Drivers reflect on season LoanMart Madera Speedway Awards Banquet
Madera, CA - After nearly eight months of intense and entertaining racing, drivers shifted gears and enjoyed a social evening with their respected
fellow competitors along with friends and family.
Those involved with making this past season's racing a memorable one attended the LoanMart Madera Speedway's end-of-season awards banquet
which also doubled as a charity auction Friday night in the Hatfield Hall located at the Madera Fairgrounds.
On a night full of driver's reminiscing about the year, heartwarming speeches from worthy award recipients and crew members poking fun at season
gaffes, the evening truly turned inspirational as charity money was raised during an entertaining auction that saw drivers and other guests try to
cleverly outdo each other while supporting a good cause.
In an auction that featured a very detailed Madera Speedway blanket that was hand crocheted by Danielle Benjamin over a 57-day span along with
other neats items, more than $2,000 was raised in all for the Children's Hospital.
While the night honors the drivers for their racing accomplishments throughout the season such the track champion and rookie-of-the-year, there's
also a bigger purpose for the evening according to Kenny Shepherd - the Speedway owner and CEO of Short Track Racing Management who has
diligently worked on gaining much-needed sponsorship which allows the "Fastest 1/3 Mile in the West" to continue to function while giving back to the
During an opening speech, Shepherd thanked sponsors including a local one in Century 21 which presented $5 nights at the track this season.
"Something that $5 nights gives us the ability to do is work with our charities," Shepherd said. "My wife Tammy and I are very quiet about our charities
but in the interest in keeping the Speedway alive and moving forward, we have to be able to work with our local charities. It's something we are very
humble about but it's very important for us to be vocal about it because we raise a tremendous amount of money for charities from this little
racetrack in those 22 events."
With a great turnout on the evening, the event also provided those who attended a recap of the season with photos showing in the background and a
short film of the year's incredible highlights.
Shepherd, who was instrumental in reviving the track in 2007 after it faced possible closure the previous year, thanked all who have been involved
with making the track as successful as it is today.
"I wanted to thank our staff, they are out here round-the-clock and they are the unsung heroes," Shepherd said. "The staff that is here on Friday nights
and helps us put the race event on, we deeply appreciate you."
The award ceremonies also had some touching moments as well when crew members and drivers received their well-earned hardware.
Madera's Del McIntosh, who only raced a few times this season but won four mains in the Toyota Sedans' division, was given the Sportsman of the Year
award for his willingness to help other drivers.
"It was a really fun year and I enjoyed racing against everybody," McIntosh said. "I got people to help me out when I started here and I never forgot
that so I always try to give back."
In that division, it was Donnie Large Jr. who claimed the track champion as the no-nonsense driver got a little choked up when asked about winning
"It goes to show that hard work pays off and that's why I'm up here," Large said. "I couldn't have done it without my team because they worked hard
and we set our standards real high. I have a passion for this sport and that's why I'm out there."
The capper of the night was when the two competitors who duked it out on the track - not to mention almost off of it - this season came up to get their
LunkerDaddy Limited Late Model Series track champ Matt Erickson and runner-up Tony Schmitz proved that what happens inside those Speedway
walls stays inside them.
After noticeably attacking Erickson in the infield during a chippy August race, Schmitz showed his true colors on the banquets' stage and didn't let the
feud between two drivers go beyond the racetrack.
In poking fun at the spout, the two drivers put on a boxing gloves and posed in front of the crowd to show there were no hard feelings - which signified
the culture of the sport.
Erickson also won the LoanMart Late Model Series this season.
While the banquet officially signified the end of the 2013 racing year, Shepherd promised an even bigger one next season.
"This year was filled with a host of big events that made the season fantastic and I envision even more of those next year," Shepherd said.
From Kenny Shepherd
THANK YOU FOR A GREAT 1ST ANNUAL LOANMART SHORT TRACK SHOOTOUT!
After a long time in the planning, the first annual $10,000.00 to win Short Track Shootout became a reality this past weekend. The Short Track
Shootout was fantastic, and the positive feedback has been off the charts with 100's of e-mails and calls into our office. Planning for the 2nd annual
LoanMart Short Track Shootout is now underway.
Because of support from LoanMart and Lucas Oil we were able to keep the ticket price way down for this big event, and a record number of fans
enjoyed the discount ticket prices for this event. Thank you LoanMart and Lucas Oil! Fans, teams and drivers please support these companies so they
can continue to support our sport.
Our plan for 2014 is to split the LoanMart Short Track Shootout and the Pumpkin Smash into two separate events creating two straight weeks of great
action in October next year. The racing side of this show has grown so much with the LoanMart Short Track Shootout there is just not enough hours in
the day for this to be one show.
We are working right now on making the LoanMart Short Track Shootout a two day event, something of a mini Copper Classic. How does the "Gold
Classic" sound? Picture this, a $10,000-$20,000 to win Late Model race, a $3,000 to win Legends race, a $3,000 to win midget race, and a $1,500 to
win Hobby Stock race. I would love to include the Lucas Oil Modifieds in our Gold Classic as well.
We will have a Friday night practice, then a free concert following the practice Friday. Then qualifying, heat races, and C and B mains on Saturday
night, with the big main events Sunday afternoon. We may do it all Friday and Saturday pending the feedback from the teams and fans?
For the Pumpkin Smash, it will be a one day event the week after the LoanMart Short Track Shootout. We will open the gates at 4pm, feature stunt
shows and some crazy racing action (I have an idea that is going to be fun); we will build a big haunted house and do much more in the pits for the
Trick or Treat for the kids. The show will be scheduled around the Trick or Treat and Pumpkin Smash starting at 7:30pm sharp. After a two year hiatus
we will then bring back the "BOAT DRAGS" to end the wild night of racing after a 200 lap Pumpkin Smash enduro.
This past weekend was very special, it was an event I'd envisioned for years, and something I feel the West Coast needs as our great drivers need a
stage to show their talent. We put an All-Star list of drivers on the track racing for a huge prize with a simple set of rules that allowed drivers from all
financial backgrounds to compete, with an All-Star list off officials working the show. All of this at a cost effective $15 ticket price for the fans.
Next stop, TV and more prize money for this event with the same low ticket price for the fans!
I would personally like to thank all the drivers and their crews for supporting this event, the fans for attending, our great staff at LoanMart Madera
Speedway, and our guest officials from other tracks and series, including Steve Fensler, Al Gonella, Andy Daddario, Steve Ariana, Mark Perez, Craig
Cotta and Wayne Pearce.
Thank you for the great EVENT this past weekend!
Pumpkins, cars go flying in Speedway's 7th Annual Pumpkin Smash
By Mark Smith
The Madera Tribune
The grandstands were packed, the car counts were high, the pumpkins were ready, and ultimately, the stage was set for electrifying races at the
LoanMart Madera Speedway Saturday night.
Though the night marked the end of the LoanMart Madera Speedway's racing season, a historic shootout event and the most chaotic race of the year -
atop a track filled with slushy pumpkin innards smashed by young fans - ensured all in attendance got the most for their dollar and were left ready for
more next March.
It was perhaps Sheldon Cooper in the Hobby Stocks Open main event who, in a simple quote to sum up his victory, put forth a theme that would
describe all the night's winners.
"I was told you have to be at the right place at the right time," said Cooper, who was awarded the victory after Robert Daniels and Chuck Aguirre - the
top two Hobby Stock drivers who jostled for first the entire race - were spun out in the final lap by each other and a third driver, Peggy Jarred. "And I
was definitely in the right place at the right time."
For the first time in Speedway history Madera played host to a LoanMart Late Model Open 100-lap shootout where the winning driver walked away
$10,000 richer, but it took more than a dozen yellow flags and two wild wrecks with less than 10 laps to go to to come away with the cash.
After five heats and a secondary race decided which drivers would be a part of the main event, 26 cars entered the track hungry for the
From the pole following a random draw to determine placing, eventual winner Mike David - with the second-fastest time in qualifying at 15.456 -
fended off the daring driving of 15-year-old Cole Custer and the speedy Kyle Tellstrom for 18 laps.
On lap 18, Tellstrom managed to slide ahead of David on the inside lane of turn three.
For the next 26 laps, David, Tellstrom, and Custer - already with two NASCAR-level wins behind his teenage career - were neck and neck with each
other and formed a sort of triangle as they flew around turns ahead of the pack.
In what would become a regular occurrence for the race, while the front of the pack gave each other a ferocious battle, the back of the pack became a
veritable no man's land where chaos reigned supreme.
As the 11H car of Brian Herzog and 86 of Tim Spuregon went around turn two of lap 44 - well behind the race leaders - the two made contact and
Spuregon ended up crunching his entire front-end on the turn-two wall.
At the same time, the 17r of Ronnie Roberts spun out across the front-end straightaway marking the seventh yellow flag in the race's first 44 laps,
prompting a yellow checkered and an early end to the 50-lap split.
When the cars returned to the track, the second half was no less chaotic as the red flag made three appearances and the yellow returned at least six
After the first 44 laps, Tellstrom sat in the lead with Custer and David behind.
Custer zoomed ahead within the first three laps and seemed to have the race in hand as he increased his lead over the next 27 laps.
However, in lap 71 when the 77 car of Madera driver Rick Thompson was involved in a spinout, Custer had to change his tire and go to the back of the
pack which would seal his fate for an eventual finish in eighteenth place.
David, the race winner, said afterwards that he felt Custer had the car to beat.
"It's a shame that [Custer] had to drop out because he really was a big challenge out here," David said. "But all these other drivers gave me a great race
David finally retook the lead from Tellstrom during a race restart in lap 78, but even then his battle for first wasn't over as the last 10 laps marked the
most wild points of the race.
In lap 91, the back of the pack again was filled with carnage as at least five cars including Custer, Trevor Huddleston, and Brian Herzog got involved in
a wreck around turn one that flung sparks into the air and two cars a conjoined, tangled mess.
Fans took to their feet and roared in appreciation at the spectacle as the red flag came out for the first time and crews worked to get the cars off the
Once racing restarted, David moved far ahead of the 71 car of Kyle Gottula and Erickson - Tellstrom had to drop out with tire issues and ended up
having to fight from the back of the pack - two drivers who are by no means friends at the track after several times hitting each other the last time they
However David would again see his lead negated as another huge wreck between Huddleston, the 93x of Tyler Guzman, and several other cars took
place in front of the grandstands with sparks flying down the front-end straightaway.
But it wouldn't prove a problem as David held his lead and ended with the win.
"I'm thinking why me, all these flags," David joked after the race. "But it worked out good and we got the win so I'm happy. And hey 10 grand doesn't
A surprise third-place finisher was Thompson, who somehow ended up with a spot in the winner's circle though he appeared to be far behind with only
a few laps left.
"I've never felt so good to get third in my life," Thompson said. "It's awesome, these are the best drivers in the state. I feel great."
One visibly-frustrated driver was Erickson, who took fourth as Thompson moved ahead of him when he claimed Gottula continued to slam into his
"I probably would have done better if that idiot hadn't been behind me and forgetting where his brake pedal was," Erickson said. "Kyle nailed me in
turns one and two and got me all sideways … it's a bunch of idiots who have more money than they know what to do with and their dad tells them I
don't care who's in front of you, take them out. You can quote that too."
Messy track, rampaging race
After being transported by hayride to trick-or-treat in the Late Model pits, dozens of young racing fans were visibly delighted to take part in the
Speedway's 7th Annual Pumpkin Smash and took to the task of slamming pumpkins to racetrack with glee.
When they finished bashing, stomping, and crushing hundreds of donated pumpkins from Dell'Osso Family Farms all over the track, water and soap
were added to make the night's Enduro race - shortened to 100 laps due to an 11 p.m. curfew - even more chaotic than usual.
It didn't take long for drivers to feel the effects of all the pumpkin innards on the track as spins and crashes were everywhere.
Almost immediately, with drivers going four wide around turns and down straightaways in reverse direction, Marshel Weaver found himself on the
front side of the track spinning uncontrollably.
Randy Gens drove up behind him and had no choice but to slam into his driver side door as he sat in traffic, but Weaver continued on.
However, as he tried to regain control of his car, he spun out again and hit the 61 car of Ryan Chivers into a muddy puddle in the infield.
All in all, it was the 13x car of Loren Chitwood who emerged victorious from the action-packed race, but unofficially it was the fourth-place finisher,
Steve Schermerchorn, who claimed victory in the Enduro season championship.
"I've got about 10 years in this car," Schermerchorn said. "It works, and it works well. We're happy with this win."
In one particularly funny moment characteristic of Enduro races, a tire - its origin car unknown - rolled all the way from the back straightaway around
turns two and one to the finish line as drivers avoided it and fans cheered with delight.
The night's other winners also included: John Bowersox, Madera's 2013 MST champion in an MST Open event and Kyle Fortney in the 18-Second
Speedway owner Kenny Shephered thanked all of the fans, drivers, sponsors, and workers who helped make this year's races "some of the best they've
"It's been a long, fun season, but thank you to everyone so much," Shepherd said. "I can't wait for the next one."
LoanMart Late Model Open $10,000-to-win (100 laps, 50-lap split):
Luis Martinez Jr.-(-2.974)
Emma Tucker-(1 lap)
Bobby Hurst-(1 lap)
Ronnie Roberts-(3 laps)
Trevor Huddleston-(5 laps)
Tyler Guzman-(6 laps)
Tony Schmitz-(7 laps)
Cole Custer-(8 laps)
Brian Herzog-(18 laps)
Ryan Partridge-(20 laps)
Tony Mangioni-(37 laps)
Aaron Mullins-(51 laps)
Tim Spuregon-(57 laps)
Frank Mazzie-(59 laps)
Ross Strmiska-(73 laps)
Jered King-(86 laps)
Enduro (100 laps):
Robert Reagan-(1 lap)
Chris Landcaster-(2 laps)
Steve Schermerchorn-(2 laps)
Rob Slagle-(2 laps)
Gene Etheridge-(3 laps)
Ryan Chivers-(3 laps)
Richard Herzog-(4 laps)
Shane Herold-(4 laps)
Ryan Strmiska-(5 laps)
Rick Anderson-(6 laps)
Russell Johnson-(6 laps)
Randy Gens-(8 laps)
Robert Smith-(13 laps)
Mikala Streans-(15 laps)
Rick Diaz-(16 laps)
Craig Masterpiarro-(21 laps)
Austin Gens-(22 laps)
Marisa Odgers-(27 laps)
Brook Allen-(28 laps)
Curtis Troutman-(32 laps)
Jason Sitton-(33 laps)
James Cooke-(35 laps)
Randy Brow-(43 laps)
Mark Odgers-(46 laps)
Tony Mentzer-(56 laps)
Jake Kirby-(65 laps)
Devin Slagle-(65 laps)
Marshel Weaver-(80 laps)
Jeremiah McLoughlin-(83 laps)
Jeff Stait-(83 laps)
Cody Parker-(91 laps)
Hobby Stocks (50 laps, 25-lap split):
Larry McDonald-(1 lap)
Howard Holden-(3 laps)
Doug Rique-(3 laps)
Don Selsor-(4 laps)
Chuck Aguirre-(1 lap)
Matt Anderson-(28 laps)
Thomas Magray-(29 laps)
Joseph Reichmuth-(36 laps)
MST'S (25 laps):
Donnie Large Jr.-(-5.028)
Donnie Darter-(1 lap)
John Benedict-(1 lap)
Patrick Geiger-(24 laps)
18-Second Bracket Race (20 laps)
John Bowersox-DQ'd for going under 18 seconds
Thomas Magray-(13 laps)
Russell Johnson-(16 laps)
QUALIFYING AND HEAT RACES
LoanMart Late Model Open Shootout:
Qualifying, 2 laps, top 10 advance to $10,000-to-win "A" main event:
Luis Martinez Jr.-15.630
Heat Races, 8 laps, top two from each heat advance to $10,000-to-win "A" main event:
Aaron Mullins-(7 laps)
20 laps, top two advance to $10,000-to-win "A" main event:
Mike Graham-(1 lap)
Dylan Caldwell-(2 laps)
Bobby Hurst-(6 laps)
Ryan Mock-(11 laps)
Jason Aguirre-(19 laps)
Hobby Stocks Open qualifying (2 laps):
MST's Open qualifying (2 laps):
Donnie Large Jr.-17.243
Madera Speedway - Championship Night
Media Release - September 28, 2013
Media Relations - Ronald D. Montez
Track champions crowned at LoanMart Madera Speedway
Madera, CA - What began as a journey in March for racers in the local classes seeking a track title officially ended Saturday, September 28, 2013 on
Championship Night at the LoanMart Madera Speedway.
In the final points race of the season, a well-deserving track champion emerged from each division including the LunkerDaddy Limited Late Models,
Toyota Sedans, Hobby Stocks, MST's and NCMA Sprint Cars along with the WSRA Mini Cups.
In the LunkerDaddy Limited Late Models main, fans packed the grandstands to see if defending track champion Tony "the Tiger" Schmitz could
overcome a three-point margin and hold on to his track title.
That would be a tough task against points-leader Matt "Attack" Erickson, who not only won the whole deal in 2010, but was also last season's Coors
Light Open Late Models champion.
The drama between the two drivers lasted only five laps into the 40-lap main after Schmitz made a surprising trip to the infield because of a car-leak
issue that forced the nine-car race to come to a complete stop.
After the restart, Schmitz didn't return and that meant Erickson was most likely assured the championship. Not taking a chance, Erickson darted past
the rest of the field on Lap 14 and just took off into a blaze of glory while finishing ahead of Shelden Cooper and third placer Emma Tucker.
"I knew I had the car to do it but with Tony out here this season, it made it a lot more fun and definitely a challenge up until today," Erickson said.
"When Tony went to the infield, I was a little bit relieved. Once I saw the fluid on the track, I kind of had a feeling it was his car but I'd rather beat him
on the track instead of in the pits like that. But it's racing, stuff happens and it could've happened to me. My motor could of blew up in the first lap and
he could be sitting here in victory lane instead of me, so you never know."
With the main win, Erickson added to his championship totals in a season with many twist and turns for the experienced driver.
"This year was kind of a weird season," he said. "We started off the beginning of it with a real fast car and we hold the track record for the fastest time
(15.224) set. Then we just had carburetor and spark plug wire issues that slowed us down. When we were catching Tony in the points and got back up
there, we had two transmissions in a row go out on us and that's when he got the points lead back. So it's just been an up and down season but we
showed that we're a top running team because we pulled it off and we came out on top."
Erickson not only had the division's top qualifying time (15.838) of the day but he also won the six-lap heat race earlier in the event by edging out
Schmitz both times.
Like Erickson, other local class drivers to win their respective mains while also claiming track titles included Chowchilla's John Bowersox (MST's) and
Dos Palos' Ryan Hart (Hobby Stocks).
Despite finishing third in the 30-lap main, Donnie Large Jr. was named the official track champion of the very competitive Toyota Sedans division.
Large finished behind main winner Kyle Fortney and Madera's Del McIntosh, who took second.
Eric Humphries (NCMA Sprints) was the 30-lap victor while Gabriel Herzog (WSRA Mini Cups) took the 15-lap race. Patrick Geiger won his first main of
the year after taking the 18-Second 30-lap Bracket race with a time of 18.075.
The Madera Speedway will go dark for a couple of weeks but return in exciting fashion in the 7th Annual Pumpkin Smash Halloween Bash and Blow Up
featuring the Championship Race for the LoanMart Open Late Model Series (Race No. 8) with $2,000 in bonus money up for grabs plus the $10,000
to win 100 laps (split 50's), $750 to Win 18 Second Bracket Race, Hobby Stock Open, 4-Banger Open, $2,000 to win 200-lap Enduro and Roll Over
LunkerDaddy Late Models - 40 Laps
MST's - 25 Laps
Toyota Sedans - 30 Laps
Donnie Large Jr.
Hobby Stocks - 25 Laps
NCMA Sprints - 30 Laps
WSRA Mini Cups - 15 Laps
18 Second Bracket Race - 30 Laps
Heat Race - 6 Laps
LunkerDaddy Late Models - Heat 1
LunkerDaddy Late Models - Heat 2
Donnie Large Jr.
MST's - Heat 1
MST's - Heat 2
Trophy Dash - 5 Laps
WSRA Mini Cups
Qualifying - 2 Laps
LunkerDaddy Late Models
Matt Erickson 15.838
Tony Schmitz 15.897
Emma Tucker 16.165
Bobby Hurst 16.288
Shelden Cooper 16.416
Ronnie Roberts 16.430
Aaron Mullins 16.496
Verg Beatty 16.542
Nastasia Dodd 16.829
Donnie Large Jr. 17.633
Kyle Fortney 17.672
Del McIntosh 17.717
Tim Curtis 17.834
Dean Gould 17.877
Thomas Magray 18.544
Kevin Thompson 16.919
Jed Gilman 16.975
John Bowersox 17.287
Tim Kammerer 17.604
Patrick Geiger 17.639
John Benedict 18.026
Ryan Hart 17.547
Matt Anderson 17.896
Don Selsor 19.540
Gordon Rodgers 14.543
Eric Humphries 14.625
Denny Burell 14.674
Justin Kawahata 14.810
WSRA Mini Cups
Gabriel Herzog 17.579
Cameron Legue 17.917
Thomas Suarez 17.933
Austin Herzog 17.954
Mother Nature Can't Keep these Drivers Down
By Mark Smith
LoanMart Madera Speedway Media Relations
Sept. 21 Release --- Race #7 of the $1,000-to-win LoanMart Open Late Model Series
A dust storm before qualifying runs and continued periods of rain couldn't keep cars from taking to the LoanMart Madera Speedway Saturday night, as
drivers refused to let the elements stop them from giving fans an evening of racing excitement.
After more than an hour of drying the Speedway surface when a pocket of Saturday afternoon's storms remained overhead - in which dozens of tow
trucks, jeeps, and even race cars circled the track to dry it in a rare sight - the night's main events finally began with a handful of dedicated fans in the
Perhaps in compensation to their dedication, fans were treated to increased car counts in every class as the Stockton 99 Speedway canceled its
Saturday event and several drivers decided to come give Madera racers a run for their money.
First up after drivers got the go-ahead at 9 p.m. was the 40-lap Legends of the Pacific main, led by Logan Zampa on the pole.
Almost immediately Zampa saw his lead taken away when Blaine Perkins - who finished fourth in dash one which Zampa won for the top main spot -
moved up and swooped the lead from him on the outside line.
Perkins continued to widen the gap between himself, Zampa, and Cameron Austin until lap 11, when two drivers from the back of the pack got
involved in a collision that brought out the red flag.
From the back, Bob Kuebler - who had the slowest time out of all 16 drivers going into the main - got caught up with Brian Malin, who had his bumper
ripped off as Kuebler went into the turn three wall with force.
Both cars left the race, with Kuebler towed off the track, though both men were not injured.
As the race started back up, Austin moved his way into first from third until he started getting pressed from behind by eventual winner "Tricky" Ricky
Schlick, who started in fifth, looked like he was on a mission to take the checkered flag the entire race.
As Austin went into turns, Schlick continually nudged him from behind until he managed to bully his way onto the inside line and the lead in lap 25.
From there, the race was all Schlick's as he built a comfortable lead and finished with more than a half-second to spare.
Other winners on the night included: Howard Holden in a dominant Hobby Stocks performance; John Bowersox with an easy checkered in the MST's
though Kevin Thompson still threatens the points lead after taking second; Del McIntosh in a wild Toyota Sedans race that saw points leader Donnie
Large Jr. finish in last, and Matt Erickson in a scorching LoanMart Open Late Model victory to sustain his season lead.
Erickson finished after the first 51-lap split by more than three seconds the second-to-last main event of the series, but Kyle Gottula and Mike David
gave him a hard time in the final 49.
For most of those final 49 laps - with the clock approaching curfew time at 11 p.m. which would have put an early end to the race - Gottula and David
sat behind Erickson and at one point, Gottula took him bumper-to-bumper around turns.
However, Erickson would again prove too much for all other drivers on the track, and finished with his third checkered flag in seven races of the tour
as Gottula spun out in lap 94 and David couldn't make up the difference, even with his top qualifying time of 15.627.
"It feels great to get this win, especially beating Mike David," Erickson said. "I got my parts from him and he's got the best of the best, so to come out
and beat him it gives us a good sign heading in to the race for 10 grand."
And even though the night's racing was delayed until much later than usual, Speedway owner Kenny Shepherd said it was all about putting on a good
"I'll cancel a Saturday show Sunday morning," Shepherd laughed. "Some people like to call it quits early, but not us … we got all the races in on time
and that's what matters."
The Speedway will host its Championship Night next weekend, with $5 tickets and triple points in several local classes all but guaranteed to fill the
seats and cover the track in gritty racing.
Triple-point-classes on the night include: the LunkerDaddy Limited Late Models; Hobby Stocks, MST's, Toyota Sedans, and 4-Bangers, where track
championships remain on the line in at least three of the events.
For more information including detailed schedules and point standings, go to www.racemadera.com or call 673-7223. Free-ticket giveaways, photos,
videos, and other information can be found by being a "friend" of the Speedway's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/maderaspeedway.
LoanMart Open Late Models (100 laps):
Justin Westmoreland-(1 lap)
Ryan Hart-(2 laps)
Emma Tucker-(3 laps)
Aaron Mullins-(46 laps)
Carl Pearce-(60 laps)
Legends of the Pacific (40 laps):
Cameron Austin-(14 laps)
Brandon Weaver-(14 laps)
Brian Malin-(29 laps)
Bob Kuebler-(29 laps)
Hobby Stocks (30 laps):
Roy Luft-(1 lap)
Doug Roque-(1 lap)
Ivan Scorsur-(2 laps)
Don Selsor-(3 laps)
MST's (30 laps):
John McCullum Sr.-(-6.587)
Toyota Sedans (30 laps):
Donnie Large Jr.-(-12.029)
Qualifying (2 laps)
LoanMart Open Late Model
John McCullum Sr.-17.575
Donnie Large Jr.-17.678
Legends of the Pacific (3 dashes, 4 laps each dash):
Three tiers of motorsports showcased at Harvest Classic
By Mark Smith
The Madera Tribune
The second night of the LoanMart Madera Speedway's Harvest Classic brought a wide variety of motorsport entertainment to hundreds of fans on
Saturday as roaring tractors, speedy cars, and a nationally-known monster truck combined for one of the season's biggest shows.
A much-applauded highlight to the evening was the arrival of Bigfoot #10, the tenth-iteration of one of the very first monster trucks to ever be built.
Driven by J.R. Adams, Bigfoot - with wheels alone more than five feet in height - roared to the Speedway's infield, hungry for the pile of wrecked cars
donated by Pick-A-Part Madera.
Fans young and old cheered the spectacle as Bigfoot performed huge wheelies, leapt into the air, and crushed the cars into metal pancakes.
"That was so cool!" said Micah Thompson, an excited six-year-old fan on his feet as the crowd cheered for Adams' driving. "It was all smashing those
cars, did you see it? That was awesome!"
Adams thanked all the fans and signed autographs after the show for the dozens who lined up to meet him and get a closer look at the monstrous
Before Bigfoot's arrival, several events put on shows of their own, and a season champion was crowned in one racing class.
After opening ceremonies, the 7,200-pound tractor class was first out on a 300-foot track on the Speedway's infield in the first of two tractor-pull
events, where drivers attempted to tug a 38,000-pound sled as far as possible.
The local team of Brian and Kevin Massetti brought their four-year-old orange beast, "The Whip," out last in the class but managed to come away with
the farthest pull at 308 feet, two inches in a narrow victory over Jaime Fraser.
"We were the 'favorites' but we only beat them by less than a foot," laughed Jim Massetti, father of the pair and the track's announcer for the pulls.
"Hey, always a lot of fun though."
The Northern California Modified Association Sprints were first in the night's track racing with a scary moment early that saw the red flag make an
Carl Mott started in the pole after qualifying fourth, and as he crossed into lap two on the front-end straightaway Gordon Rogers - pressing Mott early
- attempted to swoop under him but the two collided, sending both cars into the wall.
Mott grinded against the wall with sparks flying, then spun out and his rear end slammed extremely hard into the turn-one barrier.
The ambulance came out and Mott's car was shot - Rogers as the top qualifier also dropped out due to car troubles from the collision - but he was
responsive and did not appear to suffer serious injury.
Denny Burell would end up taking the checkered flag after he and Eric Humphries went bumper-to-bumper for more than eight laps, and said he was
happy to get the hard-fought victory.
"Humphries was really giving me a good fight there but I stuck it out," Humphries said. "We're always happy with a win and especially when it comes in
a close race like that."
Other winners on the night included: Dave Ramos in the open diesel tractors; Eric Gonsales in the 5,800-pound tractor pull; Donnie Fagundes as he
competed alone in the 8,000-pound tractor class; Darrin Snider in the United States Auto Club/Bay Cities Racing Association Midgets; and Kyle
Vanderpool in the Winged World Series that pits super modifieds against winged sprint cars.
Though Vanderpool took the checkered flag in the series' final race on the year behind the wheel of his super modified car, second-place finisher Tim
Skoglund - in a winged sprint car all season - ended up taking the track championship by 18 points.
"Obviously we're happy about that, definitely," Skoglund said. "I mean we would have liked to take the checkered too but now we get some bragging
Even though he was a continual top finisher and took several of the series' checkered flags, Vanderpool lost his chance at the season championship
when he was disqualified in a previous race for illegal modifications to his restrictor plates, putting Skoglund too far ahead to catch.
The Speedway will return for more action on Sept. 21, where season championships are still up for grabs in several events.
The night will include: the LoanMart Open Late Model Series; Hobby Stocks; MSTs; Toyota Sedans; 4-Bangers; Sport Mods; Legends of the Pacific, and
the 18-Second Bracket Race.
For more information including detailed schedules and point standings, go to www.racemadera.com or call 673-7223.
Winged World Series (30 laps):
Marvin Mitchell-(3 laps)
NCMA Sprints (30 laps):
Steve Amador-(1 lap)
Carl Mott-(29 laps)
Gordon Rogers-(29 laps)
USAC/BCRA Midgets (30 laps):
Gary Conterno-(1 lap)
Floyd Alvis-(1 lap)
Tanner Swanson-(23 laps)
JR Williams-(29 laps)
Qualifying (2 laps):
Winged World Series:
Winged World Series (6 laps):
NCMA Sprints, Heat One (8 laps):
NCMA Sprints, Heat Two (8 laps):
Eric Humphries-(7 laps)
USAC/BCRA Midgets, Heat One (6 laps):
USAC/BCRA Midgets, Heat Two (6 laps):
Madera Speedway - Harvest Classic Night No. 1
Media Release - September 13, 2013
Media Relations - Ronald D. Montez
Wild night of racing begins Harvest Classic at LoanMart Madera Speedway
Madera, CA - From the first heat race and on, drivers set the tone for a weekend of big-time racing in the two-day Harvest Classic at the LoanMart
On the first night of the event that began on Friday, September 13, 2013, drivers from the four local classes were determined to put forth a terrific
effort for the Speedway fans, which were also treated to a bargain $5 admission price presented by Madera Auto Center.
Those LunkerDaddy Limited Late Models, Toyota Sedans, Hobby Stocks, and MST drivers certainly didn't disappoint the Speedway spectators as all
four main races - not to mention the heat ones - were action packed with very close finishes and physical battles on the track.
The race of the night clearly belonged to the Hobby Stocks division as "Flying" Ryan Hart continued his climb toward a track championship by pulling
out a well-earned win complete with a post-race burnout celebration.
Despite having his car constantly bumped throughout the main race, Hart kept his cool on the track in the 25-lap victory as second place finisher
Howard Holden gave him all he could handle and more.
From the onset, it was clear that Holden wasn't going to let Hart enjoy a runaway victory like he's experienced many times before in previous races.
That was definitely made apparent even before the main started as Hart narrowly edged out a hard-charging Holden in the six-lap heat race.
"Right off the bat, I knew we were going to have a good race after that heat finish because it was door-to-door racing all the way through," Hart said in
the winner's circle. "Three races ago, he was the one who ended my winning-streak when we lost the transmission. So I was hoping to see him out again
and put on a great night of racing for the fans and bring home another win."
Hart- as expected from a driver who has posted 14 mains this season - got out to the early lead ahead of drivers Holden, Ivan Scorsur, Don Selsor and
While Hart was leading the race, Holden stepped up to the challenge and applied the 'bump-and-go' strategy which nearly worked to perfection. On
just about every turn of the race, Holden would slightly nudge Hart's car from the back as the two would end up racing side-by-side all the way to the
Although Hart kept his car riding steady in spite of the blatant contact, Holden was able to briefly take over the lead and made it perfectly clear he was
out to claim another victory like he did on August 3.
After a spinout by Anderson with two laps to go, Hart and Holden put on a memorable finish that left the crowd in the grandstands cheering with
On the final turn before the finish line, Hart and Holden were still neck-and-neck fighting for the checkered flag. Holden tried to gain the edge but
spunout at the last second, leaving Hart with one of his most exciting finishes to date.
"I'm on top of the world," Hart said after the race. "I'm excited. My hands are shaking and I got the adrenaline pumping. I knew anything could happen
with him banging on my car every lap. I couldn't wait to give him a little back once he got around me but it ended up hurting him in the long run and
we got the win."
While Hart was victorious once again, the fans gave both drivers a standing ovation as Holden's valiant efforts didn't go unnoticed. After the race,
Holden approached Hart as the two exchanged handshakes.
"Holden and I had a rough start last year and we didn't get along that well but the fact that we can come out, race like that and put on a great show for
the fans and shake hands in victory lane afterwards is awesome," said Hart.
Like Hart, Toyota Sedans points leader Donnie Large Jr. was looking to build up some momentum with Championship Night just two weeks away. After
back-to-back second place finishes, Large was able to walk away with a first place trophy after winning the 30-lap main.
Madera's Del McIntosh, who earned main wins on July 25 and August 31, won the six-lap heat race earlier in the day and took the lead after the green
flag was waved in the eight-car race. Despite the early lead for McIntosh, it was Tim Curtis, Kyle Fortney and Large who were all closely trailing behind
him. That's when a tight battle for first place ensued with all four cars trying to outdo each other for position.
Midway through the race, Large was able to emerge from the four-car scrum and held off Curtis for the victory to increase his points total. Fortney,
who came into the event only trailing Large by 32 points, took third to stay in the title hunt.
Brothers Rick and Kevin Thompson each posted victories in their respective classes. Both Thompson's each won wild races as Kevin took the 20-lap
MST main and Rick claimed the 40-lap LunkerDaddy Limited Late Models race.
In the MST main, Chowchilla's John Bowersox led the way early in the race as he had some slight separation between him and Thompson with Jed
Gilman and Rian Bowman also following behind. Bowersox, who entered the race as the division's points leader with 674 and was event's six-lap heat
race winner earlier in the evening, was aiming for his 10th main win of the season.
But while everything seemed to be going in his favor through the first six laps, Bowersox suddenly drove his car into the infield for maintenance work
before a restart on Lap 7. That left Thompson- who came into the race second in total points with 643 - in first place as he stayed ahead of the
competition and was able to take a wild race that had four cautions and a blackflagged driver. Gilman finished second and Tim Kammerer took third.
The craziest races of the night were in the LunkerDaddy Limited Late Models. Not only did the cars engage in epic clashes in the 40-lap main but also
got into a massive crash that saw two cars exit early in the six-lap heat race.
After the mess was sorted out, Matt Erickson won the six-lap heat race and finished ahead of Tony Schmitz to set up the stage for the main.
The defending track champion Schmitz held a narrow 478-470 lead over Erickson in the points total as both drivers were looking for redemption from
the last race on August 31 that ended with a confrontational dispute between the two in the victory lane.
While Schmitz and Erickson both faced off against each other again and twice were sent to the back of the race for causing spinouts, Thompson
remained calm and held his own to end up the winner. Erickson fought all the way back to get into second place while Shelden Cooper took third.
There's even more racing action and fun attractions on Night No. 2 of the Harvest Classic.
Tonight, Saturday, September 14, 2013, the LoanMart Madera Speedway will feature the racing of the Super Modifieds vs. Winged Sprint cars, the
North California Modified Association Sprints, the Bay City Racing Association/United States Auto Club Midgets and Vintage Super Modifieds. There
will also be the lone tractor pull events where gigantic modified tractors pull a 38,000-pound sled as far as they can on the speedway's infield. To add
to the excitement, the infamous monster truck Bigfoot will take to the infield to jump over donated wrecks from Pick-A-Part Madera.
LunkerDaddy Limited Late Models - 40 Laps
MSTs - 20 Laps
John McCollum Sr.
Toyota Sedans - 30 Laps
Donnie Large Jr.
Hobby Stocks - 25 Laps
Heat Races - 6 Laps
LunkerDaddy Limited Late Models
John McCollum Sr.
Donnie Large Jr.