Cappello, Winters ready to resume rivalry at Madera

Corona, California (June 6, 2017) - Chances are that early this year, when they printed out this season’s schedule for the Lucas Oil Modified Series presented by RAM Mounts, Dylan Cappello and Scott Winters both drew a circle around June 10.

That’s this Saturday, the day the series returns to Madera Speedway for the SuperClean 75 presented by Protect The Harvest, and forgive Cappello and Winters if they’re salivating in anticipation.

Winters has won twice and been in the top five three times and Cappello has a win and four top five finishes in the past five races on the third-mile oval. That makes them the co-favorites for this weekend’s 75-lap event, the fourth of 10 that determine the series champion and the first of two races at Madera.

Winters, a laser systems engineer from Tracy, California, won back-to-back June races in 2014 and 2015, with Cappello second both times. On the series most recent visit, in October, Cappello got the win with Kyle Tellstrom second, Matthew Hicks third, Taylor Miinch fourth and Winters fifth.

Tellstrom won in October of 2015, with Linny White second and Cappello, Hicks and Winters following, in order, and in June a year ago Tellstrom and White were one-two again followed by Winters, Cappello and Hicks.

Tellstrom and Hicks are not racing in the series this season, however, and aside from White and Miinch the only others with top five finishes in the past five outings are reigning champion Austin Barnes and Jason Irwin. But White, the fast qualifier for two of the past three Madera races, has struggled badly this season and Barnes has been beset by gremlins since finishing fifth in June of 2015.

That means there’s a lot of room for one of the younger drivers like Blake Rogers, Michael Womack, Dustin Tilbury and Irwin to step up. All four are in the top nine in the Hoosier Tire West point standings after races at Lake Havasu City and Tucson, Arizona, and Las Vegas.

Miinch is the points leader. The Rancho San Diego, California, resident had back-to-back wins at Tucson and Las Vegas and hasn’t finished lower than fourth in his past nine starts. That streak includes his fourth at Madera in October, which followed a sixth last June, so he and his quietly efficient team must be on the list of contenders.

Miinch, who lost last season’s title fight to Hicks by 4 points, has a commanding 34-point lead over Idaho traveler Shelby Stroebel as everyone prepares for the opening rounds of practice Friday night (June 9). Rogers, Barnes and Womack round out the top five in the standings.

Madera Speedway promoter par excellence Kenny Shepard has named Saturday’s program the Lucas Oil Summertime Horsepower Nationals and has put together an interesting group of races.

The Lucas Oil Modified Series will be joined by the North State Modified Series presented by Protect The Harvest, the Super Hobby Stock Open Series, USAC HPD Midgets, CSS 360 Super Mods and Legends of Kearney Bowl.

Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and military personnel and $7 for juniors. Children 5 and under are free. Racing will get under way with heat races at 4:15 and the Lucas Oil Modifieds main event is scheduled for an 8:30 p.m. start.

The Lucas Oil Modified Series will be joined by the North State Modified Series presented by Protect The Harvest, the Super Hobby Stock Open Series, USAC HPD Midgets, CSS 360 Super Mods and Legends of Kearney Bowl.
Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and military personnel and $7 for juniors. Children 5 and under are free. Racing will get under way with heat races at 4:15 and the Lucas Oil Modifieds main event is scheduled for an 8:30 p.m. start.

The Lucas Oil Modified Series presented by RAM Mounts is supported by a potent marketing concept known as “Team Lucas” whose members include General Tire, GEICO, Optima Batteries, 4-Wheel Parts, Super Clean, K&N Filters, Zotto, Spray Nine Cleaner/Degreaser and RAM Mounts. 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, United Rentals and DJ Safety.
Detailed information on the series is available at www.LucasOilModifieds.com.

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