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Tyler Johnson (76) powers through a turn at Bakersfield Speedway on Saturday night during an IMCA Stock Car heat race.

Tom Macht / For The Californian

Misty Warren raced to a Mini Stock victory on Saturday night at Bakersfield Speedway in a feature that was marred by a frightening accident.

The race was halted on lap 14 when Carter Cherry’s car slammed hard into the wall on lap 14. Carter was low in the corner between turns one and two when his car snapped hard to the right and went nose-first into the wall. Cherry, who was awake and alert, was extracted from the car, placed on a stretcher and transported to a local hospital with lower body injuries.

The race did not resume until another ambulance arrived at the track, which was more than 30 minutes later.

It was the second win of the season for Warren, who took the lead from Cherry early in race. Doug Shepherd was second and Andy Boydstun third.

The IMCA Modified, Sports Mod and Pro Stock features were not complete at print deadline.

Tyler Johnson won the war of attrition and his sixth American Stock feature of the season to take sole possession of the points lead.

Johnson took the lead on the seventh lap of the feature and led the rest of the way. Cody Johnson was second and Brian Childress third.

Brandon Ratcliff, who came into the night tied with Johnson for the points lead, hit the turn one wall on the second lap, ending his night. Mark Torres, who led early, was sent off the track with a fuel leak and Ethan Dotson had right-front suspension failure end his night while leading on lap 13.

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

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