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Rivalry brewing at Madera Speedway

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webmaster | 05/23/13

After a week off, the LoanMart Madera Speedway will reopen for racing this Saturday on its Military Tribute Night, where all active and retired military personnel get in for free.

Regarded by drivers as one of the fastest third-of-a-mile tracks on the West Coast, the Speedway will be host to a number of races that night, including: Race #3 of the $1,000 to Win LoanMart Late Model Series, Southwest Tour Trucks, Sport Mods, MST’s, 4-Bangers, Mini Cup, 18-Second Bracket Race, and the Toyota Sedans.

Two weeks ago, the Toyota Sedans had fans on their feet after Donnie Large Jr. purposely caused race leader Kyle Fortney to spin out in turn four of the race’s final lap, then bowed to the cheering and jeering crowd from atop his No. 2 racer.

The rivalry between the two drivers — and their racing families including the Pattons in Large’s corner — has been hyped since that event, to the point that a “tip jar” will be placed at the front gate for fans to throw in extra money to the winner...


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