Mayhew Storms To Kern County Victory
Pole sitter Johnny White fell back to fourth but stayed in line with the leaders throughout the early laps. Mayhew didn’t wait long to make his move, taking the lead from Partridge on lap 13.
A great side-by-side duel ensued between Partridge and Eric Richardson, with the two trading the position multiple times until lap 24 when Richardson broke free.
Mayhew had a 2.1 second advantage at that time and stretched it out to a 5.6 second victory at the end of the 16 minute sprint race. Richardson, Partridge, White, and Gary Elmore rounded out the top-five, with Elmore one lap down.
“We had a lucky guess on practice,” Mayhew said. “You fans are the best for coming out in this weather. I actually thought we’d be in trouble early because we were tight and Ryan jumped out the lead.”
The INEX Bandolero main event was won yet again by Tyler Bannister for this third victory this season in a perfect run for the rookie. Levi Jackson led the first three laps of the feature before being overhauled by trophy dash winner Ryan Vargas.
Bannister took his time with Vargas and took the lead on lap eight. Bannister dashed to a 4.056 second win over Vargas, Tony Lamas, Jackson, and Bakersfield’s Gavyn Manning who changed an engine that afternoon.
The Southwest Tour Trucks made their debut on the half-mile speedway and points leader Neil Conrad won a war of attrition. 10 Trucks made their way to the speedway but in the end only four trucks crossed the stripe mainly due to overheating. Ed Cutler led the first five laps but the remaining 35 went to Conrad. Jim West, Shawn Rizzone, and Cutler were the balance of the finishers.