Showing posts with label Austin Herzog. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Austin Herzog. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Richest Season In Madera Speedway History Begins Saturday Night

(Jason Wedehase photo)

Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (March 10, 2020) –The richest season of stock car racing at Madera Speedway begins this Saturday night with the $5,000 to win Nut Up Pro Late Model 100 at the one-third mile speedway. The event also kicks off the RACE 2B DRUG FREE BIG3 Series, televised on MAVTV. A large field of 51FIFTY Jr. Late Models and Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros will be in action as well, joined by Modified Super Toyotas on the undercard.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Best In The West Ready To Battle For $10,000 At Madera Speedway

#92 Logan Zampa is the defending Short Track Shootout champion (Jason Wedehase photo)

Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (October 1, 2019) – A giant field full of the top stock car talent in the country will converge on Madera Speedway for the $10,000 to win Nut Up Short Track Shootout this Saturday night. The MAVTV-televised season finale for the Nut Up Pro Late Models is the seventh running of the prestigious 150 lap race.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

SRL Touring Stars To Face Off With Valley Favorites This Saturday At Madera

Clovis' Austin Herzog aims to be one position better this Saturday at Madera (Jason Wedehase photo)

Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (September 25, 2019) – The stars of the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour will go head-to-head with some of the valley’s favorite stock car drivers, when the tour hits the one-third mile Madera Speedway for Saturday’s 125 presented by 51FIFTY LTM. The FAST 75 presented by General Tire for the SPEARS Modified Series will be the co-headliner. Hobby Stocks, Legends of the Pacific, Toyota Sedans, and Legends of Kearney Bowl will also be competing.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Doss Wins Third Madera Race Of 2019 While Herzog Snags Points Lead

(Jason Wedehase photo)

Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (September 21, 2019) – Upper Lake’s Jeremy Doss scored his third win of the year in the Nut Up Pro Late Model Series on Saturday night, outfoxing 17 year-old Austin Herzog of Clovis for the $2,000 win. The MAVTV-televised night was a big one for the third-generation Herzog, however, as he takes over the points lead with just one round remaining in the prestigious series.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Momentum Building At Madera Speedway With Late Model Round #8

(Jason Wedehase photo)

Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (September 17, 2019) – A season full of MAVTV-televised Late Model excitement is reaching its pinnacle at Madera Speedway with Saturday’s round #8 for both the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series and the Nut Up Pro Late Model Series. The races will serve as the final act before the curtains open on October 5th with the prestigious $10,000 to win Short Track Shootout. Championship competition for both the Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros and Modified Super Toyotas will also be served up this Saturday night.

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.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Madera Pro LM Drivers Eye $5K To Win Summer Speedfest

Close action is expected in the $5,000 to win Summer Speedfest (Jason Wedehase photo)

Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (July 23, 2019) – Madera Speedway is raising the stakes and turning up the heat this weekend with the $5,000 Summer Speedfest 100 for the MAVTV-televised Nut Up Pro Late Models. The prestigious event is expected to attract a healthy field of drivers battling on the one-third mile asphalt oval. They will be joined by the sixth round of the 2019 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series plus Modified Super Toyotas and Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Saturday's Gerhardt Classic Set For Madera Speedway

Midgets return to Madera for the Gerhardt Classic on Saturday (Zachary Cook photo)

Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (July 10, 2019) – The mighty Madera/BCRA Midgets roar back to Madera Speedway on Saturday night to headline the 17th Gerhardt Classic. A host of other divisions will be competing including the 100 lap California Challenge Cup feature plus the debut of the Central Valley Mini Stocks with a large field expected. Legends of Kearney Bowl, Focus Midgets, and NCMA Sprint Cars round out the scheduled divisions.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Doss Dominates For Second Career Madera Pro Late Model Win

Jeremy Doss celebrates his $2000 Nut Up Pro Late Model win (Jason Wedehase photo)

Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (June 30, 2019) – Upperlake’s Jeremy Doss went two-for-two in his Nut Up Pro Late Model career at Madera Speedway, nearly two years after his last series win, leading the final 70 laps on Saturday night. The victory in the prestigious Reverend Ron Spencer Red, White, and Blue Classic left little doubt that the more than 30 time Super Late Model winner and three-time Super Late Model touring champion is a force to be reckoned with in the stock car scene.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Reverend Ron Spencer Memorial Red, White And Blue Classic This Saturday

Matt Erickson won the inaugural Ron Spencer Classic last season (Jason Wedehase photo)

Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (June 24, 2019) – Madera Speedway’s exciting start to the 2019 season continues into Summer with Saturday’s Reverend Ron Spencer Red, White, and Blue Classic featuring MAVTV-televised Late Models and a huge fireworks show. The on-track action will include the fifth rounds for both the Nut Up Pro Late Model Series and 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series while honoring the late track chaplain Ron Spencer.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Austin Edwards Joins Austin Herzog Motorsports For JR LM

Jason Wedehase photo

Via Austin Herzog Motorsports PR

CLOVIS, CALIFORNIA (June 14, 2019) – 14 year-old Austin Edwards of Mentone, CA will join Austin Herzog Motorsports for the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series race on June 29th in an exciting announcement for both parties. Austin Herzog, 16, is a six-time winner in the Jr. Late Model Series and currently leads Madera Speedway’s Nut Up Pro Late Model Series standings. Austin Herzog Motorsports and its crew chief Charlie Wilson will be fielding Edwards in the 70 lap race that is televised for MAVTV.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Thorn Grabs Career Win 37 With Spears 125 Victory At Madera

#43 Derek Thorn successfully fended off #11 Austin Herzog for the $5,000 win (Jason Wedehase photo)

Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (June 8, 2019) – Four-time SPEARS Southwest Tour champion Derek Thorn of Bakersfield added to his long list of accomplishments with his 37th victory and 53rd fast-time in Saturday’s 125 lap event at Madera Speedway, presented by 51FIFTY LTM. Thorn’s win did not come easy as he withstood challenges from current Nut Up Pro Late Model points leader Austin Herzog, age 16 from Clovis, CA.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Southwest Tour And Modified Double Header At Madera

Jacob Gomes won the SRL Southwest Tour event last September (Jason Wedehase photo)

Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (June 4, 2019) – Two of the most prestigious short track touring series in the country will co-headline the Lucas Oil Summertime Horsepower Nationals, when the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour and Spears Manufacturing Modified Series compete at Madera Speedway on Saturday night. The Southwest Tour 125 presented by 51FIFTY LTM and the Modified Series 75 presented by K&N Filters will feature drivers from across the western United States racing for over $50,000 in prize money.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Madera Points Leaders To Attend West Coast Stock Car HOF Banquet

(Doug Torres photo)

Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (June 1, 2019) – Two of Madera Speedway’s brightest young stars will have an opportunity to interact with some of the biggest names in west coast stock car racing history. Nut Up Pro Late Model Series points leader Austin Herzog, age 16, and 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model Series points leader Tanner Reif, age 13, will be special guests of the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame banquet.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

MAVTV Late Models Return To Madera For Military Tribute Night

#43 Tanner Reif leads the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model points (Jason Wedehase photo)

Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (May 21, 2019) – MAVTV-televised Nut Up Pro Late Model and 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model racing returns to Madera Speedway on Saturday night during the coveted Military Tribute Night. The one-third mile asphalt oval will celebrate veterans and those who were lost fighting for our nation’s freedom. Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros, Modified Super Toyotas, and Toyota Sedans will also be competing. All military get in for free for this patriotic night of racing.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Herzog Adds California Challenge Cup At Madera To Schedule



Via Austin Herzog PR

CLOVIS, CALIFORNIA (May 2, 2019) – Austin Herzog, the 16 year-old points leader of the Nut Up Pro Late Model Series at Madera Speedway, will join the brand-new California Challenge Cup Series on Saturday night on MAVTV. Herzog will drive a #15 car for Wilson Motorsports and Crew Chief Charlie Wilson in the 100 lap debut of the series.

Herzog is in the midst of his career-best start to a season with a fast-time, a win, and finishes of third and seventh in the televised Pro Late Model series. Herzog also added a top-ten qualifying run in February’s Winter Showdown in Bakersfield and a non-televised Madera Late Model win this season. The driver out of Clovis landed in the runner-up spot in the Pro series points last year and previously is a six-time winner in the Madera Speedway 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series.

Drivers and teams from across the western United States will be battling in steel and composite bodied stock cars in the Challenge Cup series.

Saturday will mark Herzog’s third start in this style of equipment. His career has included an eighth place effort with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West at Kern County Raceway Park and a third place finish with the West Coast Sportsman Series at Madera. The West Coast Sportsman served as the precursor for the series that launches on Saturday.

Races are also scheduled on July 13th, August 10th, and September 14th. The championship finale on October 5th will share the card with the Nut Up Short Track Shootout for $10,000 to win for the Pro Late Models. All five races will be covered by MAVTV. Herzog will carry support from Richard Herzog Construction in the opener but is looking for additional support to run for the title.

Herzog’s string of success over the last year has been thanks in large part to working with crew chief Charlie Wilson. When an opportunity arose to drive for Wilson in this new division, Herzog jumped at the opportunity.

“Working with Charlie Wilson has really helped my entire racing program and improved my results,” Herzog said. “Testing has gone well and I feel optimistic that we can leave with a victory this weekend.”

Action gets underway Friday with open practice before Saturday’s practice, qualifying, and 100 green flag lap feature. All activities on Saturday will be staged on just one set of Hoosier Tires.

Austin would like to thank his sponsors Richard Herzog Construction, Wilson Motorsports, Stark Naked Designs, WDF Concrete, Superior Doors, and VanDoorn Racing for their support.

Potential sponsors are encouraged to contact info@austinherzog.com for more information.

For more information, check out Austin Herzog Motorsports at www.AustinHerzogMotorsports.com Austin Herzog Motorsports can also be found on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Vukovich Classic Midgets And Challenge Cup Stock Cars At Madera

Madera Pro Late Model winners Matt Erickson, Austin Herzog, and Buddy Shepherd will be in the Challenge Cup on Saturday (Jason Wedehase photos)

Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (April 30, 2019) – Two brand-new MAVTV-televised series will get underway on Saturday night at Madera Speedway, with the POWRi/BCRA Midgets and California Challenge Cup stock cars set to compete on the one-third mile oval. Some of the best young talent in the nation will get an opportunity to shine in two very traditional forms of motorsports but under new platforms in 2019.

For the California Challenge Cup stock cars, their 100 lap debut is the culmination of a multi-year project by promoter Kenny Shepherd to introduce drivers to heavy, truck arm racing in an affordable way. The Challenge Cup will utilize mostly existing inventory of race cars paired with a one set of tires rule that has attracted some strong competition.

Previous Madera Nut Up Pro Late Model champions Buddy Shepherd of Bakersfield and La Grange’s Matt Erickson, along with current 16 year-old Pro LM points leader Austin Herzog, are all expected in action. All three have steel bodied experience including Shepherd’s pair of top-fives in the K&N West division.

“We are exited to launch the new California Challenge Cup Series that will provide a path upwards for our stars,” Shepherd said. “This will start small but I expect it to become one of the biggest series in the western United States over the next 12 months.”

The Vukovich Classic for the POWRi/BCRA Midgets will be a 50 lap contest honoring the Fresno-based family that included Billy Vukovich Sr. and Billy Vukovich III. Both started in Midget racing in the central valley before moving to the highest levels of the sport including the Indianapolis 500. Several of the young drivers in the POWRi/BCRA Midgets have the same hopes and a victory on Saturday night before the MAVTV cameras is a great opportunity for an open wheel resurgence.

Madera Speedway will present an outstanding undercard as well. For stock car fans, the Southwest Tour Trucks will make their first of two appearances of the year. On the open wheel side, the future stars in the USAC Western US Midgets will be competing in their Ford-powered entries. California Hard Tops and Legends of Kearney Bowl will help connect the Vukovich Classic past to present. The always exciting Legends of the Pacific for INEX Legends cars rounds out the evening’s entertainment.

Action gets started on Friday evening with practice from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday’s program begins with pit gates opening at noon. Practices run from 1:30 – 3:20 p.m. with qualifying and heat races to follow. Opening ceremonies are at 6 p.m. with over 250 laps of scheduled racing to follow.

Tickets for the Vukovich Classic featuring the debut of the California Challenge Cup 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 Nut Up Industries please visit www.nutupindustries.com and for more information about 51FIFTY Energy Drink visit www.51fiftyenergydrink.com

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. 2018 episodes will continue airing until the late spring, before 2019 episodes hit the airwaves on June 6th.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Vernon Grabs Third Career Madera Pro Late Model Win on MavTv

#51 Racin Vernon won his third career Pro Late Model race on Saturday (Jason Wedehase photo)

Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (April 27, 2019) – After a disappointing start to the season with two blown engines, Bakersfield’s Racin Vernon won round #3 of the Nut Up Pro Late Model Series at Madera Speedway, Saturday night. Vernon led twice including the final 14 laps of the 80 lap feature that paid $2,000 to win. In other action, Las Vegas’ Tanner Reif won his third career 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model 70 lap feature to extend his points lead as well.

Both series are televised for MAVTV with a total of 25 Pro Late Models and 15 Jr. Late Models in action on the one-third mile speedway.

Vernon drew the pole position and led the first three laps before a big incident slowed proceedings. Christian Roche had contact with Matt Erickson coming out of turn two that resulted in Roche sliding nose first into the turn three wall. Three-time $10,000 to win Short Track Shootout champion Eric Holmes spun to avoid but suffered damage that ended his night as well.

On the following restart, 2018 non-televised Madera Late Model champion Jason Aguirre and Carlos Vieira began their torrid side-by-side battle for the fourth position. The battle would stretch throughout the entire opening 50 lap segment. Jr. Late Model winner Tanner Reif, 13, made his Pro Late Model debut from 11th on the grid and promptly charged past fellow Jr. graduates Austin Herzog and Dylan Zampa to crack the top-ten by lap 15.

Vernon’s strong lead on the field diminished when he was mired in lapped traffic and by lap 25, 2018 Short Track Shootout winner Logan Zampa was hot on his trail. Erickson closed in as well, and ended up snookering Zampa for second on lap 28. The battle for fourth between Aguirre and Vieira grew to six cars deep in side-by-side fashion. The battle slowed when a caution flew for Tim Furin spun in turn two. Erickson apparently suffered damage to his right rear wheel trying to avoid.

Vernon charged past Erickson from the outside on the restart and fast-time qualifier Herzog knifed through to move into sixth. A lap 39 caution saw Herzog advance to third while Erickson drifted to seventh. The race went into the lap 50 break with Vernon leading Zampa, Herzog, Vieira, and Aguirre.

The restart from the break was significant as Zampa took the lead from Vernon off the line. The inside line all stumbled, which forced Aguirre back to tenth position in the process. Sheldon Cooper suffered serious damage to his car to force a lap 54 caution in turn one. Zampa maintained the top position from Vernon while Herzog peeked his nose inside of Vieira for third.

Vernon tracked down Zampa methodically, and then used lapped traffic to take the lead down the backstretch on lap 67. Herzog then cleared Vieira on lap 71 using lapped traffic to his advantage as well.

Both Logan Zampa and Austin Herzog were unable to close down on Racin Vernon, with the Bakersfield driver taking a 1.895 second win over Zampa, Herzog, Vieira, and Ross Strmiska.

Tanner Reif’s Jr. Late Model victory in the 70 lap contest for drivers ages 10-16 had plenty of excitement. Reif drew the pole alongside his younger brother Tyler. Each successive restart for an incident saw a brief battle before Tanner managed to slide in front of Tyler.

Round two winner Joey Iest tried to get around Tyler Reif off a lap 30 restart. The duo made contact which caused concern for Reif’s left rear tire. Meanwhile third in points Seth Wise was engaged in a back-and-forth battle with Jay Juleson with Juleson moving into fourth after some contact.

A caution on lap 38 brought the scheduled break to fruition two laps early. When things resumed, Tyler Reif used the outside line to take the lead from his brother on lap 39. After a lap 41 caution, Tanner took over for lap 42, before surrendering the lead back on lap 43 to Tyler. Tanner then appeared to take the lead for good on lap 44. Two laps later, Tyler Reif attempted to move up the inside of Tanner into turn one. They nearly made contact, with Tyler spinning the car through the grass to bring out the caution and force him to restart at the rear.

Seth Wise had moved up from fifth to second in just eight laps and restarted inside Tanner Reif. He was unable to challenge and fell into the clutches of Juleson. They ran side-by-side for ten laps until lap 59, when Wise spun off the door of Juleson exiting turn four. The caution flew and Wise restarted at the rear.

Tyler Reif had moved up to sixth at that point and entered into a furious battle between Kabe McClenny and Kyler Berry for fourth. The trio went three-wide down the backstretch, ending with Berry and McClenny making contact into the corner. The contact ended Berry’s race while McClenny lost three positions getting back into line.

Tanner Reif cruised home to victory ahead of Juleson, Iest, Tyler Reif, and eighth starting Jake Bollman.

The youngest drivers at Madera Speedway compete in the Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros with their race producing a first-time winner. Dylan Baptista won in just his second Bandolero start ever and did so in thrilling fashion ahead of 2018 champion Riley Massey.

Nathaniel Edwards led the first two laps before Massey led lap three and brought Baptista with her. Many of the cars in the pack slid around the track for much of the race in sideways fashion. Baptista took the lead on lap five before a caution on lap six brought the field together. Massey tried to crossover Baptista several times but he held onto the lead to take the victory. Trenton Eurto finished third while Joey Kennealy was the Mini Cup winner.

Mikala Stearns of Stockton won an electrifying 25 lap Hobby Stock race where three of the five starters led laps in the feature. Stearns and 2018 champion Steve Schermerhorn made contact on lap 21 exiting turn four that rewarded Stearns with the lead and knocked Schermerhorn back to third. Stearns led Triston Hansen and Schermerhorn across the stripe as the top-three finishers.

Jason Lawton has had the recent hot hand in Toyota Sedans and that trend continued, despite the presence of prior champion Jillaun Holden. Lawton managed to take a three second victory with JJ Brandsen finishing third.

Up next for Madera Speedway is the MAVTV televised North American Challenge Cup for 100 laps, the Vukovich Classic for MAVTV televised BCRA/POWRi Midget Series, USAC Western US Midgets, Legends of Kearney Bowl, California Hard Tops, Legends of the Pacific, and Southwest Tour Trucks.

For more information about Madera Racing on MAVTV please visit www.racemadera.com or www.mavtv.com. For more information on Nut Up Industries please visit www.nutupindustries.com and for more information about 51FIFTY Energy Drink visit www.51fiftyenergydrink.com

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. 2018 episodes will continue airing until the late spring, before 2019 episodes hit the airwaves on June 6th

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Late Model Action Heats Up Madera Speedway This Weekend

#88 Joey Iest won his first career Jr. Late Model feature on April 6th (Jason Wedehase photo)

Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (April 23, 2019) – The sizzling start to the 2019 MAVTV-televised Nut Up Pro Late Model Series and 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model Series continues on Saturday night from Madera Speedway, with both divisions hosting their third races of the season. Allied Storage and Containers will present a busy night of racing.

The Pro and Jr. combined season average has attracted 50 Late Model stock cars to the one-third mile asphalt oval each night. Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros, Hobby Stocks, and Toyota Sedans will also be competing this weekend.

The Pro Late Model division has been led by a pair of Jr. Late Model graduates to start the year. 15 year-old Dylan Zampa, a three-time winner of the Jr. Series hailing out of Napa, CA, won the season opener and leads the championship. Six-time Jr. winner Austin Herzog, age 16 from Clovis, CA, won the second round of the series for his first Madera Pro Late Model win. Both drivers were busy throughout April. Zampa tested for Lee Faulk Racing Development in a Late Model Stock Car at Hickory Motor Speedway in North Carolina. Herzog added a victory in the non-televised Madera Late Models division last weekend as well.

2018 series champion Matt Erickson finds himself in unfamiliar territory from third in the standings on the heels of a runner-up finish to Herzog in the last event. 2018 Madera Late Model champion Jason Aguirre ranks fourth ahead of sophomore driver Christian Roche. 80 laps of competition are on tap for the Pro LM with $2,000 going to the race winner.

Las Vegas’ Tanner Reif, 13, enjoys a narrow three-point advantage ahead of Madera’s own Joey Iest in the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model competition. Reif grabbed opening night in March ahead of Iest before Iest outdueled Reif in a thrilling second round of the series. Remarkably, Reif has six consecutive fast-times in the division going back to July of 2018.

Bakersfield’s Seth Wise has led a large rookie class with a pair of third place finishes to rank third in the standings. Jay Juleson and Kabe McClenny round out the championship top-five. 22 different drivers from across the western United States have competed thus far in 2019 for the series for drivers ages 10-16. Their feature on Saturday will be 70 laps in distance.

The Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros is a race within a race and the Bandolero portion of their opener was won by Ethan Nascimento. The victory was Ethan’s first win in the series and gives him the points lead ahead of his teammate, the 2018 champion Riley Massey. Drivers from both north and south of Madera are challenging for the Bandolero championship this year. Atwater’s Aiden Phillips topped the Mini Cup field on his birthday as well. Madera’s youngest drivers will race for 20 laps on Saturday.

Madera’s Hobby Stock drivers are fresh off a great race with the new North State Hobby Stock Series on April 13th where Howard Holden scored a lucrative $750 victory. The race did not pay track points, however, with the track championship still led by Steve Schermerhorn. Schermerhorn will try to go 3-0 for the year on Saturday. In Toyota Sedans, Jason Lawton has won all four main events this year.

Action gets started on Friday evening with practice from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday’s program begins with pit gates opening at 12:30 p.m. Practices run from 2:15 – 3:45 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 Nut Up Industries please visit www.nutupindustries.com and for more information about 51FIFTY Energy Drink visit www.51fiftyenergydrink.com

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. 2018 episodes will continue airing until the late spring, before 2019 episodes hit the airwaves on June 6th.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Herzog Wins First Career Pro Late Model Race

Jason Wedehase photo

Via Austin Herzog PR

CLOVIS, CALIFORNIA (April 9, 2019) – 16 year-old Austin Herzog of Clovis, Calif. steered the #11 to victory on Saturday night at Madera Speedway for his first career Madera Pro Late Model Series win at his family’s home race track. The third-generation racer added to a resume that includes six Jr. Late Model Series wins at the one-third mile venue.

Herzog previously was the runner-up in the 2018 championship standings with three fast-times and five top-fives in the nine race series. Saturday’s event also marked nearly the 40th appearance for the young racer in a televised race dating back to 2016.

He qualified third quickest and then started third out of the 21 starters after the redraw. A long 27 lap green flag run opened the 80 lap main event with Herzog closely following the leaders in a nose-to-tail formation.

Herzog advanced into second by lap 31 and began his long assault on race leader Carlos Vieira from the inside. The duo raced side-by-side through a pair of additional restarts and continued to battle until the race went into its break.

Coming out of the break on lap 46 for adjustments, Herzog, Vieira, and defending track champion Matt Erickson raced in three-wide formation on several occasions. Herzog continued to pounce from the inside and took over the top spot on lap 69.

He built up a solid advantage on the pack that was nullified by a caution period. The ensuing restart saw contact nearly send Herzog spinning coming out of turn four, but he managed to back down the car without hitting the wall. A caution for an incident behind him nullified the contact and allowed him to keep the lead.

The final restart sealed the deal when Herzog drove away to a 1.849 second lead in just five laps of competition to earn his first Madera Pro Late Model win. He ended the night with a smoky burnout to the appreciation of the crowd.

Austin Herzog Motorsports is competing for the 2019 Pro Late Model championship on MAVTV from Madera Speedway. Their next event is April 27th. The team also intends to compete in select Super Late Model and SRL Southwest Tour races. Austin would like to thank his sponsors Sanger Concrete, Richard Herzog Construction, Wilson Motorsports, Stark Naked Designs, Superior Doors, and VanDoorn Racing for their support.

For more information, check out Austin Herzog Motorsports at www.AustinHerzogMotorsports.com Austin Herzog Motorsports can also be found on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.