Monday, August 8, 2016

Thunder And Lightning At Madera Speedway This Weekend

Tracy Bolin set a new PCS track record whent he series last visited Madera in March

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (August 8, 2016) – A dual-headliner show at Madera Speedway on Saturday night will give valley race fans the best of both worlds with the Pacific Challenge Series Super Late Models bringing the thunder and North State Modifieds bringing the lightning to the fastest one-third mile in the west. MAVTV cameras will again be rolling for the 75 lap feature for the PCS while the Modifieds will race for 60 laps. CSS 360 Super Modifieds headline an undercard that includes USAC HPD Midgets, MSTs, and Toyota Sedans.

For the Pacific Challenge Series, parody has been the name of the game with six different winners in eight races at five different tracks. 2014 champion Mike Beeler of Modesto has won the last two races for the series to close within 18 points of leader Jeremy Doss of Upperlake, CA. Jacob Gomes won the first PCS appearance at Madera on March 19th, while Tracy Bolin set a new track record in qualifying. Track records have been broken at nearly every race this year as the PCS continues to be one of the fastest stock car tours around.

Local fans will be treated to a variety of top drivers to pull for including Clovis' Bryan Herzog. Herzog will use the same car he drove to the June 18th victory in the MAVTV-televised LoanMart Open Late Models. Herzog ranked second in last year's LoanMart points as well. Ross Strmiska nearly won the Stockton PCS race in July while Justin Westmoreland of Fresno made his 2016 racing debut in a new car at the SRL event at Madera in July. Both drivers figure to be contenders on Saturday night.

The North State Modifieds staged one of the most exciting and deepest races of the entire Madera season when they raced on June 11th during the Lucas Oil Summertime Horsepower Nationals. Popular Sacramento-area driver Jason Philpot scored a new track record and picked up the 60 lap victory.

The series notably attracts most of its drivers from the Lakeport area making for a long tow to Madera. That long tow has not deterred Kelseyville's Darrin Knight as he leads the points by 65 points. Brian Denton ranks second in a tie with rookie Codi Barba. Sacramento's rookie Joe Rhodes, Jr. also led laps in the June 11th event.

CSS 360 Super Modifieds are some of the fastest cars that compete at Madera with Bakersfield's second generation driver Justin Tuey leading the way by 15 points. Veteran Lance Jackson ranks second ahead of Donnie Large, Jr., Austin Carter, and open-wheel standout AJ Russell of Clovis fifth.

USAC HPD Midgets are a great development series that see drivers in nearly identically prepared cars, powered by either Honda Fit or Ford Focus virtually street legal power plants. The Breidinger sisters of Toni and Annie top the points, with three wins in the five races at Madera so far. Youngester Jesse Love started the year with three straight top-threes to move up to third in the points over Sprint Car driver Davey Hamilton, Jr. and Mini Cup driver Adam Lemke.

Jillaun Holden and Lucy Carmona have dominated competition for the Toyota Sedans although it was Tim Curtis using his wife Shirley's car to win on July 30th and August 6th, while MSTs have been all about Kevin Thompson with a 42 point lead on back-to-back winner Bert Stephens.

Race fans can catch up on LoanMart Madera Speedway racing Thursdays on MAVTV at 8 p.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Pacific.

An open practice kicks off the weekend on Friday before another full day of action on Saturday. Pit gates open at noon with practice from 1:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Qualifying will follow with heats and dashes at 5:45 p.m. Opening ceremonies and the main events begin at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets for this great night of racing are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors and military, $10 for youth ages 6-12, and kids five and under are free! Madera Speedway is located on the Madera Fairgrounds on Cleveland Ave and 99. For more information, visit