Madera, CA - The 2019 North State / Madera Hobby Stock Challenge, presented by Gone Fishin’ Marine, concluded at Madera Speedway Saturday night with Howard Holden of Clovis not only taking the $750 win in the 50 lap feature, but collecting enough points to earn the championship in the three-race series. Going into the feature, Steve Schermerhorn of Oakhurst and Holden were only two points apart with Schermerhorn out in front in the standings.
Richard Herzog was the early leader in the main event until the race was slowed on lap two when Drew Ries lost a drive-line. Chuck Dozhier got by second place runner Chuck Aguirre on the restart and stole the lead from Herzog on lap four. Herzog took the number one spot back on seven but lost it again to Dozhier on round 12. At the same time Schermerhorn had ignition problems that took him out of the race and ended his championship run.
Something broke on Herzog’s car on lap 16 that sent him hard into the back-stretch wall where he finally came to rest in turn three. Herzog was un-injured, but his car suffered severe damage.
When racing resumed Holden forged ahead and never looked back. It was Holden’s second win in the series. Dozhier finished second followed by Aguirre, Herzog, Schermerhorn and Drew Ries. Mike Nicks blew an engine in the heat race and did not start the feature.
Howard Holden 16.163 ; Steve Schermerhorn 16.290; Chuck Dozhier 16.335; Richard Herzog 16.367; Mike Nicks 16.492 ; Chuck Aguirre 16.492 ;Drew Ries 16.745
Chuck Aguirre, Richard Herzog, Chuck Dozhier, Steve Schermerhorn, Howard Holden, Mike Nicks
GONE FISHIN' MARINE MAIN EVENT:
Howard Holden, Chuck Dozhier, Chuck Aguirre, Richard Herzog, Steve Schermerhorn, Drew Ries, Mike Nicks (DNS)
Scott Winters of Tracy set a new NSMS Hoosier Tire track record at Madera Speedway Saturday night and went on to win his first feature event in the North State Modified Series, presented by Protect the Harvest. Winters’ win bolted the Ferrari Farms team to a margin of only nine points behind Cameron Austin of Santa Rosa in the NSMS championship race. He also was named the Keyser Hard Charger for the night.
Winters drew a number four for the invert in the 60 lap feature placing former champ Darrin Knight of Kelseyville and Austin in the front row. Sacramento’s Jason Philpot and Winters shared row two. Austin forged ahead at the start with Winters diving under Philpot where the duo battled for third the next four rounds. Philpot then took several attempts to get around Knight and finally made that pass stick to assume the second position on lap seven. Two laps later Winters drove under Knight and set his sights on Philpot. Meanwhile Austin was putting a healthy distance between his car and the rest of the pack.
Winters inched under Philpot at the line just before the yellow flew for a Darrin Sullivan – Brian Collins confrontation that resulted in Collins spinning on the back stretch.
Austin chose the outside lane for the restart where he ran side-by-side with Winters for five circuits before Winters took the lead. At the same time Philpot and Knight were battling for position as Collins worked his way back up to fifth and Sullivan rebounded back to sixth.
The leaders gracefully worked their ways through lapped traffic until lap 56 when Dale Didoha spun on the front stretch for caution number two. The final four laps saw Winters drive to his first NSMS victory over Austin, Philpot, Knight, Collins, Sullivan, Keith Bloom, Rick Avila and Didoha. Ian Elliott and Dustin DeRosier were early-race dropouts.
Bloom collected the $100 for his second consecutive win in the Lucas Oil Dash for Cash. Didoha finished second for $50. They also both went home with Scriber jugs. Collins earned the Naake Shocks award. Winters, Austin and Bloom were the recipients of the Frank’s Radios gift cards.
The next North State Modified series race will be the inaugural event for the six-year old series at Douglas County Speedway in Roseburg, Orgegon on August 24.
The North State Modified Series is presented by: Protect the Harvest, Lucas Oil, Hoosier Tire West, Sunoco Race Fuels, Naake Suspension, Five Star Bodies, Racer Bling, Keyser Racing Products, Scribner Plastics, and Franks Radios.
HOOSIER TIME TRIALS:
Scott Winters 15.005 NTR; Jason Philpot 15.094; Cameron Austin 15.098; Darrin Knight 15.153; Dustin DeRosier 15.198; Brian Collins 15.398 ; Darrin Sullivan 15.462 ; Ian Elliott 15.512; Sal Lopez 15.583; Keith Bloom 15.600; Rick Avila 16.029; Dale Didoha 18.110
LUCAS OIL DASH FOR CASH:
Keith Bloom, Dale Didoha, Brian Collins, Ian Elliott, Rick Avila, Sal Lopez
PROTECT THE HARVEST 60:
Scott Winters, Cameron Austin, Jason Philpot, Darrin Knight, Brian Collins, Darrin Sullivan, Keith Bloom, Sal Lopez, Rick Avila, Dale Didoha, Ian Elliott, Dustin DeRosier