51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model Series 2017

This is an eight race SERIES in 2017 and it is televised on MAVTV! "The concept for the Jr. Late Model Series is something I've thought about since 2009, as I believe a restricted late model is a great place for a youngster to hone their skills in a car they can move up with throughout their teenage years. We are proud that we have built a series where talent can shine in the LoanMart Late Model Series, and we intend to do the same for the 10-16 year old crowd with the Jr. Late Model Series on MAVTV" Kenny Shepherd.
All eight races of the Series will be televised on MAVTV!
This is an eight race TELEVISED SERIES in 2017, the dates for the 2017 season are March 11th, April 29th, May 27th, June 17th, July 29th, August 26th, September 23rd, and the Big Short Track Shootout show on October 6th & 7th.

Driver eligibility;
1- Drivers must have prior racing experience and each driver must present a racing resume for approval. E-mail kshepherd@racemadera.com and request a driver application
2- Drivers must be no younger than 10 and no older than 16 years of age. Drivers that turn 16 during the season and have already begun the championship are eligible to continue for the remainder of that season. (Note, there is an exception process we have set up for drivers older than 16 that lack the proper experience to compete in the LoanMart Late Model Series. Pease contact Kenny Shepherd for more information about this process).
3- The parent or legal guardian of a driver must sign the minor's release.

Jr. Late Model Series Rules

1. Any chassis allowed / Body type is open but all cars must use an ABC style nose piece. No nose splitters, wickers, or wings allowed on the car. There is a 48" maximum front overhang measured from the axle measured to the forward most part of the car. There is a 55" maximum rear overhang measured from the rear axle to the rearward most part of the race car body/bumper/spoiler (nothing may extend beyond 55"). Note; If rear bumper rail is exposed, it must be rounded where it meets the quarter panels and then run forward (8"). Maximum rear quarter panel height is 36 ". Minimum wheel base is 101".

2. Any cast iron block wet sump engine allowed.

3. The engine set-back rule is 1.5" back (the center of the forward most spark plug) on the all non-602 crate engines. Maximum engine set-back for the 602 crate engine is 6" measured the same way.

4. Weight / 602 cars are to be 2850lbs total weight with maximum 60% left side weight. All others are to be 3050lbs with maximum 60% left side weight. 602 engines must remain OEM as they came from the factory. All cars must run a 6,000 rpm chip; this includes 602, and the open engine in the Jr. Late Model Series.

5. Restrictors / You may run any four barrel or a 4412 500cfm two barrel carburetor. All cars must run a Keyser ½" governor plate part number 100 12600 with the 1.000 inserts/restrictors in them. The part # for the inserts is 100 126100.
The cost of the Keyser Governor plate is $67.00, and the cost of a set of restrictors is $30.00. They can be purchased from Keyser Manufacturing (Port City) at 800-472-2464 or from Summit Racing at 800-230-3030.

Note, if you run a four barrel carburetor the only spacer allowed is the ½" Keyser plate. If you run a two barrel you are allowed a basic two barrel to four barrel adapter above the ½" Keyser plate. If you run a 2 barrel carburetor with a 2 barrel intake you are allowed to build your own restrictor plate with two 1.000 holes in the plate, and with a max material thickness of 1/2" plus a spacer above the restrictor.

6. Tires are the Hoosier 8.0-15/970 treaded tire. Tires MUST be purchased from the track, and tires MAY NOT be cut, soaked or altered in any way. Any team wishing to run used tires must submit the tires for inspection and scanning prior to qualifying, note these used tires must have been purchased from Madera as well at a past event.

7. Wheels must be steel and not exceed 8" in width.

8. Competitors must start on the tires they qualified with.

9. Any steel shock, all parts must be steel (Aluminum rod end on the shaft end ok, and an aluminum thread in body cap on the shaft end is ok)

10. No traction control devices.

11. All competing cars will not exceed 79" inch track width; it will be measured from the bulge outside to outside of the front tires at the spindle height. No independent rear suspension.

12. Rear Spoiler size is to be 60" x 6 1/2" tall and no less than 70 degrees. There may be NO forward support of any kind, no boxed ends or runners. No Gurney lip or any type of wicker bill on the upper edge of the spoiler. . It is highly, highly recommended that the Upper 2/3's of the spoiler and the rear window of the car be made of CLEAR lexan to enable other drivers to see through them.

13. All cars must run the track spec fuel, the track spec fuel is Sunoco 110 Purple race fuel. Teams may also run stock Chevron 91 octane pump fuel, or Sunoco E-85R fuel from the track.

14. NO carbon fiber drive shafts allowed.

Note, the following infractions will result in a firm penalty which could include a LIFETIME ban from the series.
A. Being caught with traction control.
B. Bypassing the RPM limiting control device in any way.
C. Altering the 602 crate engine under the seals in any way that is non OEM. (you may run aftermarket valve springs but they must be the same spring pressures as OEM, you may run any carburetor, you may run an aftermarket OEM replacement distributer, you must run a mechanical fuel pump in the stock location, and you must run the stock oil pan and stock harmonic balancer).
D. Altering the Hoosier 970 tire, such as soaking the tire, or cutting the tire. Tires be a stock 970 tire.
E. If you are caught cheating the fuel in any way, the Sunoco fuel must be stock, and must not have ANY additives whatsoever.

Illegal components may be confiscated by Madera Speedway and become property of the speedway.


The Jr. Late Model Series is designed to be fan and racer friendly with one race per month during the season. The dates are March 11th, April 29th, May 27th, June 17th, July 29th, August 26th, September 23rd, and the Big Short Track Shootout show on October 6th & 7th.


Race Procedures; (note, we use the Madera Speedway track rules except where noted different on this page.

1. The main event line-up will be set by a card draw; all in the top six will draw for their starting spot.

2. Teams can work on their race cars all the way up until the green flag of the first 50 lap segment without penalty, or position loss.

3. Teams can work on their cars at the halfway break, they may change anything they want except tires, and each car must remain on the tires the car qualified on. A team may work on the car before the green flag of the second 25 without penalty, or loss of position.

4. If a car is worked on after the green flag has been thrown for either the first 50, or second 25 lap segment, then the car must re-enter the race at the rear of the field.

5. Championship points are awarded for the main event with 50 points going to the race winner, 48 for second, 46 for third and so on... There are bonus points for the segment leaders in each race, 1st-5 bonus points, 2nd-4 points, 3rd-3 points, 4th-2 points, and 5th - 1 point. There are also points for qualifying, 4, 3, 2, 1, for the top four cars. The car the least amount of laps down (no more than 5) at the halfway break will be awarded the Lucky Driver Award and will be placed back on the lead lap.

6. All races are 75 laps, 50 laps then a break for driver interviews and car adjustments and then the final 25 laps.