Former Bakersfield resident Ryan Reed, who won two Daytona 300s in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, will compete in the Fifth Annual SRL Winter Showdown on Feb. 1-2 at Kern County Raceway.

The season started with Kyle Busch winning one of the richest short track races in the nation, ended with the fastest cars to circle the paved half-mile — winged sprints — and saw Bakersfield native Kevin Harvick compete there for the first time.

Nick Spainhoward would have liked to have finished the regular season off in better fashion, but a fifth-place finish in the final Sports Mod points race of the season on Saturday night at Bakersfield Speedway was more than enough to earn the championship.

The Bakersfield Condors have finalized their hockey operations staff and goaltenders will be getting plenty of up-close and personal instruction as Edmonton goaltending development coach Sylvain Rodrigue will be based in Bakersfield.