HERZOGS GET HISTORIC FATHER SON VICTORIES AT MADERA SPEEDWAY by Steven Blakesley
MADERA, CALIFORNIA (June 18, 2016) - Austin and Bryan Herzog achieved an unprecedented feat for Father's Day weekend, with the father and son duo
each claiming Late Model victories in Saturday's MAVTV-televised action at Madera Speedway. Austin, 13, won an outstanding 51 Fifty Jr. Late Model
race for his third win of the year. Bryan later won the 100 lap LoanMart Open Late Model for his first victory of the season.
Austin's win was yet another come-from-behind victory in the 50 lap contest against a 15 car turnout. Herzog navigated through entire field in just 16 laps
after a mid-race incident, and used a stunning turn four pass on the outside of Ryan Vargas on lap 48 for the win. Herzog's wins in the last two races have
seen him lead just six total laps.
Las Vegas' 12 year old Dezel West took quick time and led the field to green. Herzog kept West in sight throughout a series of early race caution periods. A
strong battle developed between 11 year-olds Idaho's Zachary Telford and Jesse Burks for fifth. Burks dove inside Telford in turn one on lap 13 but spun to
bring out the caution.
Canadian Ben Silliker, also 11 years old, used the ensuing restart to overhaul Telford and bring Austin Edwards from Southern California with him. The pair
then applied pressure on Las Vegas' Kyle Keller for fourth. West led Herzog,15 year-old Ryan Vargas, Silliker, and Keller into the halfway break at lap 25.
After a five minute break for adjustments, the action continued with Edwards using the restart to get fifth from Keller. Edwards and Silliker showed great
driving ability as they drove out of some sideways contact a few laps later. Edwards eventually slid to a halt in turn one to bring out a lap 33 caution.
Slowing for the caution, West and Herzog made contact on the front stretch with West spinning. West blended back in for third place with Vargas assuming
the lead over Silliker. Herzog was relegated to the rear.
West turned up the wick to try to gain the lead back as he made contact with Silliker in turn four with Silliker spinning. Jarrett Gilmer sliced through the
traffic to take over second on lap 39 while Herzog slowly chipped away at the leaders. Things escalated when West tagged Gilmer in turn one on lap 44,
with Gilmer spinning. Kolby Berry assumed second and Herzog found himself third.
Ali Gay had made her way to fifth but got tangled up on the restart in an incident that ended the race for April winner Austin Edwards. Herzog moved his
way past Berry and put his sights on Vargas for the lead. On lap 48, Herzog jumped to the outside of Vargas in turn three. Vargas drifted wide in turn four
with the pair making slight contact. Herzog raced past a sparking Vargas and never looked back for the victory. Vargas nursed a flat right front tire to
ultimately finish eighth. Herzog led Berry, Silliker, RJ Smotherman, and Gilmer the top-five finishers across the stripe.
Bryan Herzog's LoanMart Open Late Model 100 win avenged his narrow loss to points leader Matt Erickson in round #3 on May 28th. Herzog took over the
lead on lap 15 and defended from countless challenges from Erickson down to the wire.
Dos Palos' Ryan Hart led the opening ten laps of the race with Garland Tyler making his way forward to second place. The top eight cars ran side-by-side
often in the early stages as the first half of the race was run under rare sunlight conditions. Hart picked the bottom line on a lap 10 restart and surrendered
the lead to a hard-charging Tyler. Herzog moved past Hart as well. A lap 14 caution was all it took for Herzog to use the bottom to take the lead from Tyler.
Dominic Lopez, fresh off of a career-best top-ten in round #3, went up in smoke with electric problems on lap 18. There were still 17 lead lap cars at that
stage of the race. Hart and Glen Cook staged a furious battle for third position with the pair sliding down the backstretch sideways at one stage. The contact
caused eventual mechanical problems for Hart that his team was able to repair under a later caution.
Round #2 runner-up Ryan Philpott of Tracy dropped from contention with mechanical woes on a lap 23 caution for Del McIntosh's mechanical-caused
spin in turn one. Philpott eventually rejoined the race several laps down.
Erickson moved up to second position and battled closely with Herzog through several restarts. Rick Thompson and Alexander Mead had a grinding crash
on lap 41 that ended Mead's evening. The first half was ended prematurely during a lap 48 caution.
The second half of the race resumed several hours later under total darkness. Tracy's Justin Philpott picked up the pace to duel with Hart for fifth in a
battle that would continue for much of the remaining laps. Erickson kept Herzog within a car length with the final 52 laps have abundant green flag racing.
Erickson took many looks inside Herzog throughout lapped traffic with Tyler in the nose-to-tail trio. Contact between the leaders got the fans on their feet
on lap 86 as they charged out of turn four. Herzog was able to drive away from Erickson as his door panels.
Hart eventually spun in turn three on lap 86 in the midst of the great battle with Philpott for the race's final caution. Cook used that stoppage to wrestle
third away from Tyler, but Tyler claimed it back on lap 98.
Erickson tried a few slidejob attempts that fell short as Herzog rolled the top side. Herzog was credited with a .366 lead over Erickson under the double
checkered flags with Tyler, Philpott, and Cook the top-five.
Lucy Carmona won her first career Toyota Sedan race in one of the earlier main events of the evening. Carmona took over the lead from Thomas Magray
on lap three and never relinquished it with Erik Woods second and points leader Jilliaun Holden in third. Magray eventually finished fourth. Carmona has
aspirations to move into the Late Model division and has been doing extensive testing at the speedway leading up to a possible July debut.
Rocklin's Robby Czub continued a perfect 2016 season in Legends cars, winning his sixth straight win state wide in the Legends of the Pacific-sanctioned
action. The 35 lap race actually had four different leaders with John Bowman at the helm for the first four laps before Jack Wood took over. Wood was spun
from the lead by Bakersfield's Braden Rogers on lap nine handing fellow Bakersfield driver Colton Page the lead. Page's lead only lasted a lap before Czub
moved past him.
Czub eventually gained more than five seconds on the field for the comfortable win. Page, Stockton winner Pete Peirce, Wood, and Kern County champion
Eddie Garone were the top-five at the finish.
Clovis' AJ Russell knocked off the dominate Bakersfield driver Justin Tuey for a popular win in the CSS 360 Super Modifieds. Russell has been one of the
busiest drivers at Madera in open wheels, running both the Super Modifieds and the Madera Winged Super Sprints. Tuey led the first four circuits before
surrendering to Russell.
Russell's lead waned in the closing stages with Tuey closing to within 1.533 seconds at the stripe. Lance Jackson scored another top-three in third although
he was one lap down on the leaders.
Chuck Dozhier and Joseph Riechmuth resumed what has been a dogged battle for Super Hobby Stock supremacy at Madera in 2016. Saturday night
belonged to Dozhier as he won the 40 lap race. The fast-paced feature was concluded in just 11 minutes as Dozhier's lead over Reichmuth ebbed and flowed
through the race. The pair came nose-to-tail several times before Dozhier pulled away at the end for a .800 margin of victory. Eloy Bazan ran a steady race
from third position ahead of Thomas Suarez and Jesus Hernandez.
Modified Super Toyotas (MSTs) had a wild race that saw a very deserving win for John McCollum, Jr. McCollum was racing in honor his late grandfather
George McCollum who recently passed away.
Patrick Geiger led the first three laps before McCollum took over. Incoming points leader Kevin Thompson slowly but surely made his way towards the
front and was to third by lap nine. An incident involving Thompson and Bert Stephens sent them back to the rear.
McCollum was undeterred in a narrow .134 second win ahead of the late run by Thompson with Stephens in tow. Geiger settled for fourth over DJ Landers.
The Loanmart Madera Speedway is off on June 25th before returning to racing on July 2nd for the Grassroots Racer Classic with a giant fireworks show!
MAVTV coverage of Madera Speedway continues on Thursday June 23rd with another original episode of "Madera Racing" Thursday's broadcast features
the April 30th race for the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Models and the March 19th 75 lap race for the Pacific Challenge Series Super Late Models. "Madera Racing"
airs Thrusdays on MAVTV at 8 p.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Pacific.
TELLSTROM GETS BIG WIN DURING SUMMERTIME HORSEPOWER NATIONALS by Steven Blakesley
MADERA, CALIFORNIA (June 11, 2016) - Ukiah's Kyle Tellstrom won his second straight Lucas Oil Modifieds race at Madera Speedway, claiming the
California Farmers 75 as part of the Summetime Horsepower Nationals at the one-third mile oval. Tellstrom led the final 58 laps to add to his $5,000 win
in last October's Short Track Shootout.
Saturday night's action saw both the North State Modifieds and the Lucas Oil Modifieds break their respective track records. The top-four Lucas cars broke
the previous record. MAVTV coverage for the evening included both the Lucas Modifieds and the Madera Winged Super Sprints being filmed for later
Tellstrom had to defend himself against the challenges of Linny White who is the only repeat winner in the 2016 series. Tracy's Scott Winters had won the
previous two Summertime Horsepower Nationals and led the opening 17 laps of the feature.
Winters, the former track champion, started alongside White at the start of the 26 car contest but a little bit of contact in turn one on the second lap
shuffled White back to fourth.
The first of seven cautions of the feature occurred on lap four when Brian Collins and Eddie Secord tangled in turn one. Another incident saw Madera's
Elliott Sterjne spin in turn two on lap six.
William Guevara of Lake Havasu City, AZ had his first trip into the wall on lap eight for the next stoppage. Things settled down from there with the top eight
cars in a lead pack running nose-to-tail around the top of the high banked speedway. Tellstrom used that green flag run to close down on Winters before
completing a thrilling slidejob off of turn four to lead lap 18.
Larry Gerchman and Aaron McMorran had contact for the next caution on lap 23 in an incident that collected Idaho's Shelby Stroebel as well. McMorran
was unable to continue and Gerchman was sent to the rear for his involvement.
Winters used that restart to take third at one third race distance with Tellstrom pulling away. Lapped traffic on lap 40 brought the field back together
before another caution on lap 47. Going back to green fast-time qualifier and new track recorder holder Austin Barnes slowed and the race went back to
yellow. Barnes was able to get back into gear to continue his race albeit from the rear. A hard crash on lap 50 involving Shane Skaggs from Albuquerque
and Guevara was the final caution of the race.
Tellstrom took a .349 second victory over a late charge from White with Winters settling for third over former series champion Dylan Cappello from
Peoria, AZ. Incoming points leader Matt Hicks finished fifth.
The co-main event was the Lucas Oil Racing Mid-State 60 for the North State Modified Series. Sacramento's Jason Phipot is now a perfect two-for-two in
the series for 2016 and took both the track record and the race victory. Philpot had to race forward from tenth position after pulling a ten car inversion
Joe Rhodes, Jr. of Sacramento made his first Madera start count from the outside front row to take the lead from pole sitter Sierra Furia from Lakeport.
Rhodes led 15 laps in a strong performance for the former Roseville Bomber driver. It did not take long for Philpot to move through the pack as he
assumed fourth by lap eight around Lucas Oil Dash Winner Guy Young of Redding.
Furia drifted back to eighth position by lap ten in a tough start for the rookie. The leaders encountered lapped traffic by lap 15 when the first caution came
out for Eric Price, Jr. stalled on the track.
Rhodes picked the outside on the restart and points leader Darrin Knight of Kelseyville took advantage to take the lead into turn one. The move was
nullified when Furia spun across the front stretch head on into the wall.
Rhodes chose the inside on the next attempt but Knight was not deterred as he took over the lead on lap 16. Rhodes eventually was shuffled back to fifth.
Knight's lead was short-lived as Philpot closed in quickly. Philpot dove inside Knight on lap 29 through turns three and four with the pair making contact
to send Knight spinning. Philpot drove off with the lead and Knight had to restart from the rear.
The fast-paced race had one more caution on lap 43 when Young went up in smoke. Philpot drove away from the pack once more to take the .556 second
win over Upperlake's Charlie Collins, Rhodes, Knight, and another Northern-area driver Darrin Knight of Kelseyville the top-five.
Meridian, Idaho's Bryan Warf took advantage of a great opportunity, guest driving the #8 Glenn Hutchison-owned Sprint Car to the Madera Winged Super
Sprint victory. Warf's win was his second straight in the car after primary driver Dylan Hutchison is out with a wrist injury unrelated to racing. Warf first
won on Memorial Day in Utah before heading to Madera.
The 30 lap feature started 10 cars but it was a high quality field. Justin Kawahata started outside heat race winner Tom Baker for the feature and led the
opening lap. Warf was on the move from the get-go from fourth on the grid and swung around the outside of Kawahata to lead lap two.
AJ Russell from Clovis took over the second position from Kawahata not long after that. Russell battled Warf briefly before falling out with mechanical
problems on lap 11.
Warf pulled away to almost a half-lap lead while rookie Dylan Noble used an over/under maneuver to take Baker on the outside for third and third
Kawahata inside for second.
Gordon Rogers had a spin on lap 23 that set up a seven lap shootout between Warf and Noble. Warf gassed it hard with a tight race car, lifting his wheels off
the ground on several occasions. The pair rippped across the line nose to tail for a close finish with Cody Gerhardt two seconds back in third. Kawahata
and Baker were the top-five with heat winner Anthony Simone sixth.
Toni Breidinger led 11 laps en route to the win in the USAC HPD Midgets 30 lapper. Cody Jessop made his return to Madera and was the race leader for
much of the event with Jesse Love IV and Breidinger in a close pursuit. Love eventually spun from second in turn three on lap 15 and collected his
teammate Antonia Boscocci in the process.
After a lengthy caution to clean up fluid from Adam Lemke's car, the battle was on between Breidinger and Jessop. Jessop eventually relinquished the lead
on lap 20 and fell all the way to fifth with apparent mechanical problems. Toni led her sister Annie across the line with first timer Joey Iest, Blake Brannon,
and Jessop rounding out the top-five.
The Loanmart Madera Speedway continues a busy June this Saturday with the LoanMart Open Late Models, 51FIFTY Jr. Late Models, Super Hobby
Stocks, CSS 360 Super Modifieds, Legends of the Pacific, MSTs, and Toyota Sedans in action.