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Trey Marchman is low on the track as USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car drivers battle three-wide at Bakersfield Speedway in 2016. The series will be in action at Bakersfield Speedway for the first time since then on Saturday night. 

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series rolls into Bakersfield Speedway on Saturday night for its only appearance of the season at the third-mile clay oval.

It is the first stop at the Speedway for the series since 2016 when Troy Rutherford raced to victory.

Austin Liggett of Tracy has won two of the last three races and heads into Bakersfield with the points lead, 107 ahead of Fresno’s Tristan Guardino, who has one win.

Ryan Timmons of Fresno is third in points with Bakersfield’s Shannon McQueen fourth. Both Timmons and McQueen are looking for their first wins.

Ryan Bernal of Hollister is coming off a win at Ventura on July 14, his second of the season. Brody Roa of Gardena also has a pair of wins.

Matt Day of Bakersfield also is expected to compete.

Also in action will be Sport Mods, American Stocks and Mini Stocks.

Eight different drivers have won Sport Mod features this year with Nick Spainhoward (one win) looking for his second track championship. He is 31 points up on Austin Manzella, who is looking for his first win of the season. Matthew Hagio and Chris McKellar each have two wins, the only repeat winners.

Brandon Ratcliff has won three American Stock features and is 16 points ahead of two-time winner Kenny White in that championship race.

In Mini Stocks, David Wolford has raced to three victories and is cruising toward a championship, 64 points up on Roy Maynard Sr.

Racing starts at 7.

Too hot for Dirt Track

Due to an extreme heat warning from the National Weather Service, the management at Kern County Raceway has postponed the planned Friday night race at The Dirt Track.

“With the heat wave forecast for this week and the youth divisions that we have competing, we made the decision to reschedule this event,” said KCRP Media Director Steve Hughes. “We will move this race and hopefully take advantage of some cooler weather later in the year.”

A make-up date will be announced later.

Break time for Famoso, KCRP

It is certainly the dog days of summer, a time when a high temperature in double digits, say 99, instead of 101, seems like a reprieve.

So both Auto Club Famoso Raceway and Kern County Raceway Park (where the asphalt only magnifies the heat) are taking a mid-summer hiatus.

Auto Club Famoso Raceway held a Street Tuner (night time) event on July 14 and will not be back in action until a Red List Series and Test and Tune event on Aug. 18.

Kern County Raceway held an event last Saturday night and will be dark for the next four Saturday nights. Action resumes there on Aug. 25.

Quick shifts

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West come together Friday for a combined race at Iowa Speedway. Derek Thorn of Bakersfield is second in West points, trailing teammate Ryan Partridge by one point.

Bakersfield’s Buddy Shepherd and Racing Vernon will be among the Late Model drivers competing at Madera Speedway on Saturday night in the $5,000 to win Summerfest 100.

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

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