Sunday, September 23, 2018

Uselton’s 2018 Season Coming To A Close



Eureka, CA (September 23, 2018) – The 2018 racing season for young MKinzy Uselton is nearing its end, at least in her home town area. The Humboldt County racer completed her third season of racing in Redwood Acres Raceway’s Legends division and is also currently in her third year behind the wheel of a 250cc outlaw kart.

2018 wasn’t exactly the kind of season that fan favorite Uselton was hoping for on the pavement. In 2017, Uselton led the points standings for Redwood Acres Raceway’s Legends division but narrowly lost out on the championship. In spite of adversity this season, MKinzy finished seventh in the standings, only 11 points out of finishing in the top five of the ever-expanding and highly competitive division.

Track changes forced Uselton to adapt in her 250cc outlaw kart. The first part of 2018, the Humboldt Outlaw Karts raced on a 1/10-mile dirt oval in the infield of Redwood Acres Raceway. The outlaw karts were able to get a permanent 1/8-mile track built at the fairgrounds and the larger circuit has seemed to be a better fit for Uselton’s driving style.

Uselton will be competing for the Humboldt Outlaw Kart’s season ending event at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds on Saturday October 13. MKinzy is also hoping to compete in the Lakeport Indoor Kart series over the winter however she and her team are looking for financial assistance to be able to compete. Current NASCAR drivers Kyle Larson and Tyler Reddick have used the Lakeport Indoor Kart series as a stepping stone in their careers and MKinzy is hoping to better hone her skills against some of the top outlaw kart competition in the region.

If you are interested in partnering with the young, talented up and coming driver toward her efforts in the winter series, in Redwood Acres Raceway’s Legends division or in the Humboldt Outlaw Karts, contact girlracin29@gmail.com for more information. It is a great opportunity to partner up with an exciting female racer who is looking to reach her full potential on both the local and regional levels of racing.

MKinzy is supported every race by her crew chief, Brett Uselton a.k.a “Papa”, Lil John Jameson, Lissa Uselton and Aaliyah Hughes Mitchell. She is sponsored by Jim Redd Four Star Realty, Verizon in Fortuna, CA, John’s Used Cars, Joe’s Auto Glass, Site Master West, Left Coast Vinyl, Redwood Mechanical, Central Office, Grandpa Mitchell, Red Boots Racing/Julia Moulton, Higgins Brothers, The Bud Sister, Happy Donuts Express Asian Food, Dee Kenney at Bayside Realty & Howard’s Body Shop.

Erickson Closes In On Championship With Thrilling Madera Win

Photo Courtesy Jason Wedehase

Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (September 22, 2018) – Two of the most dramatic finishes of 2018 came during the penultimate rounds of the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model Series and the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series on Saturday night at Madera Speedway. When the smoke cleared, Dylan Zampa and Matt Erickson emerged with critical victories in their runs for the championships.

For Erickson and the Pro Late Model drivers, they are staring down the upcoming $10,000 to win Nut Industries Short Track Shootout on October 6th.

13 year-old Jesse Love started the Pro Late Model feature from the pole position for their 80 lap affair, but Modesto’s Garland Tyler swooped past him on the outside to take the lead. Love was undeterred, fighting back on the inside to take the lead back on lap five. Erickson followed suit to take second place while sixth starting Austin Herzog, the incoming second in points, was up to fourth on lap 14.

Erickson closed down on Love by lap 18 and used the lapped traffic to box Love, taking over the lead on lap 24. Nick Grossi spun in turn four on lap 32 for the first caution with Loren Kutz collected as well.

When action resumed, Racin Vernon dove to the pits with a blown engine while Love had to retire with failing brakes. April winner Blaine Rocha and Ross Strmiska battled for fourth with Strmiska staying on the high-side for several laps.

A multi-car melee on the backstretch saw Howard Holden and Jarrett Gilmer both suffer significant damage on lap 37. Herzog knifed up into second on the restart and ran on top of Erickson nose-to-tail when they reached the lap 50 break. Tyler, Strmiska, and Rocha rounded out the top-five.

Strmiska took over third coming out of the break. Tyler fell into the clutches of a very strong battle with Rocha and Aguirre where they fanned out nearly three-wide on more than half a dozen occasions. The battle lasted for 15 laps until the next caution.

Jack Wood spun on lap 65 for the yellow flag and Strmiska tried to take second away from Herzog on the restart. Strmiska grabbed the position by lap 70 but Herzog edged back underneath him.

Herzog had second by a nose at the stripe on lap 75 when the caution came out for Gilmer and Kutz stopped on the front stretch. Herzog tried to capitalize on the following restart but Erickson drove away, before another caution on lap 76 for Tyler Herzog spinning.

Herzog drove up alongside Erickson for a side-by-side run to the finish. The pair got tight coming to the white flag, backing Herzog into Strmiska down the front stretch. Herzog spun and tagged Strmiska, sending Strmiska’s car hard into the turn one wall. The race was ended on a yellow checkered flag with Matt Erickson taking the $2,000 victory ahead of Rocha, 15th starting Dillon Tucker, Aguirre, and Logan Zampa. Herzog was unofficially credited with a distant 14th place in the final rundown.

The 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model finish was similarly spectacular, with cars sliding across the finish line backwards. In the end, Dylan Zampa was credited with the narrowest of victories by .017 seconds over a spinning Tanner Reif.

Joey Iest started the 70 lap race for drivers ages 10-16 from the pole position, but was immediately passed by his teammate Jesse Love. The move was nullified by a caution, but Love, the 2017 champion, made the move again on the next attempt. Dylan Zampa followed him past Iest with the top-two in the points occupying the top-two on the race track.

A significant crash on lap four brought out a red flag when Calvin Hegje and Hailey Liles bounced off the front stretch wall. Both drivers were uninjured. Major crashes continued on lap 16 when Tyler Reif climbed over the top of Iest’s driver’s side door on a restart, with both cars eliminated from contention.

Zampa kept applying pressure to Love with the pair running closely across the line at the lap 40 break while Las Vegas’ Tanner Reif up to third at that point as well.

Kabe McClenny tried a few times to get around Reif for third before Reif solidly joined the battling up front in the closing stages. Reif applied a bump and run to take second from Zampa on lap 49 and a caution on lap 54 set up the battling to the checkered flag. Reif made contact with Love, allowing Zampa to go from third to first in one corner. Reif and Love traded contact again before Reif muscled back into second.

On the final lap, Reif made contact with Zampa down the backstretch and stayed engaged on his bumper as he pushed him into turn three. He attempted to slide up in front of Zampa in turn four and the pair made contact, sending Reif spinning. Zampa and Reif crossed the stripe nearly equal – Reif backwards and Zampa forwards. The MAVTV cameras caught Zampa ahead as did the transponders in one of the wildest finishes in series history. Love watched it all unfold from third with McClenny fourth and Jay Juleson fifth in his debut.

The Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros had a tension-filled evening as well, with their 20 lap event fraught with spins and crashes. The most notable incident came when Bandolero points leader Riley Massey and her teammate Ethan Nascimento tagged each other on the front stretch sending Massey hard into the wall. Bakersfield’s Hank Hall, age 10, went on to win the overall and the Bando portion of the event while Mini Cup points leader Kale McClenny was victorious yet again among those cars.

Jillaun Holden won the 2018 Toyota Sedan championship to add to her 2016 crown, finishing second in Saturday’s race behind Jason Lawton. A spin on lap 22 brought the field together but Lawton motored away over the final three laps. Kyle Labrie overcame the spin to finish third.

Modified Super Toyotas were led by the Reynolds 1-2 punch, with Ryan leading 21 laps for the win while Shaun worked his way past both 2017 champion Bert Stephens and John McCullum Jr. to take second. Patrick Geiger ended up working past them to finish third as well.

Racing continues at Madera Speedway on September 29th with the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour 125, the USAC Western Midgets, CSS/360 Super Modifieds, Legends of the Pacific, Madera Hobby Stocks, and the Legends of Kearney Bowl

For more information about Madera Racing on MAVTV please visit www.racemadera.com or www.mavtv.com. For more information on RPM Mortgage and to obtain loan information please visit www.rpmwins.com and for more information about 51FIFTY Energy Drink visit www.51fiftyenergydrink.com

Madera 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 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. The fifth round of the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Models airs September 27th.

Madera Speedway 2018 Schedule Celebrating 47 years of Racing!

September 29th – Spears SRL Southwest Tour 125, the USAC Western Midgets, CSS/360 Super Modifieds, Legends of the Pacific, Madera Hobby Stocks, and the Legends of Kearney Bowl

October 5th -Practice for the RPM Mortgage Short Track "Best of the West" $10,000.00 to win Shootout Event open to Lucas Oil Modifieds, Late Models, Jr. Late Models, and the Mini Cup vs Bandoleros Series

October 6th - 150 Lap $10,000.00 to WIN “NUT UP SHORT TRACK SHOOTOUT” for the MAVTV televised RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series 150 laps! (race #9 of the televised championship), Lucas Oil Modifieds 75 lap TV race! Race #9 of the 80 lap 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series and the Mini Cup vs Bandoleros Series

October 13th - Closed, NO RACES /

October 20th - 11th Annual iPull-uPull Pumpkin Smash Halloween Bash and Blow Up and Monster Trucks!, Madera Hobby Stocks, MST's, Toyota Sedans, $2,000 to Win 200 lap Enduro, the Extreme Barrel Racing Series, a Trick or Treat thru the Pits and on Track PUMPKIN SMASH for the KIDS!

October 27th - Closed

November 10th - 2018 Championship Awards Banquet

Friday, September 21, 2018

North State Modified Series Returns To Shasta Speedway

Jason Philpot of Sacramento (#15a) and Darrin Sullivan of Kelseyville (#21) were the previous winners of the “Lloyd Burton Against the Wind Modified Challenge.” The third annual event will be held this Saturday night (September 29) at Shasta Speedway in Anderson, CA. (Photo Courtesy Jenna Meyer)

Via Nadine Strauss/NSMS Media

The North State Modified Series, presented by Protect the Harvest, returns to Shasta Speedway in Anderson, California Saturday night, September 29 for the third annual “Lloyd Burton Against the Wind Modified Challenge” with $1500 to win and $300 to start the 60 lap feature race.

Burton, a long-time supporter of auto racing in the Redding-Chico area, was the head official at Shasta Speedway when the facility was promoted by Bob Carrel in the 1990s.He was a native of Shasta County, was involved in racing and promoting his entire adult life, and officiated at several tracks in northern California. He was also the founder of the Northern California Auto Racing Alumni (NCARA.)

Burton's brother-in-law, Mort Houston, along with other family members, friends, NCARA, Strauss Promotions and NSMS, have added over $5000 to the purse to make it a special event. Burton's nephew and past Shasta Speedway track champion, Randy Houston, will be piloting his #9 NSMS modified in this event in memory of his uncle.

This memorial event first ran in 2016 with Jason Philpot of Sacramento the winner. In 2017 Darrin Sullivan of Kelseyville took home the first place money and the trophy. Both these driver's names were engraved on the four foot tall hand-caved perpetual trophy and resides in the North State Modified Series office in Lucerne, California.

The North State Modified Series is presented by: Protect the Harvest, Lucas Oil, Ward Land Management & Development, Hoosier Tire West, Sunoco Race Fuels, Naake Suspension, Five Star Bodies, Racer Bling, Scribner Plastics and Frank's Radios.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Zamora Looking to Clinch Second Championship


Via Shari Garber/NWSLMS Media

Wenatchee, WA (September 17, 2018) Brittney Zamora is on the verge of making history … again. Zamora claimed the 2017 Northwest Super Late Model Series (NWSLMS) championship and became the first northwest touring female champion. Having one championship as a female is a big deal. Having two is history making. Zamora has only to take the green flag at the season championship 5th Annual Neal Newberry 125 event at Wenatchee Valley Super Oval (WVSO) this Saturday to clinch the 2018 championship. Zamora capped off last season with a win. She’ll be looking to match that again.

The nineteen-year-old “SUPERGIRL” from Kennewick, Washington has had a busy racing schedule. Zamora has run a full season at Evergreen Speedway earning the Rookie of the Year title. In addition, Zamora placed 5th overall in the Speedway Chevrolet standings, 4th in the Bud Crown standings and the NASCAR Whelen All American standings. Zamora was also invited to participate in a diversity combine for Toyota Racing Development. Her great test results earned her a 3-ride deal with High Point Racing. Getting used a different car, crew and racing venues, Zamora has had great finishes.

The biggest battle will be for the 2018 runner-up honors. A two-point battle between second and fourth will keep everyone on their toes. Andy Sole (San Tan, AZ) has had consistent finishes all season and looking to improve his season high 4th place. He sits on top of the point heap. Mitch Kleyn (Quincy, WA) is the only driver to compete in every NWSLMS touring event. Kleyn has had two runner-up seasons, as well as two third place finishes in the championship standings. He’ll be looking to improve on that in his bid to move up the standings ladder. Trenton Moriarity (Monroe, WA) has had to battle his way back into the points after missing the Montana 200. Moriarity is still looking for that elusive first touring win in his rookie touring season.

Don’t count out Doni Wanat (Woodinville, WA). He’s come on strong is the latter half of the season, winning the last NWSLMS at Evergreen Speedway. He’s trails Sole by 18 points.

This is just the tip of the ice burg. Just to name a few: Garrett & Jan Evan’s father/son team is back after a few races off. Add to that Gary Lewis, who’s been missed for a couple years is back in action. Lots of racing action expect.

The NWSLMS is part of the Fall Shin-Dig weekend. The racing action gets underway Saturday at Wenatchee Valley Super Oval.

Preliminary Entry List
Car# First Last City State
1K Mitch Kleyn Quincy, WA
5 Jan Evans E. Wenatchee, WA
9 Josh Roberts Ephrata, WA
12 Trenton Moriarity Monroe, WA
17 Robert Presley Olympia, WA
20 Andy Sole San Tan, AZ
23 Corey Allard Sagle, ID
24 Tristan Haider Olympia, WA
25b Zack Beaman Yakima, WA
26 John Newhouse Twin Falls, ID
27 Gracin Raz Lake Oswego, OR
33 Christopher Kalsch Hillsboro, OR
38 Chad Hinkle Yakima, WA
52 Brittney Zamora Kennewick, WA
54 Shelby Thompson Spokane, WA
64 Garrett Evans E Wenatchee, WA
73 Gary Lewis Snohomish, WA
83 Braeden Havens Spokane, WA
89 Doni Wanat Woodinville, WA
91 Alan Cress Stayton, OR
93 Dave Garber Spokane, WA

Current NWSLMS Point Standings
Pos Car# Driver Name Total Points Wins
1 52 Brittney Zamora 267 1
2 20 Andy Sole 230
3 1K Mitch Kleyn 229
4 12 Trenton Moriarity 228
5 89 Doni Wanat 211 1
6 15 Tayler Riddle 197 1
7 91 Alan Cress 137 1
8 83 Braeden Havens 126
9 33 Christopher Kalsch 114
10 24 Tristan Haider 114
11 17 Bob Presley 110
12 33 Brooke Schimmel 106
13 64 Garrett Evans 103
14 5 Jan Evans 82
15 38 Chad Hinkle 75
16 18 Ian Graham 74
17 93 Dave Garber 70
18 23 Brandon Ash 70
19 92 Logan Jewell 69
20 12F Chad Fitzpatrick 67

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 partners 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 www.nwsuperlatemodels.com or on Social Media, Facebook (NWSLMS) or Twitter (@nw_latemodels).

Monday, September 17, 2018

Eighth Round of MAVTV Championship Racing At Madera This Saturday

Photo Courtesy Jason Wedehase

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (September 18, 2018) – The penultimate and eighth round of the coveted MAVTV-televised Late Model championships at Madera Speedway is on tap this Saturday night, with a pair of tightly contested points battles. Both the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series and 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Models are enjoying some of their narrowest title fights in series history. The Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros, Modified Super Toyotas, and Toyota Sedans will also join the program on the one-third mile asphalt oval.

A broken rear end was all it took to swing the RPM Pro Late Models back into Matt Erickson’s direction. The rear end broke on the #11 Pro Late Model of 16 year-old Austin Herzog of Clovis, CA in August’s round #7. Herzog did not finish the 80 lap contest, allowing 2016 champion Erickson to move 17 points ahead in the standings. Herzog is still in search of his first series win despite a run of four podium finishes in the middle of the year. A win by either Erickson or Herzog would be critical to give either driver a cushion, heading into the volatile round #9 Nut Up Short Track Shootout for $10,000 in October.

Bakersfield’s Racin Vernon and Modesto’s Garland Tyler are separated by just three points in their duel for third while Ryan Hart and leading rookie Adam Lemke of Hollister are tied for fifth in the standings. Dillon Tucker of Madera Ranchos has made a nice recovery to seventh in the standings after various bouts of misfortune including a blown engine in the season opening weekend. $2,000 will go to Saturday’s winner of the 80 lap main event.

The 51FIFTY Jr. Late Models for drivers ages 10-16 years old is enjoying its most exciting season yet. Four drivers have won races and all four are mathematically in the hunt for the series crown. 2017 champion Jesse Love of Menlo Park holds a slight four point advantage over Napa’s Dylan Zampa.

Love is one of the hottest drivers in California coming off the heels of winning the BCRA Midgets portion of last week’s Harvest Classic at Madera Speedway. The win makes him the youngest full Midget victor in the international history of the division.

Las Vegas brothers Tanner and Tyler Reif are both well within reach of the points lead and they have each won the last two events for the series. Kabe McClenny of Bakersfield anchors a close pack of competitors for fifth as well. 70 laps is on deck on Saturday night’s race.

The Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros had a change at the top of the heap in August’s event when an opening lap crash impacted many of the top running Mini Cups. Napa’s Aaron Thomas capitalized for his first win of the season while points leader Kale McClenny had to settle for a DNF. He still enjoys a 47 point lead over Joseph Holliday in the points however. Bakersfield’s Riley Massey suffered a similarly bad fate in the Bandolero division as the points leader finished last but her points lead remains a strong 33 over Zachary Ginn. Kern County Raceway Park champion Kercie Jung won her third race of the year and runs third in the points.

2016 Toyota Sedan champion Jillaun Holden leads the Sedan standings while Jason Lawton won Friday’s race during the Harvest Classic. Modified Super Toyotas is led by the Reynolds brothers with Ryan Reynolds leading brother Shaun by 30 points with 2017 champion Bert Stephens only an additional eight points behind.

Action gets started on Friday evening with practice from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday’s program begins with pit gates opening at 11:00 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!

For more information about Madera Racing on MAVTV please visit www.racemadera.com or www.mavtv.com. For more information on RPM Mortgage and to obtain loan information please visit www.rpmwins.com and for more information about 51FIFTY Energy Drink visit www.51fiftyenergydrink.com

Madera 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. Round #5 of the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series from May airs on Thursday September 27th.


Madera Speedway 2018 Schedule Celebrating 47 years of Racing!

September 22nd - Race #8 of the MAVTV televised $2,000 to win RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series 80 laps (50 laps then 30), Race #8 of the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series 80 laps (50 laps then a break, the 30 laps), MST, Toyota Sedans, Mini Cup vs Bandoleros Series

September 29th – Spears SRL Southwest Tour 125, the USAC Western Midgets, CSS/360 Super Modifieds, Legends of the Pacific, Madera Hobby Stocks, and the Legends of Kearney Bowl

October 5th -Practice for the RPM Mortgage Short Track "Best of the West" $10,000.00 to win Shootout Event open to Lucas Oil Modifieds, Late Models, Jr. Late Models, and the Mini Cup vs Bandoleros Series

October 6th - 150 Lap $10,000.00 to WIN “NUT UP SHORT TRACK SHOOTOUT” for the MAVTV televised RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series 150 laps! (race #9 of the televised championship), Lucas Oil Modifieds 75 lap TV race! Race #9 of the 80 lap 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series and the Mini Cup vs Bandoleros Series

October 13th - Closed, NO RACES /

October 20th - 11th Annual iPull-uPull Pumpkin Smash Halloween Bash and Blow Up and Monster Trucks!, Madera Hobby Stocks, MST's, Toyota Sedans, $2,000 to Win 200 lap Enduro, the Extreme Barrel Racing Series, a Trick or Treat thru the Pits and on Track PUMPKIN SMASH for the KIDS!

October 27th - Closed

November 10th - 2018 Championship Awards Banquet

Friday, September 14, 2018

Humboldt Outlaw Karts Hosting Potluck Along With Racing This Saturday



Eureka, CA (September 14, 2018) – With Fall on the horizon and Summer in its twilight, the Humboldt Outlaw Karts will celebrate with a special barbecue and potluck this Saturday at the Redwood Acres Fairground Bullring track. The event will be presented by John Fullerton for City Council and as always, the six local divisions will be in action on the still-new 1/8-mile dirt oval.

Those planning on attending are encouraged to bring food to the event but are also encouraged to get in touch with HOK officials. Electric outlets will be available to anyone requiring power for necessary cookware. Pit gates will open at 9:00 AM with racing starting at 2:00 PM.

For more information visit www.HumboldtOutlawKarts.com or www.facebook.com/HumboldtOutlawKarts/