The roar of powerful racing engines filled the air west and north of Bakersfield on Saturday night as both Kern County Raceway Park and Bakersfield Speedway kicked off the 2021 racing seasons.

Ron Capps, who has won more than 60 NHRA Funny Car races and a world championship, said last week he a place reserved in his trophy room in Carlsbad for a March Meet trophy should he ever get one.

Looking to get out this weekend? For car and competition lovers, Auto Club Famoso Raceway might be the place to be, as the 28th Annual Hot Rod Reunion hits full bore. Here’s what you need to know:

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.

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  • Positive Cases Among Kern Residents: 157,662

  • Deaths: 1,804

  • Recovered and Presumed Recovered Residents: 149,957

  • Percentage of all cases that are unvaccinated: 92.09

  • Percentage of all hospitalizations that are unvaccinated: 92.72

Updated: 11/30/2021. Source: Kern County Public Health Services Department

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