More Champs Crowned At Kern County Raceway
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Kern County Raceway Park crowned its second round of champions and put on six feature races Saturday night.
Eric Richardson, Brock Thompson and Rich Delong III snared half-mile wins, while quarter-mile wins were taken by Buddy Shepherd, Ryan Vargas, and Chip Carroll.
INEX championships were awarded to Tyler Bannister in Bandoleros and Buddy Shepherd in Legends and David Mayhew celebrated his NASCAR CITGO Lubricants Late Model championship a week early having already clinched the division.
The CITGO 50 lap affair kicked off with a wild start when Robby Sawyer went four wide up the inside to take the lead into turn one. The four wide collapsed and caused heavy contact between Irwindale visitor Andrew Porter and Lance Wilson, ending both of their evenings.
On the restart, Johnny White took over the lead and held it for the first four laps before Eric Richardson and Mayhew drove past him. Mayhew remained in tow with Richardson throughout the event that did not see another caution.
Despite heavy lapped traffic and lapping past third place finish Sawyer, Mayhew was never able to close in on Richardson. Richardson cruised to a 1.405 second victory for his fourth win of the year.
“We’ve had some really good races and good luck; that’s what it takes,” Mayhew said. “Some years you got it and some years you don’t. These guys behind me gave me what I needed to get the job done. We went out and handled business this year.”
Chip Carroll’s win came in the hotly contested Fastor Pastor 15 lap race on the quarter-mile, utilizing NASCAR Mini Stocks. Carroll, the pastor at Sunshine Church, charged from seventh starting position to take the inaugural event against an eight car field. A late caution period with four laps to go brought the field together, but Carroll was able to pull away from Westside Believer Fellowship youth pastor George Harmer with Valley Bible Fellowship pastor Brad Lawson in third.
Brock Thompson won his first NASCAR Spec-Mod race, leading the last eight laps after points leader Chris Dalton slowed with mechanical problems. Thompson won in just his third start with the division. The exciting back-and-forth race saw Sid Payne lead the first seven laps before Dalton took over.
Eric Brust fought off Dylan Hagar for second and Payne took fourth by a nose over Tim Esmay to round out the top-five finishers.
Opening night INEX Legends winner Brent Scheidmantle claimed the -ap victory while runner-up 14 year-old Buddy Shepherd took the division championship for the season.
Ryan Vargas charged from his third starting position to lead lap one of the INEX Bandoleros feature, but it was Tyler Bannister claiming the 2013 series championship with his second-place finish.
Rich Delong III goes four-for-four on the year in street stock competition taking the 15-lap feature over fast-qualifier Howie Smith.