Steven Blakesley
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MADERA, CALIFORNIA (May 24, 2016) - It has been an action packed 2016 season for the LoanMart Madera Speedway, with another big race this weekend with the annual Military Tribute Night. MAVTV cameras will shine down on the one-third mile asphalt oval once again with round three for both the LoanMart Open Late Models and the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Models in a double-header show. Twisted Tea Modifieds, MSTs, Toyota Sedans, and the future starts of the Mini Cups round out the nearly 300 laps scheduled.

ALL MILITARY are in for FREE in the grandstands. Adult tickets are only $15, Seniors are $13, youth ages 6-12 are $7, and kids five and under are free.

Multi-time track champion Matt Erickson is undefeated this year in Late Model competition at Madera. The La Grange, CA driver of the dark blue #42 has won both of the Open Late Model TV races and both local Late Model races this year. His victory in the April 30th race was a thrilling duel with Altamont track champion Ryan Philpott as the two charged through lapped traffic.

Philpott ranks second in the Open Late Model standings with a pair of runner up finishes. Southern California import David Ross is third in the points standings. Ross ran third in the season opener but was relegated to tenth after a few dustups in the April event. Fellow Southern California driver Joey Licata, Jr. is a multi-time ASA Truck Series champion and sits fourth overall with Garland Tyler in the fifth spot.

The balance of the top-ten includes local favorites Atwater's Jason Aguirre, Dos Palos' Ryan Hart, Ronnie Roberts, division rookie Shelden Cooper, and Howard Holden. More new drivers are expected to join the series that has averaged 25 cars in 2016. 100 laps are on tap for Saturday.

The world's first ever full size Late Model division for drivers ages 10-16, the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Models have delivered plenty of excitement this year. 15 year-old Ryan Vargas of Southern California has been steady en route to the points lead with a pair of top-three finishes. Las Vegas' Dezel West is second in the standings while 13 year-old season opening winner Austin Herzog is third. Micro Sprint graduates Ben Silliker, 11 from Canada, and 15 year-old Jarrett Gilmer round out the top-five in the points.

April's Jr. Late Model 50 lapper was swept by Bandolero graduates with 2015 California state champ Austin Edwards, 11, getting the win. Vargas, 2014 state champ, ranked second with Kyle Keller from Las Vegas in third.

Twisted Tea Modifieds are scheduled for 60 laps in their third of six events for 2016. The open wheel field should see a boost as drivers will use this race as a tuneup for the huge Lucas Oil Summertime Horsepower Nationals on June 11th. Both Lucas Oil and North State Modifieds will have points races on the 11th, so some of those 40+ competitors are expected on Saturday. They'll be chasing points leader Robbie Knittel for the top prize. Aaron Coonfield ranks second ahead of Brian Collins and Rick Avila.

Several second and third generation drivers make up the California Mini Cups this season as one of the fastest growing divisions at Madera. The MSTs and Toyota Sedans have staged a busy points season already with Kevin Thompson and Jillaun Holden atop each division respectively.

Friday night kicks the racing weekend off with open practice before racing on Saturday. Pits open at 10 a.m. followed by practice, with qualifying at 2:15 p.m. The grandstands are always open at Madera Speedway but ticket gates will open at 4 p.m. before heat races at 4:30 p.m. and opening ceremonies at 5 p.m. Don't miss a very special Military Tribute and early start time for this big show! More information at

Erickson keeps winning-streak alive at the LoanMart Madera Speedway

By Ronald Montez/The Madera Tribune Story

Madera, CA - At this time last year, Matt Erickson's No. 42 Late Model car was no where to be seen at the LoanMart Madera Speedway.

Erickson, who was the 2014 Open Late Model Series champion, was suspended by Speedway officials for the first four races of the 2015 season.

That time away from "The Fastest 1/3 Mile in the West" hurt Erickson's chances to defend his title when he returned for the fifth race of that year.

Fast forward to Saturday night (April 30), Erickson showed why he's the early driver to beat for the 2016 crown by earning another win in Race No. 2 of the MAVTV televised $1,000 to win LoanMart Open Late Model Series 100-lap (split 50's) main.

In four total Late Model races this season, Erickson's pulled off first-place finishes including two 100-lap wins in the Open Late Model Series and two more in the 40-lap Madera Late Model races.

"Winning never gets old but the winning streaks never go forever," Erickson said after the race. "Somebody is bound to catch us, or something stupid is going to happen. You have to try to stay a step ahead and be on top of your A-game every weekend."

While there is certainly no substitute for natural driving instincts and tons of preparation for the race, Erickson also know there's an X factor when it comes to success on the track.

"You just have to have luck on your side half the time," he said. "In this race, we started in seventh (out of 26) and 10th in the first race, so being that far back in the field anything can happen. It's better to have good luck then bad. I've experience both ends of it. Hopefully the good luck continues, that's the plan."

Erickson wasn't alone in experiencing good fortune on the night as drivers Austin Edwards (Jr. Late Models), Robbie Czub (Legends of the Pacific), Joseph Riechmuth (Hobby Stocks), Kevin Thompson (MST), Tim Curtis (Toyota Sedans) and Adam (The Bullet) Lemke all crossed the finish in one piece to claim main victories in front of a good size number of fans rooting from the grandstands.



To begin the main, Erickson started behind top qualifier Ryan Philpott (15.180), Ryan Hart, Bryan Herzog, Joey Licata, Rick Thompson and David Ross.

While Erickson was gradually moving up spots, the yellow caution flag was waved on Lap 6 after a big cluster of cars that were trying to avoid a spinning car filled the back straightaway that claimed Brandon Weaver and Herzog's night.

When the race resumed, Erickson was in fifth while the leader Philpott, Hart, Licata and Justin Philpott were in the top 4.

On a Lap 11 restart, Erickson moved up to the fourth position ahead of Licata.

After a spinout by Kyle Fortney on Lap 19, Ryan Philpott was still in the lead while gearing up for the restart.

With Philpott looking to stay in front following the green flag wave, contact occurred between his and Hart's car as both were rounding Turn 1.

Hart's car was spun around which caused other cars to collide into each other and force a brief stop to the race.

Once the track was cleared and the drivers got re-situated, Erickson took the lead on the Lap 20 restart and again after a Lap 24 caution.

"The first half, I was just kind of taking my time and picking the drivers up one by one," said Erickson. "When Philpott and Hart got into each other on that one restart, that put me in third and I knew it was time to pick it up and see what we could do."

Philpott gained the lead back after a Lap 25 restart while Erickson momentarily sunk into third behind Logan Zampa.

With 15 laps to go before the break, Erickson shot into the lead after a Lap 35 caution.

Erickson led after 50 laps while Philpott, Glenn Cook, Zampa and Licata were in the top five of the leader board.

"I was killing them on the restarts and looking if the car was just working," Erickson said. "It was a little tight, so we made a minor adjustment."

For the final 50 laps, Erickson didn't want to chance losing the lead and did everything in his power to sustain it.

"I just went almost 100 percent from Laps 50-80 and the last 20 was just all I had," said Erickson.

Because of time restrictions that threatened to shorten the race, Erickson knew it was safer to be in the lead if the checkered flag suddenly came out.

"It was either 100 laps or the 11 p.m. curfew, whichever came first," he said. "It's usually better to be up in the front on situations like that - kind of like in the NASCAR cup when the rain is coming. Everybody is going as hard as they can to try to get up in front because you never know when that time is going to come. We were in a good situation, I was trying to count those laps off as quick as I could."

As the frontrunner, Erickson also had to watch out for cars he passed in the back of the race.

"The lapped traffic could've been a big factor in this race going three-wide with a couple of laps to go," said Erickson. "Luckily the lapped cars stayed out of our way and we both split them three-wide down the middle which is pretty gutsy."

Erickson's lead was in jeopardy after Philpott tried to gain the upper hand on a restart late in the race but officials declared it wasn't a valid start.

"He (Philpott) was trying to jump it and get lucky to see if they would let it go or not but when you're the leader, you set the pace and you're supposed to take off first," said Erickson. "When I saw him take off, I was thinking, 'I'm not going'. That's one nice thing about being the leader is you're in control of everything."

Philpott took second while Cook rounded out the top three finishers.

Like Erickson, Austin Edwards had to patiently wait for his time at the top in the MAVTV televised race featuring 10-16-year-old drivers that raced beyond their years.

Early on, Edwards was in fifth while Dezel West, Austin Herzog, Ben Silliker and Ryan Vargas were leading the way of the 50-lap race.

West, who posted the division's top qualifying time (15.294), was in front for the first 12 laps before he was spun around by Herzog.

Both were sent to the back, leaving Silliker in the lead following the restart.

After a Lap 24 caution, the drivers went to the pits with Silliker remaining in the lead followed by Vargas and Edwards in third place of the 15-car race.

Silliker continued to lead in the second half of the race but Edwards and West, who came all the way from the back, were pressuring him.

Edwards pulled ahead after Turn 1 on Lap 36 while Silliker dropped to second and Herzog was now in third.

After a spinout by Zachary Telford brought out another caution with 10 laps to go, Edwards was able to stay in the lead on the restart.

Although another caution flag came out five laps later, Edwards was able to take the yellow-checkered while Vargas came in second and Kyle Keller was third.


Although he wasn't even in the top five to begin the race, the early leaders had to be aware of Robbie Czub's whereabouts in the race.

Czub, who was the division's No. 1 qualifier (16.050), had to play catch-up behind leaders Rob Nascimento, Nick Grossi, John Bowman, Braden Rogers, Cody Winchel, and Jack Wood.

Grossi won an eight-lap heat race earlier in the evening.

Little-by-little, Czub was making his way to the front of the 35-lap race.

Czub worked his way to fourth before the race went red.

Two laps following the restart, Czub came bursting onto the first-place scene.

Once in the front, Czub began to grow his lead from 7.60 seconds to 9.95 on the final lap ahead of runner-up Jeremy Woods and Wood.

Woods also won an eight-lap heat race.


Once MST driver Kevin Thompson, and Toyota Sedan racer Tim Curtis got into the lead of the their respective races, it was par for the course when it came to crossing the finish line first.

Thompson, who won an eight-lap heat race, trailed early to Dennis Brandon but crept into the lead after going low and passing on Turn 4 of Lap 6.

From that point, Thompson held his ground for the win.

Bert Stephens, who posted the top qualifying time of 16.755, took second while Brandon finished third.

Toyota Sedan top qualifier Curtis (17.519) started fifth in his race and had to pass first pass Jason Lawton, Lucy Carmona, and Thomas Magray in order to get behind leader Jillaun Holden.

On Lap 11, Curtis made his way to the lead and continued to maintain it following a restart on the next lap.

While Curtis, who was the eight-lap heat race winner, finished first, Lawton came in second while Holden was third.

In the WSRA Mini Cups, Adam "The Bullet" Lemke was the 17-lap main winner.

Although Joseph Riechmuth finished second in the race, he was ruled the official winner after Ben Lewis Jr. was disqualified following the 25-lap main.

The LoanMart Madera Speedway returns on Saturday (May 7) for the Vukovich Classic/ Round No. 2 of The MAVTV Western Winged Super Sprint Series, BCRA Midgets, NCMA Sprints, Race No. 2 of the Twisted Tea Modifieds, CSS/360 Super Modifieds, Legends of Kearney Bowl, Senior Open Vintage Super Modifieds, California Hard Tops, Vintage BCRA, USAC HPD Midgets, and CVRA Vintage races.



LoanMart Late Model Open - 100 Laps
1. Matt Erickson
2. Ryan Philpott
3. Glenn Cook
4. Justin Philpott
5. Logan Zampa
6. Joey Licata
7. Jason Aguirre
8. Del McIntosh
9. Garland Tyler
10. David Ross
11. Dillon Tucker
12. Shelden Cooper
13. Ronnie Roberts
14. Carl Pearce
15. Howard Holden
16. Tyler Herzog
17. Loren Kutz
18. Ryan Hart
19. Dominic Lopez
20. Alexander Mead
21. Kyle Fortney
22. Rick Thompson
23. Aaron Mullins
24. Roger Selsor
25. Bryan Herzog
26. Brandon Weaver

Jr. Late Models - 50 Laps
1. Austin Edwards
2. Ryan Vargas
3. Kyle Keller
4. Dezel West
5. Jarrett Gilmere
6. Seth Holman
7. Zachary Telford
8. Nick Staford
9. Kolby Berry
10. Ali Gay
11. Ben Silliker
12. Coupe Urrutia
13. Austin Herzog
14. Lilly Mead
15. Jaden Rocha

Legends of the Pacific - 35 Laps
1. Robbie Czub
2. Jeremy Woods
3. Jack Wood
4. Braden Rogers
5. Josh Flemings
6. Rob (Nasty ) Nascimento
7. John Bowman
8. Colby Furia
9. Bob Kuebler
10. Caity Miller
11. Kevin Travels
12. Nick Grossi
13. Cody Winchel
14. Pete Pierce
15. Eddie Garone
16. Danny Hadler Jr.

Super Hobby Stocks - 25 Laps
1. Joseph Riechmuth
2. Chuck Dozhier
3. Thomas Suarez
4. Eloy Bazan
5. Ivan Scorsur
6. Ben Lewis Jr. (DQ)

MST - 25 Laps
1. Kevin Thompson
2. Bert Stephens
3. Dennis Brandon
4. Zachary Cook
5. Dave Lander
6. DJ Lander
7. Rian Bowman

Toyota Sedans - 25 Laps
1. Tim Curtis
2. Jason Lawton
3. Jillaun Holden
4. Lucy Carmona
5. Thomas Magray
6. Mike Marley
7. Erik Woods

WSRA Mini Cups - 17 Laps
1. Adam (The Bullet) Lemke
2. Joshua (Bubba) Terry
3. Jackson Dukes
4. LIL Bruce
5. Kash Holman
6. JoJo Streans
7. Andrew Coonfield
8. Aiden Phillips

Heat Races

Legends of the Pacific (Heat 1) - 8 Laps 1. Jeremy Woods 2. John Bowman 3. Colby Furia 4. Danny Hadler Jr.
5. Josh Fleming
6. Caity Miller
7. Kevin Travels
8. Bob Kuebler

Legends of the Pacific (Heat 2) - 8 Laps 1. Nick Grossi 2. Braden Rogers 3. Rob (Nasty) Nascimento 4. Pete Pierce 5. Cody Winchel 6. Eddie Garone 7. Robbie Czub 8. Jack Wood

MST - 8 Laps
1. Kevin Thompson
2. Dave Lander
3. Dennis Brandon
4. Zachary Cook
5. DJ Lander
6. Rian Bowman
7. Bert Stephens

Toyota Sedans - 8 Laps
1. Tim Curtis
2. Jason Lawton
3. Jillaun Holden
4. Erik Woods
5. Lucy Carmona
6. Thomas Magray
7. Mike Marley

Qualifying - 2 Laps

LoanMart Late Model Open
1. Ryan Philpott 15.180
2. Matt Erickson 15.240
3. Ryan Hart 15.250
4. Bryan Herzog 15.259
5. Logan Zampa 15.263
6. Garland Tyler 15.287
7. David Ross 15.296
8. Justin Philpott 15.302
9. Joey Licata 15.351
10. Rick Thompson 15.425
11. Alexander Mead 15.454
12. Ronnie Roberts 15.466
13. Glenn Cook 15.489
14. Jason Aguirre 15.506
15. Loren Kutz 15.534
16. Howard Holden 15.596
17. Dominic Lopez 15.603
18. Dillon Tucker 15.615
19. Carl Pearce 15.775
20. Brandon Weaver 15.805
21. Tyler Herzog 15.856
22. Aaron Mullins 15.938
23. Del McIntosh 15.954
24. Shelden Cooper 16.136
25. Kyle Fortney 16.219
26. Roger Selsor 16.889

Jr. Late Models
1. Dezel West 15.294
2. Austin Herzog 15.295
3. Ben Silliker 15.502
4. Austin Edwards 15.530
5. Ryan Vargas 15.651
6. Kyle Keller 15.794
7. Jarrett Gilmere 15.933
8. Ali Gay 15.949
9. Kolby Berry 16.023
10. Seth Holman 16.104
11. Coupe Urrutia 16.365
12. Jaden Rocha 16.396
13. Zachary Telford 16.477
14. Nick Staford 16.596
15. Lilly Mead 16.611

Legends of the Pacific
1. Robbie Czub 16.050
2. Cody Winchel 16.233
3. Eddie Garone 16.339
4. Pete Pierce 16.536
5. Braden Rogers 16.560
6. Jack Wood 16.637
7. Nick Grossi 16.638
8. Rob (Nasty) Nascimento 16.665
9. John Bowman 16.680
10. Josh Flemings 16.751
11. Jeremy Woods 16.755
12. Danny Hadler Jr. 16.804
13. Colby Furia 16.862
14. Caity Miller 16.974
15. Bob Kuebler 17.231
16. Kevin Travels 17.542

Super Hobby Stocks
1. Ben Lewis Jr. 16.170
2. Joseph Riechmuth 16.242
3. Chuck Dozhier 16.684
4. Thomas Suarez 16.766
5. Eloy Bazan 16.816
6. Ivan Scorsur 19.114

1. Bert Stephens 16.755
2. Kevin Thompson 16.762
3. Zachary Cook 16.993
4. Dave Lander 17.150
5. Dennis Brandon 17.192
6. Rian Bowman 17.394
7. DJ Lander 18.170

Toyota Sedans
1. Tim Curtis 17.519
2. Jason Lawton 17.613
3. Erik Woods 17.714
4. Jillaun Holden 17.762
5. Lucy Carmona 17.793
6. Thomas Magray 18.024
7. Mike Marley 18.230

WSRA Mini Cups
1. Jackson Dukes 18.242
2. Adam (The Bullet) Lemke 18.296
3. JoJo Streans 18.374
4. Andrew Coonfield 19.363
5. Joshua (Bubba) Terry 20.552
6. Aiden Phillips 20.628
7. LIL Bruce 20.733
8. Kash Holman 20.904

Celebrating 45 years of Racing Excellence with the release of the 2016 LoanMart Madera Speedway Schedule

Madera, CA. (12-24-15) - The quest to complete 45 consecutive years of racing at the LoanMart Madera Speedway begins today with the release of the 2016 racing schedule, and this schedule is loaded with high quality motorsports entertainment.

"Our goal is to pay tribute to the great traditions and past history of our speedway while standing hard on the gas pedal driving towards the future of motorsports. I'm very proud of where the LoanMart Madera Speedway is today, and we are very excited about the 2016 season" Kenny Shepherd.

Here is a summary of the 2016 LoanMart Madera Speedway Schedule;

" Eight televised LoanMart Late Model Series races featuring a $5,000 to win kick off race and a $10,000 to win final event, plus the new Jr. Late Model Series on the same nights.
" Six big open wheel shows with the new MAVTV televised Winged Super Sprints as the headliner.
" Three big Super Late Model Shows featuring the PCS or the Spears Southwest Tour
" Six Twisted Tea Modified Series events.
" Two Lucas Oil Modified events
" Two North State Modified events
" A five race Enduro Extreme Championship Series
" A huge Monster Truck show
" The 45th Annual Harvest Classic with Truck and Tractor Pulls
" The 10th Annual Pumpkin Smash
" The Big 4th of July Fireworks celebration
" Mini Cup National Event
" Plus a solid schedule of local racing action

The television productions from the LoanMart Madera Speedway will also grow in 2016. In 2015 there were a total of ten TV shows produced from the speedway. This included two one hour shows on the Lucas Oil Modifieds and eight ½ hour shows on the LoanMart Late Model Series.

After a busy off season of sponsorship and production meetings, the 2016 TV deal is in place to produce sixteen 1 hour episodes from Madera, California that will air on MAVTV and the new Lucas Oil TV program. Plus the MAVTV Lucas Oil Production team will produce two additional 1 hour shows of the Lucas Oil Modifieds from Madera bringing the total TV productions from the speedway to eighteen!

The headliner on the Madera TV program will be the eight races in the LoanMart Late Model Series, but for 2016 we will also feature two Super Late Model races, the Winged Super Sprint Car Series, and the new Jr, Late Model Series in the TV show produced from Madera that will air on MAVTV.