Wednesday, March 21, 2018

"Super Spring" Continues Saturday With SRL At Madera

Defending series champion Derek thorn of Bakersfield, CA
(Photo Courtesy Jason Wedehase)

Via Madera Speedway PR

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (March 21, 2018) – An incredible spring of nationally-recognized Late Model and Super Late Model racing at Madera Speedway continues Saturday with the $5,000 to win SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Season Opener 125. Madera Late Models, Legends of the Pacific, Modified Super Toyotas, and Toyota Sedans will also be competing at the fastest one-third mile in the west.

The SRL event is the second in a string of five major stock car events through the end of April at the speedway. Matt Erickson won the $5,000 to win, MAVTV-televised RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model opener on March 10th. The RPM Series competes again on April 7th and April 28th while the Pacific Challenge Series Super Late Models will race on March 31st as well.

2015 and 2017 Madera Pro Late Model champion Buddy Shepherd of Bakersfield, CA headlines the entry list for Saturday’s SRL race. Shepherd finished second in the prestigious Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway Park in February, but more notably is the defending SRL race winner at Madera from last July.

Shepherd and four-time champion Derek Thorn of Bakersfield will go head-to-head on Saturday although Thorn is only running a part-time schedule this year. Madera Jr. Late Model winner Eric Nascimento, Jr. is among many drivers in the field with ties to the speedway along with Madera PCS winner Carlos Vieira. Linny White ran in the top-five in the season opener for the RPM Pro Late Models as a tune-up for his SRL campaign. Kolby Berry is a multi-time Jr. Late Model fast-time qualifier while Jack Wood had top-tens in both Madera PCS starts.

Jacob Gomes owns two PCS wins at the facility while Jeremy Doss won a Pro Late Model feature in 2017. Nearly 30 cars populated the recent version of the entry list including nearly ten rookies.

The Madera Late Model races on SRL nights have become a proving ground of their own, serving as breakout races for winners such as Logan Zampa and Eric Nascimento, Jr. One driver will make their mark if they can win Saturday’s 40 lapper.

Saturday’s races serve as the season opener for every division competing except for the Toyota Sedans, who opened on March 10th with Jillaun Holden getting a narrow win over Dean Gould.

Activities get underway Friday with practice, with gates opening at 2 p.m. and cars on track beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday’s races will be a March Matinee with Pit Gates at 9 a.m. and Grandstands at 10:30 a.m. The local divisions will qualify at 1:15 p.m. with heat races to follow. The Toyota Sedans and Modified Super Toyotas mains will begin at approx. 3 p.m. with opening ceremonies to follow. Late Model and Legends main events, SRL Southwest Tour qualifying, and the SRL Southwest Tour 125 will wrap up the program with an expected checkered flag of 8:30 p.m.

Tickets are value priced at just $20 for adults, $17 for seniors and military, $10 for youth ages 6-12, and kids five and under are free!

For more information about Madera Racing on MAVTV please visit or For more information on RPM Mortgage and to obtain loan information please visit and for more information about 51FIFTY Energy Drink visit

Madera Speedway is presented by major partners RPM Mortgage, 51FIFTY Energy Drink, Nut Up Industries, NICERIDE, iPull-uPull, and Color Fast Industries.

Madera Racing on MAVTV airs Thursdays re-runs of the 2017 season 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. New 2018 episodes will begin airing later this spring.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Pacific Challenge Series Season Opener At Madera Rescheduled To March 31

Via PCS Media

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (March 19, 2018) – The Pacific Challenge Series presented by will now open its season on Saturday March 31st at Madera Speedway, after rain soaked the originally scheduled March 17th weekend. The first of two appearances for the SLM series at the one-third mile will be paired with a variety of open wheel series including BCRA Midgets and USAC Western US Midgets.

A kids Easter Egg Hunt and vintage open wheel racing will round out the card that honors valley racing legends Smokey Hanoian and Al Pombo.

Parity has been the name of the game in the PCS for several seasons including six first-time winners in last year’s series. Carlos Vieira won the Madera season opener for his first career win. Popular Late Model and tour car standout Jacob Gomes has two career PCS wins – both at Madera.

Modesto’s Mike Beeler narrowly topped Granite Bay’s John Moore to grab the 2017 championship. 2015 Rookie of the Year Cole Moore finished third with one victory while two-time winner Matt Wendt, the 2016 Rookie of the Year, was fourth in the final rundown. 2017 Rookie of the Year Jack Wood was unable to grab a win but still finished fifth in the championship ahead of his cousin Travis Milburn. El Dorado Hills’ Jason Romero, Valley Springs’ Tracy Bolin, Elk Grove’s Mike Hite, and Pine Grove’s Matt Scott made up the rest of the top-ten. Other winners included Derek Copeland at Shasta, Jeff Bischofberger at Stockton, and Randy Hedrick at Ukiah.

The weekend’s activities will get underway with a Friday practice session, tentatively slated from 5pm to 8pm. Saturday’s race day schedule is still being finalized at press time.

For more information on the Pacific Challenge Series presented by, visit or follow them on Facebook or YouTube

The Pacific Challenge Series is presented by: Penney Racing Supply, Penney & Associates, American Racer Tires, Radio Law Talk, Compact-It, Northwest Compactors, Naake Suspension, Sunoco Fuels, Five Star Bodies, BrakeOMeter, Lefthander Chassis, ARP Bodies, Joes Racing Products, Bassett Wheels, Frank's Radio, WrapStar Pro, and Blakesley Sports Media. All PCS Super Late Models race ABC Bodies or Muscle Car bodies on American Racer Tires with Sunoco Racing Fuel.

2018 Pacific Challenge Series presented by Schedule
Subject to Change
March 31 Madera Speedway (Madera, CA) *Thunder & Lightning w/ USAC & BCRA*
April 21 Shasta Speedway (Anderson, CA) *Kool April Nights*
May 19 All American Speedway (Roseville, CA) *Return to Roseville*
June 23 Shasta Speedway (Anderson, CA) *Shasta Fair*
July 21 Stockton 99 Speedway (Stockton, CA) *Summer Classic*
August 11 Madera Speedway (Madera, CA) *Thunder & Lightning II w/ USAC & 360 Supers*
September 8 All American Speedway (Roseville, CA) *Back to School*
October 13 All American Speedway (Roseville, CA) *October Classic 100*

Friday, March 16, 2018

2018 Point Fund Announced For Northwest Super Late Model Series

WENATCHEE, WA (March 16, 2018)

As the season opener draws near, the Northwest Super Late Model Series Inc. (NWSLMS) is pleased to announce the 2018 Points Fund and Contingency Prizes to registered drivers. Series Director, Jarrod Goodwin, who has been working diligently during the off season, is excited that the series is able to offer something back to its drivers. “We pride ourselves on having some of the best drivers in the northwest compete with our series. Being able to let them know how much we appreciate them makes it even better,” Goodwin noted.

2018 Points Fund Payout
Points Fund Eligibility Rules:
*Driver must compete in 7 of the 8 scheduled races to be eligible for the point’s fund.

* All cars must run series provided contingency decals & patches on all main events to be eligible for any of the contingency awards. If you do not run the decal package on even one event it will make you ineligible for any contingency awards for the year.

Points Position
Points Fund Payout
Points Contingency Award
Championship Ring from Jostens, $1500 value, $150 Certificate from KRC, $200 Certificate from Wheel Chill.
$1,500 toward DRP Pull Down & Laser Alignment services with Racing Dynamics.
$750 MEP Gift Certificate.
$750 MEP Gift Certificate.
Custom SLM Car Wrap & design by Accelerated Graphics, $1000 Value.
AR or 5 Star re-skin kit, only one kit per body manufacturer, $1000.00+ Value, highest finisher in points chooses first.  You are responsible for tax and shipping.
AR or 5 Star re-skin kit, only one kit per body manufacturer, $1000.00+ Value, highest finisher in points chooses first. You are responsible for tax and shipping.
$500 Gift Certificate to Frank’s Radio Service for product or radio service work.
Rookie of the Year

(1) Day NASCAR K&N Test with Jefferson Pitts Racing, Will be decided based on best 7 of 8 races, must race all 8 races to be eligible for award. $5,000 Value.
Total Value of Contingency Awards $11,350.00

Individual Race Contingency Sponsors:
Longacre Racing Products
* $50 gift certificate for longest tow to the race that day.
* $50 gift certificate for “Move of the Race”

Hoosier Tires
* Starting at race one, three random drivers in the top ten in series points will receive one (1) tire per race at no charge.

Ti Company
* $100.00 cash and plaque for “The Hard Charger”. The driver who gains the most positions from their starting position. In the event of a tie it will be awarded to whoever started the furthest back in starting position.

Wheel Chill
* (1) $200 Certificate towards Wheel Chill to series Champion
* (8)/One for each race - $100 Wheel Chill Certificate to race pole position
* (8)/One for each race - $25 Certificate towards Driver Blowers, awarded to random draw for position 10-24 at each race.
* (8)/One for each race - $25 Certificate towards Grill Chill, awarded to random draw for position 10-24 at each race.

Joe’s Racing Products
* Hard Luck Award awarded to the driver with the worst luck of the night.
This Driver will receive Joe’s racing Products newest tire gauge.

More to be added at a later date!!!

Please note that all race contingency sponsor awards will be awarded at the following event from which it was won at during the drivers meeting.

For additional information, please contact Jarrod Goodwin (509) 879-5082.

In their fifth season, the Northwest Super Late Model Series Inc. is the premier regional touring Super Late Model series in the Pacific Northwest. The series has many valued marketing partner including Hoosier Racing Tire, McGunegill Engine Performance, AR Bodies, Accelerated Graphics, Five Star Bodies, Longacre Racing Products, Franks Racing Radio, Jefferson Pitts Racing, Bassett Wheels, TI Company, Pacific Steel Structures, LLC, Leonard Evans Used Car Super Store and Racing Dynamiks. For more information on the series visit or on Social Media, Facebook (NWSLMS) or Twitter (@nw_latemodels).

Top Ten Finish For Austin Herzog In NASCAR West Debut

Photo Courtesy Don Thompson

Via Austin Herzog PR

CLOVIS, CALIFORNIA (March 16, 2018) – 15 year-old Austin Herzog of Clovis, CA made the most of his maiden voyage in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West on Thursday night, taking home an eighth place finish at Kern County Raceway Park. Herzog drove the #77 LC Services / Superior Door & Building Materials Ford for Jefferson Pitts Racing at the half-mile speedway.

“Its crazy. We worked so hard to get into this race. Hopefully we can figure something out for the rest of the year,” Herzog said. “I would really like to drive for Jefferson Pitts Racing. They’re by far the best K&N team for me and my family. I feel ready and I can’t wait to get back in this car. It’s a whole another level. I think we’ll just settle in and get where everyone else is pretty soon.”

Herzog ran as high as sixth in the final practice session during the afternoon and qualified 11th fastest out of the 23 competitors on hand. The race’s youngest driver, Herzog got underway in the midst of heavy battling early in the race. By the 50th lap, he had moved past Rod Johnson, Jr. for 12th place before Johnson got back around him before the lap 65 break.

Adjustments led by crew chief Charlie Wilson freed up the car and allowed Herzog to engage in an entertaining duel with fellow Jr. Late Model graduate Hailie Deegan. Herzog went around Deegan on the outside for ninth before a caution flag. On the ensuing restart, the duo went toe to toe for another half dozen laps with Deegan getting the position on the outside herself.

Herzog was running 12th at the second and final scheduled break at lap 125 and elected not to pit. The restart proved strong for Herzog as he darted back into the top-ten and ran in a closely wound pack the rest of the way. Things began to tighten up on the final lap. An incident in front of Herzog allowed him to sneak through for an eighth place finish at the stripe. Herzog also managed to be the second highest finishing JPR entry as well.

“My crew chief gave me an awesome handling car. We got a little tight halfway through the race but that just goes along with tire wear. Without him giving us that perfect car we wouldn’t have been able to get through the field like we did."

Race fans can keep up on all of the action for Austin Herzog Motorsports at Austin Herzog Motorsports can also be found on Facebook.

Austin Herzog thanks LC Services, Superior Door & Building Materials, Sanger Concrete, Castech Pest Services, and Richard Herzog Construction & Solar for their support of his NASCAR K&N West Series debut.

Derek Kraus Drops The Hammer In Bakersfield

Via NASCAR Media

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- Kern County Raceway Park is in Kevin Harvick’s hometown, but the track is clearly Derek Kraus’s kingdom.

Kraus solidified his claim to the throne by use of force en route to his second straight NASCAR K&N Pro Series West win at Kern County Raceway Park in the Bakersfield 175 presented by NAPA Auto Parts.

Battling Harvick for the lead on the final restart, Kraus’ Toyota pushed Harvick up the track in Turn 4 and knocked the hottest driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series out of contention.

Harvick slide back to ninth, while Kraus’ teammate, Cole Rouse, took the lead in that melee. But Rouse eventually ceded it to Kraus in lapped traffic on Lap 159.

“That was really fun,” Kraus said. “Going into 3 and 4 inside of Kevin, I really didn’t mean to get into him. I thought we were three ride and I entered a little higher than I normally would with a guy inside of me. I hate it for him, but that’s short track racing so you’ve got to get through that.”

Harvick spent the past week championing grass roots, short track racing and his entry in the Bakersfield 175 helped pack the grandstands Thursday night. And all signs pointed to a happy Harvick homecoming as he started from the pole and led the first 132 laps.

When asked if he was surprised about the final restart, Harvick said he “was surprised I got run over” but thanked the fans who came out for the 2018 K&N Pro Series West season opener.

For Kraus, he started his 2018 right where he left off last year: In Victory Lane at Kern. The 16-year-old from Stratford, Wisconsin, capped his 2017 Sunoco Rookie of the Year campaign with his first career series’ win in the finale, and looked ready to assume the mantle of the No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota. Kraus moved into the ride vacated by two-time series champion Todd Gilliland, who has moved up to the national series.

Derek Thorn finished second, followed by Rouse. Without a caution in the closing laps to close the field, Harvick was only able to get back to fourth at the finish. Ryan Partridge rounded out the top five, setting the stage for what looks like a year-long battle between Bob Bruncati’s Sunrise Ford team with Thorn and Partridge, and the Bill McAnally Racing stable that saw Kraus and Rouse running up front.

In fact, Bruncati’s third car of Trevor Huddleston finished sixth, while BMR’s Hailie Deegan was seventh in her series debut. Fellow rookies Austin Herzog, Rod Johnson Jr. and Reid Lanpher followed to round out the top 10.

Fans can watch all of the action at 11 p.m. ET, March 20 on NBCSN.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West returns to the track on Saturday, May 5 with twin 100-lap features at Arizona’s Tucson Speedway.

Jason Christley
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
(386) 310-6094

NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST-Bakersfield 175 presented by NAPA Auto Parts Results
At Kern County Raceway Park
Lap length: 0.5 miles

(Start position in parentheses)
1. (6) Derek Kraus, Stratford, Wis., Toyota, 175 laps, 64.762 mph.
2. (12) Derek Thorn, Lakeport, Calif., Ford, 175.
3. (2) Cole Rouse, Fort Smith, Ark., Toyota, 175.
4. (1) Kevin Harvick, Charlotte, NC, Ford, 175.
5. (5) Ryan Partridge, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Ford, 175.
6. (9) Trevor Huddleston, Agoura Hills, Calif., Ford, 175.
7. (8) Hailie Deegan, Temecula, Calif, Toyota, 175.
8. (11) Austin Herzog, Clovis, Calif., Ford, 175.
9. (14) Rod Johnson Jr., Canyon Country, Calif., Ford, 175.
10. (10) Reid Lanpher, Manchester, Maine, Ford, 175.
11. (13) Matt Levin, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 174.
12. (3) David Mayhew, Atascadero, Calif., Chevrolet, 174.
13. (16) Ron Norman, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 174.
14. (19) Bill Kann, Scottsdale, Ariz., Chevrolet, 174.
15. (18) Travis Milburn, Eagle, Idaho, Chevrolet, 174.
16. (4) Will Rodgers, Solvang, Calif., Ford, 174.
17. (23) Salvatore Iovino, Los Angeles, Calif., Ford, 160.
18. (21) Rich DeLong III, Santa Clarita, Calif., Chevrolet, 155.
19. (22) Andrew Tuttle, Eagle, Idaho, Chevrolet, 155.
20. (20) Takuma Koga, Nagoya, Japan, Chevrolet, 132.
21. (7) Kody Vanderwal, LaSalle, Colo, Ford, 128, overheating.
22. (15) Todd Souza, Aromas, Calif., Toyota, 89, accident.
23. (17) Jesse Iwuji, Carrolton, Texas, Chevrolet, 78.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 21 minutes 4 seconds
Margin of Victory: 1.154 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: K.Harvick (99.124 mph, 18.159 seconds)
Caution Flags: 5 for 21 laps.
Lead Changes: 2 among 3 drivers.
Lap Leaders: K. Harvick 1-132; C. Rouse 133-158; D. Kraus 159-175.
Standings: 1. D. Kraus, 47; 2. D. Thorn, 42; 3. C. Rouse, 42; 4. K. Harvick, 42; 5. R. Partridge, 39; 6. T. Huddleston, 38; 7. H. Deegan, 37; 8. A. Herzog, 36; 9. R. Johnson,Jr., 35; 10. R. Lanpher, 34.