CORONA, California (August 27, 2015) – Almost five years ago, on September 11, 2010, Jim Mardis took the lead from Austin Barnes on the final lap and won the Lucas Oil Modified Series race at Orange Show Speedway in San Bernardino, Califiornia.
It was a pivotal race for Mardis, whose Yucaipa, California, home is about a long golf drive from the track, because six weeks and two events later he claimed the first of his back-to-back series championships by 16 points over Tim Morse.
It also was the last time the Modifieds raced at the historic quarter-mile oval on the National Orange Show grounds.
The Modifieds will return on Saturday (August 29) for the LoanMart Super Fast 100 presented by K&N Filters, the seventh of 10 races that will determine the champion of the regional touring series’ 10th anniversary season.
Mardis is returning, and will become the series’ all-time earnings leader by taking the green flag. Escondido, California, resident Barnes and Pat Petrie of Henderson, Nevada, will return, too. Those three are the only top 10 finishers in 2010 still active in the popular, fast-growing series.
They’ll have plenty of competition, though, from veterans like Scott Winters, Doug Hamm, Shelby Stroebel and Larry Gerchman and talented under-20 youngsters like reigning champion Dylan Cappello, Jason Irwin, Kyle Tellstrom, Eric Hamilton and Blake Rogers.
The 24-car starting field will almost certainly have a large Orange Show Speedway connection as well. That list of southern California residents who have raced at the track on a regular basis includes Mardis, Linny White (Colton), Matthew Hicks (Lakeside), Eddie Secord (Oak Hills), Taylor Miinch (Rancho San Diego), Kyle Cline (Hesperia), Jack Madrid Jr. (San Clemente) and Dave Arce (Santee).
The exciting open-wheel Modifieds will race 100 laps (all green flag laps unless there are more than five cautions) with everyone getting $300 to start and the winner taking home another $3,000.
Mardis has added incentive for victory. The money obviously would be welcome for the United Parcel Service delivery driver, but the first-place finish would extend his series-record streak of winning at least one race in each of the past six seasons.
The incentive and his intimate knowledge of the speedway may not be enough for Mardis to keep Barnes, Cappello and Winters out of victory circle, though. Each has won two of the six races and Irwin is the only driver to set fast time in qualifying other than Barnes (twice), Cappello (twice) and Winters, who won his only start at Orange Show Speedway in July, 2008.
Barnes has 13 race wins, which is second on the all-time list, and has been the fastest qualifier 25 times, which is first all-time. The 2012 series champion also is the leader in the Hoosier Tire West point standings. The 20-year-old is 6 points ahead of Miinch, 8 ahead of Cappello (Peoria, Arizona), 20 up on Irwin (Albuquerque, New Mexico) and 24 in front of Winters (Tracy, California). Mardis is sixth, 34 points back.
The LoanMart Super Fast 100 presented by K&N Filters is the featured race in a
program that also includes a 50-lap contest for the track’s Outlaw Figure 8s and a 30-lap Street Stock main event.
General admission is $10, seniors and juniors get in for $8 and there is no charge for children 5 and under and active military personnel with valid identification. Spectator gates will open at 4 p.m. and racing will get under way at 7 following a meet and greet session on the grandstand midway at 5:45 p.m.
The Lucas Oil Modified Series presented by LoanMart is supported by a potent marketing concept known as “Team Lucas” whose members include General Tire, GEICO, E3 Spark Plugs, Optima Batteries, Carlyle Tools, Kawasaki, AutoMeter, Speedco Truck Lube and Tire, BILSTEIN Shocks, LoanMart and SuperClean.
Additional sponsorship is provided by Lucas Oil Products, Protect the Harvest, MAVTV Motorsports Network, Hoosier Tire West, Sunoco Race Fuels, K&N Filters, Aero Racing Wheels, ASI Racewear, Bosch, Five Star Race Car Bodies, Frank’s Radios, Racing Plus and DJ Safety.
Detailed information on the series is available at www.LucasOilModifieds.com.