MADERA, CALIFORNIA (June 19, 2018) – The Western Winged Super Sprint portion of the 18th Gerhardt Classic open wheel race on July 7th at Madera Speedway has gained some serious horsepower in the form of an expanded purse.  Sponsors and supporters of open wheel racing have allowed the race to pay an outstanding $800 to start.

The evening of open wheel excitement on the one-third mile oval north of Fresno, CA will include a 100 lap BCRA Midget race, USAC Western US Midgets, NCMA Sprint Cars, 360 Super Modifieds, Vintage BCRA Midgets, and Legends of Kearney Bowl.  Race fans will also be able to view the action live on the Madera Speedway Facebook page and on ShortTrack TV.

Madera’s goal is to include the Winged Sprint Cars on the Madera Racing on MAVTV program in 2019 if car counts and sponsorships continue to grow.

The Gerhardt Classic honors the entire Gerhardt family’s contributions to motorsports, especially the efforts of Fred Gerhardt who was responsible for the construction of at least 44 rear engined IndyCars throughout the 1960s and 1970s.  Their best finish as car owners in the Indianapolis 500 came in 1968 when Mel Kenyon finished third.  A total of eight IndyCar victories were in Gerhardt cars.

Fourth generation racer Cody Gerhardt competes primarily in the Winged Sprints and BCRA Midgets but also races USAC Silver Crown cars on asphalt as well.  His family-run operation fields entries in, and organizes, the USAC Western US Midget division that is a continuation of the Ford Focus and HPD Midget classes.

Madera Speedway represents a melting pot of the past, present, and future of racing.  Many drivers that compete in the USAC Western US Midgets are graduates of the adjacent Goodtimes QMA that is located against the backstretch of the track.  The Legends of Kearney Bowl and Vintage BCRA Midgets do their part to keep the history of pavement open wheeled racing in California alive.

Next up for the Madera Speedway is June 30th’s Reverend Ron Spencer’s Red, White and Blue Classic with a BIG FIREWORKS SHOW!  It will include 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),rRace #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), and the Mini Cup vs Bandoleros Series.

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.  The first round of the 2018 51FIFTY Energy Drink Junior Late Model Series airs this Thursday.

Madera Speedway 2018 Schedule Celebrating 47 years of Racing!

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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