Showing posts with label Linny White. Show all posts
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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Cappello Surprises While Thorn Dominates During SRL Action At Madera

Derek Thorn led 120 laps en route to his eighth Madera SRL win (Jason Wedehase photo)

Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (September 28, 2019) – Peoria, Ariz.’s Dylan Cappello extended his points lead in the Spears Manufacturing Modified Series in a surprise last lap victory while Bakersfield’s Derek Thorn won his eighth SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour race at Madera Speedway. The wins capped off a grueling Saturday night of MAVTV-televised action on the one-third mile oval.

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)

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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, June 8, 2019

Thorn Grabs Career Win 37 With Spears 125 Victory At Madera

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

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

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, June 12, 2016

Tellstrom Gets Big Win During Summertime Horsepower Nationals

Via Madera Speedway Media/Blakesley Sports Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (June 11, 2016) – Ukiah's Kyle Tellstrom won his second straight Lucas Oil Modifieds race at Madera Speedway, claiming the California Farmers 75 as part of the Summetime Horsepower Nationals at the one-third mile oval. Tellstrom led the final 58 laps to add to his $5,000 win in last October's Short Track Shootout.

Saturday night's action saw both the North State Modifieds and the Lucas Oil Modifieds break their respective track records. The top-four Lucas cars broke the previous record. MAVTV coverage for the evening included both the Lucas Modifieds and the Madera Winged Super Sprints being filmed for later broadcasts.

Tellstrom had to defend himself against the challenges of Linny White who is the only repeat winner in the 2016 series. Tracy's Scott Winters had won the previous two Summertime Horsepower Nationals and led the opening 17 laps of the feature.

Winters, the former track champion, started alongside White at the start of the 26 car contest but a little bit of contact in turn one on the second lap shuffled White back to fourth.

The first of seven cautions of the feature occurred on lap four when Brian Collins and Eddie Secord tangled in turn one. Another incident saw Madera's Elliott Sterjne spin in turn two on lap six.

William Guevara of Lake Havasu City, AZ had his first trip into the wall on lap eight for the next stoppage. Things settled down from there with the top eight cars in a lead pack running nose-to-tail around the top of the high banked speedway. Tellstrom used that green flag run to close down on Winters before completing a thrilling slidejob off of turn four to lead lap 18.

Larry Gerchman and Aaron McMorran had contact for the next caution on lap 23 in an incident that collected Idaho's Shelby Stroebel as well. McMorran was unable to continue and Gerchman was sent to the rear for his involvement.

Winters used that restart to take third at one third race distance with Tellstrom pulling away. Lapped traffic on lap 40 brought the field back together before another caution on lap 47. Going back to green fast-time qualifier and new track recorder holder Austin Barnes slowed and the race went back to yellow. Barnes was able to get back into gear to continue his race albeit from the rear. A hard crash on lap 50 involving Shane Skaggs from Albuquerque and Guevara was the final caution of the race.

Tellstrom took a .349 second victory over a late charge from White with Winters settling for third over former series champion Dylan Cappello from Peoria, AZ. Incoming points leader Matt Hicks finished fifth.

The co-main event was the Lucas Oil Racing Mid-State 60 for the North State Modified Series. Sacramento's Jason Phipot is now a perfect two-for-two in the series for 2016 and took both the track record and the race victory. Philpot had to race forward from tenth position after pulling a ten car inversion after qualifying.

Joe Rhodes, Jr. of Sacramento made his first Madera start count from the outside front row to take the lead from pole sitter Sierra Furia from Lakeport. Rhodes led 15 laps in a strong performance for the former Roseville Bomber driver. It did not take long for Philpot to move through the pack as he assumed fourth by lap eight around Lucas Oil Dash Winner Guy Young of Redding.

Furia drifted back to eighth position by lap ten in a tough start for the rookie. The leaders encountered lapped traffic by lap 15 when the first caution came out for Eric Price, Jr. stalled on the track.

Rhodes picked the outside on the restart and points leader Darrin Knight of Kelseyville took advantage to take the lead into turn one. The move was nullified when Furia spun across the front stretch head on into the wall.

Rhodes chose the inside on the next attempt but Knight was not deterred as he took over the lead on lap 16. Rhodes eventually was shuffled back to fifth.

Knight's lead was short-lived as Philpot closed in quickly. Philpot dove inside Knight on lap 29 through turns three and four with the pair making contact to send Knight spinning. Philpot drove off with the lead and Knight had to restart from the rear.

The fast-paced race had one more caution on lap 43 when Young went up in smoke. Philpot drove away from the pack once more to take the .556 second win over Upperlake's Charlie Collins, Rhodes, Knight, and another Northern-area driver Darrin Knight of Kelseyville the top-five.

Meridian, Idaho's Bryan Warf took advantage of a great opportunity, guest driving the #8 Glenn Hutchison-owned Sprint Car to the Madera Winged Super Sprint victory. Warf's win was his second straight in the car after primary driver Dylan Hutchison is out with a wrist injury unrelated to racing. Warf first won on Memorial Day in Utah before heading to Madera.

The 30 lap feature started 10 cars but it was a high quality field. Justin Kawahata started outside heat race winner Tom Baker for the feature and led the opening lap. Warf was on the move from the get-go from fourth on the grid and swung around the outside of Kawahata to lead lap two.

AJ Russell from Clovis took over the second position from Kawahata not long after that. Russell battled Warf briefly before falling out with mechanical problems on lap 11.

Warf pulled away to almost a half-lap lead while rookie Dylan Noble used an over/under maneuver to take Baker on the outside for third and third Kawahata inside for second.

Gordon Rogers had a spin on lap 23 that set up a seven lap shootout between Warf and Noble. Warf gassed it hard with a tight race car, lifting his wheels off the ground on several occasions. The pair rippped across the line nose to tail for a close finish with Cody Gerhardt two seconds back in third. Kawahata and Baker were the top-five with heat winner Anthony Simone sixth.

Toni Breidinger led 11 laps en route to the win in the USAC HPD Midgets 30 lapper. Cody Jessop made his return to Madera and was the race leader for much of the event with Jesse Love IV and Breidinger in a close pursuit. Love eventually spun from second in turn three on lap 15 and collected his teammate Antonia Boscocci in the process.

After a lengthy caution to clean up fluid from Adam Lemke's car, the battle was on between Breidinger and Jessop. Jessop eventually relinquished the lead on lap 20 and fell all the way to fifth with apparent mechanical problems. Toni led her sister Annie across the line with first timer Joey Iest, Blake Brannon, and Jessop rounding out the top-five.

The Loanmart Madera Speedway continues a busy June this Saturday with the LoanMart Open Late Models, 51FIFTY Jr. Late Models, Super Hobby Stocks, CSS 360 Super Modifieds, Legends of the Pacific, MSTs, and Toyota Sedans in action.

Race fans can catch up on LoanMart Open Late Model action this Thursday with another original episode of "Madera Racing" The coverage will include the April 30th Round #2 of the series. "Madera Racing" airs Thrusdays on MAVTV at 8 p.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Pacific.