesus Hernandez-(1 lap)
Rick Anderson-(12 laps)

Madera Late Models (40 laps):
Rick Thompson
Jason Aguirre-(-0.732)
Del McIntosh-(-5.816)
Trevor Schlundt-(-9.011)
Loren Kutz-(-9.372)
Aaron Mullins-(1 lap)
Alexander Mead-(6 laps)

MST's (30 laps):
John Bowersox
Elliott Stjerne-(-0.518)
Darrell Herzog-(-0.948)
Zackary Cook-(-2.050)
Dave Lander-(-2.594)
Tyler Herzog-(-3.127)
Bert Stephens-(-3.570)
John Benedict-(-3.938)
Patrick Geiger-(17 laps)
Tim Kammerer-(28 laps)
Kevin Thompson-(29 laps)
Rian Bowman-(29 laps)

Toyota Sedans (30 laps):
Brennen Mankin
Jason Lawton-(-0.329)
Donnie Large Jr.-(-0.867)
Candee McIntosh-(-1.734)
Jillaun Holden-(-2.746)
Tim Curtis-(-3.171)
Thomas Magray-(-6.070)
Ed Rodriguez-(-7.168)
Lucy Carmona-(-7.188)
Sarah Vivian-(-8.514)
Kathy Williams, 4-Bangers-(1 lap)
Rick Carlie-, 4-Bangers-(1 lap)

Southwest Tour Trucks (40 laps):
Ed Cutler
Zack St. Onge-(-0.992)
Matt Ewing-(-12.512)
Roger Harder-(-12.885)
Jim West-(12 laps)
Ronnie Davis-(16 laps)

Madera Hobby Stocks (30 laps):
Howard Holden
Shelden Cooper-(-4.510)
Brandon Jones-(-16.580)
Thomas Saurez-(1 lap)
Steve Schermerhorn-(23 laps)
Kyle Fortney-(24 laps)

HEAT RACES (6 laps)

Madera Late Models:
Jason Aguirre
Del McIntosh-(-0.707)
Rick Thompson-(-1.636)
Jason Mullins-(-3.917)
Trevor Schlundt-(-5.532)
Loren Kutz-(-5.691)
Alexander Mead-(1 lap)

MST's (Heat 1):
John Bowersox
Darrell Herzog-(-0.914)
Tyler Herzog-(-4.083)
John Benedict-(-4.461)
Patrick Geiger-(-6.227)
Dave Lander-(-6.433)

MST's (Heat 2):
Elliott Stjerne
Kevin Thompson-(-0.037)
Tim Kammerer-(-1.378)
Bert Stephens-(-2.850)
Rian Bowman-(-4.427)
Zackary Cook-(-12.237)

Toyota Sedans (Heat 1):
Tim Curtis
Brennen Mankin-(-1.093)
Candee McIntosh-(-1.558)
Ed Rodriguez-(-3.265)
Sarah Vivian-(-8.299)
Kathy Williams-(-12.842)

Toyota Sedans (Heat 2):
Jason Lawton
Donnie Large Jr.-(-0.553)
Jillaun Holden-(-2.759)
Lucy Carmona-(-8.176)
Thomas Magray-(-11.610)
Rick Carlie-(-20.082)

Southwest Tour Trucks:
Ronnie Davis
Roger Harder-(-0.218)
Zack St. Onge-(-0.511)
Matt Ewing-(-1.035)
Jim West-(-6.077)

Madera Hobby Stocks:
Howard Holden
Shelden Cooper-(-0.683)
Brandon Jones-(-2.867)
Kyle Fortney-(-6.381)
Steve Schermerhorn-(-16.986)
Thomas Saurez-(1 lap)


Madera Late Models:
Jason Aguirre-16.207
Del McIntosh-16.303
Rick Thompson-16.453
Loren Kutz-16.680
Trevor Schlundt-16.795
Aaron Mullins-17.015
Alexander Mead-17.071

John Bowersox-17.433
Elliott Stjerne-17.554
Darrell Herzog-17.582
Kevin Thompson-17.735
Tyler Herzog-17.834
Zackary Cook-17.890
John Benedict-17.949
Rian Bowman-18.013
Patrick Geiger-18.054
Bert Stephens-18.062
Dave Lander-18.205

Toyota Sedans:
Tim Curtis-17.785
Jason Lawton-18.003
Brennen Mankin-18.031
Donnie Large Jr.-18.178
Candee McIntosh-18.258
Jillaun Holden-18.386
Ed Rodriguez-18.415
Lucy Carmona-18.610
Sarah Vivian-18.668
Thomas Magray-18.854

Southwest Tour Trucks:
Ed Cutler-16.590
Zack St. Onge-16.709
Matt Ewing-16.766
Ronnie Davis-16.950
Roger Harder-17.097
Jim West-18.450

Madera Hobby Stocks:
Howard Holden-16.867
Shelden Cooper-16.977
Brandon Jones-17.113
Thomas Saurez-17.508
Kyle Fortney-17.934
Steve Schermerhorn-18.923

Kathy Williams-19.824
Rick Carlie-21.115

Drivers honor racing legends with classic track battles at LoanMart Madera Speedway
By Ronald Montez
The Madera Tribune

On a night that the LoanMart Madera Speedway remembered the greatness of the Vukovich racing family, a number of open wheel drivers also displayed excellent skills of their own in the first racing event of the month.

In all, six drivers took home first-place trophies after producing praiseworthy wins on Saturday night (May 2) in the Vukovich Classic featuring Race No. 2 of the Twisted Tea Modifieds, BCRA Midgets, Winged Sprints, 360 Super Modifieds, NCMA Sprints, USAC HPD Midgets and the USAC HPD restricted Midgets mains along with various vintage car exhibition races.

Those drivers including Dave Campbell (Twisted Tea's), Chad Nichols (BCRA Midgets), DJ Hamilton (Winged Sprints), Lance Tatro (360 Super Modifieds), Audra Sasseli (NCMA Sprints) and Tommy McCarthy (USAC HPD Midgets/USAC HPD restricted Midgets) all earned trips to victory lane - a place that late local legends Bill Vukovich Sr. along with son, Bill II, and, grandson, Bill III, visited many times in their illustrious careers.

All three Vukovich drivers competed in the renowned Indianapolis 500 where Bill Sr. was a winner in 1953 and 1954. His son and grandson also had success there with Vukovich II claiming a 1973 runner-up finish and Vukovich III earning the 1988 Rookie of the Year honors.

Born in the Central Valley, Vukovich Sr. had a successful run competing in the midgets before making the move to the Indy 500.

Although they were just beginning the prime of their Indy 500 careers, Vukovich (in 1955) and his grandson (in 1990) died while racing.

In a very special opening ceremony, a moving tribute lap featuring the Spirit of Madera No. 78 Super Modified along with a couple of classic brand cars got the show started on a sentimental and nostalgic note.

It was a throwback moment for the crowd in the Speedway's grandstands as the Vintage BCRA Midgets, California Hardtops, Vintage Open Super Modifieds and Vintage Super Modifieds each ran a 10-lap tour around the track while main event driver's made last-minute preparations in the pits.


The Twisted Tea Modifieds got the mains kicked off with the first of two 35-lap split races.

For Dave Campbell, it was a great start and an even better finish as he won the 70-lap main.

Despite losing his lead for the middle portion of the race, Campbell remained optimistic and took full advantage when the top two drivers got turned around late in the race.

"I knew that if I stayed patient, didn't overdrive the car and tried to hang around that perhaps maybe what did happen could happen and it played out that way," said a relieved and joyous Campbell after the race.

Right after the opening green flag was waved, Campbell led the 14-car field early before Terry Deal passed him on Lap 20.

Deal's time in the lead was short-lived after Nathan Smith got in front of him just a few laps later. A spinout by Smith also rotated Deal as both drivers were sent to the back of the race. That left Madera's Elliot Stjerne, who had the fast time of 16.264, and Scott Alves in a battle for first while Campbell was running in third.

To close out the first half of the race, Alves finished less than a tick (0.025) ahead of Stjerne while Campbell, TY Carlson, and Aaron Coonfield all finished in the top five heading into the long break.

Campbell wasn't sure if he would return for the final 35 laps.

"To be honest, I really didn't think I was going to be able to finish the second main because we had a bad vibration," he said of his No. 55 car. "We checked the driveline and had a bad U-joint, so we took it to the trailer and tried going to work."

While the rest of the classes mains were going on, Campbell and his pit crew were making adjustments to the eventual-winning car.

"We got it up and going just in time to get out here to do what he had to do - win the race," Campbell explained.

After the break, Campbell and Alves dueled for first while Coonfield wasn't too far behind in third. At that point, Alves had the lead over Campbell.

"I had the fastest car to start the first main and a very fast car for the second main but me and Scott were pretty even throughout the race," said Campbell.

With about 15 laps to go, a yellow flag was waved and grouped the cars together. Moments after the restart, Coonfield suddenly took over in first while Alves and Campbell were now trying to catch the new leader.

"At first when that yellow came out, I was kind of happy because it gathered us up," Campbell said of the caution. "Then a little incident happened to where it put me back at third."

With Alves closely trailing Coonfield, Campbell caught a huge break after the two spun out in front of him on Lap 60.

"It looked like Alves got a little loose and tried to gain it back up but the other car too, they were kind of dicing back and forth," said Campbell, who avoided the two mixed up cars after Turn 1. "They both looked a little unstable, so they were just trying to get everything they could and I was just hanging back waiting for it to happen. I knew that starting on the inside would give me a chance because we could dive underneath if those guys got tangled up. We did just that and pulled it off."

When Campbell retook the lead, there was no way he was going to give it up even with Deal pressuring him again in second.

"When that yellow came out and I knew we were starting first, all I had to do was protect the bottom and make them pass me on the outside," Campbell said. "That's exactly what happened, so it worked out. At the end of the day, hard work and dedication paid off."

The runner-up Deal finished less than a second (0.266) behind Campbell while Robbie Knittel overcame an early trip to the pits to take third overall. Nick Lyons took fourth while Stjerne rounded out the top five finishers of the division.



Like Campbell, it was Chad Nichols who went from third to first in the 30-lap BCRA Midgets race.

Despite posting the top qualifying time of 14.995 out of the 11-competing cars, Nichols trailed to start off the main as Cody Gerhardt was first on the leaderboard and David Goodwill - an eight-lap heat race winner - was in second.

Even on restarts, Nichols couldn't pass Gerhardt, whose quick takeoff allowed him to stay ahead for the first 20 laps.

While Goodwill retreated to the track's infield with apparent car problems, Nichols made his move to pass Gerhardt on Lap 21 and took his first lead of the night.

Never looking back, Nichols finished the final nine laps strong to earn his second straight win at the Speedway this season. Gerhardt took second and Mark Maliepaard placed third.


It was a bittersweet end to an otherwise very competitive 30-lap NCMA Sprint Car race.

Instead of enjoying a crowning moment in the winner's circle, Audra Sasseli's main victory was spent trying to recover from a crash that happened right after the final lap.

The misfortune happened seconds after Sasseli, along with runner-up Eric Humphries, passed the checked flag.

After Steve Amador's car slammed into the wall on the Turn 1 rise, Sasseli and Humphries tried to stay clear of the wreck but lost control of their cars because of leaked fluids on the track.

All three drivers were immediately tended to by Speedway officials and medical staff while crew members worked to clean up the track.

Prior to the main, Sasseli had the best fast-time of 15.328 while Denny Burrell and Justin Kawahata each won eight-lap heat races.

Burrell, who placed fourth overall, led in the beginning of the main race but felt the heat from Sasseli and Humphries.

Once Sasseli took the lead, it was hers to loose.

Although he was still behind in second, Humphries wasn't ready to concede the race to Sasseli just yet as he continued to keep up with her.

Sasseli had enough at the end to earn the victory while Humphries finished in second and in third was Jerry Kobza.


During qualifying and the heat races, it was clear that DJ Hamilton and Kyle Vanderpool were going to be the top contenders out of the eight Winged Sprint drivers in the 30-lap main race.

Vanderpool posted the top qualifying time - 13.960 - to Hamilton's mark of 14.266.

After both drivers each won a heat race earlier in the day, it set the stage for a Hamilton/Vanderpool showdown.

Hamilton came out guns blazing and despite two restarts, he stayed in the lead with Vanderpool in second.

Although Cody Gerhardt got ahead of Vanderpool on Lap 24 and appeared to have secured the runner-up finish, a post-race ruling declared him eighth overall.

While Hamilton celebrated a victory, Vanderpool officially placed second while Anthony Simone took third.

In the 360 Super Modifieds division, the local driver Lance Tatro showed his expertise and was tops in qualifying (14.607), the six-lap heat race and the 15-lap main.

A Speedway veteran and known Madera track champion, Tatro led for the entire main but couldn't get too comfortable with the savvy AJ Russell behind. Russell finished in second while Lance Jackson was third.


Tommy McCarthy was a two-time main winner on the night.

After winning the 15-lap USAC HPD restricted Midgets race, he followed that up with a first-place finish in the 30-lap USAC HPD Midgets main.

For McCarthy, the USAC HPD Midgets main had an outcome similar to the Twisted Tea Modified main.

Like Campbell, McCarthy was sitting in third for a good part of the race while Toni Breidingar, in first, and Dylan Nobile were holding down the top two spots. Nobile was the division's top qualifier at 15.625 and an eight-lap heat race winner.

On the low-end of Turn 4 just before the start of Lap 17, Nobile got too close to Breidingar as both cars got turned and invoked a caution.

After both drivers were sent to the back, McCarthy was in first and after the restart, the rest was history.

With an eight-lap heat race win under his belt, Cody Jessop also took second in the main behind McCarthy while Annie Breidingar placed third in the nine-car race.

Nobile and Toni Breidingar bounced back to finish in the top five.

In the first main of the night, McCarthy started in the lead of the USAC HPD restricted Midgets race and never trailed in the 15 laps while Jessop took second. Top qualifier (16.187) Jesse Love IV placed third.

The LoanMart Madera Speedway returns this Saturday (May 9) for a Mother's Day Special (All Women get in for free) featuring the Madera Late Models, SouthWest Tour Trucks, Madera Hobby Stocks, MST Money Race, Toyota Sedans Money Race, 4-Bangers, Enduro 100 lap Sprint Race, and 18 Second Bracket Race along with Double points for MST and Toyota Sedans.



Twisted Tea Open Modified Series - 70 Laps 1. Dave Campbell 2. Terry Deal 3. Robbie Knittel 4. Nick Lyons 5. Elliot Stjerne 6. Scott Alves 7. Aaron Coonfield 8. Sal Lopez 9. Jarrett Kelly 10. Kevin Nichols 11. TY Carlson 12. Nathan Smith 13. Kris Price 14. Todd Lynch

BCRA Midgets - 30 Laps
1. Chad Nichols
2. Cody Gerhardt
3. Mark Maliepaard
4. Kevin Morris
5. Gary Conterno
6. Floyd Alvis
7. Alan Beck
8. Marvin Mitchell
9. Jimmy Screeton
10. David Goodwill
11. Michael Snider

NCMA Sprints - 30 Laps
1. Audra Sasseli
2. Eric Humphries
3. Jerry Kobza
4. Denny Burell
5. J.R. Brown
6. Justin Kawahata
7. Steve Amador
8. Jeff Burrows (0 Laps)

Winged Sprints - 30 Laps
1. DJ Hamilton
2. Kyle Vanderpool
3. Anthony Simone
4. Davey Pombo
5. Marvin Mitchell
6. Bob Beck
7. Anthony Pombo

360 Super Modifieds - 15 Laps
1. Lance Tatro
2. AJ Russell
3. Lance Jackson
4. Carl Johnson

USAC HPD Midgets - 30 Laps
1. Tommy McCarthy
2. Cody Jessop
3. Annie Breidingar
4. Dylan Nobile
5. Toni Breidingar
6. Tom Patterson
7. Jesse Love IV
8. Ashley Hazelton
9. Ethan Lesser

USAC HPD restricted Midgets - 15 Laps
1. Tommy McCarthy
2. Cody Jessop
3. Jesse Love IV
4. Ethan Lesser
5. Blake Brannon


BCRA Midgets - 8 Laps
1. David Goodwill
2. Mark Maliepaard
3. Chad Nichols
4. Michael Snider
5. Alan Beck

NCMA Sprints (Heat 1) - 8 Laps
1. Justin Kawahata
2. Jerry Kobza
3. Steve Amador
4. Jeff Burrows

NCMA Sprints (Heat 2) - 8 Laps
1. Denny Burrell
2. Eric Humphries
3. J.R. Brown
4. Audra Sasseli

Winged Sprints (Heat 1) - 8 Laps
1. Kyle Vanderpool
2. Cody Gerhardt
3. Anthony Simone
4. Bob Beck
5. Marvin Mitchell

Winged Sprints (Heat 2) - 6 Laps
1. DJ Hamilton
2. Davey Pombo
3. Anthony Pombo
4. Marvin Mitchell

360 Super Modifieds - 6 Laps
1. Lance Tatro
2. AJ Russell
3. Lance Jackson
4. Carl Johnson

USAC HPD Midgets (Heat 1) - 8 Laps
1. Dylan Nobile
2. Tommy McCarthy
3. Toni Breidingar
4. Ashley Hazelton

USAC HPD Hidgets (Heat 2) - 8 Laps
1. Cody Jessop
2. Annie Breidingar
3. Tom Patterson

USAC HPD restricted Midgets - 8 Laps
1. Tommy McCarthy
2. Jesse Love IV
3. Ethan Lesser
4. Blake Brannon


Twisted Tea Open Modified Series
1. Elliot Stjerne 16.264
2. Robbie Knittel 16.293
3. Aaron Coonfield 16.370
4. Terry Deal 16.410
5. TY Carlson 16.504
6. Dave Campbell 16.563
7. Kris Price 16.700
8. Sal Lopez 16.736
9. Nick Lyons 16.802
10. Jarrett Kelly 17.109
11. Todd Lynch 17.128
12. Kevin Nichols 17.531
13. Scott Alves 17.942
14. Nathan Smith (0 Laps)

BCRA Midgets
1. Chad Nichols 14.995
2. Jimmy Screeton 15.375
3. David Goodwill 15.409
4. Kevin Morris 15.510
5. Michael Snider 15.617
6. Cody Gerhardt 15.661
7. Mark Maliepaard 15.663
8. Floyd Alvis 16.166
9. Alan Beck 16.314
10. Gary Conterno 16.405

Winged Sprints
1. Kyle Vanderpool 13.960
2. DJ Hamilton 14.266
3. Cody Gerhardt 14.494
4. Davey Pombo 14.497
5. Anthony Simone 14.612
6. Anthony Pombo 15.044
7. Bob Beck 15.912
8. Marvin Mitchell (0 Laps)

360 Super Modifieds
1. Lance Tatro 14.607
2. Lance Jackson 14.951
3. A.J. Russell 15.182
4. Carl Johnson 15.368

NCMA Sprints
1. Audra Sasseli 15.328
2. Eric Humphries 15.627
3. J.R. Brown 15.694
4. Denny Burell 15.980
5. Jerry Kobza 16.197
6. Jeff Burrows 16.234
7. Justin Kawahata 16.299
8. Steve Amador 16.651

USAC HPD Midgets
1. Dylan Nobile 15.625
2. Annie Breidingar 15.661
3. Toni Breidingar 15.743
4. Cody Jessop 15.881
5. Tommy McCarthy 15.940
6. Tom Patterson 16.053
7. Ashley Hazelton (0 Laps)

USAC HPD restricted Midgets
1. Jesse Love IV 16.187
2. Ethan Lesser 16.446
3. Blake Brannon 16.798

Shepherd blazes his way to remarkable Speedway victory
By Mark Evan Smith
The Madera Tribune

Two hundredths of a second is the amount of time that separates Olympic-level runners from gold medals and world records.

It's often quicker than a camera's shutter speed when snapping a perfect shot.
But for 15-year-old Buddy Shepherd, in a miraculous, literal last-second victory at the LoanMart Madera Speedway Saturday night, it marked his second straight win in likely one of the most competitive auto racing divisions in the Western United States.

Through double-digit caution flags and a worn-out tire that forced him from first, Shepherd worked out of eighth place when he returned for the checkered flag during the LoanMart Open Late Models, barely beating Rick Thompson's 0.020 second finish and Ryan Hart, who kept it close as well at only 0.215 seconds behind.

In March, during a similarly-heated race where Shepherd managed to wrest a win over Kyle Gottula by only 0.062 seconds, the young driver was ecstatic at his first-ever victory.
Saturday night, with a win that makes him undefeated at the Madera Speedway this season, Shepherd was filled with even more happiness which he gave to his pit crew instead of himself.
"My guys just gave me a great car," Shepherd said. "They worked on it all week and it's just amazing when I drive it."

Thompson, Hart, and Shepherd, among 17 other drivers in the main event, certainly gave fans an electric race that will undoubtedly be played on cable racing channel MAVTV in the future.
In the first 50 laps of the 100-lap race, Shepherd started in second place behind Thompson at the pole, with Trevor Schlundt and top qualifier Garland Tyler in his rearview mirror.

As the race roared its beginning, Shepherd dropped back into fourth place with Thompson, Schlundt, and Joey Sterns ahead.

Tyler began to make his entrance as he vigorously pushed the rear of his opponents' cars around turns, at one point apparently causing Thompson to spin out in turn 3 of lap 12.

That contact gave Shepherd the chance to retake the lead, which he held the remaining 38 laps of the split.

When the race picked up again, Shepherd was faced with Jason Aguirre, Tyler, and Hart behind his bright orange number 22 car.

For more than 20 laps, Shepherd looked untouchable but by lap 72, Tyler managed to work his way onto the inside line, and gained the lead going into lead lap 73.

Shepherd's car began to slow to a racing crawl and he left the race to replace a tire, and from there it looked like he might be out a win.

Tyler, whose division-lead qualifying time of 16.092 led Shepherd's 16.105, could have had a chance at the victory instead but on a restart from a caution flag in lap 75, he went high in turn 1 and slammed into Aguirre, which forced Tyler from the race while Aguirre finished in ninth.

At that point, Hart led the pack while Thompson sat behind, with Shepherd returning to the race in eighth place.

A slew of yellow flags began to fly from that point, with at least four leading up to the final lap.
Up to the white flag, Shepherd had driven like a menace with a mission into second place, though Thompson and Hart's agile veteran driving skills had kept the young tiger largely at bay as the two exchanged lead positions.

But coming into turn 1 and 2, Shepherd drove hard underneath Thompson in the top spot, eked out a tiny lead, and the two absolutely floored their gas pedals towards the checkered flag.

Afterwards, all the competitors and their crews thanked each other for a clean, hard race.
"I kind of got my nose in there a little bit," Shepherd said of his move onto the inside line. "But (Thompson) gave me the room and we drag-raced down the back straightaway. I drove her in there pretty deep but it pulled out just enough across the straightaway."

"I got beat by a great competitor," Thompson said. "He raced it pretty clean, and our car was working better than it has in years so I'm really, really happy."

"We had a car to win," Hart said. "Those cautions killed it at the end. It seems like when you don't want them, they come, and when you need them, they're nowhere to be seen. But this was an excellent run with the help of my crew and all my sponsors, we got this thing up to the podium and hopefully this is a preview of things to come for the rest of the season."

The three winners added they couldn't wait to put on another fantastic race.
Other winners at Saturday's Speedway event included: Cameron Legue in a strong WSRA Mini Cups performance; Kevin Thompson in a return to top form during the MST's; Brennen Mankin in his first-ever Toyota Sedans victory which ended the undefeated streak of Tim Curtis; and Josh Whitfield during an Open Hobby Stocks race that could have left two of his opponents close to blows.
In that event, Whitfield earned his win cleanly but Howard Holden, who finished second, and third-place Ben Lewis Jr. made repeated contact that ended with Holden being dragged across the checkered flag smashed into Lewis Jr.'s hood.

Up to that moment, the race had been run relatively clean but in the final lap of the 30-lap event, Holden and Lewis Jr. went at each other.

Going into turn 2, it looked like Holden pushed Lewis Jr. fairly hard on the inside line, but Lewis Jr. recovered and the two drove towards turns 3 and 4.

As they swooped around the turn, Holden appeared to take the inside lane on the way to victory but Lewis Jr., maybe returning the favor of that prior contact, crunched into Holden and took him down the straightaway wall.

Immediately, with heavy damage to his car resting against that barrier, Holden stepped out of his car and began to walk towards Lewis Jr., his helmet off and his emotions flying.

The two argued for a period but never got physical, though both said "this isn't over."
"I've run with him for a lot of years, a lot of racing, and I've never done what he did to me right there," Holden said. "Yeah, I got into him coming out of 2, I loosened him up a little bit and let him go. But we're going for a white flag and then what he did? IF he wants to drive like that we'll see what happens when he comes back."

"He said he didn't hit me coming out of four but he hit me," Lewis Jr. said. "He got me sideways and pushed me into him."

The two will likely add their own excitement to the LoanMart Madera Speedway when the Open Hobby Stocks return in late May.



One could call this victory the return of Kevin Thompson.
Without an MST win in 2015, Thompson, the 2014 season champion, cut into the lead by lap 17 of the 30-lap main and earned a victory over fellow former champ John Bowersox after both drivers worked hard to overtake John Benedict, who led the race until then.
"It's been a tough year but a great night," Thompson said. "Really good to get the first one of the year. It was just a great race with (Bowersox) and (Benedict out here as tough as the competition is, it's going to be a difficult time to end up with a win. We had 10 cars out here and every one of them deserves a win."
"Thompson reminded me of the good old days we had out there," Bowersox chuckled after the race. "I could have given him a bit more run for his money but I was happy to take second and Thompson to get first."
Both Thompson and Bowersox lauded the efforts of Benedict, who finished fifth.

Toyota Sedans

Brennen Mankin won his first-ever race during an electric Toyota Sedans that ended the so-far undefeated season of Tim Curtis, who in a rare move appeared to cause a collision that cost him any chance at victory lane.
Mankin, Curtis, and top qualifier Donnie Large Jr. with a time of 18.129 began the race in seventh, eighth, and ninth place.
That did little to dissuade both Mankin and Large Jr. from finishing strong, as Mankin took the checkered and his teammate Large in third behind Jason Lawton in second.
By lap 4, Mankin made his way to third place with Curtis and Large Jr. right behind.
Dean Gould, who started in the pole, worked to fend off the rising Mankin but by lead lap 9 Mankin squeezed his way to the top of the pack.
After a Matt Doran spun out in lap 12, Curtis began right behind Mankin and, by pushing onto the inside line, took the lead only a lap later.
For the next four laps, it looked like Curtis, the three-straight-win points leader, was going to continue his winning streak as he slowly eked away from Large Jr. and Lawton, but after another restart thanks to a spinout by Thomas Magray, the race's tone changed dramatically.
On the lap 17 restart, Large Jr. immediately moved forward for the lead on the outside line while Curtis was pushed onto the infield track but recovered in second.
Curtis continued to fight for the checkered but in lap 20, as Large Jr. moved down from the outside going into turn 1, it appeared Curtis attempted to dive into the inside spot which caused both drivers to spin out and end up in the back of the pack.
For Curtis, who was rarely seen in on-track collisions both this season and last year, his move was a complete surprise to many, including Large Jr.
"I was in front of him, I can't tell you what happened behind me," Large Jr. said. "I got in the middle of the corner, my car looped, and from then on it was pure aggression in the seats what are you going to do? Come back, that's what you're going to do."
From the lap 20 restart, the race was all Mankin's though Large Jr., his passion likely incited by Curtis possibly costing him the lead, roared his way back into third place.
"I should have been up there in first but hey, it's a team, and (Mankin) won," Large Jr. said. "That's great."
"I feel great," Mankin added in victory lane. "It was just awesome to come out here and finally get a win. It's been a season and a few races coming so we finally got it."
Mankin said it was unfortunate Curtis and Large Jr. made contact, but he was happy with the checkered flag.
"It worked out for me and (Large Jr.) came in third so it's great," Mankin said. "A one-two punch. Great night."

WSRA Mini Cups

In the mini cups, Cameron Legue, who began the 20-lap race from seventh place, took away the checkered flag through great utilization of on-track vision.
Multiple drivers exchanged the lead through lap 11, but Legue, taking a chance underneath lap traffic, squeaked into the lead.
Through the rest of the race, the young driver held his spot despite Lawrence Massone, the top qualifier, slowly gaining strength.
"We put up a great race," Legue said of all WSRA Mini Cups drivers. "I'm just glad at the end I came out with a victory."
The Speedway will come back Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2 for two major events.
On May 1, the USAC HPD Midgets will hold a national event at the track, while on May 2, the trademark Vukovich Classic will bring a massive schedule including the King of the Wing Sprint Series, Open Super Modifieds, BCRA Midgets, NCMA Sprints, Twisted Tea Modifieds, and the second day of the USAC HPD Midgets, among others.
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Open Hobby Stocks (30 laps):
Josh Whitfield
Howard Holden-(-1.519)
Ben Lewis Jr.-(-1.754)
Ben Lewis-(-3.631)
Joseph Reichmuth-(-4.895)
Richard Herzog-(1 lap)
Verg Beatty-(1 lap)
Sheldon Cooper-(2 laps)
Les Wasson-(2 laps)
Steve Schermerhorn-(5 laps)
Kyle Fortney-(17 laps)
Eloy Bazan-(18 laps)

MST's (30 laps):
Kevin Thompson
John Bowersox-(-0.340)
Elliott Stjerne-(-0.860)
Darrell Herzog-(-1.057)
John Benedict-(-1.443)
Tim Kammerer-(-2.112)
Zackary Cook-(-3.113)
Tyler Herzog-(1 lap)
Patrick Geiger-(19 laps)

Toyota Sedans (30 laps):
Brennen Mankin
Jason Lawton-(-0.565)
Donnie Large Jr.-(-0.926)
Matt Doran-(-1.668)
Jillaun Holden-(-4.596)
Dean Gould-(-4.674)
Thomas Magray-(-7.097)
Lucy Carmona-(-9.311)
Sarah Vivian-(-10.416)
Tim Curtis-(-11.550)
Shirley Curtis-(-14.731)
Kevin Ballard-(3 laps)
Alex Odishoo-(14 laps)

WSRA Mini Cups (20 laps:
Cameron Legue
Andrew Payne-(-2.057)
Sammy Nuno-(-2.016)
Austin Herzog-(-5.874)
Joshua Strandwold-(-8.745)
Mya Gilmore-(-14.140)
Lawrence Massone-(-1.783)
Matt Strandwold-(-16.404)
Jared Cronk-(1 lap)
AJ Jahr-(1 lap)
Joshua Terry-(5 laps)
Justin Scantlen-(10 laps)


MST's (Heat 1, 6 laps)
Darrell Herzog
Tyler Herzog-(-0.402)
Tim Kammerer-(-0.653)
Patrick Geiger-(-1.394)
Zackary Cook-(-2.663)

MST's (Heat 2, 6 laps)
Kevin Thompson
John Bowersox-(-1.678)
John Benedict-(-18.328)
Elliott Stjerne-(-23.539)

Toyota Sedans (Heat 1, 6 laps)
Donnie Large Jr.
Brennen Mankin-(-0.751)
Matt Doran-(-2.459)
Dean Gould-(-4.066)
Jillaun Holden-(-4.416)
Sarah Vivian-(-8.404)

Toyota Sedans (Heat 2, 6 laps)
Tim Curtis
Jason Lawton-(-1.361)
Lucy Carmona-(-5.120)
Thomas Magray-(-5.671)
Shirley Curtis-(-9.096)
Kevin Ballard-(-18.238)

WSRA Mini Cups (Dash 1, 4 laps)
Lawrence Massone
Sammy Nuno-(-0.560)
Andrew Payne-(-0.873)
Austin Herzog-(-1.350)


LoanMart Open Late Models
Garland Tyler-16.092
Buddy Shepherd-16.105
Jason Aguirre-16.276
Rick Thompson-16.338
Ryan Hart-16.423
Trevor Schlundt-16.508
Joey Sterns-16.525
Carl Pearce-16.685
Justin Philpott-16.720
Adam Coonfield-16.721
Del McIntosh-16.786
Loren Kutz-16.984
Alexander Mead-17.013
Larry Pasquale-17.077
Steve Fraser-17.135
Dominic Lopez-17.235
Emma Tucker-17.415
Gabe Herzog-17.500
Lance Butler-17.529
Roger Selsor-17.612

Open Hobby Stocks
Josh Whitfield-16.790
Howard Holden-16.869
Joseph Recihmuth-16.920
Ben Lewis Jr.-17.098
Paul Beatty-17.145
Sheldon Cooper-17.151
Richard Herzog-17.223
Kyle Fortney-17.266
Ben Lewis-17.270
Eloy Bazan-17.579
Les Wasson-17.964
Steve Schermerhorn-18.917

Darrell Herzog-17.609
Ellitt Stjerne-17.728
Tyler Herzog-17.787
Kevin Thompson-17.795
Tim Kammerer-17.917
John Bowersox-17.948
Patrick Geiger-18.013
John Benedict-18.312
Zackary Cook-18.435

Toyota Sedans
Donnie Large Jr.-18.129
Tim Curtis-18.180
Brennen Mankin-18.229
Jason Lawton-18.251
Matt Doran-18.608
Lucy Carmona-18.749
Jillaun Holden-18.813
Thomas Magray-18.979
Dean Gould-19.005
Shirley Curtis-19.422
Sarah Vivian-19.451
Frankie Aguirre-20.331

WSRA Mini Cups
Lawrence Massone-18.626
Sammy Nuno-18.896
Andrew Payne-18.943
Austin Herzog-19.008
Jared Cronk-19.111
Mya Gilmore-19.283
Cameron Legue-19.577
Justin Scantlen-19.653
AJ Jahr-19.913
Joshua Standwold-20.284
Matt Strandwold-20.622
Joshua Terry-25.317


Madera, CA. (4.16.15) - The LoanMart Late Model Series is being televised from Madera, California in 2015, and the TV series is set for a June launch on MAVTV. The show will air on MAVTV on Thursdays at 1pm and in primetime at 7pm.

"MAVTV presented us with an option of holding our first three shows and then releasing this as a TV series in June verses us just releasing a show randomly from our LoanMart Late Model Series. This is big for our series, and is a very big deal for our drivers" added LoanMart Madera Speedway GM Kenny Shepherd.

As additional shows are filmed they will be released into the Thursday time slot on MAVTV. With this format the action packed LoanMart Late Model Series will be in front of race fans on MAVTV week after week, and this provides the energy race fans are craving.

The concept for the LoanMart Late Model Series is minimum rules with maximum competition, with extreme exposure for the drivers. For the fans the format is tour like race events at local ticket prices, so the series is a homerun for fans and drivers alike. The series is eight races in total for the championship, and operates once a Month with the October 10th race paying $10,000.00 to win!

The next LoanMart late Model race is April 25th, here is the balance of the schedule for the series for 2015; April 25th, May 30th, June 20th, July 25th, August 29th, September 30th, and October 10th. All tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and military, $7 for youth ages 6-12 and kids five and under are free!

MAVTV is your Motorsports destination! The MAVTV Motorsports Network will entertain Motorsports enthusiasts whether you prefer Sprint Cars, Dirt Late Models, Short Course Off Road, Desert Racing, Drag Boats, Pro Pulling, and everything in-between. Motorsports is at our core, but we also have a fantastic line up of original programming and shows and automotive reality you know and live like Dave Despain along with Stacey David's Gearz, Full Custom Garage, My Classic Car and more! MAVTV is geared up to deliver excitement for all racing and automotive enthusiasts. You be the judge. Check it out or visit for a preview of our awesome lineup and don't miss a minute of the action! MAVTV IS Motorsports.

Monster trucks delight Madera Speedway crowd
By Mark Smith
The Madera Tribune

The LoanMart Madera Speedway's 51 Fifty Spring Monster Smash meant mayhem, mayhem, mayhem, Saturday night, as for the first time in track history a complete class of monster trucks showcased their roaring, soaring machines during a full infield show before skilled drivers in the USAC HPD Midgets and Enduro divisions earned checkered flags.

Needless to say, an audience that filled the grandstands loudly cheered every move seen along the way.
For the monster truck show, four of the gargantuan motorized beasts, their wheels alone more than five feet high, ripped across the Speedway's infield.

In fact, Darren Migues from Kansas City behind the wheel of the purple-and-green Nitro Menace warned the Speedway before the event it better prepare to resod its field.

"We're going to rock this place," Migues said. "And when we're done, they're going to need about $4,000 of grass seed to replace this lawn."

The show lived up to his words, as the trucks crushed cars and a van, flew over barricade walls, and deeply tore up the dirt with massive donuts, including a double-donut of Jimmy Creten in the well-known Bounty Hunter and Russell "Wheeler" Steeley in the Knucklehead that earned a standing ovation.

First up was a wheelie contest, where drivers in the monstrous machines that also included Matt Clark in the patriotically-painted and named Freedom Keeper, used upwards of 1,500 horsepower to launch the trucks in the air, bounce on their shocks, and roar into a full-blown wheelie.

Creten's Bounty Hunter managed to pull away with the win, as he often reached wheelie distances of more than 120 feet to the crowd's applause.

In a separate showing, Robert Hagler in the Hooligan, a regular-sized sedan, then performed the steel-wall crash when he slammed into two cars stood up by wooden poles. One of the target cars flipped through the air which caused its own share of cheers.

After that was the freestyle portion, where the trucks crushed cars and leaped through the air to incredible heights, with Creten again earning victory for knocking the doors off of cars and crushing cones in his way.

But even all the exciting driving wasn't enough for the monster truckers to give the crowd.
When Creten announced he'd give away a dart board courtesy of Madera Hobby, one of many prizes awarded throughout the night, a host of young fans chased him throughout the grandstands and up the stairs.

Creten's eyes finally settled on 4-year-old Jayden Skurja, smiling wildly atop the shoulders of her father Jordan and who earned her prize.

"This is really good," the exuberant young fan said. "I'm super excited!"
When asked if she had a favorite truck, Skurja nodded with enthusiasm then pointed out the Knucklehead, adorned in one of her favorite colors, red.
"They're all amazing," Skurja smiled.

Creten said he was happy to be in Madera to put on a show for fans like Skurja.
"I go up and down the (highway) 99 all the time, at least 15 times a year," Creten said. "I look at this track and I always think it'd be a great place to do a monster truck show and I'm finally doing one. It feels really good to be here in Madera for all these great fans."


Not to be outdone, the United States Auto Club HPD Midgets and Enduro then took to the track to put on their own show.

In the midgets, Toni Breidingar started in the pole with Annie Breidingar in second and 16-year-old Tom Patterson, the event's second-top qualifier who would take the checkered flag, in third.
By the end of lap 1, Patterson managed to zip ahead of Annie Breidingar, then battled to pass Toni Breidingar in the lead by lap 3.

After the 44 car of HPD Restricted Midgets driver Jesse Love - in a class set up with slower engines for drivers ages 10 to 12 - spun out, the race restarted with Patterson on top and his Breidingar duo opponents close behind.

What remained at question was the work of 15-year-old Cody Jessop, who topped qualifying times with 15.261 to Patterson's 15.321.

Jessop, who started in fourth, was seen hard at work to move into the third-place position, which he was unable to do due to the wall-like Breidingars until lap 13.

Patterson, deep in the lead with plenty of room to increase his lap times up to 15.185 which beat all qualifiers, steadily built a lead while Jessop had trouble getting by Annie Breidingar.
Eventually, Patterson's efforts to increase his top spot by more than a half second each alp pulled away with the victory in the 30-lap main and Jessop in second.

"This is a great way to start the season," Patterson said of his first win in Madera. "I couldn't do it without my crew we made some adjustments to the car when we came out earlier today and it was loose, sloppy loose, so we tightened it up."

For the150-lap Enduro, Richard Herzog proved practically unstoppable as he earned his first-ever victory in the division, which throws no caution flags as drivers slip and spill about the track.
Herzog managed to push his way into third place by lap 9 with his number 7H car while the 80D of David Etheridge, one of the Enduro's top performers, kept the lead from the pole.

What proved Herzog's unmatchable efforts were his lap times, as even while Etheridge managed to slide around a host of lap traffic including Rick Anderson, James Cooke, and Antonio Mentzer all in a pack, Herzog continued to catch up by more than three tenths of a second.

In lead lap 70, Herzog was right on Etheridge's rear when the 151 car of Jake Kirby spun out.
Both drivers chose different paths around the spun-out driver, and Herzog then swooped into the lead on the inside lane.

After the break at lap 75 for drivers to enter the pits, Etheridge restarted back in the lead because he chose to leave the pit area first.

"The gameplan coming in was come in, gas only, get back out there," Etheridge laughed later while he celebrated his second-place finish in victory lane. "I knew we'd be slower so I wanted to start out front and try to hold it as much as I can but (Herzog) just had a a better car and there's nothing I could do about it. He was really great tonight."

Herzog started in fifth place on the restart, but proved his power as he moved into third within one lap.
Then, by lap 77, Herzog was in a strong second place as he moved ahead of Jason Sitton.

In lap 79, Herzog was again right behind eventual runner-up Etheridge and as the two moved around another spun-out car, the 19 of Robert Smith, Herzog retook the lead by going underneath Etheridge on the outside.

The move made it seem like Herzog was unable to lose, until in lap 84, another spun-out vehicle caused him to spin out as well which put him 5.7 seconds behind Etheridge going into lap 85.

But the spinout wasn't even an issue, as Herzog regained more than 4 seconds of the difference by 10 laps and easily moved into first in lap 101, less than 20 laps after he fell behind, and from there, the victory was his.

In the winner's circle, Herzog said he was "kind of on a mission" to get his first Enduro win.
"I'd won in every other class I'd been in so I really wanted one of these bad," Herzog said. "(Etheridge) was giving me a real good run, really hard but I'm a lot better when I chase a rabbit than I am being the rabbit."

Herzog said his brakse and power steering went out in the second half of the race so he had to muscle through victory.

"Turning through one and two I was using my knee and both of my hands," Herzog said, "and I usually drive with one hand. It was a handful. My arms are going to be sore tomorrow."

Herzog said ultimately, he would look to earn another Enduro win in Madera when the class returns May 9.

The Speedway goes dark next Saturday, but returns April 25 with a full racing schedule including: Race #2 of the $1,000 to win LoanMart Open Late Model Series; Race #2 of the $500 to win Super Hobby Stock Open Series; MST's; Toyota Sedans; 4-Bangers; Mini Cup; and the 18-Second Bracket Race.

For information, visit, call (559) 673-7223, and visit the Speedway's Facebook page at for free ticket giveaways and photos from all events.


Main Events

Enduros (150 laps):

Richard Herzog
David Etheridge-(-5.202)
Britt Wasson/Mike Robinson-(2 laps)
Jason Sitton-(11 laps)
James Cooke-(13 laps)
Antonio Mentzer-(17 laps)
Robert Smith-(19 laps)
Marisa Odgers-(36 laps)
Brock Boswell-(59 laps)
Robert Kieffer-(DQ)
Jake Kirby-(DQ)
Rick Anderson-(DQ)
Michael Shimmer-(DQ)

USAC HPD Midgets (30 laps):

Tom Patterson
Cody Jessop-(-3.938)
Dylan Nobile-(-6.557)
Annie Breidingar-(-8.268)
Toni Breidingar-(-9.531)
Ashley Hazelton-(-12.805)

USAC HPD Midgets, Restricted (30 laps):

Ethan Lasser
Jesse Love-(1 laps)

Heat Races

USAC HPD Midgets (8 laps):

Cody Jessop
Tom Patterson-(-1.925)
Annie Breidingar-(-2.100)
Dylan Nobile-(-3.498)
Ashley Hazelton-(-4.862)
Toni Breidingar-(-5.268)

USAC HPD Midgets, Restricted (6 laps):

Jesse Love
Ethan Lesser-(-3.761)


USAC HPD Midgets:

Cody Jessop-15.261
Tom Patterson-15.320
Annie Breidingar-15.496
Toni Breidingar-15.511
Dylan Nobile-15.526
Jesse Love (restricted)-15.798
Ashley Hazelton-16.062
Ethan Lesser (restricted)-16.550

Nichols runs clean in Pombo/Sargent Classic at the LoanMart Madera Speedway
By Ronald Montez
The Madera Tribune

Madera, Ca - For Chad Nichols, there wasn't much down time in the pits for the BCRA Midgets driver.

Before Nichols could capture the 30-lap headlining win at the LoanMart Madera Speedway, he and his racing team were consumed with making last minute adjustments to the No. 17 car.

While Nichols was understandably occupied in the back getting ready for his main, the loyal fans in the grandstands were treated to a mix of competitive open wheel racing and a trip down memory lane with blast from the past race cars in the annual Pombo/Sargent Classic presented by Allied Storage and Containers on Saturday night (March, 28).

Prior to the BCRA Midgets race, the crowd saw Audra Sasseli (NCMA Sprints), Dylan Nobile (USAC HPD Midgets), Lance Tatro (360 Super Modifieds), and Ethan Lesser (USAC HPD Restricted Midgets) each earn victories on the night while the Vintage Open Super Modifieds, Vintage Midgets and Vintage 360 Super Modifieds also completed laps on "The Fastest 1/3 Mile in the West."

On a night that remembered legendary short track drivers, the late Al Pombo and Marshall Sargent, respectively, every driver in each class helped put on an admirable show for the spectators.



After Michael Snider and David Goodwill each won an eight-lap heat race, there was a bit of a wait for Chad Nichols and the rest of the drivers heading into the main.

"I think I was so busy with the problems that we were having earlier in the night that I couldn't worry about timing or trying to keep a rhythm," Nichols explained. "We just had a lot of fuel problems tonight trying to get the motor running and get the car better, so I think it probably worked to an advantage and kept me busy enough."

Prior to the race going green, the division lost its top qualifier Cody Gerhardt (13.955), who made a trip to the infield with car problems and could only watch the 30-lap main.

With Gerhardt sidelined, Nichols led the 12-car field out of the gates with Frankie Guerrini, Mark Maliepaard, Tanner Swanson and Goodwill following in the top-five.

Although Nichols led from the first lap to the final one, his grip on the lead was never secure.

Nichols had to fight to keep his lead on three restarts including one on Lap 14 when the race was momentarily stopped.

"The problem came when we were in the lead and kept getting yellows," he said of his biggest obstacle in the race. "I kept getting nervous because I knew I had a good rhythm and kind of a decent lead but on the yellows, you never know. Anything can happen on the first few laps. That was more stressful than the waiting around for the long night."

Because of the car's quick burst of speed, the exposed open wheels and close proximity to each other, Nichols had to keep a watchful eye out for cars spinning around on the track.

"There were two right in front of me at the end, so that was a little close," he said. "I wasn't right up on them but I was maybe 25-40 feet behind them, so close enough that if they got off the brakes wrong or spun the wrong way then they were going to collect me. That was a little nerve-racking but I didn't see the ones behind me. I know some good cars got collected tonight behind me and unfortunately that's a bad luck night for them but it kind of works out for us."

Two spinouts that invoked cautions on Lap 5 and 21 didn't have an affect on Nichols' take-off on the restarts.

Even when Swanson and Snider's cars got into each other and tumbled sideways on Lap 14 that caused the race to go red, the veteran driver called on his experience once it resumed to stay ahead of Goodwill, who made his way to second after passing Guerrini and Maliepaard from Laps 10-14.

"I know this track and it's my favorite," Nichols said. "I've been running it for 20 years, so I'm just trying to make sure I hit my spots and get off the corner well for the first few laps and get in a rhythm. It just kind of worked out well tonight."

On the restarts, Nichols knew he had to time them just right to maintain his lead.

"Absolutely I was," Nichols responded when asked if he was concerned about getting clipped from the back on the restarts. "I've had it happen to me before. The biggest time you worry about is going into Turn 1 after a restart because you're never quite sure how you get off a corner. If other cars really want to kind of banzai in there, it's usually when they'll give it a shot. You can't give them too much room and leave it wide open but you don't want to pinch them off and let them get into your left rear. I'm just trying to find a good rhythm on Lap 1."

After a caution on Lap 21, Nichols finished strong in the final nine while Goodwill took second.

"Early we were pretty down and had a really rough night with the car, so this win goes to the crew," Nichols said in a victory lane interview with track announcer "Outback" Andy Foster.

Maliepaard got by Guerrini down the stretch to finish ahead of him in third while Snider bounced back from that early contact with Swanson to finish an impressive fifth.


In the NCMA Sprint main, it was Audra Sasseli who prevailed despite trailing with eight laps remaining.

In her No. 77 car, Sasseli outlasted the rest of her competitors in the 30-lap main and finished ahead of runner-up Denny Burell and Pat Ariaz, who took third and also won an eight-lap heat race.

Sasseli began the day with a strong start by posting the top qualifying mark (14.711) and also winning an eight-lap heat race.

While Sasseli stayed in the top two for most of the main, it was a rocky start for the entire class.

Within the first seven laps, the race stopped twice after Justin Kawahata, David Burcett, and J.R. Brown were involved in scary crashes. All three drivers were reported to be okay with Kawahata and Brown valiantly returning to complete the race.

Once track officials cleared up the raceway, it was Sasseli and Eric Humphries battling for the top spot on the restart.

After Lap 10, Humphries claimed the clear lead and set the pace for the rest of the race.

However on Lap 22, Humphries relinquished his position when he pulled into the infield which left Sasseli back in first.

Sasseli closed out the race strong with Burrell, Ariaz, Bud Trumble and Brown finishing in second, third, fourth and fifth.


Although he was the division's No. 1 qualifier (14.866) and won the eight-lap heat race earlier in the day, drivers in the USAC HPD Midgets didn't make it easy for Dylan Nobile to claim the 30-lap main.

It wasn't a runaway for Nobile, who had to work hard for his victory after trailing for 26 out of the first 30 laps.

However, once Nobile crossed the finish line and parked his No. 40 car in the winner's circle, he climbed to the top of it and showed those in attendance just how excited he was with his well-earned win.

Nobile had plenty of reason to celebrate his comeback victory.

Tom Patterson, Annie Breidingar, Cody Jessop and Toni Breidingar all began the race ahead of Nobile, who sat in fifth.

In the first 10 laps, all five were in a group together going steadily around the track - no more than a car length apart.

Patterson started to create a little separation between the pack but Nobile, Annie Breidingar, Toni Breidingar and Jessop were still within striking distance.

After Turn 4 on Lap 26, Nobile caught up to Patterson before assuming the lead on the next lap.

For the final three laps, Nobile stayed ahead while Patterson finished in second and Annie Breidingar rounded out the top three.


In the 360 Super Modifieds division, multi-winning track champion Lance Tatro showed his skill and control with a 30-lap main win over second place Lance Jackson.

Tatro, the top qualifier (13.429) also bested A.J. Russell in the eight-lap heat race.

Although Russell kept it close early in the main, lap-by-lap Tatro began to create space and won by 12 seconds.

Jackson eventually passed Russell to finish second.

It was a classic 15-lap battle between winner Ethan Lesser and runner-up Jesse Love in the USAC HPD Restricted Midgets main.

Love began the main with the division's fastest qualifying time (15.894) and had a six-lap heat race victory under his belt.

He appeared to be heading to a main win too before Lesser, who refused to go away and stayed close to Love in the entire race, suddenly took the lead on the final lap to finish in first.

The Madera Speedway returns to action on Saturday, April 4 with the Easter Egg Hunt for the Kids on the Race Track, Madera Late Models, Madera Hobby Stocks, NCPRO 4 Modifieds, MST, Toyota Sedans, 4-Bangers, and the 18-Second Bracket Race.

Unofficial results


BCRA Midgets - 30 Laps
1. Chad Nichols
2. David Goodwill
3. Mark Maliepaard
4. Frankie Guerrini
5. Michael Snider
6. Kevin Morris
7. Gary Conterno
8. Floyd Alvis
9. Marvin Mitchell
10. Alan Beck
11. Tanner Swanson
12. Lauren Snider
13. Cody Gerhardt

NCMA Sprints - 30 Laps
1. Audra Sasseli
2. Denny Burell
3. Pat Ariaz
4. Bud Trumble
5. J.R. Brown
6. Justin Kawahata
7. Eric Humphries
8. David Burcett
9. Jeff Burrows

USAC HPD Midgets - 30 Laps
1. Dylan Nobile
2. Tom Patterson
3. Annie Breidingar
4. Toni Breidingar
5. Cody Jessop
6. Ron Hazelton
7. Ashley Hazelton

360 Super Modifieds - 30 Laps
1. Lance Tatro
2. Lance Jackson
3. A.J. Russell

USAC HPD Restricted Midgets - 15 Laps
1. Ethan Lesser
2. Jesse Love
3. Blake Brannon

Heat Race

BCRA Midgets (Heat 1) - 8 Laps
1. Michael Snider
2. Chad Nichols
3. Mark Maliepaard
4. Alan Beck
5. Cody Gerhardt
6. Ron Hazelton

BCRA Midgets (Heat 2) - 8 Laps
1. David Goodwill
2. Tanner Swanson
3. Frankie Guerrini
4. Gary Conterno
5. Kevin Morris
6. Floyd Alvis
7. Marvin Mitchell

NCMA Sprints (Heat 1) - 8 Laps
1. Pat Ariaz
2. David Burcett
3. Jeff Burrows
4. Bud Trumble

NCMA Sprints (Heat 2) - 8 Laps
1. Audra Sasseli
2. Eric Humphries
3. J.R. Brown
4. Denny Burell
5. Justin Kawahata

USAC HPD Midgets - 8 Laps
1. Dylan Nobile
2. Cody Jessop
3. Toni Breidingar
4. Tom Patterson
5. Annie Breidingar
6. Ashley Hazelton
7. Ron Hazelton

360 Super Modifieds - 8 Laps
1. Lance Tatro
2. A.J. Russell
3. Lance Jackson

USAC HPD Restricted Midgets - 6 Laps
1. Jesse Love
2. Ethan Lesser
3. Blake Brannon

Qualifying - 2 Laps

BCRA Midgets
1. Cody Gerhardt 13.955
2. David Goodwill 13.965
3. Chad Nichols 14.197
4. Tanner Swanson 14.247
5. Mark Maliepaard 14.367
6. Frankie Guerrini 14.377
7. Michael Snider 14.573
8. Gary Conterno 14.664
9. Lauren Snider 15.087
10. Floyd Alvis 15.104
11. Ron Hazelton 15.464
12. Marvin Mitchell 15.654
13. Alan Beck 15.662

NCMA Sprints
1. Audra Sasseli 14.711
2. J.R. Brown 14.833
3. Justin Kawahata 14.881
4. Eric Humphries 14.905
5. David Burcett 15.176
6. Jeff Burrows 15.608
7. Bud Trumble 15.740
8. Pat Ariaz 15.776

USAC HPD Midgets
1. Dylan Nobile 14.866
2. Cody Jessop 14.904
3. Toni Breidingar 14.950
4. Tom Patterson 15.171
5. Annie Breidingar 15.195
6. Ashley Hazelton 15.564

360 Super Modifieds
1. Lance Tatro 13.429
2. A.J. Russell 13.912
3. Lance Jackson 13.915

USAC HPD Restricted Midgets
1. Jesse Love 15.894
2. Blake Brannon 16.210
3. Ethan Lesser 16.236

Shepherd earns first Late Models win in Speedway season opener
By Mark Smith
The Madera Tribune

The roar of racing powerhouses came back to life Saturday night as the LoanMart Madera Speedway revved up its 2015 season with a slew of high-flying divisions.

No race lived up to the expected action of a season-opening event more than the Open Late Model Series, where a $5,000 prize was earned in Buddy Shepard's first-ever win at only 15 years old, but not without major costs.

Instead of a night where races were mostly defined by clean driving, the last 12 laps of the Open Late Model class could best be called a chaotic frenzy, as even crossing over the finish line fans saw Shepherd and other drivers spinning across the "Fastest 1/3 Mile in the West" and responded with huge cheers.

In lap 113 of the event's 125 laps, then-leader Brian Herzog - who finished the first two 50-lap splits in the lead - refused to be denied victory as Shepard, with the third-top qualifying vehicle out of 19 entries, continued to press for the lead on the outside line for numerous previous laps.

As Shepherd looked to again take the lead after numerous caution flag restarts, it appeared that Herzog purposely pushed Shepard into the front-end straightaway wall which sent both Herzog and Shepard spinning down the line.

Shepherd managed to regain control of his car as it spun, but Herzog's momentum - in the race's second-top qualifying vehicle - caused him to flip around and slam into the 90 car of Toni McCray, who was then forced from the race.

Cheers from the crowd exploded when race officials announced Herzog, a driver with a local history of turbulent driving, would be sent to the back of the pack and essentially forced from victory.
At that point, it looked like the $5,000 was Shepard's to win, but Kyle Gottula made an incredible entrance to the top of the pack.

In lap 120, when the 3 car of J.R. Courage sent sparks into the air on a yellow-flag restart, it appeared Shepard chose the outside line while Gottula was on the inside track of a double lineup.
Immediately, with five laps to go, Gottula appeared to drive as focused and furious as Herzog, squeezing Shepard close to the wall on the outside lane.

The final lap lead to such intensity.

As Gottula and Shepherd went into the final turn - after the 73 car of Garland Tyler tried to squeeze into the middle of the two drivers but backed out - it looked like Gottula and Shepherd slammed into the wall for the second time.

But Gottula's car held Shepherd in place as the two went across the finish line, and Shepard finished ahead by less than a tenth of a second, only six hundredths in the lead for the checkered flag and less than three tenths in front of Tyler.

As all three cars went three-wide over the finish line, numerous drivers spun out and Shepherd, still trying to keep control, bashed into the turn two wall on his driver's side.

All the damage to his car - multiple scrapes and a crushed rear end - did little to dissuade Shepherd from celebrating his first-ever Open Late Models victory after a rookie season in 2014.
"I feel great," Shepherd said. "I can't do it without my good group of guys. They've been working their butt off on this car and I was finally able to do this for them. It's awesome."
Coming into the final lap, Shepherd said his car actually almost cost him the victory.
"That last lap, going into turn two, the cat got all weird and funky on me going into the corner," Shepherd said. "It got loose, and I thought, oh, it might be over from here. But I was able to pull it off, and pull it off for the win."

Gottula said after the race his move wasn't intentional, it was simply a product of short-track racing.
"I thought I could do something to get the win over (Shepard) on that last-race restart but I gave him some room on turn four," Gottula said. "I guess people saying stuff about it haven't been around short-track racing much."

Other winners included: Andrew Payne in the WSRA Mini Cups; Darrell Herzog in a close MST's win; Josh Whitfield in a dominant Open Hobby Stocks performance; and Tim Curtis in the always-popular Toyota Sedans.

The sedans provided an excellent race as Curtis, the 2014 champion and 2013 champion Donnie Large fought for first and second place.

Large's main opponent came in last-year rookie Jason Lawton, who held the lead for nearly the entire race before Curtis zipped ahead in lap 25 as he shaved off more than four-tenths of a second time each lap.

Lawton then attempted to fend off Large from second place as they finished neck-and-neck for their final spots after a couple caution flags.

In victory lane the third-place Lawton grinned as he discussed the fun of the Toyota Sedans class.
"Better racing means a better show for the fans," Lawton said of Large's second-place finish. "It's better for us too. We'll all be testing and tuning up our cars for the next one, for sure."
Curtis - who won last year by nearly 200 points - agreed but said he didn't expect to win out as easily as before.

"We're starting a good year," Curtis said. "A lot of people rebuilt their motors last year and they're getting a whole lot faster. I definitely won't have a track record like I did. I mean, once I got out in front tonight, it was easy, but their stuff isn't broken in yet. Once it is, it's going to be a totally different story out there."

Large said he felt he had a chance at beating Curtis, but his tires needed to be replaced.
"Tires would have made a tremendous difference," Large said. "By the end on the bottom they wash up every time and I couldn't hold it down, so I took it to the top and held it."
Despite that, Large smiled as he noted the sedans were going to be a great class this year.
"(Curtis) is the '14 champ, I'm the '13 champ," Large said. "We'll settle this deal."

In the WSRA Mini Cups, some of the track's younger drivers - starting around 8 years old - provided a strong show as drivers went three-wide around several turns, and finished when Payne took the lead on turn 3 into lap 16 and held it for the checkered flag.

Whitfield made the Open Hobby Stocks look easy, as he started from the pole as the top qualifier and finished with the victory.

In the MST's, Darrell Herzog managed to fend off approaching 2014 champion Kevin Thompson and 2013 powerhouse John Bowersox.

"I have great competitors bringing some great racing," Herzog said. "I saw Thompson chasing me down, but the camaraderie, the racing here, it's all been great like that."
Numerous drivers repeated that theme and said they couldn't wait to race again at the LoanMart Madera Speedway after what appears to be an amazing kickoff show.

On Saturday, March 21, the Spears Southwest Tour returns to the Speedway for one of the top yearly events. The Legends of the Pacific, SR2 Late Model Series, Toyota Sedans, MST's, and Race #1 of the $1,000-to-win Twisted Tea Open Modified Series join the Spears tour on the schedule.

For information, go to, call (559) 673-7223, or visit the Speedway's Facebook page at for free ticket giveaways, photos from the track, and posts about upcoming events.



Open Late Models Series (125 laps, two 50-lap splits and 25 sprint lap finish)
Buddy Shepherd
Kyle Gottula-(-0.062)
Garland Tyler-(-0.222)
Rick Thompson-(-0.594)
Jason Aguirre-(-0.875)
Ryan Hart-(-1.084)
Trevor Schlundt-(-2.154)
Alexander Mead-(-7.313)
Brian Herzog-(-14.864)
J.R. Courage-(5 laps)
Toni McCray-(12 laps)
Justin Philpott-(58 laps)
Blaine Rocha-(65 laps)
Emma Tucker-(65 laps)
Loren Kutz-(66 laps)
Del McIntosh-(75 laps)
Ryan Phillpott-(89 laps)
Parker Stephens-(112 laps)
Justin Westmoreland-(120 laps)

Open Hobby Stocks (70 laps, 35-lap split)
Josh Whitfield
Ben Lewis Jr.-(-0.819)
Shelden Cooper-(-3.297)
Verg Beatty-(-4.463)
Ben Lewis-(-6.861)
Kyle Fortney-(-6.974)
Nick Silva-(1 lap)
Jim Earl-(1 lap)
Les Wasson-(2 laps)
Richard Herzog-(15 laps)
Joseph Riechmuth-(34 laps)
Howard Holden-(45 laps)

Toyota Sedans (30 laps)
Tim Curtis
Donnie Large-(-1.710)
Jason Lawton-(-1.796)
Candee McIntosh-(-4.358)
Brennen Mankin-(-4.888)
Ed Rodriguez-(-8.159)
Thomas Magray-(-10.039)
Sarah Vivian-(1 lap)
Lucy Carmona-(1 lap)
Jillaun Holden-(2 laps)
Larry Alarcon-(9 laps)

MST's (30 laps)
Darrell Herzog
Kevin Thompson-(-1.034)
John Bowersox-(-3.148)
Tim Kammerer-(-3.404)
Patrick Geiger-(-13.058)
Tyler Herzog-(-21.400)
Zackary Cook-(1 lap)
Dave Lander-(1 lap)

WSRA Mini Cups (20 laps)
Andrew Payne
Cameron Legue-(-1.120)
Austin Herzog-(-1.806)
Sammy Nuno-(-3.793)
Jared Cronk-(-4.025)
Matt Strandwold-(-5.919)
AJ Jahr-(-6.022)
Justin Schantlen-(-13.832)
Joshua Strandwold-(-15.868)
Larence Massone-(4 laps)
Joshua Terry-(6 laps)


Toyota Sedans (Heat 1, 6 laps)
Tim Curtis
Donnie Large-(-0.675)
Thomas Magray-(-6.768)
Sarah Vivian-(-8.001)
Brennen Mankin-(-10.453)
Ed Rodriguez-(-10.753)

Toyota Sedans (Heat 2, 6 laps)
Jason Lawton
Candee McIntosh-(-0.682)
Larry Alacorn-(-5.029)
Jillaun Holden-(-6.419)
Lucy Carmona-(-10.311)

MST's (Heat 1, 6 laps)
Darrell Herzog
John Bowersox-(-0.718)
Kevin Thompson-(-0.737)
Tyler Herzog-(-3.519)

MST's (Heat 2, 6 laps)
Tim Kammerer
Zackary Cook-(-1.277)
Dave Lander-(-19.352)
Patrick Geiger-(1 lap)

WSRA Mini Cups (Race, 4 laps)
Cameron Legue
Lawrence Massone-(-0.131)
Austin Herzog-(-0.588)
Sammy Nuno-(-1.963)


LoanMart Open Late Model Series
Ryan Phillpott-15.331
Brian Herzog-15.374
Buddy Shepherd-15.438
Parker Stephens-15.582
Toni McCray-15.678
Kyle Gottula-15.695
Garland Tyler-15.716
Blaine Rocha-15.746
Trevor Schlundt-15.748
Ryan Hart-15.757
Justin Westmoreland-15.850
Jason Aguirre-15.884
Emma Tucker-15.916
Justin Philpott-15.925
Del McIntosh-16.089
J.R. Courage-16.150
Rick Thompson-16.344
Loren Kutz-16.359
Alexander Mead-16.508
Joey Stearns - No Time

Open Hobby Stocks
Josh Whitfield-16.510
Joseph Riechmuth-16.523
Richard Herzog-16.589
Sheldon Cooper-16.645
Howard Holden-16.677
Ben Lewis Jr.-16.779
Ben Lewis-16.871
Verg Beatty-16.939
Kyle Fortney-16.991
Nick Silva-17.044
Jim Earl-17.394
Les Wasson-17.717

Toyota Sedans
Tim Curtis-17.589
Jason Lawton-17.722
Donnie Large-17.790
Candee McIntosh-17.927
Ed Rodriguez-18.001
Lucy Carmona-18.135
Brennen Mankin-18.166
Larry Alarcon-18.273
Thomas Magray-18.529
Jillaun Holden-18.714
Sarah Vivian-18.844
Dean Gould-19.451

Darrell Herzog-17.062
John Bowersox-17.065
Kevin Thompson-17.080
Tyler Herzog-17.332
Tim Kammerer-17.359
Zackary Cook-17.672
Patrick Geiger-17.898
Dave Lander-18.125

WSRA Mini Cups
Andrew Payne-18.028
Jared Cronk-18.115
Cameron Legue-18.300
Lawrence Massone-18.488
Austin Herzog-18.746
Sammy Nuno-18.967
Justin Schantlen-19.220
Matt Strandwold-19.375
Joshua Strandwold-19.481
Dillon Blaton-19.794
Joshua Carrie-21.639


Madera, Ca (1.23.15) - It's official, all eight of the 2015 LoanMart Late Model Series races from LoanMart Madera Speedway will air on MAVTV! There will be a ninth episode in the TV series and this show will be a documentary about our 2015 LoanMart Late Model Series champion.

The LoanMart Late Model Series is in its fourth season, and it has become the place to be for a driver on a budget that wants to build a name and have a lot of fun behind the wheel of a late model. In 2015 drivers will have another benefit from competing in the LoanMart Late Model Series at Madera, TV time.

The LoanMart Late Model Series season begins with a $5,000.00 to win race on March 14th and ends with the big $10,000.00 to win LoanMart Short Track Shootout on October 10th. There are six races in between the season opener and the big end of year show, they will be held on April 25th, May 30th, June 20th, July 25th, August 29th, and September 26th.

There will be a total of nine episodes in the LoanMart Late Model TV series airing on MAVTV, eight races and a feature show on our 2015 champion. When you include the two Lucas Oil Modified races, and the King of the Wing National Sprint Car race we will have a total of twelve races televised from the LoanMart Madera Speedway in 2015!

"We are excited about the TV Series for the LoanMart Late Model Series, and we are very appreciative of our relationship with our marketing partners that are helping us make this show a reality, partners like LoanMart, Lucas Oil, and MAVTV. MAVTV is the go to place for grass roots racing, and we feel our speedway produces some amazing pavement short track racing that is made for TV." Kenny Shepherd

The hallmark of the series is close competition, fans will see big name drivers like former NASCAR champions Eric Holmes and Mike David, local stars like Jason Aguirre and Garland Tyler going wheel to wheel with up and coming stars like Buddy Shepherd, Trevor Huddleston, Emma Tucker and many more. Kenny Shepherd adds "the series provides a place for drivers on a budget to compete with well-funded teams, and this gives the ability to measure a driver's true talent level. Now we are putting the drivers on the best racing TV channel for everyone to see that talent level."

For more information on the LoanMart Late Model Series go to, or contact Kenny Shepherd at, or on his cell phone at 209-769-9581.