Speedway 8

Nicholas Johnson (1N) and Cody Johnson run side-by-side during a Hobby Stock race at Bakersfield Speedway. 

There is no doubt that a Johnson will be celebrating a Hobby Stock championship on Saturday night at Bakersfield Speedway.

The 25-lap feature race will determine whether it's Cody or his brother Nicholas.

Cody Johnson heads into the race with the clear advantage as he is 16 points up (eight finishing positions) on Nicholas Johnson.

Both have two victories but Cody has finished 11 of 12 races in the top-five while Nicholas had eight top fives.

Cody Johnson won on opening night and has never trailed in points and while both drivers have been the class of the Hobby Stock field this season, both have had troubles where large amounts of points were lost.

An 18th-place finish in the eighth race of the season netted Cody Johnson just 46 (out of a possible 80 points) and two races later Nicholas Johnson had pulled even in points at 510.

But the tide turned two races ago when Cody Johnson finished third and Nicholas Johnson placed 15th. Cody Johnson gained two more points on his brother in the last race to extend his points lead to 16.

Also in action will be IMCA Modifieds, Sport Mods, IMCA Stocks and Mini Stocks.

Track champions in IMCA Stocks and Mini Stocks also will be crowned on Saturday.

Tyler Johnson has three wins in IMCA Stock competition but holds just a one-point edge over Stephen Streeter, who is looking for his first victory. Just one point separates each finishing position in this division so Streeter would have to finish two positions above Johnson to win the title.

Three-time Mini Stock winner David Wolford has already locked up that title.

Racing starts at 7.

Taylor wins championship at Famoso

Manny Taylor of Bakersfield raced to victory Saturday at Auto Club Famoso Raceway, propelling him to the NHRA Summit Racing Series Motorcycle track championship.

The eight-race series wrapped up with events on Saturday and Sunday which determined champions as well as other top finishers to represent Team Famoso at the upcoming divisional competition.

Taylor won three of the eight races and was the only Kern County champion. Clayton Howey of Fresno won the Motorcycle competition on Sunday.

Mark Simonian of Sanger, who was runner-up on Sunday, won the Super Pro title. Katie Archibald of Ridgecrest was runner-up on Saturday and finished second in points. Ashley Deuschle of Palmdale won on Saturday with Rickey Deuschle winning on Sunday

Dean Kirkman of Madera, who won his fourth race on Saturday, won the Pro title. Kyle Rizzoli of San Luis Obispo won Sunday’s race.

In Sportsman, Sacha Hoefer of Calimesa won on Sunday to close out a championship season. Ryan Mangus of Rialto won Saturday’s race.

An Import Face-Off event featuring racing, a car show and more takes place at the track on Sunday. Gates open at 7 a.m. with racing starting at 10.

Quick Shifts

Derek Thorn of Bakersfield finished third last Thursday night in a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race on the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He leads teammate Ryan Partridge by 31 points with three races left. Buddy Shepherd’s night ended eight laps into the race when, due to dust, he was part of an eight-car pile up. The race was halted at that time and the track was watered before it restarted.

Racin Vernon of Bakersfield will be looking for his third Late Model victory of the season on Saturday night at Madera Raceway. He is third in points with an outside shot at the championship.

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

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