IMCA Modifieds

Robby Sawyer, 198, and Justin Schweitzer race side-by-side in IMCA Modified competition earlier this year at Bakersfield Speedway. Sawyer leads the points heading into Saturday night's race at the track. 

Want a chance to win a new American Stock race car?

Or maybe a basket of goodies or two or three?

Or maybe you would just like to lighten your wallet of a few greenbacks for a good cause and see some dirt-track racing action as well.

If so, Bakersfield Speedway is the place to be Saturday night for the fourth annual Racing 4 Ronald night.

The event, championed by Mod Lite driver Chloie Jones back when she was running Mini Dwarfs and ratcheted up a few notches with the involvement of Mike and Sadie Hill, is the biggest fundraiser of the year at the track and raised more than $10,000 last year. All money goes to the Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House.

As for racing, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, Mod Lites and American Stocks will be in action on the third-mile, with Mini Dwarfs on the eighth-mile.

Despite missing one race, three-time winner Robby Sawyer is leading the IMCA Modified points race. Sawyer is eight points ahead of two-time winner Brad Pounds. Ethan Dotson, who has four wins but also has missed a race, is four points behind Pounds.

Jeff Thompson, who has one win, is 20 points up on Anthony Balcazar in Mod Lites while Chad Johnson is just two points up on Troy Patee in IMCA Stocks. Six-time winner Tyler Johnson leads Brandon Ratcliff by 18 points in the American Stock division.

Jakob Carey is atop the Senior Mini Dwarf class while Stryker Conley leads the Junior Mini Dwarfs.

Racing starts at 7.

Balcazar gets first Mod Lites win

Anthony Balcazar, who has been racing the Mod Lite division since its inception, raced to his first victory in the class last Saturday night at Bakersfield Speedway.

“He had a great race,” said Speedway owner Scott Schweitzer. “Hats off to Anthony, he’s been working hard since Day 1 when this division was put to get here. It was really cool to see him in victory lane.”

Balcazar had finished runner-up three times this year. Roy Maynard Jr. finished second and former Major League pitcher Colby Lewis was third.

In Hobby Stock action, Michael Scruggs raced to his second win of the season with points leader Trevor Baker second and Jayden Schweitzer third.

Steve Roark, who finished second on the track in the Mini Stock feature, became the winner when David Wolford was disqualified in a post-race inspection. Points leader Misty Warren was second and Doug Shepherd third.

Chuck West won the NMRA Three-Quarter Midget race and Roy Atchison Jr. won the Super 4s feature.

Looking ahead at KCRP

Kern County Raceway Park is at the tail end of its summer break, but director of marketing and communications Steve Hughes said there is plenty going on behind the scenes.

“We’re knee-deep in planning for 2018; we’ve got some great ideas,” Hughes said. “It takes a lot of planning. We’ve already put together a list of potential partners, and our existing partners we’ll be speaking to quickly and get things rolling for our sixth season out at Kern County Raceway. We’re excited.”

As for the near future, The Dirt Track kicks back into action Aug. 19 with the first leg of the second Motor City Throwdown United Series for B-Mods (Sport Mods). The pavement track gets going again Aug. 26.

Quick shifts

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West on Saturday heads to Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash., where Todd Gilliland will be trying to extend his points lead. Gilliland, who has five wins, leads teammate Chris Eggleston (three wins) by 18 points. Those two have combined to win eight of nine races. Bakersfield’s Blaine Perkins, eighth in points, also will be competing.

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

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