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A wide-angle view of the start of the Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway Park earlier this year.

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Kern County Raceway is for sale, but will continue to operate as usual in 2018, according to track operators.

“In business, everything is for sale if the right offer presents itself,” said Rusty Risi in a release. Risi, along with Virgie Beard own the facility.

The track, located near Enos Lane and Interstate 5 is being offered for $15 million dollars by Coldwell Banker.

“The track is available for sale, if the right situation presents itself,” track general manager Larry Collins said in the release. “But that doesn't mean the days are numbered at KCRP, it simply means it's available for sale while we continue to operate as we always have.”

Some big races are already set for 2018 — the fourth annual Winter Showdown where NASCAR star Kyle Busch will be competing for the season straight year on Feb. 1-3, and a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race on March 15 where Bakersfield native and NASCAR star Kevin Harvick will be competing at the track for the first time.

The facility includes a paved half-mile oval (with a quarter-mile and eight-mile track inside), a third-mile dirt track and a motocross track.

The paved track has seating for more than 4,000 and a four-story structure including concessions, restrooms, a kitchen and banquet area as well as 22 suites.

Two dates also have been set for the Dirt Track as the NARC Sprint Car Series will be there on April 7 and Oct. 6.

Steve Hughes, media and marketing director at KCRP, said there are also two Spears Southwest Tour races already set for the paved half-mile oval as well as a Lucas Oil Modified race on June 30.

“We’re working hard to complete the '18 schedule, which will probably be done right after the first of the year,” Hughes said.

The track is holding its annual awards banquet on Jan. 20 at the Crystal Palace.

Construction at Kern County started in later 2007 but ground to a halt a couple of years late due to the economic “bubble burst” and was in bankruptcy until local businessmen James Vernon and Daniel Smith purchased the partially finished facility on Feb. 1, 2012.

Taft businessman Charlie Beard got involved with the project later in 2012 and it was his resources that allowed it to be completed. Bears was the catalyst to continuous upgrades as well as the addition of the motocross track and the Dirt Track. He died on May 21, 2016.

Mike Griffith can be reached at 661 395-7390. Follow him on Twitter at @MikeGriffith54. 

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