Zack St. Onge made the most of his front-row starting position on Saturday night in the first twin Late Model races at Kern County Raceway.
St. Onge got a great jump at the start and was never caught as he led all 35 laps around the half-mile oval for his first victory of the season.
Points leader Jagger Jones, with grandpa Parnelli Jones watching from a suite, came away with the victory in the second feature.
“We’ve had fast race cars all year and got caught up in a couple of wrecks,” St. Onge said after his win. “It’s about time we finally got one.”
Trevor Huddleston finished second in the first race, followed by Jones.
“Things kind of got jumbled up in the beginning and Zack out to a great lead,” Huddleston said.
In the second race, Jones took the lead from Paul Ebersbacher five laps into the race and set sail en route to his third win of the season.
Jones held more than a six-second advantage when a caution fell 21 laps into the race. Jones held off a challenge from Huddleston on the restart and led the rest of the way.
Huddleston finished second, a half-second back, with St. Onge third. Tanner Wattenbarger was fourth.
“They gave me a great car,” Jones said of his team. “I knew I had to get to the front as early as I could.”
In Spec Mod action, Jim Coffey came out on top of a side-by-side battle with Jason Galvin to win his fourth feature.
Coffey started on the pole and held a two-second lead over Galvin when a caution flew 15 laps into the 30-lapper. Coffey barely held off Galvin on that restart and had pulled back in front when another caution fell on lap 18.
Galvin got the better start on that restart and pulled out to a lead. But Coffey, running low, battled back and the two ran-side-by-side for four laps before Coffey edged back in front.
Coffey finished one second ahead of Galvin with Ed Coffey third.
“Jason nearly got me on the first restart and the second one I tried to go later and Jason did a really good job and got out in front of me,” Coffey said. “We bumped wheels, banged bars a little bit.”
Galvin started the night one point ahead of Coffey in the championship battle and now trails by a point.
“I wasn’t catching Jim without the cautions,” said Galvin. “Jim gave me a little bump and run, I would have done the same thing to him. He’s a great driver and it’s fun to race against him.”
Jaron Gianni made his first Legends race at KCRP a memorable one, racing to victory in the 25-laps Legends feature.
Gianni led the first 14 laps but Colton Page powered into the lead on a restart on lap 15. Gianni ran second until he bumped Page in turn three to get him loose on lap 22 to regain the lead for good.
Page finished second, followed by Eddie Garone and Josh Ayers.
Kercie Jung continued her dominance in the Bandolero division as she charged back from the rear of the field to win her fifth race in six outings at the track.
Jung went to the the rear of the field five laps into the 25-lap race after contract with Riley Massey, who had just been passed by Seth Wise for the lead. Jung powered up to second three laps later. She took the lead from Wise on lap 10, Wise took the lead back the next lap, but Jung went back in front on lap 13 and led the rest of the way.
Wise finished a close second with Massey, who had to go to the rear of the field twice, coming back to finish third.
It was wire-to-wire victories for both winners in Mini Dwarf action.
Trenton Eurto led all 15 laps, holding off a determined challenge from Nathaniel Edwards, for his first victory in the Senior division. In Junior action, Stephen Bazen raced to his second win of the season with Allie Jung finishing second.