Showing posts with label Jesse Love IV. Show all posts
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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.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Love Finds Gerhardt Classic Victory Lane In Madera Thriller

Jesse Love in Gerhardt Classic victory lane

Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (July 13, 2019) – 14 year-old Jesse Love of Menlo Park came back home to Madera Speedway and grabbed a surprising victory in the 17th Gerhardt Classic 50 for the BCRA Midgets. Love, the two-time 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series champion, added to his already long list of “youngest ever” accomplishments, including youngest BCRA champion and youngest POWRi Midget podium finisher.

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, March 17, 2019

Tyler Herzog Scores First Career Late Model Win



MADERA, CALIFORNIA (March 16, 2019) – Tyler Herzog put together the best 40 laps of his young career, topping a strong field of drivers for his first career Madera Late Model victory on Saturday night. The opener for the non-televised portion of stock car action at Madera Speedway was part of a busy night, with six different main events.

Herzog set fast-time in time trials and started on the pole over the 12 car field. Hailey Liles started shotgun on the field in an exhibition of her Jr. Late Model as well.

Herzog jumped ahead of 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model regular Joey Iest, who was making his Open Late Model debut. Two-time 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model champion Jesse Love filed into third ahead of a great duel between another Jr. Late Model standout Jay Juleson along with his teammate Matt Erickson. Erickson, the winningest Late Model driver in Madera history, tried his best to get around Juleson while Iest kept the pressure up on Herzog.

The battle for the lead tightened up on lap 12 before they separated. Things really intensified on lap 31 with Iest looking inside but getting sideways exiting turn four. Herzog managed to drive away.

Herzog’s lead grew to several car lengths while Iest fell into a battle with Love for second. Liles stalled on the track in turn four on lap 36 for the only caution of the race. The caution set up a four lap sprint to the finish. Love narrowly nipped Iest at the stripe coming to the caution and lined up alongside Tyler Herzog. Herzog picked the outside line, Love was slow to get away, and that was all she wrote. Herzog went on for a .300 victory ahead of Love and Iest. Erickson cleared Juleson for fourth at the finish as well.

Iest’s night wasn’t limited to just his success in the Madera Late Models. The 16 year-old also won his first career USAC Western US Midget feature. Iest led all 30 laps in the non-stop feature. Colorado’s 11 year-old sensation Elvis Rankin briefly challenged Iest but eventually drifted seven seconds behind. The best battle throughout the feature was between debutant Derek Loweree and Johnny Nichols for third. Loweree won the battle when Nichols slowed with mechanical issues.

The POWRi BCRA Midgets opened their campaign in a fast-paced 40 lap feature as well. Jesse Love nipped Jerome Rodela by .019 seconds in time trials and the two Toyota powered mounts occupied the front row with the Chevrolet powered machines from Western Speed Racing taking up row two.

Rodela was relentless in his pursuit for victory, winning by nine seconds while Dylan Nobile and Cody Gerhardt battled for third. Nobile pulled away in the late stages while Gerhardt’s car started to tighten late in the run to finish fourth.

2017 Modified Super Toyota champion Bert Stephens won an exciting 30 lap main event that saw the top-four run under a blanket for the duration of the race. Each driver in the pack made attempts to overhaul Stephens but were unable to do so. Stephens paced Shaun Reynolds, 2018 champion Ryan Reynolds, and Patrick Geiger across the stripe after the action-packed race. Kyle Labrie’s debut in the division netted a fifth-place effort.

Jason Lawton returned to victory lane in the Toyota Sedan division with a comfortable win. Lawton had a sizeable advantage nullified by a spin in turn four by JJ Brandsen. Lawton was not deterred and built up another strong lead to the finish while Andrew Davison came home second. Brandsen worked his way through the pack to take third ahead of Thomas Magray and Andrew Parr.

2018 Hobby Stock champion Steve Schermerhorn continued his winning ways by claiming their season opening feature win as well.

Madera Speedway continues next Saturday with the Smokey Hanoian Classic with Madera Late Models, Madera Hobby Stocks, MST, Toyota Sedans, Legends of the Pacific, Jr Late Model Exhibition race and 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, McCallister 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.

Monday, March 11, 2019

MAVTV Madera POWRi BCRA Midgets Take Center Stage Saturday Night

Jesse Love (#5) is the youngest champion in BCRA history (Jason Wedehase photo)

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (March 11, 2019) – The fifth year of MAVTV coverage of the Madera Speedway has seen an expansion to 24 episodes, with the new Madera POWRi BCRA Midgets taking center stage for this Saturday’s TV slate. The newly formed series is a combined effort between the nation’s fastest growing short track, the nation’s fastest growing open wheel sanctioning body, and the oldest sanctioning body in Midget racing history. They will combine for five races beginning with Saturday’s jaunt, all televised.

Their co-headliner this Saturday was slated to be the new California Challenge Cup for steel bodied cars from Grand National-style racing. A wet winter and the development of new teams has put this series on hold until May 4th, when they will come out in force for a six race schedule. Many young drivers from Madera’s Jr. and Pro Late Model Series are combining forces with existing teams and equipment, for a lower-cost approach to gaining heavy car experience.

Midgets have been a mainstay at the Madera Speedway one-third mile asphalt oval. For many years, the track was known nationally as an open wheel playground. Midget racing is poised for a serious pavement comeback and putting the POWRi BCRA Midgets front and center on Saturday will start the effort.

“We are very eager to start this new partnership with our Midgets and get them onto MAVTV,” promoter Kenny Shepherd said. “Race fans across the country have been looking for more pavement open wheels and I think this series is a great way to provide it.”

Madera’s brightest star is Jesse Love, 14 of Menlo Park. The two-time Jr. Late Model champion also won the BCRA championship last year to be the sanctioning body’s youngest ever title holder. Love has a full slate of national POWRi races with Keith Kunz this year, but will return to Madera on Saturday night to race in the new pavement TV Midget series. He will be joined by a host of veterans from central California along with local favorites such as third-generation racer Cody Gerhardt and Los Banos High School graduate Cody Jessop. Chad Nichols of San Carlos won the pavement championship for BCRA last season and is always a contender at Madera.

Joining the Midgets on Saturday’s busy card will be the season openers for the Madera local Late Model championship, Madera Hobby Stocks, Modified Super Toyotas, Toyota Sedans, and a Jr. Late Model exhibition race. The USAC Western US Midgets for Ford Focus-powered cars are also scheduled to compete.

The Madera Late Model division serves as the non-televised feeder series for the Pro Late Model division and routinely attracts car counts in the upper teens. Their 2018 champion is Jason Aguirre while the Hobby Stock defending champion is Steve Schermerhorn.

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 – 3:00 p.m. with qualifying and heat races to follow. Opening Ceremonies will be at 6 p.m. with main events to follow.

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, 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, October 6, 2018

Zampa Cashes In With $10K Short Track Shootout Victory At Madera

Logan Zampa stood tall after winning the Short Track Shootout (Photo Courtesy Jason Wedehase)

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (October 6, 2018) – Napa’s Logan Zampa cashed in the biggest win of his career, scoring the 6th Annual $10,000 to win Nut Up Industries Short Track Shootout on Saturday night at Madera Speedway. Zampa’s unlikely victory was his first in nearly 18 months and came from 11th starting position. More than 40 RPM Mortgage Pro Late Models from across the Western United States competed at the one-third mile asphalt oval.

Saturday’s MAVTV-televised races also crowned the 2018 series champions as well with Matt Erickson emerging with his second series title.

Erickson led qualifying but it was Bakersfield’s Racin Vernon who drew the pole position for the start of the 150 lap contest. Second in points Austin Herzog dove inside Randy Hedrick for fourth in turn three on lap six before Herzog spun, sending them both around. Both drivers had to restart at the rear with front end damage in a costly incident.

Vernon picked the outside on the restart against Shepherd and they ran side-by-side while Erickson and Zampa closed down for a four car lead pack. Shepherd tucked in on the high line behind Zampa, allowing Erickson to take second. Erickson then applied pressure on Vernon for the lead.

Lapped traffic bottled up the leaders a bit and the caution flew when lapped car Rick Thompson and fifth place running Ross Strmiska crashed hard in turn one. When racing resumed, Zampa used the outside to charge past Erickson for second on lap 42. Nick Grossi had a blown transmission for a spectacular red flag on the following lap, with the fluid sending both Adam Lemke and Jagger Jones around. All three were done for the evening.

A lap 50 caution allowed Buddy Shepherd to take the lead away from Vernon on lap 51.

Dillon Tucker drove from 23rd up to eighth as he avoided all the melees. Meanwhile, three-time Short Track Shootout champion Eric Holmes started to make his presence felt after starting eighth. Holmes went past Zampa for third and then challenged Vernon for second. Vernon had a slide coming into turn three that dropped him back to fifth. A top four lead pack emerged in lapped traffic of Shepherd, Holmes, Zampa, and 13 year-old Jesse Love all running nose to tail on the high side.

Holmes went for it, going three wide in and out of traffic to take the lead from Shepherd on lap 96 in a thrilling move. Holmes led the field into the lap 100 break ahead of Shepherd, Zampa, Love, and Herzog who had recovered from the earlier spin to fifth.

Coming out of the break, Shepherd challenged Holmes before tucking up behind him on lap 108. Carlos Vieira had a mechanical failure that sparked a serious crash in turn one that ended Cole Moore’s race as well.

Zampa went outside of Holmes on lap 114 and took over the lead on lap 115. Shepherd tried to go inside of Holmes into turn three and they made some contact for second as well. Herzog hopped into the fray as he looked outside Shepherd not long after. The furious battling at the front got a break when Christian Roche hit the turn three wall on lap 129.

The following restart was the maddest scramble of them all with Holmes eventually spinning down the backstretch. He lost a lap in the infield, but was saved when Jarrett Gilmer hit the turn three wall for a caution that gave Holmes the free pass and his lap back.

Zampa restarted outside Shepherd but drove away easily while Herzog fell out with a rear end issue to end his possible championship hopes. Shepherd slid into turn two on lap 136 and fell back to fourth as a result. Erickson emerged in second but had to watch Zampa drive away to a five car length advantage.

Erickson ended up having a great duel with Love but it was for a distant second place. Zampa went on for a 1.5 second victory over Erickson, Love, Shepherd, and 26th starting Blaine Rocha. Travis Milburn of Eagle, ID won the 40 lap B Main event worth $1,000 as well.

Love’s third place finish in the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series was just one part of his night, as he added his ninth 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model win and second consecutive series championship. The ninth and final round for the series had 15 drivers ages 10-16 years old racing for 70 laps.

The Jr. Late Model feature had almost an immeasurable number of lead changes. Love led the opening ten circuits before things intensified. Anthony Guiamano from Basking Ridge, NJ and Las Vegas’ Tyler Reif, 11, had some contact coming out of turn two. In Reif’s attempt to save the car, he spun exiting turn four and clipped both Joey Iest and the turn four wall. Reif and Iest were both out of the race prematurely.

Reif’s brother Tanner put up the challenge to Love and led lap 11, before Love led lap 12. Tanner Reif then led laps 13-16 and did all of his bidding from the outside line in a seemingly endless side-by-side affair. Reif bobbled and yielded the lead back to Love for lap 17.

Reif was undeterred, using the outside to come back at Love and take the lead on lap 22. Love fought back and took over laps 30 and 31, before Reif took over yet again! Meanwhile second in points Dylan Zampa had a front row view of all of it from third. Reif brought Love, Zampa, Guiamano, and Kabe McClenny across the line for the lap 40 break.

After adjustments on the front stretch and MAVTV interviews, Love and Reif continued to trade the lead back-and-forth. Reif seemed to have the edge by lap 51 and that allowed Love and Zampa to go into their own back-and-forth affair for second.

With four laps to go, Zampa was up to second and challenging inside Reif for a move that would have likely won him both the championship and the race. They went nearly three-wide in traffic coming to lap 68 in turn four, before making contact down the front stretch. Reif went spinning and the caution flag flew. Zampa and Reif were both relegated to the rear for their involvement.

The incident gave Love a clear path to sail to victory and to the championship, leading the final two laps ahead of Guiamano, McClenny, Jesse Burks, and Jay Juleson.

Nevada’s Justin Johnson kept his slim championship hopes alive as he won his first career Lucas Oil Modified race, topping the 22 starters of the 75 lap event. Taylor Miinch had a chance to close out the title fight but was only able to muster sixth in the series’ penultimate round. Kyle Tellstrom followed Johnson closely over a long final green flag run to settle for second by just .398 seconds ahead of Cody Kay, former Madera track champion Scott Winters, and former series champion Dylan Cappello.

Kale McClenny and Riley Massey each wrapped up championships in the Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros division. Their 20 lap feature was won by the Bandolero of Kercie Jung who also unofficially won the California state championship with the effort. Seth Wise finished second while Massey was third. McClenny won the Mini Cup portion of the field by narrowly topping a late move by Madera’s Joseph Holliday. Aiden Phillips rounded out the Mini Cup top-three.

Racing continues at Madera Speedway on October 20th with the iPulluPull 11th Annual Pumpkin Smash Halloween Bash and Blow Up!, 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!

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 Energy Drink Jr. Late Model Series airs on October 11th!

Madera Speedway 2018 Schedule Celebrating 47 years of Racing!

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, July 1, 2018

Erickson Earns Third Madera Win Of 2018 During Spencer Classic

Matt Erickson celebrates in victory lane (Photo Courtesy Jason Wedehase)

Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (July 1, 2018) – Running a tribute hood on his #42 Late Model, Matt Erickson won his third RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series race of 2018, Saturday, during the “Reverend Ron Spencer Red, White, and Blue Classic” at Madera Speedway. The 80 lap MAVTV-televised race was part of a large evening of patriotic racing in honor of the late track Champlain.

Erickson qualified fastest but had to start sixth after the redraw. That placed Military Tribute Night Winner Racin Vernon on the pole position as he aimed for another patriotic win. The caution flew immediately on the 80 lap feature on lap one, then again on lap eight.

Vernon’s run at the front ended after a lap 22 caution for Henk Gaalswyk spinning. Vernon lost a power steering cap and had a brief fire, but was able to rejoin the field. Erickson took over the lead with Jason Agguire up to second. Erickson’s lead was slowed by a lengthy red flag on lap 28 when Blaine Rocha and Kyle Gottula made contact for fourth. The ensuing melee gathered up Glen Cook and B Main transfer Garland Tyler as well.

Vernon then lost a water line on lap 28 for another cleanup period and another red flag. Jarrett Gilmer suffered what he later described as a possible season ending engine failure on lap 40 that ended up beckoning the race’s scheduled break as well.

Teams made repairs and adjustments and the top-three were interviewed for MAVTV before racing continued on the blistering night. A multi-car pileup occurred coming out of the break with rookie Christian Roche spinning. Gaalswyk and David Lewellen both made heavy contact with Roche to end their evenings.

After a lap 53 caution for Vernon spinning, the race went green to the finish with Erickson topping Agguire, incoming points leader Austin Herzog, Adam Lemke for a career best fourth, and Ryan Hart. The championship battle between Herzog and Erickson has closed considerably with the $5,000 to win feature on July 28th looming large. Four-time Modified Super Toyota champion Kevin Thompson won the $500 B Main event for the Pro Late Models as well.

2017 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series champion Jesse Love IV earned his third win of the season as well to extend his points lead. Love was one of many drivers who had a close relationship with Spencer. Love qualified second behind six-time series winner Austin Herzog. Herzog also grabbed the pole in the redraw. Second starting Tyler Reif of Las Vegas, NV took over the lead from the get go while Love marched forward from his fifth starting spot.

Herzog retired to the pits on lap 22 with mechanical woes allowing Love to assume second place. Love then took over the lead on lap 28. Dylan Zampa, a two-time winner this year, took over second on lap 42.

The race was a special 50 lap race with no scheduled breaks and Love went on for a strong 1.4 second victory over Zampa. Tanner Reif took third from his brother Tyler late in the going with Kayla Eshleman fifth after starting eighth.

Riley Massey of Bakersfield won her second Mini Cup vs. Bandoleros race, taking both the Bandolero main event and the overall win in the 20 lap race also televised for MAVTV. Bakersfield’s Kale McClenny returned to his winning ways by taking the Mini Cup portion of the event and finishing a scant .334 seconds behind Massey at the checkered flag The Mini Cup of Aaron Thomas, Zachary Ginn’s Bando, and Aiden Phillips’ Mini Cup rounded out the top-five.

Both the Modified Super Toyotas and Toyota Sedans staged extra-distance 48 lap features as part of the special festivities. Jason Lawton led on three different occasions to take the Toyota Sedan main event in a narrow win over Barrett Sugden. Greg Tyler, Jillaun Holden, and Thomas Magray made up the rest of the top-five.

Ryan Reynolds took the lead from his brother Shaun Reynolds and never looked back for the Modified Super Toyota victory. Dave Lander, Bert Stephens, and Zachary Cook finished out the top-five.

Racing continues at Madera Speedway on July 7th with the Gerhardt Classic 100 Lap Three wide start BCRA Midget Race, the Western Winged Super Sprint Series for $800 to start, USAC Western US Midgets, CSS/360 Super Modifieds, Vintage BCRA, and 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 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 re-runs of the 2017 season 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. New 2018 episodes will begin airing June 7th.


Madera Speedway 2018 Schedule Celebrating 47 years of Racing!

July 7th - Gerhardt Classic 100 Lap Three wide start BCRA Midget Race, The Western Winged Super Sprint Series, USAC Western US Midgets, CSS/360 Super Modifieds, Vintage BCRA, Legends of Kearney Bowl

July 14th - Madera Late Models, Madera Hobby Stocks, MST, Toyota Sedans, and the Jr, Late Model 30 lap exhibition race

July 21st - Closed

July 28th - Summer Speed Fest $5,000 to win Race #6 of the MAVTV televised RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series 100 laps (split 50’s), Race #6 of the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series 80 laps (50 laps then a break, then 30 laps), MSTs, Mini Cup vs Bandoleros Series

August 4th - Children's Hospital Kids Night - Madera Late Models, Madera Hobby Stocks, F4 Beater Cross, Toyota Sedans, MST, Jr Late Model 30 lap exhibition race, Southwest Tour Truck Series

August 11th - PCS Super Late Model Series (Pacific Challenge Series), Madera Hobby Stocks, CSS/360 Super Modifieds, USAC HPD Midgets, MST, Legends of the Pacific, F4 Beater Cross

August 18th - Closed

August 25th - Race # 7 of the MAVTV Televised $2,000 to win RPM Mortgage Pro Model Series 80 laps (50 then 30), Race #7 of the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series 80 laps (50 laps then a break, then 30 laps), Mini Cup vs Bandoleros Series , Legends of the Pacific, Toyota Sedans

September 1st - Hampton Inn and Suites Night at the Speedway, Madera Late Models, Madera Hobby Stocks, MST's, Toyota Sedans, F4 Beater Cross, and the Jr, Late Model 30 lap exhibition race

September 8th - Closed for the Madera Fair

September 14th - 46th Annual Harvest Classic Night #1 presented by ($5 Ticket Night!) for everyone on night one. Madera Late Models, Madera Hobby Stocks, F4 Beater Cross , MST, Toyota Sedans, USAC Western Midgets and Modified Truck Pulls!

September 15th - 46th Annual Harvest Classic presented by Midland Tractor and John Deere! The Western Winged Super Sprint Series, BCRA Midgets, USAC Western Midgets, NCMA Sprints, CSS/360 Super Modifieds, Legends of Kearney Bowl, California Hard Tops, Plus the Blown, Injected multi engine Pulling Tractors!

September 22nd - Race #8 of the MAVTV televised $2,000 to win RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series 80 laps (50 laps then 30), Race #8 of the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series 80 laps (50 laps then a break, the 30 laps), MST, Toyota Sedans, Mini Cup vs Bandoleros Series

September 29th – Spears SRL Southwest Tour 125, the USAC Western Midgets, CSS/360 Super Modifieds, Legends of the Pacific, Madera Hobby Stocks, and the Legends of Kearney Bowl

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, May 27, 2018

Vernon Grabs Military Tribute Night Honors At Madera

Racin Vernon (#51) won Saturday's Military Tribute 80 (Photo Courtesy Jason Wedehase)

Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (May 26, 2018) – Bakersfield’s Racin Vernon avenged his round three misfortune to take a dominating win in Saturday’s Military Tribute Night at Madera Speedway, leading all 80 laps for the $2,000 victory. Vernon has led a total of 138 laps over the last two races in the challenging RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series on MAVTV.

Vernon led 58 laps in the April’s round #3 before spinning from the lead. Blaine Rocha took advantage to take the victory and parlayed that into fast-time in this weekend’s round four. The 33 car turnout was narrowed to 22 starters after a 25 lap B Main. Rick Thompson won the $500 non-qualifiers portion of the B Main.

Rocha started from the pole on a straight-up start but immediately yielded the lead position to Vernon. Two-time series champion Buddy Shepherd immediately slowed from the second row with a broken third link and retired to the pits.

A pair of cautions slowed racing on laps eight and nine and brought on the new Texas style restarts with Vernon by himself while Rocha was outside of third running Austin Herzog on each attempt. 2016 champion Matt Erickson and Glen Cook staged a long and sustained side-by-side race for fourth behind them. The caution flew again on lap 14 when Garland Tyler stalled in turn two after possibly tagging the front stretch wall.

Logan Zampa jumped outside Cook to take fifth on the restart with Kyle Gottula following suit for sixth. Rocha started to peek inside Vernon for the lead before a caution on lap 22. Erickson got swallowed up by both Gottula and Zampa on the following green flag run. The race’s next caution did not fall until lap 48 when Vernon tangled with lapped car Nick Grossi. Grossi spun and in the ensuing melee Cook drove hard into the front end of Zampa while Erickson suffered heavy front end damage as well.

The caution ended up bringing the field to the lap 50 break two laps early, with only Grossi ruled as an involved car. Cook’s race was over, however, with heavy damage while Erickson pitted in the infield for repairs to surrender his track position and restart at the rear. Zampa and Vernon were able to continue on unscathed.

After adjustments and MAVTV interviews, racing resumed with Vernon, Rocha, and Herzog maintaining the top-three positions throughout cautions on lap 61 and 72. Zampa and Gottula moved past Herzog and staged a spirited race for third that ended with them tangling into turn one. Gottula spun forcing Ryan Philpott to come to a stop. Round #3 podium finisher Jack Wood slammed into the back of the parked Philpott to end both of their races. Gottula’s race was over as well with a broken rear panhard bar, while Zampa was penalized to the back of the pack.

A five lap shootout saw Vernon successfully hold off Rocha and Herzog for the win. B Main winner Ross Strmiska came from 17th to finish fourth ahead of 19th starting Dillon Tucker in fifth.

A straight up start in the 70 lap 51FIFTY Energy Drink Junior Late Model Series race proved to the benefit of 2017 champion Jesse Love as he took a convincing victory. Love led the entire 70 lap affair after a sizzling 15.117 second lap in qualifying for a new track record.

His drive towards his eighth win in just his 12th Jr. Late Model start began from the pole. Love led comfortably ahead of second in points Tanner Reif of Las Vegas and 2018 two-time winner Dylan Zampa. The 11 car field for drivers ages 10-16 raced under green for 37 consecutive laps. The caution finally came out when Reif spun into the turn four wall after apparent contact with lapped car Calvin Hegje.

The caution ended up being the impetus for the lap 40 break, two laps early like in the Pro Late Model division. Smooth sailing continued out of the break with Love continuing his impressive performance. Zampa drove up to his rear bumper a few times but never was close enough to capitalize. Love coasted to a 1.6 second victory over Zampa and 10 year-old Tyler Reif. Kayla Eshleman drove from seventh to finish fourth, while Austin Edwards nipped Kabe McClenny for fifth by a nose at the finish.

Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros had their largest car count of 2018 with 13 entries in the pits. The race is a two-races-in-one event with two separate trophies awarded. Two-time Bandolero winner Kercie Jung of Bakersfield led the opening lap before Seth Wise led the second lap. Jung then wrestled the lead back which she held until lap ten. Wise led lap 11 before Jung spun on lap 12 for the race’s first yellow flag.

The yellow flag tightened up the race for the Mini Cup victory as well, as three-time winner Kale McClenny had contact with Aaron Thomas that saw McClenny’s entire front bodywork come off. Thomas was charged to the rear of the field for his involvement in the incident.

Jung quickly drove back through the field up to second behind Wise, while third running Riley Massey spun in turn four. Massey, winner of the third race, turned her car back around and continued but lost a lap in the process. Seth Wise took the Bandolero checkered flag and the overall win over Kercie Jung and Hank Hall, while Jayce McArthey won the Mini Cup trophy narrowly over Thomas and McClenny.

Modified Super Toyotas had five different leaders and five lead changes in their eight car, 25 lap event. John McCollum, Jr. led lap one before spinning out from the lead on lap two. Dave Lander led laps two through four before Bert Stephens held court. Stephens led the race to lap 16 before getting tagged by Ryan Reynolds into turn one to send him spinning. Both restarted at the back. Patrick Geiger assumed the lead which he held for only one lap before it was Lander back out front. Geiger managed to close back down on Lander, taking the top position on lap 20 and leading to the finish. Reynolds and Stephens drove back to the front to finish second and third respectively.

A full inversion for the Toyota Sedans did not deter 2016 champion Jillaun Holden. Kurt Davison led lap one before rookie Greg Tyler took over. Meanwhile Holden and Tim Curtis were cutting through the pack one-by-one. Holden finally passed Tyler on the outside for the lead on lap 19 and took the 25 lap win while Curtis was second ahead of Tyler.

Racing continues at Madera Speedway on June 9th with the Lucas Oil Summertime Horsepower Nationals presented by Protect the Harvest & Hoosier Tires! Lucas Oil Modifieds in the Protect the Harvest 75 on MAVTV, North State Modifieds, USAC HPD Midgets, Legends of Kearney Bowl, and CSS 360 Super Modifieds make up this big open wheel show.

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 re-runs of the 2017 season 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. New 2018 episodes will begin airing June 7th.


Madera Speedway 2018 Schedule Celebrating 47 years of Racing!

June 9th - Lucas Oil Summertime Horsepower Nationals presented by Protect the Harvest & Hoosier Tires! Lucas Oil Modifieds in the Protect the Harvest 75 MAVTV SHOW, North State Modified Tour , USAC HPD Midgets, Legends of Kearney Bowl, CSS 360 Super mods

June 16th – Madera Late Models Series 40 laps, Jr. Late Model Series 30 lap exhibition race, Madera Hobby Stocks, Southwest Truck Series, Toyota Sedans, MSTs, Legends of the Pacific , F4 Beater Cross

June 23rd - Closed

June 30th - Reverend Ron Spencer's Red, White and Blue Classic and BIG FIREWORKS SHOW! !) Race #5 of the MAVTV televised $2,000 to win RPM Mortgage Pro Model Series 80 Laps (50 Laps then a break, then 30 laps), Race #5 of the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series 80 laps (50 laps then a break, then 30 laps), MST (48 lap main spilt 24’s) , Toyota Sedans (48 lap main, split 24's), Mini Cup vs Bandoleros Series

July 7th - Gerhardt Classic 100 Lap Three wide start BCRA Midget Race, The Western Winged Super Sprint Series, USAC Western Midgets, NCMA Sprints, CSS/360 Super Modifieds, Vintage BCRA, Legends of Kearney Bowl,

July 14th - Madera Late Models, Madera Hobby Stocks, MST, Toyota Sedans, and the Jr, Late Model 30 lap exhibition race

July 21st - Closed

July 28th - Summer Speed Fest $5,000 to win Race #6 of the MAVTV televised RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series 100 laps (split 50’s), Race #6 of the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series 80 laps (50 laps then a break, then 30 laps), MSTs, Mini Cup vs Bandoleros Series

August 4th - Children's Hospital Kids Night - Madera Late Models, Madera Hobby Stocks, F4 Beater Cross, Toyota Sedans, MST, Jr Late Model 30 lap exhibition race, Southwest Tour Truck Series

August 11th - PCS Super Late Model Series (Pacific Challenge Series), Madera Hobby Stocks, CSS/360 Super Modifieds, USAC HPD Midgets, MST, Legends of the Pacific, F4 Beater Cross

August 18th - Closed

August 25th - Race # 7 of the MAVTV Televised $2,000 to win RPM Mortgage Pro Model Series 80 laps (50 then 30), Race #7 of the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series 80 laps (50 laps then a break, then 30 laps), Mini Cup vs Bandoleros Series , Legends of the Pacific, Toyota Sedans

September 1st - Hampton Inn and Suites Night at the Speedway, Madera Late Models, Madera Hobby Stocks, MST's, Toyota Sedans, F4 Beater Cross, and the Jr, Late Model 30 lap exhibition race

September 8th - Closed for the Madera Fair

September 14th - 46th Annual Harvest Classic Night #1 presented by ($5 Ticket Night!) for everyone on night one. Madera Late Models, Madera Hobby Stocks, F4 Beater Cross , MST, Toyota Sedans, USAC Western Midgets and Modified Truck Pulls!

September 15th - 46th Annual Harvest Classic presented by Midland Tractor and John Deere! The Western Winged Super Sprint Series, BCRA Midgets, USAC Western Midgets, NCMA Sprints, CSS/360 Super Modifieds, Legends of Kearney Bowl, California Hard Tops, Plus the Blown, Injected multi engine Pulling Tractors!

September 22nd - Race #8 of the MAVTV televised $2,000 to win RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series 80 laps (50 laps then 30), Race #8 of the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series 80 laps (50 laps then a break, the 30 laps), MST, Toyota Sedans, Mini Cup vs Bandoleros Series

September 29th – Spears SRL Southwest Tour 125, the USAC Western Midgets, CSS/360 Super Modifieds, Legends of the Pacific, Madera Hobby Stocks, and the Legends of Kearney Bowl

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, April 8, 2018

Erickson Wins Second RPM Pro Late Model Race Of 2018

Photo Courtesy Jason Wedehase

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (April 8, 2018) – 2016 RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model champion Matt Erickson continued to put his stamp on 2018, winning Sunday’s 80 lap round #2 for the MAVTV-televised series at Madera Speedway. Erickson now has $7,000 and two victories to open the series and leads the points standings as well.

15 year-old Austin Herzog, a six-time 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model race winner, set quick time and occupied the second row alongside Erickson at the start of the feature. 25 Pro Late Models took the green flag with Bakersfield’s Racin Vernon on the pole.

Vernon led while Herzog jumped inside fellow Jr. Late Model graduate Kolby Berry quickly to take second place. Erickson went outside Berry to take third not long after.

Herzog immediately applied pressure to Vernon before a caution on lap seven for Jack Wood spinning out in turn four. Vernon managed to keep Herzog at bay with Erickson and Glen Cook in tow as the race went green until lap 20 for Henk Gaalswyk spun out in turn two. Herzog used the outside on the ensuing restart to roar past Vernon for the lead, which he held for two laps until the next caution. Vernon and Cook went side-by-side and slid through turn three, with top-ten qualifier Shelden Cooper hitting Vernon significantly. David Lewellen was also eliminated when he spun and was tagged by Berry.

Erickson seized the lead from Herzog on the restart but Herzog took it back on lap 23. The next caution was for rookie Nick Grossi stopped in turn one on lap 36. That caution gave Erickson his shot to get back past Herzog in yet another lead change.

Gaalswyk spun again on the restart on lap 39 which led into the lap 40 break on the front stretch. Following adjustments it was Erickson and Herzog picking up where they left off with back and forth battling. Rookie Adam Lemke nosed into the front stretch wall off contact with Dillon Tucker for a lap 46 caution. Rick Thompson spun on lap 47 for his own caution period.

Two-by-two battling for fourth saw Jack Wood advance into that position to cap a great drive through the field. Garland Tyler spun in turn four for a yellow on lap 69 and five laps later Cook and Kolby Berry tangled in turn three for yet another caution period.

Each successive restart saw Herzog nose inside Erickson but unable to complete a pass. The lap 74 restart proved the most crucial for Herzog as he sailed inside Erickson into turns one and two and drag raced side-by-side down the backstretch. The duo made door to door contact into turn three, forcing Herzog into a spin to bring out the caution and relegate him to the rear of the field.

Ryan Hart attempted to challenge Erickson on the restart but spun the tires, but a lap 75 caution for Berry spinning on the front stretch gave Hart one last bit of life. Hart was unable to capitalize and had to follow Erickson across the finish line. Rick Thompson fended off Gaalswyk by a nose for third as well with Jack Wood managing a career best Late Model finish of fifth as well.

2017 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model champion Jesse Love grabbed his sixth career series win when he stormed to Sunday’s 60 lap victory. Love qualified second and started fourth behind a front row that included both fast-time qualifier Tanner and Tyler Reif of Las Vegas.

Tanner Reif jumped out front before the race was slowed when female rookies Kayla Eshleman of Fontana and Olivia Manke tangled in turn one.

The following restart saw third starting Austin Edwards get boxed outside and eventually drift as low as eighth position. Love followed sixth starting Anthony Guaimano closely as they moved through the pack for much of the first half. Guiamano worked up to second place before losing the position to Love on lap 23. Bakersfield’s Kabe McClenny, the opening night runner-up, qualified eighth but challenged Lilly Mead for fifth on lap 35 in a nice side-by-side battle. Reif led the field to the lap 40 break trailed by Love, Guiamano, Tyler Reif, and Mead.

Things changed quickly on the restart when Love used the outside line to edge forward on Tanner Reif for the lead. Love finally stole the lead from car #43 on lap 43, while Mead looked inside Tyler Reif for fourth. Tyler Reif and Anthony Guiamano collided in turn one for a lap 48 caution that sent both young racers to the rear of the field. Love elected to start inside Tanner Reif for the critical late race restart but still managed to charge ahead. Eshleman began to work her way forward, finding herself in a tight race with McClenny for third in the closing stages.

Love dashed to a 1.222 second victory over Tanner Reif with Eshleman third by a nose over McClenny. Guiamano made a comeback drive to round out the top-five. Love and Reif will be in a near dead heat in the points going into the third round on April 28th.

Jason Lawton broke the Jillaun Holden stranglehold in the Toyota Sedans by winning the third round of the 2018 series. Thomas Magray led the first four laps of the feature before Holden took the lead on lap five. Lawton quickly moved forward and took the lead on lap seven. A big crash in turn one slowed the competition on lap 16 but Lawton proved strong enough to hold Holden at bay over the final nine laps for the win. Holden, Greg Tyler, John Tevis, Jr. and Magray rounded out the top-five.

The Modified Super Toyotas had multiple lead changes entertain the crowd over the 25 lap main event, with Patrick Geiger outlasting numerous challengers for the victory. Tim Kammerer led the first two circuits but lost the lead to Shaun Reynolds on lap three.

Bert Stephens charged up into the lead on lap 11, before being swallowed up in a three wide battle to fall back to third on lap 13. Stephens then spun to bring out a caution in turn two. Geiger used a series of cautions to move up to second and then take the lead from Reynolds on lap 18. Stephens and Dave Lander both got around Reynolds in the closing stages of the race. Geiger, Stephens, and Lander were the top-three at the finish.

Bakersfield drivers again reigned supreme in the Mini Cup vs. Bandolero 20 lap feature, with 12 year-old Kercie Jung taking the Bandolero event and Kale McClenny taking the Mini Cup honors. The 11 car field suffered several incidents, including on the start when the front row Bandos of Seth Wise and Zachary Ginn came together in turn two. Ginn lost his right front wheel in the crash while Wise made impact with the wall. Both were done for the day. A red flag stopped racing on lap four when Mini Cup rookie Jayce Mcarthey spun into Joseph Holliday and flipped over exiting turn two. The young driver was OK.

Jung paced Bakersfield’s Riley Massey, also in a Bando, over the final 16 laps for a strong win, while McClenny led the Mini Cup trio of Aaron Thomas and Holiday across the line.

“Super Spring” continues at Madera Speedway on Saturday April 28th with round #3 of the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series and 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model Series.

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 re-runs of the 2017 season 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. New 2018 episodes will begin airing later this spring.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Madera Junior Late Model Graduates Set For Big Seasons

Photo Courtesy Jason Wedehase

Via Madera Speedway PR

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (January 25, 2018) – The graduates of the Madera Speedway 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model Series are quickly making their impact on the racing world, with several exciting announcements in the last couple of weeks. The Jr. Late Model Series was the first in the world for drivers ages 10-16 in full-sized stock cars when it debuted in March 2016, and the MAVTV-televised series is gearing up for a third season in 2018.

2017 division champion Jesse Love IV of Menlo Park, CA – age 13 - is set to become the youngest competitor in the BCRA full Midgets when he joins the series this spring. Love will race on both dirt and asphalt while also defending his Jr. Late Model championship as well.

2017 fourth in points Hailie Deegan will compete full-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West, while 2016 Jr. Late Model standout Ryan Vargas of La Mirada, CA will compete for Drive for Diversity in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, East.

Several drivers from the series are slated to compete in Super Late Models in either the Pacific Challenge Series or SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour including 2017 series runner-up Kolby Berry who will race in the prestigious Winter Showdown. Both the PCS and SRL will race at Madera twice giving fans many opportunities to see these drivers in action.

What makes the Jr. Late Model division unique is that it shares the same equipment as the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series. One driver has advanced through every step of the Madera ladder – Hollister’s Adam Lemke. Lemke was a standout in Mini Cups in 2016 before advancing to both Jr. Late Models and USAC HPD Midgets in 2017. For 2018, he will compete for the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model championship.

The 2018 season of MAVTV-televised action at Madera is fast approaching with 9 nights of RPM and 51FIFTY-backed competition plus four Super Late Model events and several open wheel events that will showcase the best young talent in the nation. The $5,000 to win RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series opens the season on March 10th!

For more information about Madera Racing on MAVTV please visit www.racemadera.com or www.mavtv.com. For more information about 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 Racing on MAVTV airs Thursdays re-runs of the 2017 season 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.

Madera Speedway 2018 Schedule Celebrating 47 years of Racing!

February 24th - Practice Day and Member sign up, this is open to all cars (set up at 11:00am, track will be hot from 1-5pm)

March 3rd - Practice Day and Member sign up, this is open to all cars (set up at 11:00am, track will be hot from 1-5pm)

March 10th - Madera Speed Fest! Race #1 of the MAVTV televised RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series $5,000 to win 100 Lap main Event (Split 50s), Race #1 of the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series 80 laps (50 laps then a break, then the final 30 laps), , Toyota Sedans, Mini Cup vs Bandoleros Series

March 17th - 75 Lap PCS Super Late Model Series , Western Winged Super Sprints, HPD Midgets, MST, 30 Lap Jr Late Model Exhibition race, F4 Beater Cross

March 24th – The Smokey Classic / Spears Southwest Tour, Madera Late Models, Madera Hobby Stocks, MST, Toyota Sedans, Legends of the Pacific

March 31st - Pombo/Sargent Classic presented by Allied Storage & Containers, Senior Open Vintage Super Modifieds, BCRA Midgets, USAC Western Midgets, NCMA Sprints, Vintage Super Modifieds, Legends of Kearney Bowl, BCRA Vintage Midgets, the CSS/360 Super Modifieds, and a 30 Lap Jr Late Model Exhibition race

April 7th - The BIG EGG HUNT for the Kids Presented by the Hampton Inn and Suites, Race #2 of the MAVTV televised RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series $2,000 to win 80 laps (50 laps then a break, then 30 laps), Race #2 of the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series 80 laps (50 laps then a break, then the final 30 laps), MSTs, Toyota Sedans, , Mini Cup vs Bandoleros Series

April 14th – Closed

April 21st - Closed, NO RACES / The Rusty Wallace Driving Experience

April 28th - $15 Ticket Night! Race #3 of the MAVTV televised $2,000 to win RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series 80 laps ( 50 laps then a break, then 30 laps), Race #3 of the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series 80 laps (50 laps then a break, then 30 laps), Madera Hobby Stocks, Toyota Sedans, , Mini Cup vs Bandoleros Series

May 5th - $15 Ticket Night! Vukovich Classic / The BCRA Midgets, NCMA Sprints, CSS/360 Super Modifieds, Legends of Kearney Bowl, Senior Open Vintage Super Modifieds, California Hard Tops, Vintage BCRA, USAC Western Midgets, Legends of the Pacific

May 12th - The Madera Late Model 40 lap race and Jr. Late Model Exhibition 30 Lap Race! Madera Hobby Stocks, plus the Toyota Sedans and Mini Super Toyotas, F4 Beater Cross

May 19th – Closed

May 26th- $15 Ticket Night! Military Tribute Night presented by 51FIFTY ENERGY DRINK (All active and retired military get in the grandstands for FREE!) Race #4 of the MAVTV televised $2,000 to win RPM Mortgage Pro Model Series 80 Laps (50 Laps then a break, then 30 laps), Race #4 of the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series 80 laps (50 laps then a break, then 30 laps), Toyota Sedans, MST , Mini Cup vs Bandoleros Series

June 2nd - Closed

June 9th - Lucas Oil Summertime Horsepower Nationals presented by Protect the Harvest & Hoosier Tires! Lucas Oil Modifieds in the Protect the Harvest 75 MAVTV SHOW, North State Modified Tour , USAC HPD Midgets, Legends of Kearney Bowl, CSS 360 Super mods

June 16th – Madera Late Models Series 40 laps, Jr. Late Model Series 30 lap exhibition race, Madera Hobby Stocks, Southwest Truck Series, Toyota Sedans, MSTs, Legends of the Pacific , F4 Beater Cross

June 23rd - Closed

June 30th - Reverend Ron Spencer's Red, White and Blue Classic and BIG FIREWORKS SHOW! !) Race #5 of the MAVTV televised $2,000 to win RPM Mortgage Pro Model Series 80 Laps (50 Laps then a break, then 30 laps), Race #5 of the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series 80 laps (50 laps then a break, then 30 laps), MST (48 lap main spilt 24’s) , Toyota Sedans (48 lap main, split 24's), Mini Cup vs Bandoleros Series

July 7th - Gerhardt Classic 100 Lap Three wide start BCRA Midget Race, The Western Winged Super Sprint Series, USAC Western Midgets, NCMA Sprints, CSS/360 Super Modifieds, Vintage BCRA, Legends of Kearney Bowl,

July 14th - Madera Late Models, Madera Hobby Stocks, MST, Toyota Sedans, and the Jr, Late Model 30 lap exhibition race

July 21st - Closed

July 28th - Summer Speed Fest $5,000 to win Race #6 of the MAVTV televised RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series 100 laps (split 50’s), Race #6 of the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series 80 laps (50 laps then a break, then 30 laps), MSTs, Mini Cup vs Bandoleros Series

August 4th - Children's Hospital Kids Night - Madera Late Models, Madera Hobby Stocks, F4 Beater Cross, Toyota Sedans, MST, Jr Late Model 30 lap exhibition race, Southwest Tour Truck Series

August 11th - PCS Super Late Model Series (Pacific Challenge Series), Madera Hobby Stocks, CSS/360 Super Modifieds, USAC HPD Midgets, MST, Legends of the Pacific, F4 Beater Cross

August 18th - Closed

August 25th - Race # 7 of the MAVTV Televised $2,000 to win RPM Mortgage Pro Model Series 80 laps (50 then 30), Race #7 of the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series 80 laps (50 laps then a break, then 30 laps), Mini Cup vs Bandoleros Series , Legends of the Pacific, Toyota Sedans

September 1st - Hampton Inn and Suites Night at the Speedway, Madera Late Models, Madera Hobby Stocks, MST's, Toyota Sedans, F4 Beater Cross, and the Jr, Late Model 30 lap exhibition race

September 8th - Closed for the Madera Fair

September 14th - 46th Annual Harvest Classic Night #1 presented by ($5 Ticket Night!) for everyone on night one. Madera Late Models, Madera Hobby Stocks, F4 Beater Cross , MST, Toyota Sedans, USAC Western Midgets and Modified Truck Pulls!

September 15th - 46th Annual Harvest Classic presented by Midland Tractor and John Deere! The Western Winged Super Sprint Series, BCRA Midgets, USAC Western Midgets, NCMA Sprints, CSS/360 Super Modifieds, Legends of Kearney Bowl, California Hard Tops, Plus the Blown, Injected multi engine Pulling Tractors!

September 22nd - Race #8 of the MAVTV televised $2,000 to win RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series 80 laps (50 laps then 30), Race #8 of the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series 80 laps (50 laps then a break, the 30 laps), MST, Toyota Sedans, Mini Cup vs Bandoleros Series

September 29th – Spears SRL Southwest Tour 125, the USAC Western Midgets, CSS/360 Super Modifieds, Legends of the Pacific, Madera Hobby Stocks, and the Legends of Kearney Bowl

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 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 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, October 8, 2017

Shepherd Wins Championship And $10K Short Track Shootout

Photo Courtesy Jason Wedehase

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (October 7, 2017) – Bakersfield’s Buddy Shepherd claimed his third career Late Model track championship and outlasted Eric Holmes to win the 5th $10,000 Short Track Shootout, in the season finale for the RPM Mortgage Pro Series at Madera Speedway on Saturday night. The young driver’s win was his biggest in a productive career at the fastest one-third mile in the west on a night televised for MAVTV.

95 cars lined the pits including 50 Pro Late Models, 14 51FIFTY Junior Late Models, 24 Lucas Oil Modifieds, and seven Mini Cups for the exciting evening of action in front of a healthy crowd.

Shepherd qualified third behind 3-time defending Shootout winner Holmes but drew the pole for the 26 car, 150 lap feature. He had no trouble scooting ahead of Glen Cook with the lead. The first caution flew on lap ten and the restart saw the entire top ten upstairs. Cook drifted backwards on the restart with Doss up to second and Holmes up to third. The yellow flew again on lap 12.

Second in points Logan Zampa of Napa, CA entered the night five points behind Shepherd and found himself in numerous battles including early with NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national runner-up Trevor Huddleston. Tyler Herzog had been a strong story all year before he fell back to 14th position. Contact with 2007 Altamont champion Ryan Philpott in turn two sparked a wild crash that included Lawless Alan making hard contact with Herzog. Eric Nascimento, Jr. launched over them causing Kolby Berry to slow and sending Rick Thompson hard into the turn two wall.

Zampa snaked up to fourth while the back-and-forth musical chairs among the top-three of Shepherd, Doss, and Holmes began. Inaugural Short Track Shootout winner Mike David of Modesto worked past Hailie Deegan in her debut and she was bumped back behind Ross Strmiska as well. Cook took over fourth from Zampa and ran nose-to-tail with the top-three in a strong showing early.

Doss applied pressure at the lap 50 mark showing his nose inside Shepherd before a caution on that lap. David’s race ended when he collided with Strmiska in turn three and stalled a handful of laps later with broken rear trailing arm. Zampa returned the pass on Cook in the ensuing restart and still 21 cars were running at the lap 70 mark.

Hailie Deegan’s brilliant debut hit a snag when she bounced off the wall and collected Herzog on the front stretch. The race stayed green despite debris on the entry to turn one. Holmes went for a Bonzai charge on Shepherd in lapped traffic in turn four with the pair sliding and making contact. The following lap Holmes developed a right front flat tire as more debris appeared in turn three. The race went yellow on lap 96 for the debris, bringing the lap 100 race break four laps early. Holmes was forced to restart last after the break as he changed a tire in the pits.

Coming out of the break after the Lucas Oil Modified feature was completed, Strmiska looked outside Doss for second. Doss jumped out of line with a mechanical problem on the following lap for a caution to end his night.

2016 RPM Pro LM champion Matt Erickson had worked from 17th to fourth by that point. A caution for a spin in turn two saw Deegan retire to the pits with mechanical problems as well. Kolby Berry’s series debut was interrupted by a flat tire for another caution on lap 101.

Six-time 51FIFTY Jr. LM winner Austin Herzog began to make his presence felt. The 15 year-old drifted backwards on the inside, then turned up the wick passing Huddleston, Erickson, and Strmiska to take over on second by lap 111. Zampa stopped in turn four on that lap for a yellow and Holmes had worked from 21st up into sixth. Holmes then moved up to fourth on the restart and began a long term battle with Herzog and Strmiska for the second position. The battle never really relented until the final stages.

A lap 121 caution saw Kevin Thompson suffer a stuck throttle and go hard into the turn one wall with Zampa along for the ride. Zampa’s night and championship chances were ended and he had to settle for second in the points.

Holmes used the inside to get past both Herzog and Strmiska after numerous side-by-side duels with each, to assume second on lap 140. He put Buddy Shepherd in the crosshairs as Jagger Jones spun in turn four with five to go. Holmes had run his best lap of the race on that lap, and had a solid restart that gave him a good look at Shepherd. They ran within inches of each other before Matt Erickson crashed hard on the front stretch in a tangle with Garland Tyler.

That set up a three lap shootout, but Shepherd was much better on this attempt at a restart. Holmes made one last dive inside on the final set of turns, but came up short. Buddy Shepherd cashed the 2017 RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model championship and $10,000 for winning the Short Track Shootout. The three-time defending winner Eric Holmes was second with Strmiska snookering Herzog for third. Trevor Huddleston rounded out the top-five.

Robby Hornsby won from the C Main event from the outside pole in his first Madera start with Canadian Geoff Morris, Ray Mayer, and Del McIntosh transferring to the B Main event.

Morris then drove through the field to take the $1000 grand prize of the 40 lap B Main event, after the four transfers of Lawless Alan, Racin Vernon, Ryan Hart, and Kevin Thompson were pulled out at lap 25.

Linny White won the Lucas Oil Modified Dash then followed that up with victory in the Lucas Oil Modified 75 presented by K&N Filters. A lengthy red flag on lap 38 came out after Arizona’s Blake Rogers tagged the front stretch wall and caught fire. The driver was uninjured. Idaho’s Trevor Cristiani continued his reign from the front of the field with Jason Irwin and White in tow. Things intensified on lap 60 in lapped traffic when Cristiani spun and was hit in the door by former champion Dylan Cappello of Arizona. Both were out of the race.

White led the last 15 laps for the victory with second place Taylor Miinch also wrapping up the series championship.

Jesse Love IV put on arguably the best display of driving in the championship race for the 51FIFTY Junior Late Models, making passes high and low to win the 75 lap season finale. The top-three finishers of Love, Kolby Berry, and Austin Edwards were the top-three in the championship points as well.

Eric Nascimento, Jr. started on the pole and led the opening lap while Las Vegas’ Tanner Reif began to show the outside line that would be a factor in the race later. Reif worked past Berry with Nascimento sliding up in front of Reif in turn four on lap five. That allowed Berry to charge back inside Reif in a tremendous scrum up front.

Reif tagged the front stretch wall nearly half a dozen times as he tried to edge ahead of Berry and Nascimento. Reif finally went a bit too high in turn two and spun, tagging the inside K Rail rear end first for a lap 11 yellow.

The single file restart saw Nascimento, Berry, and Hailie Deegan – all racing the same cars in the Short Track Shootout as well – break away while Anthony Guaimano got sideways down the backstretch but made a nice save. Love and his teammate Adam Lemke ran a side-by-side battle with Love taking fifth on lap 22. Edwards jumped inside Lemke but after some side-by-side running Lemke successfully defended the position. 11 laps later, Love got around Guaimano for fourth.

Lapped traffic became a factor on lap 42 for the lead pack while midpack Reif was attempting a comeback run rolling the outside to pass three cars in succession. Guaimano and Lemke tangled in one on lap 48 to bring the lap 50 break two laps early with 27 laps to go.

Reif continued the amazing use of the outside groove to try to nab fifth from Edwards before he headed to the pits with a mechanical issue.

Love began to close on the top-three and started to take his shot on the outside himself. Love cleared both Deegan and Berry on lap 64 nearly edging Nascimento before a caution for Guaimano and Lemke having a hard crash in turn three.

On the restart, Nascimento went high to defend the outside from Love. The move allowed Love to cut to the inside to take the lead on lap 66.

The battling continued behind Love with Nascimento and Deegan zigging and zagging down the front stretch, with Deegan spun out into turn one against the wall with two go.

Love would not be denied as he led second in points Kolby Berry and third in points Austin Edwards across the line with Las Vegas’ RJ Smothermon and Bakersfield’s Kabe McClenny the top-five.

Tyler Reif of Las Vegas wrapped up a strong rookie Mini Cup campaign, leading all 20 laps of the season finale. The win also gave Reif the championship for the youngest drivers at Madera. Kale McClenny of Bakersfield and Aaron Thomas rounded out the top-three.

Madera’s season concludes October 21st with the 11th Annual Pumpkin Smash Halloween Bash and Blow Up!!! West Coast Sportsman Series, MST's, Toyota Sedans, $2,000 to Win 250 lap Enduro, the Extreme Barrel Racing Series, a Trick or Treat thru the Pits and on Track PUMPKIN SMASH for the KIDS!

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Doss Wins Madera MavTV Late Model Debut

Jeremy Dos

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (August 26, 2017) – Two-time Pacific Challenge Series champion Jeremy Doss of Upperlake, CA made the most of his RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series debut, winning Saturday’s 100 lap event at Madera Speedway. The winner of nearly 30 Super Late Models in his young career handled a pressure-filled second half of the event before earning the $2,000 win. Jesse Love IV won his fourth 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model race as well as he edged closer towards the series championship.

The sixth round of the MAVTV-televised competition had 26 Pro Late Models competing. Doss and incoming second in points Logan Zampa traded spots atop the board in practice and qualifying with Zampa earning five points for the fast-time. The fan-led redraw placed multi-time MST track champion Kevin Thompson on the pole with Zampa and Doss coming out of row two.

Thompson was quickly passed by outside pole sitter Joey Licata. Doss and former series champion Matt Erickson moved into second and third with side-by-side battling behind them. Shane Butler spun in turn four for the first caution on lap five. Thompson had fallen back to seventh and gathered up Zampa, the June winner, back to eighth. Licata slowed under caution and retired to the pits with mechanical woes to surrender the lead.

Doss assumed the lead position and powered past Erickson on the restart with five-time Jr. Late Model winner Austin Herzog of Clovis up to second. The top four of Doss, Herzog, Erickson, and tenth starting Garland Tyler of Modesto ran nose-to-tail all up stairs with Bakersfield’s Racin Vernon and Zampa side-by-side for fifth. Zampa used the inside to pass Vernon and Tucker tried to do the same. Zampa scrambled back to the top but Tucker remained on the bottom in traffic.

The gap between Doss and Herzog grew to nearly a straightaway. A caution flew on lap 21 for Shane Butler tagging fourth running Tyler while being lapped. Tyler smacked the turn two wall and drove back to the pits with significant right front damage.

Herzog briefly showed his nose on the inside of Doss on the restart before they separated. Tucker worked his way up to the inside of Erickson for fourth. Jr. LM graduate Jarrett Gilmer spun out of the top ten down the front stretch for a lap 28 caution. Doss again picked the outside and Herzog slid up the hill trying to run with him off the corner. That allowed Zampa to slide job Herzog on the following lap. Herzog bumped into the back of Zampa and also made contact with Dillon Tucker. The accordion affect ended with half a dozen cars stopped in turn three and a total of 11 cars suffering various degrees of damage. Four drivers were out of the race but all the leaders continued. Bakersfield’s Racin Vernon was one of those with heavy damage who soldiered on.

Zampa emerged second and drag raced Doss on the following restart with a comfortable advantage over the battle for third between Eric Nascimento, Jr. and Erickson. A spin for Quintin Harris in turn four slowed action again.

Zampa challenged Doss repeatedly on restarts and successfully took the lead on lap 33 when he edged forward by a nose before Doss took the lead back by a nose on lap 34. The side-by-side action brought Erickson into the fold on lap 35.

The race went green into the lap 50 break with Doss leading Zampa, Erickson, Nascimento, and Jason Aguirre of Atwater. Aguirre fell back to ninth within the first seven laps after the break. Racin Vernon found a way to come back from the earlier crash to battle side-by-side with Tucker for seventh. Lapped traffic was two wide in front of Doss briefly on lap 65. Quintin Harris spun on the front stretch which evaporated Doss’ newfound lead on Zampa.

The lead battle was as close as it had been with Zampa nosing inside Doss numerous times. A caution on lap 71 for Gilmer spinning gave the duo a breather. A severe crash stopped the action on the restart when Herzog slid up the race track and was hit in the right rear by Aguirre. Aguirre flew into the starter’s stand before landing on the passenger side window of Herzog. All parties involved, including the officials, were uninjured.

Zampa and Doss again went toe-to-toe after that 20 minute red flag. Doss never lost the lead but had to drop to the inside several times to make a defensive maneuver. Zampa worked inside Doss again out of turn two on lap 78 and Doss managed to lead by a nose before Doss drove to the bottom again to block the following lap. Zampa never relented from the inside as Doss searched high and low to defend. Zampa led the 80th lap by inches before Doss came back once more.

The battle spilled over when Zampa spun in turn three and got hit by Nascimento which ended Nascimento’s evening. The fracas placed a Cinderella in second with Racin Vernon set to challenge Doss. Vernon went up the hill into turn one which allowed Doss to drive away. Erickson took over second from Vernon in the process. Zampa found himself in an absolute soup with a lot of contact as he attempted to drive into the top-five and take the points lead.

A final caution on lap 94 set up Doss versus Erickson, but Erickson was unable to seal the deal. Jeremy Doss took the big victory ahead of Erickson, Jarrett Gilmer, Racin Vernon, and Logan Zampa. With incoming points leader Buddy Shepherd absent, Zampa took over the points lead by four points heading into September 23rd.

Jesse Love IV’s fourth win in the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Models nearly clinches the title in a dominant season so far. The June and July races were the only hiccups in Love’s season so far.

Love qualified third for the 75 lapper but grabbed the pole after the fan redraw. He led lap one ahead of fast-time qualifier Kolby Berry of Redwood Valley. Jr. Late Model first-timer Adam Lemke of Hollister jumped up into third ahead of Las Vegas drivers Tyler Reif and Kyle Keller.

Gracie Trotter of Denver, NC slowed out of turn four on her first career start but gathered it back up in the 13th position on lap four.

Jr. Late Model exhibition race winner Dylan Zampa of Napa ran sixth early on in his first televised series start. Good battling took place outside the top-five when July runner-up Kabe McClenny of Bakersfield passed Anthony Guimano for seventh and brought Jesse Burks with him.

Duxbury, VT’s Peyton Lanphear spun in turn one for the first caution on lap 18. Another brief caution for debris slowed the action on lap 23. Keller spun from fifth for a caution on lap 24. Mead and Trotter came together in turn three while battling for eighth place sending Mead for a spin on lap 25. Both had to restart from the rear. McClenny got around Zampa for fifth coming through three and four to complete lap 33.

A crash on lap 37 brought out a red flag when Lanphear and Guiamano hit the wall in turn three. Guiamano managed to continue on in the event. Reif tagged the wall from fourth on the restart and was forced to try to nurse the car to the lap 50 break.

Mead and Guiamano collided on lap 47 in turn four to bring the race to its lap 50 break prematurely. On the restart the trio of Love, Berry, and Lemke took off comfortably from fourth running McClenny. Lemke worked his way underneath Berry and took second on lap 55. He had a straightaway deficit to Love and began crawling towards him before Mead spun with help from Reif. Berry spun from third on the following restart and collected McClenny who suffered severe front end damage to end McClenny’s night.

Lemke hounded his teammate Love for the lead with ten laps to go. Jesse Burks took over third from Dylan Zampa and led a line of six cars in the intense battle. Keller nearly spun out of the group but kept going to keep the race green with two to go.

Love was able to pull away from Lemke in the closing stages in a possible championship drive with Burks maintaining third for his career best finish ahead of Zampa. Gracie Trotter charged back to fifth as well.

The 20 lap Mini Cup main event saw a first time female winner. The 2017 series for the youngest drivers at the speedway had been dominated by Tyler Reif of Las Vegas, but the 10 year-old was denied on this night by Avery Vivian. Vivian used a car she purchased the night before to lead the entire distance, with Reif working into second with five laps to go and settling for that position. Aaron Thomas finished third.

A competitive field of Modified Super Toyotas dueled for 25 laps with Dave Lander getting the win. Lander led the first nine laps of the feature before a caution for Rian Bowman spinning in turn four tightened up the pack. Lander jumped ahead of second running Ryan Renyolds on the double file restart, allowing Patrick Geiger to nose up the inside of Renyolds.

Lander took a .666 second victory over Geiger with points leader Bert Stephens in third. Renyolds failed to finish with mechanical problems.

11 Legends of the Pacific took the green flag for a 35 lap main event with a ten car invert. Stockton’s Keith Clement led early before Chad Nascimento took the lead. Nascimento drove to a five car length lead over Modesto’s Michael Ray. Tenth starting Luis Tyrrell, who leads the points at Kern County Raceway Park, passed Ray for second on lap six in a quick zip through the field.

Tyrrell wasted little time taking the lead on the following lap on lap seven. Heather Hadley tagged the turn four wall for a lap 15 yellow flag. A caution for Rob Nascimento spinning gave his cousin Chad a brief look at Tyrell before a two-by-two battle for second developed. Another set of restarts allowed Ray to swoop into second.

Tyrrell claimed victory for his second Madera Legends win of the season ahead of Ray, Rob Nascimento, Bakersfield’s Braden Rogers, and Josh Fleming.

Up next for Madera Speedway is the Hampton Inn and Suites Night on Labor Day weekend! Madera Late Models, Race #6 of the Super Hobby Stock Series, NCPRO 4 Modifieds, MST's, Toyota Sedans, F4's, and the Jr, Late Model 25 lap exhibition race make up the busy evening

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Madera Racing on MAVTV continues every Thursay night at 8 p.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Pacific. Madera Speedway racing is also available on the LucasOilRacing.TV app

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Jesse Love Extends Winning Streak In 51FIFTY JR LM At Madera

Jesse Love IV in victory lane after his third Jr. LM victory (Photo Courtesy Jason Wedehase)

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (May 27, 2017) – 12 year-old rookie Jesse Love IV of Menlo Park continued his incredible start to his Madera Speedway Jr. Late Model career, taking Saturday night's 75 lap 51FIFTY Energy Drink feature as part of Military Tribute Night. Love's third win highlighted a busy night that included Logan Zampa getting his first career RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model win, Tyler Reif taking the Mini Cup feature, and Mike Marley grabbing the Toyota Sedans.

Both round threes of the Late Model divisions on the one-third mile were televised for later broadcast on MAVTV.

The 20 car Jr. Late Model field struggled to get the race underway as Watsonville's Lilly Mead stalled on the initial attempt at a start with fuel pump issues. On the following attempt, pole sitter Kyle Keller of Las Vegas spun in turn four and Mentone's Austin Edwards spun in turn two as well.

12 year-old Zachary Telford of Middleton, ID assumed the lead position for a single file restart with Love restarting in second.

Fast-time qualifier Kolby Berry of Redwood Valley restarted third but faced pressure from 2016 season runner-up Austin Herzog. RJ Smothermon of Las Vegas spun in turn one for the next caution on lap five. Herzog cleared Berry for third before that caution flag flew.

Telford slid up the hill coming off of turn four before concluding lap 11 and tagged the wall. He fell back to third with Love assuming the lead. Jaden Rocha spun in turn four to bring out another caution on lap 13. This caution fell as Jarrett Gilmer began peeking inside Hailie Deegan for fifth.

The battle for fifth continued after the restart when they got side-by-side before the conclusion of lap 20. Gilmer cleared Deegan down the backstretch. 2016 champion Dezel West and Eric Nascimento, Jr. also went past Deegan.

Berry slowed with engine trouble from the fourth position on lap 25 and stopped at the end of the backstretch. West and Gilmer tangled on the ensuing restart with Gilmer spinning and West sent to the rear for his involvement. Several spins and incidents slowed the pace of the race for the next seven laps with three different cautions.

Deegan got past Telford for the fourth spot and Bakersfield's Kabe McClenny followed her through for fifth. A major multi-car crash on the backstretch involved both Madison and Alison Gay with Madison's car suffering heavy front end damage when she hit the back of Gilmer. On the lap 35 restart Herzog began to hound Love for the top spot.

Telford got overhauled by Edwards dropping the early race leader to seventh just before the lap 50 break. Herzog continued the intensity on Love with five laps to the break. Herzog ran out of gas to bring out a lap 46 caution and had to be pushed back to the infield. He never was able to re-fire which ended his evening. McClenny inherited second with Edwards up into third in a remarkable comeback.

Edwards ran out of gas as well as the race reached lap 50 for the break but he managed to stay on the lead lap.

The race reached lap 50 with Love leading McClenny, Deegan, Telford, and Las Vegas' Tanner Reif. Reif used the restart to get around Telford to take over fourth. Madison Gay's night ended in sparks on lap 60. Anthony Guiamano retired to the pits under that caution as well.

The final 15 laps were paced by Love while McClenny fought off a torrid charge from Hailie Deegan. Deegan gave McClenny several bumps in turn three over the final five laps but was unsuccessful. Love dashed away for a .780 victory ahead of McClenny, Deegan, Reif, and Keller.

In RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model competition, 25 cars took to the track for the 100 lap feature for the third race of 2017. Logan Zampa of Napa was credited with his first career series win after an exciting main event.

14 year-old Austin Herzog led the field to the green flag alongside Modesto's Garland Tyler. Tyler ran side-by-side on the outside of Herzog for the first two laps of the race before Herzog started to edge forward with the lead. The pair jumped out to a sizeable lead over fifth starting Zampa who immediately climbed into third.

The early battle was for fourth as Ryan Hart tried to fend off fast-time qualifier Buddy Shepherd. Shepherd got past him in turn two on lap eight. Hart fell back into a battle with Dillon Tucker but successfully held him off in heavy lapped traffic.

Herzog encountered early lapped traffic on lap nine but maintained a five car length advantage. Tyler Herzog spun for the race's first caution on lap 18. Herzog picked the outside for the restart and managed to get ahead of Tyler but Shepherd snaked into second in the process.

Tucker rolled around Hart for the fifth spot but Hart battled back at lap 25 in a very good battle. Glen Cook won a battle with Matt Erickson that thrust Erickson back to Rick Thompson. Thompson got around Erickson for eighth on lap 27.

The top four cars of Herzog, Shepherd, Tyler, and Zampa hooked up nose to tail on the outside in a way unseen so far in 2017. Shepherd dove inside Herzog in turn four and took over the lead at lap 32. The lead pack continued to run the top side of the race track although turn three was very loose for several competitors.

Lapped traffic ran side-by-side right in front of the Tucker and Hart battle within the final ten laps of the first half. Herzog used lapped traffic to climb back on top of Shepherd with five to go.

At the lap 50 break it was Shepherd leading Herzog, Tyler, Zampa, and Tucker. Hart challenged Tucker yet again for fifth coming out of the break and took over the position. Shepherd rocketed out to a ten car length lead over the trio of Herzog, Zampa, and Tyler. Hart managed to close in on the trio on lap 61. Zampa worked his way past Herzog on lap 66 in lapped traffic to nab second place.

The battling for the fifth position was nearly non-stop throughout the feature and eventually grew to a five car battle involving Hart, Tucker, Rick Thompson, Erickson, and Howard Holden.

A caution on lap 77 for Del McIntosh spinning in turn four changed the race as Glen Cook was hit hard by Tyler Herzog with Quintin Harris also getting involved. The caution also evaporated the comfortable lead that Shepherd had built up over Zampa.

Herzog had a slow restart from third that allowed Tyler to jump to his outside. Tyler swooped past him to take the position in turn two on lap 78. Tucker tried to duplicate the move outside Hart in that continuing exciting battle. Tucker completed the deal in the same corner on lap 80. The battle for third picked up as Herzog used the long green flag run to make up ground on Tyler.

Shepherd drove away for a 1.449 second win over Zampa, Tyler, Herzog, and Tucker. Hart settled for sixth ahead of a hard-charging Howard Holden in seventh.

Shepherd's victory was nullified in post-race inspection, however, with an illegal engine setback. That gave Logan Zampa his first career RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model victory in what will be a tightening points battle when the series continues on June 17th.

Points leader Mike Marley led on two different occasions en route to the 25 lap Toyota Sedan victory. Marley led the first six laps of the Toyota Sedan feature before a hungry pack of Sedans pounced on him. Jason Lawton took over the lead with Tim Curtis going by for second a few laps later. A mix up on lap 11 saw Erik Woods spin in turn two and Curtis fall out of the race with front bumper damage. After an incident between Woods and Thomas Magray, Marley made a big move on the outside to take the lead on lap 21.

Marley took the victory with Wood and Dukes crashing hard at the start finish line at the conclusion of the race. The top-five were credited as Marley, Lawton, Kyle Fortney, Woods, and Dukes.

Nine year-old Tyler Reif of Las Vegas is now a perfect two-for-two in Mini Cup competition as he won a solid 20 lap feature against the challenges of Stockton's JoJo Stearns. Bakersfield's Kale McClenny ran third ahead of Joseph Holliday and Aiden Phillips.

Madera Speedway goes dark June 3rd before continuing June 10th for the Lucas Oil Summertime Horsepower Nationals. It will feature the Lucas Oil Modifieds in the Protect the Harvest 75 MAVTV show, North State Modified Tour, Race #4 of the Super Hobby Stock Open Series 50 laps, USAC HPD Midgets, Legends of Kearney Bowl, and CSS 360 Super Mods.

For more information about Madera Racing on MAVTV please visit www.racemadera.com or www.mavtv.com. For more information about 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 Racing on MAVTV begins Thursday June 1st with coverage of the season opener from March 11th for the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series. The broadcast beings at 8 p.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Pacific. Madera Speedway racing is also available on the LucasOilRacing.TV app

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Love And Shepherd Get The Job Done In Round Two Of LM Action At Madera

Jesse Love IV in victory lane after his second Jr. Late Model victory

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (April 29, 2017) – 12 year-old Jesse Love established himself as the top contender for the 2017 51FIFTY Junior Late Model championship while 2015 track champion Buddy Shepherd returned to RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model victory lane in a busy Saturday night at Madera Speedway. Both second round events of the prestigious Late Model series were broadcast for MAVTV on a perfect spring evening at the fastest one-third mile in the west.

Love's 75 lap win makes him two-for-two in his young Jr. Late Model career and came against an outstanding field of 20 cars, narrowed from a 15 lap B Main. Redwood Valley's Kolby Berry, the season opening runner-up, brought the field to the green flag alongside last April's winner Austin Edwards, age 12.

An incident early on in turn two involved three female drivers including Jaden Lyn Rocha, Lilly Mead, and Madison Gay. All eventually were freed from the incident but Jaden Lyn eventually retired from the race on lap seven.

A series of short cautions for spins brought the race to a lap nine restart, where Berry spun from the lead but the race remained under green with Edwards assuming the top spot. Las Vegas' Tanner Reif spun on lap 11 with a flat right rear tire and Mead spun in turn two collecting Reif on lap 18. Reif and Mead were again gathered in a melee on lap 22 that included Jesse Burks.

Love took a look underneath Edwards for the lead before another brief caution. Love continued to hound Edwards while four-time winner Austin Herzog tried to overtake Hailie Deegan for third. Herzog and Deegan had a brief door banging battle on lap 28 and Herzog grabbed the position.

Love finally got around Edwards for first on lap 30 in turn 1 before a caution for Berry spun around in turn two. Herzog challenged Edwards for second before Anthony Guiamano tagged the wall with a flat tire to bring the race's 50 lap break early on lap 41.

After the intermission on the front stretch, Love drove away from the pack repeatedly while the biggest mover was Bakersfield's Kabe McClenny. McClenny challenged Deegan for fourth several times in his first series race. McClenny spun on lap 57 in turn two and collected Eric Nascimento, Jr. to end Nascimento's night early.

A final caution for a brief spin on lap 64 set up an 11 lap run to the finish but Love proved too strong for the .518 second victory while Edwards held off Herzog for second. Berry charged back through the field to finish fourth with Deegan rounding out the top-five.

Buddy Shepherd came from the ninth position to get his first 100 lap Madera Speedway RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model victory since his 2015 championship season. The top eight starters after the redraw were all drivers without a previous televised Pro Late Model win, making for a wide-open race. 2016 champion Matt Erickson came to the green from 12th as well.

Ryan Hart led the first three laps with Rick Thompson on his outside, before Thompson edged forward to hold the lead position. Erickson found himself embroiled in three-wide racing early on. Hart hit the front stretch wall head-on during lap 15 but the race stayed green until Howard Holden spun in turn one the following lap.

Shepherd found himself in fourth by that restart, while up front it was Madera Late Model Easter Egg night winner Dillon Tucker charging past Thompson for the lead on lap 16. A caution on lap 25 spelled disaster for top-five running Austin Herzog as he retired to the pits with smoke from the rear of the car.

Tucker's days at the front were numbered as Shepherd pounced to lead lap 26. Several different restart exchanges saw different drivers follow Shepherd on the outside line including Rick Thompson driving back into second. A multi-car spin in turn three slowed action on lap 36 and a two-by-two battle for third followed. Erickson snaked through the battling to advance to fourth by lap 42 with the race hitting its halfway break at lap 50. Tyler slid across the line from fifth at the end of the segment but was able to continue without damage.

After the halfway break on the front stretch for adjustments, racing resumed with Shepherd continually using the outside line to anchor restarts. Erickson ran as high as third on several occasions and faced battles with half a dozen different drivers. Joey Licata eventually emerged as a contender for the race win as he battled with Thompson for second multiple times before having an engine failure on lap 65.

Erickson slipped back to fifth on that restart and never fully recovered, with Garland Tyler starting to become the next driver to challenge the leaders. Logan Zampa and Tyler managed to both work their way past Thompson on the inside line with five laps to go while Buddy Shepherd enjoyed a comfortable margin ahead of them.

Shepherd grabbed the $2,000 victory by 1.630 seconds ahead of Zampa, Tyler, Thompson, and Erickson. Hart overcame the earlier incident to finish ninth while Tucker faded to tenth in the closing laps with front end damage.

All three undercard divisions on the evening had first time winners. Patrick Geiger put together a dominating win in the Modified Super Toyota feature, winning by a full straight away. The remaining four cars in the event ran two-by-two for the entire 20 laps with Bert Stephens edging Zachary Cook for second.

Nine year-old Tyler Reif of Las Vegas, NV made the most of his Mini Cup debut for his first win. A late restart evaporated his comfortable lead but he was not deterred as he charged to a 2.227 second win over JoJo Stearns and Joseph Holiday.

Toyota Sedan points leader Mike Marley picked up his first ever win topping Erik Woods and Thomas Magray.

Madera Speedway's 2017 season continues next Saturday with the Vukovich Classic / The BCRA Midgets, NCMA Sprints, CSS/360 Super Modifieds, Legends of Kearney Bowl, Senior Open Vintage Super Modifieds, California Hard Tops, Vintage BCRA, USAC HPD Midgets, Legends of the Pacific, PLUS THE WEST COAST SPORTSMAN SERIES featuring Grand National Type stock cars in a 75 Lap race!

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