MADERA, CALIFORNIA (August 11, 2018) – A pressure-filled 63 lap green flag run to finish ended with Carlos Vieira taking his third career Pacific Challenge Series presented by victory on Saturday night at Madera Speedway.  Vieira, of Livingston, CA, outlasted points leader Jason Romero in arguably the closest series event at Madera yet.

Vieira topped a narrow Sunoco Fuels qualifying session by .002 seconds over Romero which saw only .086 seconds across the top-six.  The American Racer Tire Dash for a set of tires went a different direction with Galt’s Matt Wendt winning it for the second event in a row.

Wendt led the opening two laps of the 75 feature on the one-third mile before Cole Moore edged forward from the outside to lead lap three.  Vieira used the outside himself to nab second from Wendt not long after.  John Moore and Matt Scott had a nice side-by-side duel for fourth behind them as well.

Vieira didn’t waste any time attacking Cole Moore using the inside to take the lead on lap seven.  The leaders all started to move upstairs on the two-groove race track before things came to a halt on lap 12.  A multi-car melee that included defending champion Mike Beeler, Mike Hite, and debutants Jacob Smith and Tyler Herzog blocked the front stretch for a red flag.  For the third consecutive PCS event at Madera, Hite was eliminated with crash damage.  The other three drivers continued on.

John Moore used the restart to seize third from Wendt while Matt Scott battled side-by-side with Romero for fifth.  Ripon’s Mike Ray suffered mechanical problems that bounced him from the race on lap 27.

The Moores continued to battle as John Moore took over third from Cole Moore on lap 34 and went after Vieira for the lead.  On lap 37, the top-six cars ran virtually nose-to-tail as the intensity never relented.  Romero turned up the wick, passing Scott then getting third from Cole Moore on lap 38.  John Moore started to challenge Vieira, with the duo making hard contact in turn four on lap 39.  Romero closed down on them from third before the leaders made contact again on lap 46 in turn four.

Romero nosed inside Moore on several occasions for second place before finally clearing Moore on lap 68.  The remaining seven laps saw Romero try high and low to get around Vieira, going upstairs in turns one and two with three laps to go to no avail.  Carlos Vieira fended off Romero for his third career Pacific Challenge Series victory after a 63 lap green flag run, with John Moore a close third.  Cole Moore and Matt Scott rounded out the top-five.

In other action at Madera Speedway on Saturday night, Hobby Stocks saw fast-time qualifier Chuck Dozhier hold off points leader Steve Schermerhorn for the win.  Jesus Hernandez rounded out the top-three.

17 Legends of the Pacific were in action and a great back-and-forth duel between Groveland’s Sheldon Crouse and Sebastapol’s Cody Winchel transpired throughout all but the final corner of the main event.  Coming to the checkered flag, the pair touched and spun allowing Bakersfield’s Colton Page to snake through for the victory.  Eddie Garone and Braden Rogers rounded out an all-Bakersfield top-three.

USAC Western US Midget points leader of Adam Lemke of Hollister won Saturday’s main event ahead of Good Times QMA graduate Joey Iest.  Fellow QMA graduate Johnny Nichols was third.

Eight Modified Super Toyotas staged an entertaining 30 lap feature with Shaun Reynolds continuing his hot summer with another victory.  DJ Lander overcame an early spin in turn four to finish second while Patrick Geiger was third.

The 360 Super Modified main event was ended prematurely due to an incident on the backstretch involving Donnie Large, Sr.  Our thoughts and prayers are extended to the family of Donnie Large, Sr.

The PCS championship battle sees Romero gain two points on John Moore for a 16 point gap heading into the 2018 championship race on October 13th at All American Speedway in Roseville, CA.  The originally scheduled round #7 at Roseville on September 8th has been cancelled and the speedway will instead run a 150 lap special event for their local Late Model division.

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The Pacific Challenge Series is presented by: Penney Racing Supply, Penney & Associates, American Racer Tires, Radio Law Talk, Compact-It, Northwest Compactors, Naake Suspension, Sunoco Fuels, Five Star Bodies, BrakeOMeter, Lefthander Chassis, ARP Bodies, Joes Racing Products, Competition Carburetion, Bassett Wheels, Frank’s Radio, WrapStar Pro, and Blakesley Sports Media. All PCS Super Late Models race ABC Bodies or Muscle Car bodies on American Racer Tires with Sunoco Racing Fuel.

2018 Pacific Challenge Series presented by Schedule

Subject to Change

March 31 Madera Speedway (Madera, CA) *Thunder & Lightning w/ USAC & BCRA*

April 21 Shasta Speedway (Anderson, CA) *Kool April Nights*

May 19 Ukiah Speedway (Ukiah, CA) *North State Challenge*

June 23 Shasta Speedway (Anderson, CA) *Shasta Fair*

July 21 Stockton 99 Speedway (Stockton, CA) *Summer Classic*

August 11 Madera Speedway (Madera, CA) *Thunder & Lightning II w/ USAC & 360 Supers*

October 13 All American Speedway (Roseville, CA) *October Classic 100*

Pacific Challenge Series Round 6: Madera Speedway results

Finish Car Driver Hometown Sponsors
1 51 Carlos Vieira Livingston, CA 51FIFTY Energy Drink
2 8 Jason Romero Cameron Park, CA Folsom Lake Asphalt
3 27 John Moore Granite Bay, CA JM Environmental
4 20 Cole Moore Granite Bay, CA JM Environmental
5 35 Matt Scott Pine Grove, CA Kamps Propane
6 1 Matt Wendt Galt, CA Wendt Construction
7 54 Jacob Smith Bakersfield, CA Sigma Engineering Solutions
8 1H Tyler Herzog Fresno, CA Crown Homes
9 6 Mike Beeler Modesto, CA Beeler Industries
10 3 Dave Byrd French Camp, CA Cherokee Mufflers
11 70 Mike Hite Elk Grove, CA Pimental Freightlines
12 45 Mike Ray Ripon, CA  

Sunoco Fuels Fast Time: #51 Carlos Vieira

American Racer Dash: #1 Matt Wendt

Penney Racing Supply Hard Charger: #8 Jason Romero

Lap Leaders: 1 Matt Wendt 1-2, 20 Cole Moore 3-6, 51 Carlos Vieira 7-75

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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