Bakersfield Speedway Forster

Zack Forster (11) has won all four Mod Lites races he has competed in this season at Bakersfield Speedway. He will be looking for win No. 5 Saturday night. 

Sport Mods headline five divisions of competition on Saturday night at Bakersfield Speedway.

Matthew Hagio raced to his second victory of the year in the last Sports Mod feature, joining Chris McKellar as the only repeat winner. But Nick Spainhoward, who has one victory, has five top-five finishes and is atop the points standings, 21 ahead of Hagio.

Also in action will be Hobby Stocks, Mod Lites, Mini Stocks and NMRA Three-Quarter Midgets.

Cody Johnson, with two wins, is the only repeat winner through the first six Hobby Stock features and holds a commanding 44 point lead over his brother, Nicholas, who has one win.

Zack Forster is atop the Mod Lites points race and David Wolford leads in Mini Stock.

Racing starts at 6.

Too hot for ANRA race at Famoso

The heat is on and with temperatures expected to climb to 105 or more this weekend, the American Nostalgia Racing Association has postponed its Summer Nationals event set for Auto Club Famoso Raceway.

It is the second straight year the Summer Nationals has fallen victim to the heat.

“For 13 years we’ve had races in June and never had any trouble, now we get it back to back,” said series director Butch Headrick. “I have a lot of racers that would have shown up, but you have to take in consideration the track crew and everyone else. I don’t want anyone getting sick.”

Headrick has not set a date for the postponed race, but said it likely will be in November, when the series has a date for a tentative race. The series has races set for August and October.

The back-to-back heats outs have promoted Headrick to rethink his scheduling.

“I like to have 60 days between races so the racers have time to fix anything that might break,” he said. “We’ll probably do races in April and May next year then sit out June and July.”

K&N West Series hits the road (course)

Derek Thorn of Bakersfield has the points lead as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West heads to Sonoma Raceway for its annual race on the 1.990-mile road course.

Thorn won the race in 2013, the year he won the series title, and he is is leading points heading into Saturday’s race.

Also competing will be David Mayhew of Bakersfield, who won at Sonoma in 2015.

Quick shifts

Michael Faccinto of Hanford raced to victory in a USAC Western States Midget race on Saturday night at Bakersfield Speedway, taking the lead with nine laps left in the 30-lapper. Shannon McQueen of Bakersfield was fifth. In other races, Ryan Daves raced to his first IMCA Modified win of the season and Kenny White drove to his first American Stock win of the season. Tyler Blankenship raced to victory in Mini Mods, Jett Yantis got the win in Senior Mini Dwarf and Ethan Giannetto won in Junior Mini Dwarf.

Buddy Shepherd of Bakersfield raced to victory last Saturday night in a Pro Late Model race at Madera Speedway. Shepherd set fast time and started on the pole but encountered trouble on the first lap and fell back to ninth. He battled back and passed Jason Aguirre with just a few laps remaining to get the win.

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

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