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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MADERA, CALIFORNIA (March 18, 2017) - Carlos Vieira scored his first career PCS victory, as the Pacific Challenge Series presented by 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 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


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 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, 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 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 For information on scheduling, event organization and marketing opportunities contact Kenny Shepherd at

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 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

Please visit 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 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

Please visit 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, for more information on any of the Madera racing divisions or dates please email Kenny Shepherd at


MADERA, CALIFORNIA (December 16, 2016) - The MAVTV-televised LoanMart Madera Speedway has finalized the Late Model portion of its 2017 schedule with eight race nights to feature both LoanMart Late Models and 51FIFTY Jr. Late Models again next season. All eight race nights will be televised after a 2016 television package that included 16 one hour episodes of "Madera Racing".

The two Late Model divisions will co-headline the March 11th Madera Speedway season opener followed by events on April 29th, the May 27th Tribute to Armed Forces, June 17th, July 29th, August 26th, September 23rd, and the 4th Annual Short Track Shootout on October 6th and 7th. The March 11th and July 29th 125 lap LoanMart LM races will pay $5,000 to win while the Short Track Shootout continues to be a $10,000 to win race. The standard format for the LoanMart Late Model Series is 100 laps over two 50 lap segments while the Short Track Shootout will be 150 laps in 2017with a break at the 100 lap mark.

For the Jr. Late Models, 2017 will mark the second season for the world's first full size stock car series for drivers ages 10-16. The Jr. Late Models share the exact rule book of their Open LM counterparts except for a restrictor. The drivers will face a new challenge with races increased to 75 laps with a 50 lap opening segment followed by a break for interviews and car adjustments before a 25 lap final segment.

"The concept for the Jr. Late Model Series is something I've thought about since 2009, as I believe a restricted late model is a great place for a youngster to hone their skills in a car they can move up with throughout their teenage years," promoter Kenny Shepherd said. "We are proud that we have built a series where talent can shine in the LoanMart Late Model Series, and we intend to do the same for the 10-16 year old crowd with the Jr. Late Model Series on MAVTV."

The complete Madera Speedway 2017 schedule will be released on Christmas Eve.

Madera Speedway is located on the Madera Fairgrounds on Cleveland Ave and 99. For more information, visit

Race fans can catch up on LoanMart Madera Speedway racing with "Madera Racing" airing Thursdays on MAVTV at 8 p.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Pacific. LoanMart Madera Speedway racing is also available on the LucasOilRacing.TV app. The eighth and final round of the 2016 Jr. Late Models will be broadcast next Thursday as the final broadcast of the year.

2017 Loanmart Late Model & 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Schedule
March 11 *$5,000 to win LM*
April 29
May 27 *Tribute to Armed Forces*
June 17
July 29 *$5,000 to win LM*
August 26
September 23
October 6 & 7 *4th Annual Short Track Shootout. $10k to win LM*


Madera, Ca. (10-22-16) - The Pumpkin Smash has become a family tradition at the LoanMart Madera Speedway and the 10th edition of this fun event set a record for kids coming out to the fastest 1/3 mile in the west.

The night kicked off with fans enjoying the wild barrel race, or also known as redneck road racing and after 30 crazy laps around the flagpole inside the barrel it was James Cooke that was crowned the 2016 Barrel King of the 10th annual Pumpkin Smash.

The Madera Hobby/Cart Addictions off road RC truck race was up next in the action packed night, and as the truck teams were setting up their race course it was time for the annual kids costume contest. With hundreds of kids lined up for the contest, the DB sound meter was the judge as the crowd applause was the measuring stick to narrow the field down to the top three contestants. When the roaring of the crowd was all said and done, there was a little Viking and a proud papa holding the big trophy for the costume contest. Madera Hobby then proceeded to give away a dozen remote control cars to twelve lucky kids via a ticket draw.

Following the RC truck race it was time for the annual trick or treat through the pits and then time for the on track PUMKIN SMASH. Once the kids made a huge mess on the track turning the place orange it was time to add soap and water and the result was a very slippery race surface for the Robert Reagan tribute enduro. The race ended on a lap with a one as the cars made 221 laps around the speedway in slip and slide fashion paying tribute to Robert.

When the Pumpkin parts settled, it was Jason Sitton that was crowned champion of the 2016 Pumpkin Smash. As a footnote, Jason was one of a handful of four cylinder cars in the field running against the big V8's in the 10th annual Pumpkin Smash.

The Pumpkin Smash marked the last race of the 2016 racing season at Madera that included eighteen nationally televised race events from the speedway. Fans can catch Madera Racing on MAVTV all winter long to enjoy the action.

2016 was a record setting year for the speedway selling out area motels/hotels, and helping Madera merchants with the large volume of race teams and fans making their way to the fastest 1/3 mile in the west during this historic season.

Big plans are in the works now for 2017, you can keep up to date with the LoanMart Madera Speedway by checking in at


MADERA, CALIFORNIA (October 9, 2016) - Escalon's Eric Holmes officially became Mr. October by winning his third consecutive LoanMart Late Model Short Track Shootout for $10K to win at Madera Speedway on Saturday night. The 125 lap victory makes him 3-0 in the marquee event at the fastest one-third mile in the West, and he earned the victory in a green-white-checkered duel with 2016 track champion Matt Erickson.

44 LoanMart Open Late Models joined 30 Lucas Oil Modifieds plus season finales for 51FIFTY Junior Late Models, Super Hobby Stocks, and Mini Cups in the jam packed show. The Late Model, Junior Late Model, and Modified shows were each taped for separate tape-delay broadcasts for MAVTV.

After five heat races, a C Main event, and a B Main event, 26 cars were set for the feature. Adam Coonfield marched from last place in his heat race, through the C and B mains, and into the main event running the alphabet soup. Loren Kutz won the iPull-U-Pull $1000 B Main prize after the 30 lap race.

Upland's Donny St. Ours drew the pole and led the first seven laps of the event. 2016 Irwindale Speedway runner-up Nick Joanides tagged the wall and was out of the race by lap three. Holmes began to charge hard from second on the grid, using the inside to get the lead from St. Ours on lap eight. 2013 Short Track Shootout winner and former NASCAR K&N West champion Mike David turned up the heat on the Herzogs, overhauling Austin Herzog from the outside, then going inside Bryan Herzog. David and Bryan Herzog tangled on lap 18 for the first caution of the race with both drives being forced to restart at the back.

Matt Erickson started the race in ninth after the redraw and had already advanced to fourth by that point. The restart gave Modesto's Garland Tyler a chance to roll the outside to get as high as sixth. Oakdale's Blaine Rocha spun after contact with Jason Aguirre for the second caution of the race.

Carl Pearce spun down the backstretch on lap 25 but the entire field managed to avoid him before Tyler spun in turn four with a flat left rear tire for a caution. Coonfield was up into the top ten after coming through the C & B mains by that point of the race.

2015 Madera champion Buddy Shepherd took over second from St. Ours and then attacked Holmes. A lap 32 incident including Ross Strmiska, Coonfield, and David Ross in a three wide duel in turn three sent Strmiska spinning. Glen Cook tagged Strmiska at the end of the spin to end Cook's night.

Shepherd used the restart to take over the lead on lap 31 before Holmes fought back to get it back on lap 33. Rick Thompson spun with contact from David causing several cars to come flying in for another yellow on lap 38. St. Ours got sideways on the ensuing restart from third position and tangled with Erickson, sending St. Ours spinning and Erickson to the back of the field for involvement.

The eighth caution flew on lap 40 when Aguirre's night ended in high flying fashion as he flew over the top of Pearce on the front stretch. Both drivers were uninjured but done with heavy damage. Shepherd fell out of the race under caution with distributor problems. Holmes had a rough restart and was bumped back to the fifth position with 2016 Irwindale champion Trevor Huddleston becoming the fourth different leader. Ryan Hart used the long green flag run to come up into third with Dillon Tucker chasing him forward as well. Huddleston fell from the lead on lap 61 with mechanical problems and the surprise story was Jr. Late Model standout Austin Herzog, 14, taking over the lead position.

Herzog's lead was short lived as he slid up the hill in turn three with a flat tire forcing him to fall outside the top-five at the end of the lap 75 segment, with Holmes, Hart, Bryan Herzog the top-three at the break.

17 cars restarted for the finish several hours later with Erickson coming out of the sixth position. Erickson had a prolonged battle with Bryan Herzog for fourth but finally took the position on lap 91 and quickly passed Zampa for third on the inside. Three laps later Erickson moved past Hart for second.

By lap 100 the race was on with Erickson hounding Holmes for the lead, taking several looks inside in turns three and four. Erickson's pressure continued to mount until a late caution period set up a brief green-white-checkered finish. Holmes proved too strong as he stormed to his third Short Track Shootout $10,000 victory head of Erickson, St. Ours, Bryan Herzog, and Logan Zampa. Erickson's second place finish was enough for the series championship in a perfect eight-for-eight races in the top two places with five wins and three seconds.

The 51FIFTY Junior Late Models crowned their inaugural series champion with Las Vegas' Dezel West, 12, winning the series. Mentone's Austin Edwards, 11, spun on the initial start but managed to continue on. That gave Redwood Valley's Kolby Berry, 15, the lead, which he maintained by rolling the top side of the race track.

The 50 lap race was run in one single segment instead of the traditional split pair of 25 lap segments, which made for a different strategy for the series finale. Las Vegas' RJ Smothermon spun for a caution on lap five. Atwater's Jaden Rocha and Edwards came together for an incident that brought out the yellow on lap ten.

Lapped traffic became a factor in the race as Berry tried to pace Austin Herzog and West. Berry had to pit for a flat left front tire under a lap 36 yellow flag to surrender the lead in an unfortunate turn of events for him. That handed the top spot over to Herzog. Herzog appeared poised for a nice victory but a caution for Las Vegas' Kyle Keller spinning on lap 47 set up a three lap sprint to the finish.

Herzog got the restart he needed to get the race win for his fourth win of the season while West finished second to come home with the championship. Edwards finished third to unofficially to take third in the points as well with Smotherman and Berry the top-five.

Super Hobby Stocks also crowned a champion for 2016 on Saturday night with Stockton's Joseph Riechmuth getting the title in a very narrow fashion.

Jesus Hernandez led the first ten laps of the 30 lap main event before "Supermex" Eloy Bazan assumed the lead position. Britt Wasson had an incident on lap 20 and had to be towed off in turns three and four. The caution flag placed second in points Chuck Dozhier all over Bazan, with Dozhier taking the lead on lap 21.

Dozhier took the victory over Bazan and a hard-charging Jeremy Tucker, but Riechmuth's fourth place effort was enough to win the points standings over Dozhier by three markers unofficially. Thomas Suarez was the balance of the top-five.

Kyle Tellstrom came awfully close to sweeping the pair of Lucas Oil Modified races at Madera Speedway this season after winning the June 11th 75 lap contest and leading 25 laps on Saturday night. But it was former series champion Dylan Cappello from Arizona getting to victory lane in the coveted $5000 to win feature. 30 cars jockeyed for 26 starting positions with a B main earlier in the affairs.

Ryan Partridge and Aaron McMorran had a tangle for a caution on lap five. Dave Arce spun in turn four for a lap 15 caution as well. By that point it was Tellstrom, Capello, and Tellstrom's teammate Wes Miller of Turlock at the front of the field. Dustin Tilbury from New Mexico was the next "Turn Four Victim" on lap 14 and again the field did a great job to avoid the spinning 17T car.

Cappello used a restart for Rich Lindgren stalling in turn two to take over the lead with points leader Matt Hicks giving Tellstrom all he could handle for second. Their battle in lapped traffic at the halfway point was one of the highlights of the event.

Tellstrom drove away from Hicks to apply late pressure to Cappello but it was too little too late with a 1.040 second victory for Cappello over Tellstrom, Hicks, Taylor Miinch, and 17th starting former track champion Scott Winters.

The Mini Cups had their final Madera race for 2016 as the youngest drivers at the speedway raced on the big stage. Hollister's Adam "The Bullet" Lemke completed the clean sweep taking qualifying, the six lap dash, and the 20 lap main event. His rival all year long was rookie Jackson Dukes of Clovis who ran second in the main event. Lemke led all 20 laps over Dukes, Calvin Hegje, Aaron Thomas, and "Lil" Bruce Bivens.

LoanMart Madera Speedway continues on Saturday October 22nd with the 10th Annual Pumpkin Smash Halloween Bash and Blow up and Haunted House!!! $2,000 to Win 250 lap Enduro, the Extreme Barrel Racing Series, a Haunted House and Trick or Treat thru the Pits and on Track PUMPKIN SMASH for the KIDS! Plus a Motocross Extreme Jumping Show and the STUNT show!

Race fans can catch up on LoanMart Madera Speedway action every Thursday with "Madera Racing" on MAVTV at 8 p.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Pacific.

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