Monday, April 15, 2019

Holden Reigns At Inaugural NSMS Street Stock Race

Howard Holden (#41) passes Jo Jo Stearns (#6) and Mikala Stearns (#20) three wide on his way to his big win at Madera Speedway.

Via Nadine Strauss/NSCS Media

Madera, CA..... April 13, 2019.... Madera Speedway and the North State Modified Series partnered up to create the NSMS Street Stock / Madera Hobby Stock division for 2019. Saturday night was the inaugural event for this class, and when it was all over the night belonged to Howard Holden of Clovis. Holden set fast time of 16.185 seconds over the nine-car field and led the last 23 laps of the Gone Fishin' Marine 50 lap feature to pocket $750 for his impressive win.

Steve Schermerhorn of Oakhurst finished second, Chuck Dozhier of Tracy was third, Triston Hansen of Auberry fourth, and Stockton's Mikala Stearns fifth.

Dozhier was the $100 winner of the Buckhorn Bar & Grill Dash for Cash. Holden collected $50 for second place.

The fully inverted field saw Rodney Tripp and Triston Hansen share the front row for the feature, and when the green flag dropped Tripp bolted out into the lead. Schermerhorn came from fifth starting to steal the lead on the second go-round, and both Richard Herzog and Holden drove around Tripp on lap three.

Hansen and Dozhier moved into fourth and fifth on the fifth circuit as the top three were driving away from the pack. Jo Jo Stearn dropped out with engine problems on 16.

The race was slowed on lap 18 when Hansen spun in turn two. Herzog spun in his own oil the following round and retired to the pits with a blown engine.

Dozhier took over the lead on the restart and stayed there until lap 27 when Holden snuck under him here they ran side-by-side for six laps before Holden made the winning pass. The remainder of the race went without incident with Holden taking the win over Schermerhorn, Dozhier, Hansen and Mikala Stearns.

The next NSMS Street Stock / Madera Hobby Stock will be on June 15 at Madera Speedway.

HOOSIER TIME TRIALS: Howard Holden (16.185), Richard Herzog (16.206), Chuck Dozhier (16.257), Steve Schermerhorn (16.309); JoJo Stearns (16.598), Mikala Stearns (16.898), Triston Hansen (16.971), Rodney Tripp (16.998)

BUCKHORN BAR & GRILL DASH FOR CASH: Dozhier, Holden, Schermerhorn, Herzog, J. Stearns, M. Stearns

GONE FISHIN' MARINE MAIN EVENT: Holden, Schermerhorn, Dozhier, Hansen, M, Stearns, Tripp, Herzog, J. Stearns, C Aguirre