The 2017 racing season has been hit-or-miss for David Wolford.
After several back of the pack finishes in a row, the local Mini Stock driver returned to the positive end of the spectrum on Saturday night at Bakersfield Speedway, winning the division’s feature race in impressive fashion.
Wolford dominated the 17-lap event, which was originally scheduled for 20 but was shortened due to time constraints.
It was Wolford’s second win of the season. His two victories are his only top-five finishes in nine total races this year.
Wolford, who didn’t compete in the first five races of the year, had finished 14th or worse his previous three starts.
“I’ve been dealing with this car the last five races,” Wolford said. “It’s just been falling. Finally figured it out.”
Mini Stock points leader Misty Warren got off to an inauspicious start, as she got tagged by another car and spun out in Turn 4 on the first lap. She rebounded to take third place.
Steve Roark, who entered the night third in points, 54 markers behind Warren, finished second. Doug Shepherd was fourth and Andy Boydstun took fifth.
Warren’s nearest challenger in the points standings coming into the night, Loni Spiller, also had issues. Her car’s right-front tire flew off on Lap 12 while she was in second place, trying to chase Wolford down for the lead.
Spiller did not return to the track
The RaceSaver Winged Sprint, Mod Lite, and Hobby Stock feature races were not completed by press time.
Chuck West won the 20-lap NMRA TQ Midget race.
West powered eventual runner-up Scott Niven for the lead on Lap 3 and then pulled away for his divsion-leading seventh win of the year.
“My cousin makes this car special,” West said. “He works on it night and day.”
Jason Arnolde was third, followed by West Evans and Don Brashier.
Roy Atchison Jr. of Porterville led from start to finish in winning the Super 4’s main event.
Kit Murphy was second. Josh Woodward took third. Brook Dale and Clinton Massey rounded out the top-five.
During a break between the heat races and the start of the feature races, the RaceSaver Winged Sprint car drivers walked around the grandstands and collected money in their helmets for Second Star to the Right, a local non-profit group that provides emotional, physical, and financial assistance to pediatric cancer families.