After a raucous opening event for the LoanMart Madera Speedway last week, local stars took to the track Saturday night and proved that it doesn’t take high-profile racing circuits to deliver close finishes and big thrills.
In the LunkerDaddy Late Models, Madera Ranchos teen Emma Tucker took the checkered for her first-ever win after fending off Tony Schmitz in 20 laps.
Tucker, in a new car this season, said after the race that as soon as she took the lead from Verg Beatty in lap 3 — with Schmitz on her tail — she knew the event was hers to win or lose.
“I was just hoping I wouldn’t spin out,” Tucker said with a wide smile after the race. “I knew Tony wouldn’t be able to get by me as long as I kept it straight so that’s all I was thinking about.” ...