WS: Madera: Jonathon Gomez preview

North Highlands, Calif. -- Jonathon Gomez of Twin Falls, ID will look for his first top-five of the season when the NASCAR Camping World Series West invades the one-third mile Madera Speedway on Saturday night. "The track is going to be great...

North Highlands, Calif. -- Jonathon Gomez of Twin Falls, ID will look for his first top-five of the season when the NASCAR Camping World Series West invades the one-third mile Madera Speedway on Saturday night.

"The track is going to be great because there are two lanes to race in," Gomez said.

Gomez, the 26 year-old Drive for Diversity participant who drives for RTD Motorsports, is coming off of a string of bad luck in his recent races.

Last Thursday at Phoenix International Raceway, pit stop strategy saw Gomez run over 130 miles on one set of tires, before changing them.

After the pit stop, Gomez was running 12th. A flat tire on the final lap of the race forced Gomez to limp around the one-mile super speedway and settle for 19th.

"We had a really quick car," Gomez said. "Running Phoenix was a blast."

Gomez suffered a flat tire in the Roseville West race as well.

Despite showing top-five speed in both races, the Heritage Cattle Co. team was left with finishes deep in the pack.

"The past two races we've made good changes and have had top-five cars," Gomez said. "If we can just keep the bad luck away we should be successful."

For Saturday's Madera race, Gomez hopes to finally put the speed of his car and team on display and avoid any tire troubles.

Gomez raced at the track in a NASCAR Late Model just two weeks ago to gain experience there.

"You really have to have the right set-up there," Gomez said. "The track is really sensitive. We know what the car needs now."

The "NAPA/Toyota 150" is Saturday night at Madera Speedway. Madera Speedway is located on the fairgrounds just off of Highway 99.

-credit: rtdm

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