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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, 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.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Gomes Returns To SRL Victory Lane With Madera Win

Jacob Gomes returned ti victory lane after a three year drought on Saturday night (Photo Courtesy Jason Wedehase)
Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (September 29, 2018) – Manteca’s Jacob Gomes swept the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour 125 presented by 51FIFTY Energy Drink at Madera Speedway, taking fast-time and then leading the final 55 laps for victory. It marked Gomes’ first SRL win since he won twice during his 2015 championship winning season.

The win was not assured early on when he started third and fell as low as sixth during the torrid early battling. Misfortunes for two of the early leaders aided in Gomes’ winning cause.

2006 champion Eric Schmidt of Roseville, CA drew the pole position and led lap one while Blaine Rocha drove from eighth to fifth early on. Ricky Schlick started tenth and had a nice early battle with Bob Lyon for seventh as well.

The first caution flew on lap 17 when rookie Kyle Neveau spun in turn four and he retired to the pits shortly after. On the restart, Schmidt and Carlos Vieira battled with Vieira using the outside line to take the lead on lap 22. Gomes fought with leading Rookie of the Year contender Cole Moore for third on lap 26, while behind them Craig Raudman battled with points leader Jeremy Doss.

Doss, Moore, and Raudman reshuffled several times before Raudman knifed up the inside to advance to third on lap 42. Raudman then nabbed second on lap 45 from Schmidt.

Raudman continued to charge forward from the bottom, getting underneath race leader Carlos Vieira. The duo collided in turn three, sending Vieira for a spin and bringing out a caution on lap 49. Both drivers suffered damage and had to take trips to the infield pits for repairs before returning at the rear of the pack.

Vieira’s hard luck yielded the lead back to Schmidt, who chose the outside line against Doss on the ensuing restart. The decision paid off, with the top-three of Schmidt, Doss, and Gomes all electing to run up high. As the top-five tightened up under a blanket, Doss decided to make his move, diving inside Schmidt on lap 62 in turn three. Schmidt and Doss came together, sending Schmidt spinning with Bob Lyon narrowly avoiding the incident. Yet again, the top-two were relegated to restart at the rear of the field.

These melees thrust Schlick into a lead that he held until a spin by Bob Lyon on lap 67 brought out another caution. The lap 70 restart was Schlick’s undoing as he dropped back steadily, bottling up the field in several three-wide packs. Gomes emerged with the lap 71 lead while Raudman was thrust up into third quickly. Schlick ended up drifting back to 16th before dropping out seven laps shy of the finish.

Gomes was not comfortably ahead by any means, as lapped traffic brought the top-three together briefly by lap 100. Rocha chased Gomes as they darted in and out of traffic. Raudman successfully fended off Doss, who was fighting fading brakes, to maintain third. The caution never flew again and Gomes claimed a popular .814 second victory over Rocha, Raudman, Doss, and Schmidt. The series has two rounds remaining with Doss and Schmidt engaged in a tight points battle.

The Legends of the Pacific concluded their touring series championship with action at Madera on Saturday night, with 15 cars competing in a 35 lap feature. Bakersfield’s Colton Page started seventh and worked his way up into the lead on lap seven and never relinquished it. He accumulated a six second advantage while Pete Soto had a five car deep train for second.

A late race caution for a spin in turn one erased Page’s lead but he managed to drive away again for a 1.757 second victory over Soto. Chad Nascimento fended off second in points Cody Winchel to take the third position and the championship in the series. Matt Winfrey closed out his Young Lions championship run with a fifth place effort. The race was halted by a lap one incident when Brendan Ruzbarsky hit the front stretch wall. He was uninjured.

Super Hobby Stocks were dominated in qualifying by 72 year-old Richard Herzog, but the racing action told a different story. 2018 champion Steve Schermerhorn won the heat race and then raced side-by-side with Herzog for the duration of the 25 lap feature. Their battle for third was the highlight of a main event dominated by Howard Holden as he took a 2.669 second win over Jesus Hernandez. Schermerhorn won the duel with Herzog for third. The series has one race remaining on October 20th.

Toni Breidinger added to her all-time record as the winningest female in USAC competition, using her Honda powered entry to win the 30 lap Western US Midget main event. While the 19 year-old from Hillsborough set a furious pace, the action behind her for second was entertaining. 15 year-old Joey Iest and 17 year-old Adam Lemke, the points leader, raced hard all the way to the finish. Iest outfoxed the veteran Lemke for a well-deserved second place finish.

Legends of Kearney Bowl and Hardtop Sportsman also competed in exhibition races to round out the busy evening at the one-third mile.

Madera Speedway is gearing up for one its largest races in track history with Saturday’s Nut Up Industries Short Track Shootout. The 6th annual event for the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series is a 150 green flag lap contest with $10,000 on the line for the winner. A field of over 50 is expected to battle in this MAVTV-televised event.

The 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model Series and Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros will also stage their championship finales. The popular touring Lucas Oil Modifieds round out the buffet of all-televised short track excitement. Activities begin Friday with practice sessions before the lower mains are slated to start at 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. Saturday’s features begin at 5 p.m.

For more information about Madera Racing on MAVTV please visit www.racemadera.com or www.mavtv.com. For more information on RPM Mortgage and to obtain loan information please visit www.rpmwins.com and for more information about 51FIFTY Energy Drink visit www.51fiftyenergydrink.com

Madera Speedway is presented by major partners RPM Mortgage, 51FIFTY Energy Drink, Nut Up Industries, NICERIDE, iPull-uPull, and Color Fast Industries.

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 fifth round of the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Models airs October 11th.

Madera Speedway 2018 Schedule Celebrating 47 years of Racing!

October 5th -Practice for the RPM Mortgage Short Track "Best of the West" $10,000.00 to win Shootout Event open to Lucas Oil Modifieds, Late Models, Jr. Late Models, and the Mini Cup vs Bandoleros Series

October 6th - 150 Lap $10,000.00 to WIN “NUT UP SHORT TRACK SHOOTOUT” for the MAVTV televised RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series 150 laps! (race #9 of the televised championship), Lucas Oil Modifieds 75 lap TV race! Race #9 of the 80 lap 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series and the Mini Cup vs Bandoleros Series

October 13th - Closed, NO RACES /

October 20th - 11th Annual iPull-uPull Pumpkin Smash Halloween Bash and Blow Up and Monster Trucks!, Madera Hobby Stocks, MST's, Toyota Sedans, $2,000 to Win 200 lap Enduro, the Extreme Barrel Racing Series, a Trick or Treat thru the Pits and on Track PUMPKIN SMASH for the KIDS!

October 27th - Closed

November 10th - 2018 Championship Awards Banquet

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Jacob Gomes Gets Second PCS Victory At Madera

Photo Courtesy Jason Wedehase

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (August 12, 2017) - Manteca's Jacob Gomes led twice, including the final 22 laps, en route to his second career PCS victory to win the series' 100 lap feature on Saturday night at Madera Speedway. Gomes topped a field of 19 Pacific Challenge Series presented by PenneyLawyers.com Super Late Models in the seventh round of 2017.

Gomes' victory makes him the seventh different winner in a series that has had no repeat winners this year.

The "fastest one-third mile in the west" lived up to its billing in Sunoco Fuels-sponsored time trials, when five drivers broke the track record set last August by Jason Romero. Despite sizzling temperatures, March PCS Madera winner Carlos Vieira clicked off a 13.999 second lap. The Livingston, CA driver followed that by winning the American Tire Dash that paid a set of tires and the pole for the feature.

The initial attempt at a start proved difficult when the outside line stopped coming to the green flag. The ensuing melee saw the outside of rows seven, eight, and nine - Justin Westmoreland, Mike Hite, and Alexander Mead - all suffer significant damage. Both Westmoreland and Hite made attempts to continue on in the race but the trio only completed 38 laps total.

Once things got going it was outside pole sitter Gomes taking advantage of the preferred line to take the lead from Vieira. Incoming third in points Cole Moore challenged Vieira inside on several occasions before Vieira drove away with second place. The top three enjoyed a solid lead on the pack while third-generation driver Ross Strmiska led a second pack using primarily the outside line to anchor fourth. Fourth fastest qualifier Jack Wood of Loomis overcame his fourth row starting position as he took over seventh from 2014 champion Mike Beeler of Modesto on lap 21.

Lapped traffic entered the fray on lap 27 and Wood worked his way past 2016 Rookie of the Year Matt Wendt of Galt for sixth. Strmiska retired from the race on lap 40 with mechanical gremlins and his departure from the track sparked some wild three wide maneuvering through the infield to avoid.

Gomes found the traffic challenging just past halfway when he attempted to get past Eric Nascimento, Jr., 16, who was making his series debut. Vieira climbed up to Gomes on lap 58 and they went three-wide in traffic but Gomes managed to maintain the lead. They went side-by-side again on laps 61 and 62 but Gomes rolled the top to his advantage. Vieira continued the pressure with Cole Moore entering the picture from third in a nose-to-tail affair. Vieira finally cleared Gomes for the lead position on lap 71.

The traffic did not relent and Vieira tagged the wall attempting to lap points leader John Moore just a few laps later. On lap 78, Vieira went up in smoke in turn three with his night over with damage from the impact. That lap 78 caution was the first caution since the initial attempt at a start making for a grueling green flag run.

Gomes picked the outside of Cole Moore for a restart the saw Gomes, Moore, and Tracy Bolin go three-wide briefly. The caution flew on the next lap when Wood and John Moore spun in turn two. The top-three took off from fourth place Wendt at the next restart and Wendt spent several laps side-by-side with lapped car Michael Sandoval. Behind them, Nascimento was challenged by John Moore until Jack Wood jumped inside for an attempt at going three-wide into turn three. Wood and Moore collided sending Moore for a spin and both cars to the rear.

The following restart saw Gomes, Cole Moore, and Bolin again go after it with Bolin and Cole Moore making contact coming out of turn two. Bolin slid down the backstretch sideways at near full throttle before backing hard into the turn three wall. Bolin was able to climb from his car uninjured despite sparking a significant fire.

After a lengthy clean up, Cole Moore found himself again in the eye of the storm on the next green flag. Moore and Wendt tangled in a three-wide battle in turn three that sent Wendt into Moore's drivers-side door. Wendt's evening was over on the hook while Moore had to make several stops for repairs before continuing.

The final caution of the evening came on lap 96 when Wood and Ukiah's John Dalerio collided battling for a possible top-five finish. Both had to restart at the rear yet again.

Gomes lined up outside Eagle, ID's Travis Milburn for a four lap shootout to the finish and quickly took off in his red #16. Both John Moore - who had been spun around just eight laps earlier - and Beeler managed to pass Milburn in the closing stages. At the checkered flag it was Jacob Gomes with his second career PCS victory ahead of John Moore, Mike Beeler, Travis Milburn, and Eric Nascimento, Jr. Austin Gant scored his second consecutive sixth place finish while Austin Herzog, 15, overcame several mechanical issues to finish seventh in his series debut to go with Nascimento's top-five in his series debut.

The Pacific Challenge Series presented by PenneyLawyers.com continues September 2nd with round #8 as part of the third Tri-Holiday Classic at Stockton 99 Speedway. John Moore will bring a 12 point advantage on Mike Beeler into the event.

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.

2017 Pacific Challenge Series Schedule

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

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

May 6th - Shasta Speedway (Anderson, CA) Winner: Derek Copeland

May 20th - Stockton 99 Speedway (Stockton, CA) Winner: Jeff Bischofberger

June 17th - All American Speedway (Roseville, CA) Winner: Cole Moore

July 1st - Stockton 99 Speedway (Stockton, CA) Ron Strmiska Memorial Winner: John Moore

July 29th - Ukiah Speedway (Ukiah, CA) Winner: Randy Hedrick

August 12th - Madera Speedway (Madera, CA) Winner: Jacob Gomes

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 7: Madera Speedway results
Finish Car Driver Hometown Sponsors
1 16 Jacob Gomes Manteca, CA Sunny Valley Smoked Meats
2 27 John Moore Granite Bay, CA JM Environmental
3 6 Mike Beeler Modesto, CA Beeler Industries
4 19 Travis Milburn Eagle, ID Neu Energy
5 21 Eric Nascimento Manteca, CA Nascimento Motorsports
6 75 Austin Gant Grass Valley, CA Empire Steel Buildings
7 11H Austin Herzog Clovis, CA Richard Herzog Construction
8 14 John Dalerio Redwood Valley, CA Premier Auto Body Repair
9 7 Michael Sandoval Manteca, CA Sandoval & Son
10 18 Jack Wood Loomis, CA Velocity Racing
11 20 Cole Moore Granite Bay, CA JM Racing
12 11J Tracy Bolin Valley Springs, CA Bolin Builders
13 1 Matt Wendt Galt, CA Cali Style Customs
14 51 Carlos Vieira Livingston, CA 51FIFTY Energy Drink
15 35 Matt Scott Pine Grove, CA Kamps Propane
16 90 Ross Strmiska Manteca, CA Nut Up Industries
17 70 Mike Hite Elk Grove, CA Storage for Less
18 9 Justin Westmoreland Fresno, CA George's Auto Supply
19 32 Alexander Mead Watsonville, CA Jeff Mead Firewood
Sunoco Fuels Fast Time: #51 Carlos Vieira 13.999 * NEW TRACK RECORD*
American Racer Dash (Set of Tires): #51 Carlos Vieira
Penney Racing Supply Hard Charger: #7 Michael Sandoval
Lap leaders: #16 Jacob Gomes 1-70, #51 Carlos Vieira 71-78, #16 Jacob Gomes 79-100

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Beeler Emerges With Firecracker 100 Win At Stockton 99 Speedway



Via PCS Media/Blakesley Sports Media

STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA (July 3, 2016) - Saturday's Firecracker 100 for the Ron Strmiska Sr. Memorial at Stockton 99 Speedway ended with on-track fireworks and Modesto's Mike Beeler came away with the victory. The green-white-checkered finish saw Beeler get past Jacob Gomes to lead the final two laps for the $4000 win. Beeler, the 2014 series champion, is he sixth different winner through the first seven rounds of the Pacific Challenge Series.

Beeler's victory came from seventh on the grid in front of a crowd estimated north of 3000 for one of the biggest races of the season for the PenneyLaywers.com sponsored series.

Seven cars broke the track record in Sunoco Race Fuels qualifying including 2015 Firecracker 100 winner John Moore with a 13.104 second lap. Points leader Jeremy Doss of Upperlake, CA won the Strmiska Memorial Dash for $500 to win to earn the pole for the feature race. The race started after the annual fireworks show concluded and saw outside pole sitter Jacob Gomes take the lead at the conclusion of the first lap.

The first caution for a spin also relegated Travis Milburn to the pits for a stop for repairs. By the fifth lap of the race Tracy Bolin had navigated his way to fifth after starting ninth, while Kyle Gottula was up to eighth from 12th. Ron Strmiska's grandson Ross had a busy race throughout the night battling back-and-forth with Cole Moore while Bolin challenged Beeler for fourth. Milburn navigated back up to tenth at quarter distance at lap 25.

Lapped traffic became a factor for Gomes as he tried to hang on to his nearly two second advantage over Doss and John Moore. Things heated up midpack with Cole Moore and Gottula both getting past Strmiska in subsequent laps on lap 34 and 35.

Strmiska got Moore back a few laps later before Moore slowed dramatically to draw a caution lap 42 and retire from the race. The first attempt at a restart saw Bolin and Milburn mix it up, sending Milburn for a spin where he collected Stockton's Greg Potts. Both were eliminated from the competition.

Beeler used the restart to turn up the wick on Doss for second position, which he took over on lap 48. Doss appeared to be in trouble with heavy pressure from Bolin and Gottula among others in a tight pack. Things boiled over in turn two on lap 52 when Bolin was bounced from the pack and had slight contact with Danny Malfatti as he spun. Bolin's front end damage was significant and the contact with Doss was enough for Doss to take a pit stop as well. Bolin was out of the race after a strong month of June with a win at Shasta and a fourth at Roseville.

Gottula ran as high as second with 20 laps to go as the race stayed green near the finish. John Moore suffered a pair of flat tires that sent sparks flying from the #27 car to set up the green-white-checkered finish. Beeler and Gomes made hard contact on the first attempt at a restart, with Gomes showing smoke when the caution flew.

On the second attempt, Beeler and Gomes ran in a dead heat on lap 98. The Stockton crowd rose to their feet as Beeler took over the lead on lap 99 and Gomes spun diving into turn one. Strmiska and Gottula made hard contact avoiding Gomes and slid into the backstretch exit ramp, and Matthew Wendt spun a few hundred feet past them in turn three. Beeler dashed away with the win ahead of Doss, Elk Grove's Mike Hite, John Moore, and JR Courage. Moore was eventually moved up to third in the final rundown as Hite was dropped to fifth for a post-race infraction. Gomes reveled later that the smoke was a broken power steering line that left fluid on the race track before the subsequent series of melees.

The 2016 Pacific Challenge Series presented by PenneyLawyers.com rolls on to Ukiah Speedway on July 16th for the second of three appearances at the quarter-mile. For more information on the Pacific Challenge Series, visit them online at www.PacificChallengeSeries.com or on Facebook and YouTube.

The Pacific Challenge Series is presented by: Penney Racing Supply, Penney & Associates, American Racer Tires, Maita Chevrolet, 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.

2016 Pacific Challenge Series Schedule
(Subject To Change)

March 19 Madera Speedway (Madera, CA) *Televised on MAVTV, presented by Loanmart* - Winner: Jacob Gomes

April 16 All American Speedway (Roseville, CA) Winner: Jason Romero

May 7 Ukiah Speedway (Ukiah, CA) Winner: Jeremy Doss
May 28 Stockton 99 Speedway (Stockton, CA) *Round #1 of Tri-Holiday Series* Winner: Eric Schmidt

June 4 Shasta Speedway (Anderson, CA) Winner: Tracy Bolin
June 25 All American Speedway (Roseville, CA) *w/ North State Modified Series* Winner: Jason Romero

July 2 Stockton 99 Speedway (Stockton, CA) *Round #2 of Tri-Holiday Series* Winner: Mike Beeler
July 16 Ukiah Speedway (Ukiah, CA)

August 13 Madera Speedway (Madera, CA) *Televised on MAVTV, presented by Loanmart*

September 3 Stockton 99 Speedway (Stockton, CA) *Round #3 of Tri-Holiday Series*
September 24 All American Speedway (Roseville, CA) *w/ North State Modified Series*

October 1 Ukiah Speedway (Ukiah, CA) *2016 Championship Race*
October 15 All American Speedway (Roseville, CA) *w/ K&N West, Non-Points*

Pacific Challenge Series Round 7: Stockton 99 Speedway Results
Finish Car Driver Hometown Sponsors
1 6 Mike Beeler Modesto, CA Beeler Industries
2 75 Jeremy Doss Upperlake, CA I-5 Tire Factory
3 27 John Moore Granite Bay, CA JM Environmental
4 37 JR Courage Manteca, CA The Chicken Barn
5 70 Mike Hite Elk Grove, CA Storage for Less
6 1 Matthew Wendt Lodi, CA Cali Style Customs
7 90 Ross Strmiska Manteca, CA Mainline Equipment
8 53 Kyle Gottula Modesto, CA
9 16 Jacob Gomes Manteca, CA Sunny Valley Smoked Meats
10 66 Jeff Bischofberger Tracy, CA Rent to Own Visalia
11 55 Danny Malfatti Hayward, CA Malfatti Motorsports
12 11j Tracy Bolin Valley Springs, CA Bolin Builders
13 20m Cole Moore Granite Bay, CA JM Racing
14 18 Travis Milburn Eagle, ID Cooks Collision
15 12 Greg Potts Stockton, CA Economy Signs

Sunoco Fuels Fast Time: #27 John Moore 13.108
American Racer Dash ($500): #75 Jeremy Doss
Penney Racing Supply Hard Charger: #37 JR Courage advancing from 14th to 4th
Lap leaders: #16 Jacob Gomes 1-98, #6 Mike Beeler 99-100

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Eric Schmidt Gets Long Awaited Stockton PCS Win



STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA (May 28, 2016) - Former Stockton 99 Speedway track champion Eric Schmidt won his first Pacific Challenge Series race at the venue, claiming the 100 lap Tri-Holiday Classic #1 on Saturday night. The Roseville, CA driver is also a 2013 PCS champion and made the winning move on lap 96 at the quarter-mile paved oval.

Schmidt's win on the 68 year old historic speedway was a popular one and came in a fast-paced night where the top-eight cars broke the track record. Schmidt led that effort with a 13.291 second lap around the high-banked speedway.

Schmidt had to come from seventh on the grid after finishing in seventh in the American Racer Tire dash earlier in the night. It was Ross Strmiska and Cole Moore leading the 20 car Super Late Model field down to green with a third- and a second-generation Stockton 99 regulars on the front row.

Strmiska led the opening 45 laps of the race with his new black, pink, and gold Dodge Challenger with Moore in tow. By one fifth race distance the pair maintained a strong lead over 2015 SRL Champion Jacob Gomes in third. Gomes took over second position from Moore on lap 42. Gomes then passed Strmiska for the top-spot on lap 46.

Schmidt emerged into the top-five with 30 laps left to go and chipped his way through the top-five while Gomes enjoyed a commanding lead. With ten laps to go Schmidt got around Moore and looked to challenge Gomes. A late race incident involving Strmiska and Wendt set up the battle with Schmidt getting past Gomes on lap 96 to take the victory. The top-five at the stripe were Schmidt, Gomes, points leader Jeremy Doss from eighth starting position, Moore, and 2014 PCS champion Mike Beeler in his typical late race charge.

Doss was the races' hard charger while the Brakeometer prize for the fourth place finisher went to Cole Moore. The Pacific Challenge Series continues a back-to-back stretch of races on Saturday night June 4th when they hit Anderson, CA and Shasta Speedway. This will be the first points paying appearance for the tour since 2013 for the fast 3/8ths mile oval.

For more information on the Pacific Challenge Series, visit them online at www.PacificChallengeSeries.com or on Facebook and YouTube.

The Pacific Challenge Series is presented by: Penney Racing Supply, Penney & Associates, American Racer Tires, Maita Chevrolet, 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.

2016 Pacific Challenge Series Schedule
(Subject To Change)

March 19 Madera Speedway (Madera, CA) *Televised on MAVTV, presented by Loanmart* - Winner: Jacob Gomes

April 16 All American Speedway (Roseville, CA) Winner: Jason Romero

May 7 Ukiah Speedway (Ukiah, CA) Winner: Jeremy Doss
May 28 Stockton 99 Speedway (Stockton, CA) *Round #1 of Tri-Holiday Series* Winner: Eric Schmidt

June 4 Shasta Speedway (Anderson, CA)
June 25 All American Speedway (Roseville, CA) *w/ North State Modified Series*

July 2 Stockton 99 Speedway (Stockton, CA) *Round #2 of Tri-Holiday Series*
July 16 Ukiah Speedway (Ukiah, CA)

August 13 Madera Speedway (Madera, CA) *Televised on MAVTV, presented by Loanmart*

September 3 Stockton 99 Speedway (Stockton, CA) *Round #3 of Tri-Holiday Series*
September 24 All American Speedway (Roseville, CA) *w/ North State Modified Series*

October 1 Ukiah Speedway (Ukiah, CA) *2016 Championship Race*
October 15 All American Speedway (Roseville, CA) *w/ K&N West, Non-Points*

Pacific Challenge Series Round 4: Stockton 99 Speedway Results
Finish Car Driver Hometown Sponsors
1 05 Eric Schmidt Roseville, CA Sierra Speed
2 16 Jacob Gomes Manteca, CA Sunny Valley Smoked Meats
3 75 Jeremy Doss Upperlake, CA I-5 Tire Factory
4 20m Cole Moore Granite Bay, CA JM Racing
5 6 Mike Beeler Modesto, CA Beeler Industries
6 90 Ross Strmiska Manteca, CA Mainline Equipment
7 66 Jeff Bischofberger Tracy, CA Rent to Own Visalia
8 37 JR Courage Manteca, CA The Chicken Barn
9 70 Mike Hite Elk Grove, CA Storage for Less
10 1 Matthew Wendt Lodi, CA Cali Style Customs
11 5 Chris Scribner Loomis, CA Quick Quack Car Wash/Scribner Plastics
12 52c Hunter Corbitt Folsom, CA Proscapes Landscape & Design
13 18 Travis Milburn Eagle, ID Cooks Collision
14 55 Danny Malfatti Hayward, CA Malfatti Motorsports
15 11j Tracy Bolin Valley Springs, CA Bolin Builders
16 12 Colby Potts Stockton, CA Economy Signs
17 27 John Moore Granite Bay, CA JM Environmental
18 53 Kyle Gottula Modesto, CA
19 50 Justin Philpott Tracy, CA Philpotts Garage
20 3 Jeff Schmidt Fairfield, CA

Sunoco Fuels Fast Time: #05 Eric Schmidt 13.291 *NEW TRACK RECORD*
American Racer Dash (Set of Tires): #90 Ross Strmiska
Penney Racing Supply Hard Charger: #75 Jeremy Doss advanced from 8th to 3rd
Lap leaders: #90 Ross Strimiska 1-45, #16 Jacob Gomes 46-95, #05 Eric Schmidt 96-100

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Jacob Gomes Takes First Career PCS Victory With Madera Win



From PCS Media/Blakesley Sports Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (March 19, 2016) - Jacob Gomes led 71 laps and pulled away by nearly half a second after a lap 55 restart, to claim his first career Pacific Challenge Series presented by PenneyLawyers.com victory at Madera Speedway. The victory on Saturday night added to the resume of the 2015 SRL Southwest Tour champion and came over 2012 PCS champion and Kulwicki Driver Development member Jeremy Doss.

Gomes, the Manteca racer, started on the pole position for the Smokey Hanoian 75 after winning the American Racer dash for a set of tires. Ross Strmiska led the opening four laps of the contest before Gomes broke free and never relented despite several mid-race caution periods.

The race also marked the first in series history to be televised for MAVTV.

Strmiska took the lead from the outside pole at the initial green flag and the top-six singled out early while Jeff Bischofberger and 2014 champion Mike Beeler battled for position seven. Beeler cleared Bischofberger on the outside on lap four.

2015 Roseville PCS race winners Kyle Gottula and Shannon Mansch tangled on lap four in turn one for the first stoppage of the event. Both restarted at the rear. Gomes used the restart to rocket past Strmiska as a quick yellow came out for Mike Hite getting sideways in turn four. Gomes completed the lap five pass before the caution came out and he maintained the lead.

Doss started the race sixth and found the outside to his liking to advance to third. The intense battling between Bischofberger and Beeler boiled over with Bischofberger doing a 360 degree maneuver down the front stretch to bring out a lap eight yellow. Hite suffered damage as cars slowed and was done for the evening.

Valley Springs' Tracy Bolin set the new track record with a 14.173 second lap and used the restart to slide past Doss and dive inside Strmiska. Bolin spun to bring out another caution on lap nine. Jimmy Stillman found himself battling with Beeler on the next restart with that battle going south on lap 13 with Stillman spinning. After that series of cautions, Mansch had found herself advancing all the way to fifth position despite the earlier spin.

Mansch staged an exciting battle with 2015 Rookie of the Year Cole Moore before they got together sending Mansch for another spin on lap 20. Bolin dropped out of the top-five on the next restart with an apparent mechanical problem coming out of turn two. The race went green for the next 35 laps with Hodges also suffering mechanical failure and escaping to the pits just past halfway.

Gomes was in cruise control over the lengthy green flag run while Strmiska tried to fend off Doss. Doss finally got the deal done down the inside on the backstretch on lap 51. A caution flew four laps later when Mansch and Chris Scribner were spun around in turn three.

That lap 55 restart set up a wild crash that punctuated the race for many. Gomes picked the outside of Doss but it was the second row where Strmiska washed across the race track into Gottula. Gottula spun and collected several cars including Milburn, Mansch, Cole Moore, and JR Courage. Strmiska, Gottula, Milburn, and Mansch suffered terminal damage to end their evening.

The next restart ended up being the last restart with Gomes motoring away from Doss. Doss faced opposition from his teammate Bischofberger for several laps before Doss drove away. Doss ran some of his best laps of the race in the final laps to close the gap on Gomes but he came up three car lengths short. Gomes took his first Madera touring win of his successful young career over Doss, Bischofberger, John Moore, Darrell Midgley, and Scribner.

The Pacific Challenge Series presented by PenneyLawyers.com takes a break for a few weeks before returning for round two at All American Speedway in Roseville, CA on April 16th.

For more information on the Pacific Challenge Series, visit them online at www.PacificChallengeSeries.com or on Facebook and YouTube.

The Pacific Challenge Series is presented by: Penney Racing Supply, Penney & Associates, American Racer Tires, Maita Chevrolet, Compact-It, Northwest Compactors, Naake Suspension, Sunoco Fuels, Five Star Bodies, 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.

2016 Pacific Challenge Series Schedule
(Subject To Change)

March 19 Madera Speedway (Madera, CA) *Televised on MAVTV, presented by Loanmart*

April 16 All American Speedway (Roseville, CA)

May 7 Ukiah Speedway (Ukiah, CA)
May 28 Stockton 99 Speedway (Stockton, CA) *Round #1 of Tri-Holiday Series*

June 4 Shasta Speedway (Anderson, CA)
June 25 All American Speedway (Roseville, CA) *w/ North State Modified Series*

July 2 Stockton 99 Speedway (Stockton, CA) *Round #2 of Tri-Holiday Series*
July 16 Ukiah Speedway (Ukiah, CA)

August 13 Madera Speedway (Madera, CA) *Televised on MAVTV, presented by Loanmart*

September 3 Stockton 99 Speedway (Stockton, CA) *Round #3 of Tri-Holiday Series*
September 24 All American Speedway (Roseville, CA) *w/ North State Modified Series*

October 1 Ukiah Speedway (Ukiah, CA) *2016 Championship Race*
October 15 All American Speedway (Roseville, CA) *w/ K&N West, Non-Points*

Pacific Challenge Series Round 1: Madera Speedway Results
Finish Car Driver Hometown Sponsors
1 16 Jacob Gomes Manteca, CA Sunny Valley Smoked Meats
2 75 Jeremy Doss Upperlake, CA I-5 Tire Factory
3 66 Jeff Bischofberger Tracy, CA Rent to Own
4 27 John Moore Granite Bay, CA JM Environmental
5 81 Darrell Midgley Sidney, Alberta Northern Provincial Pipelines
6 5 Chris Scribner Loomis, CA Quick Quack Car Wash
7 37 JR Courage Modesto, CA Chicken Barn
8 55 Danny Malfatti Hayward, CA Malfatti Motorsports
9 39 Jimmy Stillman Upperlake, CA Treasure Cove Pizza
10 20 Cole Moore Granite Bay, CA JM Racing
11 90 Ross Strmiska Manteca, CA Mainline Equipment
12 53 Kyle Gottula Modesto, CA
13 61 Shannon Mansch Roseville, CA Mansch Motorsports Concepts
14 18 Travis Milburn Eagle, ID Cooks Collision
15 89 Bobby Hodges Carson City, NV NATC/Naake Suspension
16 11j Tracy Bolin Valley Springs, CA Bolin Builders
17 6 Mike Beeler Modesto, CA Beeler Industries
18 70 Mike Hite Elk Grove, CA Storage for Less
19 2 Adam Coonfield Modesto, CA All Pro Pest Control

Sunoco Fuels Fast Time: #11j Tracy Bolin 14.173
American Racer Dash (Set of Tires): #75 Jeremy Doss
Penney Racing Supply Hard Charger: #5 Chris Scribner (8 positions gained)

Lap leaders: #90 Ross Strmiska 1-4, #16 Jacob Gomes 5-75