A variety of races brought bumper-to-bumper action and incredible performances at the LoanMart Madera Speedway on Saturday with young buck Matt Erickson absolutely dominating his opponents in the second race of the $1,000 to Win LoanMart Open Late Model Series.
Erickson, with the fastest time in qualifying, started in 10th with the invert start. It would prove to be a little obstacle to the talented racer as he moved into fourth place by lap three, into second by lap 10, and took the lead in turn one of lap 13, from which he never looked back on his way to the checkered flag by more than 10 seconds.
The racing was wheel to wheel behind Erickson as Justin Westmoreland, Rick Erickson, Frank Mazzei, Trevor Schlundt and Aaron Mullins were fighting it out for second back.
“He’s done his homework,” third-place finisher Rick Thompson said of Erickson. “Ever since a few years ago when I was track champion, he was right behind me. Now he’s just gotten that much better.”...