The Spears SRL Southwest Tour season opener is this Saturday at Irwindale Speedway where 2016 series champ Derek Thorn will take the first step in defending his crown. Check out the fan guide below for what sure to be an exciting race!

Schedule of Events

Friday – March 24, 2017

2:00pm Registration & Pit Gates Open

3:00pm – 7:00pm Tech Inspection Opens

4:30pm – 6:30pm SPEARS Southwest Tour Series – Practice

6:30pm – 7:30pm NAPA VIP Ride-A-Longs

7:30pm – 8:30pm SPEARS Southwest Tour Series – Practice

Saturday – March 25, 2017

10:00am Registration & Pit Gates Open

11:15am SPEARS Southwest Tour – Driver’s-Crew Chief-Spotters Meeting

11:30am SPEARS Southwest Tour Series – Rookie Meeting

11:45am SPEARS Southwest Tour Series – Chapel

1:00pm – 2:00pm SPEARS Southwest Tour Series – Practice

3:10pm SPEARS Southwest Tour Series – Qualifying Tech Opens

5:10pm SPEARS Southwest Tour Series – Qualifying & Impound

5:45pm Driver’s On Track Autograph Session

6:30pm All Driver Introductions on Stage

6:55pm Opening Ceremonies

NASCAR K&N Pro Series “NAPA 100”

SPEARS Southwest Tour Series “SPEARS Manufacturing 100”

NASCAR K&N Pro Series “NAPA 100”

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Photo Credit: Jason Wedehase

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (March 18, 2017) - Carlos Vieira scored his first career PCS victory, as the Pacific Challenge Series presented by opened up its season Saturday night at Madera Speedway for the Smokey Hanoian 75. Vieira led the final 56 laps of competition but not without late company from fast time qualifier Jason Romero.
"It feels awesome," Vieira said. "The car was solid man. The outside line - I felt pretty confident with it. That first restart I chose the bottom and that was a big mistake."
"Man I was doing everything this car had," Romero said. "I needed another maybe 25 more laps. My front brakes were gone. I was putting rear into it, making it cut."
Romero opened the afternoon with a 14.428 second lap to lead qualifying but it was Granite Bay's Cole Moore, the 2015 Rookie of the Year, winning the American Racer Tire Dash for the pole and a set of tires.
15 PCS Super Late Models roared to the green flag on the one-third mile speedway with outside polesitter Vieira using the outside line to take the early lead. Side by side racing was the name of game during an intense lead battle between Vieira and Moore. The first caution came on lap six when Chris Scribner stopped on the front stretch with fuel pump issues.
Vieira chose the inside for the following restart which proved to be to Moore's favor as he led lap seven by a nose before Vieira edged back to lead lap eight. Moore finally cleared Vieira on lap nine. The next caution flag proved crucial as Romero spun down the backstretch after a mix up with defending series champion Jeremy Doss. Both drivers had to restart at the rear.
Moore selected the outside on the restart and that decision not only propelled him to the lead but allowed his father John to roll into third and Ryan Philpott to roll the top into fifth. Philpott's strong performance expired on lap 14 with mechanical problems.
Vieira crawled back onto Moore and the duo went side-by-side again on lap 15. The caution flew on lap 16 when rookie Jack Wood spun on the front stretch. Moore again picked the outside but Vieira showed he had the right stuff as he took over the lead on lap 19.
Travis Milburn fended off Doss in an entertaining battle for fourth before Doss surrendered to the pits with problems on lap 35. Romero found himself mired in traffic battling Tracy Bolin and 2016 Rookie of the Year Matt Wendt just outside the top-five.
Wood and Danny Malfatti had a collision in turn four for the next caution on lap 34. Romero jumped forward on the following restart to pass John Moore for fourth. Milburn too fell out of the race on lap 43 with mechanical woes and that set the stage for Romero to take third and move towards the leaders.
Romero and Moore staged a thrilling side-by-side affair that gave Vieira the chance to pull his cushion to nearly three seconds. By the time Romero got away on lap 61, he ran both of his fastest laps of the race in open traffic to claw at Vieira. Vieira stayed tough in late lapped traffic for a .487 second victory - three car lengths - in the satisfying victory.
Cole Moore crossed the stripe third but was penalized for an RPM infraction in post race inspection. John Moore assumes third ahead of 2014 champion Mike Beeler and Bolin. Rookie Alexander Mead drove from 14th to seventh to earn the Penney Racing Supply Hard Charger in his series debut.

Story courtesy of Madera Speedway

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Livingston, CA. (March 16, 2017)- The 51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha Team is proud to announce Noah McConahy (#59) will join team riders Tyler Bowers (#52) and Hayden Mellross (#64) under the tent for the remainder of the Supercross series. The hard-working privateer earned a fill-in ride with the team earlier in the season and proved to be a valuable addition.

McConahy joined the team only riding the YZ250F for 2 days prior to the Oakland Supercross. His rear end spent more time on the dirt than on his seat during practice but he showed his mettle, determination and positive attitude. Working with team staff, studying lines/track map with Team Manager Craig Monty and Tyler Bowers, Noah made the Main that night. He'd then be involved in a first turn crash but charged from nearly last to a career-best 9th; expressing the 51FIFTY tagline, "Live the Madness, Never Quit!"

Noah brings bounds of enthusiasm to the test track, his personality adding to the team chemistry and it was in everyone's best interest to continue building together. With Bowers already back riding and Hayden Mellross fully healed from a hand injury, 51FIFTY Yamaha will field a three (3) rider team in Seattle and the remaining rounds of the 250 West Coast Supercross Series.

51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha is aided by support of our great sponsors including Yamaha, Allied Packaging, Carlos Vieira Racing, bLU cRU, Bolt Hardware, Costa Rica Unlimited, Cometic Gaskets, Company West, Cycra, Crank Works, DeCal Works, Dunlop, DT1, Evans Cooling, Fox, FMF, Galfer, Hinson Clutch Components, Hot Cams, IMS Products, Matrix, Mechanix Wear, ODI, Pivot Works, Powerlift, Push Marketing Agency, Race for Autism, RK Excel, SDI, Sunstar, Shift, TM Designworks, Twisted Development, Works Connection, Vertex Pistons, Vortex Ignitions, VP Fuels, and Xtrig.

March Madness is upon us and we're celebrating by giving away a year supply of energy drinks to the person with the sickest trick basketball shot! As you can see from the video, we've got some skills so it won't be easy to impress us.

Post your clip on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and tag @51FIFTYEnergy for a chance to win!

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We've got a preview of Madera Speedway's exclusive 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model Series that features racers between the ages of 10-14 competing in full-size late model cars. Talk about living the madness! For the series schedule and ticket information, visit Come out to Madera Speedway and see the future stars of racing!

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You know someone is dedicated to BMX when they are wearing the shoulder harness CJ has on. That basically keeps his shoulder from popping out of joint every bunny hop. Some heroes don't wear capes. Peep CJ's Feeble Life's section. Killing the streets.

Special credit to Feeble Life

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Livingston, CA. (February 13, 2017)- The 51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha Team had two YZ250F's back on the track as Hayden Mellross returned from injury to join Noah McConahy (filling in for Tyler Bowers) for the last round of the 250 West Coast SX before the long break, at the incredible AT&T Stadium in Arlington Supercross.

Tyler Bowers, sidelined with a broken femur continues to support the team attending Dealer and Pit autograph signings and, importantly, coaching the other 51FIFTY racers. "I'd rather be racing but being sidelined is helping me in a way where I can watch lines develop and study other riders," explains Bowers. "I watch practice and qualifiers and feel by communicating improvement points to the guys it reinforces that information and am becoming more knowledgeable myself."

With "Coach Bowers" on their side, Mellross and McConahy took to the track for their qualifying sessions. The 51FIFTY boys clocked in 9th and 12th respectively on the Texas terrain.

McConahy on the #59 Yamaha lined up for Heat #1, and rocketed out of the gate with the leaders. He battled for position with previous race winners, maintaining 3rd for most of the race eventually crossing the finish line in 4th place, giving him a coveted gate pick for the main event. In only his 2nd race on the Yamaha, the 4th in the Heat was a career best.

Heat #2 saw the Australian, Mellross back in action after a few weeks off due to a hand injury. On the track he looked as if he hadn't taken any time off the bike passing through the pack after a lackluster start. The #64 diced through the field locking down a transfer position in 8th position.

When the gates dropped for the 250 main event, both 51FIFTY Yamaha riders raced toward the first turn. While Mellross made it through clean, McConahy got pinched and crashed after clipping a tuff block with his front wheel. Hayden would charge his way through the pack and settle into a solid 9th place position for the majority of the race, while teammate Noah was forced to work his way up from dead last. McConahy would leave it all out on the track even laying it down in the last turn in a last stitch effort for a top 10 finish. The 51FIFTY Yamaha racers crossed the line with Mellross in 9th, and McConahy in 11th.

"It's great to be back at the races and pick up where I left off," commented Mellross after the race. "I've been off the bike for a few weeks but felt strong most of the night. The track was challenging but our bike was on point and felt overall it was a decent result. I was a bit fatigued toward the end of the race, from not being able to train, but overall it was a solid ride and another Top 10."

"My confidence continues to grow and the whole team has really helped me get comfortable these last two weeks," mentioned McConahy. "I made it difficult on myself in the Main, hit the deck a few times, was in 20th at one point, but just focused on passing the rider in front of me. I put down some of my fastest times of the night and then did try one last aggressive pass on Chiz to try and get inside the Top 10."

The West Coast Supercross season will take a break as the season moves to the East Coast region. Follow the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha Team on social media to stay in touch with the latest news and team photos.

51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha is aided by support of our great sponsors including Yamaha, Allied Packaging, Carlos Vieira Racing, bLU cRU, Bolt Hardware, Costa Rica Unlimited, Cometic Gaskets, Company West, Cycra, Crank Works, DeCal Works, Dunlop, DT1, Evans Cooling, Fox, FMF, Galfer, Hinson Clutch Components, Hot Cams, IMS Products, Matrix, Mechanix Wear, ODI, Pivot Works, Powerlift, Push Marketing Agency, Race for Autism, RK Excel, SDI, Sunstar, Shift, TM Designworks, Twisted Development, Works Connection, Vertex Pistons, Vortex Ignitions, VP Fuels, and Xtrig.

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Everything race fans need to know about the 3rd Annual Winter Showdown coming this weekend to Kern County Raceway is right here!


The 3rd Annual Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway in Bakersfield, California on February 10th and 11th. The weekend’s main event is Saturday, February 11th with the $30,000 to win, “SPEARS Manufacturing Winter Showdown 250” for Super Late Models. The weekend begins on Friday night, February 10th at the paved half-mile with the “51 FIFTY Energy Drink Opening Night”, featuring the “Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse Fast 12” and the “Race for Autism Qualifying Races.”

Make the Most of the Winter Showdown Weekend: February 8, 9, 10, 11, 2017

• Super Late Model Registration, Parking and Optional Tech Day 10:30am to 4:30pm.

• Tech inspection for the Super Late Models will take place starting at 9:30am, with the cars hitting the track for the first time at 12:00pm and concluding at 4:30pm.
• The “Winter Showdown Kick Off Party” at the Buck Owen’s Crystal Palace (2800 Buck Owens Blvd) presented by “Visit Bakersfield” on Thursday evening starting at 7pm. As part of the evening, the Top 10 in the 2016 SPEARS Southwest Tour Series will be honored, including Three-Time SPEARS Southwest Tour Series Champion, Derek Thorn.

• Lucas Oil Modifieds will move onto the Kern County Raceway grounds at 10:30am and will see three practice sessions, with the first one at 1:30pm.
• The Super Late Models will have one practice session from 12:00pm-1:30pm.
• Super Late Model Qualifying will take place starting at 6:30pm.
After Opening Ceremonies or the “51 FIFTY Energy Drink Opening Night” at 7:30pm, the Lucas Oil Modifieds will put on a show for the fans with “Spray Nine Top Nine of 2016”. The Top 10 drivers from the 2016 Lucas Oil Modifeds, will battle it for nine laps. Then its back to the Super Late Models with the “Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse Fast 12”, featuring the fastest 12 drivers from qualifying racing for the top 12 starting positions for Saturday’s SPEARS Manufacturing Winter Showdown 250. The night will finish off with the “Race for Autism - Qualifying Races”.
• Spectator Gates 5:30pm - Opening Ceremonies at 7:30pm.
• Adult General Admission $15, Youth (6-15) General Admission $10, Kids 5 & under Free. Reserved Seating $20.

The main event of the weekend will be the Saturday evening, $30,000 to win, “SPEARS Manufacturing Winter Showdown 250” for Super Late Models. The racing will begin with Super Late Model Last Chance Race” at 3:10pm, where teams will be racing for the final three starting positions in the SPEARS Manufacturing Winter Showdown 250. After opening ceremonies at 5:00pm, the Lucas Oil Modifieds main event will kick things off with the “Spray Nine 50”. Then its final event of the 2017 Winter Showdown, the $30,000 to win “SPEARS Manufacturing 250”.
• Spectator Gates 3pm, Showdown Last Chance Race 3:10pm, the 2017 Winter Showdown Opening Ceremonies 5:00pm.
• Adult General Admission $25, Youth (6-15) General Admission $15, Kids 5 & under Free. Reserved Seating $30.


• A limited amount of “Rowdy Roundup” with Kyle Busch ticket packages are available for fans to purchase. This special ticket will allow fans to attend a meet and greet with Busch on Saturday afternoon before the race, get his autograph and have their picture taken with him. If you are interested contact Kern County Raceway at 661-835-1264.
• Detailed Winter Showdown schedule: go to
• RACE TICKETS will be available at the Front Gate each day, or online at
• There are a limited number of suites available for the Winter Showdown. If you are interested in renting a suite for the event, please contact the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series office at 661-679-4681.
• Trackside and General RV parking is available all Winter Showdown weekend; contact Kern County Raceway at 661-835-1264 for details.
• Race fans can enjoy practice each day and re-enter at the appropriate gate time.
• Host Hotels -
• For more information on Bakersfield during your stay, go to:

The Third Annual Winter Showdown is presented by:
SPEARS Manufacturing - 51 FIFTY Energy Drink –
S.A. Camp Pump & Drilling - KUZZ AM55 / FM107.9 - KBAK 29/KBFX 58
Race For Autism - Spray Nine - Hoosier Racing Tire - Motor City GMC
Lucas Oil - Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse in Colton & San Dimas
SUNOCO Race Fuels -

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Livingston, CA. (February 6, 2017)- Noah McConahy flew the flag this weekend for the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha Team as both Tyler Bowers and Hayden Mellross were sidelined with injury.

Mother Nature played her part as light showers sprinkled the already damp track. A soft, technical layout made for tough conditions in the opening qualifying sessions and the situation wasn't any easier for Noah with only two (2) prior rides on the YZ250F. Tyler Bowers was on hand during the day and was a positive voice for Noah, along with Team Manager Craig Monty, studying film and track lines.

The #59 Yamaha lined up for heat #1, kicking off the action for the night. Dunlop Tires gave Noah some much needed traction off the line and into the first turn. He ran a consistent 5th place in much of the heat race, battling riders and ruts throughout the entirety of the track. McConahy crossed the line in 6th place and secured his direct spot/transfer into the main.

With Noah's momentum building throughout the day, the newest member of the 51FIFTY team was ready to shine in the night show. A good jump out of the gate set him up for some quick passes until a massive pile up formed in the second turn. McConahy looked for a way out but was stuck in the chaos as riders crashed around him. Eventually, he worked his way out of the pack and began his ascent through the field. A tall order, from back in 19th, but he picked off riders in quick succession. Noah improved his speed and positions as the track deteriorated and when the checkered flag flew, McConahy crossed the line for his career best finish in 9th place.

"Everything with the bike and the team has been spot on," mentioned Noah after the race. "I've been improving every time I'm on the bike and the team has helped every step of the way. I struggled in the qualifiers but we stayed optimistic and focused on the Main. From far back in the pack, it was one of those races when I just concentrated on the next rider in front of me and did whatever I could to move forward. I'm ecstatic to land a career best in my first ride with 51FIFTY and I only expect to improve from here."

The 51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha Team will have two riders next weekend in Dallas as Hayden Mellross will return to action alongside the #59 of Noah McConahy.

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