LICATA OPENS MADERA LATE MODEL SEASON WITH FOURTH PLACE
BALBOA, CALIFORNIA (March 18, 2016) – Two-time ASA Truck Series champion and multi-time national karting
champion Joey Licata began his 2016 championship run in
the televised Loanmart Late Models at Madera Speedway on
Saturday night with a fourth place finish. The finish
came among a 22 car field in a wild 100 lap race, the
first eight in the series which sees all of its races
aired on MAVTV.
Licata has raced numerous forms of racing throughout his
career including his highly successful years in both
karting and the former ASA Truck division. He has made
several starts in various NASCAR Whelen All-American
Series divisions including Late Models, Modifieds, and
Irwindale Race Trucks, as well as an ARCA start at
Daytona. 2016 will be Licata's first season back on the
points trail and Saturday's performance kicked that off
in strong fashion.
The one-third mile asphalt oval in Madera was completely
green on race day after a week of record rainfall.
Licata found himself 12th after the second practice
session fighting a tight race car. Champion driver and
crew chief Matt Scott made changes to the Pacific
Homeworks #70 Chevrolet hoping to improve for
The changes worked as Licata timed in seventh with a
15.595 second lap. After the redraw he started fifth
for the feature. The original race distance was to be
125 laps over a pair of 50 lap segments plus a 25 lap
third segment. Instead, the race was littered with
caution periods with the first segment abbreviated to 19
laps and the overall race distance limited to 100.
Licata ran within the top-ten throughout the first
segment and was eighth when the caution flew.
Licata's team made adjustments to the car for the second
segment and he moved to the front. Licata advanced to
fourth before being spun on lap 26. The race stayed
green as Licata did a 360 degree maneuver on the front
stretch to keep going and only fall to 12th position
still on the lead lap.
From there on Licata chipped away at the leaders and by
lap 61 had advanced all the way to third position using
both the high and low lines on the multi-groove race
track. After a second unscheduled break, Licata went
back to work running within the top-five in contention
for as high as second place all the way to the lap 100
checkered flag. Licata had a front row seat for a great
side-by-side duel for second place but he was unable to
capitalize and ultimately finished fourth.
Fourth place gives Licata great momentum as the series
takes an extended break until April 30. Race fans can
follow updates all season long at www.JoeyLicata.com
Joey Licata Racing is presented by Pacific Homeworks,
Royal Purple, Wildwood Brakes, and Hampton Inn Madera.