Brandon Weaver got out of his NASCAR Late Model, pumped his fists high in the air and then bowed toward the grandstands.
The rookie driver was full of emotion after winning the second of twin 30-lap Late Model races at Kern County Raceway Park on Saturday night.
Weaver led the final 25 laps after working his way around early leader Mark Perry on Lap 6.
“It doesn’t come easy,” Weaver said. “You have to have guys like Charlie Wilson behind you. My whole crew ... everybody that supports me. I wouldn’t be able to do any of this without them. ... It’s not me. It’s all them.”
Weaver finished second to Trevor Huddleston in the first Late Model race of the night.
Huddleston had to start the second race at the back of the field and made contact with another car on Lap 4 while working his way toward the front.
He was able to restart the race after a quick trip to the pits but after two laps pulled off the track for good.
Earlier, Huddleston claimed his third straight win to start the year, beating Weaver to the checkered flag by .936 seconds.
Weaver led the first race until Lap 11 when Huddleston powered past him in the exit of turn four.
From there, Huddleston pulled away from Weaver and the rest of the 18-car field.
Toni McCray was third, followed by Cole Adamo and Johnny Bedingfield.
McCray finished the second twin Late Model race in second place. Kevin Callahan was third. Adamo took fourth and Perry was fifth.
Brady Melo dominated the 25-lap Mini Stock feature, leading the final 22 laps to earn his second straight victory at the track.
Melo passed pole-sitter Damien Leininger for the lead on Lap 4 and then remained up front the rest of the way.
Leininger finished second, Brock Melo was third, Destiny Joplin took fourth and Ken Shugarts placed fifth.
“It’s running good,” Brady Melo said. “The car has always been solid. I knew we had a good car when we bought it. Some of other drivers just don’t have the right tire.”
Luis Tyrrell also led 22 of 25 laps in winning the INEX Legend main event.
Tyrrell was fourth on the starting grid but quickly worked his way up to second place before powering around early leader Eddie Garone on Lap 4.
Tyrrell established a big lead before a trio of late cautions bunched up the field.
However, he was able to hold several stronger challengers at bay during the closing laps and earned a hard-fought victory.
Colton Page was second, followed by Josh Ayers, Garone and Chad Actis.
“This is 4-for-4,” Tyrrell said. “There were two (wins) at the end of last year and there’s two right now. I’m at a loss for words. We could have finished second. It does not matter. We come out here 110 percent. Those late cautions, I was worried, but every restart I was going in a different zone so he didn’t know where I was going.”