Nick Spainhoward would have liked to have finished the regular season off in better fashion, but a fifth-place finish in the final Sports Mod points race of the season on Saturday night at Bakersfield Speedway was more than enough to earn the championship.
“I wish we would have had a little better finish but the car just wasn’t there,” Spainhoward said. “But it does feel good to win the championship.”
Spainhoward, who had just a lone win, was one of nine different winners this season.
Garrett Jernagan won the 25-lap feature for his second win.
“That was a hammer-down track,” he said. “You had to be aggressive. I wasn’t really going to race until this morning, I didn’t have (good) tires.”
Those not-so-good tires worked to perfection as Jernangan finished well ahead of runner-up Gavyn Manning. Gary Dutton was third.
Brad Pounds capped an IMCA Modified championship season with his second straight victory and third on the season.
Pounds started sixth, powered past Robert Sanders on the 15th lap, and led the rest of the way in the 30-lapper. Justin Schweitzer finished second, followed by Sanders and Bryan Clark.
“We had a good hot rod again,” Pounds said. “Things have been really good lately.”
In American Stock action Gary Rayburn Jr. took the lead with two laps to go to win the 20-lap feature and Brandon Ratcliff came away with the championship.
Rayburn was the fourth different leader in the highly competitive race.
Kenny White was second, Brock Crawford third and Ratcliff fourth.
“Those top three were beating and banging,” Ratcliff said. “I was just hanging back hoping they’d get together and I’d miss it.”
J.D. Brown raced to his first Mods Lite victory of the season and Anthony Balcazar emerged with his first track championship
Balcazar, who did not win a race this season, had a large lead running the high side when a caution flew on the 13th lap. Balzacar stayed high on the restart, but the low groove was faster and Brown and Daniel West went by with Balcazar settling for third in the 20-lapper.
Balcazar had nine top-five finishes, including five seconds.
Rich Sousa started on the pole and led all the way to win the 20-lap Hard Tops feature. It was his fifth win of the season between two tracks. Brandon Stanphill was second and Matt McCaslin third.