Race fans and race teams can find pertinent information about this weekend’s 4th Annual Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway (CA) in 51’s Fast Facts below. 


Dates: February 1-3


Track: Kern County Raceway (0.5-mile asphalt oval)


Location: 13500 Raceway Blvd Interstate 5 and Enos Lane, Bakersfield, CA 93311


Sanction: SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series


Purse: $147,000 – $30,000 to win and $3,000 to start.


Last Year’s Winner: Derek Thorn


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Tickets:  Friday – Adults GA $15, Adults Reserved $20, Kids 6-15 GA $10


Saturday – Adults GA $25, Adults Reserved $30, Kids 6-15 GA $15


Rowdy Roundup – $195 (Reserved ticket, one-hour session with Kyle Busch, two autographed items and one photo.)


Pit Passes: Thursday – $40, Friday – $40, Saturday – $55, Two-Day Pass – $80, Three-Day Pass – $100


Track Phone: (661) 835-1264


Fast Facts: This will be the first year that the Winter Showdown will feature 300 laps of racing around Kern County Raceway.  Teams will be allowed three sets of tires for qualifying and the 300-lap race. One set will be qualifying on Friday night, while the other two will be used during controlled pit stops during the main event. The Winter Showdown will be the first race of 2018 for defending Winter Showdown winner Derek Thorn.  One driver who enters the race with momentum is Chris Eggleston, who is coming off a Chilly Willy 150 victory at Tucson Speedway last weekend.  NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch will return to the Winter Showdown after finishing third one year ago.  Joining him will be NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Daniel Hemric, who will be making his debut at the Winter Showdown driving for Wilson Motorsports. Another driver to keep an eye on, who will also be making his Winter Showdown debut, is Wisconsin native Ty Majeski. He is making the trip west to Bakersfield, CA with fellow Wisconsin native and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West driver Derek Kraus. Although it wouldn’t be considered a “Showdown Sweep” because it’s now a new year, Preston Peltier will be looking to go back-to-back in Showdown races after winning the 2017 Summer Showdown at Evergreen Raceway (WA).


Former Winter Showdown Winners:

2017 – Derek Thorn

2016 – Bubba Pollard

2015 – Bubba Pollard


Winter Showdown Entry List (As of 1/29/18):

1 Matthew Wendt
2 Craig Raudman
5 Mason Mingus
05 Eric Schmidt
6 Dominic Ursetta
9 Derek Kraus
08 Jace Hansen
09 Kayla Eshleman
11 Dustin Ash
11 Tracy Bolin
11 Austin Herzog
12 Colby Potts
14 Chris Davidson
15 Buddy Shepherd
17 David Mayhew
18 Jack Wood
18 Noah Gragson
19 Eddie McKean
19 Brandon White
20 Cole Moore
21 Blaine Rocha
21 Daniel Hemric
21 Eric Holmes
22 Chris Eggleston
23 Dan Holtz
24 Scott Sanchez
26 CMS
27 John Moore
29 Cole Williams
33 MK Kanke
36 Luke Hall
40 Dylan Caldwell
43 Kody Vanderwal
43 Derek Thorn
44 Bob Lyon
45 Nick Joanides
48 Preston Peltier
51 Kyle Busch
51 Carlos Vieira
52 Ryan Philpott
53 Cole Cabrera
58 Tyler Ankrum
65 Tyler Tanner
66 Logan Bearden
66 Jeff Bischofberger
75 Jeremy Doss
86 Tom Berrow
86 Mike David
88 Kolby Berry
89 Bobby Hodges
91 Ty Majeski
99 Tanner Wattenbarger


Winter Showdown Event Schedule: 

Thursday, February 1 (All Times Local)


10 a.m. – Pit Gates & Registration Opens

10 a.m. – Showdown SLM Parking

10:30 a.m. – Showdown SLM Crew Chief Meeting

11 a.m. – Showdown SLM Tech Inspection

After Tech Ends – Showdown SLM Practice (3.5 Hours)

Super Stocks & Late Model Practice


Friday, February 2 (All Times Local)


9 a.m. – Pit Gats & Registration Opens

9:45 a.m. – SLM Driver’s, Spotter’s and Crew Chief Meeting

10:15 a.m. – SLM Tech Inspection Opens

11 a.m. – Super Stock & Late Model Driver’s Meeting

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Super Stocks & Late Model Practice

12:15 p.m. – 1 p.m. – Showdown SLM Practice

1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Super Stocks & Late Model Practice

1:45 p.m – 2:45 p.m. – Showdown SLM Final Practice

2:45 p.m. – Super Stocks & Late Model Qualifying Tech

3:45 p.m. – Showdown SLM Qualifying Tech

5:45 p.m. – Super Stock & Late Model Qualifying

6:30 p.m. – Showdown Qualifying – Top 30 Locked In

7:30 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies

Late Model Showdown – Segment #1

Super Stock Showdown

Showdown SLM Last Chance Race

Late Model Showdown – Segment #2


Saturday, February 3 (All Times Local)

10 a.m. – Pit Gates Open

10:45 a.m. – Chapel Service

11 a.m. – Driver’s, Spotter’s and Crew Chief Meeting

1 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies

On-Track Festivities

Driver Introductions

2 p.m. – 4th Annual Winter Showdown 300


-Text by Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor

-Photo credit: Speed51.com

Fast Facts: 4th Annual Winter Showdown at Kern County