Speedway

Michael Johnson (22) and Gary Dutton race side-by-side during a Sport Mod feature earlier this year at Bakersfield Speedway. 

Four Sport Mod races at Bakersfield Speedway have produced four different winners and one driver is standing above them all.

Points leader Michael Johnson, who has yet to win, will be trying to make it five different winners through five races on Saturday night at the third-mile clay oval.

Johnson has come up just short in his quest for victory as he has finished runner-up three times. His other finish was a 10th. That consistency — just one point separates each finishing position — has him nine points up on Nick Spainhoward who drove to victory in the first race of the season.

Kevin Johnson, also looking for his first win, is third in points, followed by Gary Dutton, who won the second race. Matthew Hagio has the other win, but is far down in the point standings.

Also in action will be Late Models, Hobby Stocks, American Stocks and NMRA Three-Quarter Midgets.

Cody Johnson has two Hobby Stocks wins and has finished all four races in the top five as he’s pulled out to a 30-point lead over Mike Lewis and Nicholas Johnson.

In American Stocks, Brandon Ratcliff is riding a two-race win streak and is 10 points up on JD Mealer and Tim Varney in the points race.

Racing starts at 6.

Doubleheader at KCRP

Two tracks, two disciplines, and back-to-back nights of racing action is on tap this weekend at Kern County Raceway Park.

First up is action at The Dirt track at KCRP on Friday night followed by action on the pavement track on Saturday night.

A-Mods, B-Mods, Mini Stocks and the Western US Midgets kick things off on the Dirt Track on Friday night.

Brad Pounds and Steve Noland have both won A-Mod races on the third-mile oval while Fred Ryland and Michael Johnson have won B-Mod races.

Racing starts at 7:30.

Saturday night’s action features a wide variety with Super Stocks, Spec Mods, Skid Plate races, Bandoleros, Golden Empire Supermoto, an RV race and a waterless boat race.

The Super Stocks will have twin mains. Paul Ebersbacher has two wins and leads Roger Holder, who won the last race, by four points.

Racing starts at 7.

Sawyer takes win at Speedway

Points leader Robby Sawyer held off Brad Pounds for his first IMCA Modified victory of the season last Saturday night at Bakersfield Speedway. Roger Holder finished third.

Clay Daly raced to victory in the Pro Stock feature, followed by Devin Crockett and Matt Mayo.

David Wolford extended his points lead in the Mini Stocks division with his second straight victory. Matt Herod was second and Braiden Roark third.

Rich Sousa won in Hard Tops, Tyler Blankenship won in Mini Mods, Jett Yantis won in Senior Mini Dwarfs and Adam Nohl won in Junior Mini Dwarfs.

West Coast Shootout at Famoso

A West Coast Shootout event takes place on Sunday at Auto Club Famoso Raceway.

The event features a variety of heads-up racing and bracket classes for all types of cars, domestic and import. The event also features a car show for domestic and imports with $300 going to the best of show along with a number of other awards.

Gates open at 8 a.m with racing from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The track held its first of four Street Tuner events for street-legal cars last Saturday night with 167 participants making timed runs down the track. Among those were a large contingent of Harley riders — saddlebags and all — who were were in town for a convention.

“We made an effort to keep the drag cars away, which cut back on the car count a little, but made the overall experience a lot better,” said track GM Blake Bowser. "Some people got in 10, 12, 14 runs.”

The Next Saturday Night Street Tuner event is June 16.

Quick shifts

Bakersfield’s Derek Thorn has the points lead as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series heads to the tight quarter-mile oval at Orange Show Speedway for the Sunrise Ford 150 on Saturday night. Thorn, with two seconds and a third in the first three races, leads teammate Ryan Partridge by three points in the early championship race. Derek Kraus, who won the opening race at KCRP, is third in points.

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

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