Alex Stanford of Chowchilla took the lead on the 17th lap and led the rest of the way on Saturday night to win the IMCA Modified 50-lap feature in the Mike Moshier Classic at Bakersfield Speedway.
There was one fast way around he third-mile clay oval — on a rough “cushion” — just a couple of feet off the walls in the corner.
Cody Laney started on the outside of the front row in the 22-car feature and immediately set sail, riding the high side of the track as he set the early pace.
Stanford, who started fifth, quickly moved into second and was ready to pounce when Laney made a mistake.
“Cody hit the holes the wrong way and it ended up in my favor,” Stanford said. “That was hard on my nerves, that was a long time to be up front. I’m glad it’s over.”
Brad Pounds, who started seventh, finished second, followed by Bobby Hogge IV, Laney and Kyle Heckman.
“I seen (the scoreboard), I knew those (drivers) would be there at then end,” Stanford said. “ I’m just glad I didn’t see any of them until after we took the checkered.”
Raymond Noland Jr. led from start to finish to win the 25-lap Hobby Stock feature.
Noland’s biggest challenge came five laps from the finish finish when Cody Johnson went low in turns one and two.
“I seen him put his nose down there,” Noland said. “I knew he’d race me clean and just stayed up there on the cushion. I’ve had a lot of bad luck lately and I’m just glad we could snap that.”
Wayne Dotson edged past Johnson on the final lap to take second. Nicholas Johnson was fourth with Marcus Wankum fifth.