Six divisions of racing, one with national championship implications, will be on tap Saturday night at Kern County Raceway Park, which gets back into action after a four-week break.
Late Models will compete in twin feature races on the half-mile, where Super Stocks and Spec Mods also will be in action. Bandoleros will be in action on the quarter-mile, with Senior and Junior Mini Dwarfs on the eighth-mile.
Trevor Huddleston of Agoura Hills is chasing a NASCAR Whelen All-American national championship in Late Models, with KCRP playing a huge role. Huddleston has won all but three races at KCRP, where he has a 22-point lead over Brandon Weaver.
Drivers competing for the national title can run any number of races at a variety of tracks to accumulate points. Huddleston, who is a regular at Irwindale and has competed at Tucson, has 18 wins overall in 28 races with 25 top-five finishes.
He is tied with Lee Pullman, who has 38 races at various tracks in the Northeast.
Roger Holder (four wins) leads the Super Stock points race, with Jim Coffey (three wins) atop the Spec Mod race.
The Bandolero drivers and Mini Dwarf drivers will be having double features to make up for a race that was canceled earlier this season. The first feature race for those divisions will start at 5:30 p.m. The regular autograph session will follow those races with a full racing program starting at 7.
Moshier Classic at Speedway
There is seldom a night at Bakersfield Speedway when those in attendance don’t think about Mike Moshier a time or two.
Moshier, who was the track announcer there for 21 years before succumbing to cancer three years ago, left an indelible mark at the track because of his rapport with racers and his odd-ball words and phrases that seem to resonate still today.
Which makes Saturday night’s third annual Mike Moshier Classic at the track a racers' race.
IMCA Modifieds, Sport Mods, Pro Stocks and American Stocks will be in action on the third-mile clay oval, with racing at 7.
ANRA at Famoso
The American Nostalgia Racing Association gets back into action this weekend at Auto Club Famoso Raceway with the Summer Nationals on Saturday and Sunday.
This was set to be the third of four events, but the second, the Spring Nationals, was postponed because of excessive heat and becomes the Season Finals on Nov. 18-19.
The series features competition in 16 different classes for nostalgia-style cars as well as junior dragsters.
Qualifying runs start at 9 a.m. Saturday, with eliminations beginning at 8 a.m. Sunday.
Thorn gets win at Irwindale
Bakersfield’s Derek Thorn raced to a Spears Southwest Tour victory Saturday night at Irwindale Event Center, the last such scheduled race at a track set to hold its final race in January.
Thorn set fast time in qualifying, took the lead on lap 75 in the Patriots Honor 100 and led the rest of the way, edging Trevor Huddleston by .690 of a second.
A three-time series champ, Thorn entered the raced third in points, 32 behind Bobby Hodges and 30 behind Blaine Rocha. Both of those drivers had horrible races — a flat tire and broken rear end for Hodges, and a spin while leading in a caught-up-in-a-crash moment later in the race for Rocha — and Thorn now has the points lead.
Thorn is 44 points up on Ricky Schlick with four races to go, the next Sept. 2 at Rocky Mountain Raceway in West Valley, Utah.
A pair of Bakersfield racers — Blaine Perkins and Buddy Shepherd — will be competing Saturday night in a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at Douglas County Speedway in Rosebug, Ore. Perkins, in his second year on the circuit, is 11th in points. Shepherd is making his season debut. Shepherd has two top-five finishes on the circuit in three previous races during the past two years.