A nine-car invert for the second of twin 30-lap Late Model feature races couldn’t keep Trevor Huddleston from sweeping the competition Saturday night at Kern County Raceway Park.
Huddleston capped off MIASTRONG Night at the Races by quickly going from 10th to first to win the second Late Model main event.
Earlier the Augora Hills driver kicked off a slate of six total feature races by winning the first Late Model main event.
Huddleston was fifth on the starting grid for the first race, but wasted little time working his way up to second place before passing Brandon Weaver for the lead on Lap 5.
Weaver regained the lead on Lap 10.
However, moments later he succumbed the top spot permanently to Huddleston, the division’s points leader coming into the night.
Huddleston’s fifth win of the year ended with him beating Weaver, the runner-up, to the finish line by 1.747 seconds.
Dylan Garner was third followed by David Haagsma and Paul Ebersbacher.
The second race was all Huddleston, who led the final 29 laps.
Weaver finished the second race in second place again with Garner taking third.
Haagsma placed fourth and Ebersbacher was fifth.
“I wanted to get this 50 car back into Victory Lane,” Huddleston said.
“...Great to be back up here. High Point Racing always gives me a great car.”
A portion of Saturday night’s ticket sales and suite sales along with the proceeds from a silent auction will benefit Second Star to the Right and The Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House.
Ed Coffey made the most of a Lap 25 restart to win the Spec Mod feature.
Coffey powered outside of Tanner Wattenbarger for the lead
Tanner Wattenbarger out-dueled Ed Coffey to win an exciting Spec Mod main event.
After surrender the lead to Coffey following a late restart, Wattenbarger edged ahead by half a car length and then won a drag race to the checkered flag by .111 seconds.
Wattenbarger led a race-high 20 laps in earning his first win of 2017.
He powered inside of Mike Mason for the lead following a a brief caution period early in the 30-lap race and appeared to be on his way to a comfortable victory before the yellow flag came out with six laps to go, allowing Coffey to close up the gap.
Anthony Barkett was third followed by Chris Joslin and Jim Coffey.
“It was a very tough win,” Wattenbarger said.
Damien Leininger celebrated his 21st birthday by winning the first-ever Mini Stock road course race at KCRP.
Leininger earned a trip to Victory Lane after battling Brock Melo for the lead throughout the 15-lap race.
The two drivers made contact late in the race, causing Leininger’s car to suffer a left rear flat.
Despite that handicap, the defending track champion, was able to narrowly hold off the hard-charging Melo.
Brady Melo finished third. Destiny Joplin took fourth and Ken Shugarts was fifth.
“Me and Brock had a hell of a battle,” Leininger said.
“When we made that contact down there my left rear went flat but I wasn’t pulling off. I was like, ‘Nah, I’m just going to go.’ Every time I was going through that right-hander I was about spinning out. But it was fun.”
The Legends division ran a pair of feature races, one road course and one oval.
Luis Tyrrell won them both.
First, the Brisbane driver dominated the 15-lap road course race, leading from start to finish.
Colton Page, Eddie Garone, Steve Wilson, and Gabe Scheer rounded out the top-five.
Later, Tyrrell rallied from last on the starting grid to lead 11 of 15 laps in winning the oval race.
Second through fifth were Garone, Ayers, Scheer, and Wilson, respectively.
The two wins were the fifth and sixth of the year for Tyrrell, who extended his winning streak at KCRP to eight races.
“We put in 110-percent every weekend and you see what it does on the track,” Tyrrell said.