Tucker Tops Kern Winter Series Finale
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Kern County Raceway Park, fueled by Monster Energy, concluded its inaugural Winter Series on Sunday afternoon with Billy Tucker taking the first ever Open Comp Stock Car victory.
Tucker’s win came in a late-model car on the quarter-mile speedway inside the track’s half-mile.
Tucker led all 35 laps on his 60th birthday in a race that included a pair of late-model entries, a pair of trucks, and a pair of street stock-type cars. Tucker coasted home to a comfortable 4.5 second win over Dennis McMullen. McMullen spun three times but came back through the field for a great drive ahead of the truck duo of Adam and Brian Jeffrey.
The USAC HPD Midgets made their first ever appearance as well, with Duke Love storming past Shawn Buckley on a lap seven restart to take the victory. The Midgets recorded the fastest times in the history of the quarter-mile, with Cody Jessop turning a lap as low as 13.7. Jessop’s race ended early when he climbed over the top of Buckley in a battle for the lead on lap seven.
Bakersfield’s Eddie Garone passed Brandon Weaver in the late stages of the 30 lap INEX Legends main event to score his first win, with long tow Tony Mangini coming from five hours away in Benicia to round out the podium. Dylan Baker won the Mini Stock main event and Ryan Vargas won in INEX Bandoleros.
In one-eighth mile action, Robert Gordon used an Outlaw Kart to take the win in the open kart division while individual division winners included Jack Patton and Ryley Millard out of the eight car field. Eric Greco made it two-for-two by winning the 120 Quarter Midget feature as well.
The Jr. Mini Dwarfs were again dominated by Kyleigh Forster who has not lost a race at KCRP dating back to May 18, 2013. The Sr. Mini Dwarf was a knock out duel between Jeremy Clark and 2013 champion Jerry Flippo. Flippo executed a bump and run for the win while coming to the checkered flag, in one of the most exciting races of the day.