Mayhew Scores One At Kern County
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – David Mayhew claimed his 19th career Kern County Raceway Park win, leading the final 27 laps of the NASCAR Pro Late Model feature on a hot Saturday night of action.
The win was Mayhew’s third consecutive in the series and avenged his loss in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West event two weeks earlier that he nearly won.
“Tonight was a good way to come back and get a win for the guys,” Mayhew said. “These are a lot more fun to drive (than the CITGO Late Models). This is more of a race car and this is what we like to run.”
Mayhew also claimed the fast time on the night. Chatsworth’s Keith Spangler led the opening two laps before Mayhew’s teammate Johnny White led laps three through eight. Mayhew snaked through the field from sixth starting position.
The race went caution-free with Mayhew stretching his lead out to 4.178 seconds. Fifth starting Dallas Montes got around Johnny White for second on lap 16 but was unable to close in on the leader.
Shane Thompson won his second straight Super Stock main event driving the #12 entry for car owner James Norman. Perrin Koostra led the first three laps before Thompson broke free for the win ahead of Perrin Koostra and Racin Vernon. Thompson topped off the win by giving his trophy to a fan in the stands.
2013 Sr. Mini Dwarf champion Jerry Flippo returned to victory lane, leading just the final lap to win ahead of Anthony Balcazar and Andrew Orlando. Jeremy Clark led 24 of the 25 laps but was shuffled out coming to the finish and was unable to complete the race in a tough break for the young driver.
Randy Smith extended his points lead with his second NASCAR Mini Stock victory of the season ahead of Stacy Evans and Pierre Peasha. Kenny Smith led the opening two laps of the feature before a caution came out. Randy Smith took the lead on the restart and never looked back.
Evans avoided trouble in a three wide battle with trophy dash winner Terry Pettit and Kenny Smith. The rookie driver also had fast time earlier in qualifying.
Bailey Thompson won a three-wide Jr. Mini Dwarf finish in a photo finish that was initially too close to call. The first eight laps were led by Kabe McClenny before Kercie Jung took over the point using a three-wide maneuver in lapped traffic.