Roger Holder raced to his fifth Super Stock victory on Saturday night at Kern County Raceway Park to set the stage for the championship finale next week.
Holder took the lead from Paul Ebersbacher on a restart 17 laps in the 25-lap feature and led the rest of the way. He now trails Ebersbacher, who finished second, by two points in the championship race.
It was Holder’s fourth win over the past five races.
“We struggled at at beginning a little and fell back but you have to keep fighting,” Holder said.
Ebersbacher had not yet been challenged by Holder when the first caution flew and chose to restart in the low line. That opened the door for Holder, who powered away on that restart and one a lap later when Holder chose to stay in the high line on another restart.
“That’s the last thing I wanted to see,” Ebersbacher said of the caution. “About halfway through my car started getting a little loose and I was having a hard time just keeping it under me there at the end.”
Ron Cross finished third, followed by Greg Puskarich and Brylon Holder.
In Spec Mod action, Jason Galvin held off Ed Coffey for his third victory of the season.
Galvin started on the outside of the front row and powered into the lead at the start of the race. Galvin ran the preferred high groove and was stopped by a caution after his only mistake came on a restart.
Galvin bobbled out of turn two on the 25th lap, which allowed Coffey to pull even. Coffey edged ahead out of turn four but a caution came out before the lap was completed, allowing Galvin to maintain his lead.
“Ed raced me so clean,” Galvin said. “I was happy to see that second caution come out because I got little throttle happy out of two and Ed was going to pass me.”
Coffey made one last-ditch effort to get by Galvin, driving hard into turn four, but got a bit sideways. Galvin won by a car length with Ed Coffey holding his brother, Jim off by inches for second.
Kercie Jung finished off another impressive Bandolero season by driving to her sixth win of the season and second straight track championship.
Jung took the lead six laps in and led the rest of the way for her sixth win in seven races.
Seth Wise led the first five laps but Jung took the lead on a restart and pulled away. Seth Wise finished second and Hank Hall third.
Allie Jung raced to victory in the final Junior Mini Dwarf race of the season and the win propelled her to the track championship.
Jung and Stephen Bazen came into the race tied in points. Jung took the lead from Adam Nohl on the sixth lap and pulled away to her second victory. Nohl finished second and Bazen, who also has two wins, finished third.
Trenton Eurto raced to his second straight Senior Mini Dwarf victory and Nathaniel Edwards held off Hank Hall for second to win the championship.
Eurto took the lead from Hall on a late restart and Edwards edged out Hall by inches, giving him the title by two points over Eurto.
In Legends competition, Colton Page took the lead on the fifth lap and led the rest of the way for his sixth victory
Josh Ayers led the first four laps, but spun in turn four, which opened the door for Page. Eddie Garone finished second an Ayers worked his way back to place third.
Veteran off-road racer Christian Hall won the Skid Plate feature. Ryan Ebersbacher was second and Tim Brust third.