Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Round #7 Of MAVTV Televised Late Model Racing At Madera This Saturday

(Jason Wedehase photo)

Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (August 21, 2019) – With the Nut Up Pro Late Model standings tightening to their narrowest margins in series history, drivers will have a lot to race for in Saturday’s round #7 at Madera Speedway. The $2,000 to win, MAVTV-televised feature for the Late Models is one part of a busy night that includes the seventh race of the year for the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series plus Legends of the Pacific and Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros.

With just three races remaining in the Pro Late Model Series, 17 year-old Austin Herzog of Clovis leads 15 year-old Dylan Zampa of Napa by just two points. Two-time series champion Matt Erickson is only nine points behind Herzog as well. Herzog and Zampa each have one victory this season while Erickson, the all-time winningest driver in the division, has been locked out of the winner’s circle. The three drivers collectively have led just 50 laps total out of the 477 that have been contested thus far.

The parity at the front of the points standings has been contrasted by several strong victories by the top stock car drivers in the nation. Escalon’s Eric Holmes won the Military Tribute Night in May by leading all 80 laps. 2018 SRL Southwest Tour champion Jeremy Doss scored both June’s Ron Spencer Classic and July’s $5,000 to win Summer Speedfest, leading 145 laps across the two races. Doss’ Speedfest victory came from tenth on the starting grid.

2018 Madera Late Model champion Jason Aguirre ranks fourth in the standings and well within striking distance for the points lead. Aguirre trails Herzog by just 22 points with Carlos Vieira rounding out the top-five. The Pro Late Models will compete for 80 laps with a 50-lap opening segment followed by a 30 lap run to the finish.

Joey Iest of Madera, CA has used three 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model victories along with two seconds and one third place finish to lead the championship by 31 markers. Bakersfield’s Seth Wise has two seconds and three thirds in a very impressive rookie season to rank second. Jay Juleson’s first full season of competition has yielded third in the championship with a best finish of second.

Kabe McClenny of Bakersfield and Jake Bollman are just one point apart in their battle for fourth in the standings. Bakersfield’s Kercie Jung has advanced to sixth in the points while Portland, OR’s Jadan Walbridge scored the quick-time in July to move up to seventh overall. 70 laps of Jr. Late Model action are on tap for the 10-16 year old drivers.

Riley Massey of Bakersfield continues to lead the Bandolero standings despite hitting the backstretch wall in July for a DNF. Just three points behind her in the championship is rookie Dylan Baptista who also failed to finish the last race. Opening night winner Ethan Nascimento rounds out the top-five. Joey Kennealy continues to lead the Mini Cup standings as well entering Saturday’s 20 lap race.

2018 Bandolero champion Riley Massey earned her first victory of the season in June and leads rookie Dylan Baptista by just seven points. Round #1 winner Ethan Nascimento is third. Rookie Joey Kennealy leads the Mini Cup portion of the standings in the race within a race series. The youngest drivers at Madera will race for 20 laps on Saturday night.

Legends of the Pacific will make their third appearance at the speedway in 2019 on Saturday night. Colon Page and Sheldon Crouse have split the 35 lap main events so far.

Action gets started on Friday evening with practice from 5 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday’s program begins with pit gates opening at 12:00 p.m. Practices run from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. with qualifying and heat races to follow. The Mini Cup vs. Bandolero feature is expected to be run at 5:30 p.m. Opening ceremonies are slated for 6:00 p.m. with both Late Model features and the Legends main event afterwards.

Tickets are just $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $7 for youth ages 6-12, and kids five and under are free!

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Madera Speedway is presented by major partners Nut Up Industries, 51FIFTY Energy Drink, iPull-uPull, and Color Fast Industries. Contingency sponsors include Five Star Bodies, Maita Motorsports, McCallister Precision Marketing, and StopTech Brakes.

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 fourth round of the 2019 Nut Up Pro Late Model Series airs on August 29th.