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Johnny Crean, 35, leads Chuck Bona II during a Sports Car Club of American Group 3 race on April 28 at Buttonwillow Raceway Park. Crean went on to win while Bona finished fifth. SCCA races are taking place at the track this Saturday and Sunday. 

If you’re looking for some racing action around the Bakersfield area this weekend there is one choice: Buttonwillow Raceway Park.

Auto Club Famoso Raceway, Bakersfield Speedway and Kern County Raceway Park are all dark this weekend but engines will be roaring at Buttonwillow Raceway Park as the California Sports Car is holding the Goodbye Summer Classic.

The Goodbye Summer Classics is a double regional and the last race for drivers to qualify for the 2018 Sports Car Club of America National Runoffs. Five race groups featuring various classes will compete both days.

In addition, Time Trials — where one can take out the family car and make laps in a controlled atmosphere — will be held both days. Driver coaches also will be available.

On-track action gets under way at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

KCRP results

Trevor Huddleston and Zackary St. Onge each raced to a victory in twin Late Model features last Saturday night at Kern County Raceway.

Jagger Jones finished second in both features and needs only to start the season finale on Sept. 15 to win the season championship. Onge was third in the first race and Huddleston ran third in the second race.

Jim Coffey raced to his third straight Spec Mod win, and fifth of the season, to edge three points ahead of Jason Galvin in the championship race. Anthony Barket was second and Ed Coffey third.

In Super Stocks, Ron Cross raced to his first win of the season. Roger Holder finished second with Craig Rayburn third.

Josh Ayers and Colton Page each won a Legends race.

ANRA gets back on track

The American Nostalgia Racing Association got back into action last weekend as 260 racers rolled into Auto Club Famoso Raceway for the Summer Nationals.

The E/Gas final was an all-Bakersfield affair with A.J. Cameron getting the win over Ronnie Orender. Jermie Jennings won in Hot Rod and Joey Peterson of Frazier Park was the Open Wheel winner. Jayden Harris of Bakersfield finished runner-up in Junior Dragster 3 (ages 13-14).

The next ANRA race will be Oct. 13-14. The finale, a make up for the Spring Nationals, will be Nov. 17-18.

Quick shifts

Bakersfield’s Racin Vernon raced to a Late Model victory last Saturday night at Madera Speedway. Vernon qualified third, took the lead on the fifth lap and led the rest of the way in the 80-lapper. It was his second win of the season.

Derek Thorn of Bakersfield finished third in a combination NASCAR K&N Pro Series East/West race last Friday night at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill. It was a podium sweep for the West drivers with Derek Krause winning and Cole Rouse finishing second. Thorn leads his teammate Ryan Partridge by 25 points with four races remaining. Kraus is 29 back and Rouse trails by 32.

Tim Varney won his first American Stock feature last Saturday night at BakersfieldSpeedway. Varney led all but the last lap but Brock Crawford, who beat him to the checkered flag, was disqualified in post-race tech. 

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

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