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Posted by: newsla on May 04, 2014 - 07:17 AM
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Jack Madrid Runs Away To Victory In Super Late Models At Irwindale


Jack Madrid of San Clemente, Calif., drove to a runaway victory in the season-opening Super Late Model race at Irwindale Speedway before a crowd of 2,890 Saturday night.

 

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Madrid finished a whopping 5.7 seconds ahead of teammate Linny White of Fontana, Calif. Toni McCray of Highland, Calif., was third, less than a tenth of a second behind at the end of the 40-lap event on the half-mile track.

It was Madrid’s first victory at Irwindale. He began his career there in Bandoleros, Legends, drove Super Trucks and was eighth in the Super Late Models in 2012..

“Oh, man, I’ve been trying for this for a long time,” Madrid said. “It seems like nothing went right. We had fast cars, but we couldn’t get the finishes. We just couldn’t put the pieces together and tonight we finally put it together and to be back home, it means a lot.”

The 19-year-old Madrid spent last season in NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program, driving late models in Whelen All-America Series for Rev Racing at Hickory Motor Speedway in Newton, N.C., and Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va.

“It was a great experience racing with a lot of the East Coast guys,” Madrid said. “It showed how hard you have to race every lap and how good a shape you’ve got to be. I didn’t realize how important that was. I learned a lot. I worked on the race cars every week. Just learning a lot of different things, driving styles and how to save cars. I think that is something that helped me with this win; saving the right rear tire. It paid off here.”

White prepared Madrid’s car during the week, then shifted from crew chief to driver for Saturday’s event. Both cars are owned by Earl Robbins of Fontana, Calif.

“I haven’t had that much fun in a long time,” White said. “It’s been a long time coming. I was really surprised and happy all at the same time watching Jack (Madrid) run. He’s the house car and I still maintain the car. I knew last night. We came and tested last night and he’s running lap times. I called Sparky, Robert Ritter, and he stands in for me (as crew chief for Madrid) on the days I’m going to be racing, and said, ‘We’re in trouble.’ ”

McCray raced almost side-by-side with White for the final 10 laps.

“I was going to run him (White) as hard as I could,” she said. “Our car was a little tight. We worked really hard on it, we just struggled with it this weekend. We got better and better. I just didn’t have enough to get him coming off the corner.”

Jason Patison of Corona, Calif., was the fastest qualifier, averaging 100.413 miles per hour (17.926 seconds) and started on the outside of the front row.

Pattison comfortably was in front for the opening five laps, but on the sixth, his car slowed dramatically on the back straight. Patison completed the sixth lap as he attempted to restart the engine before retiring.

Madrid had started in fourth position and he vaulted to second on the opening lap. He inherited the lead and wasn’t seriously challenged, leading the final 35 laps.

Ryan Partridge of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., won both 30-lap features to stretch his winning streak to four straight and stay undefeated in the Irwindale Race Trucks. In other races Saturday, Zach Green of Long Beach drove to victory in the 35-lap Super Stocks and Robby Harryman of Anaheim won the 25-lap Mini Stocks after the car of Tommy Genda of Fontana failed post-race inspection.

Super Late Models, May 3, at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway

Feature (40 laps): 1. Jack Madrid (San Clemente), 2. Linny White (Fontana), 3. Toni McCray (Highland), 4. Jeffrey Eshleman (Fontana), 5. John Thomson (Las Vegas, Nev.), 6. Barry Karr (Redlands), 7. Josh Soto (Oceanside), 8. Jeff Williams (Newbury Park), 9 Rodney Peacher (North Hills), 10. Greg Hanneman (Toluca Lake), 11. Juan Garcia (Bogota, Columbia), 12. Jason Pattison (Corona).

Lap leaders: Pattison 1-5, Madrid 6-40. Martin of victory: 5.733 seconds. Cautions: two.

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