The smell of tri tip being cooked on 17 various style grills greeted fans on Saturday night at Bakersfield Speedway.

Thus, the fourth annual Mike Moshier Classic on the third-mile clay oval, kicked off with the inviting smell of grilled meats still wafting over the track.

While heat races went off without a hitch, it was slow going in the first couple of caution-plagued main events.

Garrett Jernagan took the lead 10 laps into the Sports Mod feature and went on to his second win of the season.

While the first 10 laps were slowed by eight cautions, the final 15 laps ran caution free and there was no catching Jernagan, who took the lead from Jason Nation just before a caution fell on the eighth lap.

“Those yellows were kind of (frustrating)," Jernagan said. “I was thinking ‘let’s get this thing in.’ It takes me a couple of laps to get into my groove.”

There were two other quick cautions after Jernagan took the lead, then he was in his groove and could not be caught.

Chris McKellar finished second, followed by Gary Dutton, Nation and points leader Nick Spainhoward.

The IMCA Modified and Hobby Stock features were not complete at print deadline.

In American Stock action, Brock Crawford made a late charge to the front, beating Tim Varney by inches for his first victory of the season.

Crawford started eighth in the 21 car field and worked his way to second with five laps to go in the 20-lapper.

Varney, who had led all but one lap, was a couple of car lengths ahead at that time and vying for his first win.

Crawford slowly reeled in Varney and caught him as the white flag flew. Crawford dove low into turn one and the pair came out of turn two nearly dead even. They remained that way through turns three and four with Crawford edging ahead as the checkered flag flew.

“(The track) was a little slick (early) and I just wanted to finish so I went up,” Crawford said about his move up to the front. “I went up high, some guys messed up, and it worked out.”

Dakota Brown was third, followed by points leader Brandon Ratcliff and Miranda Scott.

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

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