Showing posts with label POWRi BCRA Midgets. Show all posts
Showing posts with label POWRi BCRA Midgets. Show all posts

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.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Tyler Herzog Scores First Career Late Model Win



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, March 11, 2019

MAVTV Madera POWRi BCRA Midgets Take Center Stage Saturday Night

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Action gets started on Friday evening with practice from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday’s program begins with pit gates opening at noon. Practices run from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. with qualifying and heat races to follow. Opening Ceremonies will be at 6 p.m. with main events to follow.

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

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

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

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