MADERA, CALIFORNIA (June 25, 2018) – Both the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series and the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Junior Late Model Series return to Madera Speedway this weekend to headline the “Reverend Ron Spencer Red, White and Blue Classic” featuring post-race fireworks. The MAVTV-televised series will be joined on the one-third mile asphalt oval by 48 lap races for the Modified Super Toyotas and Toyota Sedans plus the Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros series.
Over 300 laps of stock car action will be presented in honor the late Ron Spencer, who was the long time track chaplain before passing away last year. The MST and Toyota Sedans extra distance races are a tribute to Jeff Doran as well.
15 year-old Austin Herzog leads the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series points despite not visiting victory lane yet this year. The Clovis driver finished third in May and second in April. The six-time Jr. Late Model winner enjoys a 22 point lead over former champion Matt Erickson of La Grange.
Modesto’s Garland Tyler is third in the standings followed by a surging Racin Vernon of Bakersfield. Vernon picked up his first victory with the series during Military Tribute Night to move up to fourth in the championship. Dos Palos’ Ryan Hart rounds out the top-five. A strong 16 car field competed in last weekend’s Madera Late Model Series non-TV race with Bakersfield’s Buddy Shepherd grabbing the win. Over 30 Pro Late Models are expected this weekend including a double duty effort from Kayla Eshleman in both Pro and Jr. Late Models. $500 will go to the winner of the 25 lap B Main before the 80 lap feature that is split over two segments for $2000 to win.
Winning two of the four races so far, Jesse Love IV of Menlo Park has extended his points lead in the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model Series. Love is looking to become the series’ first repeat champion. He is followed by fellow two-time winner Dylan Zampa of Napa. The 14 year-old is 18 points behind Love. Las Vegas’ Tanner Reif has drifted to third, 32 points behind, with the top-five rounded out by Bakersfield’s Kabe McClenny and third year driver Austin Edwards. An 80 lap feature is scheduled for these drivers ages 10-16 years old.
Rounding out the MAVTV-televised divisions is the upstart Mini Cup vs. Bandoleros series. Bakersfield drivers have dominated this “race within a race” competition with Kercie Jung, Riley Massey, and Seth Wise all scoring Bandolero wins. Bakersfield’s Kale McClenny won the first three Mini Cup races but an incident late in the May race allowed Placerville’s Jayce McArthey to get his first career Mini Cup main event win. The youngest racers at Madera Speedway will compete in a 20 lap feature.
Patrick Geiger leads the Modified Super Toyota standings as the division heads into its longest race. The 48 lap feature is split across two 24 lap segments. Geiger’s lead over Ryan Reynolds is 18 points with 2017 champion Bert Stephens only 19 points out of first as well. Shaun Reynolds picked up the most recent MST victory.
2016 Toyota Sedan champion Jillaun Holden has had little issue with the growing fields in the division, charging to six main event wins this year. Her points lead stands at 73 over Thomas Magray with rookie Greg Tyler rounding out the top-three. Their 48 lap event is also spread across 24 lap segments.
Action gets started on Friday evening with practice from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday’s program begins with pit gates opening at 10:30 a.m. Practices run from 12:15 – 2:15 p.m. with qualifying and heat races to follow. The first set of main events starts at 4:15 including the Mini Cup feature and the Late Model B Main. Opening ceremonies are at 5:30 p.m. The huge fireworks show will take place sandwiched in the middle of the program at approximately 9 p.m. with the 30 lap conclusion for the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model feature immediately following.
Tickets for this busy night of racing are just $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $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. Round #2 of the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series from April airs on Thursday July 5th.
Madera Speedway 2018 Schedule Celebrating 47 years of Racing!
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