Sports Mods

Matthew Mayo Jr. and Gary Dutton took the roofs off their cars and raced topless in an Aug. 11 race at Bakersfield Speedway. All the Modifeids and Sport Mods will be running topless on Saturday night for the fourth annual Mike Moshier Classic. 

Look out mama, it’s competition barbecuing and topless racing on Saturday night at Bakersfield Speedway during the fourth annual Mike Moshier Classic.

Moshier was the beloved track announcer for 21 years and the first classic was held in August 2015, about a month before he died of cancer. “Look out mama,” was many of the Moshierisms he would use while calling a race.

No doubt Moshier would approve of the topless racing — an annual August tradition where drivers are allowed to take the roofs off their car if they desire and go “topless.” And as for the Tri Tip BBQ competition (nine teams were signed up as of Wednesday) well, who doesn’t like tri tip?

Toss in an on-track autograph session, starting at 6:30 p.m., and the Moshier Classic is set to be the most impressive to date.

IMCA Modifieds, Sports Mods, Hobby Stocks and American Stocks will be in action and the vast majority will run topless, thanks in part to some help from IMCA (which sanctions the Mods and Sport Mods).

“There are big Modified races in Merced and Perris on the same night and I wanted to do something special for the Moshier race (other than an increased payout of $1,200 to win),” Schweitzer said.

So Schweitzer called IMCA Modified president Brett Root and asked if the organization would make the Moshier Classic a mandatory topless race for the Mods and Sport Mods. Root agreed and for the first time in IMCA history, the two divisions will field topless cars.

The IMCA Modified race will be 50 laps, with a break midway through to allow refueling and minor adjustments.

The barbecue competition will take place just inside the spectator gates. Meats will be turned in at 6 p.m. for the judged competition. Tasting also will be available to spectators and racers, who will vote for their favorite.

Racing will start at 7.

KCRP back in action

The summer break is over and Kern County Raceway Park gets back in action on Saturday night with all three of its regular divisions — Late Models, Super Stocks and Spec Mods — taking to the half-mile oval.

Late Models will compete in twin main events with four-time winner Jagger Jones looking to pad an already sizeable championship points lead. Jones is 58 points up on Zackary St. Onge, who raced to his first victory on July 21.

In Super Stock, Paul Ebersbacher holds an 11-point advantage over defending champion Roger Holder. Ebersbacher has four wins while Holder is riding a three-race win streak.

The closest point battle is in the Spec Mod division where defending champion Jim Coffey is one point up on Jason Galvin. Coffey has won four races, including the last two. Galvin has two wins.

Also in action will be Legends, the final twin main event night of the for that class on the quarter mile oval. Josh Ayers has five wins and holds an eight-point lead over Colton Page.

Racing starts at 7.

ANRA at Famoso

The American Nostalgia Racing Association Summer Nationals take place Saturday and Sunday at Auto Club Famoso Raceway.

Competition takes place in a variety of full-bodied and open-wheel classes as well as Junior Dragster classes. It's just the second race of the season for the organization as a planned event in June was postponed due to the heat.

Qualifying and time trials get under way at 9 a.m. on Saturday with eliminations set to begin at 8 a.m on Sunday.

Quick Shifts

Derek Thorn of Bakersfield drove to his third SPEARS Southwest Tour victory of the season (in four starts) last Saturday night at the tight quarter-mile Stockton Speedway. Thorn took the lead on the 18th lap and held off challenges from both Ricky Schlick and Eric Schmidt during the late stages. Afterward he apologized, noting he drove over his head and made mistakes that cost a couple of guys some spots. “I don’t feel like I raced like a champion tonight,” he said.

Thorn will be back in action on Friday night in a combination NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West race at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill. Thorn has two West wins this season and leads teammate Ryan Partridge by 18 points in the championship race.

Justin Crockett passed Billy Simkins on the 26th lap and went on to win the 40-lap Pro Stock feature last Saturday night at Bakersfield Speedway. Simkins finished second with Devin Crockett third. Justin Crockett also amassed the most points to win the GMC Motor City Throwdown Series, which started last Friday night at The Dirt Track at KCRP.

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

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