MAVTV televised Nut Up Pro Late Models and 51FIFTY Jr. Late Models drivers will have more to offer than just the coveted Madera Speedway Championships this weekend as the speedway will raise funds for Valley Children’s Hospital. $ 5.00 from each ticket will be donated to the hospital by sponsor Nut Up along with a fundraising match. In the 80-lap pro late model function, every driver is paired with a racing fan. One lucky fan will be in the winning lane with his winning driver on MAVTV and will receive a gift basket from Nut Up.
Ticket information can be found at: http://racemadera.com/ticket-info.html with online sales through MyRacePass. Tickets can also be bought at the gate. Race fans can also watch the live streaming coverage on Short Track TV on YouTube from 6:10 p.m. Pacific.
Jadan Walbridge of Vancouver, Washington is on a sensational ride in the Nut Up Pro Late Model Series. The 16-year-old Jr. Late Model graduate took second place on May 22nd, Fast-Time on June 26th, and then closed the deal with Fast-Time and a dominant first win on July 31st. The performances have improved Walbridge to lead the series points into the seventh round on Saturday.
Walbridge is nine points clear of multiple champion Matt Erickson. The two blue late models are chased by the Duke cousins of Tyler and Austin Herzog, who each achieve a triumph this season. Madera overall points leader Jason Aguirre takes fifth place in the Nut Up Series, while Madera Club Late Model points leader Kyle Keller from Las Vegas rounds off a tightly packed top six. Saturday’s 80-lap competition includes an opening 50-lap segment, a break for MAVTV interviews and adjustments, then a 30-lap race to the checkered flag.
Jacob Smith of Eagle, Idaho continues to lead the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series standings for riders ages 10-16, but a rider from Northern California is approaching seeing Armtrout also leading on the lap 40 break. However, Smith did not finish worse than third out of three races on this track and also has consecutive fast times in qualifying.
Parity has resulted in Armtrout taking just six points on Smith in the championship despite the string of wins. Texan Barrett Polhemus made it into the top five in five of his six starts in his rookie season, finishing in third place, followed by Ethan Nascimento and 2020 Bandolero Champion Jeffrey Erickson from Phoenix, Arizona. Each 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series competition is a 70-round affair broken into 40-round and 30-round segments with a Mission Foods break in between.
Bakersfield’s Logan Chambers has used five wins to consolidate his position at the top of the Bandolero Championship. Chambers is 27 points clear of Madera’s Joey Kennealy in Saturday’s 20-round competition, while Bakersfield’s Caden Cordova is third. Sam Wedehase from Kingsburg leads the Mini-Cup part of the combined division ahead of Kellen Keller from Las Vegas.
The action begins on Friday with training from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with the pit opening at 3:00 p.m. On Saturday the pit gates open at 12 p.m. with training at 2:30 p.m. Qualifying starts at 4:30 a.m., followed by heat races. Short Track TV goes live at 6:10 p.m. with the opening ceremony and the following three features.
Information about Madera Speedway can be found at www.RaceMadera.com The 2021 season would not be possible without the support of Nut Up Industries, 51FIFTY LTM, Mission Foods, 805 Beer, Race 2B Drug Free, Competition Carburetion, Hoosier Tires and Sunoco Race Fuel.
Madera Racing on MAVTV airs Mondays at 4:00 p.m. Pacific. The third round of Nut Up Pro Late Models will air on Monday, August 30th!
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