Friday, September 14, 2012
Harvest Classic Highlights Back-to-Back Days of Racing at the Madera Speedway
by Ronald D. Montez
MADERA, Calif. -- There will be two days filled with all types of racing when the Madera Speedway returns from a three-week break to host the Harvest Classic on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14 and 15.
As they have done all season long, the local drivers will duke it out on the track Friday night in Harvest Classic Night No. 1 presented by Madera Auto Center and featuring the LunkerDaddy Late Models, Hobby Stocks, 4-Bangers, MSTs, Toyota Sedans and the fast-growing 18-Second Bracket Race.
Harvest Classic Super Saturday Round No. 6 presented by Midland Tractor and John Deere will feature the 410/360 Supermodifieds, USAC Sprint Cars, NCMA Sprint Cars, BCRA/USAC Midgets, Vintage Super Modifieds/Valley Sportsman plus last season’s big hit with the Blown Injected multi engine Pulling Tractors race.
To add to the Super Farm diesel tractor class, there will be the newly added modified pulling tractors and trucks at this year’s event.
“This is a very unique lineup of motorsports entertainment designed to bring our agriculture community and the racing world together,” said Kenny Shepherd, CEO of SHort Track Management. “We will have car races on the track, and truck/tractor pulls in the inside of the track, creating a real three ring circus environment.”
The Harvest Classic is a big-time tradition at the Madera Speedway that recognizes the significance of short track auto-racing and agriculture in California and what it means to the Central Valley.
A portion of every ticket sold will go to support “Protect the Harvest” and “Families Protecting the Valley.” Both organizations support local agriculture and farming, which in turn supports the community.
“We at the Madera Speedway have decided to help our friends in agriculture by donating a percentage of every ticket sold,” Shepherd said. “Both of these groups are wide open in an attempt to protect our friends in agriculture. Please go to www.protecttheharvest.com, and www.familiesprotectingthevalley.com to learn more about these groups.”
There will plenty to watch on the first day of the Harvest Classic as the Toyota Sedans division shapes up to be quite a competition.
Bud Tickel won the 25-lap race on Aug. 25 to tie his son Jarred with four main wins on the season. Add Madera’s Del McIntosh to the mix with three main wins and it’s tough to predict who’s going to come away with the 2012 title with just three races to go.
Toyota Sedans driver Kyle Fortney has won the first two 18-Second Bracket races of the season and looks to add another. Fortney won in a close finish with MST driver Rick Thompson in an open division (car weight-limit) race where the drivers cannot go faster than 18 seconds.
In the Hobby Stocks class, Ryan Hart is shooting for his sixth main in a row, which would tie him with fellow driver Frank Mazzei, who won the first six races of the season.
General admission is $5 on Friday with the grandstands opening at 5 p.m.
The Harvest Classic wraps up Saturday with the last chance to see the 410/360 Supermodifeds, USAC Sprint Cars, NCMA Sprint Cars and BCRA/USAC Midget classes this season as they all promise to put on an exciting show on the oval asphalt.
This season’s winners in the 410/360 Super Modifieds include Tanner Swanson, Kyle Vanderpool and Jim Birges while Brian McClish has two USAC Sprint Cars races at the Madera Speedway. NCMA Sprint Car driver David Goodwill also has back-to-back victories on “The Fastest 1/3 Mile in the West” while BCRA/USAC Midget drivers Michael Snider, Scott Pierovich and Chad Nichols have each posted wins.
Saturday’s ticket prices are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors and military while youth (ages 6-12) are $17. Children 5 and under are free! Grandstands open at 3:30 p.m.