Friday, February 5, 2016

23 Drivers Approved For Inaugural Jr. Late Model Campaign

Steven Blakesley/Madera Speedway PR

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (February 5, 2016) – As the 2016 season approaches, Kenny Shepherd's Madera Speedway has announced that 23 drivers have been approved for the inaugural Jr. Late Model Series. The MAVTV-televised series will pit 10-16 year olds in full size Late Models that match the rules of the popular televised LoanMart Late Model Series with the addition of a restrictor plate. Races will be 50 lap contests on the one-third mile asphalt oval over a pair of 25 lap segments.

Drivers with full size stock car experience, along with experience in Micro Sprints, Legends, Karts, Bandoleros, Mini Cups, and Quarter Midgets are among those that have been approved. The driver roster ranges from the southwestern United States as far north as Canada.

There have been 25 driver applications turned in plus many other phone calls about the series from possible drivers or parents. Both drivers that were not approved were contacted via a phone call, and Madera Speedway is working with them on gaining more experience via track time, testing time and more seat time in lower divisions in order to get them approved in the future.

"The quality and the pedigree of the approved drivers is very impressive to say the least," notes speedway promoter Kenny Shepherd. “I’m beyond impressed with the response for this new series, this is truly going to be an all-star youth series featuring the best with the future stars of stock car racing.”

Jr. Late Model 50 lap races and LoanMart Open Late Model races will take place on March 12th, April 30th, May 28th, June 18th, July 30th, August 27th, September 24th, and October 8th.

For more information on the Madera Jr. Late Model Series, or information on the driver approval process, please e-mail Kenny Shepherd at For more information on the LoanMart Madera Speedway please go to