White Tames Kern County Field
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Johnny White swept KUZZ Night at Kern County Raceway Park, winning both NASCAR CITGO Lubricants Late Model Twin 35s on the half-mile speedway west of Bakersfield. White’s wins were his first career victories at the speedway.
White led all 35 laps of the first event under heavy pressure from Brian Richardson. A caution period on lap 23 for spins by both Cole Adamo and Racin Vernon closed the field up, but White was able to use on the outside on the restart to rocket away from the pack. The yellow came out again on lap 29 for Trevor Schlundt slowing on the backstretch.
White came home with a scant .278 second victory ahead of Brian Richardson, Lance Wilson, Eric Richardson, and 14 year-old Buddy Shepherd.
The second 35 was a more hotly contested affair. Adamo led the opening lap from outside pole before being overhauled by Brian Richardson on lap two. A caution on lap 13 erased Richardson’s lead, and Wilson stormed past from the outside to take over.
A wild back-and-forth between the top four cars resulted in White sneaking by on lap 19, after starting seventh, and White never looked back. White cruised to a 4.398 second win with Lance Wilson holding off Eric Richardson and Brian Richardson for second.
“Once again, a big shout out to Steve McGowan for this opportunity and to Steve Portenga for the set up on the car,” White said.