CORONA, California — This is one of the favorite weekends of the season for Dylan Cappello, Scott Winters and Kyle Tellstrom.
That’s because between them they’ve won six of the past seven races the Lucas Oil Modified Series presented by MAVTV the Motorsports Network has run at Madera Speedway, and Saturday night (June 9) the series will return to the third-mile asphalt oval on the Madera County Fairgrounds in central California.
The SpillVak 75 presented by Protect The Harvest will be the fourth race of the championship season and it will give Cappello, Tellstrom and Winters a chance for their third win in eight races on one of the raciest tracks in the series.
Winters, a two-time track champion, won the only series race at Madera in 2014 and parked in victory lane again in June 2015. Tellstrom won in October of that year and in June 2016, and Cappello won in October 2016 and June of last year.
Linny White, won the October event, isn’t on the entry list for this one.
Cappello, who recently graduated from Northern Arizona University, won the series title as a rookie in 20014. He finished second to Winters at Madera that year and hadn’t finished lower than fourth in six starts before last fall, when he finished 21st and Winters 22nd in one of those races that severely tested the ‘rubbin’ is racin’ theory.
Chances are when the race gets serious in the final laps Saturday night those three will be among the contenders, and based on past performance so will Taylor Miinch.
Miinch, the reigning champion, has won all three championship races this season and four in a row over two seasons, and has finished fourth or better in his 19 starts since June of 2016. The 23-year-old from Blossom Valley, California, has been fourth, third and second in his past three races at Madera.
His three wins this year have given Miinch a 31-point lead over rookie Justin Johnson and a 33-point advantage over Cappello, who has finished second the past two races.
Sierra Furia would love to be among the contenders this weekend too. The rookie from Lakeport, California, said she and her team are “kind of in the middle of satisfied and upset” with their season. But she got a confidence boost a month ago at Las Vegas when she had her best finish, a 12th, after her team had scrambled to replace a blown engine, and she’s raced at Madera three times – once with the Lucas Oil Modifieds and twice with the North State Modified Series, which also will be racing at Madera.
“It’s been harder than we anticipated,” Furia said of the transition. “We thought that coming from the North State series we’d have a little more experience, but we’re learning a lot and we’re pretty happy now.”
She admits to feeling frustration at not being able to perform at her best due to bad luck and mechanical issues, but her father and crew chief David and mother Kimberly remind her that “we’re here to learn and we’ll get our good finishes.”
The Lucas Oil Modifieds and North State Modifieds will be joined by the Western U.S. Midgets, 360 Modifieds and Legends of Kearney Bowl. Qualifying for all will begin at 3 p.m. Heat races and Trophy Dashes are scheduled for 5 with opening ceremonies and main events getting under way at 6:30.
The Lucas Oil Modifieds’ SpillVak75 presented by Protect The Harvest is scheduled to start at 9 p.m.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors and military personnel and $10 for youngsters 6 to 12. Children under 5 are free.
-Lucas Oil Modified Series Press Release
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