MADERA, California – LoanMart Madera Speedway promoter Kenny Shepherd is putting together the richest Modified race ever run on the West Coast to commemorate the appearance of the Lucas Oil Modified Series presented by LoanMart this fall.
Shepherd hasn‘t written Scott Winters’ name on the winner’s check yet, but no one will be surprised if that does happen because Winters showed again Saturday night (June 6) that he knows this 3/8-mile track in Central California about as well as the people who built it.
The PhD from Tracy, California, gave his Lucas Oil Modified rivals a reminder of that by leading the final 45 laps in his Ferrari Farms STR Chevrolet and winning the ProtectTheHarvest.com California Farmers 75 by 0.442 seconds over reigning series champion Dylan Cappello.
Winters’ triumph was the culmination of a night that demonstrated the growing popularity of Modified racing, with a total of 53 cars on hand for the Lucas Oil series and a companion race for the new North State Modified Series, whose rules differ from the Lucas Series only in tires and rear spoiler height.
Tripp Gaylord of Golden, Colo., won that 60-lap North State main event over 17 rivals.
It was the second win in four races this season for Winters, who leads the Hoosier Tire West point standings, and his second win in a row here where he is a former track champion. It also is pretty strong evidence that Winters and his team have rid themselves of the adjustment issues they had last year after joining the traveling series on a full-time basis.
The 48-year-old Winters started his workday by setting the pace in qualifying. He was the first car, put together a lap of 15.032 seconds, then sat and waited while 33 drivers tried to dislodge him. Austin Barnes came the closest, with a 15.099, and the competition brought out the best in everyone with less than 4/10ths of a second separating Winters from Doug Hamm, whose 15.2429 made him the last of the 18 drivers to make the field on time, and 1.140 seconds blanketing all 34 cars.
Winters drew a six for the invert, however. That put him on the outside of the third row when the 26-car field got the green flag. He moved up two spots on the opening lap, was in second by lap 25 and slipped by Cappello on the 31st of the 75 laps, and never was behind again.
Cappello, who had won the most recent race at Las Vegas a month ago, was the most persistent pursuer, but Taylor Miinch moved up from his 16th starting spot to make a couple of challenges for the lead on restarts after caution flags.
Miinch finished third, Irwin was fourth and Barnes fifth and 18 of the 26 starters finished on the lead lap.
The next event on the schedule for the Lucas Oil Modified Series presented by LoanMart will be the BILSTEIN Shocks Super Fast 75 presented by Five Star Stock Car Bodies at the Irwindale (California) Events Center June 27.
-Lucas Oil Modifieds Press Release. Photo credit: Speed51.com
LUCAS OIL MODIFIED SERIES
ProtectTheHarvest.com California Farmers 75
LoanMart Madera Speedway, Madera, California
Saturday, June 6, 2015
MAIN EVENT (75 laps) – 1. Scott Winters (24A), Tracy, Ca.; 2. Dylan Cappello (11), Peoria, Az.; 3. Taylor Miinch (4T), El Cajon, Ca.; 4. Jason Irwin (9X), Albuquerque, N.M.; 5. Austin Barnes (51A), Escondido, Ca.; 6. Jim Mardis (51), Yucaipa, Ca.; 7. Shelby Stroebel (24), Meridian, Idado; 8. Linny White (99), Colton, Ca.; 9. Matthew Hicks (28), Lakeside, ca.; 10. Kyle Tellstrom (5K), Ukiah, Ca.;
11. Doug Hamm (4X), Las Vegas, Nevada; 12. Dave Arce (5), Santee, Ca.; 13. Chris Cook (2), Tabiona, Utah; 14. Nathan Smith (5S), San Jose, Ca.; 15. Doug Carpenter (3), San Diego, Ca.; 16. Eddie Secord (84), Oak Hills, Ca.; 17. Blake Rogers (4B), Yuma, Az.; 18. P.J. Pedroncelli (0), Fremont, Ca.; 19. Scott Alves (20A), Placerville, Ca.; 20. Larry Gerchman (25), Lake Havasu City, Az.
21. Eric Hamilton (11H), Hanford, Ca.; 22. Eric Rhead (66), West Jordan, Utah; 23. Keegan Walmer (12A), Charlotte, N.C.; 24. Jack Madrid (3X), San Clemente, Ca.; 25. Jason Patison (80), Corona, Ca.; 26. Rich Lindgren (27), Rio Linda, Ca.
Margin of victory – 0.442 seconds. Average speed – 32.349 mph. Lead changes – 2 among 3 drivers. Caution flags – 6. Fast qualifier – Winters, 15.032 seconds.
B MAIN (35 laps) – 1. Jerry Toporek (40), Venice, Ca.; 2. Dustin Tilbury (71X), Edgewood, N.M.; 3. Sal Lopes (02L), Sacramento, Ca.; 4. Brian Collins (02), Camino, Ca.; 5. William Guevara (12), Lake Havasu City, Az.; 6. William Camara (30), Fremont, Ca.; 7. Pat Petrie (1), Henderson, Nevada; (Hamilton; Alves; Smith; Pedroncelli; Rogers transferred to main event; 5 transfer due to a technical irregularity)
Detailed information on the series is available at www.LucasOilModifieds.com.