Tuesday, May 21, 2019

MAVTV Late Models Return To Madera For Military Tribute Night

#43 Tanner Reif leads the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model points (Jason Wedehase photo)

Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (May 21, 2019) – MAVTV-televised Nut Up Pro Late Model and 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model racing returns to Madera Speedway on Saturday night during the coveted Military Tribute Night. The one-third mile asphalt oval will celebrate veterans and those who were lost fighting for our nation’s freedom. Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros, Modified Super Toyotas, and Toyota Sedans will also be competing. All military get in for free for this patriotic night of racing.

Memorial Day Weekend is perhaps the most prestigious racing weekend on the planet and the large fields of Late Models at the speedway will be hungry for round #4 victories. $2,000 is on the line for the Nut Up Pro Late Model action for their 80 lap main event.

The third-generation drivers representing the Herzog family have had a tremendous start to the season. Austin Herzog, 16, leads the Pro Late Model championship with a win and third place finish on his resume. His cousin Tyler has a pair of top-tens in the series while also grabbing two wins and two second place finishes in the non-televised Madera Late Model Series.

Dylan Zampa, the 15 year-old winner of the $5,000 to win season opener, is second in the Pro standings. Two-time Pro series champion Matt Erickson ranks third and is still looking for his first Madera victory of 2019. Carlos Vieira’s first full-time effort in the series sees him running fourth overall ahead of 2018 Madera Late Model champion Jason Aguirre. Ross Strmiska, 2018 Short Track Shootout champion Logan Zampa, Tyler Herzog, Christian Roche, and Kolby Berry round out the top-ten in the standings.

Thirteen year-old Tanner Reif of Las Vegas, NV is the points leader in the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Models for drivers ages 10-16 years old. The 2019 season has been one of the most competitive in series history with an average car count of 18 cars through the first three races. Reif is one of the veterans of the group that features nine drivers running their first full-season of competition. He leads the championship by 11 points on the strength of three fast-times, two wins, and a second place finish. His qualifying record shows seven consecutive quick-times since last July.

Sixteen year-old Joey Iest hails from Madera, CA and recently won his first career adult Late Model event when he won on Mother’s Day Weekend in the Madera Late Model division. Iest has hit the cycle at Madera thus far with a win, a second, and a third for his second place in the Jr. standings. The battle for third in the standings is a close one between Jay Juleson, Seth Wise, and Tyler Reif. Just 14 points separates the trio.

The 51FIFTY Jr. Late Models race for 70 laps this weekend with a 40 lap opening segment and a 30 lap conclusion.

Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros rounds out the MAVTV-televised divisions that will be competing. Rookie Dylan Baptista swept the April 27th action with fast-time, winning his heat race, and taking the main event win in just his second ever Bandolero start. The Quarter Midget graduate leads 2018 champion Riley Massey and season opening winner Ethan Nascimento in the standings. Bakersfield’s Trenton Eurto and Nathaniel Edwards round out the top-five. Rookie driver Joey Kennealy leads the Mini Cup half of the field heading into Saturday’s 20 lap main event.

Jason Lawton has had a perfect season in the Toyota Sedans with six victories, twice defeating former champion Jillaun Holden for the honors. In Modified Super Toyotas Shawn Reynolds enjoys a five point advantage of Ryan Reynolds with prior champion Bert Stephens in third. Sedan graduate Kyle Labrie is having a great rookie season that included a win on Mother’s Day weekend to rank fourth in the series.

Action gets started on Friday evening with practice from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday’s program begins with pit gates opening at 11:30 a.m. Practices run from 1:15 – 3:00 p.m. with qualifying and heat races to follow. The first set of main events starts at 5:00 p.m. including the Mini Cup feature and the Late Model B Main. Opening ceremonies are at 6:00 p.m.

Tickets for this great night of racing are just $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $7 for youth ages 6-12, and kids five and under are free! All military will be admitted free of charge!

For more information about Madera Racing on MAVTV please visit www.racemadera.com or www.mavtv.com. For more information on Nut Up Industries please visit www.nutupindustries.com and for more information about 51FIFTY Energy Drink visit www.51fiftyenergydrink.com

Madera Speedway is presented by major partners Nut Up Industries, 51FIFTY Energy Drink, iPull-uPull, and Color Fast Industries. Contingency sponsors include Five Star Bodies, Maita Motorsports, McCallister Precision Marketing, and StopTech Brakes.

Madera Racing on MAVTV airs Thursdays every week. The show airs at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. PST and is also available on the Lucas Oil Racing TV app. 2018 episodes will continue airing until the late spring, before 2019 episodes hit the airwaves on June 6th.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Rainy Forecast Cancels Saturday's Races In Roseville

Via All American Speedway Media

ROSEVILLE, Calif. (May 15, 2019) – A rainy forecast has forced officials to cancel Saturday's NASCAR-sanctioned races at All American Speedway in Roseville, Calif.

The scheduled Legends of the Pacific touring series will return as part of the August 31st races at the speedway. NASCAR action continues on June 15th during Father's Day Weekend and will include Steel Rodeo Freestyle Motorcross.

More information can be found on the track’s website www.AllAmericanSpeedway.com and by following the track on your favorite social media accounts. Additional details are available by calling the track info line at (916) 786-2025. All American Speedway is located at 800 All America City Blvd in Roseville.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Tellstrom, Doss Come Up Big In North State And Upstate races

North State Modified Series feature winner, Kyle Tellstrom

Via RAR Media

Eureka, CA (May 14, 2019) – It was a tremendous afternoon for racing this past Saturday at Redwood Acres Raceway. O’Reilly Auto Parts presented all of the action which included local roadrunners, mini stocks and Legends. The late models had the week off while local bomber racers joined the brand-new Upstate Bomber Series which held its debut race on the night. In addition, the North State Modified Series visited the Acres for the first of three scheduled times this year.

The evening for the Compass Community Credit Union roadrunners belonged to Tim Ratzlaff. He was victorious in the heat race and dominated the feature. Ratzlaff’s closest competition came from Troy Lee and Dustin Peterson but neither driver was able to do anything to take away the lead. At the checkered flag it was Ratzlaff over Lee and Peterson.

There was a similar tone for Compass Community Credit Union mini stocks. Rick Estes took wins in both the trophy dash and heat races. Jarrett Mayo was able to knife his way to the race lead quickly followed by Brett Murrell who was driving his father Brian Murrell, Sr.’s car on the night. Murrell’s regular ride was severely damaged in the April 29 race thanks to a stuck throttle.

As in the previous main event in April, Mayo and Murrell waged a hard but clean duel for the lead. Estes took a bit longer to get to the front but once he entered third position, the two leaders knew they were going to have to work even harder for the win. With only a handful of laps remaining, Estes was able to get around Murrell for second. With three laps left, Estes got on the outside of Mayo and the two raced hard for the lead. Mayo did everything he could to hold off Estes but he didn’t have enough. Estes was able to secure the lead with two laps remaining. From there, Estes was able to pull away to take a long-awaited main event win, his first in quite a while. Mayo held off Brett Murrell for second while Brian Murrell, Jr. placed fourth and Gary Klinetobe finished fifth.

Chris Lawrence was the winner of the North Coast Lighting And Electric Legends trophy dash. Heat race one was won by Carlee Austin while Leonard Ward took the second. It didn’t take Lawrence long to get to the front and once he got there, he stayed there. A few minor incidents slowed the race and allowed the field to reform but Lawrence was able to pull away each time. Lawrence was able to reach the finish first. Katina Baker placed second followed by Tyler Peach, Brent Mack and Austin.

As noted, RAR’s Four-Star Realty bombers joined the Upstate Bomber Series for their first race ever. Many time late model touring series winner and champion Mike Doss was the trophy dash winner. The heat race results determined the starting positions for the 60-lap feature event. Mikey Lovell won the first heat with Brian King winning the second. A stellar field of 17 cars were led to the green flag by pole-sitter Wade Coleman and David Dillinger. Dillinger was able to take the lead on the first lap as the field spread out. Lovell looked as though he was going to be the driver to beat as he sliced through the field and was able to pass Dillinger for the lead on lap 14.

As Lovell pulled away from the pack, the action focused on the father/son duo of Mike Doss and Spears SRL Southwest Tour Series star Jeremy Doss. Jeremy made it to second on lap 18 while Mike got to third on the same lap. By that time though, Lovell looked to have a substantial and insurmountable lead. Things didn’t seem to change either when Lovell started to move through slower traffic. While second and third were able to gain some ground, neither was able to make enough up to mount a serious challenge on Lovell.

Everything changed on lap 40 when officials threw a caution flag due to fear of fluid being on the racing service after several laps of the air of rear end gear fluid filling the air. Originally officials believed that Jeremy Doss was the cause and he was sent to the pits. His car was found not to be the culprit so he was allowed to reposition in second.

The double-file restart was to the benefit of Mike Doss and the detriment of Lovell as Doss was able to take the lead. Jeremy Doss filed into second while Lovell fell to third. Jeremy Doss looked to have a car capable of competing with his father’s but as the laps ticked off, Mike Doss was able to pull away. On lap 50, Lovell moved to second but he just did not have enough to catch the leader. At the finish it was Mike Doss winning over Lovell and Jeremy Doss. King ran solidly in the top five all race and placed fourth while Donnie Hyman’s fifth place effort was the highest finish of all Redwood Acres Raceway bomber regulars.

North State Modified Series points leader Cameron Austin’s time of 16.408 broke Darrin Knight’s track record 16.482 which was set in the series’ previous visit to the Acres on September 8. Ian Elliott was the winner in the Lucas Oil Dash For Cash. The invert for the 60-lap feature was six which put Dustin DeRosier and Randy Houston on the front row of the 20 car starting field. Houston got the jump at the start but the race was slowed on lap four when veteran racer Richie Potts spun in the fourth turn. Houston returned to the lead on the restart and it looked as though his car was dialed in.

A caution resulted due to a spin by Larry Knight off turn two and it ended up playing right into Kyle Tellstrom’s favor. Knight was driving for his son Darrin for championship points. Houston retained the lead once again when the green flew while Tellstrom was able to take second from Sullivan. The front two of Houston and Tellstrom raced nose-to-tail for several laps until Houston’s car moved up slightly off the bottom groove allowing Tellstrom to take the lead.

Two more cautions flew due to Knight spins which resulted in him having to pull into the pits for the night. On lap 38, Donovon Cox spun and Austin was able to break into second. A yellow flag with three laps remaining brought a single file restart and gave Austin his best and only chance to pressure Tellstrom. Unfortunately for Austin, Tellstrom did exactly what he needed to do to maintain the lead all the way to the finish. Robbie Knittel had a great run in third with Houston placing fourth and Elliott finishing fifth.

Racing at Redwood Acres Raceway will go on a bit of a spring break. Action at the track returns Saturday June 8. All local divisions will be in action including the Mid-City Motor World late models. For more information on the upcoming races at RAR and other information, visit www.RacinTheAcres.com or on Facebook www.facebook.com/RedwoodAcresRaceway2019/. You can also follow Redwood Acres Raceway on Twitter @RacingTheAcres.

Wet Forecast Cancels Saturday’s Humboldt Outlaw Kart Event

Eureka, CA (May 14, 2019) – The scheduled Humboldt Outlaw Kart races that were scheduled for this Saturday May 18 have been cancelled. A wet forecast through the rest of the week including the high probability of rain on Saturday and the likelihood of racers from out of the area attending forced HOK officials to make the unfortunate decision earlier in the week than usual.

The race was scheduled to be the second event of the season for the outlaw karts at the 1/8-mile Redwood Acres Fairground Bullring dirt track. The season opener was held earlier in the month on May 4. The 2019 season is the first that a season long points champion will be crowned in each division and the unfortunate loss of the race scheduled on Saturday cuts the number of points paying events down to five.

Aaliyah Mitchell leads the standings in the Champagne Attorney Service beginner box stock class over Adam Myer, Colin Wolfe and Raylan Ross. The Williamson Financial Group box stocks featured some high speed and ultra-competitive racing in the season opener. Grant Proctor leads Dylan Combest by four points with Janice Walters, Corbin Green and Jack Myer completing the top five.

Nick Ford is a seasoned veteran on the 3/8-paved oval and he will likely be the driver to beat every week in the Fortuna Wheel & Brake fart karts. Jeffrey Smith is only two points behind him though. The Miclette Family Motorsports pure stocks should have a very interesting points battle. Leonard Ward leads Chris Lawrence while Pete Miclette, Jordan Miclette and Michael Lawrence hold down the top five in the standings.

Dryver Dothage is not only a rising star in the Wes Green Landscaping 250cc division for the Humboldt Outlaw Karts, he is also one of the rising stars in the Northern California racing scene period. Dothage holds the advantage in the 250s over four young female racers, MKinzy Uselton, Maleesa Miles, Sonya Osborne and Lily Williamson. Tony Miles has a one point advantage over Dax Williamson in the Nor Cal Automotive 500cc outlaws.

The next race for the Humboldt Outlaw Karts is on Saturday, June 1. For more information including the full 2019 season schedule and up to date results and point standing information visit www.HumboldtOutlawKarts.com or go to Facebook www.facebook.com/HumboldtOutlawKarts/

Monday, May 13, 2019

Evans wins second Apple Cup in last three starts

Via NWSLMS Media

Wenatchee, WA (May 12, 2019)–Garrett Evans showed that anyone who doubted his abilities to win races as he advances through his 60s would be shown the legend’s true colors. Running near the front early in the 52nd Annual Yakima Speedway Apple Cup 125, Evans pounced at the chance for the lead at the drop of the green flag, then held of challenges from Trenton Moriarity, Chad Hinkle, Tayler Riddle and Mike Longton en route to his second Apple Cup victory in the race’s last three events.

When the dust cleared Hinkle came home with a runner-up finish followed by Riddle, Moriarity and Trevor Christiani.

Evans who ran up front in the early stages, kept Moriarity in check through the races quarter segment. Longton lurked just behind the pair, often challenging for the lead only to be denied by the leaders.

By lap 36 Hinkle had charged into the top-5 running order and continued to head to the front as he blew by Moriarity for third place at lap 45.

Evans built a half-track lead over Riddle and Hinkle as the field headed to the lap 75 break. Only able to make adjustments to the racecar and add fuel, tire management would be key in the closing 50-lap segment.

At the break Moriarity’s team worked on the power steering pump, sending the youngster back out for the 50-lap shootout not sure the team had corrected the problem.

Moriarity found that his car was just fine and settled into a groove chasing Evans for the lead. At lap 80 the former Evergreen Speedway star got by Evans for the top spot in the running order.

Evans, who had been the leader for the much of the first segment, showed that he and his Chevrolet Camaro were ready to work traffic and make a move to get back to the lead. That opportunity came at lap 105 as Evans took an inside line on Moriarity to grab the top spot.

As Evans and Moriarity battled for the lead, Hinkle continued to maintain his presence in third-place.

With ten laps to go the night’s final yellow flag flew giving Moriarity, Hinkle, and Riddle all keeping a watchful eye on Evans as the green flag came back out. Moriarity had his car sliding sideways in the corners to keep up with Evans, which opened the door for Hinkle to jump up a spot to second place and bring Riddle along for third. Cristiani got past Moriarity with three laps to go en route to fourth place.

Over the race’s final two laps Hinkle and Riddle gave Evans everything he could handle but the cagey veteran held the pair off at each challenge to nab his fifth career Apple Cup victory and second in the last three running’s of the prestigious race.


• Alan Cress made the most of his second start of the season on the NWSLSM as the Oregon veteran brought home an 8th place finish. The run gives Cress two finishes inside the top-10 this season including a top-3 run in the season-opening event at Wenatchee Valley Super Oval.
• With a pair of strong finishes to start the year, Moriarity is on track to challenge for the top spot in the chase for the 2019 series championship.
• Tristan Haider continues to impress in his quest for the Jefferson Pitts Racing Rookie of the Year title. Posting two top-10 runs in his 2019 starts, the Western Washington youngster heads to South Sound Speedway in early June looking for his first career victory.
• Next up for the Northwest Super Late Model Series will be their annual stop at South Sound Speedway on June 1 for the a 125-lap affair.

Apple Cup 125
Yakima Speedway, Yakima, Wash.
125 Laps 62.5 Miles

Unofficial Finishing position/Car No./Name/Hometown/Laps completed
1. 64 Garrett Evans East Wenatchee, WA 125 running
2. 38 Chad Hinkle Yakima, WA 125 running
3. 15 Tayler Riddle Naches, WA 125 running
4. 12 Trenton Moriarity Monroe, WA 125 running
5. 90 Trevor Cristiani Boise, ID 125 running
6. 17 Mike Longton Moxee, WA 125 running
7. 32 Mike Holden Clearview, WA 125 handling
8. 91 Alan Cress Stayton, OR 125 running
9. 24 Tristan Haider Olympia, WA 125 running
10. 33 Christopher Kalsch Hillsboro, OR 124 running
11. 12f Chad Fitzpatrick Lake Stevens, WA 121 running
12. 24b Tim Babcock Kennewick, WA 121 running
13. 02 Todd Connell Yakima, WA 121 running
14. 1k Mitch Kleyn Quincy, WA 118 running
15. 15f Jim Franklin, Kennewick, WA 109
16. 11 Ed Thomsen Kennewick, WA 103
17. 65 Tyler Tanner Auburn, WA 86
18. 89 Doni Wanat Woodinville, WA 74

The Northwest Super Late Model Series is the premier regional touring Super Late Model series in the Northwest. The series has many valued sponsors including Hoosier Racing Tire, McGunegill Engine Performance, Port City Race Cars, AR Bodies, Joes Racing Products, Penske Racing Shocks, Jostens, Accelerated Graphics, Five Star Bodies, Longacre Racing Products, Wheel Chill, KRC Power Steering, Atomic Screenprinting and Embroidery, Franks Racing Radio, BLP, Jefferson Pitts Racing, Leonard Evans Used Car Super Store, The Ti Company and Pacific Steel Structures LLC. For more information on the series visit www.nwslms.com or on Facebook or Twitter. To contact the series please email northwestsuperlatemodels@gmail.com

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Tellstrom Wins NSMS Feature At Eureka

Kyle Tellstrom drove his #5K modified to victory at Redwood Acres Raceway in race number three of the North State Modified Series, presented by Protect the Harvest.

Via Nadine Strauss/NSMS Media

Eureka, CA... May 11, 2019.... The North State Modified Series, presented by Protect the Harvest, ran the first of three events at Redwood Acres Raceway in Eureka Saturday night with Kyle Tellstrom of Ukiah the big $1000 winner over NSMS points leader Cameron Austin of Santa Rosa and Robbie Knittel of Lodi.

Austin was fastest over the 20 car field and set a new NSMS Hoosier Tire track record of 16.408 seconds. The previous record of 16.482 was set on September 8, 2018 by three-time NSMS champion Darrin Knight of Kelseyville.

Austin drew the #6 pill for the starting inversion in the “O'Reilly Auto Parts 60” feature event. This put Dustin DeRoiser and Houston in the front row, Darrin Sullivan and Tellstrom in row two, and Knittel and Austin in row three.

Houston shot out in front at the start with DeRosier in second, Sullivan third and Tellstrom fourth. The race was slowed on lap five when Keith Bloom Jr. and Richie Potts came together causing Potts to spin in turn four.

Houston motored into the lead again on the double-file restart, but DeRosier lost ground in the high groove, giving up positions to Sullivan, Tellstrom and Knittel. Austin swapped places with DeRosier on lap eight.

The lapping process began on lap 14 with Houston weaving high and low to gracefully pick off slower traffic. At the same time Austin got around Knittel for fourth.

Larry Knight, driving the #20 car while son Darrin Knight was vacationing in Ireland, looped the car in turn two to bring out the yellow flag for a second time. When racing resumed Tellstrom stole second away from Sullivan and set his sights on Houston.

Tellstrom caught Houston on lap 24 and began putting the pressure on until Houston's car drifted high. That was all that Tellstrom needed to drive under Houston's car and take over the number one spot. Tellstom began to put distance between himself and his fellow competitors until lap 30 when Knight spun into the infield for caution number three.

At The Gone Fishin' Half Way marker the running order was Tellstom, Houston, Sullivan, Austin, Knittel, Ian Elliott, DeRosier, Sierra Furia, Jason Philpot, Rich Cobb, Mike Neilson, Bloom, Stuart Campbell, Herman Pulyer, Donovan Cox, Potts, Sal Lopez, Rick Avila, Kylei Keown and Knight.

Two laps later Knight spun for a third time and was black-flagged according to the 3-spin rule. Lap 38 saw the yellow waving again when Cox lost control and looped his car on the front stretch. Austin drove under Houston for second on the restart and Knittel swapped places with Sullivan. Knittel continued his forward motion and drove under Houston for third on lap 44. Potts dropped out of the race on lap 51.

With only three laps remaining, Bloom and Keown made contact for the last caution. Tellstrom drove the final distance to lead the way to the Sunoco checkered flag. Austin was a close second followed by Knittel, Houston, Elliott, Sullivan, DeRosier, Philpot, Furia and Bloom. DeRosier collected an additonal $50 for his seventh place finish from 707 Graphics in Fortuna.

Elliott won $100 in the Lucas Oil Dash for Cash. DeRosier collected $50 for second. They both took home Lucas Oil products as well as the Scribner jugs.

The Keyser Hard Charger award went to Mike Neilson. Rick Avila picked up the Naake Shocks certificate, and the Frank's Radios gift cards went to Sullivan, Bloom and Cobb.

The North State Modified Series returns to Stockton 99 Speedway on June 1, and then heads south to Madera Speedway on June 15.

The North State Modified Series is presented by: Protect the Harvest, Lucas Oil, Hoosier Tire West, Sunoco Race Fuels, Naake Suspension, Five Star Bodies, Racer Bling, Keyser Racing Products, Scribner Plastics, Gone Racin' Marine, Buckhorn Bar & Grill, and Franks Radios.

NSMS modified rules, procedures, schedule, entry forms and other information are available on the web site www.northstatemodifieds.com.

HOOSIER TIME TRIALS: Cameron Austin 16.408 (New Track Record), Robbie Knittel 16.493, Kyle Tellstrom 16.569, Darrin Sullivan 16.615, Randy Houston 16.625, Dustin DeRosier 16.715, Ian Elliott 16.730, Jason Philpot 16.763, Larry Knight 16.862, Sierra Furia 16.888, Keith Bloom 16.933, Richie Potts 16.947, Donovan Cox 17.010, Rich Cobb 17.017, Stuart Campbell 17.172, Herman Pulyer 17.197, Mike Neilson 17.244, Rick Avila 17.386, Sal Lopez 17.671, Kylei Keown

LUCAS OIL DASH FOR CASH: Ian Elliott, Dustin DeRosier, Kyle Tellstrom, Randy Houston, Cameron Austin, Robbie Knittel

SUNOCO / O'REILLY AUTO PARTS MAIN EVENT : Tellstrom, Austin, Knittel, Houston, Elliott, Sullivan, DeRosier, Philpot, Furia, Bloom, Cobb, Neilson, Campbell, Lopez, Avila, Keown, Pulyer, Cox, Potts, Knight