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Speedway opener goes off without a hitch

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After a nearly five-month hiatus, the LoanMart Madera Speedway saw some action in its season opener.

The eight-month racing season on the “Fastest 1/3 Mile in the West” officially started as the speedway hosted the Spears SRLSouthwest Tour Series Melo’s Gas & Gear 151 presented by 51 FIFTY Energy Drink featuring the Legends of the Pacific, SRLS2 Late Model Series, LunkerDaddy Limited Late Models, Toyota Sedans and the 18-Second Bracket Race.

The defending SRL Spears Southwest Tour series champion Derek Thorn was the big winner Saturday night in the 151- lap main as he held on to place ahead of Jim Pettit II, who broke Thorn’s qualifying track record time with a mark of 13.482. Thorn set the record last season with a time of 13.942.

“This car is phenomenal and it’s great to start off the season like this,” Thorn said in the winner’s circle after the race...


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