It’s All Richardson At Kern County
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Brian Richardson swept the entire NASCAR CITGO Lubricants Late Model program during JACK FM Night at Kern County Raceway Park on Saturday night.
Richardson set the fastest lap time, won the trophy dash, and claimed both of the Twin 35-lap features on the half-mile speedway.
“It was a little bit of a workout out there,” Richardson said. “We had a heck of a night out here tonight. These guys are no slouches that we are racing against! I got to thank my guys. We made changes all night last night with the heat and I’ve got the best guys in the pits right now!”
The first 35-lap feature saw Josh Horn led the opening eight laps of competition from the pole position. The caution flag came out on lap eight for 15 year-old Racin Vernon spinning in turn two.
Richardson took advantage to storm from third into the lead on the restart and never look back for a 2.5-second victory over 2006 NASCAR Southwest Tour champion Rip Michels, Lance Wilson, 14-year-old Buddy Shepherd, and Horn.
In the second 35-lap affair, it was a closely wound battle with the top four cars running nose to tail for much of the race distance. Wilson led the first 25 laps, fending off several strong charges up the inside from Richardson.
Richardson took his time and made the winning move stick for the lead on lap 26, before taking off to a 1.7-second victory. Wilson battled with Shepherd for the remaining laps but held on to finish second with Shepherd third, ahead of Michels, and Taft’s Cole Adamo.