test session (2/8/2020)

Test Session / Madera Speedway

Yesterday we took our new car to Madera to get the car setup dialed in for Kercie. We were on the track five times, and every time we got a little faster. We played with spring changes, shock setting changes, weight distribution changes, and gear changes. By the last run we were definitely fast enough to put the car on the pole and compete with the professionally prepared cars. Can't thank Buddy Shepherd enough for all of his help, along with his dad Dick Shepherd, Gary Spangle, Brad Jung, Heather Jung, Doris and Ronnie Jung, the other crew members (which I don't have their names but they were great), the crew at Madera Speedway, and Kenny Shepherd. We are very excited for the 2020 season!

Thanks to our returning sponsors Ricky Hayes, San Joaquin Collision, Bobby Courtney and Frank's Cabinet Shop for their help in getting our car ready for the 2020 season.

There is so much more to look forward to, and we want to thank our fans for being so loyal and following along.

MPM Marketing
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The #17 Team

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Photo by Daryl Curtis

51Fifty jr late model race #9 (10/5/2019)

Race Report / End-of-Season Wrapup

 Kercie went into the 9th and final race of the season sitting 7th in points, locked into that position with no chance to advance. So that allowed the team to make some big changes to the car to see if they could improve the handling off the corners and loosen the car up. It worked. Kercie ran a 15.467 in qualifying, her best of the season, and it put her in 11th for the race. She was better off the corners and had great closing rate.


The race was an exciting one, and Kercie had a lot of challenges on her hands with a lot of hard racing. There was some bumping, banging, door slamming, and wall scraping, but Kercie survived it all to finish a respectable 8th place.


This season seems like it is over just when it began. Hard to believe that only eight months ago Kercie was starting a new phase in her driving career. For her first year out, she and the team did an amazing job to finish 7th in the points, with eight top tens and one DNF. She always finished two to three positions better than her qualifying position. Her stats were:


Race #1 Q 15th Finish 6th
Race #2 Q 13th Finish 16th (DNF)
Race #3 Q 11th Finish 9th
Race #4 Q 10th Finish 9th
Race #5 Q 10th Finish 9th
Race #6 Q 9th Finish 8th
Race #7 Q 10th Finish 8th
Race #8 Q 11th Finish 8th
Race #9 Q 11th Finish 8th


The team worked tirelessly to make the car better. While the results don't reflect the progress, in reality Kercie started the season Qualifying in the 15.9 sec range, but by the last race had picked up 5/10ths of a second, which is huge. However, the competition also picked up speed as the season went. Considering that the #17 team is one of, if not the least funded team in the pits, this team did extremely well in a field of 18 to 20 cars every race. The top 7 or 8 teams are heavily funded and have professional car builders behind their efforts. So the team did very respectable for their first year out. Next year should be a great year.


Another accomplishment this year was Kercie being chosen, out of over 300 applicants for the 1st Annual Jr. Late Model Challenge Camp. Of the twelve participants chosen, Kercie placed 5th in the competition. The event will be shown on MAVTV over the Thanksgiving holiday.


Kercie never did have a major sponsor this season, which is something we will work hard at acquiring in the off-season. However, we did have a single race sponsor in Sheldon Tax / Becky Sheldon for the first race of the season. That was a great start to the year. Throughout the season the team had constant support from all the associate sponsors Frank's Cabinet Shop, Harrison Street Automotive, San Joaquin Collision/ Steve Bowden & Dan Bowden, Sierra Construction, Bobby Courtney Racing Enterprises, M&M Farms / Marc McCaslin, Ian M Hassett Foundation, Chuck Simons, and Uncle Gene and Sharon.


The team also had invaluable support from Competition Carburetion / Bob Oliver, Cowboy Gear, Roy Leininger (ceramic coatings), Billy Tucker, and Cousin Cary.

The people that worked with the team throughout the year to make it as successful as it was included Daniel Smith, Jacob Smith, James Vernon, and Kevin Vernon. We are so appreciative of their support and expertise.


The team consisted of Brad Jung (Crew Chief, Coach, Father, Owner and Mechanic), Heather Jung (Mom, Accountant, Cheerleader, Gopher, Owner), Doris and Ronnie Jung (Cheerleaders, Owners, Pit Crew, Grand Parents), Gary Treanor (Pit Crew, Mechanic, Fan), Gary Spangle (Mechanic, Fan), Racin Vernon (Spotter), and Kercie Jung (driver - need we say more?).


The following people / companies created the image and look for Kercie Jung Racing - Elite Signs & Promotions, Alpha Dog Graphics. They are great partners and we can't thank them enough for their support.


We would also like to thank the Naake - Klauer Motorsports team and Mike Naake for their encouragement. You guys are a class act and we look forward to being your competition next year, so watch out for the PINK #17 - you know, the car you will be chasing to the checkers! 🙂

And for the tremendous photographers that chronicled the year for us, giving an insight to the team and driver, and capturing the excitement of the racing. Thank you for your awesome photos - Photography by Halie, Cook's Racing Photography, and Jason Wedehase.


So, having great sponsors, support staff, photographers, and fans is tremendous, but we can not go anywhere if not for the venue and the promoter. How can you top racing at Madera Speedway? The staff and safety personnel are great. The track is a great, competitive track. And heading all of this up is Kenny Shepherd. There are not enough words to express how grateful we are for his support, guidance, and leadership. We also can not thank him enough for the great program that he has created with the Jr. Late Model series. Thank you, Kenny Shepherd, you are a blessing. And of course, MAVTV and 51 FIFTY LTM make it happen on television and on the track. Thank you!


And finally, the fans! Every day we are humbled by your loyalty, compassion, and love for Kercie and what she does. You make the difference at the end of the day. You ignore the faults and the mistakes, and you continue to uplift when we need it. Kercie is always a winner in your eyes, and that means a lot to a lot of people. Please know that you are truly appreciated and thought of, and we will continue to do our best for you. Thanks for being the best fans in the world.


While 2019 is over for us, we are already talking about 2020 plans. We are excited for next year, but am pleased with this year. Please keep checking on our Facebook page, as well as our website www.KercieJungRacing.com, and our Youtube page. We will have lots to share with you over the off-season.


And yes, there will be a season wrap-up interview with Kercie Jung, very soon.

Until next time, thank you and have a safe and great holiday season / off season!


The #17 Team

Photo by Daryl Curtis

Photo by Daryl Curtis

51Fifty jr late model race #8 (9/21/2019)

Race Report

Race #8 has come to a close and once again Kercie had a decent night, finishing in 8th position.

Since the last race, there were a lot of things that had to be done to the car. When they got home, an oil leak was found from an oil pan gasket leaking. Then the fuel cell bladder was leaking. And a new steering rack was put in the car. A lot of work went into the car before this race.


Friday practice went well, and Kercie was running 15.5's in practice, and ended up qualifying her best at a 15.45 sec lap. Unfortunately, everyone else also picked up their speeds and Kercie qualified in 11th position, out of 18 cars.


The race was a tough, tough race. Kercie ended up driving too deep into turn 1 a few laps into the race and spun the #54 car. Both cars were sent to the back of the field and Kercie had to work her way through the field. Just before the half time break, Kercie was involved in another incident, this time from a car spinning her. She once again had to start from the back. Her car was considerably faster than a lot of the cars she had to pass, and had to work hard to pass three cars in particular. She had worked her way up from the back to 13th position when cars in front of her caused a caution, and due to their infraction, three cars were sent to the back and she improved her position to 9th. From there she battled another slower car, finally passing them on the last lap, to finish in 8th.


The pit crew, comprised of @Brad Jung, Heather Jung, Ronnie Jung, and Gary Treanor did a tremendous job under all the circumstances. Racin Vernon did a great job as spotter, and of course Kercie Jung did her job making the best out of a tough night. They brought the car home in one piece and with only a few weeks until the final race, there shouldn't be much to do to get ready for the season finale.


Madera Speedway did a tremendous job, as always, and we are very thankful to race there. Also, can never say enough about Kenny Shepherd and the tremendous program he runs that allows us to compete with some of the best in California. Also, thanks to 51 FIFTY LTM as the series sponsor for being a big part of this program. And thanks to MAVTV for airing every race of the season.


Of course we can never thank our associate sponsors enough:

Frank's Cabinet Shop
Harrison Street Automotive / Ricky Hays
San Joaquin Collision
Bobby Courtney Racing Enterprises / Bobby Courtney
M&M Farms / Marc McCaslin
SHELDON TAX PREPARATION & BOOKKEEPING / Becky Sheldon
Ian M Hassett Foundation
Chuck Simons


As always, we have a talented group of folks that help promote our driver and program. We want to thank Photography by Halie, Cook's Racing Photography, Jason Wedehase, Elite Signs & Promotions, and Alpha Dog Graphics.


Finally, once again, the fans make each and every race special and worth doing what we do. Thank YOU SO MUCH for making us a part of your life.


Until next time, keep safe and we will see you at the races! God bless!

  

Photo by Halie Sullivan / Photography by Halie

Photo by Halie Sullivan / Photography by Halie

51Fifty jr late model race #7 (8/24/2019)

Race Report

Kercie finished P8 in a hard fought race in Round #7 of the 51 FIFTY LTM sponsored Jr. Late Model Race at Madera Speedway.


Lots of changes were made to the car between the last race and this race. This helped the car in speed and handling.


Kercie qualified in 10th spot, running the fastest lap in her qualifying effort of the season.

As in the last race, Kercie attempted to just drive a semi-uneventful first half so that she would be ready to move up in the second half of the race. Well, that didn't happen. In battling the #16 car of Lilly Mead, both cars tried to take the same spot on the track in turns three and four, with Kercie coming out with front end damage. Under caution, Kercie brought the car in and the damage was repaired. In the second half of the race, Kercie was on a mission to finish in the top five. She had to use the bumper more than once to move a slower competitor out of the way, advancing into the 8th spot at the end of the race. While it was not the finish she was hoping for, it was a great race to watch. Kercie did attempt to repeat her "Evel Knieval" jump when she was cut down on by a car she was passing. She did roll over the other car and continued on, never missing a beat. The same can't be said for the other car.


Kercie had confidence in the car and her understanding of the track was evident as she showed performance that had not been seen to date. She will be a force to be reckoned with, it is just a matter of time.


Thanks to our current Associate sponsors for continuing to support Kercie's racing effort


San Joaquin Collision
Harrison Street Automotive / Ricky Hays
Ian M Hassett Foundation
Sheldon Tax
Frank's Cabinet Shop
Sierra Construction
Chuck Simons
M&M Farms / Marc McCaslin
Bobby Courtney Racing Enterprises / Bobby Courtney


Thanks to Brad Jung - crew chief, Heather Jung, Doris and Ronnie Jung, and Gary Treanor - the invaluable pit crew, and Racin Vernon for spotting.


Thanks to Photography by Halie and Cook's Racing Photography for the awesome photos that you do for us every race. Also thanks to Jason Wedehase for his photo contributions.


We are lucky to be able to compete at Madera Speedway, and supported/promoted by Kenny Shepherd. This is an awesome venue with the finest people running it. We can't thank Kenny Shepherd enough for the opportunity to be a part of the 51 FIFTY LTM Jr Late Model Series, broadcast by MAVTV.


And finally, thank you to the fans and supporters who continue to be awesome. We are so blessed to have you on board.


Next up is the announcement of the winner of Jr. Late Model Challenge Camp competition, to be announced September 1st. Then, Round #8 of the Jr. Late Model series will be held September 21st.

  

Photo by Zachary Cook / Cook's Racing Photography

Photo by Zachary Cook / Cook's Racing Photography

51Fifty jr late model race #6 (7/29/2019)

Race Report

Kercie's Comments -

 

Special thank you to Jason Wedehase for the amazing pictures, they always look great!! Thank you to everyone who came and checked on me making sure I was okay during halfway break and after the race, also thank you to Jim Dalefor checking on me as well. As you can tell from the pictures I was trying to cool down my body temperature before I was getting back into the car. We overall had a great race, finished P8 with some great battling, with Kyler Berry #69 and Austin "1st Place Ace" Edwards#18 while the laps were winding down! Congratulations to Joey Iest on your win,Tricia Iest, Seth Wise on your 2nd place finish, and Jay Juleson on your 3rd place finish! Also great job to Trenton Eurto Racing on your 2nd place finish!! Congratulations to everyone!! 


Thank you to everyone that helped us out this weekend 


Gary Treanor for helping us crew
Mike Naake for giving me some advice on the track
Daryl Curtis for the in car footage
And all my amazing sponsors-
San Joaquin Collision/Steve Bowden/Dan Bowden
Franks Cabinet Shop
Ian Hassett Foundation/ Stefanie Hassett
Harrison Street Automotive/Ricky Hays
Bobby Courtney Racing/Bobby Courtney
Sierra Construction and Excavation Inc.
Sheldon Tax Preparation/Becky Sheldon
Chuck Simons

Also the Brayden Brave Heart sticker looked amazing on the car, thank you Brenda Eidenshink for the stickers!

#NFR2019 #FightLikeBrayden 

Photo by Jason Wedehase

Photo by Jason Wedehase

51Fifty jr late model race #5 (6/29/2019)

Race Report

Another race is in the books, and it was a crazy one. Kercie had the best qualifying run of her late model career, turning a lap of 15.67 seconds to put her in P10 of a 16 car field. She started the race but quickly fell to the back. But, she slowly recovered, and by lap 40 was sitting in12th. Along the way she almost got spun out, then did spin, putting her in the back again. When she spun, she received some damage to the car, but it was purely cosmetic and did not slow her down any. The last 30 laps were crazy as there was a lot of spins and wrecks. Luckily she avoided them all, but not before tagging the wall. Once again, the car came home in one piece, in 8th position. She started running better due to the invaluable coaching of Racin Vernon, telling her to roll through the corners and get on the gas as soon as possible. That made a huge difference as her car definitely responded. Still work to do as we are about 5 tenths off the leaders in speed, but much better than last race. While the results don't show it, she continues to learn and improve, and will only get better with more seat time. Unfortunately the damage continues to occur, and that is a hit on the budget, of which there is very little. Hopefully we can find a primary sponsor before the end of the season to help cover these added expenses of car repairs.


Thanks to our current sponsors:


San Joaquin Collision
Harrison Street Automotive
Ian M Hassett Foundation
Sheldon Tax
Frank's Cabinet Shop
Sierra Construction
Chuck Simons
M&M Farms

Bobby Courtney Racing Enterprises


Thanks to Brad Jung - crew chief, Heather Jung, Doris and Ronnie Jung - the invaluable pit crew, and Racin Vernon for spotting.

Thanks to Photography by Halie for the awesome photos that you do for us. Also thanks to Jason Wedehase for his photo contributions.


We are lucky to be able to compete at Madera Speedway, and supported/promoted by Kenny Shepherd. This is an awesome venue with the finest people running it. We can't thank Kenny Shepherd enough for the opportunity to be a part of the 51 FIFTY LTM Jr Late Model Series.


And finally, thank you to the fans and supporters who continue to be awesome. We are so blessed to have you on board.

Picture by Jason Wedehase

Picture by Jason Wedehase

51Fifty jr late model race #4 (5/25/2019)

Race Report

Kercie's Comments -

 

Well... We jumped the car, but finished 9th! Went to the back twice, but we got an amazing experience. We’re glad we finished the race. Special thank you to Harrison Street Automotive Ricky Hays and Gary Dutton for all of the work you put in the car to get me racing again! Also a special thank you to all of my sponsors! A very special thank you to Kenny Shepherd for making Madera Speedway a great place to race! There are more pictures to come, and I am very soar but okay! Also a great job to Trenton Eurto Racing on 6th, Hank Hall on your first place finish, and Nathaniel Edwards Racing on your 3rd place finish, and Rylee Massey on second place! Congratulationsto Seth Wise on his 4th place finish!
#NFR2019

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Since getting to the track on Friday, Kercie struggled with an ill handling car. Friday night the team was unable to get much practice time. Saturday we had to break in new tires as well as fix the tight condition, and gain speed as Kercie never broke the 16 second mark. We bolted on the new tires for the 1st practice, ran some laps to get a heat cycle in the tires, came in, took the new tires off and put scuffs back on. Went out and ran a few more laps. The car was still tight. In the second practice we threw the kitchen sink at the setup. And it worked. We were able to get the car a tick loose and it drove better and faster. For qualifying, Kercie had her best effort of the year, qualifying 10th out of 16 cars. Starting the race, Kercie was involved in an incident on lap 2. The 8th place car got turned by the 9th place car, and Kercie drove over the left front of the turned car in front of her. It looked like Evel Knievel. She brought the car in to be inspected. The crew did an amazing job to get her back out, and the car was really good after that. She restarted the race and passed a bunch of cars, getting as high as 8th before sliding back two positions. With about ten laps to go, her car got really tight while passing on the low side of another car and she spun out, putting her in the back. She quickly recovered and passed 5 cars to finish 9th. All in all it was a good race and she finished better than she started. We need a little more speed, but definitely going in the right direction.


Would like to thank all the sponsors for their continued support - Harrison Street Automotive, San Joaquin Collision, Bobby Courtney Racing Enterprises, Frank's Cabinet Shop, Ian M. Hasset Foundation, Sheldon Tax Preparation and Chuck Simons.


Harrison Street Automotive
Bobby Courtney Racing Enterprises
Frank's Cabinet Shop
Ian M Hassett Foundation
Sheldon Tax
Chuck Simons


We also had some amazing photographers taking pictures for us - Cook's Racing Photography and Photography by Halie. I can't wait to share those photos.


And of course we can't leave out the incredible track and track promotor, Madera Speedway and Kenny Shepherd - they are tremendous and the opportunity that we have to race at Madera is a great one. Also would like to thank 51 FIFTY LTMfor their support of the 51Fifty Jr Late Model Series at Madera Speedway. It is so awesome to be part of this series.


And of course, the fans and supporters that continue to be the best fans in the world. We can never thank you enough for your support. Thank you!

Photo by Jason Wedehase

Photo by Jason Wedehase

51Fifty jr late model race #3 (4/27/2019)

Race Report

Kercie's Comments -


Well... It was an AMAZING night my Cousin/Spotter led me to a top 10 finish! Got ninth over all! Then he got into his car, started on the pole, and led most of the race! He dominated that race! Thank you to Racin Vernonfor spotting for me, also a great job on your win, hopefully we can be in the winner circle together! 


Special thank you to all of my sponsors:


Franks Cabinet Shop Brad Jung
Harrison Street Automotive Rick Hays
Sierra Construction & Excavation Inc.
Ian Hassett Foundation Stefanie Hassett
San Joaquin Collision Steve Bowden
Bobby Courtney Racing Enterprises Bobby Courtney
M&M Farms Marc McCaslin
Chuck Simons
Daryl Curtis
Uncle Gene and Sharon

Also:

Jason Wedehase for his amazing pictures! Your son got some really good pictures too! He’ll be racing and be a photographer!

Kenny Shepherd Thank you for the amazing track to race on, glad to have the car in one peace again, and to be racing with everyone again!

Congratulations to Seth Wise for your 6th place finish

Trenton Eurto on your 3rd place finish! Can’t wait to see you with a first place up at Madera Speedway! 


I’m sorry To Austin Edwards that you weren’t able to race yesterday. You’ll be out there the next race!

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51Fifty jr late model race #2 (4/6/2019)

Race Report

Kercie's Comments -

 

So, this kind of explains how our night of round two went in the Fifty-One Fifty Late Model went. In the first picture that’s from round one we got a 6th place car that night! Coming into round two still having a bit pf over heating issues, we qualified 13th two spots ahead of where i qualified the last race. About lap eight I was making my way up to the field, having a lot of yellows and some hard restarts got spun, we got put to second to last, worked our way up to twelfth. Starting to role in the car in front of me, the car got crazy loose and I spun out. Went to the back for the last time. There was some hard up front racing, a car got spun and three of us had no where to go... In the picture below that’s when we got the nose out from where the radiator was, the number pole was in the radiator... After the steak I did feel soar, my lower/middle back was already bugging me, but that’s racing I mean it wasn’t like we had anywhere to go.. Hopefully we can get the car all fixed up for April 27th, for round three of the Fifty-One Fifty Jr. Late Model race! 


A Special Thank You To:
Daryl Curtis: for everything you do for us
Heather Jung: for working on my car/cleaning it
Brad Jung :for working on my car
Kenny Shepherd :for the amazing track
Jason Wedehase : for the crazy good pictures you take!


And a Big thank you to all of my sponsors!!

And we can’t forget about all my fans!! Thank you guys so much for supporting me!!! Hope to see you all at the next race!

Congratulations To Seth Wise on his second place finish! 

Kercie's race was finished after a three car pileup.

Kercie's race was finished after a three car pileup.

51Fifty jr late model race #1 (3/9/2019)

Race Report

 

 Kercie Jung continued to impress everyone as she started in her first Jr. Late Model race of the season. Saturday's race schedule was altered due to the weather. It was expected to rain in the afternoon, so all the activities were shortened, and the racing began at early. Kercie had one practice session, which was uneventful and we made some last minute adjustments to the car. She then went out and qualified 15th in a 20 field car. The race was a 70 lap race, broken into two segments - a 40 lap piece, a break, and then a 30 lap race. Weather only allowed for the 40 lap race. Early in the race there were a lot of yellow flags due to drivers getting crazy up front. This allowed Kercie to slowly work her way to 9th before having to pull off the track due to overheating issues.Tape was pulled off the grill and she rejoined the field in 18th place. This was within the first 12 laps. From that point on, Kercie was able to work her way back up to 9th, getting as high as 8th before the last caution flag, where she was in 9th. The last caution flag was on lap 38, so when they went back to racing, it was a Green/White/Checker condition. On the very last lap, in turn 4, a car got turned sideways. Kercie was able to once again dodge the wreck and improved her position, finishing 6th. While the car was realistically an 8th or 9th place car, her smart driving, speed, and perseverance paid off. She also had a great spotter in Racin Vernon. On top of all of this, she had an in-car camera courtesy of MAVTV. It was a great day, and everyone was pleased with the effort. Thanks to Sheldon Tax for being the primary sponsor in a one-race sponsorship deal. Also thanks to her other associate sponsors M&M Farms, Ian M Hassett Foundation, Bobby Courtney Racing Enterprises, San Joaquin Collision, Harrison Street Automotive, Chuck Simons and Frank's Cabinet Shop. Also, thanks to all her fans and supporters. 

Kercie leading a pack of cars. Click on the picture to go to the video of her 6th place finish.

Kercie leading a pack of cars. Click on the picture to go to the video of her 6th place finish.

Madera practice (2/23/2019)

Report

 

Practice at Madera, yesterday, was very successful. We were able to make some great changes in the shop that transformed the car into a completely different animal. It rolls through the corners nicely and she has speed. It was cold in Madera, and that didn't help with speed. Practicing on old tires, Kercie was able to hold her own with the more experienced drivers, getting much valuable seat time and having the ability to pass cars when she needed to. We are ready for our first race, and I believe we might surprise some people. Kercie is such a quick study and nothing seems to phase her. 2019, here we come!

Oh yeah, we are still looking for that elusive primary sponsor. We will be announcing a one-race sponsor for the first race, but we still have eight more races with sponsorship opportunities. If you are interested for a one race package, or for a complete season, please let us know as it means the difference of running the complete season or a limited season.

Thank you!

P.S. Thanks to Zachary Cook (Cook's Racing Photography) for the awesome cover photo).


Cook's Racing Photography (Zachary Cook)

Cook's Racing Photography (Zachary Cook)