Richardson Pulls A Kern County Sweep
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – NASCAR CITGO Lubricants Late Model points leader Brian Richardson returned to his familiar No. 4 ride and promptly swept Saturday’s Twin 35s at Kern County Raceway Park.
“I got news for you: that wasn’t that easy,” Richardson said. “The guys did a (great) job getting this car back together and it feels great.”
In the first of the 35s, Richardson charged from seventh on the grid to the lead on lap nine. He maintained a full one second advantage over fast time qualifier Lance Wilson through the finish. Josh Horn won a race long battle with rookie Buddy Shepherd for third as well.
The second 35 lap race saw Richardson start on the outside pole and make quick work of the field to take the lead on the opening lap. A strong battle between the rookies Racin Vernon and Shepherd for second impeded the progress of Wilson, who finally broke free but ran out laps to catch Richardson. Richardson led all 35 circuits for a 2.1 second win while 15 year-old Vernon earned a career best third place run over Shepherd.
A record 13 NASCAR Spec Modifieds were in action for the night’s 25 lap feature. 2013 CITGO Lubricants Late Model Rookie of the Year Johnny White debut a new car and took the victory for his his first career win in the open wheeled division. White dueled with 2013 track champion Chris Dalton early in the race before a pivotal late race restart allowed White to pull away. Gary Dutton finished third.
Saturday’s 30 lap race marked the third win of the season for Randy Smith as he extends his points lead in the NASCAR Mini Stocks. Dylan Baker and Sam Peasha rounded out the top-three. Smith led all 30 laps for the $250 victory.
Jeremy Clark earned his long awaited first career Sr. Mini Dwarf win at Kern County Raceway Park. Clark tangled with points leader Anthony Balcazar mid race to bring out a caution period, but quickly navigated back through the field. Clark made the decisive pass on lap seven to get ahead of Cheyenne Flippo and he never looked back. Flippo hung on for second and Balcazar came back for third.
Kabe McClenny used 2013 Sr. Mini Dwarf champion Jerry Flippo’s ride to take his second consecutive Jr. Mini Dwarf win. Kercie Jung overcame an early race spin of her own to finish second with Kabe’s brother Kale third.
The inaugural Saturday Night Supermoto saw action in both the Open Pro and Open Amateur classes on a temporary course around Kern County Raceway Park. The big winner was the 12 lap Open Pro to Bakersfield’s Josh Chisum over Roger Hensley in a last lap pass on Christian Oldwin. The Open Amateur eight lap main event was also won by a Bakersfield rider as Steven Davies steered his Yamaha to victory ahead of Tyler Smotherman and 14 year-old Ian Champness. Jr.
Brian Richardson, Lance Wilson, osh Horn, Buddy Shepherd, Racin Vernon, John Piker, Trevor Schlundt, Cole Adamo, Paul Ebersbacher, Greg Szo