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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, June 10, 2018

Taylor Miinch Extends Lucas Oil Points Lead With Fifth Consecutive Win



Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (June 9, 2018) – Taylor Miinch led only the final five laps in the SpillVak 75 presented by Protect the Harvest towards a remarkable fifth straight Lucas Oil Modified Series win. The victory at Madera Speedway is his ninth win out of his last 20 series starts back to July of 2016, extending the 2017 champion’s points lead as well.

Miinch qualified sixth out of the 25 car field, and started sixth after missing the five car inversion. The race was televised for MAVTV for a later broadcast date as well.

Former series champion Dylan Cappello of Peoria, AZ started on the pole in search of his third Madera win, and led the opening five laps. Scott Winters charged from fourth to lead lap six before a caution flew. Leading rookie Justin Johnson of Pahrump, NV made contact with fast-time qualifier Kyle Tellstrom of Boise, ID, sending him for a spin in turn four. Both had to restart at the rear.

Dash winner Cappello took the lead back from Winters on lap six when Sierra Furia spun in turn one. Furia then nosed up the hill on the ensuing restart with a flat right front tire and additional damage that ended her evening. Cappello led lap seven before Winters grabbed the top spot on lap eight. Jason Irwin of Albuquerque, NM led lap 17 but Winters fended him off as well for the lap 18 lead.

Things settled down in the torrid duel up front, briefly, until lap 26 when Cappello pulled off a slide-job style maneuver in turn two. It allowed the former dirt Micro Sprint racer to wrestle the lead back away from Winters.

Taylor Miinch assumed third by lap 36 while Kyle Tellstrom had advanced up to sixth by lap 42 with Johnson seventh in tow. Miinch took over second and put his head down to try to close on Cappello in the final ten laps. With five to go, Cappello spun with an apparent mechanic failure in the rear end. He came to a stop in turn one to surrender the lead on lap 70.

Miinch led the field back to the green but the race was immediately red flagged when Winters and Idaho’s Shelby Strobel made contact coming out of turn four. Their resulting spin into the wall saw Irwin, Johnson, Tellstrom and several others suffer various degrees of front end damage as they came to a stop. The track was blocked with both Winters and Strobel done for the evening. The extended red flag allowed Cappello’s team to attempt repairs but they were unsuccessful in getting their car to refire.

The heavily wounded #17 of Justin Johnson restarted behind Miinch but could not make a move as Miinch drove off to a 1.679 second victory. 15 year-old Ryan Schartau worked his way past Jason Irwin for a narrow third. Cody Kay of Reno, NV rounded out the top-five.

The Driving Out Cancer 60 presented by Protect the Harvest for the North State Modified Series served as the undercard with 18 Modifieds on track. Aaron McMorran of Las Vegas, NV brought the field to green after a six car invert but was tagged on the second lap by Darrin Sullivan. Sullivan and McMorran spun out of turn four and collected Terry Deal and Jason Philpot as well. All four drivers were relegated to the rear.

Legends graduate Cameron Austin assumed the top position and faced early company from sixth starting Kris Price, the winner of the Shasta North State event earlier this year. 11th starting Brian Collins avoided the earlier crash and made some additional passing moves to challenge for a top-five position throughout much of the feature.

Lapped traffic became a factor by lap 30 when Eric Price, Jr. tried to close in on Austin. Traffic proved to be the undoing for Price at least initially as he searched for racing room high and low. Austin took off for a commanding and insurmountable lead of 3.166 seconds at the checkered flag. The victory was Austin’s first in the North State Series. Eric Price and Kris Price rounded out the top-three. Eric Johnson was a steady fourth while Brian Collins held off Terry Deal for fifth.

Adam Lemke of Hollister continued his winning ways in the USAC Western US Midgets to continue his reign at the top of the championship. While he was up front, the battling for the second position intensified between Cody Jessop and Goodtimes QMA graduates Joey Iest and Blake Brannon. Iest impressed when he got around both drivers to take the second position, while Brannon slowed on the final lap of the feature to have to settle for fourth. Lemke, Iest, Jessop, Brannon, and Joey Nichols made up the top-five.

The CSS 360 Super Modified race was a runaway for AJ Russell of Clovis for his first win of the season. Russell looked to make a statement after being locked out of victory lane in the first two rounds, nearly lapping the entire field. A caution flew on lap 25 when Ed Rodriguez went up in smoke down the front stretch and lengthy cleanup necessitated ending the race five laps early. Russell grabbed the yellow checkered victory ahead of Donnie Large, Jr. and Lance Jackson.

Racing continues at Madera Speedway on June 16th with 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

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 air every other week, with the round #1 of the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Models airing June 21st.

Madera Speedway 2018 Schedule Celebrating 47 years of Racing!

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

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Lucas Oil Summertime Horsepower Nationals At Madera

Scott Winters (#24) looks to return to Madera victory lane (Photo Courtesy Howard Twaddel)

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (June 5, 2018) – One of the top open-wheel events of the year is at the Madera Speedway this Saturday night with the “Lucas Oil Summertime Horsepower Nationals” led by features for both the Lucas Oil Modified Series and the North State Modifieds. In addition to the ground-pounding Modified excitement will be action for the USAC Western US Midgets, CSS 360 Super Modifieds, and Legends of Kearney Bowl.

Madera Speedway’s MAVTV cameras will roll for the Lucas Oil Modified Series 75 lap feature, while the North State Modified 60 lapper will be broadcast live on the Madera Speedway Facebook as well.

Taylor Miinch heads into the Spillvak 75 presented by Protect the Harvest with an impeccable record of three consecutive Lucas Oil Modified victories. The 2017 series champion has not yet won at Madera Speedway, however, but appears primed to do so after a dominating win in May at Las Vegas.

Former series champion Dylan Cappello has won twice at Madera and would like to return to victory lane after finishing second at Vegas. Scott Winters of Tracy is a two-time Madera Speedway champion in Modifieds including 2002 when he won the NASCAR Regional Title at the one-third mile. Winters is also a two-time Lucas Oil winner at Madera but last won at the track in 2015. He currently ranks a distant 14th in the championship fight and Madera could be the race to turn his fortunes around. Loomis’ Michael Mitchell is fifth in the standings with strong Madera ties with his team also running a two-car Mini Cup operation at the track.

The North State Modified Series has had a barnstorming year that was highlighted by a 27 car field at Anderson’s Shasta Speedway. Rio Linda’s Kris Price won the Shasta event and previously was a regular competitor in Madera’s Modified division a few years ago. He trails Randy Houston by three points in the standings. The Medford, OR racer has only one Madera North State start back in 2015, when he finished 17th.

Third in the North State battle is Sacramento’s Jason Philpot, the winner of round #2 at Eureka. Philpott has three straight podiums at Madera with North State including one win. Last year’s Madera North State race was won by Lucas Oil regular Matthew Hicks. Three-time defending series champion Darrin Knight has a Madera win on his resume as well.

Lance Jackson and Donnie Large have split the CSS 360 Super Modified races at Madera this year, with AJ Russell surprisingly locked out of victory lane. The battles will continue in their third race of the year on Saturday with a 30 lap feature scheduled.

The USAC Western US Midgets have been dominated by Adam Lemke of Hollister, who also competes in Madera’s RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series. Lemke is 3-0 in pavement competition this year. Youngsters Blake Brannon and Joey Iest, both graduates from quarter midget racing at the adjacent Good Times QMA, round out the top-three in the pavement points.

Legends of Kearney Bowl always present a strong turnout of vintage Super Modified excitement and will round out the exciting card.

This weekend’s activities begin with an open practice on Friday night. Gates open at noon with the track hot from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. On Saturday, pit gates open at 10:30 a.m. with practices beginning at 12:45 p.m. Qualifying follows at 2:45 p.m. with the first heat races and main events beginning at 5:00 p.m. Opening ceremonies are slated for 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are value priced at just $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $7 for youth ages 6-12, and kids five and under are free! Military are free for this special event!

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 Thursday 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

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Kern County Raceway Season Tickets On Sale Friday February 9th


Via KCRP Media

The Kern County Raceway 2018 race season opens on Thursday, March 15th and the “Super Fan Season Ticket” package will be available starting this Friday at www.kernraceway.com. The “Super Fan Season Ticket” will allow fans to pick their seat for every event in 2018 for just $199 per seat. Buy two season tickets and you’ll receive a parking pass for the entire year.

Enjoy the NASCAR Whelen All American Series featuring all you local favorites, The JoRonCo Nights of Mayhem, Both NASCAR K & N Pro Series West Races, The SPEARS Southwest Tour Events, The Salute to America Fireworks Spectacular featuring the Lucas Oil Modified Series, and 5th Annual George Snider Classic – King of the Wing National Sprint Car Championship.

Coming back this year is the Elite 8 Ticket package. Enjoy the best of the best Kern County Raceway has to offer!! For only $125 per seat, race fans will get to experience both NASCAR K & N West Races, Both SPEARS Southwest Tour Events, The Salute to America Fireworks Spectacular featuring the Lucas Oil Modified Series, and 5th Annual George Snider Classic – King of the Wing National Sprint Car Championship, The NASCAR Championship Season Finale, and a bonus dirt race! The King of the West Sprint Car Series on Saturday April 7th. Buy two Elite 8 Packages and Kern County Raceway will throw in an annual parking pass!

For all ticketing information, please visit http://www.kernraceway.com/2018seasontickets . If you prefer to purchase by phone, call the track office Monday – Friday 8am to 4pm at 661-835-1264 to purchase your ticket package.

The sixth season at Kern County Raceway begins on Thursday, March 15th with the NASCAR K & N Pro Series West and the return of NASCAR Cup Champion Kevin Harvick driving the Jefferson-Pitts Racing #7 car in the 175 lap feature. This is the season opening race for NASCAR’s top touring regional series, and the racing debut for Harvick at KCRP.

Single Race tickets will go on sale Friday, February 16th.

Kern County Raceway is proud to partner with Budweiser, Bulwark FR, Coors Light, Jim Burke Ford, and Whelen Engineering.

Please visit KCRP online at www.kernraceway.com, like us on Facebook at #/kernraceway and follow us on twitter at www.twitter.com/kernraceway and Instagram at instagram.com/kernraceway

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

2018 Kern County Raceway Schedule Released



BAKERSFIELD, CA -- Kern County Raceway, “Bakersfield’s Place to Race” proudly announces its 2018 schedule, featuring twenty race events at the state of the art paved half-mile track just west of Bakersfield.

The Kern County Raceway 2018 season kicks off with the 4rd Annual Winter Showdown on February 2nd and 3rd. The Winter Showdown “The Nation’s Richest Short Track Event” will feature top Super Late Model/Tour Car Drivers from around the nation, including NASCAR champion Kyle Busch. The weekend will also include the Late Models and Super Stocks.

On Thursday night, March 15th, Bakersfield’s own NASCAR Cup Champion, Kevin Harvick will make his racing debut at Kern County Raceway at the NASCAR K & N Pro Series West Season Opener.

Other highlights of the 2018 season will be the return of the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series April 14th, and the return of the “October Classic” featuring both the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series and The K & N Pro Series West Championship finale on October 27th. KCRP will host the Lucas Oil Modified Series on June 30th, featuring the Salute to America Fireworks Spectacular.

And for the fifth straight year, the season will close out with the “George Snider Classic” King of the Wing National Sprint Car Championship on Sunday, November 4th.

Championship divisions at Kern County Raceway in 2018 will include; NASCAR Late Models, Super Stocks, and Spec Mods. Other championship divisions include INEX Legends and Bandoleros, Junior and Senior Mini Dwarfs, Skid Plate Races and Golden Empire Supermoto.

After a huge success in 2017, the JoRonCo Rentals “NIGHT OF MAYHEM” will return in 2018. Three mayhem nights have been scheduled featuring the craziness of skid plate races, waterless boat races, RV Races of Destruction and more.

“We made some big gains in 2017 with both car counts and the quality of our events,” stated KCRP General Manager Larry Collins. “Our staff has worked extremely hard to build a great race season for our fans and competitors. 2018 promises to be a big year at KCRP and we’re looking forward to continuing the heritage of our sport in our community.”

The Dirt Track at KCRP Schedule to be released soon!!

Kern County Raceway is proud to partner with Budweiser, Bulwark FR, Coors Light, Jim Burke Ford, and Whelen Engineering.

Please visit KCRP online at www.kernraceway.com, like us on Facebook at #/kernraceway and follow us on twitter at www.twitter.com/kernraceway and Instagram at instagram.com/kernraceway


Sunday, December 24, 2017

Madera Speedway Releases Schedule For 47th Season Of Racing

Photo Courtesy Jason Wedehase

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (December 24, 2017) – MAVTV-televised Madera Speedway has announced the schedule for its 47th season of competition, as the fastest one-third mile in the west gears up for a busy campaign. The 2017 season saw the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series average nearly 30 cars per race event while the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series continued to grow in its second season.

The fourth season of MAVTV television coverage at the speedway will expand with the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Models and 51FIFTY Jr. Late Models each getting nine races in 2018. The two divisions headline the season opener for the track on March 10th with the 100 lap RPM race paying $5000 to win while the Jr. Late Models will race for 80 laps. The inaugural round of the Mini Cup vs. Bandolero series will also be on March 10th.

RPM Mortgage Pro Late Models roll back to 80 laps for each of their six $2,000 to win races on April 7th, April 28th, May 26th, June 30th, August 25th, and September 22nd. The shorter races will better fit the TV window while sharing the card with the 80 lap Jr. Late Model races. The July 28th race will be 100 laps and $5000 to win, while the sixth annual Short Track Shootout on October 6th will pay $10,000 to win with a 150 lap feature.

“I feel 2018 will be the strongest year we have ever seen at the Madera Speedway,” Promoter Kenny Shepherd said. “The depth of talent competing in both of our MAVTV series is going to provide fans with some of the best racing in the nation!”

Super Late Models appear at the speedway four times as well with the Pacific Challenge Series presented by PenneyLawyers.com on March 17th and August 11th while the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour visits March 24th and September 29th. The Lucas Oil Modified Series visits Madera twice as well with the Summertime Horsepower Nationals on June 9th paired with North State Modifieds along with racing during the Short Track Shootout October 6th.

The Madera Late Models anchor the local shows with seven points races total. Other points paying divisions at Madera in 2018 will be the Madera Hobby Stocks, Toyota Sedans, and Modified Super Toyotas.

Open wheel traditions continue in 2018 with the Western Winged Super Sprints racing three times, BCRA Midgets four times, and USAC HPD Midgets nearly ten times. Major open wheel races include the Pombo/Sargent Classic in March, Vukovich Classic in May, Gerhardt Classic with three-wide Midgets in July, and the Harvest Classic in September. The popular spec series Legends of the Pacific and the historic Legends of Kearney Bowl will also be staples on the ambitious schedule.

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 with the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model Series finale airing December 28th. 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

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

5th Short Track Shootout Brings Over 400 Laps Of Action To Madera

(Photo Courtesy Jason Wedehase)

Via Madera Speedway PR

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (October 3, 2017) – The 5th annual – and largest to date – running of the Short Track Shootout at Madera Speedway will present racing fans with over 400 laps of competition at the fastest one-third mile in the West with over 100 race cars expected.

The crown jewel is the 150 lap, $10,000 to win feature for the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series with nearly 60 pre-entries. It also serves as the championship race for the series televised on MAVTV. MAVTV cameras will also roll for the Lucas Oil Modified Series 75 and the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Models 75 which is also a championship finale. The Pro Late Model B Main will be a feature in of itself, paying $1,000 to the winner. A Lucas Oil Modified B Main, a Pro Late Model C Main, and the young drivers in the Mini Cups round out the busy evening of racing.

Bakersfield’s Buddy Shepherd will try to close out his second championship season at Madera to go along with the 2016 Kern County Raceway Park championship as well. Three consecutive Late Model track titles in the valley would be a huge accomplishment for the High School Senior, but fellow High Schooler Logan Zampa of Napa, CA would like to spoil that party. The difference between the pair is just five points.

Shepherd is a perfect six-for-six in time trials this year while accumulating four wins. Zampa has one win but a total of five podium finishes. Modesto’s Garland Tyler, Madera’s all-time winngest Late Model driver Matt Erickson, and Dillon Tucker are virtually tied in their battle for third place but are not realistically in contention for the championship. Clovis’ Austin Herzog has remained sixth in the standings despite moving back down to the Jr. Late Models in September where he won the feature.

The entry list for the Pro Late Model feature has attracted a host of Irwindale drivers including 2017 NASCAR national runner-up Trevor Huddleston and 2009 third in national points Nick Joanides. Two-time Pacific Challenge Series champion Jeremy Doss is entered along with 2007 Altamont champion Ryan Philpott and current third in SRL points Blaine Rocha of Oakdale. The inaugural Short Track Shootout winner Mike David and three-time and defending winner Eric Holmes are both ready to race as well.

Four-time 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model winner Jesse Love IV of Menlo Park, CA has already officially clinched the championship in a dominating performance by the 12 year-old. He took a small bump on the chin in September when he finished fifth. His closest rival this year has been Redwood Valley’s Kolby Berry with five fast-times but still no wins. Third in the points is Mentone’s Austin Edwards with Hailie Deegan and Las Vegas’ Kyle Keller rounding out the top-five. The 10-16 year old drivers race for 75 laps over a 50 lap segment and a 25 lap final segment.

The Lucas Oil Modified Series makes its second run at Madera this year with Taylor Miinch leading former champion Dylan Cappello of Arizona in the points. Cappello claimed the Sumertime Horsepower Nationals win in June at Madera. Two-time track champion and former NASCAR regional champion Scott Winters will be chasing his third career series win at his home track. Winters is currently sixth in the points standings.

Las Vegas’ Tyler Reif has put his stamp on his rookie Mini Cup campaign with four fast-times, three wins, and one second place finish this year to lead the division points. The last main event was won by young female racer Avery Vivian, however, but Reif has a comfortable 36 point lead over Aiden Phillips. The youngest drivers at Madera Speedway will run a 20 lap feature.

An open practice kicks off the weekend on Friday before a full day of action on Saturday. Friday practice runs from 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. On Saturday, pit gates open at 9:00 a.m. with practice from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Qualifying will follow with C Mains and B Mains beginning at 4 p.m. The Mini Cup main will also be during this time. Opening ceremonies are officially at 5:30 p.m. with the 75 lap 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model championship race, 75 lap Lucas Oil Modified race, and the 150 lap Short Track Shootout for $10k to win for the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series to follow.

Tickets for Madera’s biggest race of the year are value priced at just $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and military, $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 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 every Thursday night. Thursday October 5th will feature the July 29th Round #5 of the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Models. The broadcast beings at 8 p.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Pacific. Madera Speedway racing is also available on the LucasOilRacing.TV app

2017 Short Track Shootout – RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model *Expected Entries* as of 10/3/2017

# Geoff Morris
07 Britt Wasson
1 Tyler Herzog
2 Jarrett Gilmer
7 Ryan Schartau
10 Lucy Carmona
11 Austin Herzog
16L David Lewellen
17 William Martyn
17s Thomas Suarez
18 Zachary Cook
20 Erik Woods
20 Dennis Furden
21 Eric Holmes
21 Eric Nascimento, Jr.
21 Aaron Mullins
21 Patrick Geiger
22 Buddy Shepherd
22 Jacob Smith
22 Larry Pasquale
25 Lawless Alan
25 Elliot Sterjne
26 Del McIntosh
27 Kevin Thompson
28 Henk Gaalswyk, Jr.
28 Trevor Schlundt
34 Quintin Harris
35 Rodney Peacher
38 Ryan Hart
41 Howard Holden
42 Matt Erickson
43 Robby Hornsby
45 Jason Aguirre
50 Trevor Huddleston
50 Justin Philpott
51 Racin Vernon
52 Ryan Philpott
55 Jagger Jones
55 Kent Cam
56 Dylan Garner
70 Joey Licata
71 Kyle Gottula
73 Garland Tyler
75 Jeremy Doss
77 Rick Thompson
77 Mike David
77 Nick Joanides
81 Ray Mayer
84 Doyal Moen
88 Hailie Deegan
88 Dillon Tucker
89 Shelden Cooper
90 Ross Strmiska
92 Logan Zampa
96 Loren Kutz
97 Shane Butler
98 Blaine Rocha
98 Glen Cook

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Right Move In Traffic Nets Barnes A Win At Kern County


By James Short

BAKERSFIELD, California (February 11, 2017) – The seas parted for Austin Barnes Saturday night.

That’s what Scott Winters said in explaining how Barnes had passed him in lapped traffic with 15 laps to go and sped away to easily win the Spray Nine Race of Champions and open the 2017 season for the Lucas Oil Modified Series presented by RAM Mounts at Kern County Raceway Park.

“He did a good job,” Winters said. “He made a good decision, the seas parted for him and he got by. We took a conservative position and it just didn’t work out.”

“We were running out of laps and I was going to have to do something pretty quick to move on him, but we ran into traffic,” Barnes said after picking up $5,000 for finishing 0.983 seconds ahead of Winters with Ryan Partridge third, Jason Irwin fourth and Travis Thirkettle fifth.

“I saw he went to the bottom and I threw it on the outside and tried to pinch him behind the lapped cars, use all of them as a pick, and cruised right on by him. That made it pretty easy.”

The pass in a way was overdue.

Winters got the benefit of a seven-car invert and started the 50-lap contest on the pole in the 23-car field while Barnes rolled off sixth, on the outside of the third row, and Winters was able to get a comfortable early lead while his pursuers sorted themselves out.

After 5 laps the order was Winters, Irwin, Barnes, Thirkettle, Dylan Cappello and Partridge and as that group began to pull away from the rest of the field it was clear that one of those six would be the winner. Barnes became the best candidate when he moved into second on lap 7, following the race’s only yellow caution flag and began pressuring Winters for about 15 laps.

“When we got on that run and I knew he was right there, half a car (length) or a car behind, I was holding the bottom, making sure we could go and trying to get a good run off the corner,” Winters said after debuting a new Ferrari Farms STR Chevrolet. “I was running it pretty hard but I didn’t want to give the bottom up. I figured I could hold the bottom the whole time and it just didn’t work out.”

Barnes said the lapped traffic was a major factor not only in his pass but in what happened next.

“I guess he (Winters) got stuck in traffic and couldn’t get by as quick and it gave me a pretty good lead right off the bat,” said Barnes, who averaged 63.676 miles per hour in his About Service Automotive/ElectroTech Powdercoating STR Chevrolet. “I kind of went into cruise control and as the laps went down I kept backing down more and more, and with about two laps to go I still couldn’t see him in my mirror all the way down the straightaway and I just didn’t want to do anything crazy.”

Barnes was able to take the cautious approach then because Cappello had fallen off the pace with carburetor issues, Thirkettle was struggling with the handling on his Stratasys Direct Manufacturing Race Car Factory Chevrolet and Partridge said he was anticipating the same kind of late-race cautions flags that had factored into his win in this event a year ago.

That made Barnes feel even better about the win, because he had led the race last year until Partridge used a caution flag restart to take the lead and the win.

The race did not count in the Hoosier Tire West point standings that will determine the series champion but it was the first of the three that make up the Spray Nine Race of Champions. The others will be at Irwindale (California) Speedway August 19 and the Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s Bull Ring November 18.

The series 10-race championship season will get under way March 11 at Havasu 95 Speedway in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

SPRAY NINE RACE OF CHAMPIONS
Kern County Raceway Park, Bakersfield, California
50 laps on 1/2-mile high-banked paved oval
Saturday, February 11, 2017

RACE RESULTS
1. Austin Barnes (51A), Escondido, Ca.; 2. Scott Winters (24A), Tracy, Ca.; 3. Ryan Partridge (9), Rancho Cucamonga, Ca.; 4. Jason Irwin (9i), Albuquerque, N.M.; 5. Travis Thirkettle (5t), Newhall, Ca.; 6. PJ Pedroncelli (33), Sonoma, Ca.; 7. Eric Hamilton (11h), Hanford, Ca.; 8. Doug Hamm (9x), North Las Vegas, Nevada; 9. William Camara (57), Fremont, Ca.; 10. Chris Cook (2), Tabiona, Utah; 11. Eric Price (57x), Rio Linda, Ca.; 12. Tom Elam ( 8), Powers, Oregon; 13. Sierra Furia (37), Lakeport, Ca.; 14. Jerry Toporek (40), Venice, Ca.; 15. Jim Coffey (8c), Bakersfield, Ca.; 16. Sal Lopez (02), Sacramento, Ca,; 17. Dylan Cappello (11), Peoria, Az.; 18. Linny White (99), Colton, Ca.; 19. Kyle Cline (98), Hesperia, Ca.; 20. Cameron Morga (54), Albuquerque, N.M.; 21. Michael Womack (3), Troutman, N.C.; 22. Dave Arce (5), Santee, Ca.

Margin of victory – 0.983 seconds; . Average speed – 63.676 mph; Lead changes – 1; Caution flags – 1; Fast qualifier – Partridge (9), 18.366/98.168 MPH

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse Returns to Sponsor 2017 Winter Showdown



Bakersfield, CA – Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse of Colton and San Dimas is a proud sponsor of the 2017 Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway, for the second year in a row.

The southern California based restaurant will be part of both days at the 2017 Winter Showdown, as they will sponsor the “Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse Fast 12” on Friday night and on Saturday they will award the Hard Charger of the Winter Showdown 250 a $1,000 bonus. The Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse Hard Charger Award is new for 2017, which will be awarded to the driver that advances the most positions from his or her original scheduled starting position.

“Glenn and everyone at Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse are big fans of short track racing and great supporters of the race teams,” stated the SRL’s Brian Olsen. “It’s great to see them return again in 2017 and be a part of this prestigious event. The Fast 12 race should be exciting with those top 12 drivers from qualifying battling it out for who will start on the pole for Saturday night’s Winter Showdown 250.”

The format to qualify for the Third Annual Winter Showdown will begin with single car qualifying at 6:30pm on Friday, February 10th. The fastest 12 drivers from qualifying are locked into the Winter Showdown 250, with the fastest driver claiming the Bobby Durrett Fast Time Award and a $2,000 cash bonus. The top 12 qualifiers will then compete in the “Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse Fast 12” to determine the top 12 starting positions for Saturday’s 250. Starting positions 13 to 31 will be set by the Race For Autism Qualifying Races, in which the balance of the field will be split into two Qualifiers, with the top 9 finishers from each Qualifier locked into the big show.

The Winter Showdown week starts on Thursday, February 9th with a Kick-off Party presented by Visit Bakersfield at the Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace at 2800 Buck Owens Boulevard in Bakersfield. The Winter Showdown Kickoff Party will also feature the 2016 SPEARS Southwest Tour Series Top 10 award presentations and live music by the John Hollins Band.

Friday, February 10th is “51 FIFTY Energy Drink Opening Night” featuring Super Late Model qualifying Lucas Oil Modified Series “Spray Nine Race of Champions – Top 9”, the “Pinnacle Peak Fast 12” and the Race For Autism Qualifying Races.

On Saturday, February 11th it’s the Lucas Oil Modifieds “Spray Nine – Race of Champions 50” and the $30,000 to win “SPEARS Manufacturing Winter Showdown 250” for the Super Late Models.

For more event information, go to the “Winter Showdown” icon at www.SRLSouthwestTour.com. Winter Showdown general admission and reserved seat tickets are on sale now at http://www.kernraceway.com/2017-winter-showdown-tickets.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Lucas Oil Television Alert


By Dave Grayson

The Lucas Oil Modified Racing Series, presented by RAM Mounts, will once again be featured on national television when MAV TV presents two of their exciting events from Salt Lake City, Utah and San Bernardino, California.

The Salt Lake 75 was video taped by the award winning Lucas Oil Production Studios, back on July 23d of last year, at the always challenging Rocky Mountain Raceway's quarter mile oval. The broadcast date and time is:

Friday - 2.3.17 - 1 am eastern time & Thursday - 2.2.17 - 10 pm pacific time.

The Fight Under The Lights 100 was video taped at the Orange Show Speedway back on August 20th of last year and marked the Lucas Oil Modified Series' triumphant return to the quarter mile paved oval whose racing history dates back to well over six decades. The date and broadcast time is:

Tuesday - 2.7.17 - 3 pm eastern time - 12 pm pacific time.

Also of interest to southern California stock car fans will be the Junior Late Model Series Championship Night from the Loan Mart Madera Speedway. This still relatively new program is for teen drivers created to develop the next generation of racers at the fastest one-third mile in the west. MAV TV broadcast times for this event are:

Thursday - 2.2.17 - 8 pm eastern time - 5 pm pacific time. Replay at 11 pm eastern time - 8 pm pacific time.

Headquartered in Corona, California, MAV TV is owned and operated by Lucas Oil Products. MAV TV is a television network with roots deep in the automotive world. MAV TV offers an unparalleled line up exclusive motorsports.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

51Fifty Energy Drink Presents Winter Showdown Opening Night



Bakersfield, CA – For the third straight year, 51FIFTY Energy Drink will present opening night of the $150,000 Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway Park. The Friday, February 10th “51FIFTY Energy Drink Opening Night” will feature a full night of racing to kick off the first day of competition at the 3rd Annual Winter Showdown, the richest short track race in the nation.

51FIFTY Energy Drink Opening Night will feature single car qualifying for the Super Late Models starting at 6:30pm. Racing will start at 7:30pm with the first Lucas Oil Modified Series’ “Spray Nine Shootout” featuring the top modified drivers of 2016. The race not to miss on Friday night is the “Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse Fast 12”, featuring the fastest twelve Super Late Model drivers battling it out for the top starting positions for Saturday night’s Spears Manufacturing Winter Showdown 250.

The remainder of the field with be split in two for the “Race for Autism” qualifiers, where the top placing drivers will secure their starting positions in Saturday’s 36 car field.

“We greatly appreciate 51FIFTY Energy Drink sponsoring opening night of the Winter Showdown once again and bringing autism awareness to the event through its Race For Autism campaign.” stated the SRL’s Brian Olsen.

Saturday’s “Winter Showdown 250” will be one of the richest asphalt short track events in the nation, with a record $30,000 payday going to the winner.

Friday, February 10th, it’s the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Opening Night. Bring in an empty can of 51FIFTY Energy Drink and save $5 on Adult GA at the front gate for Friday opening night admission. Qualifying at 6:30pm, racing begins at 7:30pm. 51FIFTY Energy Drink is available by visiting http://www.51fiftyenergydrink.com/where-to-buy.

For more event information, go to the “Winter Showdown” icon at www.SRLSouthwestTour.com. Winter Showdown general admission and reserved seat tickets are on sale now at http://www.kernraceway.com/#!tickets/c1cuz.

Monday, January 30, 2017

The Fan's Guide to the 2017 Winter Showdown



The 3rd Annual Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway in Bakersfield, California on February 10th and 11th. The weekend’s main event is Saturday, February 11th with the $30,000 to win, “SPEARS Manufacturing Winter Showdown 250” for Super Late Models. The weekend begins on Friday night, February 10th at the paved half-mile with the “51 FIFTY Energy Drink Opening Night”, featuring the “Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse Fast 12” and the “Race for Autism Qualifying Races.”

Make the Most of the Winter Showdown Weekend: February 8, 9, 10, 11, 2017

WEDNESDAY
Super Late Model Registration, Parking and Optional Tech Day 10:30am to 4:30pm.

THURSDAY
Tech inspection for the Super Late Models will take place starting at 9:30am, with the cars hitting the track for the first time at 12:00pm and concluding at 4:30pm.

The “Winter Showdown Kick Off Party” at the Buck Owen’s Crystal Palace (2800 Buck Owens Blvd) presented by “Visit Bakersfield” on Thursday evening starting at 7pm. As part of the evening, the Top 10 in the 2016 SPEARS Southwest Tour Series will be honored, including Three-Time SPEARS Southwest Tour Series Champion, Derek Thorn.

FRIDAY
Lucas Oil Modifieds will move onto the Kern County Raceway grounds at 10:30am and will see three practice sessions, with the first one at 1:30pm.
The Super Late Models will have one practice session from 12:00pm-1:30pm.

Super Late Model Qualifying will take place starting at 6:30pm.

After Opening Ceremonies or the “51 FIFTY Energy Drink Opening Night” at 7:30pm, the Lucas Oil Modifieds will put on a show for the fans with “Spray Nine Top Nine of 2016”. The Top 10 drivers from the 2016 Lucas Oil Modifeds, will battle it for nine laps. Then its back to the Super Late Models with the “Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse Fast 12”, featuring the fastest 12 drivers from qualifying racing for the top 12 starting positions for Saturday’s SPEARS Manufacturing Winter Showdown 250. The night will finish off with the “Race for Autism - Qualifying Races”.

Spectator Gates 5:30pm - Opening Ceremonies at 7:30pm.

Adult General Admission $15, Youth (6-15) General Admission $10, Kids 5 & under Free. Reserved Seating $20.

SATURDAY
The main event of the weekend will be the Saturday evening, $30,000 to win, “SPEARS Manufacturing Winter Showdown 250” for Super Late Models. The racing will begin with Super Late Model Last Chance Race” at 3:10pm, where teams will be racing for the final three starting positions in the SPEARS Manufacturing Winter Showdown 250. After opening ceremonies at 5:00pm, the Lucas Oil Modifieds main event will kick things off with the “Spray Nine 50”. Then its final event of the 2017 Winter Showdown, the $30,000 to win “SPEARS Manufacturing 250”.

Spectator Gates 3pm, Showdown Last Chance Race 3:10pm, the 2017 Winter Showdown Opening Ceremonies 5:00pm.

Adult General Admission $25, Youth (6-15) General Admission $15, Kids 5 & under Free. Reserved Seating $30.

OTHER FAN INFO

A limited amount of “Rowdy Roundup” with Kyle Busch ticket packages are available for fans to purchase. This special ticket will allow fans to attend a meet and greet with Busch on Saturday afternoon before the race, get his autograph and have their picture taken with him. If you are interested contact Kern County Raceway at 661-835-1264.

Detailed Winter Showdown schedule: go to www.SRLSouthwestTour.com

RACE TICKETS will be available at the Front Gate each day, or online at http://www.kernraceway.com/2017-winter-showdown-tickets

There are a limited number of suites available for the Winter Showdown. If you are interested in renting a suite for the event, please contact the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series office at 661-679-4681.

Trackside and General RV parking is available all Winter Showdown weekend; contact Kern County Raceway at 661-835-1264 for details.
Race fans can enjoy practice each day and re-enter at the appropriate gate time.

Host Hotels - http://www.srlsouthwesttour.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/2017-Winter-Showdown-Host-Hotels.pdf

For more information on Bakersfield during your stay, go to: www.VisitBakersfield.com

The Third Annual Winter Showdown is presented by:
SPEARS Manufacturing - 51 FIFTY Energy Drink – VisitBakersfield.com
S.A. Camp Pump & Drilling - KUZZ AM 55 / FM 107.9 - KBAK 29/KBFX 58
Race For Autism - Spray Nine - Hoosier Racing Tire - Motor City GMC
Lucas Oil - Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse in Colton & San Dimas
SUNOCO Race Fuels - Speed51.com

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Monday, January 23, 2017

Lucas Oil Television Alert



By Dave Grayson

The Lucas Oil Modified Racing Series, presented by Loan Mart, will once again be featured on national television when MAV TV presents two of the series' races from the 2016 season. MAV TV is the Lucas Oil owned, and created, network that specializes in motorsports programming with many of its shows produced by the award winning Lucas Oil Production Studios.

The first of the series' television specials was generated from the Las Vegas Motor Speedway's Bullring back on November 19th.. The Lucas Oil Modifieds literally shines on the Bullring's three-eighths of a mile high banked oval while treating their fans to very fast, side by side, action. Series regular Ryan Patridge can vouch for the high speed nature of this track. He set a new track record there last year after turning in a hot lap of 14.935 seconds - 90.042 MPH.

MAV TV broadcast times, for the Las Vegas event, are: Friday - January 27th - 1am eastern time and Thursday - January 26th - 10pm pacific time.

At the end of the month MAV TV will be presenting the Lucas Oil Modified Racing Series' event from the Rocky Mountain Raceway, the quarter mile paved oval located in West Valley, Utah. The Great Salt 75 was video taped by Lucas Oil Productions back on July of last year and, in typical fashion for this racing series, was very exciting.

MAV TV broadcast time for this race are: Tuesday - January 31st - 3pm eastern time and 12pm pacific time.

Also of interest to the western state's area late model fans will be the Loan Mart Late Models' October 8th event held at the Loan Mart Madera Speedway, on the fastest one-third mile in the west, located in Madera, California. The event was round eight of the Late Model's Short Track Shoot Out. This event paid $10,000 to the winner which attracted the top late model drivers from all over the western United States.

Broadcast times for this short track excitement are: Thursday - January 26th - 8pm eastern time and 5pm pacific time. A replay of the race, also on January 26th, will be aired at 11pm eastern time and 8pm pacific time.

Tell your family, friends and especially your sponsors that your racing team is going to be on national television courtesy of MAV TV.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Lucas Oil Modified Series Unveils Schedule For 2017 Season



Corona, California (January 19, 2017) - A 10-round battle for the championship, two lucrative special events and four dates combining the West Coast's top touring divisions are the highlights of the 2017 schedule for the Lucas Oil Modified Series.

It begins February 11 with the third Winter Showdown on the ultra-fast half-mile oval at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, California, and ends with the traditional West Coast Short Track Championships at The Bullring at Las Vegas (Nevada) Motor Speedway November 18.

Those special events, two of the four in which the exciting open-wheel Modifieds will share headline status with the SRL Southwest Tour's Super Late Models, are the bookends for the 10 races that will determine the series' Hoosier Tire West points champion.

Those 10 races will take the series back to the eight tracks in four states that produced the closest points race in the series' 11-year history in 2016. A record eight different drivers had parked in the winner's circle and the points lead had changed hands a record four times before Lakeside, California's, Matthew Hicks emerged with a 4-point win over Taylor Miinch, with Scott Winters 10 points back in third.

The smallest winning margin previously had been the 12 points that separated champion Jim Mardis and runner-up Austin Barnes in 2011.

"We're looking forward to another extremely competitive season," series promoter Greg Scheidecker said. "We think the tracks in our series offer the most varied racing you'll find in any touring series and the results would seem to indicate it's also the best racing you'll find. That's ultimately a tribute to our drivers and teams, of course, but we've tried to help them as much as possible by maintaining continuity and familiarity.

"The dates of this year's races almost mirror last year's, but we have changed the track rotation a little. One reason for that was so we could say yes to the opportunity to headline the show at Kern County on the weekend before the Fourth of July, and we had to make a change at Orange Show Speedway. We've moved that race two weeks later, to September 23, because of a date conflict with the National Orange Show that would have impacted our race teams and fans.

"Changing the date there means we'll close the regular season with three events in five weeks. That's asking a lot of our teams, but they've shown over and over that they're the best around. It definitely will add some drama to those last three races."

The 2017 schedule for the Lucas Oil Modified Series:

February 11 - Kern County Raceway Park, 1/2-mile oval, Bakersfield, California*
March 11 - Havasu 95 Speedway, 1/4-mile oval, Lake Havasu City, Arizona
April 8 - Tucson Speedway, 3/8-mile oval, Tucson, Arizona
May 20 - The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 3/8-mile oval, Las Vegas
June 10 - Madera Speedway, 1/3-mile oval, Madera, California
July 1 - Kern County Raceway Park, 1/2-mile oval, Bakersfield, California
July 22 - Rocky Mountain Raceways, 3/8-mile oval, West Valley City, Utah
August 19 - Irwindale Speedway, 1/2 mile oval, Irwindale, California
September 23 - Orange Show Speedway, 1/4-mile oval, San Bernardino, California
October 7 - Madera Speedway, 1/3-mile oval, Madera, California
October 28 - Havasu 95 Speedway, 1/4-mile oval, Lake Havasu City, Arizona
November 18 - The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 3/8-mile oval, Las Vegas*

* - indicates non-points races

Race distances, purses and other details will be announced when they are finalized.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

MAVTV to Televise 2017 Winter Showdown



Bakersfield, CA – MAVTV and Lucas Oil Productions will be on hand once again to nationally televise the upcoming “Winter Showdown” at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, California.

The $180,000.00 Winter Showdown for Super Late Models/Tour Cars is one of the nation’s richest short-track events, with top drivers from throughout the nation already entered in the February 10th and 11th event. The two-day event will also feature the Lucas Oil Modified Series, which MAVTV will also televise.

“We’re happy to have the opportunity to be part of the Winter Showdown once again and showcase this great event on MAVTV,” stated MAVTV Director of Programming, Jason Patison. “The Winter Showdown has already become one of short track racing’s premier events and we’re proud to be part of it.”

The Winter Showdown will air on a taped delayed basis, with the air dates of the “Winter Showdown 250” and the Lucas Oil Modified event to be announced at a later date.

“MAVTV always does an outstanding job covering the Winter Showdown,” stated the SRL’s Brian Olsen. “We had a great race for television last year, and Bob Dillner and Ralph Sheheen did a great job calling the race.”

Owned and operated by Lucas Oil Products, MAVTV is a television network with its roots deep in the automotive world. With an unparalleled line-up of motorsports events and exclusive automotive reality shows, MAVTV is the answer for motorheads from all walks of life.
For more event information, go to the www.SRLSouthwestTour.com.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Lucas Oil Television Alert



By Dave Grayson

The Lucas Oil owned MAV TV will be presenting some exciting, nationally televised, short track action this week featuring 2016 events prepared by the award winning Lucas Oil Production Studios.

The Lucas Oil Modified Racing Series, presented by Loan Mart, will be featured twice this week from the Loan Madera Speedway and the Las Vegas Motor Speedway's Bullring. The race at Loan Mart Madera, the fastest one third mile in the west, was video taped back on June 11th and features the typical action seen anytime the Modified teams takes the green flag there.

The broadcast times are: Tuesday, January 10th, 3 pm eastern time and 12 pm pacific.

Also of interest to fans of the Loan Mart Madera Speedway will be MAV TV's presentation of the 51 FIFTY Junior Late Model Series featuring teen drivers in a racing division designed to create the next level of late model racing at Madera. This program can be seen on Thursday, January 12th, at 8 pm eastern and 5 pm pacific. A replay is scheduled for the same night at 11 pm ET and 8 pm pacific.

The Lucas Oil Modifieds will be returning to MAV TV's airwaves on Friday, January 13th, from the Las Vegas Motor Speedway's Bullring which was video taped back on May 21st. The Modified Series absolutely shines at this track, a high banked, super fast facility that has been producing high quality shows for decades.

Broadcast times for the Las Vegas event are: Friday, January 13th, 1 am eastern. Fans residing on the west coast can see this race on Thursday, January 12th, at 10 pm.

Tell your family, friends and especially your sponsors that your racing team is going to be featured on national television.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Schedule In Place For Another Close, Exciting Title Fight



Corona, California (January 6, 2017) – A 10-round battle for the championship, two lucrative special events and four dates combining the West Coast's top touring divisions are the highlights of the 2017 schedule for the Lucas Oil Modified Series.

It begins February 11 with the third Winter Showdown on the ultra-fast half-mile oval at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, California, and ends with the traditional West Coast Short Track Championships at The Bullring at Las Vegas (Nevada) Motor Speedway November 18.

Those special events, two of the four in which the exciting open-wheel Modifieds will share headline status with the SRL Southwest Tour's Super Late Models, are the bookends for the 10 races that will determine the series' Hoosier Tire West points champion.

Those 10 races will take the series back to the eight tracks in four states that produced the closest points race in the series' 11-year history in 2016. A record eight different drivers had parked in the winner's circle and the points lead had changed hands a record four times before Lakeside, California's, Matthew Hicks emerged with a 4-point win over Taylor Miinch, with Scott Winters 10 points back in third.

The smallest winning margin previously had been the 12 points that separated champion Jim Mardis and runner-up Austin Barnes in 2011.

"We're looking forward to another extremely competitive season," series promoter Greg Scheidecker said. "We think the tracks in our series offer the most varied racing you'll find in any touring series and the results would seem to indicate it's also the best racing you'll find. That's ultimately a tribute to our drivers and teams, of course, but we've tried to help them as much as possible by maintaining continuity and familiarity.

"The dates of this year's races almost mirror last year's, but we have changed the track rotation a little. One reason for that was so we could say yes to the opportunity to headline the show at Kern County on the weekend before the Fourth of July, and we had to make a change at Orange Show Speedway. We've moved that race two weeks later, to September 23, because of a date conflict with the National Orange Show that would have impacted our race teams and fans.

"Changing the date there means we'll close the regular season with three events in five weeks. That's asking a lot of our teams, but they've shown over and over that they're the best around. It definitely will add some drama to those last three races."

The 2017 schedule for the Lucas Oil Modified Series:

February 11 – Kern County Raceway Park, 1/2-mile oval, Bakersfield, California*
March 11 – Havasu 95 Speedway, 1/4-mile oval, Lake Havasu City, Arizona
April 8 – Tucson Speedway, 3/8-mile oval, Tucson, Arizona
May 20 – The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 3/8-mile oval, Las Vegas
June 10 – Madera Speedway, 1/3-mile oval, Madera, California
July 1 – Kern County Raceway Park, 1/2-mile oval, Bakersfield, California
July 22 – Rocky Mountain Raceways, 3/8-mile oval, West Valley City, Utah
August 19 – Irwindale Speedway, 1/2 mile oval, Irwindale, California
September 23 – Orange Show Speedway, 1/4-mile oval, San Bernardino, California
October 7 – Madera Speedway, 1/3-mile oval, Madera, California
October 28 – Havasu 95 Speedway, 1/4-mile oval, Lake Havasu City, Arizona
November 18 – The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 3/8-mile oval, Las Vegas*

* -- indicates non-points races

Race distances, purses and other details will be announced when they are finalized.

Modifieds Back at 2017 Winter Showdown



Bakersfield, CA – The 3rd Annual Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway in Bakersfield, California will once again feature a $5,000 to win event for Modifieds.

The nationally televised Winter Showdown, is the “Richest Short Track Race in the Nation” with over $150,000 in prize money for Super Late Models and Tour Cars, draws the top Super Late Model drivers in the country, including two-time event winner Bubba Pollard from Senoia, Georgia and west coast standout Derek Thorn.

The Modified race will open the Saturday night, February 11, 2017, card with a 50 lap shootout at the state-of-the-art California half-mile oval, billed as the “Spray Nine 50”. The Modifieds will be followed by the 250 lap $30K to win Winter Showdown. The Modifieds will once again be officiated by the staff of the Lucas Oil Modified Series.

“We have a great relationship with Greg Scheidecker and everyone at the Lucas Oil Modified Series,” stated the SRL’s Larry Collins. “They’re a great group to work with and always put on an exciting show for the fans. We’re looking forward to having the Modifieds back again at the 2017 Winter Showdown.”

The 3rd Annual Winter Showdown is set for February 9-11, 2017.

For rules and additional Modified information contact Greg Scheidecker at greg@lucasoil.com, for more Winter Showdown information go to www.srlsouthwesttour.com or contact the SRL office at 661-679-4681.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy New Year Irwindale Speedway



By Dave Grayson

Christmas 2016 came early for the management, staff and fans of the Irwindale Event Center, (IEC), with the announcement that said there is going to be a 2017, fully loaded, racing season the famed track located in Irwindale, CA. The incredible news came at a time when the track was condemned to execution by bulldozer, set for July of 2016, to prepare the way for a shopping mall.

The news, regarding the IEC's 2017 season, came in late October via a press release fro Jim Cohen, IEC President and CEO, who announced that the track would be scheduling a full 2017 season for their NASCAR sanctioned stock car racing on their oval tracks, the NHRA sanctioned drag strip as well as the LA Racing Experience and Advanced Driving Dynamics.

"Everyone here on the IEC team are very pleased that we've been able to make this announcement today," said Cohen. "We will be continuing with our Thursday Night Drags, NASCAR Whelen All American Series and Nights Of Destruction, along with special events such as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, Hot VW Drags Day, the NHRA Summit Series, Truckin' For Kids, Formula Drift Championship and Mooneyes all being presented on their traditional calendar dates."

The end of racing at the IEC dates back to 2013 when it was announced that the Lindom Company, a real estate investment firm, had purchased the 63 acre site occupied by the IEC with the intent to build a 700,000 square foot shopping mall. The Lindom announcement further stated they expected to break ground and start construction on the project in July of 2016.

Now under the working title of Irwindale Outlet Partners LLC, The Irwindale City Council made very quick work of approving the project's development plans, and necessary permits, during the course of one meeting. It's considered to be very rare for this process to garner approval so quickly, a fact that did not escape the notice of audience observers.

However, in all fairness, it's important to consider the fact that this project represented a win - win scenario for the city at a time when the trickle down effect of California's budget woes was creating financial havoc on its cities. The Irwindale City Council's first obligation is to the city they represent and the residents who live there. It was perfectly understandable that the Council was going to make quick work of approving a project that was going to create approximately 2,000 jobs along with an estimated annual sales tax revenue of $2.6 million per year.

At the beginning of 2016 the IEC prepared a partial schedule, through the month of July, anticipating the start of construction of the outlet mall. The first of two surprises came when Outlet Partners LLC informed the IEC they could go ahead and run a full 2016 racing season. The second surprise came when the IEC learned they would be allowed to schedule a full 2017 season.

Throughout this long process Outlet Partners LLC made it clear that they would not dismantle the track, and start construction on the mall, until they had signed leases from retailers to occupy at least 65 percent of the store fronts. In recent months there has been speculation indicating they may be having trouble reaching that 65 percent goal and that's why they green lit IEC racing for the 2017 season. There is also speculation that says the 63 acre site has been placed on the real estate market again. Outlet Partners LLC has, understandably, declined comment on these two issues.

The IEC treated their fans to a high quality 2016 racing season and, by the looks of their fully loaded 2017 schedule, we can expect more of the same this year. Happy new year IEC, we the fans are looking to the new season.

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IRWINDALE EVENT CENTER 2017 SCHEDULE

March 11th: Night of Destruction - NASCAR Late Models, Destruction Events TBA
March 25th: SPECIAL EVENT - NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Twins, SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series
April 8th: NASCAR Late Model Twins, Irwindale Race Trucks, Spec Late Models, Legend Cars, Bandoleros
April 22nd: NASCAR Late Models, Irwindale Race Trucks, Spec Late Models, Southwest Tour Truck Series, Legend Cars, Bandoleros
May 6th: NASCAR Late Model Twins, Irwindale Race Trucks, Spec Late Models, Legend Cars, Bandoleros
May 20th: Night of Destruction - Golden Empire Supermoto, Destruction Events TBA
June 3rd: NASCAR Late Model Twins, Irwindale Race Trucks, Southwest Tour Truck Series, Legend Cars, Bandoleros
June 17th: NASCAR Late Model Twins, Irwindale Race Trucks, Spec Late Models, Legend Cars, Bandoleros
July 1st: Night of Destruction with FIREWORKS Finale - NASCAR Late Models, Destruction Events TBA
July 15th: NASCAR Late Model Twins, Spec Late Models, Southwest Tour Truck Series, Legend Cars, Bandoleros
July 29th: NASCAR Late Model Twins, Irwindale Race Trucks, Spec Late Models, Legend Cars, Bandoleros
August 12th: NASCAR Late Model Twins, Irwindale Race Trucks, Spec Late Models, Southwest Tour Truck Series, Bandoleros
August 19th: Lucas Oil Modified Series, SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series, Legend Cars
September 2nd: Night of Destruction - Southwest Tour Trucks Series, Destruction Events TBA
September 9th: NASCAR Late Model Twins, Irwindale Race Trucks, Spec Late Models, Legend Cars, Bandoleros
September 23rd: NASCAR Late Models (2x points), Irwindale Race Trucks, Spec Late Models, Southwest Tour Truck Series, Legend Cars, Bandoleros (2x points)
October 28th: Night of Destruction - NASCAR Irwindale Race Trucks (2x points), Destruction Events TBA
November 11th: Fall Spectacular - $5,000 to WIN NASCAR Late Models 100, Spec Late Models (2x points), Legend Cars (2x points)
December 2nd: Night of Destruction - Southwest Tour Truck Series (2x points), Destruction Events TBA

ALL DATES AND DIVISIONS SUBJECT TO CHANGE