MADERA, CALIFORNIA (July 30, 2019) – The third 2019 appearance of the North State Modified Series and another large field of Madera Late Models will highlight Saturday’s Children’s Hospital Kids Night at Madera Speedway. An action-packed night of stock car racing will also include the North State Hobby Stock Challenge, Toyota Sedans, Modified Super Toyotas, and a Jr. Late Model exhibition race.

Tyler Herzog leads the Madera Late Model standings for the non-televised division at the one-third mile asphalt oval. Herzog enjoys a healthy 50-point margin over Henk Gaalswyk, Jr. while the “Stuntman” Del McIntosh sits in third. Elliott Stjerne and Eloy Bazan round out the top-five.

The combined championship between the MAVTV-televised Nut Up Pro Late Models nine race series and the nine race Madera Late Model Series carries the “Madera Overall Late Model championship” moniker. Tyler Herzog overcame a 20th place starting position last Saturday night in the Summer Speedfest to finish seventh. He took over the lead from his cousin Austin Herzog, who suffered a DNF after a grinding backstretch crash. Both Herzogs are planning to race on Saturday night in the 40-lap feature with just 18 points separating them.

Medford, OR’s Randy Houston led the North State Modifieds across the finish line in April before Robbie Knittel won his first career series victory in June. Series points leader Cameron Austin finished third in the April event and second in June. He has a perfect season of podium finishers bolstered by back-to-back wins in July at Roseville and Eureka.

Austin’s summer performances have boosted him to a 20-point lead over Knittel, who has used fill-in driver Scott Winters for the last two events. Three-time series champion Darrin Knight of Kelseyville ranks third followed by Darrin Sullivan and Terry Deal. A second-place finish and a fourth-place finish places Jason Philpot of Sacramento sixth in the standings. 60 laps of open wheel Modified excitement are on tap.

The accompanying North State Hobby Stock Challenge versus the Madera Speedway Hobby Stocks has seen both features won by Madera regulars. Howard Holden narrowly topped 2018 champion Steve Schermerhorn in April before Schermerhorn grabbed the top spot in June. Drivers from up north to as far south as Bakersfield are expected for Saturday’s 50 lap race.

Ryan Reynolds added his fifth win of the season in the Modified Super Toyotas on Saturday to maintain a 13 point lead over his brother Shaun. Kyle Labrie ranks third in the MST points before this weekend’s 25 lap race.

Jason Lawton has a nearly insurmountable points lead in the Toyota Sedans over JJ Brandsen and Andrew Parr. The Sedans will also race for 25 laps.

Madera Speedway will host a Friday night practice for this event from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday’s program begins with pit gates opening at 12:30 p.m. Practices run from 1:45 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. with qualifying and heat races to follow. Opening Ceremonies are planned for 6 p.m.

Tickets for this event are just $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $7 for youth ages 6-12, and kids five and under are free!

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Madera Racing on MAVTV airs Thursdays 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 third round of the 2019 Nut Up Pro Late Model Series airs on August 1st.

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