St. Ours Pockets $5,000 At Kern County
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Donny St. Ours recorded the fastest lap in the young history of Kern County Raceway Park, then drove to the $5,000 MMI Services 100 victory for NASCAR Pro Late Models during CITGO Lubricants Night at the half-mile speedway.
St. Ours led the final 76 laps and took a 7.7 second win with NASCAR CITGO Lubricants Late Models going to points leader David Mayhew and Dylan Baker won the NASCAR Mini Stock feature.
Fifteen NASCAR Pro Late Models took the green flag to chase a piece of the $19,000 in posted awards. Dan Holtz returned after a hard crash in the July 6 event to lead the opening 14 laps. The top seven cars ran in a competitive, tightly wound pack before things boiled over between Holtz and second place Ryan Reed.
Holtz and Reed came together in turn one, with Holtz slamming the turn one wall rear end first to end his evening. Reed was put to the rear of the field for his involvement in the caution, which handed the lead over to St. Ours. David Mayhew lost his engine on the ensuing restart as well.
St. Ours, who ran a 17.863 second lap at over 100 miles per hour average in qualifying, was never challenged in the final 76 laps. Tim Smith, Thompson, and Quartz Hill’s Race Liberante battled for several laps for second, but Thompson and Liberante were able to overhaul Smith.
St. Ours cruised to his first win on the Kern County Raceway Park half-mile ahead of Thompson, Liberante, Smith, and Frank Adamo.
“I want to thank James Vernon, Charlie Beard, and Rusty Risi for making this track happen,” St. Ours said. “This track puts on great racing – I love it! It means a lot to get my first win at my home track!”
The NASCAR CITGO Lubricants Late Model 50 was another classic duel between points leader David Mayhew and Eric Richardson. Richardson led the opening 15 laps before Mayhew made his move, diving inside to go side-by-side for the lead.
Richardson was resilient, fending off Mayhew on multiple occasions to maintain the lead through lap 20, before Mayhew led lap 21 by a nose. Richardson was determined and took the lead back on the outside on laps 22 through 24.
Mayhew applied the pressure and Richardson bobbled coming out of turn two the hand the lead back to Mayhew. Mayhew set sail on the field for a three second advantage while Richardson drifted to fourth.
A restart on lap 48 set up a two lap shootout between Mayhew and second place Gary Elmore. Mayhew picked the outside and brought Johnny White with him for an MMI 1-2 finish, while Elmore narrowly beat Richardson back to the line for third. Brian Richardson rounded out the top-five.
The 40 lap NASCAR Mini Stock race was split over two 20 lap segments but that didn’t stop Bakersfield’s Dylan Baker from getting his first career victory at the track worth $250. Brock Crawford led the first three laps before sixth starting Baker took over.
Baker paced Racin Vernon and points leader Billy Lay in a close battle between the top three cars into the end of the first 20 lap segement, then the trio remained nose-to-tail throughout the second 20 lap segment. Baker won by .684 seconds ahead of Vernon, Lay, “The Professor” Pierre Peasha, and opening night winner Johnny Wood.