Clint Reichenbach

Clint Reichenbach (7c) worked the high groove during a s Sports Mod heat race on Saturday at Bakersfield Speedway. Reichenbach finished second in the feature and, coupled with a win on Friday night at The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway, won the Motor City Throwdown United Series. 

BY TOM MACHT For The Californian

Chris McKellar raced to his second straight straight Sports Mod victory on Saturday night at Bakersfield Speedway.

McKellar took the lead five laps into the 30-lap feature then held off a determined challenge from Chad Reichenbach.

“This is where we want to be,” McKellar said of victory lane. “I was leaving that bottom groove open. As soon as I saw (Reichenbach) I shut it down. It’s too bad we didn’t run good (Friday night).”

The runner-up finish was good enough for Reichenbach to win a $500 bonus as he was coming off a win at The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway on Friday night and earned the most points in the two race Motor City Throwdown United Series.

“I wanted to sweep it,” Reichenbach said. “I spent too much time stalking (McKellar). I was really happy with the car. The top (groove) was biting good, I just took a little too much time”

Joey Domingues was third, Jason Nation fourth and Matt Mayo fifth.

In IMCA Modified action, Troy Foulger of Martinez took the lead on the 13th lap and led the rest of the way for his first win in Bakersfield.

Foulger squeaked past early leader Bryan Clark then held his car down low the rest of the way on a one-groove.

“I can’t believe it,” Foulger said. “I’ve been coming down here for so long and the competition here is so good.”

Cody Laney finished second. Ethan Dotson, who was on Foulger’s bumper for much of the race, tried to make the high groove work and finished a close third. Brad Pounds was fourth and Robby Sawyer fifth.

Clay Daly had a successful weekend of Pro Stock racing as he backed up a win at Kern County Raceway on Friday night with another one at the Speedway.

Daly took the lead from Doug Thornton 13 laps into the 20-lapper then pulled away.

“Just tried to reel them in slowing and keep trucking at the end,” Daly said. “We had a pretty good weekend.”

Thornton finished second with Brady Bell third.

Troy Patee emerged with his first IMCA Stock Car victory after half the starting field of 10 cars was involved in a first-lap accident. Alan Mendes was second and Chad Johnson third.

Track owner Scott Schweitzer said Sunday that Mini Stock driver Carter Cherry suffered a broken lower left leg in a crash on Saturday night Cheery was low on the track between turns one and two when his car suddenly snapped to the right and went nose-first into the outside wall.

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

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