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SUPERMODIFIED CHAMPS CROWNED AT MADERA SPEEDWAY’S HARVEST CLASSIC WEEKEND

MADERA SPEEDWAY
Source — Madera Speedway Media Relations/jd
Date Posted — September 20, 2009
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SUPERMODIFIED CHAMPS CROWNED AT MADERA SPEEDWAY’S HARVEST CLASSIC WEEKEND

The SMRA 410/360 Supermodifieds, USAC Western Sprints, USAC/BCRA Midgets and Legends of the Pacific returned to the “Fastest 1/3 Mile in the West” on Saturday, September 19th, for the last Super Saturday event of the 2009 season. When the dust settled two 2009 Madera Speedway champs were crowned – Troy Regier, of Dinuba, took the 410 Supermodified track championship while Madera’s Lance Tatro was crowned the 360 champion.

A large field of 19 Supermodifieds entertained the packed grandstands at Madera Speedway on Saturday night as close points battles meant anything could happen to determine the champions after 50 laps were put in the books.

360 Supermodified drivers Lance Tatro and David Tuey of Bakersfield entered the main event tied in points, meaning whoever crossed the stripe first on lap 50 would earn the championship title.

And the battle went right down to the wire with Tatro finishing in the seventh position and Tuey right behind him in the eighth spot. Tatro won the 360 Supermodified Madera championship by a mere two points.

“Dave was unexpectedly loose tonight or he would have been right up front.” conceded Tatro after the race.

“We lost our brakes with 15 laps to go but held on.” said Tatro.

Troy Regier was the race winner, holding his first place position after passing Fresno’s Jim Birges in heavy traffic on lap 18.

After a deep starting inversion which put both Birges and Regier near the rear of the field, Birges, driving a new hot pink Supermodified, rocketed to the front of the pack in the early laps of the event, making the statement that he was the guy to beat on Saturday night.

“Jim got out to the front fast and I knew I had my work cut out for me tonight.” said Reiger, “But I got him in a little traffic and made the pass and held on for the win.”

“I knew I may not have had the car to beat Troy tonight.” said second place finisher Jim Birges, “So I tried to get to the front early.”

Finishing in third and fourth position, respectively, were Jeff Russell and Bryan Warf, both of Boise, Idaho. Lonnie Anderson, of Salt Lake City, Utah, rounded out the top five.

The fans on hand at Madera Speedway on Saturday evening were also given a special treat, being able to watch open wheel legend Davey Hamilton pilot a USAC Sprint car and a 410 Supermodified. Hamilton was runner up in the competitive IRL series twice and competed in the Indianapolis 500 this season, finishing 29th.

Finishing 11th in the Supermodified event, Hamilton never got to the front of the pack to show his stuff but Davey was able to lead the early laps of the Sprint race until suspension problems forced the popular racing figure to retire early. Kody Swanson, of Kingsburg, then inherited the lead and did not look back – taking the checkers of the 50 lap Sprint event.

The Sprint win was Kody’s first at Madera this season.

The victory was not as easy as a lap chart might indicate as a late race caution put his brother, Tanner, right behind him on the restart.

“Davey Hamilton is a great driver but there is no one I am more scared of than my brother.” said Kody after the race.

“He was right behind me on that restart and I was just hoping I could hold on for the win.” said Kody.

Tanner, also of Kingsburg, finished in second place followed by JoJo Helberg of Rohnert Park. Both Tanner and JoJo have one USAC Western Sprint win apiece at Madera this season.

Rounding out the top five USAC Sprints were Lincoln’s Tony Hunt and Brian McClish of Santa Rosa.

In Midget racing, Tanner Swanson, pulling double duty, notched his third win of the season at Madera, surviving a deep inversion and eventually outpacing the field by a almost a straight away when the checkers flew.

“That was a great race - we were three wide at times.” said Swanson, “But that what happens when you have a big inversion like that; there is a lot of slicing and dicing.”

The hottest action on the track was for second position as Colma’s Chad Nichols and Jerome Rodela, of El Monte, battled side-by-side for the 15 remaining laps as the enthusiastic crowed cheered them on. Eventually it was Rodela who got the better of the battle, beating Nichols across the stripe by less than a car length.

Nichols, who won the last USAC Midget race at Madera, came in third followed by Alamo’s Scott Pierovich and Nick Chivello of Manteca.

The Midget race began on a frightening note when Kyle Dickerson, also of Manteca, hit the wall straight-on in turn three on the first lap, bringing both field ambulances immediately to his side. After some nail-biting moments Kyle emerged from his hot rod and walked to the infield under his own power – to the relief and to the applause of the large crowd on hand Saturday evening.

Tracy’s Jeremy Wood took the checkers of the 35 lap Legends of the Pacific race, besting a large field of 18 little hot rods. Wood’s last victory at Madera came on July 17th.

Wood took the lead from Stanislav Osterlund, of Los Gatos, on lap 16 and was able to hold on for the remaining 19 laps. A late caution put Wood’s restart skills to the test with Osterlund and Rockland’s Robby Czub right behind him.

Czub, winner of the last Legends race at Madera, finished in the second position with Osterlund coming in third. Angelo Queirolo, of Ripon, and Tracy’s Cody Berger rounded out the top five.

Osterlund dominated the early stages of the race before being passed by Wood on lap 16.

The Harvest Classic Weekend kicked off on Friday night with a full slate of racing action featuring the American Limited Stock Cars, Modified Super Toyotas, Toyota Sedans and Hornets.

In ALSC action, Coulterville’s Matt Erickson took the lead on lap nine from ALSC points leader Jason Aguirre, of Atwater, and held on to win the 50 lap event. With the win, Erickson vaulted into second position in points, 33 points ahead of Dennis Saunders, of Modesto, who did not race on Friday night.

In another exciting points battle, Fresno’s Jason Kerns took the points lead from Chris Lewis, of Sanger, in the Toyota Sedan class. Kerns dominated the 40 lap event, leading all but one lap. Lewis finished the event in fourth place with Cody Stout, of Clovis, and Madera’s Del McIntosh finishing in second and third, respectively.

Fresno’s Donnie Large took the win in the Modified Super Toyota class while Miles Humphreys, of Clovis, won the Hornet division.

Next Saturday night, September 26th, Madera Speedway hosts Round Three of the "HOTWOOD 333 $50,000 Three Race Series" with 111 laps of NASCAR Whelen All American Western Late Models. Also on tap are ALSC, MST, Toyota Sedans, Hornets, Mini Cup & Baby Grands.

The Madera Speedway is conveniently located at the Madera County Fairgrounds just off to the west side of Highway 99 at the Cleveland Avenue exit. For more Madera Speedway information visit the track’s website at www.racemadera.com or call the Info/Race Line phone number at (559) 673-RACE.

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Madera Speedway Race Results -- 09/19/2009
410 SuperModifieds/360 Modifieds
Fast Time 410s – Jeff Russell (Boise, ID) – 12.392
360s – Kenny Kinchen (Bakersfield) – 13.280

410 Dash – Troy Regier (Dinuba), AJ Russell (Clovis CA), Bryan Warf (Boise, ID), Jeff Russell (Boise, ID)

360 Dash – Lance Jackson (Kingsburg), Lance Tatro (Madera), Kenny White (Fresno), Dan Vanderpool (Fresno)

410 Heat 1 - 8 Laps
Jim Birges (Fresno)
Davey Hamilton (Indianapolis, IN)
Lonnie Adamson (Salt Lake City, UT)
George Greenway (Tollhouse)

410 Heat 2 - 8 Laps
Troy Regier (Dinuba)
AJ Russell (Clovis CA)
Bryan Warf (Boise, ID)
Jeff Russell (Boise, ID)


360 Heat 1 - 8 Laps
Kenny White (Fresno)
Kyle Vanderpool (Fresno)
Larry Hinz (Fresno)
Doug Gould (Alameda)
Jeremiah Bearden (Fresno)

360 Heat 2 - 5 Laps
David Tuey (Bakersfield)
Lance Tatro (Madera)
Dan Vanderpool (Fresno)
Lance Jackson (Kingsburg)
Kenny Kinchen (Bakersfield)


Main – 50 Laps
Troy Regier (Dinuba)
Jim Birges (Fresno)
Jeff Russell (Boise, ID)
Bryan Warf (Boise, ID)
Lonnie Adamson (Salt Lake City, UT)
Kenny Kinchen (Bakersfield)
Lance Tatro (Madera)
David Tuey (Bakersfield)
Kyle Vanderpool (Fresno)
Dan Vanderpool (Fresno)
Davey Hamilton (Indianapolis, IN)
Carl Johnson
Larry Hinz (Fresno)
Lance Jackson (Kingsburg)
Doug Gould (Alameda)
AJ Russell (Clovis CA)
Willie Northammer (Sanger)
Jeremiah Bearden (Fresno)
George Greenway (Tollhouse)
USAC Sprints
Fast Time – Tanner Swanson (Kingsburg) – 13.524

Heat 1 – 8 laps
Eric Humphries (Chowchilla)
Tony Hunt (Lincoln)
Tanner Swanson (Kingsburg)
Louis Ramos (Clovis)
Davey Hamilton (Indianapolis, IN)
Brian McClish (Santa Rosa)
Gordon Rodgers (Winton)

Heat 2 – 8 laps
Audra Sasselli (Fresno)
Kody Swanson (Kingsburg)
Shauna Hogg (Citrus Heights)
JoJo Helberg (Rohnert Park)
Scott Pierovich (Alamo)
Anthony Simone (Fresno)
Marvin Mitchell (Madera)


Main– 50 laps

Kody Swanson (Kingsburg)
Tanner Swanson (Kingsburg)
JoJo Helberg (Rohnert Park)
Tony Hunt (Lincoln)
Brian McClish (Santa Rosa)
Scott Pierovich (Alamo)
Audra Sasselli (Fresno)
Eric Humphries (Chowchilla)
Louis Ramos (Clovis)
Gordon Rodgers (Winton)
Anthony Simone (Fresno)
Marvin Mitchell (Madera)
Shauna Hogg (Citrus Heights)
Davey Hamilton (Indianapolis, IN)
USAC/BCRA Midgets
Fast Time – Jerome Rodela (El Monte) – 13.835

Heat 1 – 8 laps
Jerome Rodela (El Monte)
Chad Nichols (Colma)
David Prickett (Fresno)
Kyle Dickerson (Manteca)
Scott Pierovich (Alamo)
Austin Mero (Kingsburg)

Heat 2 – 8 laps
Alex Schutte (Redding)
Nick Foster Jr. (San Carlos)
Nick Chivello (Manteca)
Tanner Swanson (Kingsburg)
Danny Parker (Oakdale)



Main– 30 laps

Tanner Swanson (Kingsburg)
Jerome Rodela (El Monte)
Chad Nichols (Colma)
Scott Pierovich (Alamo)
Nick Chivello (Manteca)
David Prickett (Fresno)
Nick Foster Jr. (San Carlos)
Austin Mero (Kingsburg)
Danny Parker (Oakdale)
Alex Schutte (Redding)
Kyle Dickerson (Manteca)
Legends of the Pacific
Fast Time – Robby Czub (Rockland) – 16.758
Dash – Angelo Queirolo (Ripon), Jeremy Wood (Tracy), Robby Czub (Rockland), Jessica Walker (San Ramon)

Heat 1- 8 Laps
Bob Kuebler (Reno, NV)
Keith Clement (Stockton)
Greg Daxter (Orangevale)
Darren Rogers (Sparks, NV)
Fred Clement (Stockton)
Jack Humphery (American Canyon)

Heat 2- 8 Laps
Stanislav Osterlund (Los Gatos)
Phillip Morrissey (Tahoe City)
Jason Miller (Brentwood)
Joe Le duc (San Leandro)
Jimmie Walker (Antioch)
James Gililland (Santa Rosa)

Heat 3- 8 Laps
Donnie Darter (Manteca)
Cody Berger (Tracy)
Angelo Queirolo (Ripon)
Jeremy Wood (Tracy)
Robby Czub (Rockland)
Jessica Walker (San Ramon)

Main – 35 Laps

Jeremy Wood (Tracy)
Robby Czub (Rockland)
Stanislav Osterlund (Los Gatos)
Angelo Queirolo (Ripon)
Cody Berger (Tracy)
Donnie Darter (Manteca)
Joe Le duc (San Leandro)
Jason Miller (Brentwood)
James Gililland (Santa Rosa)
Jimmie Walker (Antioch)
Bob Kuebler (Reno, NV)
Keith Clement (Stockton)
Jack Humphery (American Canyon)
Phillip Morrissey (Tahoe City)
Greg Baxter (Orangevale)
Darren Rogers (Sparks, NV)
Fred Clement (Stockton)
Jessica Walker (San Ramon)
See also
Article posted by RacingWest.com staff on September 20, 2009. http://www.racingwest.com

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