MILITARY TRIBUTE NIGHT AT MADERA SPEEDWAY THIS SATURDAY (By Steven Blakesly)

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (May 23, 2017) - The always popular Military Tribute Night at Madera Speedway is this Saturday night with the third rounds for both the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series and the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Models. The MAVTV-televised Late Model divisions have had some of the strongest car counts in the nation, with more than 50 combined entries expected yet again. Toyota Sedans, F4s, and Mini Cups will round out a big night at the fastest one-third mile in the West.

2015 Pro Late Model champion Buddy Shepherd of Bakersfield has taken the fight directly to 2016 champion and all-time winningest driver Matt Erickson of La Grange. The duo traded blows in the series opener. Erickson snookered Shepherd in a late race shootout in the 125 lap, $5000 to season opener in March. Shepherd answered back in April with a dominating performance in that evening's 100 lap event after starting ninth. Erickson settled for a fifth place finish but it was enough to maintain second in the points. Former track champion Rick Thompson, March third place finisher Dillon Tucker, and Ryan Hart round out the top-five in the points.

Napa's Logan Zampa has been strong in the non-televised Madera Late Model races with two fast-times, a victory, and a second place finish. Tucker has a win and is a perfect three-for-three in top-three finishes in the non-televised races.

100 laps of racing are on tap again Saturday night. The series runs a pair of 50 lap segments with a halfway break on the front stretch in front of the fans. A split 25 lap B Main for both transfer positions and B Main points (and a special $500 to win purse) is scheduled if car count permits.

On the 51FIFTY Jr. Model side, 12 year-old Jesse Love has put "The Hammer" down with victories in both 75 lap races this year. The former USAC HPD Midget champion has taken to full size cars quickly despite fields above 20 cars in each race so far. The second year series has seen qualifying action dominated by Redwood Valley's Kolby Berry with fast times in both races and second in the points standings to show for it.

Female off-road star and second generation racer Hailie Deegan followed up a third place finish in round one with a fifth place run to rank third in the points while April runner-up Austin Edwards and Las Vegas' Kyle Keller round out the top-five. The field of drivers age 10-16 will once again battle 75 laps with a 50 lap opening segment before adjustments and TV interviews on the front stretch. That break will be followed by a 25 lap closing segment for the race win.

Mike Marley has bounced back from a 7th place finish in the season opener for the Toyota Sedans to lead the points by 20 markers over Thomas Magray. Erik Woods rounds out the top-three with 20 laps scheduled in Saturday night's main event.
The youngest drivers at Madera Speedway compete in the Mini Cups, with several younger siblings of Jr. Late Model drivers joining the fray this year. Tanner Reif of Las Vegas won his maiden race in April and looks to duplicate that feat on Saturday night!

An open practice kicks off the weekend on Friday before a full day of action on Saturday. Friday practice runs from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. On Saturday, pit gates open at 11 with practice from 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Qualifying will follow with heat races at 4:30 p.m. The B Main events are scheduled for 5 p.m. with Opening ceremonies and the main events beginning after that.

Tickets for this great night of racing are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $7 for youth ages 6-12, and kids five and under are free! All Military are admitted free this weekend and are encouraged to arrive early to see the special Military tribute during opening ceremonies.

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 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.

LOVE AND SHEPHERD GET THE JOB DONE IN ROUND TWO OF LM ACTION AT MADERA

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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TUCKER BEATS THE REIGN

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.


RPM MORTGAGE PRO LATE MODEL SERIES TAKES A MAJOR STEEP FORWARD WITH EXPANDED PRIZE MONEY

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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CRONE AND BREIDINGER MAKE THE POMBO/SARGENT CLASSIC INTO LADIES NIGHT AT MADERA

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

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NOT EVEN THE RAIN STOPS THE MADERA SPEEDWAY

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.

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VIEIRA OUTLASTS ROMERO FOR FIRST CAREER PCS WIN AT MADERA

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.






ERICKSON AND LOVE TAKE OPENING NIGHT LATE MODEL WINS AT MADERA

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



RPM MORTGAGE INJECTING HORSEPOWER INTO MADERA AS TITLE SPONSOR FOR LATE MODELS ON MAVTV

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.




THE 51FIFTY ENERGY DRINK JR LATE MODEL SERIES TAKES ANOTHER MAJOR STEP FORWARD

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.


WEST COAST SPORTSMAN SERIES RELEASES 2017 DATES

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