It’s been a while since The Californian has covered racing and yes, I have heard about it in phone calls, on social media and in some direct messages.

Day 2 of the March Meet came and went on Friday, with action set to get revved up going into the weekend. Saturday's races get underway with qualifying at 8:15 a.m., followed by Funny Car and Top Fuel qualifying at noon. Sunday's races get going with 9 a.m. eliminations, followed by opening …

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.