SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (August 10, 2015) – After a three week break, the Pacific Challenge Series will return to action this Saturday with the series debut at Madera Speedway. California’s only Super Late Model touring series hits the one-third mile asphalt oval at the Madera County Fairgrounds for a 75 lap feature.
Madera marks the sixth different venue to host the PCS in 2015. Under Kenny Shepherd’s management, Madera Speedway has blossomed into one of the strongest pavement facilities in the state.
“I’m excited to have the PCS Super Late Model Tour visit Madera,” Shepherd said. “I think their drivers and fans will enjoy our facility and the amazing racing our track creates.”
Folsom, CA’s Hunter Corbitt took the most recent series victory at Ukiah Speedway on July 18th to rank fourth in the series standings. Granite Bay’s John Moore, known to most race fans as the Iron Man, was the Sunoco Fuels Fast Time Award and leads the series standings. Salida’s Mike Beeler ran second and is second in the points while trying to chase down his second straight series title. Moore’s son Cole Moore is third in the points as a rookie and is still in search of his first series win.
Much of the top-15 of the series standings will be in attendance at Madera, with many of them making their first starts in a Late Model at the track. Other expected drivers include Grass Valley’s Don Swartz, Elk Grove’s Ron Chunn and Mike Hite, Moraga’s Travis Milburn, Auburn’s Austin Gant, and Redwood Valley’s John Dalerio.
The only repeat winner this year has been Upper Lake’s Jeremy Doss. Doss has used wins at Stockton and Ukiah to find himself 12th in series points in a limited schedule. Doss is expected at Madera as well along with Carson City, NV’s Bobby Hodges driving for Mike Naake. Loomis’ Chris Scribner will look to make his fourth start of the season as well.
Madera Speedway fans will have several local drivers to pull for against the PCS regulars. JR Courage, who is fresh off of a third place finish at the PCS event at Stockton, is ninth in the Madera Open Late Model points. Former Madera regular Justin Westmoreland of Fresno is also returning to race and Stockton’s Justin Philpott will bring many laps of Madera experience to the table.
Action will get underway on Friday night with a practice from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. On Saturday, pit gates will open at 11 p.m. with practice and qualifying to follow. The Pacific Challenge Series 75 lap main event will join Twisted Tea Modifieds, CSS 360 Super Modifieds, USAC HPD Midgets, Toyota Sedans, and MSTs in a busy race program. Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 7 p.m. with the PCS main event as the last main event for the night.
Race updates will be available on the Pacific Challenge Series Facebook page and on Race Monitor. A brand-new Pacific Challenge Series website is coming soon!
The Pacific Challenge Series is presented by: Penney Racing Supply, Penney & Associates, American Racer Tires, Maita Chevrolet, Naake Suspension, Sunoco Fuels, Five Star Bodies, KB Fabrication, Lefthander Chassis, ARP Bodies, Joes Racing Products, Bassett Wheels, Frank’s Radio, and Blakesley Sports Media. All PCS Super Late Models race ABC Bodies on American Racer Tires with Sunoco Racing Fuel.
2015 Pacific Challenge Series schedule & race winners
April 11 Irwindale Speedway – Derek Thorn *non-points*
April 18 All American Speedway – Shannon Mansch
May 9 Ukiah Speedway – Jeremy Doss
May 23 Stockton 99 Speedway – Jeremy Doss
June 27 All American Speedway – Travis Milburn
July 4 Stockton 99 Speedway – John Moore
July 18 Ukiah Speedway – Hunter Corbitt
August 15 Madera Speedway
September 5 Stockton 99 Speedway
September 26 All American Speedway
October 3 Ukiah Speedway
October 17 All American Speedway *non-points*
For more information on the Pacific Challenge Series, visit them online at www.PacificChallengeSeries.com or on Facebook.