Showing posts with label Carlos Vieira. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Carlos Vieira. Show all posts

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.

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.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

New Car, Same Result As Buddy Shepherd Wins Madera Pro LM

(Jason Wedehase photo)

Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (August 24, 2019) – Two-time Nut Up Pro Late Model champion Buddy Shepherd of Bakersfield climbed aboard a new car but delivered the same result, driving the Eshleman-owned 81 to victory lane in Saturday’s $2,000 to win event at Madera Speedway. Shepherd’s strong MAVTV-televised win puts a target on his back as a contender for the upcoming Short Track Shootout $10,000 to win race in October.

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, 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.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Holmes Becomes Fourth Different Winner In Pro Late Models At Madera

#31 Eric Holmes won the Nut Up Pro Late Model feature (Jason Wedehase photo)

Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (May 25, 2019) – Three-time Short Track Shootout champion Eric Holmes stood tall on Saturday night, leading all 80 laps for the Military Tribute Night victory at Madera Speedway. The MAVTV-televised win in the Nut Up Pro Late Model Series paid $2,000 during a patriotic weekend at the one-third mile speedway.

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

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Herzog And Iest Become First Time Winners At Madera

#11 Austin Herzog accepts his first Madera Pro Late Model checkered flag (Jason Wedehase photo)

Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (April 6, 2019) – Austin Herzog, 16, won his first career Nut Up Pro Late Model Series race on Saturday night at Madera Speedway, in a MAVTV-televised barnburner over series champion Matt Erickson. Madera, Calif. driver Joey Iest, also 16, added his first 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series win as well. Herzog had won six times in the Jr. Late Model category but never in the Pro division after a runner-up finish in the points in 2018.

Former SRL Southwest Tour champion and Madera SRL winner Jacob Gomes drew the pole position and led the 21 Pro Late Models to green for the 80 lap contest. Gomes led an entertaining opening 27 lap segment that went non-stop with Carlos Vieira hot on his heels throughout the entire run. At several stages, more than half a dozen cars ran behind Gomes with all of them occupying the low line.

Gomes started to diamond the corners in a bid to maintain the lead after several nudges from Vieira. Lapped traffic forced drivers to navigate both high and low to pass them. The entire field earned a breather on lap 27 when the first caution flew.

Vieira was slow to get away from the outside on the restart, leading to a chain reaction crash involving Toni Breidinger and Christian Roche. Both cars managed to continue. Vieira then swept past Gomes on the next attempt to lead lap 28.

A caution on lap 31 lined up Herzog inside Vieira and the duo ran in a near dead heat alongside each other. Vieira led Herzog in side-by-side battling through restarts on lap 36 and lap 39. A caution on lap 46 involved Tyler Fabozzi spinning and getting clipped by opening night winner Dylan Zampa. The caution brought the field to the scheduled 50 lap break four laps early.

Ross Strmiska’s car broke under caution laps after the break was completed, ending his night from fourth position. Herzog continued his drives inside Vieira but Vieira maintained the lead on each attempt. Herzog finally tucked in behind Vieira on the outside line for several laps. Zampa charged through the field to occupy seventh only six laps after restarting at the rear.

Herzog and Vieira continued to race neck and neck with Matt Erickson climbing up to third. Erickson took several shots at taking the duo three-wide for the lead.

Herzog finally broke through for the top spot on lap 69 and appeared poised to motor away by five car lengths with Erickson up to second. Vieira engaged in a battle with Austin Herzog’s cousin Tyler Herzog that boiled over for a lap 72 caution with Vieira spinning. The caution nullified Austin’s strong advantage over Erickson.

The following restart saw Erickson attempt a crossover move on Herzog as they dove into turn three. They made contact, with Herzog nearly spinning the car in a tank slapping maneuver. Erickson took the lead as Herzog tried to gather the car but the caution flew for Tyler Herzog spinning backwards into the turn three wall. The race was reverted back to lap 75 and Austin Herzog maintained the lead.

Austin Herzog’s final restart was picture perfect and he managed to pull away for a 1.849 second victory ahead of Erickson, Gomes, Roche, and 18th starting Ryan Hart. Zampa was sixth.

Joey Iest led just the final two laps to take the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model Series 70 lap feature. 19 drivers ages 10-16 years old took the green flag as the sun began to set on the one-third mile oval.

Bakersfield’s Seth Wise led the first six laps from the outside pole position. Pole sitter Jadan Walbridge of Portland was eliminated from the race when he tagged a spinning Kasey Kleyn of Washington on lap six. Opening winner Tanner Reif of Las Vegas took over the lead on the ensuing restart from the outside.

Wise searched high and low to try to take the lead back from Reif. Iest used the outside line over a series of restarts to overhaul both Tyler Reif and Wise to take over second position by lap 32. A caution on lap 34 brought the field to the lap 40 break a few laps early.

A multi-car crash necessitated a red flag coming out of the break. Tyler Reif spun after contact from Jay Juleson. Reif was hit by Calvin Hegje who was then hit by Robbie Kennealy and Kercie Jung. Only Reif was able to restart – without his nose piece - while the other three cars suffered severe damage.

Several drivers attempted to challenge Wise for third position including Austin Edwards and Kyler Berry. Berry and Wise bounced off the frontstretch wall on lap 66 to end Berry’s evening after he tagged the turn one wall as a result.

A green-white-checkered finish followed after another incident two laps later. Iest had a strong restart from the outside to take the lead from Reif. They remained nearly side-by-side coming to the white flag. Reif made one last attempt on the inside of Iest but bounced off of his driver’s side door to spin across the finish line. Iest narrowly beat the spinning Reif to the stripe with Wise, Juleson, and the badly damaged car of Tyler Reif rounding out the top-five.

Mini Cup vs. Bandolero action also enjoyed a first time winner with Ethan Nascimento grabbing the Bandolero portion of the event ahead of rookie Dylan Baptista. Aiden Phillips was the Mini Cup winner. Ryan Reynolds claimed the Modified Super Toyotas ahead of brother Shaun while Jason Lawton was victorious in Toyota Sedans.

Up next for Madera Speedway is The BIG EGG HUNT for the Kids Presented by the Hampton Inn and Suites. It features the North State Modifieds, Madera Late Model Club Race, North State / Madera Hobby Stock Challenge, MST, Toyota Sedans, NCMA Sprints, and a 30 Lap Jr Late Model Exhibition race plus Legends of Kearney Bowl.

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, McAllister Precision Marketing, H&S Body Works, Hoosier Tires, 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, when 2019 episodes will hit the airwaves.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Vieira Outlasts Romero For Third Career PCS Win

Photo Courtesy Jason Wedehase

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (August 11, 2018) – A pressure-filled 63 lap green flag run to finish ended with Carlos Vieira taking his third career Pacific Challenge Series presented by PenneyLawyers.com victory on Saturday night at Madera Speedway. Vieira, of Livingston, CA, outlasted points leader Jason Romero in arguably the closest series event at Madera yet.

Vieira topped a narrow Sunoco Fuels qualifying session by .002 seconds over Romero which saw only .086 seconds across the top-six. The American Racer Tire Dash for a set of tires went a different direction with Galt’s Matt Wendt winning it for the second event in a row.

Wendt led the opening two laps of the 75 feature on the one-third mile before Cole Moore edged forward from the outside to lead lap three. Vieira used the outside himself to nab second from Wendt not long after. John Moore and Matt Scott had a nice side-by-side duel for fourth behind them as well.

Vieira didn’t waste any time attacking Cole Moore using the inside to take the lead on lap seven. The leaders all started to move upstairs on the two-groove race track before things came to a halt on lap 12. A multi-car melee that included defending champion Mike Beeler, Mike Hite, and debutants Jacob Smith and Tyler Herzog blocked the front stretch for a red flag. For the third consecutive PCS event at Madera, Hite was eliminated with crash damage. The other three drivers continued on.

John Moore used the restart to seize third from Wendt while Matt Scott battled side-by-side with Romero for fifth. Ripon’s Mike Ray suffered mechanical problems that bounced him from the race on lap 27.

The Moores continued to battle as John Moore took over third from Cole Moore on lap 34 and went after Vieira for the lead. On lap 37, the top-six cars ran virtually nose-to-tail as the intensity never relented. Romero turned up the wick, passing Scott then getting third from Cole Moore on lap 38. John Moore started to challenge Vieira, with the duo making hard contact in turn four on lap 39. Romero closed down on them from third before the leaders made contact again on lap 46 in turn four.

Romero nosed inside Moore on several occasions for second place before finally clearing Moore on lap 68. The remaining seven laps saw Romero try high and low to get around Vieira, going upstairs in turns one and two with three laps to go to no avail. Carlos Vieira fended off Romero for his third career Pacific Challenge Series victory after a 63 lap green flag run, with John Moore a close third. Cole Moore and Matt Scott rounded out the top-five.

The championship battle sees Romero gain two points on John Moore for a 16 point gap heading into the 2018 championship race on October 13th at All American Speedway in Roseville, CA. The originally scheduled round #7 at Roseville on September 8th has been cancelled and the speedway will instead run a 150 lap special event for their local Late Model division.

For more information on the Pacific Challenge Series presented by PenneyLawyers.com, visit www.PacificChallengeSeries.com or follow them on Facebook or YouTube

The Pacific Challenge Series is presented by: Penney Racing Supply, Penney & Associates, American Racer Tires, Radio Law Talk, Compact-It, Northwest Compactors, Naake Suspension, Sunoco Fuels, Five Star Bodies, BrakeOMeter, Lefthander Chassis, ARP Bodies, Joes Racing Products, Competition Carburetion, Bassett Wheels, Frank's Radio, WrapStar Pro, and Blakesley Sports Media. All PCS Super Late Models race ABC Bodies or Muscle Car bodies on American Racer Tires with Sunoco Racing Fuel.

2018 Pacific Challenge Series presented by PenneyLawyers.com Schedule
Subject to Change
March 31 Madera Speedway (Madera, CA) *Thunder & Lightning w/ USAC & BCRA*
April 21 Shasta Speedway (Anderson, CA) *Kool April Nights*
May 19 Ukiah Speedway (Ukiah, CA) *North State Challenge*
June 23 Shasta Speedway (Anderson, CA) *Shasta Fair*
July 21 Stockton 99 Speedway (Stockton, CA) *Summer Classic*
August 11 Madera Speedway (Madera, CA) *Thunder & Lightning II w/ USAC & 360 Supers*
October 13 All American Speedway (Roseville, CA) *October Classic 100*

Pacific Challenge Series Round 6: Madera Speedway results
Finish Car Driver Hometown Sponsors
1 51 Carlos Vieira Livingston, CA 51FIFTY Energy Drink
2 8 Jason Romero Cameron Park, CA Folsom Lake Asphalt
3 27 John Moore Granite Bay, CA JM Environmental
4 20 Cole Moore Granite Bay, CA JM Environmental
5 35 Matt Scott Pine Grove, CA Kamps Propane
6 1 Matt Wendt Galt, CA Wendt Construction
7 54 Jacob Smith Bakersfield, CA Sigma Engineering Solutions
8 1H Tyler Herzog Fresno, CA Crown Homes
9 6 Mike Beeler Modesto, CA Beeler Industries
10 3 Dave Byrd French Camp, CA Cherokee Mufflers
11 70 Mike Hite Elk Grove, CA Pimental Freightlines
12 45 Mike Ray Ripon, CA

Sunoco Fuels Fast Time: #51 Carlos Vieira
American Racer Dash: #1 Matt Wendt
Penney Racing Supply Hard Charger: #8 Jason Romero
Lap Leaders: 1 Matt Wendt 1-2, 20 Cole Moore 3-6, 51 Carlos Vieira 7-75

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Vieira Wins Second Pacific Challenge Race In Madera Thriller

Carlos Vieira won his second PCS race on Saturday
(Photo Courtesy Jason Wedehase)

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (March 31, 2018) – Carlos Vieira turned in an encore performance Saturday night, leading the final 56 laps to take his second career Pacific Challenge Series race at Madera Speedway. Vieira’s win in the PenneyLawyers.com series matched his win in the 2017 season opener at the one-third mile speedway as well.

The event was a tribute to three Valley racing legends – Al Pombo, Marshall Sargent, and Smokey Hanoian. A strong Easter weekend crowd was treated to an Easter Egg hunt, open wheel racing, and the 75 lap Super Late Model race.

Vieira won the Sunoco Fuels fast-time and swept around American Racer Tire Dash winner Cole Moore to lead lap one. Eric Nascimento, Jr. charged up into second place on the third lap before a caution on lap seven when Jason Romero spun after contact with defending champion Mike Beeler. 2017 Ukiah winner Randy Hedrick stopped in the melee as well. Beeler initiated the tap rule where he took blame for the skirmish, allowing Romero and Hedrick to regain their positions.

Nascimento, age 16, started inside Vieira on the restart and seized the lead before Vieira crawled back onto his rear bumper. Cole Moore went up in smoke on lap 16 and under the caution period Thomas Suarez, in his series debut, lost a substantial amount of oil in turn one as well. After a lengthy red flag for clean up, things intensified for the lead position. Vieira and Nascimento had a slow restart that resulted in a serious crash behind them. 2017 two-time winner Matt Wendt and Elk Grove’s Mike Hite made contact, sending Wendt around and into the inside k-rail and tires. Wendt exited the car gingerly with assistance from paramedics.

The top-two of Nascimento and Vieira were sent back to the second row for their failure for a clean start, with 2015 champion John Moore and Romero assumed the lead positions. Moore took over the lead coming to green with Vieira quickly closing on him. Vieira took the top spot back on lap 22. Moore, Hedrick and Romero battled for second before Romero was able to take it just past halfway. Cole Moore’s night ended up in flames in turn one on lap 50, and Romero went after Vieira for the lead on the following restart. The charge was short lived with an axle issue ending Romero’s evening prematurely.

Hedrick stayed within striking distance of Vieira over the closing laps, getting within a car length on several occasions, before Vieira motored away for his second career PCS win. Vieira won by .317 seconds with John Moore, Tracy Bolin, and Beeler the top-five. Nascimento was seventh at the finish after a strong early showing.

“It was a tough race; great racing actually. I had a lot of fun tonight. Campbell Motorsports does so much hard work to get this car ready for the races. Madera Speedway – this is awesome! Kenny Shepherd does a great job,” Vieira said. “When you have a good car and you just concentrate on your driving it makes the difference. That restart I was questioning if I should be on the outside or not. I actually changed my line and stayed lower in one and two and higher in three and four and it worked out.”

In open wheel action, the Super Modified race was a master’s class in a race of attrition. Lance Jackson emerged as the CSS 360 victor as the only car left running, after Donnie Large and AJ Russell tangled in turn three on lap 11.

Mark Maliepaard won a history making BCRA Midget main event in a close duel with Chad Nichols and Scott Pierovich. 13 year-old Jesse Love, the 2017 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model champion, made his first full-size Midget start as one of the youngest drivers in Midget racing history. He finished fourth.

His Late Model racing teammate Adam Lemke of Hollister had the right stuff as he drove for a commanding four second win in the USAC Western US Midgets main event. Good Times QMA graduates Joey Iest and Blake Brannon rounded out the top-three.

The Pacific Challenge Series presented by PenneyLawyers.com resumes on April 21st at Anderson’s Shasta Speedway. Shasta is the series’ largest venue at 3/8ths a mile.

For more information on the Pacific Challenge Series presented by PenneyLawyers.com, visit www.PacificChallengeSeries.com or follow them on Facebook or YouTube

The Pacific Challenge Series is presented by: Penney Racing Supply, Penney & Associates, American Racer Tires, Radio Law Talk, Compact-It, Northwest Compactors, Naake Suspension, Sunoco Fuels, Five Star Bodies, BrakeOMeter, Lefthander Chassis, ARP Bodies, Joes Racing Products, Bassett Wheels, Frank's Radio, WrapStar Pro, and Blakesley Sports Media. All PCS Super Late Models race ABC Bodies or Muscle Car bodies on American Racer Tires with Sunoco Racing Fuel.

2018 Pacific Challenge Series presented by PenneyLawyers.com Schedule
Subject to Change
March 31 Madera Speedway (Madera, CA) *Thunder & Lightning w/ USAC & BCRA*
April 21 Shasta Speedway (Anderson, CA) *Kool April Nights*
May 19 All American Speedway (Roseville, CA) *Return to Roseville*
June 23 Shasta Speedway (Anderson, CA) *Shasta Fair*
July 21 Stockton 99 Speedway (Stockton, CA) *Summer Classic*
August 11 Madera Speedway (Madera, CA) *Thunder & Lightning II w/ USAC & 360 Supers*
September 8 All American Speedway (Roseville, CA) *Back to School*
October 13 All American Speedway (Roseville, CA) *October Classic 100*

Pacific Challenge Series Round 1: Madera Speedway results
Finish Car Driver Hometown Sponsors
1 51 Carlos Vieira Livingston, CA 51FIFTY Energy Drink
2 29 Randy Hedrick Reno, NV Sierra Speed
3 27 John Moore Granite Bay, CA JM Environmental
4 11J Tracy Bolin Valley Springs, CA Bolin Builders
5 6 Mike Beeler Modesto, CA Beeler Industries
6 61 Shannon Mansch Roseville, CA Mansch Motorsports
7 21N Eric Nascimento Jr. Manteca, CA Nascimento Motorsports
8 8 Jason Romero Cameron Park, CA Folsom Lake Asphalt
9 20 Cole Moore Granite Bay, CA JM Environmental
10 3 Dave Byrd French Camp, CA Cherokee Mufflers
11 2 Matt Wendt Galt, CA Wendt Construction
12 70 Mike Hite Elk Grove, CA Pimental Frieghtlines
13 17 Thomas Suarez Clovis, CA RCM Technologies

Sunoco Fuels Fast Time: #51 Carlos Vieira
American Racer Dash: #20 Cole Moore
Penney Racing Supply Hard Charger: #29 Randy Hedrick
Lap leaders: #51 Carlos Vieira 1-7, #21 Eric Nascimento, Jr. 8-16, #27 John Moore 17-21, Vieira 22-75

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Vieira Outlasts Romero For First Career PCS Win At Madera



MADERA, CALIFORNIA (March 18, 2017) - Carlos Vieira scored his first career PCS victory, as the Pacific Challenge Series presented by PenneyLawyers.com opened up its season Saturday night at Madera Speedway for the Smokey Hanoian 75. Vieira led the final 56 laps of competition but not without late company from fast time qualifier Jason Romero.

"It feels awesome," Vieira said. "The car was solid man. The outside line - I felt pretty confident with it. That first restart I chose the bottom and that was a big mistake."

"Man I was doing everything this car had," Romero said. "I needed another maybe 25 more laps. My front brakes were gone. I was putting rear into it, making it cut."

Romero opened the afternoon with a 14.428 second lap to lead qualifying but it was Granite Bay's Cole Moore, the 2015 Rookie of the Year, winning the American Racer Tire Dash for the pole and a set of tires.

15 PCS Super Late Models roared to the green flag on the one-third mile speedway with outside polesitter Vieira using the outside line to take the early lead. Side by side racing was the name of game during an intense lead battle between Vieira and Moore. The first caution came on lap six when Chris Scribner stopped on the front stretch with fuel pump issues.

Vieira chose the inside for the following restart which proved to be to Moore's favor as he led lap seven by a nose before Vieira edged back to lead lap eight. Moore finally cleared Vieira on lap nine. The next caution flag proved crucial as Romero spun down the backstretch after a mix up with defending series champion Jeremy Doss. Both drivers had to restart at the rear.

Moore selected the outside on the restart and that decision not only propelled him to the lead but allowed his father John to roll into third and Ryan Philpott to roll the top into fifth. Philpott's strong performance expired on lap 14 with mechanical problems.

Vieira crawled back onto Moore and the duo went side-by-side again on lap 15. The caution flew on lap 16 when rookie Jack Wood spun on the front stretch. Moore again picked the outside but Vieira showed he had the right stuff as he took over the lead on lap 19.

Travis Milburn fended off Doss in an entertaining battle for fourth before Doss surrendered to the pits with problems on lap 35. Romero found himself mired in traffic battling Tracy Bolin and 2016 Rookie of the Year Matt Wendt just outside the top-five.

Wood and Danny Malfatti had a collision in turn four for the next caution on lap 34. Romero jumped forward on the following restart to pass John Moore for fourth. Milburn too fell out of the race on lap 43 with mechanical woes and that set the stage for Romero to take third and move towards the leaders.

Romero and Moore staged a thrilling side-by-side affair that gave Vieira the chance to pull his cushion to nearly three seconds. By the time Romero got away on lap 61, he ran both of his fastest laps of the race in open traffic to claw at Vieira. Vieira stayed tough in late lapped traffic for a .487 second victory - three car lengths - in the satisfying victory.

Cole Moore crossed the stripe third but was penalized for an RPM infraction in post race inspection. John Moore assumes third ahead of 2014 champion Mike Beeler and Bolin. Rookie Alexander Mead drove from 14th to seventh to earn the Penney Racing Supply Hard Charger in his series debut.

The 2017 Pacific Challenge Series presented by PenneyLawyers.com continues Saturday April 15th at All American Speedway in Roseville, CA. For more information on the Pacific Challenge Series, visit www.PacificChallengeSeries.com or follow them on Facebook or YouTube

The Pacific Challenge Series is presented by: Penney Racing Supply, Penney & Associates, American Racer Tires, Law Talk, Compact-It, Northwest Compactors, Naake Suspension, Sunoco Fuels, Five Star Bodies, BrakeOMeter, Lefthander Chassis, ARP Bodies, Joes Racing Products, Bassett Wheels, Frank's Radio, WrapStar Pro, and Blakesley Sports Media. All PCS Super Late Models race ABC Bodies or Muscle Car bodies on American Racer Tires with Sunoco Racing Fuel.

2017 Pacific Challenge Series Schedule
Subject to change

March 18th - Madera Speedway (Madera, CA) Winner: Carlos Vieira

April 15th - All American Speedway (Roseville, CA)

May 6th - Shasta Speedway (Anderson, CA)

May 20th - Stockton 99 Speedway (Stockton, CA)

June 17th - All American Speedway (Roseville, CA)

July 1st - Stockton 99 Speedway (Stockton, CA) Ron Strmiska Memorial

July 29th - Ukiah Speedway (Ukiah, CA)

August 12th - Madera Speedway (Madera, CA)

September 2nd - Stockton 99 Speedway (Stockton, CA)

October 14th - All American Speedway (Roseville, CA) *2017 Championship Finale* w/ North State Modified Series & NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West)

Pacific Challenge Series Round 1: Madera Speedway results
Finish Car Driver Hometown Sponsors
1 51 Carlos Vieira Livingston, CA 51FIFTY Energy Drink
2 8 Jason Romero Cameron Park, CA Folsom Lake Asphalt
3 27 John Moore Granite Bay, CA JM Environmental
4 6 Mike Beeler Modesto, CA Beeler Industries
5 11j Tracy Bolin Valley Springs, CA Bolin Builders
6 1 Matthew Wendt Galt, CA Cali Style Customs
7 32 Alexander Mead Watsonville, CA Mead Performance
8 70 Mike Hite Elk Grove, CA Storage for Less
9 20m Cole Moore Granite Bay, CA JM Racing
10 19 Jack Wood Loomis, CA Cooks Collision
11 55 Danny Malfatti Hayward, CA Malfatti Motorsports
12 18 Travis Milburn Eagle, ID Cooks Collision
13 75 Jeremy Doss Upperlake, CA S&S Sports Enterprises
14 52 Ryan Philpott Tracy, CA Hacienda Pool Products
15 5 Chris Scribner Loomis, CA Quick Quack Car Wash

Sunoco Fuels Fast Time: #8 Jason Romero 14.428
American Racer Dash: #20 Cole Moore
Penney Racing Supply Hard Charger: #32 Alexander Mead
Lap leaders: #51 Carlos Vieira 1-6, #20 Cole Moore 7, #51 Carlos Vieira 8, #20 Cole Moore 9-18, #51 Carlos Vieira 19-75