The grandstands were packed, the car counts were high, the pumpkins were ready, and ultimately, the stage was set for electrifying races at the LoanMart Madera Speedway on Saturday night.
Though the night marked the end of the Speedway’s racing season, a historic Late Model shootout and arguably the most chaotic race of the year — atop a track filled with slushy, soapy pumpkin innards smashed by young fans — ensured all in attendance got the most for their dollar and were left ready for more next March.
It was perhaps Sheldon Cooper in the Hobby Stocks Open main event who, in a simple quote to sum up his victory, put forth a theme that would describe all the night’s winners.
“I was told you have to be at the right place at the right time,” said Cooper, who was awarded the victory after Robert Daniels and Chuck Aguirre — the top two Hobby Stock drivers who jostled for first the entire race — were spun out in the final lap by each other and a third driver, Peggy Jarred. “And I was definitely in the right place at the right time.” ...