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Corona, California (June 8, 2016) - If it's June it must be Winters time in Madera, California. The long-range weekend weather forecast is for temperatures in the high 80s for the city of about 65,000 in the San Joaquin Valley, but it's still Winters time.

Scott Winters, who has a Ph. D. in Mechanical Engineering and a Master's degree in race car driving, enjoys visiting Madera every June and paying some of his expenses by winning the Lucas Oil Modified Series race at LoanMart Madera Speedway.

That's been the case the past two years and Winters will try for three in a row Saturday (June 11) when the series make the first of this season's two visits to the 1/3-mile paved oval for the Lucas Oil California Farmers 75 presented by Protect the Harvest.

The 75-lap race is scheduled to get the green flag at 9 p.m. as the feature event of the Lucas Oil Summertime (Winterstime?) Horsepower Nationals, a festival of open-wheel racing that also includes the North State Modifieds, Madera Western Winged Super Sprints, USAC HPD Midgets and Legends of Kearney Bowl. There will be over 50 Modifieds in the pits during the weekend and 30-plus drivers will fight for positions in the 26-car field for the California Farmers 75.

Admission is $20 for adults, $17 for seniors and $10 for children 6-12. Children 5-under are free. On-site ticket sales begin at 3:30 p.m. but the grandstands are open for spectators to watch practice and qualifying (at 2 p.m.) Heat races will begin at 4 p.m. and main events will follow the opening ceremonies at 6:30 p.m.

Winters, whose Tracy, California, home is about 100 miles north of Madera, raced at the speedway on a regular basis for a while, capturing track championships in 2002 and 2003 and the NASCAR Sunbelt Region title in 2002. He'd been away for a while, however, when he returned with the Lucas Oil Modified Series in 2014.

The 49-year-old father of three won the race at Madera in early June of that year, leading the final 36 of 75 laps and beating eventual series champion Dylan Cappello by 0.399 seconds.

Last year, in a similar performance, Winters led the final 45 laps and beat Cappello by 0.442 seconds. That win was his second of the season and put him atop the Hoosier Tire West point standings until his momentum was lost and his Ferrari Farms STR Chevrolet badly damaged in an accident in Utah a month later. He finished third in the standings, behind Austin Barnes and Cappello.

This week's race is the fifth of 10 championship events and Winters will go into it tied with Nevada driver Aaron McMorran for third in the standings. Matthew Hicks with 258 points is the leader by 8 over Kyle Tellstrom, who won at Madera last fall. Winters and McMorran are 8 points farther back, with 242 each, followed by Taylor Miinch (238), Barnes (234), Larry Gerchman (232) and Linny White (226), who has won two of this year's four races and was second to Tellstrom at Madera last October.

Cappello's early season has been plagued by bad luck and inconsistency and he is 14th in the standings, 96 points behind Hicks. But his track record – he added a third in October to his two runner-up finishes – suggests he'll be a factor this time as well.

The Lucas Oil Modified Series presented by LoanMart is supported by a potent marketing concept known as “Team Lucas” whose members include General Tire, GEICO, E3 Spark Plugs, Optima Batteries, Carlyle Tools-NAPA, BILSTEIN Shocks, Super Clean, 4-Wheel Parts and LoanMart.

Additional sponsorship is provided by Lucas Oil Products, Protect the Harvest, MAVTV Motorsports Network, Lucas Oil Racing TV, Hoosier Tire West, Sunoco Race Fuels, Aero Racing Wheels, ASI Racewear, Five Star Race Car Bodies, Frank’s Radios, Racing Plus-Parker Pumper, EFI University, Joe's Racing Products, Scribner Plastics, Fast EZ-EFI System-COMP and DJ Safety.

Detailed information on the series is available at www.LucasOilModifieds.com.