Friday, March 23, 2018

Bakersfield Karting Experience Launches Summer Series

Via Blakesley Sports Media

BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA (March 23, 2018) – After a highly successful inaugural indoor racing campaign, Bakersfield Karting Experience has set a slate of ten races for the “Indoor Summer Series”. Races will be staged on Friday nights on the 1/10th mile dirt oval for a variety of Outlaw Kart, flat Kart, and Mini Dwarf divisions. Nearly a dozen divisions will compete for points in the series.

The 2017-18 Winter Series included separate nights of competition for Outlaw Karts, Flat Karts, and Mini Dwarfs. The Outlaw Kart nights saw a season-wide average of 20 karts per event including the busy Indoor Kart Nationals in January. Open Outlaw Karts proved to be a regional draw with many racers crossing over from other valley racing divisions to compete. The all-star nature of the driver line-up is expected to continue into the summer with few conflicting dates with area race tracks.

For the 2018 Summer Series, Open Outlaw Karts will headline all ten nights of racing. Half of the shows will be designated “A” shows with stock and open flat karts and Jr. & Sr. Mini Dwarfs competing, while the “B” shows will be dedicated to Outlaw Kart classes such as Open 250 Intermediate, Box Stock, and Beginner Box Stock.

Racing begins April 27th with the first A show while May 25th will be the first B show. The complete schedule is listed at the end of this press release.

Bakersfield Karting Experience is a state of the art, complete entertainment venue. RC car racing, oval dirt kart racing, golf simulator, arcade games, and food and drink specials. BKE is open to the public 6 days a week with karts available for rent for a single race or for group outings. It is the only indoor public rental kart dirt oval in the world. Birthday parties and private room rentals round out the extensive options for a night out or for a great get together.

For more information, you can visit Bakersfield Karting Experience online at

Sponsorship and media inquiries can be directed to Jeff Thielscher at (661) 428-0911

A- Open Outlaw Karts, Stock Karts, Stock Appearing Karts, Open Karts, Kid Karts, Jr. & Sr. Mini Dwarfs

B- Open Outlaw Karts, Intermediate Karts, Beg Box Stock Kart, Box Stock Karts.
MAY 25th -B
JUNE 22nd -A
JULY 6th -B
JULY 20th –B
AUGUST 10th -B
AUGUST 31st -A

* HOT LAPS AT 7:30


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

"Super Spring" Continues Saturday With SRL At Madera

Defending series champion Derek thorn of Bakersfield, CA
(Photo Courtesy Jason Wedehase)

Via Madera Speedway PR

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (March 21, 2018) – An incredible spring of nationally-recognized Late Model and Super Late Model racing at Madera Speedway continues Saturday with the $5,000 to win SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Season Opener 125. Madera Late Models, Legends of the Pacific, Modified Super Toyotas, and Toyota Sedans will also be competing at the fastest one-third mile in the west.

The SRL event is the second in a string of five major stock car events through the end of April at the speedway. Matt Erickson won the $5,000 to win, MAVTV-televised RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model opener on March 10th. The RPM Series competes again on April 7th and April 28th while the Pacific Challenge Series Super Late Models will race on March 31st as well.

2015 and 2017 Madera Pro Late Model champion Buddy Shepherd of Bakersfield, CA headlines the entry list for Saturday’s SRL race. Shepherd finished second in the prestigious Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway Park in February, but more notably is the defending SRL race winner at Madera from last July.

Shepherd and four-time champion Derek Thorn of Bakersfield will go head-to-head on Saturday although Thorn is only running a part-time schedule this year. Madera Jr. Late Model winner Eric Nascimento, Jr. is among many drivers in the field with ties to the speedway along with Madera PCS winner Carlos Vieira. Linny White ran in the top-five in the season opener for the RPM Pro Late Models as a tune-up for his SRL campaign. Kolby Berry is a multi-time Jr. Late Model fast-time qualifier while Jack Wood had top-tens in both Madera PCS starts.

Jacob Gomes owns two PCS wins at the facility while Jeremy Doss won a Pro Late Model feature in 2017. Nearly 30 cars populated the recent version of the entry list including nearly ten rookies.

The Madera Late Model races on SRL nights have become a proving ground of their own, serving as breakout races for winners such as Logan Zampa and Eric Nascimento, Jr. One driver will make their mark if they can win Saturday’s 40 lapper.

Saturday’s races serve as the season opener for every division competing except for the Toyota Sedans, who opened on March 10th with Jillaun Holden getting a narrow win over Dean Gould.

Activities get underway Friday with practice, with gates opening at 2 p.m. and cars on track beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday’s races will be a March Matinee with Pit Gates at 9 a.m. and Grandstands at 10:30 a.m. The local divisions will qualify at 1:15 p.m. with heat races to follow. The Toyota Sedans and Modified Super Toyotas mains will begin at approx. 3 p.m. with opening ceremonies to follow. Late Model and Legends main events, SRL Southwest Tour qualifying, and the SRL Southwest Tour 125 will wrap up the program with an expected checkered flag of 8:30 p.m.

Tickets are value priced at just $20 for adults, $17 for seniors and military, $10 for youth ages 6-12, and kids five and under are free!

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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.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Pacific Challenge Series Season Opener At Madera Rescheduled To March 31

Via PCS Media

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (March 19, 2018) – The Pacific Challenge Series presented by will now open its season on Saturday March 31st at Madera Speedway, after rain soaked the originally scheduled March 17th weekend. The first of two appearances for the SLM series at the one-third mile will be paired with a variety of open wheel series including BCRA Midgets and USAC Western US Midgets.

A kids Easter Egg Hunt and vintage open wheel racing will round out the card that honors valley racing legends Smokey Hanoian and Al Pombo.

Parity has been the name of the game in the PCS for several seasons including six first-time winners in last year’s series. Carlos Vieira won the Madera season opener for his first career win. Popular Late Model and tour car standout Jacob Gomes has two career PCS wins – both at Madera.

Modesto’s Mike Beeler narrowly topped Granite Bay’s John Moore to grab the 2017 championship. 2015 Rookie of the Year Cole Moore finished third with one victory while two-time winner Matt Wendt, the 2016 Rookie of the Year, was fourth in the final rundown. 2017 Rookie of the Year Jack Wood was unable to grab a win but still finished fifth in the championship ahead of his cousin Travis Milburn. El Dorado Hills’ Jason Romero, Valley Springs’ Tracy Bolin, Elk Grove’s Mike Hite, and Pine Grove’s Matt Scott made up the rest of the top-ten. Other winners included Derek Copeland at Shasta, Jeff Bischofberger at Stockton, and Randy Hedrick at Ukiah.

The weekend’s activities will get underway with a Friday practice session, tentatively slated from 5pm to 8pm. Saturday’s race day schedule is still being finalized at press time.

For more information on the Pacific Challenge Series presented by, visit or follow them on Facebook or YouTube

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, 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 All American Speedway (Roseville, CA) *Return to Roseville*
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*
September 8 All American Speedway (Roseville, CA) *Back to School*
October 13 All American Speedway (Roseville, CA) *October Classic 100*