WINGED SPRINTS & WESTERN SPORTSMAN MAKE UP BIG SATURDAY AT MADERA

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (September 27, 2016) - An increasingly strong field is assembling for Saturday's iPull-u-Pull CHALLENGE at LoanMart Madera Speedway, with a $3000 to win Winged Sprint Car race and the inaugural West Coast Sportsman 75 on the big card. The fastest one-third mile in the West will also host racing for BCRA Midgets, CSS 360 Super Modifieds, HPD Midgets, Legends of Kearney Bowl, MSTs, and Toyota Sedans.

The iPull-U-Pull Challenge for the Winged Sprints serves as the season finale for the Madera Western Winged Super Sprints to be televised on MAVTV. Fresno's Cody Gerhardt has won the last two features, taking his namesake Gerhardt Classic on July 9th then storming to victory in the 45th Harvest Classic on September 17th. Gerhardt's closest competition in the September race came from his rookie teammate Dylan Nobile and fellow rookie Justin Kawahata. Incoming points leader Tom Baker of Carmichael, CA slipped to second in the standings and will look for a rebound on Saturday.

A bevy of Sprint Car stars from all over the Western United States is expected to challenge for the big $3000 to win purse. Idaho's "First Lady of Sprint Car racing" Sierra Jackson leads the Northwest and Rocky Mountain group of racers coming to battle. Chowchilla's Eric "Hot Rod" Humphries has two wins at Madera and more than half a dozen top-five finishes this year. Arguably the strongest car on the West Coast is Glenn Hutchison's #8 with five top-three finishes. BCRA Midget Gerhardt Classic winner Chad Nichols is expected to drive that machine. Don Penix has entered Kyle Vanderpool to campaign in the bright orange #3g entry as well. Nevada's father and son team of Bob and Al Beck, and ageless veteran Gordon Rogers of Winton, CA are also expected along with Sacramento's Bud Trimble.

The stock car portion of the program will be the inaugural West Coast Sportsman 75 with plenty of teams with West Series experience converging for the new series. 2016 LoanMart Open Late Model points leader and all-time winningest Madera Late Model racer Matt Erickson is among the highlights of the field. Erickson will drive for Canadian based Dick Midgley in a #09 Chevrolet. Anderson's Derek Copeland will drive the #44 for Dave Reed Racing, while Justin Funkhouser is entered for John Krebs Racing. SRL veteran Bobby Hodges of Carson City, NV will be one of the drivers for Mike Naake's team, while owner-drivers such as Scott Ivie, Shannon Fry, Justin Philpott, and Rich Delong have also expressed intentions to compete on Saturday.

The non-points event will be spread across a two segment format, with a 50 lap first segment early in the evening. Teams will then head to the pits to make any adjustments they'd like to make and then return later in the night for a 25 lap finale to round out the 75 lap feature. The same set of tires will be used for the entire 75 lap distance, practice, and qualifying. Teams competing in this inaugural race will receive four free pit passes for their support.

The track's regular Modified Super Toyotas (MSTs) and Toyota Sedans will also compete in their season finales.

This non-points event is shaping up to feature several local Madera drivers in competition as a test race for a possible 2017 season for the cars. Teams that compete in the October 1st opener each receive four free pit passes to ease their transition into the series.

360 Super Modified fans should be treated to a strong field as well with CSS officials confirming an increased car count is expected. The BCRA Midgets have had a thrilling and competitive season made up of many long-time veterans to the sport along with several drivers that race double-duty across Sprints and Midgets. Entry level USAC HPD Midgets have been a battle between the Breidinger sisters and Jesse Love IV while the Legends of Kearney Bowl is one of the best vintage exhibition series on the planet with large fields of vintage Super Modifieds.

Female drivers anchor the top of the Toyota Sedan field with Jilliaun Holden and Lucy Carmona, while Kevin Thompson is closing in on yet another MST track championship.

An open practice kicks off the weekend on Friday before another full day of action on Saturday. Friday practice runs from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

On Saturday, pit gates open at 11 with practice from 12:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Qualifying will follow with heats and dashes at 5:00 p.m. Opening ceremonies and the main events begin at 6:00 p.m.

Tickets for this great night of racing are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors and military, $10 for youth ages 6-12, and kids five and under are free! Madera Speedway is located on the Madera Fairgrounds on Cleveland Ave and 99. For more information, visit www.RaceMadera.com

Race fans can catch up on LoanMart Madera Speedway racing with "Madera Racing" airing Thursdays on MAVTV at 8 p.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Pacific. This Thursday's episode will include Pacific Challenge Series Late Models and the sixth round of the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Models. LoanMart Madera Speedway racing is also available on the LucasOilRacing.TV app


PHILPOTT AND SILLIKER CONQUER THE TV MOUNTAIN

Madera Ca. (9-24-2016) - Saturday night September 24th at the LoanMart Madera Speedway was arguably the best night of short track racing action seen at any track in the country in a very, very long time.

The tri-banked short track known as the fastest 1/3 mile in the west lived up to its name this weekend as fans enjoyed some of the most intense racing action one could ever wish to see. It all began with the first fifty lap segment of the MAVTV televised LoanMart Late Model Series. There were lead changes and hard racing from first to the last car on the track. Bryan Herzog got the lead but then spun on his own, Garland Tyler fought to get the lead, but then Matt Erickson that qualified twelve turned Tyler around fighting for the lead after driving through the field and both went to the rear. When the dust settled it was Glen Cook that was the halfway break leader.

While the LoanMart Late Model Series teams went to the pit area for their halftime break for car adjustments and TV interviews the 51FIFTY Jr Late Model Series featuring the best ten to sixteen year old drivers took the track for their fifty lap televised race. Austin Herzog is second in the point championship and qualified first but drew a six car invert putting young Ben Silliker on the pole.

When the green flag flew it was Kolby Berry that roared past Silliker on the high side of the track and took the early lead and looked to be in firm control of the race, but young Ben Silliker inched his was back to Berry and a two car door to door battle for the lead emerged. Berry led on the high side of the track until he slipped and came out of turn two a little high and he was quickly shuffled back to fifth place.

Ben Silliker took over the lead with young Kyle Keller from Las Vegas on his back bumper for second place with a herd of the fast cars on the back bumper of Keller. Keller held of Austin Edwards, Dezel West and Austin Herzog up to the halfway mark of the race.

In the 51FIFTY Jr Late Model Series the drivers run twenty five laps and then take a ten minute break in front of the crowd for car adjustments and TV interviews then they run another twenty five laps to the checkered flag.

When the young drivers got back under green flag after the halftime break it was Ben Silliker that retained the lead running very smooth laps with Kyle Keller running second. Even if Silliker didn't know it, Keller was now his best friend as Keller spent the next twenty five laps driving the wheels off his #12 late model keeping the wolf pack of front runners behind him that included the three winners in the 51FIFTY Jr Late Model TV series. This trio of past winners pushing Keller included Austin Edwards, Austin Herzog and point leader Dezel West.

Austin Edwards did a great job of pressing Keller, but not turning Keller around for second place over a fifteen lap battle. But unfortunately for Edwards he and Herzog got together down the back straight that caused Edwards to go around sending him to the rear of the field. Austin Herzog was involved in a similar wreck in round #6 of the series that took both he and Kolby Berry out. The incident involving Austin Edwards and Austin Herzog and the official call by race control from the September 24th race is under review by the race committee at the time this is being written.


When the green flag flew with just a handful of laps remaining it was Ben Silliker holding a slim lead with Kyle Keller back at work with his elbows up holding off Herzog and West. When the white flag went in the air Herzog and Keller were door to door right on the back bumper of Silliker. Silliker did a great job and held on to get to the checkered flag first becoming the fourth winner in the inaugural season for the 51FIFTY Jr Late Model Series followed by Keller, Herzog, West, Jarrett Gilmer, Kolby Berry, Austin Edwards, Lilly Mead, Ali Gay, Jaden Rocha, Lucy Carmona, Cameron Legue, Tanner Reif, and Jodie Robinson.

The top three drivers did interviews on national TV via MAVTV in what was a pretty emotional scene for the top two finishing drivers and their families.

Then the big late model series rolled back out for the second fifty laps of the LoanMart Late Model Series. Glen Cook led the field to the green flag and it was Ryan Philpott that took over the front spot after a big battle with Glen Cook for the lead. In another long second half run that has become the norm for the LoanMart Late Model Series Matt Erickson charged from the rear of the field heading towards the front. Meanwhile as Erickson was coming through the field Philpott was fighting off charges for the lead from Thompson, Herzog and then the young up and coming driver Dillion Tucker.

Philpott held off every challenger for most of the second half only to find Erickson in second place on late race restart. The scene was set for another Ryan Philpott heart breaker as he had lost two races in heavy traffic to Erickson already this season in the MAVTV televised series to earn the his 2nd place standing to Erickson.

On the restart the two came off turn four bouncing off each other side by side and they stayed that way for one full lap, but Philpott had the better race car and was determined to get the job done on national TV and beat Erickson to the checkers. When the smoke cleared from the big television burnout it was Ryan Philpott that emerged from the tire smoke as the race winner.

Philpott was joined on the TV podium by Matt Erickson and Glen Cook.

Fourth place was Jason Aguirre that did a great job while fighting the flu, fifth was Garland Tyler who came back through the field after being turned around early by Erickson, then sixth through twenty-fourth was Dillion Tucker, Logan Zampa, Ryan Hart, Del McIntosh, Rick Thompson, Dominic Lopez, Loren Kutz, Chris Lyon, Kevin Thompson, Bryan Herzog, Henk Gaalswyk Jr., Trevor Schlundt, Howard Holden, Joey Licata, Dennis Furden, Shelden Cooper, Ray Mayer, and Alexander Mead.

Other event winners on the night included Lucy Carmona in the Toyota Sedans, Kevin Thompson in the MSTs, Joseph Riechmuth in the Super Hobby Stocks, and Richard Herzog and Antonio Mentzer won the Enduro and Barrel race.

There is a big event coming up on October 1st at LoanMart Madera Speedway with the 3k National Winged Sprint Car Challenge, and then October 8th is the Best event you will see at the LoanMart Madera Speedway featuring the 10k to win LoanMart Short Track Shootout with more than fifty of the best late model drivers entered, plus the Lucas Oil Modifeids and the 51FIFTY Jr Late Model Series!


For more information go to www.racemadera.com


GERHARDT AND NICHOLS SNARE 45TH HARVEST CLASSIC AT MADERA

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (September 17, 2016) - The 45th Harvest Classic at the LoanMart Madera Speedway brought out a complete night of open wheel horsepower combined with multi-engine tractor pulls and vintage Super Modifieds on Saturday night. Cody Gerhardt took over the Madera Western Winged Sprint points with a big victory while Chad Nichols dominated for a strong BCRA Midget win.

Rookie Dylan Nobile took quick time in qualifying over his teammate Gerhardt, and they occupied the third row of the 30 lap feature televised on MAVTV. Justin Kawahata of Clovis took the lead on the opening lap from the outside of incoming points leader Tom Baker of Carmichael. Chowchilla's Eric Humphries fell backwards to sixth from the third starting position allowing Winton's Gordon Rogers to snake into third. Gerhardt jumped inside Rogers to challenge for third and ended up going two for one when Baker swung wide in turn four.

With Gerhardt up into second on only the fifth lap, he turned his attention to Kawahata. He reeled in the rookie and took over the top spot on lap 12. Nobile followed suit to take second on lap 14. On the 15th lap, car #15 of Humphries fell out of the race with mechanical problems.

Kawahata and Rogers staged a nice battle for third with a 26 year-old and a 62 year-old dueling. Gerhardt managed to maintain a solid lead on Nobile across the finish line in the six minute, 31 second main with Kawahata taking a well deserved third-place finish over Rogers and Baker.

Chad Nichols of Colma had no trouble motoring away for one of the most substantial winning margins of the year in the BCRA Midget 30 lap feature. His margin of victory was 9.7 seconds at nearly 2/3rds of a lap. Antioch's Nick Foster, Jr. led the opening three laps of the race but the three-time BCRA champion was quickly passed by fourth starting Nichols.

Foster, Dr. David Goodwill, and Redding's Alex Schutte, who entered the race five-for-five in BCRA dirt Midget races this year, had an intense competition for second all race long. Nichols, Foster, Goodwill, Schutte, and Bobby Wilson were the top-five finishers after a 6:55 race for BCRA.

Folsom's Jerry Kobza got a big come from behind win in the NCMA Sprint Cars to unofficially take the overall division championship for 2016 as well. Kobza overcame an incident in his heat race to come from shotgun on the field to win the 30 lap feature. Kobza was the third different leader of a busy main event.

Jeff Burrows started the race from the pole with Madera's Cody Jessop shooting up into second place from sixth starting position early on. Burrows' car owner Dan Ariaz spun in turn four to bring out the first caution on lap five. Jessop used that caution period to get past Burrows for the lead position.

Jessop pulled away while a great battle developed with Kobza taking over second from Burrows. Jessop had the race in hand before he lost a left rear wheel entering turn one to end his evening on lap 20.

Kobza assumed the top position and fended off points rival Denny Burrell of Ripon in a thrilling ten lap shootout down to the wire. Rocklin's John Mamula held on for third ahead of Ariaz the final of the finishing cars.

The CSS 360 Super Modifieds had one of their best programs of 2016 and it was a race about being in the right place at the right time. Clovis' AJ Russell took over the lead on the initial start from the 18 car of Lance Jackson who fell back to fourth early on.

Russell had a sizeable lead on the rest of the field while Bakersfield's Justin Tuey and the fast-time qualifier Chowchilla's Eric Humphries staged a great duel for second. That duel ended up being the duel for the lead when Russell blew his engine as he came to the conclusion of lap 15.

Tuey assumed the top position with Humphries in tow while Russell came to a stop in the infield. The caution was waved on lap 20 for an infield incident. After the incident was resolved, the racing resumed hot and heavy up front with Tuey proving strong enough to get the victory head of Humphries, Jackson, Carl Mott, and Clovis' Austin Carter.

San Martin's Tom Patterson, 16 years old and known affectionately as "Mr. T.", earned his first USAC HPD Midget victory at LoanMart Madera Speedway leading all 30 laps. Patterson maintained a three-to-four car length advantage throughout the contest while double-duty racer Cody Jessop held off a furious pack including Jesse Love IV and the Briedinger sisters of Annie and Toni. Young rookie Joey Iest of Madera also kept his nose in the battle.

Love made numerous attempts to get around Jessop in a wildly entertaining battle. A spin on lap 20 involving Annie Breidinger gave the rest of the field another shot at Patterson, but he proved too strong en route to the five car length win. Jessop did a great job to get second ahead of the hard charging Love with Toni Briedinger and Iest the top-five.

The Twisted Tea Modifieds crowned their champion with Pleasanton's Rick Avila earning his first Madera championship.

The Harvest Classic opened on Friday night with the first champions of the season crowned. Matt Erickson fended off a tremendous 21 car field for the "local" Madera race, not part of the eight race LoanMart Open Late Model televised series. Rick Thompson, the 2015 Madera overall Late Model champion, finished sixth and it was enough to get the local track championship for the non-televised races of 2016. Erickson won Friday's 30 lap feature ahead of Modesto drivers Kyle Gottula and Aaron Coonfield, who were both making their Madera Late Model debuts for the year.

Clovis' Thomas Suarez had a third place effort in Hobby Stocks that was enough to earn him the local Madera Hobby Stock points championship as well. Multi-time track champion Howard Holden, also of Clovis, won Friday's main event ahead of Jesus Hernandez.

LoanMart Madera Speedway continues on Saturday September 24th with Race #7 of the MAVTV televised $1,000 to win LoanMart Open Late Model Series 100 laps (split 50's)! Also in action will be Race #7 of the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series 50 laps (split 25's), Race # 7 of the Super Hobby Stock Series, MST, Toyota Sedans, 4-Bangers, Barrel Race Extreme Enduro Series 40 lap Sprint race & an Enduro Sprint Race (40 laps)

Race fans can catch up on LoanMart Madera Speedway action every Thursday with "Madera Racing" on MAVTV at 8 p.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Pacific. Round #6 of the LoanMart Late Models airs this week on MAVTV and also on the LucasOilRacing.TV app.

For more information visit www.RaceMadera.com



AR BODIES SIGNS ON AS A SPONSOR OF TWO MADERA SERIES

Madera, Ca. (7-21-16) - The LoanMart Late Model Series and the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series has been developed through long term planning that began back in 2012 with the roll out of the series with phase one, phase two brought national TV in 2015, and now we are in phase three of the program which will expand sponsorships for the series and benefits for the drivers.

Once the 2016 Madera Racing program aired on MAVTV the phone calls have been pouring in, and many of those phone calls have been from major companies in the motorsports industry.

"Our plan is to expand sponsorships for the series with major programs for the drivers via contingency sponsorships for 2017, but a couple have decided to get onboard for the 2016 season and we are excited to have their great products supporting our teams" Kenny Shepherd.

AR Bodies is announcing today a 2016 sponsorship program for both the LoanMart Late Model Series and the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series.

Here are the details of the sponsorship;
1. All late model drivers and Jr. Late Model Drivers that attend the 2016 championship awards banquet will be entered into a drawing to win a complete package "A" ABC body, or a muscle car body package. One driver will win the complete body package at the banquet.
2. Top three in points in each the LoanMart Late Model Series and the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series will earn certificates towards the purchase of body packages. 1st - $750, 2nd - $500, 3rd- $250.
3. The top three finishers in each of the televised races in the LoanMart Late Model Series and the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series will receive a certificates as follows; 1st-$100, 2nd- $75, 3rd- $50. These certificates can be used towards the purchase of body parts. This will include all eight races in each ser

THORN AND ZAMPA ROLL INTO VICTORY LANE ON A BIG MADERA NIGHT

Madera Ca. (7-17-16) - Race fans enjoyed a beautiful California summer night and some high quality racing action this past Saturday evening at the LoanMart Madera Speedway. The headliner was the Spears Southwest Tour Race for Autism 125, but prior to the headliner one of the undercards put on what was probably the race of the night in the Madera Late Models that ended with a young driver picking up his first victory.

The Race for Autism 125 capped off a night of exciting short track action and it was Derek Thorn that seized early control of the eighteen car field in the 125 lap race and then Thorn proceeded to dominate by putting every car except the top five cars a lap down on his way to victory lane. Bobby Hodges was the only car that was able to keep pace with Thorn, but Hodges was never able to get close enough to make a bid for the lead. There was only one caution flag in the 125 lap event and it was Thorn that found victory lane followed by Hodges, Jacob Gomes, Christian McGhee, and Craig Raudman for the top five.

The Madera Late Model Series is the tune-up/feeder division to the MAVTV televised LoanMart Series and the drivers in this class of racing showed off some amazing talent and side by side by side racing in what many considered to be the race of the night.

Jason Aguirre and young Logan Zampa exchanged the lead multiple times in a side by side battle thrilling the crowd in the 40 lap main event with a pack of two by two racing right on their back bumpers that included some fantastic racing from drivers like Rick Thompson, Justin Dukes, Loren Kutz, Shelden Cooper, Dillion Tucker, Trevor Schlundt, and much of the sixteen car field.

When the tire smoke cleared it was young Logan Zampa that picked up his first late model victory with Jason Aguirre right on his back bumper for second place, followed by Dillion Tucker for third, Rick Thompson in fourth, Trevor Schlundt in fifth, and Shelden Cooper in sixth in the Madera Late Models.

Other winners of the night included Rian Bowman with a big win in the Mini Super Toyotas, Jeremy Woods in the Legends of the Pacific, Jillian Holden in the Toyota Sedans, Joseph Reichmuth in the Super Hobby Stocks, and Kyle Keller in the exhibition Jr. Late Model Series race.

The next race event at the LoanMart Madera Speedway is a BIG ONE on July 30th with Round #5 of the televised LoanMart Late Model Series and the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series! The undercard includes the Super Hobby Stock Series, MST, Toyota Sedans, Mini Cup, and the Legends of the Pacific, WOW, talk about another TOUR Like race event!

As a bonus all ticket prices have been cut for the July 30th race event thanks to sponsorship from LoanMart, MAVTV, Lucas Oil and 51FIFTY Energy Drink. Adult tickets are only $15, Seniors and Military are only $13, youth ages 6-12 are only $7, and kids five and under are free. For more information visit racemadera.com.





HERZOGS GET HISTORIC FATHER SON VICTORIES AT MADERA SPEEDWAY by Steven Blakesley

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (June 18, 2016) - Austin and Bryan Herzog achieved an unprecedented feat for Father's Day weekend, with the father and son duo each claiming Late Model victories in Saturday's MAVTV-televised action at Madera Speedway. Austin, 13, won an outstanding 51 Fifty Jr. Late Model race for his third win of the year. Bryan later won the 100 lap LoanMart Open Late Model for his first victory of the season.

Austin's win was yet another come-from-behind victory in the 50 lap contest against a 15 car turnout. Herzog navigated through entire field in just 16 laps after a mid-race incident, and used a stunning turn four pass on the outside of Ryan Vargas on lap 48 for the win. Herzog's wins in the last two races have seen him lead just six total laps.

Las Vegas' 12 year old Dezel West took quick time and led the field to green. Herzog kept West in sight throughout a series of early race caution periods. A strong battle developed between 11 year-olds Idaho's Zachary Telford and Jesse Burks for fifth. Burks dove inside Telford in turn one on lap 13 but spun to bring out the caution.

Canadian Ben Silliker, also 11 years old, used the ensuing restart to overhaul Telford and bring Austin Edwards from Southern California with him. The pair then applied pressure on Las Vegas' Kyle Keller for fourth. West led Herzog,15 year-old Ryan Vargas, Silliker, and Keller into the halfway break at lap 25.

After a five minute break for adjustments, the action continued with Edwards using the restart to get fifth from Keller. Edwards and Silliker showed great driving ability as they drove out of some sideways contact a few laps later. Edwards eventually slid to a halt in turn one to bring out a lap 33 caution. Slowing for the caution, West and Herzog made contact on the front stretch with West spinning. West blended back in for third place with Vargas assuming the lead over Silliker. Herzog was relegated to the rear.

West turned up the wick to try to gain the lead back as he made contact with Silliker in turn four with Silliker spinning. Jarrett Gilmer sliced through the traffic to take over second on lap 39 while Herzog slowly chipped away at the leaders. Things escalated when West tagged Gilmer in turn one on lap 44, with Gilmer spinning. Kolby Berry assumed second and Herzog found himself third.

Ali Gay had made her way to fifth but got tangled up on the restart in an incident that ended the race for April winner Austin Edwards. Herzog moved his way past Berry and put his sights on Vargas for the lead. On lap 48, Herzog jumped to the outside of Vargas in turn three. Vargas drifted wide in turn four with the pair making slight contact. Herzog raced past a sparking Vargas and never looked back for the victory. Vargas nursed a flat right front tire to ultimately finish eighth. Herzog led Berry, Silliker, RJ Smotherman, and Gilmer the top-five finishers across the stripe.

Bryan Herzog's LoanMart Open Late Model 100 win avenged his narrow loss to points leader Matt Erickson in round #3 on May 28th. Herzog took over the lead on lap 15 and defended from countless challenges from Erickson down to the wire.

Dos Palos' Ryan Hart led the opening ten laps of the race with Garland Tyler making his way forward to second place. The top eight cars ran side-by-side often in the early stages as the first half of the race was run under rare sunlight conditions. Hart picked the bottom line on a lap 10 restart and surrendered the lead to a hard-charging Tyler. Herzog moved past Hart as well. A lap 14 caution was all it took for Herzog to use the bottom to take the lead from Tyler.

Dominic Lopez, fresh off of a career-best top-ten in round #3, went up in smoke with electric problems on lap 18. There were still 17 lead lap cars at that stage of the race. Hart and Glen Cook staged a furious battle for third position with the pair sliding down the backstretch sideways at one stage. The contact caused eventual mechanical problems for Hart that his team was able to repair under a later caution.

Round #2 runner-up Ryan Philpott of Tracy dropped from contention with mechanical woes on a lap 23 caution for Del McIntosh's mechanical-caused spin in turn one. Philpott eventually rejoined the race several laps down.

Erickson moved up to second position and battled closely with Herzog through several restarts. Rick Thompson and Alexander Mead had a grinding crash on lap 41 that ended Mead's evening. The first half was ended prematurely during a lap 48 caution.

The second half of the race resumed several hours later under total darkness. Tracy's Justin Philpott picked up the pace to duel with Hart for fifth in a battle that would continue for much of the remaining laps. Erickson kept Herzog within a car length with the final 52 laps have abundant green flag racing. Erickson took many looks inside Herzog throughout lapped traffic with Tyler in the nose-to-tail trio. Contact between the leaders got the fans on their feet on lap 86 as they charged out of turn four. Herzog was able to drive away from Erickson as his door panels.

Hart eventually spun in turn three on lap 86 in the midst of the great battle with Philpott for the race's final caution. Cook used that stoppage to wrestle third away from Tyler, but Tyler claimed it back on lap 98.

Erickson tried a few slidejob attempts that fell short as Herzog rolled the top side. Herzog was credited with a .366 lead over Erickson under the double checkered flags with Tyler, Philpott, and Cook the top-five.

Lucy Carmona won her first career Toyota Sedan race in one of the earlier main events of the evening. Carmona took over the lead from Thomas Magray on lap three and never relinquished it with Erik Woods second and points leader Jilliaun Holden in third. Magray eventually finished fourth. Carmona has aspirations to move into the Late Model division and has been doing extensive testing at the speedway leading up to a possible July debut.

Rocklin's Robby Czub continued a perfect 2016 season in Legends cars, winning his sixth straight win state wide in the Legends of the Pacific-sanctioned action. The 35 lap race actually had four different leaders with John Bowman at the helm for the first four laps before Jack Wood took over. Wood was spun from the lead by Bakersfield's Braden Rogers on lap nine handing fellow Bakersfield driver Colton Page the lead. Page's lead only lasted a lap before Czub moved past him.

Czub eventually gained more than five seconds on the field for the comfortable win. Page, Stockton winner Pete Peirce, Wood, and Kern County champion Eddie Garone were the top-five at the finish.

Clovis' AJ Russell knocked off the dominate Bakersfield driver Justin Tuey for a popular win in the CSS 360 Super Modifieds. Russell has been one of the busiest drivers at Madera in open wheels, running both the Super Modifieds and the Madera Winged Super Sprints. Tuey led the first four circuits before surrendering to Russell.

Russell's lead waned in the closing stages with Tuey closing to within 1.533 seconds at the stripe. Lance Jackson scored another top-three in third although he was one lap down on the leaders.

Chuck Dozhier and Joseph Riechmuth resumed what has been a dogged battle for Super Hobby Stock supremacy at Madera in 2016. Saturday night belonged to Dozhier as he won the 40 lap race. The fast-paced feature was concluded in just 11 minutes as Dozhier's lead over Reichmuth ebbed and flowed through the race. The pair came nose-to-tail several times before Dozhier pulled away at the end for a .800 margin of victory. Eloy Bazan ran a steady race from third position ahead of Thomas Suarez and Jesus Hernandez.

Modified Super Toyotas (MSTs) had a wild race that saw a very deserving win for John McCollum, Jr. McCollum was racing in honor his late grandfather George McCollum who recently passed away.

Patrick Geiger led the first three laps before McCollum took over. Incoming points leader Kevin Thompson slowly but surely made his way towards the front and was to third by lap nine. An incident involving Thompson and Bert Stephens sent them back to the rear.

McCollum was undeterred in a narrow .134 second win ahead of the late run by Thompson with Stephens in tow. Geiger settled for fourth over DJ Landers.

The Loanmart Madera Speedway is off on June 25th before returning to racing on July 2nd for the Grassroots Racer Classic with a giant fireworks show!

MAVTV coverage of Madera Speedway continues on Thursday June 23rd with another original episode of "Madera Racing" Thursday's broadcast features the April 30th race for the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Models and the March 19th 75 lap race for the Pacific Challenge Series Super Late Models. "Madera Racing" airs Thrusdays on MAVTV at 8 p.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Pacific.



TELLSTROM GETS BIG WIN DURING SUMMERTIME HORSEPOWER NATIONALS by Steven Blakesley

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (June 11, 2016) - Ukiah's Kyle Tellstrom won his second straight Lucas Oil Modifieds race at Madera Speedway, claiming the California Farmers 75 as part of the Summetime Horsepower Nationals at the one-third mile oval. Tellstrom led the final 58 laps to add to his $5,000 win in last October's Short Track Shootout.

Saturday night's action saw both the North State Modifieds and the Lucas Oil Modifieds break their respective track records. The top-four Lucas cars broke the previous record. MAVTV coverage for the evening included both the Lucas Modifieds and the Madera Winged Super Sprints being filmed for later broadcasts.

Tellstrom had to defend himself against the challenges of Linny White who is the only repeat winner in the 2016 series. Tracy's Scott Winters had won the previous two Summertime Horsepower Nationals and led the opening 17 laps of the feature.

Winters, the former track champion, started alongside White at the start of the 26 car contest but a little bit of contact in turn one on the second lap shuffled White back to fourth.

The first of seven cautions of the feature occurred on lap four when Brian Collins and Eddie Secord tangled in turn one. Another incident saw Madera's Elliott Sterjne spin in turn two on lap six.

William Guevara of Lake Havasu City, AZ had his first trip into the wall on lap eight for the next stoppage. Things settled down from there with the top eight cars in a lead pack running nose-to-tail around the top of the high banked speedway. Tellstrom used that green flag run to close down on Winters before completing a thrilling slidejob off of turn four to lead lap 18.

Larry Gerchman and Aaron McMorran had contact for the next caution on lap 23 in an incident that collected Idaho's Shelby Stroebel as well. McMorran was unable to continue and Gerchman was sent to the rear for his involvement.

Winters used that restart to take third at one third race distance with Tellstrom pulling away. Lapped traffic on lap 40 brought the field back together before another caution on lap 47. Going back to green fast-time qualifier and new track recorder holder Austin Barnes slowed and the race went back to yellow. Barnes was able to get back into gear to continue his race albeit from the rear. A hard crash on lap 50 involving Shane Skaggs from Albuquerque and Guevara was the final caution of the race.

Tellstrom took a .349 second victory over a late charge from White with Winters settling for third over former series champion Dylan Cappello from Peoria, AZ. Incoming points leader Matt Hicks finished fifth.

The co-main event was the Lucas Oil Racing Mid-State 60 for the North State Modified Series. Sacramento's Jason Phipot is now a perfect two-for-two in the series for 2016 and took both the track record and the race victory. Philpot had to race forward from tenth position after pulling a ten car inversion after qualifying.

Joe Rhodes, Jr. of Sacramento made his first Madera start count from the outside front row to take the lead from pole sitter Sierra Furia from Lakeport. Rhodes led 15 laps in a strong performance for the former Roseville Bomber driver. It did not take long for Philpot to move through the pack as he assumed fourth by lap eight around Lucas Oil Dash Winner Guy Young of Redding.

Furia drifted back to eighth position by lap ten in a tough start for the rookie. The leaders encountered lapped traffic by lap 15 when the first caution came out for Eric Price, Jr. stalled on the track.

Rhodes picked the outside on the restart and points leader Darrin Knight of Kelseyville took advantage to take the lead into turn one. The move was nullified when Furia spun across the front stretch head on into the wall.

Rhodes chose the inside on the next attempt but Knight was not deterred as he took over the lead on lap 16. Rhodes eventually was shuffled back to fifth.

Knight's lead was short-lived as Philpot closed in quickly. Philpot dove inside Knight on lap 29 through turns three and four with the pair making contact to send Knight spinning. Philpot drove off with the lead and Knight had to restart from the rear.

The fast-paced race had one more caution on lap 43 when Young went up in smoke. Philpot drove away from the pack once more to take the .556 second win over Upperlake's Charlie Collins, Rhodes, Knight, and another Northern-area driver Darrin Knight of Kelseyville the top-five.

Meridian, Idaho's Bryan Warf took advantage of a great opportunity, guest driving the #8 Glenn Hutchison-owned Sprint Car to the Madera Winged Super Sprint victory. Warf's win was his second straight in the car after primary driver Dylan Hutchison is out with a wrist injury unrelated to racing. Warf first won on Memorial Day in Utah before heading to Madera.

The 30 lap feature started 10 cars but it was a high quality field. Justin Kawahata started outside heat race winner Tom Baker for the feature and led the opening lap. Warf was on the move from the get-go from fourth on the grid and swung around the outside of Kawahata to lead lap two.

AJ Russell from Clovis took over the second position from Kawahata not long after that. Russell battled Warf briefly before falling out with mechanical problems on lap 11.

Warf pulled away to almost a half-lap lead while rookie Dylan Noble used an over/under maneuver to take Baker on the outside for third and third Kawahata inside for second.

Gordon Rogers had a spin on lap 23 that set up a seven lap shootout between Warf and Noble. Warf gassed it hard with a tight race car, lifting his wheels off the ground on several occasions. The pair rippped across the line nose to tail for a close finish with Cody Gerhardt two seconds back in third. Kawahata and Baker were the top-five with heat winner Anthony Simone sixth.

Toni Breidinger led 11 laps en route to the win in the USAC HPD Midgets 30 lapper. Cody Jessop made his return to Madera and was the race leader for much of the event with Jesse Love IV and Breidinger in a close pursuit. Love eventually spun from second in turn three on lap 15 and collected his teammate Antonia Boscocci in the process.

After a lengthy caution to clean up fluid from Adam Lemke's car, the battle was on between Breidinger and Jessop. Jessop eventually relinquished the lead on lap 20 and fell all the way to fifth with apparent mechanical problems. Toni led her sister Annie across the line with first timer Joey Iest, Blake Brannon, and Jessop rounding out the top-five.

The Loanmart Madera Speedway continues a busy June this Saturday with the LoanMart Open Late Models, 51FIFTY Jr. Late Models, Super Hobby Stocks, CSS 360 Super Modifieds, Legends of the Pacific, MSTs, and Toyota Sedans in action.