Speedway 8

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

IMCA Modifieds headline five divisions of action on Saturday night at Bakersfield Speedway.

Brad Pounds is 25 points ahead of Robby Sawyer with four races left to determine the IMCA Modified track championship. Sawyer gained five points on Pounds in his last outing, but with just one point separating each finishing position, Sawyer will need Pounds to have a couple of sub-par runs to make up ground.

Kyle Heckman raced to his first win of the year in the last Modified race, becoming the sixth different winner.

Also in action will be Hobby Stocks, IMCA Stocks, Mod Lites and Super 4s.

A Johnson will likely emerge as Hobby Stock champion and the last four races of the regular season will determine whether it is Chad or Nicholas. The brothers have each won a pair of races with Chad Johnson six points up on Nicholas Johnson.

Six different drivers have wins in the Hobby Stock division with Michael Scruggs also having two wins.

In IMCA Stocks, Tyler Johnson has won three races and is seven points ahead of Stephen Street.

Zach Forster has won all but one of the Mod Lites point races, but a next-to-last finish in his last outing has dropped him to second in points, two behind Anthony Balcazar who is looking for his first win.

Racing starts at 7.

McKellar takes Sports Mod Win

Chris McKellar inherited the lead 10 laps into last Saturday night’s Sports Mod feature at Bakersfield Speedway and went on to victory.

McKeller moved into the lead when Matthew Mayo Jr. spun and led the rest of the way in the 25-lapper for his third win of the season. Anthony Guilliani edged out Nick Spainhoward for second with Gary Dutton fourth and Mayo rebounding to finish fifth.

Spainhoward, the points leader, barely escaped the first few laps. He just got his car stopped in time to avoid hitting James Cecil, who spun on lap three; then narrowly missed a spinning car in the opposite corner a lap later.

Sport Mods return to action on Aug. 11.

Shepherd wins in Madera

Buddy Shepherd of Bakersfield raced to victory last Saturday night in a curfew-shortened $5,000 to win the Late Model race at Madera Speedway.

Racin Vernon of Bakersfield edged out Shepherd for fast time in qualifying and took the lead on the first lap with Shepherd falling into second. Shepherd moved into the lead on lap nine and held it the rest of the way, with the race being called on lap 87, 13 shy of the planned distance.

Vernon fell back after a lap 25 caution, got pinched into the wall later and brought his wounded car home in ninth place.

Thorn finishes second in Iowa

Derek Thorn of Bakersfield rebounded from a flat tire to finish second in a combination NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West race last Friday at Iowa Speedway.

East driver Tyler Ankrum won with Thorn’s teammate, Ryan Partridge finishing third. Thorn and Partridge are tied for the West championship points lead.

“Starting the day off if you had told me we were going to finish second I wouldn’t have believed you,” said Thorn, who qualified third. “Everything just kind of played into our hands and we got really fortunate.”

The next West race is Aug. 11 in Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash.

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

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