Showing posts with label RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series. Show all posts
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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Five Star Bodies And Madera Speedway Form Agreement For 2019



Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (December 18, 2018) – The fifth season of televised stock car action at Madera Speedway on MAVTV will be enhanced by a new contingency partnership with Five Star Bodies, in a program announced Monday. Five Star will offer the contingency program for all 18 Late Model races comprising of the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series and 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series.

The top-three in each feature will receive a certificate for body parts. First will receive $300, second $200, and third $100. A complete body package of the new 2019 “Gen-6” style body will be given away at the banquet as well.

Madera’s Late Models offer a rules package of just 13 rules, allowing for many different body types and engine types controlled by a grooved 8” tire and weight penalties. The result has allowed for many innovations in the visual body aspect of the cars, with the adoption of the 2019 Five Star body one of the results. The highly anticipated new look should give divisions even more of a cutting edge feeling throughout the season on the one-third mile oval.

“We are excited to join forces with Five Star as we feel we can do a lot for them with our MAVTV show and they can do a lot for our race teams with their innovative, premium body products,” Promoter Kenny Shepherd said. “This is the beginning of a long-term relationship that will improve our sport and we are excited about the marketing partnership.”

“We are looking forward to our partnership with Kenny Shepherd and Madera Racing on MAVTV,” Jody Salter of Five Star said. “We look forward to being the official body manufacturer of Madera Racing, which all of us at Five Star watch and are huge fans of! This is a great opportunity for Five Star as a company to support the community of racers that support the Madera Speedway.”

The season kicks off on March 9th with nine nights of action seeing both Late Model divisions competing. The season culminates with the $10,000 to win Short Track Shootout on October 5th.

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 eighth round of the Pro Late Model Series airs next on December 27th.

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

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Short Track Shootout Up Next For Austin Herzog


Via Austin Herzog PR

CLOVIS, CALIFORNIA (October 3, 2018) – 16 year-old Austin Herzog will try to come from behind in the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series championship, during Saturday’s 150 lap and $10,000 Nut Up Industries Short Track Shootout at Madera Speedway.

Herzog led much of the season before a broken rear end in August and a crash in September set him back into second in the points. The race on Saturday night is expected to be one of the largest in track history with 52 pre-entries.

Activities begin on Thursday night with the Nut Up Industries Kickoff Party at Savemart on Howard Road in Madera. Austin and his #11 Pro Late Model will be in attendance along with his teammate Anthony Guiamano and his F’Real #3g Pro Late Model. Race fans can get autographs and win great prizes including race tickets. The event runs from 5pm – 7pm.

On Friday night, practices will run from 3pm-9pm. Saturday’s action includes morning practice, time trials at 12:45pm, lower mains at 3pm, and opening ceremonies at 5 pm. The 150 lap Short Track Shootout is expected to go green at 7pm.

Race fans can watch Austin Herzog in action on MAVTV, Thursdays at 5pm and 8pm Pacific time. Round #5 of the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series airs October 18th.

Austin Herzog Motorsports thanks Sanger Concrete, Castech Pest Control, Superior Doors, LC Services, Richard Herzog Construction, and Darrell Herzog Roofing for their support.

Potential sponsors are encouraged to contact austinherzogmotorsports@gmail.com

Race fans can keep up on all of the action for Austin Herzog Motorsports at www.AustinHerzogMotorsports.com Austin Herzog Motorsports can also be found on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

$10,000 To Win Short Track Shootout Attracts Large Field To Madera

Ross Strmiska (#90) and Buddy Shepherd (#22) battled last year with Shepherd taking the win (Photo Courtesy Jason Wedehase)

Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (October 2, 2018) – The 6th annual Nut Up Industries Short Track Shootout at Madera Speedway has attracted some of the top short track talent in the western United States aiming for a $10,000 prize. The 150 lap RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series feature headlines a night of completely MAVTV-televised action and will also be the championship deciding race for the nine race series. Championship races for the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Models and Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros are also scheduled, along with a 75 lap contest for the Lucas Oil Modified Series.

More than 50 Late Model are expected with $1,000 also being offered for the winner of the 25 lap B Main.

Only three different drivers have visited victory lane in the illustrious history of the shootout. Mike David won the inaugural running before Eric Holmes went on a streak of three-consecutive wins to earn the nickname “Mr. October”. 2015 & 2017 series champion Buddy Shepherd broke their stranglehold when he grabbed the 2017 edition. All three drivers are back to defend their places among the greatest drivers in the 47 year history of the one-third mile oval.

The subplot of a great championship battle adds to the intrigue, with Madera’s all-time winningest stock car driver Matt Erickson trying to win his second series title while battling with 16 year-old Austin Herzog. Both drivers are hungry for a piece of the $10,000 pie and the championship as well.

Among the drivers aiming for just the shootout win, arguably none are more accomplished than Trevor Huddleston and Jeremy Doss. Huddleston won the 2017 NASCAR California state championship and missed out on the national title by a scant three points. After winning 22 Late Model features last year, Huddleston has added 14 Late Model victories this year while also battling for the K&N West Rookie of the Year at the same time. One track he still needs a victory at is Madera, however.

Doss has four stock car wins at Madera including two with the Pacific Challenge Series, one with the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour, and a win last year in the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series. The current SRL points leader and former Montana 200 winner would like to add his to extensive resume with a victory on Saturday night.

Linny White won last October’s Lucas Oil Modified race at Madera and is always a threat at the speedway. Jagger Jones – grandson of the legendary Parnelli Jones, has won seven times in 2018 in a Late Model and is part of a strong multi-car effort teamed with Huddleston, off-road standout Cole Potts, female driver Lexi Gay, and Dean Thompson. Long time Madera regulars Dillon Tucker, Ryan Hart, Jason Aguirre, and Garland Tyler are all still looking for their first televised victories, while Logan Zampa, Racin Vernon, and Blaine Rocha would like to return to victory lane during the richest race of the year.

The 70 lap feature for the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model Series might be the mostly hotly contested of the evening. The drivers ages 10-16 years old find themselves in a championship fight for the ages with 2017 champion Jesse Love tied with three-time 2018 winner Dylan Zampa. Las Vegas’ Tanner Reif is just eight points behind in third. Reif and Zampa ended the last event spinning across the finish line as a possible harbinger of things to come. Tanner Reif and Kabe McClenny round out the top-five in the points.

Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros has had an exciting inaugural season with 20 lap combined events that see each division running for separate points and trophies. Both division championships are all but final, with Bakersfield’s Kabe McClenny leading by 49 points over Joseph Holliday in the Mini Cups. The Bandolero side is also a Bakersfield led affair with Riley Massey a likely insurmountable 30 points ahead of Zachary Ginn.

75 laps are on tap for the Lucas Oil Modified Series this weekend with Taylor Miinch opening the year with four consecutive wins to lead the series points. One of those wins came in June at Madera, when former Madera champion Scott Winters and Idaho’s Shelby Stroebel crashed in turn four sending both of their #24 cars into the wall.

Fast-time qualifier Kyle Tellstrom, an Idaho resident who is popular with the Madera fans, was involved in two separate incidents himself in a heart breaking evening. Tellstrom will be returning on Saturday night to challenge more than 20 series regulars in the ninth race of their 2018 touring season. Fresno’s Tyler Herzog is among the drivers who will race in both the RPM Late Models and the Lucas Oil Modifieds.

The biggest weekend of the year at Madera Speedway begins Thursday night with the Nut Up Industries Pre-Race Party at the Madera Savemart store from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.. Madera Speedway drivers and Nut Up drivers will be in attendance with their race cars and the first 50 attendees receive a free ticket to the race.

Practices at the track begin Friday with gates opening at 11 a.m. and the track open from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Pit gates open at 8 a.m. on Saturday with final practices at 10:30 a.m. Qualifying is at 12:45 p.m. with C and B Main racing starting early at 3 p.m. The Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros will close out the preliminary races before opening ceremonies at 5 p.m. Jr. Late Models, Lucas Oil Modifieds, and the 150 lap Nut Up Industries Short Track Shootout will follow.

Tickets are just $20 for adults, $17 for seniors, $10 for youth ages 6-12, and kids five and under are free!

Madera Speedway is busy preparing for the Nut Up Industries Short Track Shootout on October 6th which will pay $10,000 to win the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model feature. Pre-entry is available now at www.RaceMadera.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 Jr. Late Models airs October 11th.

Madera Speedway 2018 Schedule Celebrating 47 years of Racing!

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

NUT UP INDUSTRIES SHORT TRACK SHOOTOUT PRE-ENTRY LIST
52 cars as of 4 p.m. 10/1/18

03 Robbie Knittel – Lodi, CA
1 Tyler Herzog – Fresno, CA
2 Jarrett Gilmer – Manteca, CA
2d Jeremy Davis – Denair, CA
3g Anthony Guiamano – Basking Ridge, NJ
5 Chris Scribner – Rancho Cordova, CA
8 Jason Romero – Cameron Park, CA
11 Austin Herzog – Clovis, CA
12 Greg Potts – Stockton, CA
14 Travis Milburn – Eagle, ID
15 Jeremy Doss – Upperlake, CA
16 David Lewellen – Modesto, CA
17 Will Martyn – Coarsegold, CA
18 Jack Wood – Loomis, CA
20 Cole Moore – Granite Bay, CA
21e Nick Grossi – Modesto, CA
21 Eric Holmes – Escalon, CA
22 Buddy Shepherd – Bakersfield, CA
26 Del McIntosh – Madera, CA
26 Blaine Rocha – Oakdale, CA
27 Kevin Thompson – Fresno, CA
28 Trevor Schlundt – Fresno, CA
29 Randy Hedrick – Reno, NV
38 Jesse Love – Menlo Park, CA
38 Ryan Hart – Dos Palos, CA
38 JJ Ferguson – Grass Valley, CA
42 Matt Erickson – LaGrange, CA
43 Eloy Bazan – Modesto, CA
45 Jason Aguirre – Atwater, CA
50 Trevor Huddleston – Agoura Hills, CA
51 Carlos Vieira – Livingston, CA
51 Racin Vernon – Bakersfield, CA
55 Jagger Jones – Scottsdale, AZ
56 Lexi Gay – Canton, GA
57 Dean Thompson – Anaheim, CA
57 Cole Potts – Scottsdale, AZ
71 Kyle Gottula – Modesto, CA
73 Garland Tyler – Modesto, CA
77 Rick Thompson – Fresno, CA
77 Mike David – Modesto, CA
84 Doyle Moen – Jerome, ID
88 Dillon Tucker – Fresno, CA
88 Kolby Berry – Redwood Valley, CA
89 Shelden Cooper – Clovis, CA
90 Ross Strmiska – Manteca, CA
92 Logan Zampa – Napa, CA
92 Dylan Zampa – Napa, CA
95 Erik Woods – Modesto, CA
96 Loren Kutz – Madera, CA
98 Adam Lemke – Hollister, CA
99 Christian Roche – Escalon, CA
99 Linny White – Colton, CA

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

Monday, September 17, 2018

Eighth Round of MAVTV Championship Racing At Madera This Saturday

Photo Courtesy Jason Wedehase

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (September 18, 2018) – The penultimate and eighth round of the coveted MAVTV-televised Late Model championships at Madera Speedway is on tap this Saturday night, with a pair of tightly contested points battles. Both the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series and 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Models are enjoying some of their narrowest title fights in series history. The Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros, Modified Super Toyotas, and Toyota Sedans will also join the program on the one-third mile asphalt oval.

A broken rear end was all it took to swing the RPM Pro Late Models back into Matt Erickson’s direction. The rear end broke on the #11 Pro Late Model of 16 year-old Austin Herzog of Clovis, CA in August’s round #7. Herzog did not finish the 80 lap contest, allowing 2016 champion Erickson to move 17 points ahead in the standings. Herzog is still in search of his first series win despite a run of four podium finishes in the middle of the year. A win by either Erickson or Herzog would be critical to give either driver a cushion, heading into the volatile round #9 Nut Up Short Track Shootout for $10,000 in October.

Bakersfield’s Racin Vernon and Modesto’s Garland Tyler are separated by just three points in their duel for third while Ryan Hart and leading rookie Adam Lemke of Hollister are tied for fifth in the standings. Dillon Tucker of Madera Ranchos has made a nice recovery to seventh in the standings after various bouts of misfortune including a blown engine in the season opening weekend. $2,000 will go to Saturday’s winner of the 80 lap main event.

The 51FIFTY Jr. Late Models for drivers ages 10-16 years old is enjoying its most exciting season yet. Four drivers have won races and all four are mathematically in the hunt for the series crown. 2017 champion Jesse Love of Menlo Park holds a slight four point advantage over Napa’s Dylan Zampa.

Love is one of the hottest drivers in California coming off the heels of winning the BCRA Midgets portion of last week’s Harvest Classic at Madera Speedway. The win makes him the youngest full Midget victor in the international history of the division.

Las Vegas brothers Tanner and Tyler Reif are both well within reach of the points lead and they have each won the last two events for the series. Kabe McClenny of Bakersfield anchors a close pack of competitors for fifth as well. 70 laps is on deck on Saturday night’s race.

The Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros had a change at the top of the heap in August’s event when an opening lap crash impacted many of the top running Mini Cups. Napa’s Aaron Thomas capitalized for his first win of the season while points leader Kale McClenny had to settle for a DNF. He still enjoys a 47 point lead over Joseph Holliday in the points however. Bakersfield’s Riley Massey suffered a similarly bad fate in the Bandolero division as the points leader finished last but her points lead remains a strong 33 over Zachary Ginn. Kern County Raceway Park champion Kercie Jung won her third race of the year and runs third in the points.

2016 Toyota Sedan champion Jillaun Holden leads the Sedan standings while Jason Lawton won Friday’s race during the Harvest Classic. Modified Super Toyotas is led by the Reynolds brothers with Ryan Reynolds leading brother Shaun by 30 points with 2017 champion Bert Stephens only an additional eight points behind.

Action gets started on Friday evening with practice from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday’s program begins with pit gates opening at 11:00 a.m. Practices run from 1:15 – 3:00 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 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. Round #5 of the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series from May airs on Thursday September 27th.


Madera Speedway 2018 Schedule Celebrating 47 years of Racing!

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, September 5, 2018

Nut Up Short Track Shootout Coming To Madera Speedway October 6



MADERA, CALIFORNIA (September 5, 2018) – Race teams from across North America are setting their sights on the 6th Annual Nut Up Short Track Shootout at Madera Speedway, October 5th-6th, headlined by the 150 lap, $10,000 to win RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model feature.

The event is fully televised by MAVTV including the 75 lap Lucas Oil Modified Series, 70 lap 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model Series, and 20 lap Mini Cup vs. Bandolero races as well. $1,000 will be offered to win the Late Model B-Main event as part of the lucrative prize pool.

Only three drivers have visited victory lane so far in the event’s prestigious history. Mike David won the inaugural running while fellow NASCAR West Series champion Eric Holmes won the following three runnings. 2015 & 2017 RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model champion Buddy Shepherd of Bakersfield grabbed the big prize last year.

Activities will begin Friday night with optional practice sessions. Pit gates will swing open at 11:00 a.m. with practices beginning at 3 p.m. for all four divisions. The only fee is $40 per pit pass on Friday. The track will go dark at 9 p.m. Saturday’s program will begin bright and early at 8 a.m. with practices starting at 10:30 a.m.

Time trials will take place at 12:45 p.m. before the first part of the racing action at 3 p.m. Racing will include the Late Model C-Main and B-Main along with the Lucas Oil Modifieds B-Main (if necessary) and the Mini Cup vs. Bandolero feature. Times are subject to change.

Opening ceremonies are at 5 p.m. with the full lineup of features to follow. All told, over 400 laps of racing for over 100 race cars is scheduled on the one-third mile asphalt oval.

Pre-entry opens on September 10th and is available via RaceMadera.com or by calling (209) 356-1968.

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 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 every Thursday at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. PST and is also available on the Lucas Oil Racing TV app. The fourth round of the 2018 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model Series airs September 13th.

Madera Speedway 2018 Schedule Celebrating 47 years of Racing!

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, August 21, 2018

Madera Speedway Roars Back Into Action This Saturday Night

Dylan Zampa leads the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model points (Photo Courtesy Jason Wedehase)
Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (August 21, 2018) – MAVTV-televised Late Model racing returns to Madera Speedway on Saturday night with the seventh rounds of the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series and 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model Series ready to roll. Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros, Legends of the Pacific, and Toyota Sedans are also competing on the one-third mile asphalt oval north of Fresno.

The 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model championship in 2018 has stolen the show with the drivers ages 10-16 years old rising to the occasion in their 70 lap races. 11 year-old Tyler Reif of Las Vegas, NV became the youngest winner ever when he won the closest finish in series history in July. Ironically the victory came against his older brother Tanner.

Both Reif brothers are chasing down Dylan Zampa of Napa with two wins in 2018. Zampa leads 2017 champion Jesse Love of Menlo Park – also with two wins – by just three points in the championship. Love is in the middle of a busy week participating in a combine with Toyota Racing Development before the race weekend. Bakersfield’s Kabe McClenny rounds out the top-five in the standings.

16 year-old Austin Herzog continues to lead the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series points while still in search of his first victory. Herzog has put together four consecutive podium finishes including a runner-up finish in the $5,000 to win Summer Speedfest in July.

2016 champion Matt Erickson has three wins this year and ranks third in the points after a third place performance at the Summer Speedfest. His scant 19 point deficit means the championship is still very much in reach in a series that has averaged 30 cars per event.

The rest of the field looks to be battling for third, with that group led by Modesto’s Garland Tyler. Tyler enjoys a 15 point advantage over Dos Palos’ Ryan Hart with Bakersfield’s Racin Vernon only 16 points out of third as well.

Hollister’s Adam Lemke leads a strong crop of rookies from sixth in the points while Dillon Tucker overcame engine issues in the first round to move up to seventh overall.

The RPM Pro Late Models race for 80 laps over two segments and also stage a two-segment, 25 lap B Main. The first 15 laps determine who will transfer to the feature with the remaining ten laps staged by the non-qualifiers. The winner receives a $500 cash prize. Multi-time MST champion Kevin Thompson leads the B Main standings.

Bakersfield’s Kale McClenny continues to lead the Mini Cups portion of the Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros ahead of Madera’s Joseph Holliday and Napa’s Aaron Thomas. Bakersfield’s Riley Massey is on top in the Bando class followed by Zachary Ginn and Kercie Jung. A 20 lap main event is on tap for Saturday.

Legends of the Pacific is a regional touring series that always brings strong competition to Madera. Bakersfield’s Colton Page avoided a crash involving the top-two cars on the final lap to win the main on August 11th. LoP will race for 35 laps on Saturday night.

A resurgent Toyota Sedans division returns after a couple of weeks off, still led by 2016 champion Jillaun Holden. Rookie Greg Tyler won on August 4th to have a solid position in second in the standings. Manny Gonzales, Jr., Thomas Magray, and 2017 champion Mike Marley make up the rest of the top-five. 25 laps of racing are scheduled for the Sedans on Saturday.

Action gets started on Friday evening with practice from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday’s program begins with pit gates opening at 11:30 a.m. Practices run from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. with qualifying and heat races to follow. The first set of main events starts at 5:15 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 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. Round #4 of the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series from May airs on Thursday August 30th.


Madera Speedway 2018 Schedule Celebrating 47 years of Racing!

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

Monday, July 30, 2018

Herzog Adds To RPM Mortgage Pro LM Lead At Madera



Via Austin Herzog Motorsports Media

CLOVIS, CALIFORNIA (July 31, 2018) – Clovis High School student Austin Herzog, 15, continues to lead the championship for the MAVTV-televised RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series after a second place finish on Saturday night at Madera Speedway. The finish came during the prestigious Summer Speedfest that paid $5,000 to win winner.

Herzog, the six-time 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model Series winner, drives the Austin Herzog Motorsports #11 Late Model supported by Sanger Concrete, Castech Pest Control and Superior Doors.

The afternoon on the one-third mile opened with Herzog qualifying third, .028 seconds off of fast time. The effort earned him two points in the championship and he also drew the pole for the start of the race. Herzog fell back to third early in the race and battled back-and-forth with Jason Aguirre into the halfway break at lap 50.

“We were having a couple of problems at the end of the first half with the car,” Herzog said. “We talked over the radio on the cautions and came up with a game plan for the break. The adjustments from Charlie Wilson and the crew helped a bunch.”

Coming out of the break, Herzog and Aguirre slid across the track and Austin fell back to seventh. The second year driver showed composure and went to work, steadily climbing through the pack. He battled for second place with both rookie Adam Lemke then second in points Matt Erickson, finally taking the spot for good on lap 83. He held off Erickson over the final four laps to take second at the yellow checkered flag lap 87 finish.

“The team is due for a win at Madera with all the consistent work in the shop and at the track,” Herzog said. “It is a big accomplishment to be running with one of the best drivers at Madera in Matt Erickson.”

He will take a 16 point lead in the championship into round #7, Saturday August 25th at Madera Speedway. 80 laps of RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series racing are scheduled. Herzog has five top-fives and six top-tens in the series with an average finish of fourth this year.

Round #3 of the series airs on August 2nd at both 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Pacific Time on MAVTV. Round #4 will air August 30th.

Austin Herzog Motorsports thanks Sanger Concrete, Castech Pest Control, Superior Doors, LC Services, Richard Herzog Construction, and Darrell Herzog Roofing for their support.

Potential sponsors are encouraged to contact austinherzogmotorsports@gmail.com

Race fans can keep up on all of the action for Austin Herzog Motorsports at www.AustinHerzog.com Austin Herzog Motorsports can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Tyler Reif & Buddy Shepherd Lead Winners At Madera For Summer Speedfest

Tyler Reif leads the Jr. Late Models under the July sun (Photo Courtesy Jason Wedehase)

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (July 28, 2018) – 11 year-old Tyler Reif of Las Vegas, NV won his first career 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model race while Bakersfield’s Buddy Shepherd nabbed $5,000 in the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series during Saturday’s Summer Speedfest at Madera Speedway. A hot night of racing challenged the drivers in the MAVTV-televised racing on the one-third mile speedway.

Round #6 of the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Models was a 70 lap race. The redraw of the top-six cars placed defending champion Jesse Love of Menlo Park on the pole but he was passed on the outside by Kayla Eshleman of Fontana who led lap one. Love and Austin Edwards were among early drivers to fall out of the race with mechanical problems, with Love credited with 15th position as the last place car.

A four car incident in turn one ended the debut for Bakersfield’s Zachary Ginn, who also races in the Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros series. Calvin Hegje and Tanner Reif were also gathered up. Two-time 2018 winner Dylan Zampa of Napa started a long battle with Tyler Reif for second on lap 11 and the duo rarely separated throughout much of the event.

Reif cleared Zampa then saw Zampa crawl right up to his rear bumper on lap 20. A spin from Watsonville’s Lilly Mead from seventh place on lap 26 brought out the caution. Issues with the pace truck forced an extended stoppage that ended up being the lap 40 break, 14 laps early.

Tyler Reif nosed inside Eshleman for the lead coming out of the break and took over the top position on lap 32. The caution flew on lap 33 and on the restart Zampa went around Eshleman for second using the outside. Eshleman fought to get the spot back on lap 37. The pair went side-by-side in lapped traffic on lap 45 which sparked a wild crash. Eshleman tagged the left rear of Hailey Liles, sending Liles down the track to hook the rear of Zampa. Zampa hit the front stretch wall head on. Liles spun back down the race track and made contact with Eshleman again at start finish.

Remarkably Zampa was able to make repairs to both ends of his race car to continue on as he tried to close the points gap on Jesse Love. Hegje and Kyler Berry had an incident for another caution on lap 46. Madera’s Joey Iest charged up to third in his debut, before tangling with Eshleman in turn three for a caution on lap 47 that sent both to the rear.

The incident thrust Tanner Reif back into the picture behind his brother Tyler. One additional caution late in the running set up a sprint to the finish that wowed the crowd. With both drivers chasing their first career series wins, the younger Tyler held off Tanner by a nose in a sliding duel to the checkered flag. Zampa managed third to unofficially take the points lead. Eshleman and Hegje rounded out the top-five.

The Summer Speedfest 100 for the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series was a battle to see who could outlast a tough night. Points leader Austin Herzog, age 15 from Clovis, drew the pole position but was overhauled by Military Tribute Night winner Racin Vernon of Bakersfield on lap one.

Two-time series champion Buddy Shepherd went inside Herzog to take second as well. Shepherd reeled in Vernon by lap five and they went side-by-side. The Bakersfield drivers battled until lap nine when Shepherd took the lead. The field hit lapped traffic in the 22 car starting grid by lap 18 with the first caution not falling until lap 25.

Dillon Tucker stalled on the backstretch while both Erickson and Kolby Berry spun on opposite ends of the track. The caution was ruled to be for Tucker with an electrical fire, allowing both spinning cars to get their spots back.

Under caution, oil was found on the track from the rear end of Garland Tyler’s car. Both Tyler and Tucker made repairs and returned after a lengthy red flag. Tyler then spun on his own on the restart and B Main winner Ryan Hart tangled with Jack Wood coming back to the yellow.

Racin Vernon fell backwards on the restart getting passed by both Jason Aguirre and Adam Lemke. He eventually fell back to eighth on lap 35 behind Matt Erickson. The battling for Vernon intensified when he went three wide with Ryan Philpott and Logan Zampa, bouncing off the backstretch wall for a lap 37 caution. Vernon managed to make repairs and continue.

Eighth starting Aguirre made his way around Herzog to take second place on the restart with Shepherd leading Aguirre across the stripe to the lap 50 break.

Coming out of the break for MAVTV interviews and adjustments, Herzog and Aguirre had a big sideways slide down the front stretch that bounced them back to fifth and sixth. Rookies Adam Lemke and Nick Grossi took advantage of all the sliding around within the top-five to move up to second and third behind Shepherd. Carlos Vieira started to join the battling as well moving past Grossi into third on lap 62 bringing 2016 champion Matt Erickson with him. Erickson moved past Vieira for third by lap 71 before a caution on lap 73 when Kolby Berry’s engine expired in turn four.

Lemke and Herzog battled for second place on the restart before a red flag on lap 80 for the most serious crash of the evening. Rookie Christian Roche of Oakdale slid off the wall in turn four and clipped Ripon’s Henk Gaalswyk, with both making significant impact to the wall to end their evenings. Another caution came out when Zampa stopped in turn four on lap 82.

Impending curfew meant the final caution would end the event and gave Herzog and Erickson one more shot at Shepherd. Shepherd pulled away when Vieira and Aguirre had a grinding crash off the front stretch wall to end the race on a lap 87 yellow checkered flag. Shepherd, Herzog, Erickson, Lemke and Dillon Tucker were the top-five at the finish.

The Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros 20 lap main event was also spectacular, but not as much in the Bandolero portion of the race within a race. Bakersfield’s Riley Massey got the job done on that end with a comfortable 7.9 second win to extend her points lead. But the battle that transpired half a track behind her was one of the best of the year.

Mini Cup points leader Kabe McClenny and Napa’s Aaron Thomas battled back and forth for the lead of their class throughout the entire race, doing so in the vicinity of second place Bandolero Hank Hall of Bakersfield. The trio ran three-wide on numerous occasions and darted in and out of lapped traffic. McClenny finally drove away from Thomas in the closing stages of the event to win the Mini Cup portion of the evening yet again. The overall finish saw Massey’s Bandolero followed by McClenny, Thomas, and Aiden Phillips’ Mini Cup. Hall suffered a mechanical problem on the final two laps to soldier home in seventh.

The Modified Super Toyotas started with Dave Lander leading the way before a multi-car spin in turn three closed the field up. Shaun Reynolds took over the lead and did not look back ahead of 2017 champion Bert Stephens, while Lander and Patrick Geiger raced hard for third place. Lander and Geiger wrecked hard coming to the finish line with Geiger flipping across the line. He was uninjured and was credited with fourth behind Lander.

Racing continues at Madera Speedway on August 4th with the 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

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 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!

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, July 24, 2018

$5,000 To Win Summer Speedfest On Deck For Madera Speedway

RPM Pro Late Model points leader Austin Herzog (#11) (Photo Courtesy Jason Wedehase)

Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (July 24, 2018) – The $5,000 to win Summer Speedfest 100 for the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series at Madera Speedway is this Saturday night, marking the sixth race of the prestigious MAVTV-televised series. Clovis’ Austin Herzog and La Grange’s Matt Erickson are engaged in a heated championship battle that will come to a head in one of the biggest shows of the season.

MAVTV-televised racing for the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Models and Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros along with Modified Super Toyotas are also scheduled to compete.

Matt Erickson won the Reverend Ron Spencer Red, White, and Blue Classic on June 30th to extend his reign as the winningest driver in Madera Late Model history. His third win of the season also propelled him past $10,000 in winnings for the season and placed him just 12 points behind points leader Austin Herzog.

Herzog, 15, has not won a series race but finished sixth in the standings in 2017 as the series Rookie of the Year. He also has six 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model wins on his resume. A third place place finish on June 30th gives him three consecutive podiums.

Modesto’s Garland Tyler is third in the RPM championship ahead of Ryan Hart and May winner Racin Vernon of Bakersfield. Jason Aguirre won the non-televised Madera Late Model race on July 14th and was second in the last RPM race on June 30th as perhaps the driver with the most momentum this summer.

The Summer Speedfest is a 100 lap feature with a scheduled break at lap 50. A 25 lap B Main is also scheduled, with the transferring cars moving on after lap 15. The final 10 laps is a run to a $500 victory for the highest non-transfer.

Jesse Love IV is proving that his 2017 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model championship was no fluke, charging to his third victory of the year in June and leading the points by 23 over two-time 2018 winner Dylan Zampa of Napa. While these two have dominated victory lane, the battling behind them has been strong with Las Vegas’ Tanner Reif, Bakersfield’s Kabe McClenny, and Las Vegas’ Tyler Reif eager for their first wins.

Third year drivers Austin Edwards and Lilly Mead trail them from sixth and seventh in the standings as well. Kayla Eshleman of Fontana has overcame low starting positions to put together four top-fives as well.

The Jr. Late Models race for 70 laps on Saturday with a scheduled break at lap 40.

Bakersfield drivers have set the standard in the inaugural Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros series. On the Bandolero side, Riley Massey and Zachary Ginn are at the top of the points with Massey grabbing two wins while Ginn has two runner-up finishes. 2017 Kern County Raceway Park champion Kercie Jung has two wins and a second in her limited schedule this year. Her teammate Seth Wise was the winner on the night she was in the runner-up position.

In the Mini Cups, Bakersfield’s Kale McClenny has four wins to lead Madera’s Joseph Holliday in the standings. Jayce McArthey has also snagged a win this season.

Modified Super Toyotas have been dominated by Ryan Reynolds who has built up a 36 point lead over Patrick Geiger. Bert Stephens, Dave Lander, and Shaun Reynolds round out a closely matched top-five.

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

Tickets for the Summer Speedfest 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 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. Round #3 of the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series airs on August 2nd.

Madera Speedway 2018 Schedule Celebrating 47 years of Racing!

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, 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

Monday, June 25, 2018

MAVTV Late Model Action Returns To Madera With Fireworks

Photo Courtesy Jason Wedehase

Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (June 25, 2018) – Both the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series and the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Junior Late Model Series return to Madera Speedway this weekend to headline the “Reverend Ron Spencer Red, White and Blue Classic” featuring post-race fireworks. The MAVTV-televised series will be joined on the one-third mile asphalt oval by 48 lap races for the Modified Super Toyotas and Toyota Sedans plus the Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros series.

Over 300 laps of stock car action will be presented in honor the late Ron Spencer, who was the long time track chaplain before passing away last year. The MST and Toyota Sedans extra distance races are a tribute to Jeff Doran as well.

15 year-old Austin Herzog leads the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series points despite not visiting victory lane yet this year. The Clovis driver finished third in May and second in April. The six-time Jr. Late Model winner enjoys a 22 point lead over former champion Matt Erickson of La Grange.

Modesto’s Garland Tyler is third in the standings followed by a surging Racin Vernon of Bakersfield. Vernon picked up his first victory with the series during Military Tribute Night to move up to fourth in the championship. Dos Palos’ Ryan Hart rounds out the top-five. A strong 16 car field competed in last weekend’s Madera Late Model Series non-TV race with Bakersfield’s Buddy Shepherd grabbing the win. Over 30 Pro Late Models are expected this weekend including a double duty effort from Kayla Eshleman in both Pro and Jr. Late Models. $500 will go to the winner of the 25 lap B Main before the 80 lap feature that is split over two segments for $2000 to win.

Winning two of the four races so far, Jesse Love IV of Menlo Park has extended his points lead in the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model Series. Love is looking to become the series’ first repeat champion. He is followed by fellow two-time winner Dylan Zampa of Napa. The 14 year-old is 18 points behind Love. Las Vegas’ Tanner Reif has drifted to third, 32 points behind, with the top-five rounded out by Bakersfield’s Kabe McClenny and third year driver Austin Edwards. An 80 lap feature is scheduled for these drivers ages 10-16 years old.

Rounding out the MAVTV-televised divisions is the upstart Mini Cup vs. Bandoleros series. Bakersfield drivers have dominated this “race within a race” competition with Kercie Jung, Riley Massey, and Seth Wise all scoring Bandolero wins. Bakersfield’s Kale McClenny won the first three Mini Cup races but an incident late in the May race allowed Placerville’s Jayce McArthey to get his first career Mini Cup main event win. The youngest racers at Madera Speedway will compete in a 20 lap feature.

Patrick Geiger leads the Modified Super Toyota standings as the division heads into its longest race. The 48 lap feature is split across two 24 lap segments. Geiger’s lead over Ryan Reynolds is 18 points with 2017 champion Bert Stephens only 19 points out of first as well. Shaun Reynolds picked up the most recent MST victory.

2016 Toyota Sedan champion Jillaun Holden has had little issue with the growing fields in the division, charging to six main event wins this year. Her points lead stands at 73 over Thomas Magray with rookie Greg Tyler rounding out the top-three. Their 48 lap event is also spread across 24 lap segments.

Action gets started on Friday evening with practice from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday’s program begins with pit gates opening at 10:30 a.m. Practices run from 12:15 – 2:15 p.m. with qualifying and heat races to follow. The first set of main events starts at 4:15 including the Mini Cup feature and the Late Model B Main. Opening ceremonies are at 5:30 p.m. The huge fireworks show will take place sandwiched in the middle of the program at approximately 9 p.m. with the 30 lap conclusion for the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model feature immediately following.

Tickets for this busy 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 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. Round #2 of the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series from April airs on Thursday July 5th.

Madera Speedway 2018 Schedule Celebrating 47 years of Racing!

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

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

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

July 21st - Closed

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

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

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

August 18th - Closed

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

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

September 8th - Closed for the Madera Fair

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 13th - Closed, NO RACES /

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

October 27th - Closed

November 10th - 2018 Championship Awards Banquet

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Vernon Grabs Military Tribute Night Honors At Madera

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

Via Madera Speedway Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Madera Speedway 2018 Schedule Celebrating 47 years of Racing!

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

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

June 23rd - Closed

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

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

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

July 21st - Closed

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

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

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

August 18th - Closed

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

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

September 8th - Closed for the Madera Fair

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 13th - Closed, NO RACES /

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

October 27th - Closed

November 10th - 2018 Championship Awards Banquet