BIG FUN AT THE 10TH ANNUAL PUMPKIN SMASH
Madera, Ca. (10-22-16) - The Pumpkin Smash has become a family tradition at the LoanMart Madera Speedway and the 10th edition of this fun event set a
record for kids coming out to the fastest 1/3 mile in the west.
The night kicked off with fans enjoying the wild barrel race, or also known as redneck road racing and after 30 crazy laps around the flagpole inside the
barrel it was James Cooke that was crowned the 2016 Barrel King of the 10th annual Pumpkin Smash.
The Madera Hobby/Cart Addictions off road RC truck race was up next in the action packed night, and as the truck teams were setting up their race
course it was time for the annual kids costume contest. With hundreds of kids lined up for the contest, the DB sound meter was the judge as the crowd
applause was the measuring stick to narrow the field down to the top three contestants. When the roaring of the crowd was all said and done, there was a
little Viking and a proud papa holding the big trophy for the costume contest. Madera Hobby then proceeded to give away a dozen remote control cars to
twelve lucky kids via a ticket draw.
Following the RC truck race it was time for the annual trick or treat through the pits and then time for the on track PUMKIN SMASH. Once the kids made a
huge mess on the track turning the place orange it was time to add soap and water and the result was a very slippery race surface for the Robert Reagan
tribute enduro. The race ended on a lap with a one as the cars made 221 laps around the speedway in slip and slide fashion paying tribute to Robert.
When the Pumpkin parts settled, it was Jason Sitton that was crowned champion of the 2016 Pumpkin Smash. As a footnote, Jason was one of a handful of
four cylinder cars in the field running against the big V8's in the 10th annual Pumpkin Smash.
The Pumpkin Smash marked the last race of the 2016 racing season at Madera that included eighteen nationally televised race events from the speedway.
Fans can catch Madera Racing on MAVTV all winter long to enjoy the action.
2016 was a record setting year for the speedway selling out area motels/hotels, and helping Madera merchants with the large volume of race teams and
fans making their way to the fastest 1/3 mile in the west during this historic season.
Big plans are in the works now for 2017, you can keep up to date with the LoanMart Madera Speedway by checking in at www.racemadera.com.
HOLMES BECOMES MR. OCTOBER WITH THIRD $10K MADERA WIN
MADERA, CALIFORNIA (October 9, 2016) - Escalon's Eric Holmes officially became Mr. October by winning his third consecutive LoanMart Late Model
Short Track Shootout for $10K to win at Madera Speedway on Saturday night. The 125 lap victory makes him 3-0 in the marquee event at the fastest
one-third mile in the West, and he earned the victory in a green-white-checkered duel with 2016 track champion Matt Erickson.
44 LoanMart Open Late Models joined 30 Lucas Oil Modifieds plus season finales for 51FIFTY Junior Late Models, Super Hobby Stocks, and Mini Cups in
the jam packed show. The Late Model, Junior Late Model, and Modified shows were each taped for separate tape-delay broadcasts for MAVTV.
After five heat races, a C Main event, and a B Main event, 26 cars were set for the feature. Adam Coonfield marched from last place in his heat race,
through the C and B mains, and into the main event running the alphabet soup. Loren Kutz won the iPull-U-Pull $1000 B Main prize after the 30 lap race.
Upland's Donny St. Ours drew the pole and led the first seven laps of the event. 2016 Irwindale Speedway runner-up Nick Joanides tagged the wall and
was out of the race by lap three. Holmes began to charge hard from second on the grid, using the inside to get the lead from St. Ours on lap eight. 2013
Short Track Shootout winner and former NASCAR K&N West champion Mike David turned up the heat on the Herzogs, overhauling Austin Herzog from
the outside, then going inside Bryan Herzog. David and Bryan Herzog tangled on lap 18 for the first caution of the race with both drives being forced to
restart at the back.
Matt Erickson started the race in ninth after the redraw and had already advanced to fourth by that point. The restart gave Modesto's Garland Tyler a
chance to roll the outside to get as high as sixth. Oakdale's Blaine Rocha spun after contact with Jason Aguirre for the second caution of the race.
Carl Pearce spun down the backstretch on lap 25 but the entire field managed to avoid him before Tyler spun in turn four with a flat left rear tire for a
caution. Coonfield was up into the top ten after coming through the C & B mains by that point of the race.
2015 Madera champion Buddy Shepherd took over second from St. Ours and then attacked Holmes. A lap 32 incident including Ross Strmiska, Coonfield,
and David Ross in a three wide duel in turn three sent Strmiska spinning. Glen Cook tagged Strmiska at the end of the spin to end Cook's night.
Shepherd used the restart to take over the lead on lap 31 before Holmes fought back to get it back on lap 33. Rick Thompson spun with contact from David
causing several cars to come flying in for another yellow on lap 38. St. Ours got sideways on the ensuing restart from third position and tangled with
Erickson, sending St. Ours spinning and Erickson to the back of the field for involvement.
The eighth caution flew on lap 40 when Aguirre's night ended in high flying fashion as he flew over the top of Pearce on the front stretch. Both drivers
were uninjured but done with heavy damage. Shepherd fell out of the race under caution with distributor problems. Holmes had a rough restart and was
bumped back to the fifth position with 2016 Irwindale champion Trevor Huddleston becoming the fourth different leader. Ryan Hart used the long green
flag run to come up into third with Dillon Tucker chasing him forward as well. Huddleston fell from the lead on lap 61 with mechanical problems and the
surprise story was Jr. Late Model standout Austin Herzog, 14, taking over the lead position.
Herzog's lead was short lived as he slid up the hill in turn three with a flat tire forcing him to fall outside the top-five at the end of the lap 75 segment, with
Holmes, Hart, Bryan Herzog the top-three at the break.
17 cars restarted for the finish several hours later with Erickson coming out of the sixth position. Erickson had a prolonged battle with Bryan Herzog for
fourth but finally took the position on lap 91 and quickly passed Zampa for third on the inside. Three laps later Erickson moved past Hart for second.
By lap 100 the race was on with Erickson hounding Holmes for the lead, taking several looks inside in turns three and four. Erickson's pressure continued
to mount until a late caution period set up a brief green-white-checkered finish. Holmes proved too strong as he stormed to his third Short Track
Shootout $10,000 victory head of Erickson, St. Ours, Bryan Herzog, and Logan Zampa. Erickson's second place finish was enough for the series
championship in a perfect eight-for-eight races in the top two places with five wins and three seconds.
The 51FIFTY Junior Late Models crowned their inaugural series champion with Las Vegas' Dezel West, 12, winning the series. Mentone's Austin Edwards,
11, spun on the initial start but managed to continue on. That gave Redwood Valley's Kolby Berry, 15, the lead, which he maintained by rolling the top
side of the race track.
The 50 lap race was run in one single segment instead of the traditional split pair of 25 lap segments, which made for a different strategy for the series
finale. Las Vegas' RJ Smothermon spun for a caution on lap five. Atwater's Jaden Rocha and Edwards came together for an incident that brought out the
yellow on lap ten.
Lapped traffic became a factor in the race as Berry tried to pace Austin Herzog and West. Berry had to pit for a flat left front tire under a lap 36 yellow flag
to surrender the lead in an unfortunate turn of events for him. That handed the top spot over to Herzog. Herzog appeared poised for a nice victory but a
caution for Las Vegas' Kyle Keller spinning on lap 47 set up a three lap sprint to the finish.
Herzog got the restart he needed to get the race win for his fourth win of the season while West finished second to come home with the championship.
Edwards finished third to unofficially to take third in the points as well with Smotherman and Berry the top-five.
Super Hobby Stocks also crowned a champion for 2016 on Saturday night with Stockton's Joseph Riechmuth getting the title in a very narrow fashion.
Jesus Hernandez led the first ten laps of the 30 lap main event before "Supermex" Eloy Bazan assumed the lead position. Britt Wasson had an incident on
lap 20 and had to be towed off in turns three and four. The caution flag placed second in points Chuck Dozhier all over Bazan, with Dozhier taking the lead
on lap 21.
Dozhier took the victory over Bazan and a hard-charging Jeremy Tucker, but Riechmuth's fourth place effort was enough to win the points standings over
Dozhier by three markers unofficially. Thomas Suarez was the balance of the top-five.
Kyle Tellstrom came awfully close to sweeping the pair of Lucas Oil Modified races at Madera Speedway this season after winning the June 11th 75 lap
contest and leading 25 laps on Saturday night. But it was former series champion Dylan Cappello from Arizona getting to victory lane in the coveted
$5000 to win feature. 30 cars jockeyed for 26 starting positions with a B main earlier in the affairs.
Ryan Partridge and Aaron McMorran had a tangle for a caution on lap five. Dave Arce spun in turn four for a lap 15 caution as well. By that point it was
Tellstrom, Capello, and Tellstrom's teammate Wes Miller of Turlock at the front of the field. Dustin Tilbury from New Mexico was the next "Turn Four
Victim" on lap 14 and again the field did a great job to avoid the spinning 17T car.
Cappello used a restart for Rich Lindgren stalling in turn two to take over the lead with points leader Matt Hicks giving Tellstrom all he could handle for
second. Their battle in lapped traffic at the halfway point was one of the highlights of the event.
Tellstrom drove away from Hicks to apply late pressure to Cappello but it was too little too late with a 1.040 second victory for Cappello over Tellstrom,
Hicks, Taylor Miinch, and 17th starting former track champion Scott Winters.
The Mini Cups had their final Madera race for 2016 as the youngest drivers at the speedway raced on the big stage. Hollister's Adam "The Bullet" Lemke
completed the clean sweep taking qualifying, the six lap dash, and the 20 lap main event. His rival all year long was rookie Jackson Dukes of Clovis who
ran second in the main event. Lemke led all 20 laps over Dukes, Calvin Hegje, Aaron Thomas, and "Lil" Bruce Bivens.
LoanMart Madera Speedway continues on Saturday October 22nd with the 10th Annual Pumpkin Smash Halloween Bash and Blow up and Haunted
House!!! $2,000 to Win 250 lap Enduro, the Extreme Barrel Racing Series, a Haunted House and Trick or Treat thru the Pits and on Track PUMPKIN
SMASH for the KIDS! Plus a Motocross Extreme Jumping Show and the STUNT show!
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.
For more information visit www.RaceMadera.com