MADERA, CALIFORNIA (April 23, 2018) – RPM Mortgage Pro Late Models and 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Models continue their strong start to 2018 Saturday at Madera Speedway, for the third round of the MAVTV-televised series.  The Pro Late Models will battle for 80 laps while the Jr. Late Models will compete for 70 laps around the fastest one-third mile the west.

The Mini Cup vs. Bandolero series, Toyota Sedans, and Hobby Stocks make up the rest of the night’s racing entertainment.

Matt Erickson has already scored over $7,000 in prize money across the first two RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series races of the year with a sweep of both races.  The dominant start to the year has yielded a 25 point lead over 2017 Rookie of the Year Austin Herzog.  Herzog, the six-time Jr. Late Model winner, gave Erickson his best challenge yet in round #2.  The race was marked by exciting back-and-forth battling before Herzog spun with six laps remaining to end his chances for a win.  Multi-time track champion Rick Thompson picked up on a third place finish on April 8th to move to third in the points.  Thompson is just one point ahead of Garland Tyler and Glen Cook who are tied for fourth.

A new sheriff is in town in the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model Series as “Rolling the Dice” Tanner Reif of Las Vegas leads the championship.  The third season for the series for drivers ages 10-16 years old has been perhaps the most competitive yet.  Defending champion Jesse Love scored his sixth career series win on April 8th and matches that with a third place finish opening night to run second in the standings.  Bakersfield’s Kabe McClenny has second and fourth place finishes for third in the championship.  Opening night winner Dylan Zampa of Napa is fourth with Mentone’s Austin Edwards rounding out the top-five.

Mini Cup vs. Bandolero was originally billed as a north versus south, with most of the Mini Cup racers coming from the northern part of the family while the Bandoleros compete primarily in Bakersfield, Irwindale, and Las Vegas. But Bakersfield drivers Kale McClenny and Kercie Jung have each swept their respective divisions.  Jung, 12, is the 2017 Kern County Raceway Park Bando champion while McClenny is in his second season of Mini Cups.  Both aim to move into the Jr. Late Model division soon.  The 20 lap races are televised for coverage on MAVTV during the Jr. Late Model broadcasts.

Toyota Sedans have been the busiest division at Madera as Saturday’s event is their fourth of the year.  2016 champion Jillaun Holden has two wins to lead the championship while Jason Lawton won the last main event.  Thomas Magray is second in the championship followed by 2017 champion Mike Marley.  16 different drivers have started a race so far across the Sedans and F4s that run together.

Hobby Stocks put on a fine season opener that saw Howard Holden take a come-from-behind win over Chuck Dozhier.  The battling will continue in a 30 lap race this weekend.

This weekend’s activities begin with an open practice on Friday night from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.  On Saturday, pit gates open at 10:30 a.m. with practices beginning at noon.  Qualifying follows at 2 p.m. with the first heat races and main events beginning at 4:15 p.m.  Opening ceremonies are slated for 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are value priced at just $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and military, $7 for youth ages 6-12, and kids five and under are free!

For more information about Madera Racing on MAVTV please visit www.racemadera.com or www.mavtv.com. For more information on RPM Mortgage and to obtain loan information please visit www.rpmwins.com and for more information about 51FIFTY Energy Drink visit www.51fiftyenergydrink.com

Madera Speedway is presented by major partners RPM Mortgage, 51FIFTY Energy Drink, Nut Up Industries, NICERIDE, iPull-uPull, and Color Fast Industries.

Madera Racing on MAVTV airs Thursdays re-runs of the 2017 season every week.  The show airs at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. PST and is also available on the Lucas Oil Racing TV app.  New 2018 episodes will begin airing later this spring.

Madera Speedway 2018 Schedule Celebrating 47 years of Racing!

April 28th – $15 Ticket Night! Race #3 of the MAVTV televised $2,000 to win RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series 80 laps ( 50 laps then a break, then 30 laps), Race #3 of the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series 80 laps (50 laps then a break, then 30 laps), Madera Hobby Stocks, Toyota Sedans, , Mini Cup vs Bandoleros Series

May 5th – $15 Ticket Night! Vukovich Classic / The BCRA Midgets, NCMA Sprints, CSS/360 Super Modifieds, Legends of Kearney Bowl, Senior Open Vintage Super Modifieds, California Hard Tops, Vintage BCRA, USAC Western Midgets, Legends of the Pacific

May 12th – The Madera Late Model 40 lap race and Jr. Late Model Exhibition 30 Lap Race! Madera Hobby Stocks, plus the Toyota Sedans and Mini Super Toyotas, F4 Beater Cross

May 19th – Closed

May 26th- $15 Ticket Night! Military Tribute Night presented by 51FIFTY ENERGY DRINK (All active and retired military get in the grandstands for FREE!) Race #4 of the MAVTV televised $2,000 to win RPM Mortgage Pro Model Series 80 Laps (50 Laps then a break, then 30 laps), Race #4 of the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series 80 laps (50 laps then a break, then 30 laps), Toyota Sedans, MST , Mini Cup vs Bandoleros Series

June 2nd – Closed

June 9th – Lucas Oil Summertime Horsepower Nationals presented by Protect the Harvest & Hoosier Tires! Lucas Oil Modifieds in the Protect the Harvest 75 MAVTV SHOW, North State Modified Tour , USAC HPD Midgets, Legends of Kearney Bowl, CSS 360 Super mods

June 16th – Madera Late Models Series 40 laps, Jr. Late Model Series 30 lap exhibition race, Madera Hobby Stocks, Southwest Truck Series, Toyota Sedans, MSTs, Legends of the Pacific , F4 Beater Cross

June 23rd – Closed

June 30th – Reverend Ron Spencer’s Red, White and Blue Classic and BIG FIREWORKS SHOW! !) Race #5 of the MAVTV televised $2,000 to win RPM Mortgage Pro Model Series 80 Laps (50 Laps then a break, then 30 laps), Race #5 of the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series 80 laps (50 laps then a break, then 30 laps),  MST (48 lap main spilt 24’s) , Toyota Sedans (48 lap main, split 24’s), Mini Cup vs Bandoleros Series

July 7th – Gerhardt Classic 100 Lap Three wide start BCRA Midget Race, The Western Winged Super Sprint Series, USAC Western  Midgets, NCMA Sprints, CSS/360 Super Modifieds, Vintage BCRA, Legends of Kearney Bowl,

July 14th –  Madera Late Models, Madera Hobby Stocks, MST, Toyota Sedans, and the Jr, Late Model 30 lap exhibition race

July 21st – Closed

July 28th – Summer Speed Fest $5,000 to win Race #6 of the MAVTV televised RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series 100 laps (split 50’s), Race #6 of the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series 80 laps (50 laps then a break, then 30 laps), MSTs, Mini Cup vs Bandoleros Series

August 4th – Children’s Hospital Kids Night – Madera Late Models, Madera Hobby Stocks, F4 Beater Cross, Toyota Sedans, MST,  Jr Late Model 30 lap exhibition race, Southwest Tour Truck Series

August 11th – PCS Super Late Model Series (Pacific Challenge Series), Madera Hobby Stocks, CSS/360 Super Modifieds, USAC HPD Midgets, MST, Legends of the Pacific, F4 Beater Cross

August 18th – Closed

August 25th – Race # 7 of the MAVTV Televised $2,000 to win RPM Mortgage Pro Model Series 80 laps (50 then 30), Race #7 of the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series 80 laps (50 laps then a break, then 30 laps), Mini Cup vs Bandoleros Series , Legends of the Pacific, Toyota Sedans

September 1st – Hampton Inn and Suites Night at the Speedway, Madera Late Models, Madera Hobby Stocks, MST’s, Toyota Sedans, F4 Beater Cross, and the Jr, Late Model 30 lap exhibition race

September 8th – Closed for the Madera Fair

September 14th – 46th Annual Harvest Classic Night #1 presented by ($5 Ticket Night!) for everyone on night one. Madera Late Models, Madera Hobby Stocks,  F4 Beater Cross , MST, Toyota Sedans, USAC Western Midgets and Modified Truck Pulls!

September 15th – 46th Annual Harvest Classic presented by Midland Tractor and John Deere! The Western Winged Super Sprint Series, BCRA Midgets, USAC Western Midgets, NCMA Sprints, CSS/360 Super Modifieds, Legends of Kearney Bowl, California Hard Tops, Plus the Blown, Injected multi engine Pulling Tractors!

September 22nd – Race #8 of the MAVTV televised $2,000 to win RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series 80 laps (50 laps then 30), Race #8 of the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series 80 laps (50 laps then a break, the 30 laps), MST, Toyota Sedans, Mini Cup vs Bandoleros Series

September 29th – Spears SRL Southwest Tour 125, the USAC Western Midgets, CSS/360 Super Modifieds, Legends of the Pacific, Madera Hobby Stocks, and the Legends of Kearney Bowl

October 5th -Practice for the RPM Mortgage Short Track “Best of the West” $10,000.00 to win Shootout Event open to Lucas Oil Modifieds, Late Models, Jr. Late Models, and the Mini Cup vs Bandoleros Series

October 6th – 150 Lap $10,000.00 to WIN “NUT UP SHORT TRACK SHOOTOUT” for the MAVTV televised RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series 150 laps! (race #9 of the televised championship), Lucas Oil Modifieds 75 lap TV race! Race #9 of the 80 lap 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series and the Mini Cup vs Bandoleros Series

October 13th – Closed, NO RACES /

October 20th – 11th Annual iPull-uPull Pumpkin Smash Halloween Bash and Blow Up and Monster Trucks!, Madera Hobby Stocks, MST’s, Toyota Sedans, $2,000 to Win 200 lap Enduro, the Extreme Barrel Racing Series, a Trick or Treat thru the Pits and on Track PUMPKIN SMASH for the KIDS!

October 27th – Closed

November 10th – 2018 Championship Awards Banquet

About Steven Blakesley

Steven Blakesley is a motorsports announcer and public relations specialist with more than 15 years of experience. His biggest pet peeve is race fans who only enjoy one form of racing over all others.

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