Hearts will be heavy and no doubt tears will be flowing as Bakersfield Speedway officials will be honoring Bailey Schweitzer on Friday and Saturday nights at the 32nd annual Bud Nationals.

Schweitzer, daughter of track owner Scott Schweitzer, was one of 58 killed during a mass shooting on Oct. 1 at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. She was 20.

Ceremonies will take place around 5 p.m. on both nights, right before racing is scheduled to start.

Brody Schweitzer, younger brother of Bailey, will be racing in the American Stock division on Friday night and will lead those drivers out on the track in his car for a moment of silence before the National Anthem. 

Track officials are asking all attending to wear teal as it was Bailey Schweitzer’s favorite color.

The Bud Nationals is the largest race of the year at the third-mile clay oval. More than 150 drivers in seven different classes will compete over the two days.

Pit gates open at noon and grandstand gates open at 4 p.m. both days.

Mike Griffith can be reached at 661 395-7390. Follow him on Twitter at @MikeGriffith54. 

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