Tellstrong takes speedway challenge
2020 North State Modified Series champion Kyle Tellstrom of Ukiah charged from 18th starting position to win the Mission Modified 60-lap feature at Madera Speedway.
Saturday’s victory paid a total of $2,000, including a $1,000 bonus from Economy Heating and Air after Tellstrom elected to start at the rear of the field.
“(It took a) little bit of patience. Man I’ve just had a lot luck here and a lot of success. This place has been so good to me. It fits my driving. I did what we had to do and stayed disciplined,” Tellstrom said. “Early there it was kind of rough. Once I got clear of a couple of cars, I got the right restart, got to the outside and it just opened up for me.”
Tellstrom won by 1.791 seconds over Scott Winters, Ian Elliott, Dustin DeRosier, and Jason Philpot. Philpot won a $750 bonus as the top finishing GM 602 Crate Engine, persevering over a long battle with Keith Bloom, Jr. Secord won $500 as the second highest finishing crate with Kern County Raceway champion Jim Coffey earning $250 for 10th place and the third place finisher among the crates.
Jason Aguirre won his third Madera Late Model feature of the season in a 40-lap affair.
Aguirre topped Kyle Keller, Erickson, Aaron Mullins, and Richard Herzog as the top-five.
Lloyd Wren, Jr. narrowly won his third Hobby Stock feature of the season in the 30-lap event.
Manny Gonzales made a bid for the win off turn four coming to the checkered flag, with Wren surviving by a nose for victory. Donnie Large finished third over Jason Lawton and Rowe.
Dan Myrick led all 20-laps for the Mini Stock victory. Several entries from the West Coast Sport Compacts joined the division for a competitive race. Greg Baronian used an outside maneuver to take over second on lap 17. Randy Brown, Damien Leininger and Jeff Durant rounded out the top-five finishers.
2020 championship runner-up Ryan Reynolds topped his championship-winning brother Shaun for the Modified Super Toyota 30-lap feature. Tim Kammerer led the first five laps before finishing third. Nick Thompson and kart racer Bill Gorden rounded out the top-five.
Hailey Liles led fellow 14-year-old Rebecca Dubie for the 20-lap Jr. Late Model exhibition victory.
MAVTV-televised Nut Up Pro Late Models, 51FIFTY Jr. Late Models, Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros, and Challenge Cup are up next at Madera Speedway on May 22. Tickets will be available on MyRacePass and on www.RaceMadera.com
Madera Racing on MAVTV airs Monday nights at 4 p.m. with new 2020 episodes now airing. The second part of the Turkey Triple Open airs Monday including Hobby Stocks, Modifieds, and Challenge Cup racing.