This Saturday night the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series will hit the midway point of its 2016 season with its annual stop at the 1/3-mile LoanMart Madera Speedway for the “Race for Autism 125”.
NEWS and NOTES:
CHAMPIONSHIP – Entering Madera this Saturday night, two-time series champion, Derek Thorn holds the lead in one of the tightest championship battles ever at this point of the season. Campbell Motorsports’ Thorn leads with 680 points, with two wins, followed closely by second year driver, High Point Racing’s Ryan Cansdale with 675 points and two wins. NTS Motorsports’ rookie, Christian McGhee is a close third with 650 points.
MILESTONE START – Keith Spangler of Porter Ranch, CA will make his 75th SPEARS Southwest Tour Series career start this weekend at Madera. Spangler will move into second in all-time series starts, behind Troy Ermish who holds the record at 95.
RETURNING TO THE SERIES – Former Madera Speedway Champion, Justin Westmoreland will debut a brand new car this weekend. Westmoreland has 40 career starts in the series and will be making his first SPEARS Southwest Tour Series start of 2016.
DEBUT DRIVERS – In addition to Westmoreland, three other drivers will also make their 2016 SPEARS Southwest Tour Series debut this weekend at Madera Speedway: Three-time NASCAR K&N Series champion, Eric Holmes, 2015 Pacific Coast Challenge Series champion, John Moore, and his son and teammate Cole Moore.
TOP ROOKIES – With an average finish of 3.5 over the first four races of the 2016 season, Christian McGhee of Claremont, CA has a solid lead in the 2016 Rookie-of-the-Year Challenge. Rounding out the top 5 in the rookie standings are; Andre Prescott, Matthew Meech, Trevor Huddleston, and Austin Reed.
MOST WINS – Derek Thorn and Ray Larson, Jr. are tied for the most career SPEARS Southwest Tour Series wins at Madera Speedway with five apiece.
TRACK RECORD – The SPEARS Southwest Tour Series one-lap track record at Madera Speedway is 13.482 set by Jim Pettit II on April 16th of 2013.
For more information on this weekend’s SPEARS Southwest Tour Series event at LoanMart Madera Speedway, go to, www.SouthwestTour.com, or www.RaceMadera.com.
-SRL Media Press Release
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