Saturday, October 6, 2018

Zampa Cashes In With $10K Short Track Shootout Victory At Madera

Logan Zampa stood tall after winning the Short Track Shootout (Photo Courtesy Jason Wedehase)

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (October 6, 2018) – Napa’s Logan Zampa cashed in the biggest win of his career, scoring the 6th Annual $10,000 to win Nut Up Industries Short Track Shootout on Saturday night at Madera Speedway. Zampa’s unlikely victory was his first in nearly 18 months and came from 11th starting position. More than 40 RPM Mortgage Pro Late Models from across the Western United States competed at the one-third mile asphalt oval.

Saturday’s MAVTV-televised races also crowned the 2018 series champions as well with Matt Erickson emerging with his second series title.

Erickson led qualifying but it was Bakersfield’s Racin Vernon who drew the pole position for the start of the 150 lap contest. Second in points Austin Herzog dove inside Randy Hedrick for fourth in turn three on lap six before Herzog spun, sending them both around. Both drivers had to restart at the rear with front end damage in a costly incident.

Vernon picked the outside on the restart against Shepherd and they ran side-by-side while Erickson and Zampa closed down for a four car lead pack. Shepherd tucked in on the high line behind Zampa, allowing Erickson to take second. Erickson then applied pressure on Vernon for the lead.

Lapped traffic bottled up the leaders a bit and the caution flew when lapped car Rick Thompson and fifth place running Ross Strmiska crashed hard in turn one. When racing resumed, Zampa used the outside to charge past Erickson for second on lap 42. Nick Grossi had a blown transmission for a spectacular red flag on the following lap, with the fluid sending both Adam Lemke and Jagger Jones around. All three were done for the evening.

A lap 50 caution allowed Buddy Shepherd to take the lead away from Vernon on lap 51.

Dillon Tucker drove from 23rd up to eighth as he avoided all the melees. Meanwhile, three-time Short Track Shootout champion Eric Holmes started to make his presence felt after starting eighth. Holmes went past Zampa for third and then challenged Vernon for second. Vernon had a slide coming into turn three that dropped him back to fifth. A top four lead pack emerged in lapped traffic of Shepherd, Holmes, Zampa, and 13 year-old Jesse Love all running nose to tail on the high side.

Holmes went for it, going three wide in and out of traffic to take the lead from Shepherd on lap 96 in a thrilling move. Holmes led the field into the lap 100 break ahead of Shepherd, Zampa, Love, and Herzog who had recovered from the earlier spin to fifth.

Coming out of the break, Shepherd challenged Holmes before tucking up behind him on lap 108. Carlos Vieira had a mechanical failure that sparked a serious crash in turn one that ended Cole Moore’s race as well.

Zampa went outside of Holmes on lap 114 and took over the lead on lap 115. Shepherd tried to go inside of Holmes into turn three and they made some contact for second as well. Herzog hopped into the fray as he looked outside Shepherd not long after. The furious battling at the front got a break when Christian Roche hit the turn three wall on lap 129.

The following restart was the maddest scramble of them all with Holmes eventually spinning down the backstretch. He lost a lap in the infield, but was saved when Jarrett Gilmer hit the turn three wall for a caution that gave Holmes the free pass and his lap back.

Zampa restarted outside Shepherd but drove away easily while Herzog fell out with a rear end issue to end his possible championship hopes. Shepherd slid into turn two on lap 136 and fell back to fourth as a result. Erickson emerged in second but had to watch Zampa drive away to a five car length advantage.

Erickson ended up having a great duel with Love but it was for a distant second place. Zampa went on for a 1.5 second victory over Erickson, Love, Shepherd, and 26th starting Blaine Rocha. Travis Milburn of Eagle, ID won the 40 lap B Main event worth $1,000 as well.

Love’s third place finish in the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series was just one part of his night, as he added his ninth 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model win and second consecutive series championship. The ninth and final round for the series had 15 drivers ages 10-16 years old racing for 70 laps.

The Jr. Late Model feature had almost an immeasurable number of lead changes. Love led the opening ten circuits before things intensified. Anthony Guiamano from Basking Ridge, NJ and Las Vegas’ Tyler Reif, 11, had some contact coming out of turn two. In Reif’s attempt to save the car, he spun exiting turn four and clipped both Joey Iest and the turn four wall. Reif and Iest were both out of the race prematurely.

Reif’s brother Tanner put up the challenge to Love and led lap 11, before Love led lap 12. Tanner Reif then led laps 13-16 and did all of his bidding from the outside line in a seemingly endless side-by-side affair. Reif bobbled and yielded the lead back to Love for lap 17.

Reif was undeterred, using the outside to come back at Love and take the lead on lap 22. Love fought back and took over laps 30 and 31, before Reif took over yet again! Meanwhile second in points Dylan Zampa had a front row view of all of it from third. Reif brought Love, Zampa, Guiamano, and Kabe McClenny across the line for the lap 40 break.

After adjustments on the front stretch and MAVTV interviews, Love and Reif continued to trade the lead back-and-forth. Reif seemed to have the edge by lap 51 and that allowed Love and Zampa to go into their own back-and-forth affair for second.

With four laps to go, Zampa was up to second and challenging inside Reif for a move that would have likely won him both the championship and the race. They went nearly three-wide in traffic coming to lap 68 in turn four, before making contact down the front stretch. Reif went spinning and the caution flag flew. Zampa and Reif were both relegated to the rear for their involvement.

The incident gave Love a clear path to sail to victory and to the championship, leading the final two laps ahead of Guiamano, McClenny, Jesse Burks, and Jay Juleson.

Nevada’s Justin Johnson kept his slim championship hopes alive as he won his first career Lucas Oil Modified race, topping the 22 starters of the 75 lap event. Taylor Miinch had a chance to close out the title fight but was only able to muster sixth in the series’ penultimate round. Kyle Tellstrom followed Johnson closely over a long final green flag run to settle for second by just .398 seconds ahead of Cody Kay, former Madera track champion Scott Winters, and former series champion Dylan Cappello.

Kale McClenny and Riley Massey each wrapped up championships in the Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros division. Their 20 lap feature was won by the Bandolero of Kercie Jung who also unofficially won the California state championship with the effort. Seth Wise finished second while Massey was third. McClenny won the Mini Cup portion of the field by narrowly topping a late move by Madera’s Joseph Holliday. Aiden Phillips rounded out the Mini Cup top-three.

Racing continues at Madera Speedway on October 20th with the iPulluPull 11th Annual Pumpkin Smash Halloween Bash and Blow Up!, 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!

For more information about Madera Racing on MAVTV please visit or For more information on RPM Mortgage and to obtain loan information please visit and for more information about 51FIFTY Energy Drink visit

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 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 fifth round of the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model Series airs on October 11th!

Madera Speedway 2018 Schedule Celebrating 47 years of Racing!

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

Friday, October 5, 2018

North State Modified Series Championship Race To Be Decided At All American Speedway

NSMS points leader Kris Price of Sacramento (51x) and 2nd place runner Dustin DeRosier of Cloverdale (#12) will be battling it out for the North State Modified Series championship Saturday night at All American Speedway in Roseville, CA.

Via Nadine Strauss/NSMS Media

Roseville, CA.....The final event in the 2018 championship race for the North State Modified Series, presented by Protect the Harvest, will be held Saturday night, October 13, at All American Speedway in Roseville, California. The Hoosier NSMS October Classic will feature a six-car six-lap Lucas Oil Dash for Cash along with a 60 lap feature event.

At the end of the competition the 2018 North State Modified Series (NSMS) champion will be revealed. Currently Kris Price of Sacramento has a healthy 66 point lead over Dustin DeRosier of Cloverdale. It is possible to earn as many as 85 points at each event. Therefore Price will only have to start the main event to clinch his first NSMS championship. Price and DeRosier are the only ones who have a mathematical chance to win the title.

Third place contender Eric Johnson of Kelseyville trails DeRosier by only 22 points. Next in line, 11 points be behind Johnson, is another Kelseyville driver, Darrin Sullivan. Eric Price II, Kris Price's brother, sits in fifth, only three points behind Sullivan.

The North State Modifieds are running in conjunction with the NASCAR K & N Pro Series, the Pacific Challenge Late Model Series, the local Bandolero/Mini Cup cars, and the local A & B Super Stocks.

The North State Modified Series is presented by: Protect the Harvest, Lucas Oil, Ward Land Management & Development, Hoosier Tire West, Sunoco Race Fuels, Naake Suspension, Five Star Bodies, Racer Bling, Scribner Plastics and Frank's Radios.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Short Track Shootout Up Next For Austin Herzog

Via Austin Herzog PR

CLOVIS, CALIFORNIA (October 3, 2018) – 16 year-old Austin Herzog will try to come from behind in the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series championship, during Saturday’s 150 lap and $10,000 Nut Up Industries Short Track Shootout at Madera Speedway.

Herzog led much of the season before a broken rear end in August and a crash in September set him back into second in the points. The race on Saturday night is expected to be one of the largest in track history with 52 pre-entries.

Activities begin on Thursday night with the Nut Up Industries Kickoff Party at Savemart on Howard Road in Madera. Austin and his #11 Pro Late Model will be in attendance along with his teammate Anthony Guiamano and his F’Real #3g Pro Late Model. Race fans can get autographs and win great prizes including race tickets. The event runs from 5pm – 7pm.

On Friday night, practices will run from 3pm-9pm. Saturday’s action includes morning practice, time trials at 12:45pm, lower mains at 3pm, and opening ceremonies at 5 pm. The 150 lap Short Track Shootout is expected to go green at 7pm.

Race fans can watch Austin Herzog in action on MAVTV, Thursdays at 5pm and 8pm Pacific time. Round #5 of the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series airs October 18th.

Austin Herzog Motorsports thanks Sanger Concrete, Castech Pest Control, Superior Doors, LC Services, Richard Herzog Construction, and Darrell Herzog Roofing for their support.

Potential sponsors are encouraged to contact

Race fans can keep up on all of the action for Austin Herzog Motorsports at Austin Herzog Motorsports can also be found on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Increased Purse For The Perris Oval Nationals Announced

#32 Chase Stockon, winner of the opening night of the "Oval Nationals" in 2017. (Photo Courtesy Rich Forman)

Via USAC Media

Perris, California.........(October 2, 2018) Perris Auto Speedway promoter Don Kazarian has announced an increased purse for the west coast's premier sprint car race, the 23rd Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction featuring both the USAC AMSOIL National and CRA Sprint Car Series. The race will take place on November 8th, 9th and 10th at the famous Riverside County half-mile clay oval.

While first place prize money for the Saturday A-Main will remain at $25,000, second place has increased from $10,000 to $15,000 and third place has increased from $5,000 to $10,000. In addition, the money to start the race has increased from $500 to $1,000. The Thursday and Friday A-Mains will pay $5,000 to win and $500 to start. The total purse for the three-day show is a whopping $131,380!

"I want to thank Mike Grosswendt from All Coast Construction for supporting the Oval Nationals and for everything he does for sprint car racing," Kazarian said. "He jumps in with both feet to make this all possible. He loves sprint car racing and he is totally dedicated to making it a better sport."

1. $25,000
2. $15,000
3. $10,000
4. $2,500
5. $2,250
6. $2,000
7. $1,750
8. $1,500
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12. $1,250
13. $1,200
14. $1,150
15. $1,100
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18. $1,025
19. $1,000
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Total: $77,900

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17. $100
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21. $60
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23. $60
24. $60
Total: $2,375

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6. $300
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10. $175
11. $150
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15. $100
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17. $100
18. $75
19. $75
20. $60
21. $60
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Total: $2,375

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Total: $22,450.00 (each night)

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5. $200
6. $175
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16. $75
17. $70
18. $70
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20. $60
21. $60
22. $60
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24. $60
Total: $1,915 (each night)

Total Purse for all three nights: $131,380

Entry blanks for the Oval Nationals are available at

Advance tickets are available at the following link For fans who do not wish to buy advance tickets, there will be plenty available for everyone at the front gate each night.

1996 Jimmy Sills
1997 Rip Williams
1998 Rodney Argo
1999 Rickie Gaunt
2000 Tony Jones
2001 Bud Kaeding
2002 Bud Kaeding
2003 Cory Kruseman
2004 Cory Kruseman
2005 Dave Darland
2006 Dave Darland
2007 Bud Kaeding
2008 Jesse Hockett
2009 Damion Gardner
2010 Chris Windom
2011 Damion Gardner
2012 Mike Spencer
2013 Dave Darland
2014 Robert Ballou
2015 Bryan Clauson
2016 Damion Gardner
2017 Kevin Thomas Jr.

For further information, contact Scott Daloisio (909) 226-7768 or or mail to:

$10,000 To Win Short Track Shootout Attracts Large Field To Madera

Ross Strmiska (#90) and Buddy Shepherd (#22) battled last year with Shepherd taking the win (Photo Courtesy Jason Wedehase)

Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (October 2, 2018) – The 6th annual Nut Up Industries Short Track Shootout at Madera Speedway has attracted some of the top short track talent in the western United States aiming for a $10,000 prize. The 150 lap RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series feature headlines a night of completely MAVTV-televised action and will also be the championship deciding race for the nine race series. Championship races for the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Models and Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros are also scheduled, along with a 75 lap contest for the Lucas Oil Modified Series.

More than 50 Late Model are expected with $1,000 also being offered for the winner of the 25 lap B Main.

Only three different drivers have visited victory lane in the illustrious history of the shootout. Mike David won the inaugural running before Eric Holmes went on a streak of three-consecutive wins to earn the nickname “Mr. October”. 2015 & 2017 series champion Buddy Shepherd broke their stranglehold when he grabbed the 2017 edition. All three drivers are back to defend their places among the greatest drivers in the 47 year history of the one-third mile oval.

The subplot of a great championship battle adds to the intrigue, with Madera’s all-time winningest stock car driver Matt Erickson trying to win his second series title while battling with 16 year-old Austin Herzog. Both drivers are hungry for a piece of the $10,000 pie and the championship as well.

Among the drivers aiming for just the shootout win, arguably none are more accomplished than Trevor Huddleston and Jeremy Doss. Huddleston won the 2017 NASCAR California state championship and missed out on the national title by a scant three points. After winning 22 Late Model features last year, Huddleston has added 14 Late Model victories this year while also battling for the K&N West Rookie of the Year at the same time. One track he still needs a victory at is Madera, however.

Doss has four stock car wins at Madera including two with the Pacific Challenge Series, one with the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour, and a win last year in the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series. The current SRL points leader and former Montana 200 winner would like to add his to extensive resume with a victory on Saturday night.

Linny White won last October’s Lucas Oil Modified race at Madera and is always a threat at the speedway. Jagger Jones – grandson of the legendary Parnelli Jones, has won seven times in 2018 in a Late Model and is part of a strong multi-car effort teamed with Huddleston, off-road standout Cole Potts, female driver Lexi Gay, and Dean Thompson. Long time Madera regulars Dillon Tucker, Ryan Hart, Jason Aguirre, and Garland Tyler are all still looking for their first televised victories, while Logan Zampa, Racin Vernon, and Blaine Rocha would like to return to victory lane during the richest race of the year.

The 70 lap feature for the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model Series might be the mostly hotly contested of the evening. The drivers ages 10-16 years old find themselves in a championship fight for the ages with 2017 champion Jesse Love tied with three-time 2018 winner Dylan Zampa. Las Vegas’ Tanner Reif is just eight points behind in third. Reif and Zampa ended the last event spinning across the finish line as a possible harbinger of things to come. Tanner Reif and Kabe McClenny round out the top-five in the points.

Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros has had an exciting inaugural season with 20 lap combined events that see each division running for separate points and trophies. Both division championships are all but final, with Bakersfield’s Kabe McClenny leading by 49 points over Joseph Holliday in the Mini Cups. The Bandolero side is also a Bakersfield led affair with Riley Massey a likely insurmountable 30 points ahead of Zachary Ginn.

75 laps are on tap for the Lucas Oil Modified Series this weekend with Taylor Miinch opening the year with four consecutive wins to lead the series points. One of those wins came in June at Madera, when former Madera champion Scott Winters and Idaho’s Shelby Stroebel crashed in turn four sending both of their #24 cars into the wall.

Fast-time qualifier Kyle Tellstrom, an Idaho resident who is popular with the Madera fans, was involved in two separate incidents himself in a heart breaking evening. Tellstrom will be returning on Saturday night to challenge more than 20 series regulars in the ninth race of their 2018 touring season. Fresno’s Tyler Herzog is among the drivers who will race in both the RPM Late Models and the Lucas Oil Modifieds.

The biggest weekend of the year at Madera Speedway begins Thursday night with the Nut Up Industries Pre-Race Party at the Madera Savemart store from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.. Madera Speedway drivers and Nut Up drivers will be in attendance with their race cars and the first 50 attendees receive a free ticket to the race.

Practices at the track begin Friday with gates opening at 11 a.m. and the track open from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Pit gates open at 8 a.m. on Saturday with final practices at 10:30 a.m. Qualifying is at 12:45 p.m. with C and B Main racing starting early at 3 p.m. The Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros will close out the preliminary races before opening ceremonies at 5 p.m. Jr. Late Models, Lucas Oil Modifieds, and the 150 lap Nut Up Industries Short Track Shootout will follow.

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

Madera Speedway is busy preparing for the Nut Up Industries Short Track Shootout on October 6th which will pay $10,000 to win the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model feature. Pre-entry is available now at

For more information on RPM Mortgage and to obtain loan information please visit and for more information about 51FIFTY Energy Drink visit

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 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 fifth round of the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Models airs October 11th.

Madera Speedway 2018 Schedule Celebrating 47 years of Racing!

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

52 cars as of 4 p.m. 10/1/18

03 Robbie Knittel – Lodi, CA
1 Tyler Herzog – Fresno, CA
2 Jarrett Gilmer – Manteca, CA
2d Jeremy Davis – Denair, CA
3g Anthony Guiamano – Basking Ridge, NJ
5 Chris Scribner – Rancho Cordova, CA
8 Jason Romero – Cameron Park, CA
11 Austin Herzog – Clovis, CA
12 Greg Potts – Stockton, CA
14 Travis Milburn – Eagle, ID
15 Jeremy Doss – Upperlake, CA
16 David Lewellen – Modesto, CA
17 Will Martyn – Coarsegold, CA
18 Jack Wood – Loomis, CA
20 Cole Moore – Granite Bay, CA
21e Nick Grossi – Modesto, CA
21 Eric Holmes – Escalon, CA
22 Buddy Shepherd – Bakersfield, CA
26 Del McIntosh – Madera, CA
26 Blaine Rocha – Oakdale, CA
27 Kevin Thompson – Fresno, CA
28 Trevor Schlundt – Fresno, CA
29 Randy Hedrick – Reno, NV
38 Jesse Love – Menlo Park, CA
38 Ryan Hart – Dos Palos, CA
38 JJ Ferguson – Grass Valley, CA
42 Matt Erickson – LaGrange, CA
43 Eloy Bazan – Modesto, CA
45 Jason Aguirre – Atwater, CA
50 Trevor Huddleston – Agoura Hills, CA
51 Carlos Vieira – Livingston, CA
51 Racin Vernon – Bakersfield, CA
55 Jagger Jones – Scottsdale, AZ
56 Lexi Gay – Canton, GA
57 Dean Thompson – Anaheim, CA
57 Cole Potts – Scottsdale, AZ
71 Kyle Gottula – Modesto, CA
73 Garland Tyler – Modesto, CA
77 Rick Thompson – Fresno, CA
77 Mike David – Modesto, CA
84 Doyle Moen – Jerome, ID
88 Dillon Tucker – Fresno, CA
88 Kolby Berry – Redwood Valley, CA
89 Shelden Cooper – Clovis, CA
90 Ross Strmiska – Manteca, CA
92 Logan Zampa – Napa, CA
92 Dylan Zampa – Napa, CA
95 Erik Woods – Modesto, CA
96 Loren Kutz – Madera, CA
98 Adam Lemke – Hollister, CA
99 Christian Roche – Escalon, CA
99 Linny White – Colton, CA

Monday, October 1, 2018

Championship Battle Continues For King Of The West-NARC Crown At The Dirt Track At Kern County Raceway Park On Saturday

Via KCRP Media

Sacramento, CA - 10/1/18 ... The King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Sprint Car Series swings back into action this Saturday, October 6th, when the high powered open wheel teams return to the Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield.

With only three races remaining on the 2018 schedule, the season is essentially on the line for those with championship aspirations. Leading an all-star contingent of drivers will be current point leader Kyle Hirst of Paradise, CA. Hirst is attempting to zero in on his fourth King of the West-NARC crown in six years and currently leads Elk Grove driver Shane Golobic by a 1197-1163 margin.

Golobic is mathematically still in the hunt, but must post top podium finishes the rest of the way, and hope for some DNF's on Hirst side to have an honest shot.

On the other side of the coin, if Hirst can score a top ten finish at Kern County on Saturday, followed by another at Hanford on October 13th, he would effectively clinch the title the second he took the green flag in qualifying at November 4th season finale in Stockton. The incentive is a $10,000 winner share from the $60,000 championship point fund.

"I try not to think about those things," admitted Hirst, when asked about future results. "There's already enough pressure to succeed in this business without having that added to the mix. However, I know that if stay focused and go out and race my race, then I'll be in position to produce a good night for my team. If I get away from that premise, things tend to go sideways, and not in a good way."

Hirst is the most prolific winner this season, claiming five feature events at five different tracks, giving him 28 for his King of the West-NARC career. To date, there have been six different winners. Golobic is next in line this season with three victories.

"It's seems like it gets harder and harder to win out here all the time," continued Hirst. "I can name at least five drivers right now who should have already won at least once this season. All they needed was a small break or a split-second advantage in qualifying - but that doesn't always happen."

Also making the trip to Bakersfield is 2017 driving champion Bud Kaeding of Campbell. Kaeding is currently third in points.

Others expected to compete include Penngrove driver Chase Johnson; Roseville's Colby Copeland and Willie Croft; Atwater drivers Nathan Rolfe and Sean Watts; Dustin Golobic of Fremont; Sacramento's Jenna Frazier; Hanford drivers DJ Netto and Mitchell Faccinto; Tanner Thorson of Minden, NV; Jarrett Soares of Discovery Bay; Bobby McMahan of Elk Grove; and Grass Valley's Jason Statler. Up for grabs will be more than $20,000 in prize money and contingency awards.

The King of the West-NARC racing program will feature qualifying, three heat races, a trophy dash, and the 30-lap Fujitsu-sponsored headliner. The racing card is loaded with action. It also includes Mini-Stocks, American-Stocks, Mod-Lites, and RaceSaver Sprint cars.

Front gates open at 3:00 p.m., qualifying at 6:30 p.m. and racing kicking off at 7:00 p.m.

The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park is located at 13500 Raceway Blvd. in Bakersfield (I-5 and Highway 43 Interchange.) For more info, go to or

NOTE: There will be a driver autograph session behind the main grandstands beginning at 4:00 p.m. – Chase Johnson and Shane Golobic

NOTE: If any driver can beat the KWS-NARC qualifying record of 12.406 seconds, they will earn a $1000 bonus from Croft Racing.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Price Continues His North State Modified Series Domination

Kris Price leads the way followed by Cameron Austin and Jason Philpot in the Lloyd Burton Against the Win Modified Challenge at Shasta Speedway (Photo Courtesy Chris Anderson)

Via Nadine Strauss/NSMS Media

September 29, 2018, Anderson, CA.... Kris Price of Sacramento continued his domination in the North State Modified Series, presented by Protect the Harvest, by setting a fast time of 16.365 over the 23 car field, and bagging his fourth season NSMS victory at Shasta Speedway Saturday night. Price took home the 4 foot tall hand-carved eagle trophy in the 3rd annual “Lloyd Burton Against the Wind Modified Challenge,” and collected the $1,500 first place prize money.

Cameron Austin of Santa Rosa ran all but 5 laps in Price's shadow to finish second. Jason Philpot of Sacramento finished third with Rio Linda's Eric Price II fourth and Lucas Oil Dash for Cash winner Keith Bloom of Redding fifth.

The line-up for the 60 lap feature saw Terry Deal and Eric Price in the front row, Philpot and Kris Price in row two, Darrin Sullivan and Austin in row three, and Darrin Knight next to Guy Young in the fourth row.

Eric Price forged ahead at the start with Kris Price darting around Deal for second. Kris Price stole the lead from brother Eric on lap five, and Austin took over second the following round. Philpot swapped places with Eric Price on lap seven. Deal lost power and faded in the high groove, retiring to the pits on lap 10

The first yellow flag flew on lap 11 when Darrin Knight and Darrin Sullivan were battling for fifth. The cars touched resulting in Knight spinning into the infield. This moved local favorites Guy Young and Randy Houston into sixth and seventh. That battle ended with Houston driving under Young on 17 to assume the sixth slot.

The race was stopped a second time at the half-way marker when Ian Elliott and Sullivan made contact with Sullivan spinning in turn four. The double-file restart saw Houston slip by Eric Price for fourth. The next 15 circuits went smoothly until Houston lost control and spun on lap 46. Seven rounds later a confrontation between Adrianna Strugnell and Washington visitor Daniel Jobe brought out the final yellow flag.

Kris Price stayed out in front and led the field across the Sunoco checkered flag to take the win. Austin finished second followed by, Philpot, Eric Price and Keith Bloom. Rounding out the top 10 were PJ Pedroncelli, Dustin DeRosier, Young, Elliott and Eric Johnson. Twenty of the 23 starters finished the race.

Bloom was the $100 winner in the Lucas Oil Dash for Cash with PJ Pedroncelli collecting $50 for second. Both Bloom and Pedroncelli also received the Scribner Plastics jugs. The Naake shocks certificate went to Jason Philpot. The Frank's Radio gifts were given to Mike Neilson, Rich Cobb and Stuart Campbell. Bloom earned the $100 Burton Family Hard Charger Award for passing the most cars.

The Shasta race was the richest event in the 5-year history of the North State Modified Series. Lloyd Burton's brother-in-law Mort Houston donated $2500 to the purse which North State Modified Series promoter's matched. Add that to the $2500 Lucas Oil Towing bonus, the Mary Burton $100 Hard Charger Award, the Ward Land Management and Development $500 bonus, the Lucas Oil Dash for Cash money, and a donation from the Northern California Auto Racing Alumni, and over $13,000 was paid out to 23 North State Modified drivers.

The final race in the North State Modified Series “Driving Out Cancer Tour” will be at the All American Speedway in Roseville, California on October 12-13. This event will be a part of the October Classic which also features the NASCAR K & N Series and the Pacific Challenge Series Late Models.

The North State Modified Series is presented by: Protect the Harvest, Lucas Oil, Ward Land Management & Development, Hoosier Tire West, Sunoco Race Fuels, Naake Suspension, Five Star Bodies, Racer Bling, Scribner Plastics and Frank's Radios. #####

WLM&D TIME TRIALS: Kris Price (16.365); Jason Philpot (16.398); Eric Price II (16.462); Terry Deal (16.477); Darrin Sullivan (16.483); Cameron Austin (16.490); Darrin Knight (16.525); Guy Young (16.535); Eric Johnson (16.557); Randy Houston (16.618); Dustin DeRosier (16.651); P.J. Pendroncelli (16.661); Ian Elliott (16.721); Rich Cobb (16.734); Keith Bloom (16.826); Daniel Jobe (16.894); Mike Neilson (16.909); Stuart Campbell (16.965); Adrianna Strugnell (17.042); Paul Pedroncelli (17.302); Don Shalla (17.436); Rick Avila (17.592); John Baker (17.620)

LUCAS OIL DASH FOR CASH: Keith Bloom, PJ Pendroncelli, Rich Cobb, Ian Elliott, Guy Young, Eric Johnson

SUNOCO / WLM&D FEATURE EVENT: Kris Price, Cameron Austin, Jason Philpot, Eric Price II, Keith Bloom, PJ Pedroncelli, Dustin DeRosier, Guy Young, Ian Elliott, Eric Johnson, Mike Neilson, Randy Houston, Darrin Sullivan, Rich Cobb, Stuart Campbell, Daniel Jobe, Adrianna Strugnell, John Baker, Don Shalla, Rick Avila, Darrin Knight, Terry Deal, Paul Pedroncelli

Hailie Deegan Makes History With K&N Pro Series West Win at Meridian

Hailie Deegan celebrates in Meridian Speedway Victory Lane after winning the NAPA Auto Parts/Idaho 208, the first win for a female in K&N Pro Series history. (Photo Courtesy Loren Orr/NASCAR via Getty Images)

Via NASCAR Media

MERIDIAN, Idaho. — Hailie Deegan’s first season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series has been full of historic achievements.

She topped them all Saturday night.

The 17-year-old from Temecula, California, led one lap in the NAPA Auto Parts/Idaho 208 at Meridian Speedway. But it was the most important of them all. Deegan used a pass on the white-flag lap to claim the victory and become the first female driver to win in the history of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series.

Twice before Deegan had finished second in a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race, most recently at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway two weeks ago. That tied the series’ record for highest finish by a woman in either the K&N Pro Series East or West.

Saturday night, she did one better.

“Oh my god,” Deegan said in Victory Lane. “This has to be the best day of my life right here. It doesn’t get any better than this. People don’t understand how many days, how many hours I’ve put into this. How much work I’ve done to get to this moment. It’s just amazing … this is the happiest day of my life. We did it. WOOHOO!”

The East lineage dates to the formation of the old Busch North in 1987, while the West records go back to the Pacific Coast Late Model Series’ first season in 1954.

At Vegas, Deegan became the first female to win the pole in a NASCAR K&N Pro Series race. The NASCAR Next driver has five top fives and 10 top 10s in 12 starts, and took over the lead in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings.

The winning move was on her Bill McAnally Racing teammate Cole Rouse entering Turn 1, a maneuver that Deegan said she thought about before performing it.

“I was in bed last night thinking, ‘If it comes down, last lap, I’m in second, I’m a car length off of him, what am I going to do?'”, Deegan said. “And I found that Turn 1 spot. I knew what exactly I had to do there. I was doing it to some other people just getting right under them to get them a little light to get them, not wrecking loose, nothing crazy, but enough to just get a little under them and make the pass happen. We did that. I knew exactly what I had to do the last lap. I did it, we executed, and we made it happen.”

But one driver’s triumph is another driver’s disappointment, as Rouse came home in second place, marking the third time in the last four races he’s been the runner-up.

“We were going into Turn 1 … and she doesn’t lift and drives into me, gets me completely sideways,” Rouse said, looking at his beaten and battered left rear quarter panel of his No. 99 NAPA Filters Toyota. “We were going to win that race if it was run clean, but unfortunately it wasn’t. I’m just going to go into the next two races, not give her any slack and we’re going to win both of those. It was a good night, but I don’t really care about second, honestly.”

Pole sitter Derek Kraus brought his No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota home in third, completing a podium sweep for Bill McAnally’s stable out of Roseville, California. But after leading over 190 laps without relinquishing the top spot, third was a huge letdown and another in the string of bad luck for the Stratford, Wisconsin native.

“We led 190+ laps, then a lapped car spun again,” Kraus said. “I was predicting he was going to roll down because he didn’t have his brakes on yet. But he stayed there, and I was already committed (to the top) … and I guess NASCAR ruled me third. I don’t know, I guess we’ll go onto Roseville and Kern and win them two.”

K&N Pro Series West championship points leader Derek Thorn maintained his lead thanks to a fourth-place finish, as Sunrise Ford teammate and challenger for the title Ryan Partridge rounded out the top five. Thorn leads Partridge and Rouse by 32 apiece.

Trevor Huddleston, Matt Levin, Jeff Jefferson, Kody Vanderwal and Stingray Robb completed the top 10 at Meridian.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will take a week off before visiting All American Speedway in Roseville, California, for the Toyota/NAPA AutoCare 150 presented by TriCo Welding Supplies on Saturday October 13.

The NAPA Auto Parts/Idaho 208 is scheduled to air Friday October 5 at 1 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Jason Christley
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
(386) 310-6094

NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST-NAPA Auto Parts/Idaho 208 Results
At Meridian Speedway
Meridian, Idaho
Lap length: 0.25 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (4) Hailie Deegan, Temecula, Calif., Toyota, 208 laps, 48.916 mph.
2. (3) Cole Rouse, Fort Smith, Ark., Toyota, 208.
3. (1) Derek Kraus, Stratford, Wis., Toyota, 208.
4. (5) Derek Thorn, Lakeport, Calif., Ford, 208.
5. (2) Ryan Partridge, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Ford, 208.
6. (7) Trevor Huddleston, Agoura Hills, Calif., Ford, 207.
7. (8) Matt Levin, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 207.
8. (6) Jeff Jefferson, Naches, Wash., Ford, 207.
9. (9) Kody Vanderwal, LaSalle, Colo, Ford, 207.
10. (14) Sting Ray Robb, Payette, Idaho, Chevrolet, 206.
11. (11) Andrew Koens, Roseburg, Ore., Toyota, 205.
12. (15) Taylor Canfield, San Diego, Calif., Toyota, 182.
13. (13) Travis Milburn, Eagle, Idaho, Chevrolet, 151, oil line.
14. (12) Takuma Koga, Nagoya, Japan, Chevrolet, 47, drive shaft.
15. (10) Kyle Tellstrom, Ukiah, Calif., Chevrolet, 14, engine.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 3 minutes 47 seconds
Margin of Victory: 0.329 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: D.Kraus (67.955 mph, 13.244 seconds)
Caution Flags: 9 for 43 laps.
Lead Changes: 2 among 3 drivers.
Lap Leaders: D. Kraus 1-189; C. Rouse 190-207; H. Deegan 208.
Standings: 1. D. Thorn, 505; 2. R. Partridge, 473; 3. C. Rouse, 473; 4. D. Kraus, 466; 5. H. Deegan, 438; 6. T. Huddleston, 430; 7. K. Vanderwal, 412; 8. M. Levin, 354; 9. T. Koga, 333; 10. T. Souza, 237.