Kyle Heckman put the exclamation point on an impressive IMCA Modified run with a victory in the 30-lap feature on Saturday night at Bakersfield Speedway.
Heckman took the lead on the 12th lap and led the rest of the way for his third straight win. He has competed just five times this season.
“This is awesome, I wish it was always like this,” he said from Victory Lane.
Ethan Dotson made a run at Heckman but was stymied by a lapped car and finished second. Brad Pounds wrapped up the track championship — his fifth in seven years — with a third place finish. And Robby Sawyer ended the regular season with a fourth place finish after having clinched the state IMCA Modified title the night before.
“We had some ups and downs, a couple of wins, not as many as we’d like,” said Pounds who drove three different cars this year. “But we were consistent and that’s what wins championships.”
Sawyer was also consistent as he raced at various tracks throughout the state which paid off with his title.
“Winning the state title is pretty cool,” he said. “I’ve never raced for a state title before.”
Jesse Mack raced to a dominating victory in the 25-lap Western Race Savers Sprint Car race, leading all but the first three laps and winning by a half lap.
Jared Faria was second and George Tristao edged Grant Duinkerken for third.