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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Richest Season In Madera Speedway History Begins Saturday Night

(Jason Wedehase photo)

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MADERA, CALIFORNIA (March 10, 2020) –The richest season of stock car racing at Madera Speedway begins this Saturday night with the $5,000 to win Nut Up Pro Late Model 100 at the one-third mile speedway. The event also kicks off the RACE 2B DRUG FREE BIG3 Series, televised on MAVTV. A large field of 51FIFTY Jr. Late Models and Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros will be in action as well, joined by Modified Super Toyotas on the undercard.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

All American Speedway Closes Season With JM Environmental 100 & Trailer Bash

Late Models will battle for $10k to win in the JM Environmental 100 (Don Thompson photo)

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ROSEVILLE, Calif. (October 29, 2019) – Roseville’s All American Speedway will close its 2019 season in a big way, with this Saturday’s $10k to win JM Environmental 100 and the final Riebes Auto Parts Trailer Bash of the year. All six weekly divisions – Late Models, Modifieds, Super Stocks, F4s, Jr. Late Models, and Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros will be competing with the Trailer Bash closing out the evening.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Romero Clinches Title While Doering Gets First Modified Win In Roseville

Derrick Doering celebrates his Modified win (Don Thompson photo)

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ROSEVILLE, Calif. (September 14, 2019) – Jason Romero used a pair of podium finishes to clinch the 2019 NASCAR Late Model championship at All American Speedway powered by Roseville Toyota on Saturday night. His podiums came behind victories for Cole Moore and Jeremy Doss on a warm evening in Roseville. Derrick Doering of Auburn scored his first career Modified victory as well during the action-packed night with seven main events.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Round #7 Of MAVTV Televised Late Model Racing At Madera This Saturday

(Jason Wedehase photo)

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MADERA, CALIFORNIA (August 21, 2019) – With the Nut Up Pro Late Model standings tightening to their narrowest margins in series history, drivers will have a lot to race for in Saturday’s round #7 at Madera Speedway. The $2,000 to win, MAVTV-televised feature for the Late Models is one part of a busy night that includes the seventh race of the year for the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series plus Legends of the Pacific and Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Madera Pro LM Drivers Eye $5K To Win Summer Speedfest

Close action is expected in the $5,000 to win Summer Speedfest (Jason Wedehase photo)

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MADERA, CALIFORNIA (July 23, 2019) – Madera Speedway is raising the stakes and turning up the heat this weekend with the $5,000 Summer Speedfest 100 for the MAVTV-televised Nut Up Pro Late Models. The prestigious event is expected to attract a healthy field of drivers battling on the one-third mile asphalt oval. They will be joined by the sixth round of the 2019 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series plus Modified Super Toyotas and Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Saturday's Gerhardt Classic Set For Madera Speedway

Midgets return to Madera for the Gerhardt Classic on Saturday (Zachary Cook photo)

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MADERA, CALIFORNIA (July 10, 2019) – The mighty Madera/BCRA Midgets roar back to Madera Speedway on Saturday night to headline the 17th Gerhardt Classic. A host of other divisions will be competing including the 100 lap California Challenge Cup feature plus the debut of the Central Valley Mini Stocks with a large field expected. Legends of Kearney Bowl, Focus Midgets, and NCMA Sprint Cars round out the scheduled divisions.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Doss Dominates For Second Career Madera Pro Late Model Win

Jeremy Doss celebrates his $2000 Nut Up Pro Late Model win (Jason Wedehase photo)

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MADERA, CALIFORNIA (June 30, 2019) – Upperlake’s Jeremy Doss went two-for-two in his Nut Up Pro Late Model career at Madera Speedway, nearly two years after his last series win, leading the final 70 laps on Saturday night. The victory in the prestigious Reverend Ron Spencer Red, White, and Blue Classic left little doubt that the more than 30 time Super Late Model winner and three-time Super Late Model touring champion is a force to be reckoned with in the stock car scene.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Reverend Ron Spencer Memorial Red, White And Blue Classic This Saturday

Matt Erickson won the inaugural Ron Spencer Classic last season (Jason Wedehase photo)

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MADERA, CALIFORNIA (June 24, 2019) – Madera Speedway’s exciting start to the 2019 season continues into Summer with Saturday’s Reverend Ron Spencer Red, White, and Blue Classic featuring MAVTV-televised Late Models and a huge fireworks show. The on-track action will include the fifth rounds for both the Nut Up Pro Late Model Series and 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series while honoring the late track chaplain Ron Spencer.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Holmes Becomes Fourth Different Winner In Pro Late Models At Madera

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

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

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

MAVTV Late Models Return To Madera For Military Tribute Night

#43 Tanner Reif leads the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model points (Jason Wedehase photo)

Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (May 21, 2019) – MAVTV-televised Nut Up Pro Late Model and 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model racing returns to Madera Speedway on Saturday night during the coveted Military Tribute Night. The one-third mile asphalt oval will celebrate veterans and those who were lost fighting for our nation’s freedom. Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros, Modified Super Toyotas, and Toyota Sedans will also be competing. All military get in for free for this patriotic night of racing.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Vukovich Classic Midgets And Challenge Cup Stock Cars At Madera

Madera Pro Late Model winners Matt Erickson, Austin Herzog, and Buddy Shepherd will be in the Challenge Cup on Saturday (Jason Wedehase photos)

Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (April 30, 2019) – Two brand-new MAVTV-televised series will get underway on Saturday night at Madera Speedway, with the POWRi/BCRA Midgets and California Challenge Cup stock cars set to compete on the one-third mile oval. Some of the best young talent in the nation will get an opportunity to shine in two very traditional forms of motorsports but under new platforms in 2019.

For the California Challenge Cup stock cars, their 100 lap debut is the culmination of a multi-year project by promoter Kenny Shepherd to introduce drivers to heavy, truck arm racing in an affordable way. The Challenge Cup will utilize mostly existing inventory of race cars paired with a one set of tires rule that has attracted some strong competition.

Previous Madera Nut Up Pro Late Model champions Buddy Shepherd of Bakersfield and La Grange’s Matt Erickson, along with current 16 year-old Pro LM points leader Austin Herzog, are all expected in action. All three have steel bodied experience including Shepherd’s pair of top-fives in the K&N West division.

“We are exited to launch the new California Challenge Cup Series that will provide a path upwards for our stars,” Shepherd said. “This will start small but I expect it to become one of the biggest series in the western United States over the next 12 months.”

The Vukovich Classic for the POWRi/BCRA Midgets will be a 50 lap contest honoring the Fresno-based family that included Billy Vukovich Sr. and Billy Vukovich III. Both started in Midget racing in the central valley before moving to the highest levels of the sport including the Indianapolis 500. Several of the young drivers in the POWRi/BCRA Midgets have the same hopes and a victory on Saturday night before the MAVTV cameras is a great opportunity for an open wheel resurgence.

Madera Speedway will present an outstanding undercard as well. For stock car fans, the Southwest Tour Trucks will make their first of two appearances of the year. On the open wheel side, the future stars in the USAC Western US Midgets will be competing in their Ford-powered entries. California Hard Tops and Legends of Kearney Bowl will help connect the Vukovich Classic past to present. The always exciting Legends of the Pacific for INEX Legends cars rounds out the evening’s entertainment.

Action gets started on Friday evening with practice from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday’s program begins with pit gates opening at noon. Practices run from 1:30 – 3:20 p.m. with qualifying and heat races to follow. Opening ceremonies are at 6 p.m. with over 250 laps of scheduled racing to follow.

Tickets for the Vukovich Classic featuring the debut of the California Challenge Cup are just $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $7 for youth ages 6-12, and kids five and under are free!

For more information about Madera Racing on MAVTV please visit www.racemadera.com or www.mavtv.com. For more information on Nut Up Industries please visit www.nutupindustries.com and for more information about 51FIFTY Energy Drink visit www.51fiftyenergydrink.com

Madera Speedway is presented by major partners Nut Up Industries, 51FIFTY Energy Drink, iPull-uPull, and Color Fast Industries. Contingency sponsors include Five Star Bodies, Maita Motorsports, McCallister Precision Marketing, and StopTech Brakes.

Madera Racing on MAVTV airs Thursdays every week. The show airs at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. PST and is also available on the Lucas Oil Racing TV app. 2018 episodes will continue airing until the late spring, before 2019 episodes hit the airwaves on June 6th.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Late Model Action Heats Up Madera Speedway This Weekend

#88 Joey Iest won his first career Jr. Late Model feature on April 6th (Jason Wedehase photo)

Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (April 23, 2019) – The sizzling start to the 2019 MAVTV-televised Nut Up Pro Late Model Series and 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model Series continues on Saturday night from Madera Speedway, with both divisions hosting their third races of the season. Allied Storage and Containers will present a busy night of racing.

The Pro and Jr. combined season average has attracted 50 Late Model stock cars to the one-third mile asphalt oval each night. Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros, Hobby Stocks, and Toyota Sedans will also be competing this weekend.

The Pro Late Model division has been led by a pair of Jr. Late Model graduates to start the year. 15 year-old Dylan Zampa, a three-time winner of the Jr. Series hailing out of Napa, CA, won the season opener and leads the championship. Six-time Jr. winner Austin Herzog, age 16 from Clovis, CA, won the second round of the series for his first Madera Pro Late Model win. Both drivers were busy throughout April. Zampa tested for Lee Faulk Racing Development in a Late Model Stock Car at Hickory Motor Speedway in North Carolina. Herzog added a victory in the non-televised Madera Late Models division last weekend as well.

2018 series champion Matt Erickson finds himself in unfamiliar territory from third in the standings on the heels of a runner-up finish to Herzog in the last event. 2018 Madera Late Model champion Jason Aguirre ranks fourth ahead of sophomore driver Christian Roche. 80 laps of competition are on tap for the Pro LM with $2,000 going to the race winner.

Las Vegas’ Tanner Reif, 13, enjoys a narrow three-point advantage ahead of Madera’s own Joey Iest in the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model competition. Reif grabbed opening night in March ahead of Iest before Iest outdueled Reif in a thrilling second round of the series. Remarkably, Reif has six consecutive fast-times in the division going back to July of 2018.

Bakersfield’s Seth Wise has led a large rookie class with a pair of third place finishes to rank third in the standings. Jay Juleson and Kabe McClenny round out the championship top-five. 22 different drivers from across the western United States have competed thus far in 2019 for the series for drivers ages 10-16. Their feature on Saturday will be 70 laps in distance.

The Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros is a race within a race and the Bandolero portion of their opener was won by Ethan Nascimento. The victory was Ethan’s first win in the series and gives him the points lead ahead of his teammate, the 2018 champion Riley Massey. Drivers from both north and south of Madera are challenging for the Bandolero championship this year. Atwater’s Aiden Phillips topped the Mini Cup field on his birthday as well. Madera’s youngest drivers will race for 20 laps on Saturday.

Madera’s Hobby Stock drivers are fresh off a great race with the new North State Hobby Stock Series on April 13th where Howard Holden scored a lucrative $750 victory. The race did not pay track points, however, with the track championship still led by Steve Schermerhorn. Schermerhorn will try to go 3-0 for the year on Saturday. In Toyota Sedans, Jason Lawton has won all four main events this year.

Action gets started on Friday evening with practice from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday’s program begins with pit gates opening at 12:30 p.m. Practices run from 2:15 – 3:45 p.m. with qualifying and heat races to follow. The first set of main events starts at 5:00 p.m. including the Mini Cup feature and the Late Model B Main. Opening ceremonies are at 6:00 p.m.

Tickets for this great night of racing are just $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $7 for youth ages 6-12, and kids five and under are free!

For more information about Madera Racing on MAVTV please visit www.racemadera.com or www.mavtv.com. For more information on Nut Up Industries please visit www.nutupindustries.com and for more information about 51FIFTY Energy Drink visit www.51fiftyenergydrink.com

Madera Speedway is presented by major partners Nut Up Industries, 51FIFTY Energy Drink, iPull-uPull, and Color Fast Industries. Contingency sponsors include Five Star Bodies, Maita Motorsports, McCallister Precision Marketing, and StopTech Brakes.

Madera Racing on MAVTV airs Thursdays every week. The show airs at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. PST and is also available on the Lucas Oil Racing TV app. 2018 episodes will continue airing until the late spring, before 2019 episodes hit the airwaves on June 6th.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Herzog And Iest Become First Time Winners At Madera

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

Via Madera Speedway Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about Madera Racing on MAVTV please visit www.racemadera.com or www.mavtv.com. For more information on Nut Up Industries please visit www.nutupindustries.com and for more information about 51FIFTY Energy Drink visit www.51fiftyenergydrink.com

Madera Speedway is presented by major partners Nut Up Industries, 51FIFTY Energy Drink, iPull-uPull, and Color Fast Industries. Contingency sponsors include Five Star Bodies, Maita Motorsports, McAllister Precision Marketing, H&S Body Works, Hoosier Tires, and StopTech Brakes.

Madera Racing on MAVTV airs Thursdays every week. The show airs at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. PST and is also available on the Lucas Oil Racing TV app. 2018 episodes will continue airing until the late spring, when 2019 episodes will hit the airwaves.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

2019 Madera Speedway Season Begins Saturday With Large Field Of MAVTV Late Models

Joey Iest is among those searching for their first Jr. Late Model win on Saturday (Jason Wedehase photo)

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (March 5, 2019) – Madera Speedway’s fifth season of MAVTV-televised Late Model action begins Saturday night, as drivers get ready to lay the wood for nine race championship campaigns in the Nut Up Pro Late Model Series and 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series. Saturday’s Madera Speed Fest includes the Pro Late Models battling for 100 laps and $5,000 to win, while the Jr. Late Models will race for 70 laps. Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros and Modified Super Toyotas round out the card on the one-third mile asphalt oval.

A very healthy field of competitors are expected to try to challenge Matt Erickson in the Pro Late Models in 2019. Erickson opened his 2018 championship campaign by winning the $5,000 season opener and followed it with three more victories to add to his extensive Madera resume.

Six-time Jr. Late Model winner Austin Herzog of Clovis scored three fast-times and a pair of runner-up finishes to finish second in the championship. Garland Tyler and Ryan Hart were third and fourth in the standings. Rounding out the top-five of 2018 was Racin Vernon of Bakersfield who won twice and added two fast-times as well. Vernon is one of many drivers utilizing a new car with an Outlaw-style body this season.

2018 Jr. Late Model runner-up Dylan Zampa, 14, will advance to the Pro Late Model series to compete alongside his older brother Logan Zampa, winner of the $10,000 Short Track Shootout last season. Both drivers are utilizing new Outlaw Late Model style bodies on their machines.

USAC’s all-time winningest female Toni Briedinger will begin a full-time Pro Late Model campaign hailing out of Hillsborough, CA for Naake-Klauer Motorsports as well.

A bevy of drivers will be part of the substantial field on Saturday night, with two-time series champion Buddy Shepherd, three-time PCS winner Carlos Vieira, Madera race winners Rick Thompson and Blaine Rocha, Madera Late Model champion Jason Aguirre, Altamont champion Ryan Philpott, Nut Up Industries teammates Ross Strmiska and Christian Roche, and many others expected to compete.

Visiting drivers set to appear include 2009 Roseville and 2018 PCS champion Jason Romero and nearly half a dozen Orange Show Speedway regulars including champions Linny White, Parker Malone, and Barry Karr.

With two-time 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model champion Jesse Love graduating into touring Late Models, Sprint Cars, and Midgets in 2019, the championship battle is wide-open this season. Several drivers appear poised to fill the gap with Las Vegas brothers Tyler and Tanner Reif among the returning crop. The older Tanner Reif narrowly missed out on the championship on the strength of a victory in August. Tyler finished fourth in the standings with a photo-finish win in July over his older brother. The victory made him the youngest winner in series history.

The rookie crop of Jr. Late Model drivers will include Portland, OR’s Jadan Walbridge from Outlaw Kart racing, Bandolero and Legends standouts Kercie Jung and Seth Wise from Bakersfield, Yakima, WA’s Patrick Mullins, and off-road champion Jake Bollman. Bollman will take over the #38 season vacated by Love.

Returning drivers to the division include fifth in 2018 points Kabe McClenny, inaugural season winner Austin Edwards, Madera’s Joey Iest, San Jose’s Jay Juleson, Lilly Mead, and Olivia Manke.

The Mini Cup vs. Bandolero drivers will face off with a new crop of drivers from a variety of backgrounds looking to knock Bakersfield’s Riley Massey off her championship pedestal. Several Mini Cup teams have moved into the more powerful Bandolero cars, adding to the intrigue. The youngest drivers at Madera Speedway compete in a 20 lap feature on Saturday.

Modified Super Toyotas continue to be anchored by the twin bothers of Shaun and Ryan Reynolds. They look to continue that momentum in Saturday’s opener with 30 laps on tap for the main event.

Action gets started on Friday evening with practice from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday’s program begins with pit gates opening at 11:00 a.m. Practices run from 1:00 – 2:45 p.m. with qualifying and heat races to follow. The first set of main events starts at 5:15 p.m. including the Mini Cup feature and the Late Model B Main. Opening ceremonies are at 6:00 p.m.

Tickets for this great night of racing are just $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $7 for youth ages 6-12, and kids five and under are free!

For more information about Madera Racing on MAVTV please visit www.racemadera.com or www.mavtv.com. For more information on Nut Up Industries please visit www.nutupindustries.com and for more information about 51FIFTY Energy Drink visit www.51fiftyenergydrink.com

Madera Speedway is presented by major partners Nut Up Industries, 51FIFTY Energy Drink, iPull-uPull, and Color Fast Industries. Contingency sponsors include Five Star Bodies, Maita Motorsports, McAllister Precision Marketing, and StopTech Brakes.

Madera Racing on MAVTV airs Thursdays every week. The show airs at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. PST and is also available on the Lucas Oil Racing TV app. 2018 episodes will continue airing until the late spring, when 2019 episodes will hit the airwaves.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Erickson Closes In On Championship With Thrilling Madera Win

Photo Courtesy Jason Wedehase

Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (September 22, 2018) – Two of the most dramatic finishes of 2018 came during the penultimate rounds of the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model Series and the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series on Saturday night at Madera Speedway. When the smoke cleared, Dylan Zampa and Matt Erickson emerged with critical victories in their runs for the championships.

For Erickson and the Pro Late Model drivers, they are staring down the upcoming $10,000 to win Nut Industries Short Track Shootout on October 6th.

13 year-old Jesse Love started the Pro Late Model feature from the pole position for their 80 lap affair, but Modesto’s Garland Tyler swooped past him on the outside to take the lead. Love was undeterred, fighting back on the inside to take the lead back on lap five. Erickson followed suit to take second place while sixth starting Austin Herzog, the incoming second in points, was up to fourth on lap 14.

Erickson closed down on Love by lap 18 and used the lapped traffic to box Love, taking over the lead on lap 24. Nick Grossi spun in turn four on lap 32 for the first caution with Loren Kutz collected as well.

When action resumed, Racin Vernon dove to the pits with a blown engine while Love had to retire with failing brakes. April winner Blaine Rocha and Ross Strmiska battled for fourth with Strmiska staying on the high-side for several laps.

A multi-car melee on the backstretch saw Howard Holden and Jarrett Gilmer both suffer significant damage on lap 37. Herzog knifed up into second on the restart and ran on top of Erickson nose-to-tail when they reached the lap 50 break. Tyler, Strmiska, and Rocha rounded out the top-five.

Strmiska took over third coming out of the break. Tyler fell into the clutches of a very strong battle with Rocha and Aguirre where they fanned out nearly three-wide on more than half a dozen occasions. The battle lasted for 15 laps until the next caution.

Jack Wood spun on lap 65 for the yellow flag and Strmiska tried to take second away from Herzog on the restart. Strmiska grabbed the position by lap 70 but Herzog edged back underneath him.

Herzog had second by a nose at the stripe on lap 75 when the caution came out for Gilmer and Kutz stopped on the front stretch. Herzog tried to capitalize on the following restart but Erickson drove away, before another caution on lap 76 for Tyler Herzog spinning.

Herzog drove up alongside Erickson for a side-by-side run to the finish. The pair got tight coming to the white flag, backing Herzog into Strmiska down the front stretch. Herzog spun and tagged Strmiska, sending Strmiska’s car hard into the turn one wall. The race was ended on a yellow checkered flag with Matt Erickson taking the $2,000 victory ahead of Rocha, 15th starting Dillon Tucker, Aguirre, and Logan Zampa. Herzog was unofficially credited with a distant 14th place in the final rundown.

The 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model finish was similarly spectacular, with cars sliding across the finish line backwards. In the end, Dylan Zampa was credited with the narrowest of victories by .017 seconds over a spinning Tanner Reif.

Joey Iest started the 70 lap race for drivers ages 10-16 from the pole position, but was immediately passed by his teammate Jesse Love. The move was nullified by a caution, but Love, the 2017 champion, made the move again on the next attempt. Dylan Zampa followed him past Iest with the top-two in the points occupying the top-two on the race track.

A significant crash on lap four brought out a red flag when Calvin Hegje and Hailey Liles bounced off the front stretch wall. Both drivers were uninjured. Major crashes continued on lap 16 when Tyler Reif climbed over the top of Iest’s driver’s side door on a restart, with both cars eliminated from contention.

Zampa kept applying pressure to Love with the pair running closely across the line at the lap 40 break while Las Vegas’ Tanner Reif up to third at that point as well.

Kabe McClenny tried a few times to get around Reif for third before Reif solidly joined the battling up front in the closing stages. Reif applied a bump and run to take second from Zampa on lap 49 and a caution on lap 54 set up the battling to the checkered flag. Reif made contact with Love, allowing Zampa to go from third to first in one corner. Reif and Love traded contact again before Reif muscled back into second.

On the final lap, Reif made contact with Zampa down the backstretch and stayed engaged on his bumper as he pushed him into turn three. He attempted to slide up in front of Zampa in turn four and the pair made contact, sending Reif spinning. Zampa and Reif crossed the stripe nearly equal – Reif backwards and Zampa forwards. The MAVTV cameras caught Zampa ahead as did the transponders in one of the wildest finishes in series history. Love watched it all unfold from third with McClenny fourth and Jay Juleson fifth in his debut.

The Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros had a tension-filled evening as well, with their 20 lap event fraught with spins and crashes. The most notable incident came when Bandolero points leader Riley Massey and her teammate Ethan Nascimento tagged each other on the front stretch sending Massey hard into the wall. Bakersfield’s Hank Hall, age 10, went on to win the overall and the Bando portion of the event while Mini Cup points leader Kale McClenny was victorious yet again among those cars.

Jillaun Holden won the 2018 Toyota Sedan championship to add to her 2016 crown, finishing second in Saturday’s race behind Jason Lawton. A spin on lap 22 brought the field together but Lawton motored away over the final three laps. Kyle Labrie overcame the spin to finish third.

Modified Super Toyotas were led by the Reynolds 1-2 punch, with Ryan leading 21 laps for the win while Shaun worked his way past both 2017 champion Bert Stephens and John McCullum Jr. to take second. Patrick Geiger ended up working past them to finish third as well.

Racing continues at Madera Speedway on September 29th with the 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

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 RPM Mortgage Pro Late Models airs September 27th.

Madera Speedway 2018 Schedule Celebrating 47 years of Racing!

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

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

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

October 13th - Closed, NO RACES /

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

October 27th - Closed

November 10th - 2018 Championship Awards Banquet

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Erickson Earns Third Madera Win Of 2018 During Spencer Classic

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

Via Madera Speedway Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Racing continues at Madera Speedway on July 7th with the Gerhardt Classic 100 Lap Three wide start BCRA Midget Race, the Western Winged Super Sprint Series for $800 to start, USAC Western US Midgets, CSS/360 Super Modifieds, Vintage BCRA, and Legends of Kearney Bowl.

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

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


Madera Racing on MAVTV airs Thursdays re-runs of the 2017 season every week. The show airs at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. PST and is also available on the Lucas Oil Racing TV app. New 2018 episodes will begin airing June 7th.


Madera Speedway 2018 Schedule Celebrating 47 years of Racing!

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

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

July 21st - Closed

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

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

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

August 18th - Closed

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

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

September 8th - Closed for the Madera Fair

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 13th - Closed, NO RACES /

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

October 27th - Closed

November 10th - 2018 Championship Awards Banquet

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Erickson Wins Second RPM Pro Late Model Race Of 2018

Photo Courtesy Jason Wedehase

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Madera Racing on MAVTV airs Thursdays re-runs of the 2017 season every week. The show airs at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. PST and is also available on the Lucas Oil Racing TV app. New 2018 episodes will begin airing later this spring.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Erickson Snares $5,000 Madera Season Opener on MAVTV

Matt Erickson in victory lane after the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model race
(Photo Courtesy Jason Wedehase)
Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (March 10, 2018) – Under threatening skies, 2016 Madera Speedway champion Matt Erickson won Saturday’s $5,000 to win opener for the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series. The race was reduced to 80 laps with no scheduled breaks. The format produced a barnburner from start-to-finish with nearly a dozen lead changes across three different race leaders. Dylan Zampa won his first career 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model race as well in the busy afternoon.

A noontime matinee show on the fastest one-third mile in the West opened with a B Main where Jason Romero of El Dorado Hills led the transferring cars while Erik Woods won the 25 lapper for a $500 cash prize.

With the field narrowed down to 26 starters, it was 2015 and 2017 champion Buddy Shepherd of Bakersfield earning fast-time and proceeding to win the redraw for the pole position. Shepherd started alongside Jarrett Gilmer, with Gilmer one of five Jr. Late Model graduates in the field.

Shepherd led early before facing a new foe in Lucas Oil Modified standout Linny White. White and Shepherd put on a side-by-side battling clinic that ran from laps 30 to lap 36 with the duo trading the lead on nearly every circuit. Shepherd had the lead by a nose when the caution flew on lap 36 for a severe crash on the backstretch involving Hollister’s Adam Lemke. The Jr. LM graduate tagged the backstretch wall head-on with Gilmer and Sheldon Cooper also suffering damage in the melee.

When racing resumed Shepherd maintained the lead with White following closely over a series of restarts. 2017 runner-up Logan Zampa of Napa was in and out of the pits multiple times during the stint before finally retiring from the race with mechanical woes.

A lap 51 attempt at a restart saw an accordion effect at the back of the field that ended Cooper and Racin Vernon’s evenings. The activity at the front of the field increased considerably from there onward, with seventh starting Erickson taking the lead. Erickson’s move to the front came in dramatic fashion when Shepherd slid up the hill in turn three and eventually fell back to fifth position.

Erickson looked poised for the checkered flag while numerous battles continued in two-by-two fashion for second. A caution on lap 73 for rookie Christian Roche tagging the backstretch wall brought the field together for a critical restart. Erickson and Shepherd each took turns with the lead before Erickson took over on lap 76.

A final caution on lap 77 for PCS Rookie of the Year Jack Wood spinning set up a three lap race to the finish. Erickson timed the restart well and managed to edge ahead of Shepherd and drive away for an exciting .155 second victory. Carlos Vieira stormed from 12th to finish third in his series debut with White and 2017 Rookie of the Year Austin Herzog rounding out the top-five.

The 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Models opened their third season of competition for drivers ages 10-16 years old and added a new face in the winner’s circle. Napa’s Dylan Zampa went to the front when it counted on lap 51 of the shortened 60 lap affair to take the crowd-pleasing victory.

Defending champion Jesse Love of Menlo Park qualified third but got an assist when he drew the pole for the main event. Fast time qualifier Tanner Reif of Las Vegas and Bakersfield’s Kabe McClenny battled for second position before a caution on lap 14 for a multi-car crash in turn one slowed the action. Anthony Guiamano and Calvin Hegje were both out of the race as a result.

McClenny restarted second while Reif restarted third and eventually fell to fourth when passed on the outside by 2017 third in points Austin Edwards in a later restart. Zampa started fifth and ran as low as seventh before chipping away at the pack. Zampa took away second from McClenny on lap 49 and two laps later did the same Love in a stirring set of passes. McClenny ended up passing Love a few laps later for second as well. Zampa started his 2018 season with a bang with the win with McClenny, Love, Reif, and Edwards the top-five. Third year drivers Lilly Mead and Jesse Burks staged a race long duel for sixth as well with Mead taking the position at the checkered flag.

A strong 11 car turnout highlighted the 30 lap main event for the Toyota Sedans, with a ten car inversion placing fast-time qualifier Dean Gould deep in the pack. Derek Suggan led the first half of the race before Jillaun Holden and Gould entered the mix. A late caution placed Holden and Gould side-by-side, and Gould took off for a scant two car length win over Holden. 2017 champion Mike Marley snookered Suggan for third as well.

The inaugural Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros race was dominated by Bakersfield drivers with young lady phenom Kercie Jung charging to a half lap victory in her Bandolero. The former Kern County Raceway Park champion had no trouble topping fellow Bando drivers Seth Wise and Riley Massey for the win. The Mini Cup half of the field had much more drama, with Avery Vivian and Bakersfield’s Kale McClenny racing in close quarters throughout the clean and green 20 lapper. McClenny made the winning move around the outside on the final lap of the race to get the Mini Cup win.

Racing continues at Madera Speedway next Saturday night with the Pacific Challenge Series presented by PenneyLawyers.com for a 75 lap Super Late Model race. The Western Winged Super Sprints, HPD Midgets, MST, 30 Lap Jr. Late Model Exhibition race, and F4 Beater Cross round out the card.

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

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

Madera Racing on MAVTV airs Thursdays re-runs of the 2017 season every week. The show airs at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. PST and is also available on the Lucas Oil Racing TV app. New 2018 episodes will begin airing later this spring.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Erickson And Love Take Opening Night Wins At Madera

Matt Erickson in victory lane at Madera (Joshua R. Photography)

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (March 11, 2017) – Matt Erickson and Jesse Love IV split the co-features on Saturday night during the season opening event for Late Models at Madera Speedway. Erickson claimed $5000 in the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series while Love's victory came in his debut in the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Models.

The 2017 season at Madera Speedway opened in a big way with nearly 60 total Late Models in the pit area and over 200 laps of Late Model action the one-third mile asphalt oval.

Erickson's victory kicked off a title defense after a remarkable six wins in eight races season in 2016 in the MAVTV televised Pro Late Model Series. He out-dueled 2015 series champion Buddy Shepherd of Bakersfield for Saturday's exciting victory.

Third Generation driver Ross Strmiska led the 26 car starting field to green after time trials and a 20 lap B Main set the starting order. Shepherd set quick time but drew tenth in the redraw. He quickly charged around the outside lane to run fifth at the conclusion of lap two.

Strmiska, Logan Zampa, and Joey Licata, Jr. anchored a three car breakaway before the first caution on lap 11. Shepherd made some crafty moves to inherit second on the restart. A lap 20 caution gave Shepherd the opportunity to charge underneath Strmiska to take the lead. Shepherd led comfortably through lap 28 before an eight car melee in turn one ended the evening for Bakersfield's Racin Vernon most notably and caused damage for Carl Pearce and Austin Herzog among others.

Shepherd had to head to the infield to top off his radiator for overheating issues, relinquishing the lead back to Strmiska. Garland Tyler also surrendered track position to pit with a flat tire. The restart was a wild one with Erickson getting into 2009 Roseville champion Jason Romero with several cars sliding and spinning to avoid. Erickson and Romero had to restart at the tail end of the field as a result of the incident.

After a lap 38 caution for Zampa spinning from third, Shepherd had already moved forward from 23rd into fifth. When Licata tagged race leader Strmiska on lap 54, Shepherd took over the lead once again in an amazing roller coaster race.

A lap 62 caution ended the first 75 lap segment prematurely with teams heading to the pits before returning for the conclusion of the 125 laps scheduled. Shepherd led Erickson and Dillon Tucker when racing resumed later in the evening, while Licata and Jeffrey Peterson battled behind them for fourth.

An incredible sequence unfolded after a lap 88 crash that ended the nights for Glenn Cook and Howard Holden. Shepherd and Erickson traded the lead multiple times with intense sideways racing. Shepherd made a dive bomb maneuver into turn three only to slide up the hill with Erickson taking the lead and Tucker moving in for second. Zampa spun right behind them and collected Strmiska and Elliott Sterjne to end those two drivers' evenings.

The race went green over the closing laps with Shepherd getting shuffled back to fourth and taking on Romero in a stirring battle for third, before then racing for several laps with Tucker. Shepherd began to claw at Erickson but the race was ended prematurely at lap 120 for curfew with Matt Erickson opening up his title defense in victory lane ahead of Shepherd, Tucker, Romero, Peterson, and Ryan Hart having a solid performance in sixth.

In the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Models, it was a totally different experience. Over 20 competitors ages 10-16 took to the track for the expanded 75 lap feature for MAVTV. No one would stop 12 year old Jesse Love IV who led the entire way in his first career start. The overall USAC HPD Midget champion of 2016 made a big statement to begin his 2017 season.

20 entries took the green with Austin Edwards suffering rear gear problems early in the event to eventually relegate him to the pits for repairs. Love anchored a lead pack that included his teammate Hailie Deegan in the early stages. A spin for the Lilly Mead brought out the first yellow on lap five.

Fast-time qualifier Kolby Berry drove from fifth starting position up to third by the fifth lap of the race. A nice battle ensued in the middle teens laps when Las Vegas' Tanner Reif was freight trained by 2016 champion Dezel West, Austin Herzog, and RJ Smothermon to drop Reif to seventh. The caution flew again on lap 18 and Berry used that to his advantage to take over second from Deegan on lap 23.

West used a series of good restarts to continue to put himself in a good position but it was all for naught. West and Herzog collided in a scary incident off of turn two, with both cars sliding hard into the track entrance gate before coming to stop. Each vehicle suffered serious damage but the drivers were uninjured. Another grinding crash involving Reif, Anthony Guiamano and Allison Gay in turn three brought the race to its lap 50 break early on lap 46 with Love earning the five point bonus and leading Berry into the break.

After ten minutes for repairs and adjustments, the cars returned to the track. Except for a few brief cautions the second half of the race was fairly uneventful. The race ended on a five lap shootout to the finish but Love proved too tough as he outlasted Berry to take his first victory. Deegan ran third ahead of Jesse Burks and first timer Eric Nascimento, Jr.

Dave Lander led all 25 laps for the Modified Super Toyota season opener after winning an exciting heat race as well. Bert Stephens and Zachary Cook were the top-three. Toyota Sedans had a nice nine car turnout with heat race theatrics of their own. Tim Curtis claimed a scant .196 second victory ahead of Kyle Fortney and Dean Gould in the 25 lapper.

Madera Speedway's 2017 season continues next Saturday with the 75 Lap PCS Super Late Model Series , Western Winged Super Sprints, Legends of the Pacific, Race #1 of the Super Hobby Stock Series 50 laps, and USAC HPD Midgets.

For more information on the Madera Speedway, visit RaceMadera.com

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Erickson And West Dominate For Big Madera Speedway Wins

Matt Erickson extended his Open Late Model points lead (Photo Courtesy Don Thompson)

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (August 27, 2016) - Domination was the theme for the two MAVTV-televised Late Model divisions in Saturday's show at LoanMart Madera Speedway. Both races were won by their points leaders. Matt Erickson put on a strong clinical performance lapping up to third for the Open Late Model victory while Dezel West won his second consecutive 51FIFTY Junior Late Model race.

Three-time winner Austin Herzog of Clovis set a new track record in Jr. LM qualifying with a 15.194 second lap but had to start fourth after the redraw. Redwood Valley's Kolby Berry led the first five laps from the pole position with Las Vegas' West, 12, on his rear bumper. West looked inside several times but Berry was able to roll the top effectively to maintain the lead.

After a big of door banging, West took over to lead lap six. Las Vegas' Kyle Keller had a pair of spins to bring out cautions on lap nine and 12. Herzog worked his way past April winner Austin Edwards on the outside for the third spot. Herzog then challenged Berry in a very entertaining battle where he tried the outside on several occasions and also looked low.

A restart on lap 16 was the exclamation point of the race. Edwards and Canadian Ben Silliker made hard contact on the front stretch with Silliker's front wheels off the ground. Berry and Herzog came together on the backstretch with Herzog climbing the wall before the pair to a stop. Edwards had to pit for repairs while Silliker continued on in second. Herzog and Barry were done for the night.

Jarrett Gilmer took over second from Silliker before the race's halfway mark on lap 25. The running order was virtually unchanged throughout a non-stop final 25 laps with West blitzing to a 3.056 second victory ahead of Gilmer, Silliker, Alison Gay, and Keller.

Erickson's strong win was not an obvious outcome after the first 50 laps of the LoanMart Open Late Models were completed. He started the 22 car, 100 lap feature in tenth position after the redraw from qualifying second. Polesitter and fast time qualifier Rick Thompson led the first four laps of the race while Modesto's Garland Tyler jumped up to second inside Glen Cook.

Tyler Herzog spun in turn two for a yellow flag on lap four. The restart proved pivotal as Thompson got a slight jump on Tyler and moved up the race track coming out of turn four. Tyler got into the back of Thompson heading into turn one, sending Thompson for a spin. Both drivers were sent to the rear.

The melee handed Cook the lead but it was short lived as David Ross took the top spot using the inside line. A multi-car crash slowed things on lap nine and Logan Zampa and Ryan Philpott worked past Cook on the following green flag.

By the 17th lap Erickson was looking inside Dillon Tucker for fifth position, but the two made contact in turn three causing Tucker to spin and sending Erickson to the rear for involvement. Ross slowed dramatically on the gas for the next restart and fell out with a blown engine, giving Zampa the lead position to be the fourth different leader in the show.

Zampa ran a great race up front while Philpott and Cook staged a side-by-side duel of former Altamont racers. Philpott finally broke through to make it a battle between Cook and Tyler for third. Erickson chipped away at the pack and was into the top ten by lap 29. He quickly made his way to fourth by lap 41.

A caution period for a multi-car incident in front of the leaders in turn four gave Erickson his shot, as he went to the outside of Philpott to charge from fourth into second place. Erickson proceeded to hound Zampa in a thrilling fight for the lead. Zampa held off a pair of big slidejob attempts from Erickson to lead into the halfway break.

The second half of the race did not take place until three hours later, when the track had cooled substantially and was under darkness. Zampa's lead quickly went away as he picked the outside for the restart and Erickson took over the lead with Philpott going into second as well. The top six cars pulled way with Cook falling back to seventh. Cook ended up drifting all the way to the rear of the field with unknown mechanical problems.

Heavy lapped traffic was the name of the game by lap 61 and for the remainder of the event with Matt Erickson continually increasing his lead on the pack. The lead increased to nearly ten seconds at one stage. Philpott ran solidly in second place while the fans were treated to a great race between Zampa and Tyler for third. The rookie the veteran ran side-by-side in and out of traffic for the entire remaining laps of the race.

An incident involving Tyler, Zampa, and the lapped car of Chris Lyon brought out a yellow checkered at the conclusion of lap 100. Erickson won over Philpott, Dos Palos' Ryan Hart, Madera Ranchos' Dillon Tucker for a career best fourth, and Jason Aguirre of Atwater in fifth.

Chuck Dozhier had a well-deserved win in the Super Hobby Stocks to tighten the points chase in Madera's stock car division. Thomas Suarez had a hard hit to bounce off the front stretch wall as the field rolled to the green for the 30 lapper with Dozhier taking the lead from third starting position. Points leader Joseph Reichmuth worked his way up to second but was unable to close the gap on Dozhier before a caution on lap 21 for Eloy Bazan spinning from third.

Reichmuth seized the opportunity running side-by-side with Dozhier for the next four laps with neither driver giving an inch. The battle ended when Reichmuth spun in turn three on lap 25. Dozhier cruised to victory over former Madera Modified driver Jesus Hernandez of Fresno with Reichmuth winning a photo finish over Suarez for third.

The youth drivers in the California Mini Cups put on another great race with Adam "The Bullet" Lemke of Hollister picking up the 20 lap win. Calvin Hegje started on the pole but Lemke led from third by the end of the first lap. Points leader Jackson Dukes ran his way forward up to third by the close of the feature but Lemke held off Hegje for a .805 second victory with Dukes having to settle for third after a slow restart near the finish. Joseph Holliday and Aaron Thomas were the balance of the top-five.

Erik Woods broke the Jillaun Holden grip on the Toyota Sedan division by taking the victory in the 25 lap main event. Holden led the first six laps before Woods took the lead on lap seven. Woods managed to keep the top position all the way to the end for a .269 second win. Tommy Wreckless Thomas Magray was third. Lucy Carmona entered the night second in the points but had a crash into the inside K Rail in the heat race that ended her night prematurely.

Clovis' Kevin Thompson continued his drive for a fourth track championship in MST by defeating Bert Stephens for his ninth main event win of the year. There were several restarts after minor spins but Thompson was able to keep Stephens at bay throughout the duration of the race. Dennis Brannon rounded out the top-three.

LoanMart Madera Speedway continues on September 3rd with Hampton Inn and Suites Night at the Speedway. Madera Late Models, Madera Hobby Stocks, NCPRO 4 Modifeds, MST's, Toyota Sedans, 4-Bangers, and the Jr, Late Model 25 lap exhibition race make up the racing card!

Race fans can catch up on LoanMart Madera Speedway action every Thursday with "Madera Racing" on MAVTV at 8 p.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Pacific. Thursday's edition will feature the July 30th race for the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Models plus the BCRA Midgets portion of the July 9th Gerhardt Classic.

For more information visit www.RaceMadera.com