Trevor Huddelston came into Saturday night’s action at Kern County Raceway Park riding an emotional high.
Last weekend the young Agoura Hills driver became the Whelen All-American Series national points leader.
Huddleston demonstrated exactly why he took over that prestigious position with a pair of impressive performances.
He swept twin 30-lap Late Model races, giving him 15 wins in 24 starts this year.
“It’s not far from over,” Huddleston said. “We just have to keep doing what we’re doing.”
Huddleston had to rally from a mid-pack starting position to win the first Late Model main event.
Kayla Eshleman started on the front row and led the race’s first 12 laps.
Huddleston began seventh but immediately started working his way to the front of the 18-car field as soon as the green flag dropped.
On Lap 6 Huddleston took over fourth place and a lap later gained another position.
Following a few more laps around the half-mile paved oval, Huddleston wrestled away the point position from Eshleman with an aggressive three-wide inside move in Turn 4.
From there he pulled away for his ninth win of the season at the track.
Brandon Weaver finished the first Late Model race in second place, 1.277 seconds behind Huddleston.
Ryan Vargas, Kevin Callahan, and Eshleman rounded out the top-five.
Huddleston grabbed the lead on Lap 5 of the second Late Model feature and was never seriously challenged for the top spot the rest of the way.
Vargas finished the second race in second place. Weaver was third followed by Callahan and Jagger Jones.
“This thing was a rocket ship tonight,” Huddleston said.
“The pressure was on this weekend. We had to have a good car and we did.”
Roger Holder extended his lead in the Super Stock standings by winning the division’s 30-lap feature.
Holder out-dueled Kyle Fife to take the hotly-contested, caution-filled affair.
The two drivers swapped the lead back and forth early in the race before Holder powered to the front of the 14-car field for good on Lap 13.
“I got a certain spot I like on the track and I think these guys are catching onto it,” Holder said.
“They take my groove a little bit. So I let him go and got back in my position. Made a mistake getting into (Turn) 3 but I was able to get back underneath him.”
Holder crossed the finish line for his third win of the year, 1.190 seconds ahead of Fife, the runner-up.
Paul Ebersbacher finished third.
Greg Puskarich was fourth and Rich Delong III took fifth.
“That was a good win for us,” Holder said. “...Glad to in Victory Lane again.”
Chris Dalton led the first three laps of the race, but was knocked into the wall by Austin Wilson on Lap 4, causing significant damage to Dalton’s car.
Wilson was assessed a one-lap penalty by race officials because of the incident.
Dalton returned to the race briefly after spending five laps in the pits getting his car repaired and finished the race in last place.
Brock Melo dominated the 25-lap Mini Stock main event.
Melo used his front bumper to nudge pole-sitter Damien Leininger out of the way and take the lead on Lap 2.
That proved to be the winning move of the race as the ultra-fast Melo led the rest of the way, earning the first win of his career.
Melo beat his father, the race’s runner-up Brady Melo, to the checkered flag by a wide margin.
Leininger, who came into the night atop the division’s points standings, five markers ahead of Brock Melo, finished third.
Destiny Joplin was fourth. Ken Shugarts took fifth place.
“It was fun getting my first win,” Brock Melo said.
Luis Tyrrell kept his perfect season intact by winning the 25-lap Legend main event.
The victory, Tyrrell’s seventh in seven races this year and ninth in a row overall, came after he powered underneath early-leader Eddie Garone for the top spot on Lap 4.
Tyrrell paced the field the rest of the way.
Colton Page was second, followed by Garone, Braden Rogers, and Josh Ayers.
“The car definitely didn’t feel as good as it did in practice, Tyrrell said.
“But she came alive tonight.”