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Cody Laney (2) and Brad Pounds (145) battle for the lead during IMCA Modified action on June 30 at Bakersfield Speedway. Pounds went on to win. 

The regular points season comes to a close on Saturday night at Bakersfield Speedway as IMCA Modifieds, Sport Mods, American Stocks, Mod Lites and Hard Tops take to the track.

Scott Pounds is coming off his second win of the season in Modified competition last Saturday night and will lock up the championship as soon as he pulls into the pits. He has seven wins and is 26 points ahead of Robby Sawyer.

It’s the same story in Sport Mods where Nick Spainhoward has only to show up to clinch the championship. Spainhoward, who has two wins and 11 top fives in 14 races, is 40 points up on Gary Dutton.

Four-time winner Brandon Ratcliff needs to only finish 12 positions better than Kenny White to emerge as champion in that division. White has three wins.

Zach Forster has driven to victory in all but one Mod Lites race but holds just a 10-point lead (five finishing positions) over Anthony Balcazar. Balcazar, looking for his first win, has finished runner-up five times.

Rich Souza has won three of the four Hard Top races at the Speedway.

Racing starts at 7.

Final Street Tuner event at Famoso

The final Street Tuner race of the season takes place on Saturday night at Auto Club Famoso Raceway.

Designed to help lure street racers to the track, or those who might just want to give drag racing a try, the event is limited to street legal cars and motorcycles. Participants can run the full quarter-mile or just the eight-mile; they can request that the time and speed does not appear on the scoreboard (it will be on a time slip handed to them) and grudge races are welcome.

The track is open for runs from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m.

Quick shifts

Kern County Raceway Park is gearing up for it’s final four events of the season: The King of the Wings Sprint Car race on Oct. 6; A Night of Destruction on Oct. 20; the October Classic featuring K&N West and Southwest Tour cars on Oct. 27-28; and the George Snider Classic featuring Sprint Cars on both dirt and asphalt on Nov. 3-4.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West heads to the quarter-mile Meridian (Idaho) Speedway Saturday to begin the final three-race push to the championship. Derek Thorn of Bakersfield leads Bruncati Racing teammate Ryan Partridge by 31 points with Cole Rouse 35 back. It will be Thorn’s first race at the track.

The Spears Southwest Tour stops on the third-mile at Madera Speedway on Saturday with with Jeremy Doss leading Eric Schmidt by 35 points. Doss has won twice while Schmidt has one win.

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

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