Madera, CA. (8-16-17) - RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series point leader Buddy Shepherd was scheduled to compete in round number six of the MAVTV televised series at Madera Speedway on August 26th until he received a phone call that not only changed his plans for August 26th but could also change the trajectory of his racing career.

After winning multiple races at Madera Speedway on television in 2017 Shepherd will now drive for Jefferson Pitts Racing at Douglas County Speedway in Oregon in the NASCAR K&N West Race on August 26th missing the race at Madera and likely giving up his point lead. Jefferson Pitts Racing is one of the top K&N teams in the business and put Kevin Harvick in victory lane at Sears Point this past June.

"Buddy called me and asked for my advice as a race car driver. We discussed his goals as a driver and the caliber of the Jefferson Pitts operation. Our goal with our program is to propel as many talented drivers to the top of our sport as possible from the Madera Speedway so it was the easiest advice I've ever given to tell Buddy to pack his helmet bag for Oregon, "Kenny Shepherd" .

There is a just a handful of points separating the top five in the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series Championship with just three televised races remaining. Second to fifth in the points looks like this; Logan Zampa-234, Garland Tyler-225, Dillion Tucker-214, Matt Erickson-192.

Everyone at the Madera Speedway will be pulling for Buddy to win the K&N West race in Oregon just as we were cheering for him when he took down the Southwest Tour drivers at Madera Speedway in July, good luck Buddy!

August 26th is Round number six of the eight race televised series that ends with the $10,000.00 to win race on October 7th of this season.

For more information about the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series please visit www.racemadera.com. Please support the sponsors that support our sport and visit www.rpmwins.com for information about a mortgage or a refinance.


Madera, Ca. (8-5-17) - Matt Erickson pretty much made a home out of victory lane in 2016 but that has not been the case in 2017 as his trips to this prestigious piece of real estate have been far and few between in 2017.

Erickson lost the early race lead to a hard charging Dillion Tucker and found himself under big pressure from future star and rookie Adam Lemke and Jason Aguirre. But as Erickson often does he finds a way to position himself just right in a race as if it were a chess match to make his big game ending move. Tucker and Erickson went door to door fighting for the lead for most of the race with Aguirre and Lemke right on their bumpers.

When the checkered flag flew it was Erickson that rolled into victory lane, yes he rolled into victory lane without a smoke show (must have big plans for the upcoming MAVTV show?), it was the very impressive Dillion Tucker that locked down second place with Jason Aguirre coming home third.

Adam Lemke was one of several young drivers to make their late debut on this fun night of racing that featured some serious competition, and he was as impressive as any driver has been in their first start. Lemke ran up front with the big three in the race and finish a solid fourth place in his first start. Young Kayla Eshleman was very impressive in her first start as well.

Howard Holden brought home fifth place with Henk Gaalswyk Jr, Mike Shipero, Ray Mayer, Lucay Carmona, Jodies Robinson, Eloy Bazan, Jon Schlundt, Kayla Eshleman, Aaron Mullins, David Lewellen, Kent Cam and Zachery Cook making up the balance of the drivers competing in this big late mode tune up race.

Eloy Bazan Locked up the Madera Hobby Stock Champion ship on this night as well.

The MST race started off with a huge crash in turn one that was a result of a stuck throttle on the car of Patrick Geiger. Shaun Reynolds was caught on the outside of Geiger and their two cars crashed hard into the wall destroying some serious equipment. Reynolds suffered a broken right leg in the accident.

Once the track was cleared after a long red flag the race resumed and it was Dave Lander that picked up the victory followed by Zachery Cook, Bert Stephens, Ryan Reynolds, Dennis Brannon, John McCullum Jr, DJ Lander, and Rian Bowman.

Mike Marley picked up the win in the Toyota Sedan class after some post-race drama in an event that was originally won by Jason Lawton. The top three in the sedans ended up being Marley, Jason Kerns and JJ Brandson.

Dylan Zampa picked up his first win in a Jr Late Model in the exhibition race followed by Kayla Eshleman, Calving Hejie and Hailey Liles.

Next up for the Madera Speedway is the PCS Tour race on August 12th featuring young Austin Herzog taking on the touring drivers with the big engines and big tires. Go to www.racemadera.com for more information.


MADERA, CALIFORNIA (June 29, 2017) - 2015 RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model champion Buddy Shepherd of Bakersfield sent a strong message to the MAVTV-televised field on Saturday, dominating en route to $5,000 and the 125 lap Summer Speedfest victory at Madera Speedway. Shepherd's win is his third so far in the five races of 2017.

An all-new podium greeted fans of the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model series as well in a busy night at the one-third mile oval.

Shepherd led 122 laps and endured countless restart battles with June series winner Logan Zampa of Napa, CA in the process. The two high schoolers were the class of the field throughout the evening.

After the front row was changed due to Rick Thompson surrendering his pole position in a backup car, it was Zampa at the front of the pack. Things were rough at the beginning when the night's Jr. Late Model winner Eric Nascimento, Jr. wrecked hard into the front stretch wall at the conclusion of lap one. Zampa led the first

Zampa led the first three laps before Shepherd led by a nose at the conclusion on lap four. A big melee on the backstretch included Shelden Cooper spinning and several cars suffering varying impacts including Quintin Harris, Thomas Suarez, and Mark Squadrito.

Shepherd picked the inside for the restart and rocketed ahead of Zampa as much of the leaders scrambled to the outside line. Henk Gaalswyk spun in turn four but did a complete 360 and continued on. Jr. Late Model graduate Jarrett Gilmer was part of a wild two-by-two battle for fifth that had him inside Kevin Thompson.

Gilmer cleared Thompson and went up high which opened the door for Bakersfield's Racin Vernon. Vernon took fifth on lap 12. Lapped traffic proved a challenge with the big 26 car field as Zampa tried to navigate while fielding pressure from Austin Herzog and Dillon Tucker. The next caution came out for Gilmer spinning in turn two. Tucker used the restart to swoop around Herzog for third before a hard crash with Loren Kutz tagging the turn one gate. Tucker then had to go to work on the inside of Herzog which proved to Herzog's favor as he took third back.

11th starting Matt Erickson cracked the top-five and went after Tucker. Tucker, Erickson, and Garland Tyler staged a nice battle for the position after a series of cautions that brought the race near lap 50. On lap 44, Erickson nosed inside Tucker but couldn't complete the pass before a lap 45 caution for a spin.

Tucker finally got the positioning he needed to get past Herzog for third on the outside with Tyler and Erickson also fixing to do the same. Herzog fell to fifth before sliding up in front of Erickson.

At the race's lap 75 break, Matt Erickson changed a right front tire and had to restart at the rear of the field. After a pair of cautions for spins, a surprise as Modesto's Kyle Gottula had charged the rear of the field and emerged in fourth position ahead of Tucker. Gottula had a significant crash in practice that set his weekend backwards and required him to start on a provisional. Gottula went after Herzog for third on lap 83 but they made contact and Gottula fell back by five car lengths. Kevin Thompson was engaged in a wild battle right in front of the hard charging Erickson. Thompson's night ended with a hard crash in turn three that included Glen Cook. Gottula got another shot at Herzog and took advantage to take over third just past lap 100.

A tremendous three-way battle involved Tucker, Erickson, and Tyler for fifth that thrilled the fans for several laps. Things to heated involving Gottula and Herzog for third when they tangled in turn one and Gottula did a complete 360. Both cars continued but the caution was thrown and both cars had to restart at the rear with five laps to go. Shepherd tried both the high line and the low line during the numerous restarts. His final attempt on the outside snookered Zampa, who was overhauled by Tyler for second.

Howard Holden had run around tenth throughout the event and suddenly found himself alongside Tucker in a spirited battle for fifth.

Shepherd took the comfortable $5,000 victory ahead of Tyler, Zampa, Erickson, and Tucker by a nose over Holden. Herzog drove back to eighth at the finish.

In 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model competition, Jesse Love IV looked poised for his fourth win as he snatched fast-time away from Kolby Berry who had gone 4-0 in qualifying in 2017. But a trio of new faces emerged with Eric Nascimento, Jr. getting his first win with Bakersfield's Kabe McClenny a career best second and Danville's Anthony Guiamano a career-best third in the 75 lap race.

The young drivers are to be commended for handling near 100 degree temperatures at race time. Love led from the get-go after winning the pole in the redraw. Tanner Reif of Las Vegas slid up into the third position past Berry after a series of early cautions.

Love jumped out to a five car length lead on teammate Hailie Deegan who anchored a five car pack for second place. A second pack included Nascimento who had puffs of smoke from mechanical problems from earlier in the weekend.

As the sun began to fall behind the speedway on one of the hottest nights of the season, drivers continued to noticeably fight loose conditions. Berry began to challenge Reif for third as he felt pressure from behind him with McClenny. Berry and McClenny both drove by Reif, who then was passed by Nascimento also. Reif dropped back to sixth in front of Idaho's Zach Telford.

Berry was the car on the move until a caution flew on lap 19 for Reif spinning in turn four. Berry used the restart to snooker Deegan for second and continue his march forward. Deegan was passed by McClenny before a caution involving Allison Gay and Jesse Burks. Nascimento jumped inside McClenny for third but McClenny held the outside for several laps to defend the position.

Berry hounded Love and gave him a shove on lap 30. Four laps later, Love went up the track in turn four and surrendered the lead to Berry. Nascimento jumped on top of the top-two in a three car duel in the final ten laps of the opening segment. Deegan was involved in a significant crash in turn one with lapped car Allison Gay and Telford that ended the first 50 lap segment two laps early.

Coming out of the break, Austin Edwards, who had run as low as tenth, briefly challenged Anthony Guiamano for fifth. That battle for fifth increased to a four car battle about half a track behind the top-four leaders. Love stayed glued to Berry's bumper and on lap 61 the duo came together with Berry spinning in turn four. Both cars had to restart at the rear. Nascimento assumed the lead ahead of McClenny and Guaimano and the trio never looked back. Austin Edwards came back to fourth with Deegan coming back for another top-five as well. Kolby Berry finished eighth with Love in ninth in a big shakeup for the points standings as well with three rounds to go.

The Mini Cup feature may have stolen the show with Tyler Reif of Las Vegas getting a crowd-pleasing win after battling hard with Joey Stearns of Stockton.

Stearns led the opening five laps with Reif in tow. Reif tried several maneuvers before they collided twice in turn three sending Stearns for a spin. Both drivers had to restart the 20 lap feature from the rear.

Aiden Phillips led three laps before Stearns and Reif were back up front again. This time Reif spent many laps seizing up Stearns until they started a door banging duel that lasted two laps side-by-side. After a few hard lumps and door banging, Reif took over on lap 16 and never looked back over Stearns, Phillips, Kale McClenny, and Joseph Holliday.

A tremendous 10 car turnout of combined Toyota Sedans and F4s gave the race fans plenty of side-by-side racing. Jason Kearns led the first six laps before a caution brought the field back together. Former open wheel standout Tim Skoglund of Fresno parted the seas to take the lead before points leader Mike Marley challenged. Marley peeked inside on lap 18 but couldn't complete the deal.

Skoglund successfully drove away from Marley for a 1.123 second win followed by Jason Lawton, Jason Kearns, and Tim Curtis.

Up next for Madera Speedway is the Children's Hospital Kids Night Presented by JBT FoodTech this Saturday! It will feature Madera Late Models, Madera Hobby Stocks, F4's, Toyota Sedans, MST, and the Jr, Late Model 25 lap exhibition race.

Madera Racing on MAVTV continues every Thursay night at 8 p.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Pacific. Madera Speedway racing is also available on the LucasOilRacing.TV app

For more information about Madera Racing on MAVTV please visit www.racemadera.com or www.mavtv.com. For more information about 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, Ca. (7-15-17) - The Spears Southwest Tour made their annual appearance at the Madera Speedway this weekend with their blazing fast high dollar traveling show supported by an undercard of Madera racing divisions for fans to enjoy.

The Madera Speedway has become pretty famous for two and three wide racing and when the final checkered flags flew for the night and the smoke cleared it was talented Madera Speedway drivers that stole the spotlight in this high energy event.

Buddy Shepherd is the point leader in the televised RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series at the Madera Speedway and he stole the show by winning the 51FIFTY Energy Drink 125 Tour race, Eric Nascimento Jr. competes in the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr Late Model Series on MAVTV from Madera and he made his first pro start in the Madera Late Models against Matt Erickson, Dillion Tucker and a full field of very fast drivers. The young up and coming star Nascimento battled door to door the entire 40 lap race and took the victory in what many called the race of the night with Erickson and Jarrett Gilmer on the podium behind him.

The Jr Late Model drivers gave the fans a sample of what the 51FIFTY Jr Late Model Series is all about with a Jr Late model exhibition race that featured some racing action by the 10-16 year old kids showing off their talent, and speaking of talent it was the Reif boys that finished 1st and 2nd followed by Anthony Guaimano. Tanner Reif won the race, but it was 10 year old Tyler Reif that had the crowd cheering very loud when his age was announced and the fact that this was his first ever late model race.

Bert Stephens won the MST race followed by Dave Lander and Patrick Geiger for the top three. Dean Gould won the Toyota Sedan race by out working Jason Lawton and then Mike Marley rounded out the top three.

The Legends of the Pacific race winner was Luis Tyrrell, followed by Josh Flemings and Braden Rodgers for second and third. Eloy Bazan took the trophy home for the win in the Hobby Stock series.

The headline race was the 51FIFTY Energy Drink 125 featuring the Southwest Tour cars and this race was action packed and full of high dollar race cars that pleased the thrill seeking fans that enjoy two and three wide racing and hard hitting wrecks.

Twenty tour cars roared to the green flag led by pole setter Tracy Bolin but the race went under caution on lap three for a big wreck when Bob Lyon hit the back straight wall destroying his car. After the restart of the race it was Carlos Vieira that seized control on lap ten and maintained the lead all the way to lap 69 while a battled raged behind him for the next five spots with Thorn, Shepherd, Bolin, Raudman and Schmidt.

On lap 69 Thorn was putting big pressure on Vieira and both Shepherd and Raudman were all over Thorn when they caught lapped traffic and this is where the move of the night took place as Shepherd went three wide and passed both Vieira and Thorn in turns three and four to take the lead.

The caution came out for the 51 car of Vieira as he crashed hard into the turn three wall on lap 70 destroying his car. After several more cautions and many restarts a caution on lap 94 due to the 37 car of Keith Spangler spinning in turn one set up yet another restart, but this next restart would be one remembered by the thrill seeking fan for some time.

On lap 97 the green flag flew again and Tracy Bolin made contact with Bobby Hodges on the next lap sending Hodges head on into the front straight wall absolutely destroying his car right in front of the crowd and bringing out a long red flag halting all the action. Hodges was unharmed in the big wreck.

Buddy Shepherd led the field back to the green flag once again on the lap 99 restart but the caution flew again on lap 107 for a big wreck in turn three. Once the track was clear it was time for the final restart on lap 109 and Buddy shepherd held off a hard charging Craig Raudman for the victory followed by Eric Schmidt to round out the top three in the 51FIFTY Energy Drink 125.

Buddy Shepherd rolled into victory lane greeted by a big applause from the Madera Speedway fans while the backdrop looked like a scene from a war movie as the wreckers began to haul out the wrecked cars from the infield that equated to nearly half the starting field that resulted from the nine caution flags and one red flag in the race.

Buddy Shepherd is the point leader in the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series so this was a big win for the drivers competing in the MAVTV televised Series from Madera proving yet again the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series is one of the most competitive in the nation and is loaded with the top talent to be found in the sport today.

The next race at the Madera Speedway is the MAVTV televised Summer Speedfest on July 29th featuring the $5,000 to win 125 lap RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series race and the 75 lap 51FIFTY Jr Late Model Series race plus the Toyota Sedans and the Mini Cup Series.

For more information please visit www.racemadera.com


Madera, CA. (7.8.17) - Fred Gerhardt became famous for being a leading innovator in the motorsportS industry. He designed the first rear engine car that raced at Indy, he invented pit stop systems and techniques that changed the sport, and most every big race car hauler you see used at the top of the sport today has a Fred Gerhardt elevator door design built into it.

July 8th was the annual Fred Gerhardt Classic at the Madera Speedway and fans know that means a three wide start 100 lap midget race that pays tribute to Gerhardt and his Indy car ties.

David Goodwill sat one the pole with Cody Gerhardt in the middle of the front row and Alex Schutte on the outside of the front row. From the drop of the green flag it was clear that Alex Schutte in the 71 car had intentions of driving away from the field as he jumped into the lead in commanding fashion followed by Cody Gerhardt and Chad Nichols.

The first caution came out on lap 6 because of a single car spin by Davey Hamilton Jr. in turn one. The restart gave young Courtney Crone a chance to pressure David Goodwill for fourth and take the position after a fierce battle.

The caution came out again on lap 23 when Scott Pierovich stopped off of turn four with a broken race car. When the race went back under green flag conditions there was a big battle for the top four spots with Schutte leading followed by Nichols, Gerhardt and Crone.

The yellow came out again on lap 29 when DJ Hamilton spun out again by himself but this time off of turn four.

On the next restart Crone was all over Gerhardt for position number three and it was game on for the next ten laps until she went past Gerhardt. Then she set her sights on Chad Nichols that was running in second position and that battle raged until lap 50 when the leader caught lapped traffic giving Nichols a run at the lead for several laps until Schutte fought back just a few laps later taking the lead back again.

Just a few laps later a fight broke out for the second place spot between Nichols, Crone and Gerhardt until the caution flag came out on lap 59 for David Goodwill that broke coming off of turn four.

From the restart on lap 60 until lap 80 Nichols was all over race leader Schutte thrilling race fans and the battle was just as intense for third and fourth as Crone was holding off Gerhardt. On lap 89 Gerhardt sent Crone for a big slide in turn three after slamming into her rear bumper, then on lap 90 Nichols car broke and Crone ran over the slowing car of Nichols sending her car airborne almost flipping it as Gerhardt slipped past both Nichols and Crone untouched. No caution came out as Nichols found his way to the pit area and it was the 71 car of Alex Schutte that took the checkered flag first followed by Gerhardt and Crone for the top three.

Shortly after the race was complete the 71 car of Alex Schutte was disqualified for not making minimum weight in post-race inspections giving the win to Cody Gerhardt with Courtney Crone in second and Maria Cofer taking third.

Cody Gerhardt also won the Winged Sprint Car main event followed by Tom Baker and Justin Kawahata to make up the top three. It was young Annie Breidinger that took the win in the Western US Midgets with Tom Patterson and Jesse Love rounding out the top three.

The next big race is July 15th with the Spears Southwest Tour coming to the Madera Speedway! Check out www.racemadera.com for more information.


Madera, CA. (7-1-17) - Along with many short tracks around the nation the Madera Speedway has become a very popular place to be on the 4th of July weekend if you are a person that loves our country, loves races cars, and enjoys a really good fireworks celebration.

The theme for the 2017 Madera Speedway Independence Celebration was grass roots racing and bigger is better, and when the huge crowd poured out of the speedway past the front gate at the end of the show it was clear the event was a homerun by all the comments.

In addition to the biggest fireworks display ever at the Madera Speedway and some A+ racing action on the track there were two other big points on the night.

The first was a tribute to Reverend Ron Spencer where fans sang happy birthday to him and then it was announced that the annual Independence day celebration at the Madera Speedway would now become the Reverend Ron Spencer Red, White and Blue Classic.

The second tribute was for Jim Jefferson which was one of the speedways biggest fans. Jim passed away suddenly about a week ago, and race fans paid Jim a big tip of the hat last night at the Madera Speedway and raised some serious cash to help his family with funeral expenses.

On the racing front the Madera Speedway drivers did their part by providing some great racing action for fans which included a big group of brand new fans.

There were twin 24 lap races for both the Toyota Sedans and the Mini Super Toyotas to pay tribute to the late Jeff Doran, and when the smoke cleared it was Bert Stephens giving a victory speech after the Mini Super Toyota race with Ryan Reynolds and Patrick Geiger standing beside Bert on the podium. Jason Lawton took the victory in the Toyota Sedan race followed by Tim Curtis and Mike Marley to round out the top three.

The Super Hobby Stock first place trophy was taken by Howard Holden with Eloy Bazan and Jesus Hernandez finishing second and third. The Jr Late Model exhibition race ended with some fireworks, Dylan Zampa led almost every lap in the 25 lap race but was turned around by Jess Burks coming off of turn two giving the victory to Jackson Dukes.

Speaking of fireworks, the entire field of late models lined up on the front straight in preparation for the last race of the night, but before the engines roared for the final main event fans were treated to the most intense fireworks display in the history of the Madera Speedway. It was quite the spectacle with the reflection of the fireworks coming off the race cars on the track.

After the lights came back on from the fireworks show the Madera late Models were pacing around the track in preparation for the start of the race and pole setter Dillion Tucker's car suffered a mechanical problem sending him to the pits. When the green flag went into the air it was Jason Aguirre and Matt Erickson that went door to door lap after lap for the lead of the race. It was Aguirre that seized control of the race by driving away from Erickson and third place driver William Martyn. With just ten laps to go in the forty lap main event it looked as though Jason Aguirre had with race in hand as he had a 13-15 car length lead until he found himself in heavy lapped traffic.

Aguirre went past several cars and then found himself stuck behind the 44 car of Mike Shipero and after making several attempts to pass Shipero on the top and then on the bottom side of the track Erickson sliced and diced through the traffic until he found a way to the back bumper of Aguirre with just a couple of laps to go in the race. With the big crowd on their feet Erickson made a daring move into turn three using the 44 car of Shipero as a pick trapping Aguirre on the bottom of the track as Erickson flew by on the top stealing the lead from the hands of Jason Aguirre.

When the final checkered flag of this Red, White and Blue spectacular night went into the air with the crowd roaring it was Matt Erickson that took the victory with a mirror full of second place driver Jason Aguirre. Thomas Suarez was third, with Hank Gaalswyk Jr. fourth and Loren Kutz rounding out the top five.

The next race event is the Gerhardt Classic on July 8th featuring a 100 lap midget race with a three wide start! For more information check out www.racemadera.com.


MADERA, CALIFORNIA (June 17, 2017) - The theme of Saturday night's round fours of the televised RPM Mortgage Pro Late Models and 51FIFTY Jr. Late Models was change. Change was in the air for a pair of second-generation drivers who rewarded their fathers with big Father's Day Weekend wins with Logan Zampa and Austin Herzog grabbing wins at Madera Speedway. For Zampa, the win marked his first career televised victory while Herzog, a four-time winner in 2016, broke the three-in-a-row Jr. LM streak of Jesse Love IV.

Zampa had finished on the podium multiple times this season along a few wins in the non-televised Madera Late Model series, and entered the night third in the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series.

The Pro Late Model race was a 100 lap back-and-forth duel between Austin Herzog running double duty and 2015 champion Buddy Shepherd who himself had won two consecutive series races. Lengthy red flags within the first 12 laps for fluid from Thomas Suarez and Mark Squadrito slowed the action for the 25 car field considerably. Zampa spun in the fluid and went all the way to the back of the field, with his comeback earning him the Fluidyne Cool Move Under Pressure honors for the night.

Kyle Gottula spun and Rick Thompson had hard contact with the wall with both cars out of the event on lap 12. Bakersfield's Racin Vernon again suffered mechanical woes to end his night on lap 28. The young Austin Herzog paced the first quarter of the race before Shepherd used the inside line to take over the lead. Coming out of the lap 50 break for adjustments and interviews with the MAVTV cameras, Del McIntosh fell out of the race with a swaybar mount problem while all-time winningest driver Matt Erickson, the 2016 champion, had a brake bleeder issue bounce him from the race on lap 78.

Herzog kept up the intensity on Shepherd all the way into the final corner when the duo made contact causing Shepherd to spin. Several cars crashed including Ryan Hart hitting the wall significantly. Herzog scooted away to cross the finish line first but was penalized to the end of the lead lap for his involvement in the incident. Zampa was moved into the first position and celebrated a big victory that puts him squarely in the championship hunt. Modesto's Garland Tyler was second for another top three with Mariposa's Glen Cook third. Dillon Tucker and Howard Holden rounded out the top-five.

On the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model side, the season had been all about rookie driver Jesse Love IV with the 12 year old winning the first three races. But 2016 season runner-up Austin Herzog had different plans on Saturday night as he led all 75 laps in the feature. The talented field of drivers ages 10-16 years old was first narrowed down by a B Main event before 15 cars accepted the green flag for the feature.

The feature was relatively fast-paced and incident free with Herzog leading from the pole position while the battling ensued behind him. One of the larger incidents of the night occurred on lap 43 when the #43 of Tyler Reif of Las Vegas hit the wall. While Herzog led the full distance with some challenges from Love, the overall battle was for second between Love and Eric Nascimento, Jr.

Love bounced off the front stretch wall coming to the finish for the second spot and missed out by a scant .087 seconds to Nascimento in a thrilling conclusion to the battle. Middleton, Idaho's Zachary Telford had his career best performance with a solid fourth place finish ahead of Las Vegas' RJ Smothermon. Kolby Berry once again set quick time but was unable to capitalize and finished seventh while B Main winner Kabe McClenny of Bakersfield drove through the pack for an eighth place finish. Nine lead lap cars served as a testament to the strong performance by these young drivers.

The Modified Super Toyotas and Toyota Sedans entertained the crowd with a combined feature event with the faster MSTs won by points leader "Dirt" Bert Stephens while Jason Kearns won the Toyota Sedans portion with points leader Mike Marley in second.

Madera Speedway goes dark June 24th before continuing July 1st for the BIG FIREWORKS SHOW! Grass Roots Racer Classic (Double Points all divisions including the Enduro Series), Madera Late Models, Race #5 of the Super Hobby Stock Series 50 laps, MSTs (48 lap main, split 24's) , Toyota Sedans (48 lap main, split 24's), F4's (24 lap main), Firecracker 40 lap Race #3 of the Enduro Extreme Series Barrel race & an Enduro Sprint Race (40 laps), and Jr. Late Model 25 lap exhibition race.

For more information about Madera Racing on MAVTV please visit www.racemadera.com or www.mavtv.com. For more information about 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 Racing on MAVTV continues Thursday June 29th with coverage of the April 29th round two for the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series. The broadcast beings at 8 p.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Pacific. Madera Speedway racing is also available on the LucasOilRacing.TV app

Cappello flies cross-country for another win at Madera Speedway (By Jim Short)

MADERA, California (June 10, 2017) - Dylan Cappello flew a long way to get here and drove a long time after he did but made it all worthwhile by leading every lap and winning the SuperClean 75 presented by Protect The Harvest Saturday night at Madera Speedway.

It was the second win in a row at Madera for Cappello, the 2014 champion of the Lucas Oil Modified Series presented by RAM Mounts, and it vaulted the 21-year-old from Peoria, Arizona, from sixth to second in this season's Hoosier Tire West point standings.

That all made a couple of cross-country flights worthwhile. Cappello flew to California from Charlotte, North Carolina, where he's spending the summer as an intern with the Stewart Haas Racing NASCAR team, and was starting his return trip from San Jose at 6:30 Sunday morning. He didn't mind too much, though.

"I really like this track," he said, with his record of two wins and four top 5 finishes in six starts as evidence. "I'm ready to come back here again.

"We (he, crew chief Dean Kuhn and his team) really worked on it," he said of the RAM Mounts/Sears Garage Doors STR Chevrolet. "We knew we were pretty good Friday night and we felt confident coming in here with the notes we had from last year."

Cappello qualified fourth, behind Austin Barnes, Taylor Miinch and Scott Winters, but started on the front row beside pole-sitter Travis Thirkettle after Barnes drew 5 for the invert. Cappello took the lead from Thirkettle early on the opening lap and then managed to remain in front and stay awake through six lengthy yellow flags.

"It was a real long night; it was getting ridiculous," said Cappello, who finished 75 laps of the third-mile oval 4.107 seconds ahead of Thirkettle, with Miinch third, Jason Irwin fourth and Linny White fifth.

The first caution flag waved on lap 2 and the sixth on lap 33, at which point series officials began counting yellow flag laps, something that is not normally done. After the final restart on lap 46 the race was green to the finish, but by that point series promoter Greg Scheidecker and the officials had seen enough of what one observer described as "bumper tag" racing.

"We're not happy with it at all," Scheidecker said. "It was unbelievable. I know our fields are so close (the top 23 qualifiers were separated by just .486 of a second) there's bound to be some incidents, but this was too much."

One early victim of the mayhem was Winters, who had won twice and been in the top five three times in the past five races at Madera. He started on the inside of the second row behind Cappello, who had had four top five and last year's win in his past five starts at the track, but their anticipated battle ended when Winters was sidelined by an involuntary meeting with the wall while running fifth after 7 laps.

Meanwhile Cappello, Thirkettle and Miinch ran one-two-three all night.
"I was really focused on the restarts, getting clean jumps and a good cushion going into the first corner," Cappello said. "The car was really tight for the first couple of laps after every start, then it would come to me, and on that last run it stayed with me the whole time.

"With about 10 to go I got into some heavy lapped traffic. I was clear by about four seconds so I just tucked in behind and kept my eyes on them so I wouldn't get caught in it if something happened."

Nothing happened other than Thirkettle posting his best finish and third top 10 in three races at the Madera County Fairgrounds track and Miinch running his streak of finishing fourth or better to 10 races.

Miinch headed home to Rancho San Diego, California, unofficially 35 points ahead of Cappello and 44 in front of Blake Rogers of Yuma, Arizona, with four of the 10 championship events completed.

Shelby Stroebel went into the evening second in the standings and came out of it seventh after finishing 15th and Michael Womack dropped from fifth to 10th with a 23 rd-place finish.

Earlier in the evening, Matthew Hicks made a guest appearance in the North State Modified Series main event and won that 60-lap contest. Hicks, the 2016 Lucas Oil Modified champion, took this year off from the series to stay closer to home and family in Lakeside, California. He drove one of friend PJ Pedroncelli's cars Saturday night, was the fastest qualifier in the 24-car field, and took the lead from Jason Philpot with 2 laps to go in route to the victory by .714 seconds.

The next stop for the Lucas Oil Modifieds is Kern County Raceway Park, the ultra-fast half-mile oval on the outskirts of Bakersfield, California, for round five of the championship season July 1.

Madera Speedway, Madera, California
1/3-mile paved oval

MAIN EVENT (75 LAPS) - 1. Dylan Cappello (11C), Peoria, Az.; 2. Travis Thirkettle (5T), Newhall Ca.; 3. Taylor Miinch (4T) Rancho San Diego, Ca.; 4. Jason Irwin (9i), Albuquerque, N.M.; 5. Linny White (99), Colton, Ca.; 6. Blake Rogers (4B), Yuma, Az.; 7. Jim Mardis (51), Yucaipa, Ca.; 8. Eddie Secord (84), Oak Hills, Ca.; 9. Larry Gerchman (25), Lake Havasu City, Az.; 10. Austin Barnes (51A), Escondido, Ca.;
11. William Guevara (55g), Lake Havasu City, Az.; 12. PJ Pedroncelli (33), Sonoma, Ca.; 13. Dustin Tilbury (17D), Edgewood, N.M.; 14. Mike Mitchell (77), Loomis, Ca.; 15. Shelby Stroebel (24), Meridian, Idaho; 16. Eric Hamilton (11H), Hanford, Ca.; 17. Chris Cook (2), Tabiona, Utah; 18. Mark Allison (115), Las Vegas; 19. Cameron Morga (54X), Albuquerque; 20. Dave Arce (5), Santee, Ca.;
21. Wes Miller (87), Turlock, Ca.; 22. Doug Hamm (4X), North Las Vegas; 23. Michael Womack (3), Troutman, N.C.; 24. William Camara (57), Fremont, Ca.; 25. Scott Winters (24A), Tracy, Ca.; 26. Sierra Furia (37), Lakeport, Ca.
Margin of victory - 4.107 seconds. Lead changes - 1 among 2 drivers. Caution flags - 6. Fast qualifier - Barnes, 14.513 seconds/82.602 mph (top 23 separated by 486 seconds).
B MAIN (20 laps) - 1. Jerry Toporek (40), Venice, Ca.; 2. Sal Lopez (02), Sacramento, Ca.; 3. Kevin Nichols (78), Bakersfield, Ca. (Morga, Furia, Allison and Guevara were the first four and advanced to the main event.)


MADERA, CALIFORNIA (May 31, 2017) - Officials from Short Track Management and Madera Speedway have amended the results of Saturday night's round #3 of the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series. The 100 lap victory by Bakersfield's Buddy Shepherd has been reinstated following a review of technical inspection procedures.

Shepherd set quick-time and led the final 68 laps of the event before being disqualified in post-race inspection for an illegal engine set back. After reviewing the inspection procedures, officials deemed that the measurement was not taken accurately. Shepherd will receive all awards earned for the evening including fast-time points, half-way bonus points, finish points, and all prize money.

He will lead the points standings when the MAVTV-televised series resumes on June 17th for round #4.

The amended top-five are Shepherd, Logan Zampa, Garland Tyler, Austin Herzog, and Dillon Tucker.

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MADERA, CALIFORNIA (May 27, 2017) - 12 year-old rookie Jesse Love IV of Menlo Park continued his incredible start to his Madera Speedway Jr. Late Model career, taking Saturday night's 75 lap 51FIFTY Energy Drink feature as part of Military Tribute Night. Love's third win highlighted a busy night that included Logan Zampa getting his first career RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model win, Tyler Reif taking the Mini Cup feature, and Mike Marley grabbing the Toyota Sedans.

Both round threes of the Late Model divisions on the one-third mile were televised for later broadcast on MAVTV.

The 20 car Jr. Late Model field struggled to get the race underway as Watsonville's Lilly Mead stalled on the initial attempt at a start with fuel pump issues. On the following attempt, pole sitter Kyle Keller of Las Vegas spun in turn four and Mentone's Austin Edwards spun in turn two as well.

12 year-old Zachary Telford of Middleton, ID assumed the lead position for a single file restart with Love restarting in second.

Fast-time qualifier Kolby Berry of Redwood Valley restarted third but faced pressure from 2016 season runner-up Austin Herzog. RJ Smothermon of Las Vegas spun in turn one for the next caution on lap five. Herzog cleared Berry for third before that caution flag flew.

Telford slid up the hill coming off of turn four before concluding lap 11 and tagged the wall. He fell back to third with Love assuming the lead. Jaden Rocha spun in turn four to bring out another caution on lap 13. This caution fell as Jarrett Gilmer began peeking inside Hailie Deegan for fifth.

The battle for fifth continued after the restart when they got side-by-side before the conclusion of lap 20. Gilmer cleared Deegan down the backstretch. 2016 champion Dezel West and Eric Nascimento, Jr. also went past Deegan.

Berry slowed with engine trouble from the fourth position on lap 25 and stopped at the end of the backstretch. West and Gilmer tangled on the ensuing restart with Gilmer spinning and West sent to the rear for his involvement. Several spins and incidents slowed the pace of the race for the next seven laps with three different cautions.

Deegan got past Telford for the fourth spot and Bakersfield's Kabe McClenny followed her through for fifth. A major multi-car crash on the backstretch involved both Madison and Alison Gay with Madison's car suffering heavy front end damage when she hit the back of Gilmer. On the lap 35 restart Herzog began to hound Love for the top spot.

Telford got overhauled by Edwards dropping the early race leader to seventh just before the lap 50 break. Herzog continued the intensity on Love with five laps to the break. Herzog ran out of gas to bring out a lap 46 caution and had to be pushed back to the infield. He never was able to re-fire which ended his evening. McClenny inherited second with Edwards up into third in a remarkable comeback.

Edwards ran out of gas as well as the race reached lap 50 for the break but he managed to stay on the lead lap.

The race reached lap 50 with Love leading McClenny, Deegan, Telford, and Las Vegas' Tanner Reif. Reif used the restart to get around Telford to take over fourth. Madison Gay's night ended in sparks on lap 60. Anthony Guiamano retired to the pits under that caution as well.

The final 15 laps were paced by Love while McClenny fought off a torrid charge from Hailie Deegan. Deegan gave McClenny several bumps in turn three over the final five laps but was unsuccessful. Love dashed away for a .780 victory ahead of McClenny, Deegan, Reif, and Keller.

In RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model competition, 25 cars took to the track for the 100 lap feature for the third race of 2017. Logan Zampa of Napa was credited with his first career series win after an exciting main event.

14 year-old Austin Herzog led the field to the green flag alongside Modesto's Garland Tyler. Tyler ran side-by-side on the outside of Herzog for the first two laps of the race before Herzog started to edge forward with the lead. The pair jumped out to a sizeable lead over fifth starting Zampa who immediately climbed into third.

The early battle was for fourth as Ryan Hart tried to fend off fast-time qualifier Buddy Shepherd. Shepherd got past him in turn two on lap eight. Hart fell back into a battle with Dillon Tucker but successfully held him off in heavy lapped traffic.

Herzog encountered early lapped traffic on lap nine but maintained a five car length advantage. Tyler Herzog spun for the race's first caution on lap 18. Herzog picked the outside for the restart and managed to get ahead of Tyler but Shepherd snaked into second in the process.

Tucker rolled around Hart for the fifth spot but Hart battled back at lap 25 in a very good battle. Glen Cook won a battle with Matt Erickson that thrust Erickson back to Rick Thompson. Thompson got around Erickson for eighth on lap 27.

The top four cars of Herzog, Shepherd, Tyler, and Zampa hooked up nose to tail on the outside in a way unseen so far in 2017. Shepherd dove inside Herzog in turn four and took over the lead at lap 32. The lead pack continued to run the top side of the race track although turn three was very loose for several competitors.

Lapped traffic ran side-by-side right in front of the Tucker and Hart battle within the final ten laps of the first half. Herzog used lapped traffic to climb back on top of Shepherd with five to go.

At the lap 50 break it was Shepherd leading Herzog, Tyler, Zampa, and Tucker. Hart challenged Tucker yet again for fifth coming out of the break and took over the position. Shepherd rocketed out to a ten car length lead over the trio of Herzog, Zampa, and Tyler. Hart managed to close in on the trio on lap 61. Zampa worked his way past Herzog on lap 66 in lapped traffic to nab second place.

The battling for the fifth position was nearly non-stop throughout the feature and eventually grew to a five car battle involving Hart, Tucker, Rick Thompson, Erickson, and Howard Holden.

A caution on lap 77 for Del McIntosh spinning in turn four changed the race as Glen Cook was hit hard by Tyler Herzog with Quintin Harris also getting involved. The caution also evaporated the comfortable lead that Shepherd had built up over Zampa.

Herzog had a slow restart from third that allowed Tyler to jump to his outside. Tyler swooped past him to take the position in turn two on lap 78. Tucker tried to duplicate the move outside Hart in that continuing exciting battle. Tucker completed the deal in the same corner on lap 80. The battle for third picked up as Herzog used the long green flag run to make up ground on Tyler.

Shepherd drove away for a 1.449 second win over Zampa, Tyler, Herzog, and Tucker. Hart settled for sixth ahead of a hard-charging Howard Holden in seventh.

Shepherd's victory was nullified in post-race inspection, however, with an illegal engine setback. That gave Logan Zampa his first career RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model victory in what will be a tightening points battle when the series continues on June 17th.

Points leader Mike Marley led on two different occasions en route to the 25 lap Toyota Sedan victory. Marley led the first six laps of the Toyota Sedan feature before a hungry pack of Sedans pounced on him. Jason Lawton took over the lead with Tim Curtis going by for second a few laps later. A mix up on lap 11 saw Erik Woods spin in turn two and Curtis fall out of the race with front bumper damage. After an incident between Woods and Thomas Magray, Marley made a big move on the outside to take the lead on lap 21.

Marley took the victory with Wood and Dukes crashing hard at the start finish line at the conclusion of the race. The top-five were credited as Marley, Lawton, Kyle Fortney, Woods, and Dukes.

Nine year-old Tyler Reif of Las Vegas is now a perfect two-for-two in Mini Cup competition as he won a solid 20 lap feature against the challenges of Stockton's JoJo Stearns. Bakersfield's Kale McClenny ran third ahead of Joseph Holliday and Aiden Phillips.

Madera Speedway goes dark June 3rd before continuing June 10th for the Lucas Oil Summertime Horsepower Nationals. It will feature the Lucas Oil Modifieds in the Protect the Harvest 75 MAVTV show, North State Modified Tour, Race #4 of the Super Hobby Stock Open Series 50 laps, USAC HPD Midgets, Legends of Kearney Bowl, and CSS 360 Super Mods.

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Madera Racing on MAVTV begins Thursday June 1st with coverage of the season opener from March 11th for the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series. The broadcast beings at 8 p.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Pacific. Madera Speedway racing is also available on the LucasOilRacing.TV app

Big Competition and New Winners at Madera Speedway

Madera, CA. (5.13.17) - Fans enjoyed $5 admission tickets and they were also treated to some of the best competition of the year throughout the night during the club race on May 13th at the Madera Speedway.

The headline division was the Madera Late Models (this is not the MAVTV televised RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series, their next race is May 27th), this Madera Late Model race featured a finish that many fans were calling the best they have ever seen at the speedway.

We will get back to the details of that great late model finish in a moment but first we have to talk about the winner of the MST (Mini Super Toyota) main event. The MSTs are a very competitive racing division and one would not think a brand new driver making his first ever start on a pavement oval could possibly win a main event. But that is exactly what Shaun Reynolds did in his first race on a pavement oval. It gets even better, Ryan Reynolds finished third in the same race that was his first ever start giving the Reynolds boys both a podium finish in their first start! Zachery Cook finished a strong second in this MST race and made his first ever late model start later in the evening against 15 other drivers.

Ok, back to the late model race. There were 16 late models in the pits for this tune-up race and the finish was certainly the highlight of the evening's event. Fans were treated to a preview of what would come in the main event when young Logan Zampa and Matt Erickson went door to door in crowd thrilling fashion with Zampa edging out Erickson for the win in the heat.

In the main event Erickson was determined to flip the finish order between he and Zampa so he would be the one in victory lane, and from the early laps it was Erickson that took control of the race leading almost every lap. Key words "almost every lap".

Throughout the main event Zampa was able to get underneath Erickson and drive almost door to door with him which has been a move very few have been able to make on Erickson for a long time at the Madera Speedway.

On the last lap after taking the white flag with the crowd on their feet Zampa was door to door with Erickson flying down the back stretch of the track headed towards turn three, but there was a big problem ahead as they caught a lapped car on the bottom of the track
right in front of Zampa and it looked like Erickson would use the lapped car as a pick to beat Zampa.

Somehow young Logan Zampa found just enough room between Erickson and the lapped car to make it three wide coming off of turn four and with contact from Erickson young Zampa took the checkered flag first with his nose pointing at the flag stand with the car sideways. Logan Zampa was greeted with cheers and roars from the crowd when he rolled into victory lane as many fans are thinking this could be a preview of the next MAVTV televised race at Madera on May 27th.

The season began for Matt Erickson as he left off in his record setting 2016 season as he won the $5,000.00 to win season opener by outmuscling Buddy Shepherd for the victory on March 11th. But since the opening night Erickson has been 0 for 3 at the Madera Speedway as he has witnessed Dillion Tucker, Buddy Shepherd, and now Logan Zampa stand on the victory lane real estate in which he is used to occupying.

The top ten in the Madera Late Models on May 13th was Logan Zampa, Matt Erickson, Dillion Tucker, Jarret Gilmer, Henk Gaalswyk Jr., Aaron Mullins, Mike Shipero, Lucy Carmona, Kent Cam, and Shane Butler.

Fans enjoyed another throw down door to door race in the Jr Late Model tune-up race (again this is not the televised series, that race happens on May27th), but you could not tell Tanner Reif and Jesse Burks that this was not a televised race as they were door to door toe to toe going for the victory. When the checkered flag went into the air it was Tanner Rief that found his way to victory lane with the warm reception of the pleased crowd.

The top five in the Jr Late Model tune-up race was Tanner Reif, Jesse Burks, Calvin Hegie, Brodie Riedman, and Jaden Rocha.

The Toyota Sedans gave the crowd a thrill with their main event action as normal and it was Tim Cutis that found victory lane followed by a hard charging Mike Marley, Erik Woods, Jason Lawton, and Dean Gould for the top five.

In the Super Hobby Stock race it was Howard Holden that took the victory followed by Eloy Bazan, Jesus Hernandez, Steve Schermerhorn and Ivan Scorsor for the top five.

The Madera Speedway is closed on May 20th. The next race is one of the biggest of the year with the MAVTV televised Military Tribute Night featuring a huge opening ceremony tribute to our military! The headliner for the May 27th race event is the televised RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series and the 51FIFTY Jr Late Model Series.

All military past and present receive a free ticket to the grandstands on May 27th, please visit www.racemadera.com for more information.


MADERA, CALIFORNIA (April 29, 2017) - 12 year-old Jesse Love established himself as the top contender for the 2017 51FIFTY Junior Late Model championship while 2015 track champion Buddy Shepherd returned to RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model victory lane in a busy Saturday night at Madera Speedway. Both second round events of the prestigious Late Model series were broadcast for MAVTV on a perfect spring evening at the fastest one-third mile in the west.

Love's 75 lap win makes him two-for-two in his young Jr. Late Model career and came against an outstanding field of 20 cars, narrowed from a 15 lap B Main. Redwood Valley's Kolby Berry, the season opening runner-up, brought the field to the green flag alongside last April's winner Austin Edwards, age 12.

An incident early on in turn two involved three female drivers including Jaden Lyn Rocha, Lilly Mead, and Madison Gay. All eventually were freed from the incident but Jaden Lyn eventually retired from the race on lap seven.

A series of short cautions for spins brought the race to a lap nine restart, where Berry spun from the lead but the race remained under green with Edwards assuming the top spot. Las Vegas' Tanner Reif spun on lap 11 with a flat right rear tire and Mead spun in turn two collecting Reif on lap 18. Reif and Mead were again gathered in a melee on lap 22 that included Jesse Burks.

Love took a look underneath Edwards for the lead before another brief caution. Love continued to hound Edwards while four-time winner Austin Herzog tried to overtake Hailie Deegan for third. Herzog and Deegan had a brief door banging battle on lap 28 and Herzog grabbed the position.

Love finally got around Edwards for first on lap 30 in turn 1 before a caution for Berry spun around in turn two. Herzog challenged Edwards for second before Anthony Guiamano tagged the wall with a flat tire to bring the race's 50 lap break early on lap 41.

After the intermission on the front stretch, Love drove away from the pack repeatedly while the biggest mover was Bakersfield's Kabe McClenny. McClenny challenged Deegan for fourth several times in his first series race. McClenny spun on lap 57 in turn two and collected Eric Nascimento, Jr. to end Nascimento's night early.

A final caution for a brief spin on lap 64 set up an 11 lap run to the finish but Love proved too strong for the .518 second victory while Edwards held off Herzog for second. Berry charged back through the field to finish fourth with Deegan rounding out the top-five.

Buddy Shepherd came from the ninth position to get his first 100 lap Madera Speedway RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model victory since his 2015 championship season. The top eight starters after the redraw were all drivers without a previous televised Pro Late Model win, making for a wide-open race. 2016 champion Matt Erickson came to the green from 12th as well.

Ryan Hart led the first three laps with Rick Thompson on his outside, before Thompson edged forward to hold the lead position. Erickson found himself embroiled in three-wide racing early on. Hart hit the front stretch wall head-on during lap 15 but the race stayed green until Howard Holden spun in turn one the following lap.

Shepherd found himself in fourth by that restart, while up front it was Madera Late Model Easter Egg night winner Dillon Tucker charging past Thompson for the lead on lap 16. A caution on lap 25 spelled disaster for top-five running Austin Herzog as he retired to the pits with smoke from the rear of the car.

Tucker's days at the front were numbered as Shepherd pounced to lead lap 26. Several different restart exchanges saw different drivers follow Shepherd on the outside line including Rick Thompson driving back into second. A multi-car spin in turn three slowed action on lap 36 and a two-by-two battle for third followed. Erickson snaked through the battling to advance to fourth by lap 42 with the race hitting its halfway break at lap 50. Tyler slid across the line from fifth at the end of the segment but was able to continue without damage.

After the halfway break on the front stretch for adjustments, racing resumed with Shepherd continually using the outside line to anchor restarts. Erickson ran as high as third on several occasions and faced battles with half a dozen different drivers. Joey Licata eventually emerged as a contender for the race win as he battled with Thompson for second multiple times before having an engine failure on lap 65.

Erickson slipped back to fifth on that restart and never fully recovered, with Garland Tyler starting to become the next driver to challenge the leaders. Logan Zampa and Tyler managed to both work their way past Thompson on the inside line with five laps to go while Buddy Shepherd enjoyed a comfortable margin ahead of them.

Shepherd grabbed the $2,000 victory by 1.630 seconds ahead of Zampa, Tyler, Thompson, and Erickson. Hart overcame the earlier incident to finish ninth while Tucker faded to tenth in the closing laps with front end damage.

All three undercard divisions on the evening had first time winners. Patrick Geiger put together a dominating win in the Modified Super Toyota feature, winning by a full straight away. The remaining four cars in the event ran two-by-two for the entire 20 laps with Bert Stephens edging Zachary Cook for second.

Nine year-old Tyler Reif of Las Vegas, NV made the most of his Mini Cup debut for his first win. A late restart evaporated his comfortable lead but he was not deterred as he charged to a 2.227 second win over JoJo Stearns and Joseph Holiday.

Toyota Sedan points leader Mike Marley picked up his first ever win topping Erik Woods and Thomas Magray.

Madera Speedway's 2017 season continues next Saturday with the Vukovich Classic / The BCRA Midgets, NCMA Sprints, CSS/360 Super Modifieds, Legends of Kearney Bowl, Senior Open Vintage Super Modifieds, California Hard Tops, Vintage BCRA, USAC HPD Midgets, Legends of the Pacific, PLUS THE WEST COAST SPORTSMAN SERIES featuring Grand National Type stock cars in a 75 Lap race!

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Madera, CA. (4.9.17) - When the April 8th Easter Egg race event started Saturday the conversation in the pit area was could the rain and cold weather be beat once again at the Madera Speedway or would the rain finally take down a race at the fastest 1/3 mile in the west. Well, the speedway beat the weather once again and by the end of the race event the conversation shifted from rain to "reign" and the fact that Dillion Tucker put an end to the Matt Erickson reign Saturday night.

Dillion Tucker picked up his first career win in a Pro Late Model with an outside move past race leader Logan Zampa on lap 29 of the 40 laps event. The race went green for 28 straight laps with Tucker chasing the hard charging Zampa prior to the one and only restart on lap 29. Matt Erickson had fought his way to third prior to the restart, but the key word is fought as it took every move in the Erickson book to work past young Austin Herzog, Tyler Herzog and Rick Thompson.

It looked like Erickson was in the perfect spot for the restart being in the second row inside on a track that had little rubber on the high groove. Once again it looked like Erickson might not be the best car, but he would find a way to victory lane, again. But what happened next had eyes wide open at the end of the race and changed the tone in the Madera pit area just a couple of weeks away from the $2,000 to win April 29th MAVTV televised RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series.

On the restart Dillion Tucker drove his number 88 Chevy hard into turn one on the high side of the racetrack and fought door to door with Logan Zampa for the lead. Instead of Erickson making a move for the lead on the bottom it was young Austin Herzog that blasted past Erickson on the top side of the race track right on the back bumper of Tucker. Then instead of Erickson moving forward he found himself under assault from RickThompson, Justin Philpott and Tyler Herzog.

The next ten laps flew by at a hot pace set by race leader Dillion Tucker and when the checkered flag went into the air on lap 40 it was the trio of young guns Dillion Tucker, Logan Zampa and Austin Herzog headed for the podium.

This was the first victory for Dillion Tucker in the late models, but he has been knocking on the door in the MAVTV televised series having a late race chance to win both the $10,000 to win fall event and the season opening $5,000 to win race in March.

The top five finishers in this Late Model race were Dillion Tucker, Logan Zampa, Austin Herzog, Rick Thompson, and Justin Philpott. Erickson finished 7th after being shuffled back by Tyler Herzog for 6th.

The Jr Late Model series had a tune-up race on the schedule during the Easter Egg Hunt race event and these tune-up races are designed to allow drivers to get more seat time as well as allow new drivers to compete in a full sized late model to prepare for the televised series at Madera.

Austin Herzog won the race with up and coming star Hailed Deegan finishing second but many eyes were on the cars that ran from 3rd to 6th place as these were all new drivers making either their first, or second start. Kabe McClenny really impressed everyone by running with the leaders with a car that was very fast finishing third. Teagan Harlan finished fourth making smooth laps, ten year old Hailey Liles finished fifth in her first start and she really figured out how to get around the Madera Speedway by the end of the race as she was flying around the 1/3 mile. Calvin Hegje made his first start and came home with a nice sixth place finish. Jodie Robinson, Tanner Reif and Jessie Burks all had issues that prevented them from finishing the exhibition tune-up race.

In other divisions competing on the night it was Bert Stephens winning the MST race flowed by Zachary Cook and Dave Lander for the top three. Kyle Fortney won the Toyota Sedan race with Erik Woods and Mike Marley in 2nd and 3rd. It was Eloy Bazan, Verg Baetty and Jon Schlundt in the top three in the Hobby Stocks, and James Cooke, Mike Mulvihill and Robert Smith on the podium for the Enduro cars.

The next race event for the Madera Speedway is the MAVTV televised Round #2 of the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series and the 51FIFTY Jr Late Model Series on April 29th.

Please visit www.racemadera.com for more information about the Madera Speedway and the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series and the 51FIFTY Jr Late Model Series.


Madera, Ca. (4-4-17) - The RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series has been an innovative series to say the least, and now the MAVTV televised Series from Madera Speedway just got even better.

Plans to elevate the series prize money were in place for next season, but they have now been implemented for the 2017 season. The series will compete eight times on MAVTV for the 2017 championship with two $5,000.00 to win races, one $10,000.00 to win race, and now the remaining five races in the 2017 series will pay $2,000.00 to win instead of the planned $1,000.00 to win.

The big news does not stop there; thanks to RPM Mortgage there is now a "B" Main championship in the series for 2017 and each "B" Main event will now pay $500 to win. Here is how the "B" mains will work, there will be a fifteen lap race and the top four cars from the "B" main will pull into the pits to transfer to the MAVTV televised "A" main, then the remaining cars will race for ten laps and the winner will take home $500 for the race. All "B" main points will be tracked for a 2017 "B" main championship.

The RPM Mortgage money does not stop there, the 2017 MAVTV televised series champion will receive a $5,000.00 bonus check at the awards banquet, and the "B" Main Champion will receive a $500 bonus check.

The RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series competes once per month at the Madera Speedway with the 2017 races airing on MAVTV beginning in June.

The 2017 schedule for the series is $5,000 to win March 11th, $2,000 to win April 29th, $2,000 to win May 27th, $2,000 to win June 17th, $5,000 to win July 29th, $2,000 to win August 26th, $2,000 to win September 23rd and $10,000 to win October 7th.

Fans can catch the 2016 series on MAVTV Thursday nights at 8pm along with the 51FIFTY Jr Late Model Series action.

For more information including the rules for the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series please visit www.racemadera.com. For more information about RPM Mortgage please visit www.rpm-mtg.com.

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MADERA, CALIFORNIA (April 1, 2017) - Courtney Crone and Toni Breidinger both won Midget main events on Saturday night to give the young ladies a sweep of the feature events in Saturday night's Pombo/Sargent Classic at Madera Speedway. The race honored Al Pombo and Marshall Sargent, two of the all-time great racers in the history of California Super Modified racing primarily in the 1950s and 1960s.

Both Crone and Breidinger have larger racing plans on their horizons, adding to the intrigue of the exciting night on the fastest one-third mile in the west. Crone will compete in the Formula Car Challenge Series in 2017 after winning a scholarship through World Speed Racing. Breidinger aims to compete in select USAC Silver Crown races this year as well as the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series at Madera Speedway televised on MAVTV.

Napa's David Prickett started alongside Spanaway, Washington driver Shawn Breitsman for the start of the 30 lap BCRA Midget feature that capped the busy evening. Prickett led the opening lap while Crone charged forward in Jerome Rodela's #25 entry to run second by the third lap. Crone challenged Prickett for several laps before leading the sixth lap of the race.

Fast-time qualifier Chad Nichols, 2016 BCRA Midget pavement champion, leapt up into third but spent several restarts trying to work his way past Prickett. All the while, Crone enjoyed open race track and ran the quickest lap of the weekend on lap 14 in the 13.5s. Nichols finally got around Prickett with ten to go but was unable to make up any ground on Crone.

Crone bobbled slightly on lap 25 when she lit up the left front tire in turn three, but she settled down and ran four flawless laps to take a 1.177 second win. Goodwill, heat race winner Scott Pierovich, and Spanaway, Washington's Tony Seidelman rounded out the top-five.

For Toni Breidinger, her USAC Western US Midgets victory extends her mark as the winningest female racer in USAC history. She set the mark March 18th when she won the division's pavement opener and is now two-for-two in 2017 on asphalt.

2017 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series season opener winner Jesse Love IV, age 12, is also the 2016 USAC overall champion. He led much of the early laps of the race with Breidinger hotly in pursuit. Breidinger, the 2016 USAC asphalt champion, was relentless in applying pressure including using her bumper several times to try to force the issue. Breidinger nearly made the pass at one stage in turn one but slid up the race in a slidejob type maneuver. Love was able to sail inside out of turn two and used a lapped car in turn three to hold onto the lead.

2016 Mini Cup champion Adam Lemke, 14 of Hollister, spun to bring out a caution and another caution flew on lap 24 when Tom Patterson tagged the turn one wall when he lost his brakes.

Toni Breidinger took off with the lead and eventually ran the fastest lap of the event on the 30th and final lap for a 1.815 second victory with Love second ahead of the surging Annie Breidinger. Lemke worked his way back up to fourth ahead of Blake Brannon.

In other action on Saturday night, Howard Holden is undefeated in Super Hobby Stocks as he won his second feature in that division in three weeks. Eric Humphries of Chowchilla added another victory at the speedway to his resume, this time in the CSS 360 Super Modified feature.

Nearly 30 Legends of Kearney Bowl and BCRA Vintage Midgets wowed the crowd along with Anthony Pombo and Mike Sargent honoring their family legacy in Vintage Open Super Modifieds at breakneck speeds. Ripon's Denny Burell drove from last on the grid to win the NCMA Sprints feature as the series opened its 30th year of competition. He had a race long duel with fellow series veteran David Burchett of Tracy en route to the win.

Madera Speedway's 2017 season continues next Saturday with the 75 Lap West Coast Sportsman race as part of the BIG EGG HUNT for the kids presented by Hampton Inn & Suites! Racing action also includes Race #1 of the Enduro Extreme Series Barrel Race (40 laps) & an Enduro Sprint Race (40 laps), Madera Late Models, Madera Hobby Stocks, MSTs, Toyota Sedans, 4-Bangers, and Jr. Late Model 25 lap exhibition race

For more information on the Madera Speedway, visit RaceMadera.com


Madera, Ca. (3.25.17) - The track was wet with running water flowing down the speedway surface when the 4th annual Madera Rescue Mission/Madera County Foodbank 5k run took place early Saturday morning at the Madera Speedway. The 5k run held at the Madera Speedway is a major fundraiser for both the Madera Rescue Mission and the Madera County Food Bank.

Several hours after the 5k run concluded the rain stopped and the Madera Speedway crew began the process of pumping water and drying the race track and pit area for the "club race" that was scheduled for the evening.

"We have a reputation of getting races in at Madera and even though this was just what we call a local club race I'm very proud of our team for working as hard as they do to make this happen" Kenny Shepherd.

Once the facility was dry and ready to transition from people power to horsepower it was time for some fun racing by local drivers, and some of the new late model teams as well as a few of the television drivers tuning cars for the big April 29th race coming up.

When the final checkered flag fell on this club night of racing it was Bert Stephens, then Tyler Herzog and DJ Lander in the top three of the MST division, Eric Woods, Mike Marly and Thomas Mcgray in the top three of the Toyota Sedans, Matt Erickson, Dillion Tucker and Henk Gaalswyk Jr in the top three in the Madera late models, Zack Green, Mike Kelperis, and Hiroyuki Ueno in the top three in the Southwest Tour Trucks and Chuck Aguirre and Verg Beaty in the Hobby Stocks.

The next race event at the Madera Speedway is the April 1st Pombo/Sargent Tribute open wheel event. The next televised event and race for the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series and the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr Late Model Series is April 29th.

Please visit www.racemadera.com for more information.


MADERA, CALIFORNIA (March 18, 2017) - Carlos Vieira scored his first career PCS victory, as the Pacific Challenge Series presented by PenneyLawyers.com opened up its season Saturday night at Madera Speedway for the Smokey Hanoian 75. Vieira led the final 56 laps of competition but not without late company from fast time qualifier Jason Romero.

"It feels awesome," Vieira said. "The car was solid man. The outside line - I felt pretty confident with it. That first restart I chose the bottom and that was a big mistake."

"Man I was doing everything this car had," Romero said. "I needed another maybe 25 more laps. My front brakes were gone. I was putting rear into it, making it cut."

Romero opened the afternoon with a 14.428 second lap to lead qualifying but it was Granite Bay's Cole Moore, the 2015 Rookie of the Year, winning the American Racer Tire Dash for the pole and a set of tires.

15 PCS Super Late Models roared to the green flag on the one-third mile speedway with outside polesitter Vieira using the outside line to take the early lead. Side by side racing was the name of game during an intense lead battle between Vieira and Moore. The first caution came on lap six when Chris Scribner stopped on the front stretch with fuel pump issues.

Vieira chose the inside for the following restart which proved to be to Moore's favor as he led lap seven by a nose before Vieira edged back to lead lap eight. Moore finally cleared Vieira on lap nine. The next caution flag proved crucial as Romero spun down the backstretch after a mix up with defending series champion Jeremy Doss. Both drivers had to restart at the rear.

Moore selected the outside on the restart and that decision not only propelled him to the lead but allowed his father John to roll into third and Ryan Philpott to roll the top into fifth. Philpott's strong performance expired on lap 14 with mechanical problems.

Vieira crawled back onto Moore and the duo went side-by-side again on lap 15. The caution flew on lap 16 when rookie Jack Wood spun on the front stretch. Moore again picked the outside but Vieira showed he had the right stuff as he took over the lead on lap 19.

Travis Milburn fended off Doss in an entertaining battle for fourth before Doss surrendered to the pits with problems on lap 35. Romero found himself mired in traffic battling Tracy Bolin and 2016 Rookie of the Year Matt Wendt just outside the top-five.

Wood and Danny Malfatti had a collision in turn four for the next caution on lap 34. Romero jumped forward on the following restart to pass John Moore for fourth. Milburn too fell out of the race on lap 43 with mechanical woes and that set the stage for Romero to take third and move towards the leaders.

Romero and Moore staged a thrilling side-by-side affair that gave Vieira the chance to pull his cushion to nearly three seconds. By the time Romero got away on lap 61, he ran both of his fastest laps of the race in open traffic to claw at Vieira. Vieira stayed tough in late lapped traffic for a .487 second victory - three car lengths - in the satisfying victory.

Cole Moore crossed the stripe third but was penalized for an RPM infraction in post race inspection. John Moore assumes third ahead of 2014 champion Mike Beeler and Bolin. Rookie Alexander Mead drove from 14th to seventh to earn the Penney Racing Supply Hard Charger in his series debut.
Other winners on the night included Cody Gerhardt in the Winged Sprint Cars, Howard Holden won the Street Stock main event, Toni Brieginger won the Western US Midget Series main event, and Robbie Czub won the Legends of the Pacific main event.

The next race for the Madera Speedway is March 25th with the Madera Late Models and the car count looks to be in the mid-twenties for this tune-up series at Madera, plus the Jr Late Model exhibition race and the MST's, Toyota Sedans and the South West Tour Trucks! Adult tickets are only $15 for March 18th, check out www.racemadera.com for more information.


MADERA, CALIFORNIA (March 11, 2017) - Matt Erickson and Jesse Love IV split the co-features on Saturday night during the season opening event for Late Models at Madera Speedway. Erickson claimed $5000 in the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series while Love's victory came in his debut in the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Models.

The 2017 season at Madera Speedway opened in a big way with nearly 60 total Late Models in the pit area and over 200 laps of Late Model action the one-third mile asphalt oval.

Erickson's victory kicked off a title defense after a remarkable six wins in eight races season in 2016 in the MAVTV televised Pro Late Model Series. He out-dueled 2015 series champion Buddy Shepherd of Bakersfield for Saturday's exciting victory.

Third Generation driver Ross Strmiska led the 26 car starting field to green after time trials and a 20 lap B Main set the starting order. Shepherd set quick time but drew tenth in the redraw. He quickly charged around the outside lane to run fifth at the conclusion of lap two.

Strmiska, Logan Zampa, and Joey Licata, Jr. anchored a three car breakaway before the first caution on lap 11. Shepherd made some crafty moves to inherit second on the restart. A lap 20 caution gave Shepherd the opportunity to charge underneath Strmiska to take the lead. Shepherd led comfortably through lap 28 before an eight car melee in turn one ended the evening for Bakersfield's Racin Vernon most notably and caused damage for Carl Pearce and Austin Herzog among others.

Shepherd had to head to the infield to top off his radiator for overheating issues, relinquishing the lead back to Strmiska. Garland Tyler also surrendered track position to pit with a flat tire. The restart was a wild one with Erickson getting into 2009 Roseville champion Jason Romero with several cars sliding and spinning to avoid. Erickson and Romero had to restart at the tail end of the field as a result of the incident.

After a lap 38 caution for Zampa spinning from third, Shepherd had already moved forward from 23rd into fifth. When Licata tagged race leader Strmiska on lap 54, Shepherd took over the lead once again in an amazing roller coaster race.

A lap 62 caution ended the first 75 lap segment prematurely with teams heading to the pits before returning for the conclusion of the 125 laps scheduled. Shepherd led Erickson and Dillon Tucker when racing resumed later in the evening, while Licata and Jeffrey Peterson battled behind them for fourth.

An incredible sequence unfolded after a lap 88 crash that ended the nights for Glenn Cook and Howard Holden. Shepherd and Erickson traded the lead multiple times with intense sideways racing. Shepherd made a dive bomb maneuver into turn three only to slide up the hill with Erickson taking the lead and Tucker moving in for second. Zampa spun right behind them and collected Strmiska and Elliott Sterjne to end those two drivers' evenings.

The race went green over the closing laps with Shepherd getting shuffled back to fourth and taking on Romero in a stirring battle for third, before then racing for several laps with Tucker. Shepherd began to claw at Erickson but the race was ended prematurely at lap 120 for curfew with Matt Erickson opening up his title defense in victory lane ahead of Shepherd, Tucker, Romero, Peterson, and Ryan Hart having a solid performance in sixth.

In the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Models, it was a totally different experience. Over 20 competitors ages 10-16 took to the track for the expanded 75 lap feature for MAVTV. No one would stop 12 year old Jesse Love IV who led the entire way in his first career start. The overall USAC HPD Midget champion of 2016 made a big statement to begin his 2017 season.

20 entries took the green with Austin Edwards suffering rear gear problems early in the event to eventually relegate him to the pits for repairs. Love anchored a lead pack that included his teammate Hailie Deegan in the early stages. A spin for the Lilly Mead brought out the first yellow on lap five.

Fast-time qualifier Kolby Berry drove from fifth starting position up to third by the fifth lap of the race. A nice battle ensued in the middle teens laps when Las Vegas' Tanner Reif was freight trained by 2016 champion Dezel West, Austin Herzog, and RJ Smothermon to drop Reif to seventh. The caution flew again on lap 18 and Berry used that to his advantage to take over second from Deegan on lap 23.

West used a series of good restarts to continue to put himself in a good position but it was all for naught. West and Herzog collided in a scary incident off of turn two, with both cars sliding hard into the track entrance gate before coming to stop. Each vehicle suffered serious damage but the drivers were uninjured. Another grinding crash involving Reif, Anthony Guiamano and Allison Gay in turn three brought the race to its lap 50 break early on lap 46 with Love earning the five point bonus and leading Berry into the break.

After ten minutes for repairs and adjustments, the cars returned to the track. Except for a few brief cautions the second half of the race was fairly uneventful. The race ended on a five lap shootout to the finish but Love proved too tough as he outlasted Berry to take his first victory. Deegan ran third ahead of Jesse Burks and first timer Eric Nascimento, Jr.

Dave Lander led all 25 laps for the Modified Super Toyota season opener after winning an exciting heat race as well. Bert Stephens and Zachary Cook were the top-three. Toyota Sedans had a nice nine car turnout with heat race theatrics of their own. Tim Curtis claimed a scant .196 second victory ahead of Kyle Fortney and Dean Gould in the 25 lapper.

Madera Speedway's 2017 season continues next Saturday with the 75 Lap PCS Super Late Model Series , Western Winged Super Sprints, Legends of the Pacific, Race #1 of the Super Hobby Stock Series 50 laps, and USAC HPD Midgets.

For more information on the Madera Speedway, visit RaceMadera.com


MADERA, CALIFORNIA (March 3, 2017) - RPM Mortgage, Inc. and the Madera Speedway have finalized a multi-year sponsorship agreement that will see them become the title sponsor of the televised RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series.

RPM Mortgage, based in Alamo, California, is a professional and experienced independent mortgage lender with deep roots in its community. Over the past several years, the company has worked hard to establish itself as an industry leader. Those same values apply to the fast-growing Madera Speedway and its Pro Late Model division.

"RPM Mortgage's sponsorship of the Pro Late Model Series at Madera Speedway is a perfect fit," said RPM Mortgage CEO Rob Hirt. "Car racing and home lending both require speed and performance to reach the finish line and make dreams come true. RPM is committed to supporting racing fans, on and off the track."

The RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series competes in eight MAVTV-televised races, once per month, at the one-third mile Madera Speedway located on the Madera Fairgrounds in Madera, CA. Each event is televised for a one hour tape-delayed episode. This will mark the third season of televised action for the stock car series that averaged nearly 25 entries per event in 2016.
March 11th will be the season opening race with $5,000 on the line for the race winner.

Additional races include April 29, May 20, June 17, the $5,000 to win Summer Speed Fest on July 29, August 26, and September 23. The season concludes for the RPM Pro Late Model Series with the 5th annual RPM Mortgage Short Track Shootout on October 7. The event is 150 laps and pays $10,000 to win while also crowning the $5,000 division champion.

"I feel that we have changed the complexion of racing in many ways with our innovative race programs and our television show, and we are very excited to take these programs to the next level ," Madera Speedway promoter Kenny Shepherd said. "This marketing relationship with RPM Mortgage expands everything we have been working on and provides a tremendous platform for our race teams to showcase their talent for race fans in 2017."

In addition to sponsoring the Pro Late Model Series, RPM Mortgage will also continue as primary sponsor for Anthony Guiamano competing in Madera's groundbreaking Jr. Late Model Series as well.

For more information on the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series and Madera Speedway, visit RaceMadera.com or follow them on Facebook. Madera Speedway is located on the Madera Fairgrounds on Cleveland Ave and 99.

Race fans can catch up on Madera Speedway racing with "Madera Racing" airing Thursdays on MAVTV at 8 p.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Pacific. Madera Speedway racing is also available on the LucasOilRacing.TV app

About RPM Mortgage:
Based in Alamo, Calif., RPM Mortgage (NMLS #9472) is a private mortgage lender dedicated to providing clients with competitive rates, the best customer-focused products, accelerated closings and the highest quality service. RPM's top executives hold a mortgage-focused track record dating back to 1986 and in 2016, RPM's agility helped fund $6.6 billion in volume. This momentum has led to RPM being the only privately owned U.S. mortgage originator to have earned Standard & Poor's (S&P) Above Average ranking in all ratings categories. For more information, please visit www.rpm-mtg.com, call 925.295.9300 or follow @RPMMortgage.


Madera, Ca, (2.21.17) - The Madera Speedway and the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Company have reached an agreement that will expand the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr Late Model Series in several major ways for the 2017 racing season.

The first major expansion in the 51FIFTY Jr Late Model Series will be in the MAVTV racing show produced with the 51FIFTY Jr Late Models Series as each race will now be 75 laps long to produce a full one hour television show. There will be a 50 lap segment, then a 10 minute break on the race track for car adjustments and television interviews, then a final 25 lap segment ending with victory lane interviews of the top three drivers at each of the eight televised 51FIFTY Jr Late Model Series races.

The second major expansion of the 51FIFTY Jr Late Model Series will be the prize money at each race event. The lap count has expanded to produce a one hour television show and to provide more training for the young 10-16 stars, and so has the prize money at each televised race for this dynamic series.

The fianl expansion area with this new deal for the series is a bonus bucks program at each race like we have in the Pro Late Model Series known as the LoanMart Late Model Series.

"The response from all over the nation was huge with our 51FIFTY Jr Late Model Series in 2016, and now that 51FIFTY is providing us with the horsepower to take this program to a full one hour television show on MAVTV I feel this series will grow to the next level with both talent in the series and a bigger national audience watching this amazing young talent from the Madera Speedway" Kenny Shepherd.

The first race for the 51FIFTY Jr Late Model Series is March 11th, then the series competes once a month through October for an eight race MAVTV televised championship with the 10-16 year old stars of tomorrow competing today on national television. Season three of Madera Racing on MAVTV starts in June, and this is where you will find the 51FIFTY Jr Late Model Series on national television.

To learn more about the 51FIFTY Jr late Model Series and to view the 2017 race schedule please visit www.racemadera.com. To learn more about the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Company go to www.51fiftyenergydrink .com.


Madera, Ca. (1-31-17) - The 2017 dates have been set for the new West Coast Sportsman Series and it all kicks off at the Madera Speedway on April 8th. The series will compete three times on paved short track ovals, two times on road courses, as well as on dirt ovals.

The idea for the series is to take the out of date grand-national style race car and allow people to compete in a cost effective format that is focused on competitor comradery and fan pleasing, high quality racing action.

"We held a test race last fall with this new series and it turned out really well, so the next step is to run a short season with six to seven races in 2017. Having the series operate on paved ovals, dirt ovals and road courses really creates a place for veteran drivers to have fun, or for the up and coming driver to gain valuable experience" Kenny Shepherd.

The 2017 West Coast Sportsman Series kicks off the season at the Madera Speedway on April 8th, then there is a TBA date for June, then the series heads North to Portland Oregon to hit the first road course in July from the 7th through the 9th, then the series hits its second paved oval at Redwood Acres Raceway on the Northern California Coast on August 5th, then the series heads to the rolling hills of Sonoma Raceway for the second road course race on September 16th and 17th, then the series heads back to Central California to hit the paved oval at the Madera Speedway on October 21st, then the final race of the season hits the dirt at the Stockton Dirt track on November 3rd.

The series is structured in a club manner with a group of car owners guiding the series via an owner representative. For more information about the rules and technical aspect of the series contact Mike Naake at info@naake.com. For information on scheduling, event organization and marketing opportunities contact Kenny Shepherd at kshepherd@racemadera.com.

West Coast Sportsman 2017 Schedule

4-8 Madera Speedway (Paved Oval)

6-3, or 6-10 TBA (dirt of paved oval)

7-7 to 7-9 Portland, Oregon (Road Course)

8-5 Redwood Acres Raceway (Paved Oval)

9-16 to 9-17 Sonoma Raceway (Road Course)

10-21 Madera Speedway (Paved Oval)

11-3 Stockton Dirt Track (Dirt Oval)

FLUIDYNE COOLING PRODUCTS COMES ONBOARD as the official cooling products of MADERA RACING on MAVTV and the Madera Speedway

Madera, Ca. (1.25.17) - There has been a large number of major sponsorship announcements from the fastest 1/3 mile in the west for the upcoming 2017 racing season that starts on March 11th with race number one in the BIG THREE Speedfest Series paying $5,000.00 to win for the LoanMart Late Model Series.

The next major sponsorship announcement for the 2017 racing season at Madera is FLUIDYNE High Performance, FLUIDYNE has come onboard as the official cooling products company of the Madera Speedway and the MAVTV televised LoanMart Late Model Series and the 51FIFTY Jr Late Model Series. Race Teams will enjoy contingency sponsorship from FLUIDYNE during the racing season at each of the sixteen televised races.

" Contingency Award Certificates: Awarded to the 'team' that demonstrates the "Cool Move of the Race"… at the discretion of the Television production staff
*$100 Certificate to the winner in each of the televised LoanMart Late Model Series races
*$50 Certificate to the winner in each of the 51fifty Jr Late Model Series races

" End of Year… Championship Awards Banquet presentation… a $300 cash award
*The "Dan Press Spirit Award" presented to the Race Team that best exemplifies Dan Press's 'relentless pursuit of improved performance' throughout the 2017 season at Madera Speedway.
" COMPLETE FLUIDYNE Cooling package for one LoanMart Late Model Series Team ($1,400 value)
" COMPLETE FLUIDYNE Cooling package for one 51FIFTY Jr Late Model Series Team ($1,000.00 value)

"My relationship with FLUIDYNE goes back to the mid-nineties, and I'm proud that we are able to promote the FLUIDYNE brand for Gary and Nancy Johnson with our dynamic programs at our facility and on our TV program. Gary is a major player in the industry, and he has been instrumental in many successful careers in the professional motorsports world" Kenny Shepherd.

About FLUIDYNE coming on board at Madera Speedway as a Contingency Sponsor in 2017, Gary Johnson, the Owner of FLUIDYNE High Performance located in Mooresville NC just outside of Charlotte, had these comments:

"We are really excited about this opportunity for FLUIDYNE to return to its roots in West Coast Short Track Racing as the Official Cooling Products Company of the Madera Speedway and the MAVTV televised LoanMart Late Model Series and the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series. Kenny Shepherd and I have been long-time friends in the sport and we have put together a Contingency Award Program rewarding the team that in the view of the Promotor… has made the best "Cool Under Pressure" move or decision in each of the Late Model and Jr. Late Model races in all 16 televised events throughout the 2017 season."

Kenny Shepherd adds "Having spent many Saturday nights 'back in his days' racing on competitive home-town short tracks like, Speedway 605, Irwindale, Saugus, Oildale, Mesa Marin, Stockton, Roseville, El Cajon, Orange Show and Willow Springs, Gary knows 1st hand the time and effort and heart every team puts forth trying to achieve the best finish you can. Recognizing that relentless pursuit of the Win… is what the FLUIDYNE "Cool Under Pressure Award" will focus on".

To learn more about FLUIDYNE and the best cooling products made in the industry, please visit www.fluidyne.com. If you are building a new car for the upcoming season, or rebuilding a car make sure you look into FLUIDYNE for your cooling products. Support the brands that support your racing!

The 2017 racing season kicks off in March at the LoanMart Madera Speedway, there are a total of eighteen (18) scheduled nationally televised races from Madera in 2017. Watch for the next major sponsorship announcement coming out shortly from the LoanMart Madera Speedway!

For information on how you can become a marketing partner of the LoanMart Madera Speedway please contact Kenny Shepherd at 209- 769-9581 or kshepherd@racemadera.com.

Please visit http://www.racemadera.com/schedule.html to see the exciting 2017 LoanMart Madera Speedway racing schedule.

COLORFAST Industries joins TEAM MADERA for the upcoming 2017 Racing Season

Madera, Ca. (1.11.17) - COLORFAST Industries is the next major sponsorship announced in the huge number of sponsorships being announced between now and the opening race weekend on March 11th. March 11th is race number one in the BIG THREE Speedfest Series paying $5,000.00 to win for the first two races and $10,000.00 to win for the final race for the Late Model Series.

COLORFAST Industries has come onboard for the 2017 season taking a major supporting role of both the Madera Speedway and the MAVTV televised LoanMart Late Model Series and the 51FIFTY Jr Late Model Series. Race Teams and race fans will see major COLORFAST branding both at the race track and on the TV show.

ColorFast Industries is a distributor of products for ceramic tile, laminate and woodworking as well as the painting industry. ColorFast Industries offers seam filler caulks, grout colorant, and grout cleaners, painters sealants and much more. COLORFAST Industries is based in Texas and has distributors nationwide including 186 in California alone.

"We are very excited to bring COLORFAST Industries onboard for the 2017 Madera Speedway program at such a high level, and our fans and drivers will greatly appreciate their support that will allow us to expand our race programs, and our MAVTV program. COLORFAST Industries has a long tradition of marketing its products and entertaining their distributors at the top levels of both NHRA and the Stock Car World, and we are excited that they picked us as a major marketing partner for 2017 " Kenny Shepherd.

To learn more about COLORFAST Industries, please visit www.colorfastind.com. If you are a contractor, please look for a COLORFAST distributor near you. If you are thinking about a remodel, please ask your contractor to use COLORFAST products and please support the brands that support your racing, hit the COLORFAST website and find a dealer near you!

The 2017 racing season kicks off in March at the Madera Speedway, there are a total of eighteen (18) scheduled nationally televised races from Madera in 2017. Watch for the next major sponsorship announcement coming out shortly from the Madera Speedway!

For information on how you can become a marketing partner of the Madera Speedway please contact Kenny Shepherd at 209- 769-9581 or kshepherd@racemadera.com.

Please visit http://www.racemadera.com/schedule.html to see the exciting 2017 LoanMart Madera Speedway racing schedule.

2017 Madera Speedway Schedule will celebrate 46 years of racing at the fastest 1/3 Mile in the West

Madera, CA. (12.24.16) - The 2017 schedule for the Madera Speedway has been released and it will celebrate 46 years of racing at the speedway and this schedule is loaded with horsepower action and fun for the diehard short track fan and the entire family.

The 2017 season kicks off on March 11th with the Madera Speed Fest $5,000.00 to win LoanMart Late Model Series MAVTV televised 125 lap event, also on MAVTV will be the 51FIFTY Jr Late Model Series on the same kick off night! The 2017 season ends with the 11th annual Pumpkin Smash on October 21st!

There are a huge number of Classic events and big dates on the 2017 Madera Calendar such as the Pombo/Sargent Classic, the Vukovich Classic, the Gerhardt Classic, the Harvest Classic, the Smokey Classic, the Summertime Horsepower Nationals, Spring Speedfest, Summer Speedfest, 51FIFTY Energy Drink Monster Bash Monster Truck Show, the Pumpkin Smash, and the Short Track Shootout!

The 2017 schedule will feature season three of the Madera Racing TV show on MAVTV headlined by the LoanMart Late Model Series and the 51FIFTY Jr Late Model Series, also visiting the Fastest 1/3 mile in the West in 2017 will be the PCS Super Late Model Series, the Spears Southwest Tour, The Lucas Oil Modified Series, North State Modifieds, the West Coast Sportsman Series grand national style cars, the Western Winged Sprint cars, BCRA/USAC midgets, CSS 360 Super Modifieds, wingless sprint cars, the Super Hobby Stock Series, Legends of the Pacific, Pro 4 Modifieds, Mini Cup, Toyota Sedans, MST's, the new F4 series, Southwest Tour Trucks, Legends of Kearney Bowl, Monster Trucks and so much more!

As mentioned above this will be season number three of Madera Racing on MAVTV, and for this season we are expanding the coverage of the LoanMart Late Model Series and the 51FIFTY Jr Late Model Series. The LoanMart Late Model Series will have one 150 lap $10,000 to win race, two 125 lap $5,000 to win races, and five 100 lap $1,000 to win races on TV. The 51FIFTY Jr Late Model Series will expand to 75 lap televised races featuring a break for interviews and car adjustments at the 50 lap mark. Each Series will have eight one hour TV episodes televised, for a total of 16 one hour episodes airing nationwide from Madera, California in 2017.

To view the 2017 Madera Schedule please visit www.racemadera.com/schedule, for more information on any of the Madera racing divisions or dates please email Kenny Shepherd at kshepherd@racemadera.com