Trevor Huddleston is a man on a mission and it showed on Saturday night at Kern County Raceway Park.
Huddleston swept twin 30-lap Late Model feature races on the paved half-mile oval as he continued his quest to win the NASCAR Whelen All-American championship.
Huddleston, of Agoura Hills, has won all but three races at KCRP this year and also is the points leader at Irwindale Event Center.
He took the lead from Ryan Vargas 11 laps into the second feature race and went on to win by two car lengths, the same margin of victory he had over Vargas in the first race. Kevin Callahan was third, followed by Dylan Garner and Jager Jones.
In the first feature, Huddleston came out on top of a spirited late-race duel with Vargas.
Huddleston started 10th in the feature and took his time moving through the field but was running fourth after 10 laps.
Vargas got past Callahan to take the lead on lap 16 with Huddleston also getting past. Vargas was able to maintain a four or five-car lead until a caution bunched the field after the 23rd lap.
Vargas chose the low line for the restart but Huddleston made the high groove work and he led by inches at the completion of the 24th lap.
“I was giving it all I had,” Huddleston said. “Ryan has a great car and is a great driver and he’s only been racing these cars a year.”
Another caution on lap 25 set up another restart. Huddleston chose the low line, edged ahead after a lap and wound up winning by two car lengths.
“It’s always good when you’re able to give the national points leader a run for his money,” Vargas said. “He just out experienced me there (on the restarts).”
Johnny Beddingfield was third followed by Kayla Eshleman and Callahan.
In Super Street action, Anthony Mainella pulled away after restart on lap 20 to win his first race over the season.
Mainella lost the lead to Roger Holder on lap 15 of the 30-lap feature, but had it back a lap later as Holder slowed to to a cut tire from a side-by-side bump with Paul Ebersbacher a couple of laps earlier.
Holder brought out the caution on lap 19 but Mainella pulled away from Kyle Fife on the restart and ran the rest of the distance unchallenged.
Fife was second with Ebersbacher third.
In Spec Mod action, Mike Mason passed Jason Galvin midway through the 30-lap feature and went on to his second victory of the season.
Mason started eighth and was running second seven laps into the race. He dogged Galvin, who took the lead on the first lap, for several circuits before going low in turns one and two and powering in front down the back straight on the 14th lap.
Mason then pulled away, beating Galvin by nearly two seconds. Points leader Jim Coffey was third, followed by Tanner Wattenbarger and Roger Holder.
“It just seems like this year we’ve been beating ourselves,” Mason said. “We went back to basics (the car has) the speed.”
The youth divisions — Bandoleros and Mini Dwarfs — competed in twin features to make up for a lost date earlier this season.
Kercie Jung doubled down in the Bandolero division as she remained unbeaten by driving to her fifth and sixth wins of the season.
“I have a great family and a ton of great sponsors but I have to thank all of my fans.” Jung said after her second win.
Seth Wise was second in the first feature with Riley Massey third. Those two swapped finishes in the second feature.
Jung saw her streak of 11 straight Senior Mini Dwarf wins (8-for-8 last year and three this year) come to an end in the first feature in that division as Trenton Eurto came away with his first win in that division. Eurto was the Junior Mini Dwarf champion last year. Jung was second and Nathaniel Edwards third. Jung won the second feature with Eurto second and Jale Melo third.
Hank Hall won both of the Junior Mini Dwarf feature, coming from the rear of the field to do so in the second one. Trenton Rickle was second with Noel Armstrong third. Armstrong was second in the first race with Rickle third.