BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA — Lance Wilson won the battle but Brian Richardson won the war, as Wilson swept the Twin 35s for NASCAR CITGO Lubricants Late Models on Saturday night at Kern County Raceway Park while Richardson won the 2014 division championship. The victories brought Wilson to six wins on the season in a runner-up campaign to Richardson’s ten wins.
Richardson’s championship goes with his 2003 Mesa Marin Late Model championship, making himself and 2013 CITGO champ David Mayhew as the lone drivers to have won championships at both the current and former half-mile speedways in Bakersfield.
Wilson led a total of 66 of the 70 laps of competition on Saturday, with the second 35 won in a close finish over track Rookie of the Year Buddy Shepherd.
“(My team) had it set on kill this weekend,” Wilson said. “I know what its like to want that first one and hats off to (Shepherd) – he is a wheelman and he ran me clean!”
Cole Adamo of Taft led the opening two laps of the second 35 before yielding to fourth starting Wilson. Adamo fell into a long side-by-side duel with fourth in points Racin Vernon that ended dramatically on lap 24. Vernon and Adamo collided in turn four, sending Adamo sideways and Vernon up and over the top of him. Vernon slid down the frontstretch on his roof for several hundred feet. The young driver was uninjured but the dramatic accident also gathered up John Piker and Trevor Schlundt who made hard contact trying to avoid.
After the dust settled from the lengthy red flag, Shepherd pounced on Wilson in one of the best battles of the season. Wilson fended off the 15 year-old down to the wire taking a scant .144 second win with Brian Richardson third to wrap up his championship campaign.
Wilson’s win the first 35 also came after taking the lead on lap three, this time from Toni McCray. The race went caution free, and Richardson took over second on lap 15 but was unable to close down on Wilson. McCray ultimately finished third with Shepherd fourth and Vernon rounding out the top-five.
Despite going winless on the season, Perrin Koostra won the inaugural Super Stock championship on Saturday. The 25 lap race was a barnburner that saw the top-five cars run nearly nose-to-tail throughout the race. Tehachapi’s Gene Fife took the lead on lap 12 from Paul Ebersbacher and looked poised for his fourth win of the season. A caution on lap 18 that involved all cars but Fife slowed the field and brought them back together.
The final seven laps saw Fife and Koostra put on a show for the fans, with Fife taking the win ahead of Koostra with Ebersbacher third.
Although he had officially clinched his second straight INEX Bandolero championship in September, that didn’t stop Tyler Bannister from taking the race win in their 15 lap main event. Bannister took the lead from Braden Rogers on lap five and never looked back. Rogers and Kabe McClenny finished second and third in both the race and the standings as well.
Brandon Weaver still has one more race to go in the INEX Legends championship but he extended his points lead with his sixth straight and seventh total series win. The 30 lap race was led early on by second in points Eddie Garone, before Weaver took over on lap ten. Eric Olson started fifth but managed to finish third to keep his battle with Garone for the runner-up in the standings alive.
The 911 Racing Series is nearing its conclusion as well with the final race of the season on November 23rd. The series pits first responders from across Kern County. Officer Justin Enns of the Bakersfield Police Department set fast time and led all 15 laps in a dominating performance. Detective Josh Stephens of Shafter Police finished second with Bruce Rasmussen of Kern County Probation taking a narrow third place finish.
Kern County Raceway Park is dark for racing this Saturday night but will return on October 18th with Faith & Family Night featuring the Faster Pastor races!
Major marketing partners at Kern County Raceway Park include Budweiser, CITGO Lubricants, Monster Energy, Advance Beverage Company, Coca Cola, DC’s RV Center, Three-Way Chevrolet, and Whelen Engineering.
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-Kern County Raceway Park Press Release & Photo
October 4, 2014 Race Against Cancer / JACK FM Night
Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA
NASCAR CITGO Lubricants Late Model – Twin 35 #1
1) 15 Lance Wilson, 2) 4 Brian Richardson, 3) 90 Toni McCray, 4) 22 Buddy Shepherd, 5) 51 Racin Vernon, 6) 40 Cole Adamo, 7) 20 John Piker, 8) 13 Josh Horn, 9) 28 Trevor Schlundt, 10) 1 Paul Ebersbacher, 11) 12 Hugh Stubblefield 11:22.111
NASCAR CITGO Lubricants Late Model – Twin 35 #2
1) 15 Lance Wilson, 2) 22 Buddy Shepherd, 3) 4 Brian Richardson, 4) 90 Toni McCray, 5) 12 Hugh Stubblefield, 6) 1 Paul Ebersbacher, 7) 40 Cole Adamo, 8) 51 Racin Vernon, 9) 28 Trevor Schlundt, 10) 20 John Piker, 11) 13 Josh Horn 22:59.430
Super Stock – 25 laps
1) 7 Gene Fife, 2) 1 Perrin Koostra, 3) 11 Paul Ebersbacher, 4) 26 Bobby Aldridge, 5) 14 Dylan Baker, 6) 77 Michael Nicks 17:08.225
INEX Legend – 30 laps
1) 15 Brandon Weaver, 2) 31 Eddie Garone, 3) 17 Eric Olson, 4) 5 Garrett Fine, 5) 24 Colton Page, 6) 71 Josh Ayers DNS: 80 Sonny Sparks 7:27.206
INEX Bandolero – 15 laps
1) 51 Tyler Bannister, 2) 29 Braden Rogers, 3) 05 Kabe McClenny, 4) 40 Sam Richardson 4:02.014
911 Racing Series – 15 laps
1) 6 Justin Enns, 2) 4 Josh Stephens, 3) 7 Bruce Rasmussen, 4) 17 Mark Miller, 5) 16 Corey Stacy, 6) 57 Eric Coughran, 7) 3 Josh Yates 6:05.664