Saturday, January 20, 2018

Pounds Scores Opening Night Of Indoor Kart Nationals

Brad Pounds, Tate Sanders and Eric Humphries on the Open Outlaw podium

Release prepared by Blakesley Sports Media

BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA (January 20, 2018) – The opening night of the inaugural Bakersfield Indoor Kart Nationals at Bakersfield Karting Experience saw IMCA Modified champion Brad Pounds take the $400 Open Outlaw Kart victory. The 1/10th mile dirt oval also hosted three divisions of Mini Dwarf competition and Beginner Box Stocks during the busy night.

Pounds used a daring outside pass to take the lead, then assumed the lead after Tyler Seavey relinquished it in a scuffle with lapped traffic.

26 Open Outlaw Karts were in action with six heat races and twin 14 lap B Mains setting the 12 kart lineup for the feature. Redding’s Brandon Williams started on the pole and led early before he spun and Bakersfield’s Tate Sanders, in his career Outlaw Kart debut, took over the lead. Sanders also won his heat race earlier in a strong debut performance.

Pounds reeled in Sanders and drove up to the cushion for a slingshot run down the backstretch to the take the lead, much to the approval of the strong crowd on hand. The Bakersfield IMCA Modified champion was passed a few laps later by Seavey, who started seventh after winning the first B Main.

Seavey looked poised to drive away with the victory but was halted when Kailyn Lopez spun in front of him in turn two for a caution. Seavey stopped and had to restart at the rear of the field.

Pounds held off Sanders and Chowchilla’s Eric Humphries over a sprint to the finish for the victory. All three have their eyes set on Saturday’s action which will pay $1000 to win.

Nine Beginner Box Stocks staged an entertaining 20 lap race. Four year old Bentley Nelson led the all green flag affair until he spun on lap 19 to surrender the lead and force a caution. Bakersfield’s Spencer Vasquez took over the lead and fended off a tough challenge from Chowchilla’s Kenzie Brown to get the hometown win. Khloe Cotton charged through the field to finish third.

Jett Yantis continued his sterling run at BKE in Sr. Mini Dwarf races, taking another victory for the 2017 Bakersfield Speedway Jr. Mini Dwarf champion. Yantis held off Trenton Eurto early in the event. A late caution brought the field together and allowed Kennedy Cotton to nab second from Eurto near the finish. Jr. Mini Dwarf saw double-duty racer Khloe Cotton use what she learned in the Beginner Box main to hound race leader Bryson Martin. Martin would not be deterred, however, as he went on the for the 20 lap main event win. Blake Watson and Emma McKellar were the top-two in the Jr. Jr. class as well.

Saturday’s activities for the Indoor Kart Nationals include a $200 to win Clone kart feature and Box Stocks. Open Outlaw Karts will race for $1000 to win for nationals feature. Saturday’s show will be an afternoon show with drivers meeting at 1 pm.

General admission tickets will be $15 on Saturday. The full complex is open including the restaurant, arcade games, golf simulator, rental kart racing, RC car racing, live music, and so much more. Event is being presented by 51FIFTY Energy Drink, H&S Body Works, Kern Asphalt, and American Fabrication.

For more information, you can visit Bakersfield Karting Experience online at www.BakersfieldKE.com

Sponsorship and media inquiries can be directed to Jeff Thielscher at (661) 428-0911

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

2018 Kern County Raceway Schedule Released



BAKERSFIELD, CA -- Kern County Raceway, “Bakersfield’s Place to Race” proudly announces its 2018 schedule, featuring twenty race events at the state of the art paved half-mile track just west of Bakersfield.

The Kern County Raceway 2018 season kicks off with the 4rd Annual Winter Showdown on February 2nd and 3rd. The Winter Showdown “The Nation’s Richest Short Track Event” will feature top Super Late Model/Tour Car Drivers from around the nation, including NASCAR champion Kyle Busch. The weekend will also include the Late Models and Super Stocks.

On Thursday night, March 15th, Bakersfield’s own NASCAR Cup Champion, Kevin Harvick will make his racing debut at Kern County Raceway at the NASCAR K & N Pro Series West Season Opener.

Other highlights of the 2018 season will be the return of the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series April 14th, and the return of the “October Classic” featuring both the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series and The K & N Pro Series West Championship finale on October 27th. KCRP will host the Lucas Oil Modified Series on June 30th, featuring the Salute to America Fireworks Spectacular.

And for the fifth straight year, the season will close out with the “George Snider Classic” King of the Wing National Sprint Car Championship on Sunday, November 4th.

Championship divisions at Kern County Raceway in 2018 will include; NASCAR Late Models, Super Stocks, and Spec Mods. Other championship divisions include INEX Legends and Bandoleros, Junior and Senior Mini Dwarfs, Skid Plate Races and Golden Empire Supermoto.

After a huge success in 2017, the JoRonCo Rentals “NIGHT OF MAYHEM” will return in 2018. Three mayhem nights have been scheduled featuring the craziness of skid plate races, waterless boat races, RV Races of Destruction and more.

“We made some big gains in 2017 with both car counts and the quality of our events,” stated KCRP General Manager Larry Collins. “Our staff has worked extremely hard to build a great race season for our fans and competitors. 2018 promises to be a big year at KCRP and we’re looking forward to continuing the heritage of our sport in our community.”

The Dirt Track at KCRP Schedule to be released soon!!

Kern County Raceway is proud to partner with Budweiser, Bulwark FR, Coors Light, Jim Burke Ford, and Whelen Engineering.

Please visit KCRP online at www.kernraceway.com, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kernraceway and follow us on twitter at www.twitter.com/kernraceway and Instagram at instagram.com/kernraceway


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Pacific Challenge Series Sets Banquet For January 27th



Via PCS Media

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (January 11, 2018) – The Pacific Challenge Series presented by PenneyLawyers.com will honor its 2017 champion Mike Beeler and the entire series top-ten, Saturday January 27th with its annual Awards Banquet. The banquet will take place at Cattlemen’s in Roseville, CA.

2014 champion Mike Beeler became the second repeat champion in PCS history when he edged 2015 champion John Moore for the 2017 crown. He joined 2012 & 2016 champion Jeremy Doss as the only drivers to accomplish the feat. Beeler and Moore raced side-by-side for the early laps of the season finale at Roseville’s All American Speedway in October. The crowd of over 3,000 fans witnessed drama when Moore spun down the front stretch, hitting the wall driver’s door first to eliminate himself from contention on just the fifth lap of the race.

Beeler went on to finish seventh and win the championship by 20 points, with 2015 Rookie of the Year Cole Moore an additional 20 points behind in third in the final rundown. 2016 Rookie of the Year Matt Wendt was the only repeat race winner in the ten race series, scoring the season finale to finish fourth in the championship.

Jack Wood was a perfect 10-0 in top-ten finishes throughout the campaign, including a best finish of sixth at Stockton, to win the 2017 Rookie of the Year honors. He finished fifth in the points ahead of his cousin Travis Milburn. Jason Romero used a win at his home track in Roseville for seventh in the standings ahead of Tracy Bolin, Mike Hite, and Matt Scott rounding out the top-ten.

All ten drivers will receive awards at the 2017 banquet for their accomplishments.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. with a social hour before dinner begins being served at 6 p.m. Awards will follow. Dinner is $35 a plate and has a choice of ribs, steak, chicken, salmon, or pasta - with all the fixins. Competitors, sponsors, and fans are all welcome to attend. They may pre-register by calling 916-338-3434.

Details regarding the 2018 Pacific Challenge Series schedule will be unveiled soon, with dates being planned for All American Speedway, Madera Speedway, Shasta Speedway, and Stockton 99 Speedway.

For more information on the Pacific Challenge Series presented by PenneyLawyers.com, visit www.PacificChallengeSeries.com or follow them on Facebook or YouTube

The Pacific Challenge Series is presented by: Penney Racing Supply, Penney & Associates, American Racer Tires, Radio Law Talk, Compact-It, Northwest Compactors, Naake Suspension, Sunoco Fuels, Five Star Bodies, BrakeOMeter, Lefthander Chassis, ARP Bodies, Joes Racing Products, Bassett Wheels, Frank's Radio, WrapStar Pro, and Blakesley Sports Media. All PCS Super Late Models race ABC Bodies or Muscle Car bodies on American Racer Tires with Sunoco Racing Fuel.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse Returns to Sponsor Last Chance Race at 2018 Winter Showdown

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Bakersfield, CA – Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse of Colton and San Dimas is a proud sponsor of the 2018 Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway, for the third year in a row.

The southern California based restaurant will be part of both days at the 2018 Winter Showdown, as they will sponsor the “Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse Last Chance Race” on Friday night and on Saturday afternoon they will award the Hard Charger of the Winter Showdown 300 a $1,000 bonus. The “Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse Hard Charger Award” was introduced in 2017, which will be awarded to the driver that advances the most positions from his or her original scheduled starting position. Oklahoma City, OK’s Donnie Wilson won the inaugural award by starting 23rd and finishing runner up to race winner, Derek Thorn.

“Glenn and everyone at Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse are big fans of short track racing and great supporters of the race teams,” stated the SRL’s Brian Olsen. “It’s great to see them continue be a part of this prestigious event.”

The format to qualify for the Fourth Annual Winter Showdown will begin with single car qualifying at 6:30pm on Friday, February 2nd. The Top 30 drivers from qualifying are locked into the Winter Showdown 300, with the fastest driver claiming the Bobby Durrett Fast Time Award and a $2,000 cash bonus. Those outside the Top 30 in qualifying will compete in the “Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse Last Chance Race”, with the Top 4 transferring to the main event on Saturday afternoon..

Friday, February 2nd is “51 FIFTY Energy Drink Opening Night” featuring Super Late Model Qualifying, Late Models, Super Stocks and the “Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse Last Chance Race”.

On Saturday afternoon, February 3rd it’s the $30,000 to win “SPEARS Manufacturing Winter Showdown 300” for the Super Late Models.

For more event information, go to the “Winter Showdown” icon at www.SRLSouthwestTour.com. Winter Showdown general admission and reserved seat tickets are on sale now at http://www.kernraceway.com/2018wintershowdowntickets

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

MAVTV Returns to Televise 2018 Winter Showdown


Bakersfield, CA – MAVTV and Lucas Oil Productions will be on hand to once again to nationally televise the upcoming “Winter Showdown” at Kern County Raceway in Bakersfield, California.

The $150,000.00 Winter Showdown for Super Late Models/Tour Cars is billed as the “Nation’s Richest Short Track Race,” with top drivers from throughout North America already entered in the February 2nd and 3rd event. The two-day event will also feature the Late Models and Super Stocks for the first time.

“We’re happy to have the opportunity to be part of the Winter Showdown once again and showcase this great event on MAVTV,” stated MAVTV Director of Programming, Jason Patison. “The Winter Showdown has quickly become a premier event for short track racing and we’re proud to be part of it.”

The Winter Showdown will air on a taped delayed basis, with the airdates of the “Winter Showdown 300” to be announced at a later date.

“In only four years the Winter Showdown has become a crown jewel of Super Late Model racing and one of the biggest events of Short Track Racing in America,” said Bob Dillner, commentator for MAVTV and owner of Speed51.com. “This year’s event is going to be the biggest yet with so much on the line. We are excited to bring the action of the Winter Showdown to fans across the globe in this tape-delayed broadcast on MAVTV.”

Owned and operated by Lucas Oil Products, MAVTV is a television network with its roots deep in the automotive world. With an unparalleled line-up of motorsports events and exclusive automotive reality shows, MAVTV is the answer for motorheads from all walks of life.

The 2018 Winter Showdown weekend will be headlined by the Saturday afternoon, February 3rd $30,000 to win “Winter Showdown 300” for Super Late Models. Friday, February 2nd will feature Super Late Model Qualifying, along with the Super Stocks, Late Models and Winter Showdown Last Chance Qualifier.

For more event information, go to the “Winter Showdown” icon at www.SRLSouthwestTour.com.