9:19
9:19
Today's coverage of the Winter Showdown Practice, qualifying and the qualifying races at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, CA is presented by JOES Racing Products. Based in Everett, Washington, JOES Racing Products was started in 1989 by racer Joe Constance, for racers. Our company reflects an extension of the Constance Racing Family with racers on our staff that are competitive and know quality parts and why they work well. Check out their variety of products available for racers today. Click here to find a dealer near you today!
9:19
9:19
Today's coverage of Winter Showdown from Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, CA is presented by Hamner Racing Engines. Hamner Racing Engines are built and maintained primarily for short track racing. They build Super Late Model motors for many different series including the ARCA CRA Super Series using Ford and Chevy engines. Click here to visit site
9:19
That will do it for today's coverage. We will be back at 9a.m. for a ton more action at Kern County Raceway Park leading up to the inaugural Winter Showdown. Special thanks to JOES Racing Products and Hamner Racing Engines for sponsoring today's coverage. Good night.
9:16
There were no issues in post-qualifier tech,
9:12
Tonight\'s winners. (Speed51.com photo)
8:55
Winter Showdown Starting Lineup after Friday Qualifiers
1 43 Derek Thorn
2 26b Bubba Pollard
3 5s Dalton Sargeant
4 18 Jim Pettit II
5 26p Preston Peltier
6 16 Jacob Gomes
7 17 David Mayhew
8 31 Jason Fraser
9 6u Dominic Ursetta
10 22e Chris Eggleston
11 21 Blaine Rocha
12 89 Bobby Hodges
13 75 Jeremy Doss
14 5g Will Gallaher
15 29v Greg Voigt
16 19 Brandon White
17 11a Dustin Ash
18 05 Eric Schmidt
19 51 Carlos Vieira
20 22g Jonathon Gomez
21 7 Johnny White
22 20 Tracy Bolin
23 66 Darren Bucklen
24 6s Donny St. Ours
25 81 Darrell Midgley
26 77 Toni McCray
27 8 Noah Gragson
28 37s Keith Spangler
29 5w Ryan Wells
30 12 Colby Potts
31 First - Saturday Last Chance Qualifer
32 Second - Saturday Last Chance Qualifier
33 Third - Saturday Last Chance Qualifier
34 Fourth - Saturday Last Chance Qualifier
35 Provisional
36 Provisional
8:47
Sargeant wins the third qualifier. (Speed51.com photo)
8:46
Comment From Lenny

Congrats to Sargeant on the win,Thanks for the coverage Speed 51,be on here tomorrow night,Night

8:45
Showdown Qualifier No. 3 Results
1 5s Dalton Sargeant
2 16 Jacob Gomes
3 6u Dominic Ursetta
4 89 Bobby Hodges
5 29v Greg Voigt
6 05 Eric Schmidt
7 7 Johnny White
8 6s Donny St. Ours
9 8 Noah Gragson
10 12 Colby Potts
11 57 David Ross
12 29h Shane Harding
13 88 Jason Gilbert
14 38 Hollis Shane Thackery
15 24 Dylan Lupton
16 37L Mike Longton
8:44
CHECKERED FLAG: Sargeant leads flag-to-flag for the win over Gomes, Ursetta, Hodges, and Voigt.
8:44
Lap 48: Potts gets by Ross for 10th. Sargeant puts them both a lap down.
8:43
Lap 47: Potts to the outside of Ross for 10th. Meanwhile, Sargeant is being caught by Gomes.
8:43
Gragson is in the final transfer position.
8:43
Lap 46: The battles continues for 10th between Ross and Potts. Sargeant still stuck behind them.
8:42
Lap 45: Sargeant leads Gomes, Ursetta, Hodges, and Voigt.
8:42
Lap 44: Gomes slowly closing the gap on Sargeant.
8:42
Lap 42: Sargeant still sits behind the battle for the 10th and final transfer spot between Ross and Potts.
8:41
Lap 41: Voigt challenges Hodges for the fourth spot but falls back in line.
8:41
Lap 40: Sargeant leads Gomes by about four seconds.
8:41
Lupton said he went into turn one and the brake pedal went to the floor. Was able to slow it down and bring it to the pits.
8:40
Lap 38: Ross continues in the 10th and final transfer spot, but is under pressure by Colby Potts as Sargeant approaches to lap them.
8:40
Lap 37: Sargeant has a very comfortable lead on Gomes at this time.
8:39
Lap 35: White manages to keep seventh for the moment.
8:39
Lupton is in the pits and the motor is off.
8:39
Lap 33: Johnny White is pressured by St. Ours for seventh. White left the track last night to repair his machine after a mishap in practice yesterday and returned this morning on an open trailer.
8:38
Lap 32: Lupton off the pace and pulls to the apron.
8:37
Lap 31: Voigt stil hanging with Hodges for fourth.
8:37
Lap 29: Sargeant puts a lap on Lupton.
8:37
Lap 28: Longton is in the pits with motor issues.
8:36
Lap 27: Ursetta appears to be reeling in on Gomes slightly for second.
8:36
8:36
Lap 25: Halfway. Sargeant leads Gomes, Ursetta, Hodges, Voigt, Schmidt, White, St. Ours, Gragson, and Ross.
8:35
Lap 23: Sargeant holds a 1.6 second lead over Gomes.
8:35
Lap 22: Gragson under Ross and takes ninth in turns one and two.
8:35
Lap 20: St. Ours, Ross, and Gragson continue to hold on to the final transfer spots.
8:34
Lap 18: Longton falls a lap down as Sargeant, Gomes, and Ursetta pull around him.
8:34
Lap 17: Field is currently single file the entire way around.
8:33
Lap 15: Sargeant continues his smooth race up front. Approaches the slower Hollis Shane Thackery to put him a lap down.
8:33
Lap 14: Schmidt now under White for that position.
8:32
Lap 12: Schmidt pressuring Johnny White for sixth.
8:32
Lap 10: Top five - Sargeant, Gomes, Ursetta, Hodges, and Voigt.
8:31
Lap 9: Gragson continues his march to the front. Under Potts for the 10th and final transfer spot.
8:31
Lap 8: Hodges has recovered to fourth with Voigt running fifth.
8:30
Lap 6: Gragson picks up another spot around Gilbert for 12th.
8:30
Lap 5: Sargeant, Gomes, and Ursetta the top three.
8:30
Lap 4: Gragson and Lupton battling outside the top 10.
8:29
Lap 2: Donny St. Ours and Johnny White battling for sixth.
8:29
Lap 1: Sargeant up front. Longton was off the pace and falls to the rear of the field.
8:29
GREEN FLAG: Hodges gets loose and stacks up the field. Everyone continues.
8:28
8:28
Noah Gragson's fixed machine has been added to the rear of the field.
8:26
Showdown Qualifier No. 3 Lineup (50 Laps)
1 5s Dalton Sargeant
2 6u Dominic Ursetta
3 16 Jacob Gomes
4 89 Bobby Hodges
5 7 Johnny White
6 29v Greg Voigt
7 57 David Ross
8 6s Donny St. Ours
9 05 Eric Schmidt
10 37L Mike Longton
11 29h Shane Harding
12 12 Colby Potts
13 88 Jason Gilbert
14 24 Dylan Lupton
15 38 Hollis Shane Thackery
8:26
Comment From Steve in Crestview, FL

Great job Bubba.....keep up the good work!

8:25
Showdown Qualifier No. 2 Results
1 26b Bubba Pollard
2 26p Preston Peltier
3 31 Jason Fraser
4 21 Blaine Rocha
5 5g Will Gallaher
6 11a Dustin Ash
7 22g Jonathon Gomez
8 66 Darren Bucklen
9 77 Toni McCray
10 5w Ryan Wells
11 33 M.K. Kanke
12 14 Chris Davidson
13 5c Chris Scribner
14 15 Gracin Raz
15 99m Shane Mitchell
8:25
Pollard wins the second qualifier. (Speed51.com photo)
8:23
CHECKERED FLAG: Bubba Pollard wins 51 FIFTY Showdown Qualifier No. 2
8:22
Gragson is set to go for the third qualifier. (Speed51.com photo)
8:22
WHITE FLAG: Bubba Pollard is one lap away from leading all 50 circuits
8:22
Lap 47: Bubba Pollard laps Texas veteran Chris Davidson
8:22
Lap 45: Lapped car Chris Scribner nearly lost the handle on his No. 5 just in front of second place Preston Peltier
8:21
Lap 44: Gallaher moves past Ash for fifth
8:21
Lap 42: Will Gallaher very briefly showed the nose to Dustin Ash for fifth exiting turn-2 but could not make it stick
8:20
Lap 41: Chris Scribner will be the first car to lose a lap to Georgia's Bubba Pollard
8:20
Lap 39: Leader Bubba Pollard is very quickly catching the tail end of the field
8:20
Third qualifier starts to get ready. (Speed51.com photo)
8:19
Lap 38: Gallaher continues to hound Ash for fifth position
8:19
Lap 37: Wells has now moved to 10th
8:19
Lap 36: Wells has now climbed to the outside of Kanke for the 10th spot
8:18
Lap 35: Pollard and Peltier look to have checked out on the field
8:18
Lap 32: Will Gallaher is now closing on Dustin Ash for fifth
8:17
Lap 31: Wells has taken 11th from Chris Davidson
8:17
Lap 30: Ryan Wells and Chris Davidson are waging a fantastic battle for 11th position
8:16
Lap 28: Nearly a half straightaway separates Peltier from third place Jason Fraser
8:16
Raz tells us that something popped in the car and hit the wall. He is alright.
8:16
Right front damage to Gracin Raz\'s car. (Speed51.com photo)
8:16
Lap 27: The field has begun to spread themselves out around this gorgeous half-mile facility
8:15
Lap 25: Dustin Ash has pulled to the rear bumper of Blaine Rocha for fourth place
8:15
Lap 23: Bubba Pollard and Preston Peltier currently run first and second and have pulled away from the rest of the field
8:14
Lap 21: Darren Bucklen is looking to slip past Toni McCray for eighth position
8:14
Lap 20: Jonathon Gomez and Dustin Ash currently race side-by-side for fifth
8:13
Lap 19: Rocha jumps to the topside of the race track to pressure Fraser for third
8:13
GREEN FLAG: Restart on lap-18
8:13
Your current top-10 on the speedway are Pollard, Peltier, Fraser, Rocha, Will Gallaher, Dustin Ash, Toni McCray, Jonathon Gomez, M.K. Kanke and Darren Bucklen.
8:12
Gragson\'s car in tech. (Speed51.com photo)
8:12
Noah Gragson's crew just returned to the track with his car. Earlier today, he hit the wall hard in turns three and four. The team rushed over to Victory Circle Chassis where a new rear clip was put on the car. They rushed back to the track, now going through tech, so he can be in the final qualifier.
8:12
Gracin Raz has hit pit road with a shower of sparks trailing
8:11
Upon further inspection, it is the No. 15 of Gracin Raz that has spun in turn-2.
8:11
YELLOW FLAG: There is a car in the wall in turn-2
8:10
Lap 14: Bucklen hangs on to 10th as Raz attempts to regroup
8:10
Lap 13: Gracin Raz looks to steal the 10th and final transfer spot from Darren Bucklen
8:09
Lap 11: Rocha continues to hound Fraser for the third position
8:09
Lap 9: Pollard now leads by 10-car lengths. Gracin Raz and Darren Bucklen now battle for tenth.
8:08
Lap 8: Blaine Rocha now pressures Fraser for third place
8:08
Lap 7: Preston Peltier has cleared Jason Fraser for second place
8:08
Lap 6: Peltier shows the nose to Fraser for second through turns three and four.
8:07
Lap 4: Pollard begins to distance himself from the rest of the field as Peltier closes on Jason Fraser for second.
8:07
Lap 3: Single file racing through the top-10.
8:06
Lap 2: North Carolina's Preston Peltier advances to third early on
8:06
Derek Thorn shares a laugh with David Mayhew after the race. (Speed51.com photo)
8:06
Lap 1: Bubba Pollard takes the early lead down the back straightaway
8:06
GREEN FLAG: Georgia's Bubba Pollard and Washington's Jason Fraser bring them to the stripe
8:05
After a West-heavy field in Qualifier No. 1, a number of East Coast invaders will look to find their way to the front on Qualifier No. 2.
8:04
The second Showdown Qualifier will be 50-laps

 

8:03
Showdown Qualifier No. 2 Lineup (50 Laps)
1 26b Bubba Pollard
2 31 Jason Fraser
3 21 Blaine Rocha
4 26p Preston Peltier
5 22g Jonathon Gomez
6 77 Toni McCray
7 11a Dustin Ash
8 5g Will Gallaher
9 5w Ryan Wells
10 33 M.K. Kanke
11 14 Chris Davidson
12 66 Darren Bucklen
13 5c Chris Scribner
14 15 Gracin Raz
15 99m Shane Mitchell
8:02
Comment From Lenny

Congrats to Thorn on the win,Go Pollard

8:02
Showdown Qualifier No. 1 Results
1 43 Derek Thorn
2 18 Jim Pettit II
3 17 David Mayhew
4 22e Chris Eggleston
5 75 Jeremy Doss
6 19 Brandon White
7 51 Carlos Vieira
8 20 Tracy Bolin
9 81 Darrell Midgley
10 37s Keith Spangler
11 19m Eddy McKean
12 37f Sierra Furia
13 34w Scott Walker
14 99w Linny White
15 71 Christian McGee
16 49 Brian Levant
8:00
CHECKERED FLAG: Derek Thorn wins in convincing fashion over Jim Pettit II, David Mayhew, Chris Eggleston, and Jeremy Doss.
7:59
WHITE FLAG: Thorn continues in the top spot while Spangler and Midgley continue their battle for ninth.
7:59
Lap 48: Thorn has led every lap in this qualifier. Pettit and Mayhew have fallen a little further off in second and third.
7:58
Lap 47: Midgley looking under Spangler for the ninth spot.
7:58
Lap 45: Thorn continues up front. Eggleston and Doss had been battling for fourth but have opened a gap between each other.
7:57
Lap 44: Thorn gets ready to put Scott Walker a lap down.
7:57
Preston Peltier is ready to go. (Speed51.com photo)
7:56
Lap 42: McKean is the first car not in a transfer spot and is a lap back.
7:56
Lap 40: Thorn continues to lead with 10 laps to go.
7:56
Lap 39: Vieira has picked up some spots advancing past Bolin for seventh.
7:56
Linny White\'s crew opens the hood of his car. (Speed51.com photo)
7:55
Lap 37: Thorn has stretched the lead while Mayhew sits a couple car lengths behind Pettit.
7:55
Lap 35: Linny White's misfortune has moved Darrell Midgley into a transfer spot. He is the last car on the lead lap.
7:54
Lap 34: Good battle for fourth between Eggleston, Doss, and Brandon White.
7:54
Lap 33: Thorn, Pettit, and Mayhew pull ahead of the other leaders at the moment.
7:54
Lap 32: Linny White has pulled on the apron and appears to be headed pit side.
7:53
Lap 31: Linny White gets out of shape and falls out of a transfer spot.
7:53
Lap 30: Mayhew on the back of Pettit and slightly dips low.
7:53
Brooks is assisting. The SRL Southwest Tour are the head tech officials.
7:53
Comment From A buckeye

Is Ricky brooks the head tech guy this weekend?

7:53
GREEN FLAG: Pettit gets a better start this time, but Thorn gets the run off turn two to keep the lead.
7:52
When the field doubles up for the restart the order will be: Thorn, Pettit, Mayhew, Eggleston, Doss, Linny White, Brandon White, Bolin, Vieira, and Spangler.
7:51
7:51
Pollard and Thorn are both GARC cars. 36 will start tomorrow.
7:51
Comment From MMS

Are there any GARC cars in the race tomorrow? How many cars start the race tomorrow?

7:50
The first three caution laps will count toward the 51 lap distance.
7:50
Walker comes to a stop on the frontstretch. (Speed51.com photo)
7:50
Walker purchased a brand new LFR Chassis during the off season.
7:49
YELLOW FLAG: Scott Walker has spun on the front straightaway. He was running in eighth.
7:49
Lap 26: Pettit looking to the outside of Thorn as they work through lapped traffic.
7:48
Lap 25: Doss working on the fourth place car of Eggleston.
7:48
Lap 24: Pettit has drawn within a couple car lengths on Thorn.
7:48
Lap 22: Vieira and Spangler are battling hard for the 10th and final transfer spot.
7:47
Lap 21: Midgley the next to lose a lap in 12th.
7:47
Lap 20: Thorn and Pettit put a lap on McKean.
7:46
Lap 18: Drivers staying out of trouble as the front 10 remain single file.
7:46
Lap 17: Front three have spread out over the remainder of the field.
7:45
Lap 15: Pettit is running laps comparable to Thorn at the moment.
7:45
Lap 14: Brandon White now around Bolin for the eighth position.
7:45
Lap 13: Thorn continues to set quite the pace as he laps Sierra Furia.
7:44
Lap 11: White now hounding the back of Bolin for eighth. Every position counts as this will dictate where drivers start in tomorrow's race.
7:44
Lap 10: Thorn leads Pettit, Mayhew, Eggleston, and Doss.
7:43
Lap 9: Christian McGee slows and gets out of the way of the leaders.
7:43
Lap 8: Thorn has extended his lead up front with Pettit holding on to second with a couple car length advantage over Mayhew now.
7:43
Lap 7: Vieira now works by McKean for the 10th and final transfer spot.
7:43
Lap 6: Brandon White is on the move moving to the outside of Vieira and then to the inside of McKean.
7:42
Lap 4: McKean, Vieira remain in the final two transfer spots, but Brandon White and Spangler battle for 11th behind them.
7:41
Lap 3: Doss all over the back of Walker for the fifth spot.
7:41
Lap 2: Pettit has recovered in second with Mayhew pressuring him heavily.
7:41
GREEN FLAG: The first Winter Showdown qualifier is underway. Pettit gets a terrible start and Thorn pulls away into the lead.
7:40
Thorn has chosen to start this race from the outside.
7:40
Cars have been continuing to run pace laps. One to go signal is being given.
7:38
The furthest east that any starter lives in this first qualifier is Colorado's Chris Eggleston.
7:37
We are feeling some drops of rain, but with a breeze, the track is staying dry at this point.
7:35
Cars are rolling, but there have been some reports of light rain.
7:35
The remainder of the drivers outside the top 10 tonight will have to make the 36 car field in tomorrow's last chance race.
7:32
Field for the first qualifier is lined up for introductions. (Speed51.com photo)
7:30
The pole starter plus the next nine finishers in each qualifier will transfer into tomorrow's 250 lap event.
7:29
Showdown Qualifier No. 1 Lineup (51 Laps)
1 43 Derek Thorn
2 18 Jim Pettit II
3 17 David Mayhew
4 22e Chris Eggleston
5 19 Brandon White
6 34w Scott Walker
7 75 Jeremy Doss
8 99w Linny White
9 20 Tracy Bolin
10 51 Carlos Vieira
11 49 Brian Levant
12 81 Darrell Midgley
13 19m Eddy McKean
14 37s Keith Spangler
15 37f Sierra Furia
16 71 Christian McGee
7:28
The first of the three WInter Showdown qualifiers are next. The first race will be 51 laps in distance while the other two will be 50 laps in support of the sponsor for tonight's races.
7:27
7:27
Barnes wins the Lucas Oil Modified dash. (Speed51.com photo)
7:27
Today's coverage of the Winter Showdown Practice, qualifying and the qualifying races at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, CA is presented by JOES Racing Products. Based in Everett, Washington, JOES Racing Products was started in 1989 by racer Joe Constance, for racers. Our company reflects an extension of the Constance Racing Family with racers on our staff that are competitive and know quality parts and why they work well. Check out their variety of products available for racers today. Click here to find a dealer near you today!
7:26
7:26
Today's coverage of Winter Showdown from Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, CA is presented by Hamner Racing Engines. Hamner Racing Engines are built and maintained primarily for short track racing. They build Super Late Model motors for many different series including the ARCA CRA Super Series using Ford and Chevy engines. Click here to visit site
7:26
This was the first race for the Lucas Oil Modifieds at Kern County Raceway Park, a predecessor to tomorrow's 75 lap feature.
7:25
CHECKERED FLAG: 2012 Lucas Oil Modified champion Austin Barnes wins the Invitational Dash over Taylor Miinch, Eddie Secord, Blaine Perkins, and Mike Regelman.
7:23
We are racing at Kern County Raceway Park. (Speed51.com photo)
7:23
WHITE FLAG: Field has spaced out with Barnes, Miinch, and Secord the top three.
7:23
Lap 4: Barnes is all by himself in the lead as Miinch tries to lure him in.
7:22
Lap 3: Secord gathers his car back up and moves inside Perkins for the third spot.
7:22
Lap 2: Barnes has taken sole possession of the top spot by about 10 car lengths. Miinch advances to second.
7:22
GREEN FLAG: Perkins jumps to the lead as Barnes dives under Second out of turn two and then pulls inside of Perkins for the lead.
7:20
Scott Winters has dropped out of the dash before the race has even started.
7:20
Start has been waved off due to the field not being in formation for the green.
7:19
One lap until the Winter Showdown racing action is underway.
7:17
Teams are being given some warmup laps prior to the green flag. Distance for this dash will be six laps.
7:16
Talked to Dylan Lupton about his qualifying run. He said he had a hand full out there as they had an issue with the steering rack. They made some repairs and will see how he is in his qualifier.
7:15
Lucas Oil Modified Invitational Dash
1 55 Blaine Perkins
2 84 Eddie Secord
3 4 Taylor Miinch
4 24 Scott Winters
5 63 Mike Regelman
6 51A Austin Barnes
7 57 Tripp Gaylord
8 85 Travis Irving
7:14
Engines have fired. The Lucas Oil Modified invitational dash is the first race of the night.
7:13
Opening ceremonies have been completed and we are about started to kick off tonight's racing action.
7:06
7:06
Derek Thorn won a new toolbox for his fast qualifier award. (Speed51.com photo)
7:06
Derek Thorn is tonight\'s fast qualifier. (Speed51.com photo)
7:05
Comment From Tim

awesome coverage speed51! you guys rock at covering these short track races!!!

7:05
Bubba Pollard mentioned following qualifying that he thought the rubber the Modifieds laid down from their practice sessions hurt their qualifying run, but admitted that even if he laid down a faster lap it may not have been good enough for the pole.
7:03
Pollard is introduced to the California crowd. (Speed51.com photo)
7:02
Comment From Hamner Racing Engines

Congratulations Pollard, Sargeant, Fraser and Gomes. HRE Power in 4 of top ten. Good Luck to everyone in the heats, have a safe race. Thanks 51 Crew for another outstanding job of coverage today

7:02
Bubba Pollard is happy to qualify second. Hopes to use his qualifier race to get a good setup for Saturday night.
6:57
Bubba Pollard, Derek Thorn and Dalton Sargeant are locked into the Winter Showdown. (Speed51.comphoto)
6:56
Dalton Sargeant said that he gave it all he had to qualify in the third position, but is satisfied because getting locked in is what matters now. Sargeant will now use the qualifier to dial in the car for tomorrow night's race since they will take place around the same time of the evening both days.
6:50
Modified dash is ready to go. (Speed51.com photo)
6:49
Gracin Raz's slower than expected lap was due to the car jumping out of gear into turn three on lap one. It did not kick back in until he crossed the line, ruining his second lap. He could be one to watch in the qualifiers since he has been fast all weekend.
6:39
Bubba Pollard's first lap time was a 17.408.
6:38
Winter Showdown Qualifying Results
1 43 Derek Thorn 17.223
2 26b Bubba Pollard 17.319
3 5s Dalton Sargeant 17.326
4 18 Jim Pettit II 17.369
5 31 Jason Fraser 17.403
6 6u Dominic Ursetta 17.419
7 17 David Mayhew 17.460
8 21 Blaine Rocha 17.543
9 16 Jacob Gomes 17.593
10 22e Chris Eggleston 17.605
11 26p Preston Peltier 17.609
12 89 Bobby Hodges 17.636
13 19 Brandon White 17.689
14 22 Jonathon Gomez 17.700
15 7 Johnny White 17.707
16 34w Scott Walker 17.712
17 99m Shane Mitchell 17.729
18 29v Greg Voigt 17.736
19 75 Jeremy Doss 17.772
20 77 Toni McCray 17.778
21 99w Linny White 17.806
22 57 David Ross 17.807
23 11a Dustin Ash 17.815
24 6s Donny St. Ours 17.828
25 20 Tracy Bolin 17.838
26 5g Will Gallaher 17.846
27 05 Eric Schmidt 17.863
28 51 Carlos Vieira 17.895
29 5w Ryan Wells 17.926
30 37L Mike Longton 17.928
31 49 Brian Levant 17.938
32 33 M.K. Kanke 18.011
33 29h Shane Harding 18.025
34 81 Darrell Midgley 18.058
35 14 Chris Davidson 18.069
36 12 Colby Potts 18.085
37 19m Eddy McKean 18.103
38 66 Darren Bucklen 18.170
39 88 Jason Gilbert 18.178
40 37s Keith Spangler 18.206
41 5c Chris Scribner 18.209
42 24 Dylan Lupton 18.381
43 37f Sierra Furia 18.630
44 15 Gracin Raz 18.874
45 38 Hollis Shane Thackery 19.150
46 71 Christian McGee 20.436
47 11o Dan O'Donnell 99.999
48 34g Austin Gant DNQ
49 13 Lance Wilson DNQ
50 28 Parker Stephens DNQ
51 90 Trevor Cristiani DNQ
52 8 Noah Gragson DNQ
6:34
Thorn, Bubba Pollard and Dalton Sergeant are locked into the Winter Showdown.

Coming up will be the 51-lap qualifying races.

We will post a full rundown shortly.

6:34
Qualifying is complete.

Derek Thorn is tonight's fast qualifier with a new track record time of 17.223. He had the previous track record which was a 17.521.

6:33
16 - Jacob Gomes
Lap 1: 17.632
Lap 2: 17.593
Best: 17.593
9th after 47 cars
6:31
19 - Eddie McKean
Lap 1: 18.420
Lap 2: 18.103
Best: 18.103
36th after 46 cars
6:30
88 - Jason Gilbert
Lap 1: 18.296
Lap 2: 18.178
Best: 18.178
37th after 45 cars
6:30
2002 NASCAR Southwest Tour champion Eddy McKean will go out next to last (Speed51.com photo).
6:29
Jim Pettit II was happy with the speed they found yesterday, but was clearly a little dejected as Dalton Sargeant knocked him out of a locked position heading into tomorrow's race. He remains confident that he will race well when he most likely starts on the front row in one of the qualifiers.
6:29
71 - Christian McGhee
Lap 1: 20.436
Lap 2: 21.770
Best: 20.436
43rd after 44 cars
6:28
20 - Tracy Bolin
Lap 1: 18.116
Lap 2: 17.838
Best: 17.838
24th after 43 cars
6:27
7 - Johnny White
Lap 1: 17.784
Lap 2: 17.707
Best: 17.707
14th after 42 cars
6:25
5 - Dalton Sergeant
Lap 1: 17.438
Lap 2: 17.326
Best: 17.326
3rd after 41 cars
6:24
37 - Mike Longton
Lap 1: 18.103
Lap 2: 17.928
Best: 17.928
26th after 40 cars
6:24
15 - Gracin Raz
Lap 1: 18.874
Lap 2: 18.996
Best: 18.874
37th after 39 cars

Sounded like ignition problems coming to complete lap one on his run.

6:22
22 - Jonathon Gomez
Lap 1: 17.763
Lap 2: 17.700
Best: 17.700
12th after 38 cars
6:21
33 - M.K. Kanke
Lap 1: 18.258
Lap 2: 18.011
Best: 18.011
26th after 37 cars
6:21
Shane Mitchell drove his car to the pit area, but needed a tow back to his stall due to the left front being bent up (Speed51.com photo).
6:20
26 - Preston Peltier
Lap 1: 17.759
Lap 2: 17.609
Best: 17.609
9th after 36 cars
6:19
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6:19
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6:19
18 - Jim Pettit II
Lap 1: 17.607
Lap 2: 17.369
Best: 17.369
3rd after 35 cars
6:18
31 - Jason Fraser
Lap 1: 17.647
Lap 2: 17.403
Best: 17.403
3rd after 34 cars
6:17
32 - Hollis Shane Thackery
Lap 1: 19.291
Lap 2: 19.150
Best: 19.150
32nd after 33 cars
6:16
5 - Chris Scribner
Lap 1: 18.369
Lap 2: 18.209
Best: 18.209
29th after 32 cars
6:15
29 - Greg Voight
Lap 1: 17.806
Lap 2: 17.736
Best: 17.736
11th after 31 cars
6:14
99 - Linny White
Lap 1: 17.898
Lap 2: 17.806
Best: 17.806
13th after 30 cars
6:12
Ursetta, the Colorado National Speedway track champion, said that the car is as good as it has been all weekend. They have struggled all week and have been through five fuel pumps since testing on Tuesday.
6:11
99 - Shane Mitchell
Lap 1: 17.729
Best: 17.729
10th after 29 cars

Mitchell spun in turn two and hit the wall. He is slowly driving it back to the pits.

6:10
34 - Scott Walker
Lap 1: 17.852
Lap 2: 17.712
Best: 17.712
9th after 28 cars
6:09
12 - Colby Potts
Lap 1: 18.085
Lap 2: 18.201
Best: 18.085
22nd after 27 cars
6:08
Dominic Ursetta is pretty happy with an impressive qualifying run (Speed51.com photo).
6:08
49 - Brian Levant
Lap 1: 18.123
Lap 2: 17.938
Best: 17.938
18th after 26 cars
6:06
37 - Sierra Furia
Lap 1: 18.717
Lap 2: 18.630
Best: 18.630
24th after 25 cars
6:05
6 - Dominic Ursetta
Lap 1: 17.588
Lap 2: 17.419
Best: 17.419
3rd after 24 cars
6:04
Back to qualifying for the Winter Showdown
6:04
Ricky Brooks surveys the damage as it is hauled off on the flatbed (Speed51.com photo).
6:02
Extensive damage to the right side of the machine (Speed51.com photo).
6:00
Derek Thorn said he gave it all he had, but was disappointed he didn't get into the 17.0 - 17.1 range. Mentioned to us that it was bottoming out and was driving it out of control on both laps.
5:56
Heavy damage to the No. 11o of Dan O'Donnell. Driver is okay (Speed51.com photo).
5:56
Just got word that O'Donnell is alright.
5:54
Dan O'Donnell was the next car out. On his first lap he got loose in turn two and made hard contact with the outside wall. He came to a rest on the inside wall.
5:53
81 - Darrell Midgley
Lap 1: 18.189
Lap 2: 18.058
Best: 18.058
18th after 22 cars
5:52
Currently fastest Derek Thorn (Speed51.com photo).
5:51
37 - Keith Spangler
Lap 1: 18.497
Lap 2: 18.206
Best: 18.206
20th after 21 cars
5:50
43 - Derek Thorn
Lap 1: 17.244
Lap 2: 17.223
Best: 17.223
1st after 20 cars
5:49
89 - Bobby Hodges
Lap 1: 17.636
Lap 2: 17.706
Best: 17.636
5th after 19 cars
5:49
Pollard got two laps, but we have not been told what his first lap time was yet.
5:48
24 - Dylan Lupton
Lap 1: 18.553
Lap 2: 18.381
Best: 18.381
18th after 18 cars
5:48
Dylan Lupton gets a push out after Shane Harding finishes his time trial (Speed51.com photo).
5:47
29 - Shane Harding
Lap 1: 18.197
Lap 2: 18.025
Best: 18.025
15th after 17 cars
5:47
M.K. Kanke watches before strapping in to his machine (Speed51.com photo).
5:46
75 - Jeremy Doss
Lap 1: 17.772
Lap 2: 17.872
Best: 17.772
6th after 16 cars
5:45
14 - Chris Davidson
Lap 1: 18.102
Lap 2: 18.069
Best: 18.069
14th after 15 cars
5:44
51 - Carlos Vieria
Lap 1: 18.095
Lap 2: 17.895
Best: 17.895
12th after 14 cars
5:44
Jonathon Gomez and a team member follow Trackside Now for qualifying updates (Speed51.com photo).
5:43
5:43
66 - Darren Bucklen
Lap 1: 18.194
Lap 2: 18.170
Best: 18.170
13th after 13 cars
5:42
57 - David Ross
Lap 1: 17.866
Lap 2: 17.807
Best: 17.807
7th after 12 cars
5:41
17 - David Mayhew
Lap 1: 17.460
Lap 2: 17.479
Best: 17.460
2nd after 11 cars
5:40
19 - Brandon White
Lap 1: 17.689
Lap 2: 17.695
Best: 17.689
4th after 10 cars
5:39
David Mayhew could definitely be a contender for the pole this evening (Speed51.com photo).
5:39
6 - Donny St. Ours
Lap 1: 18.102
Lap 2: 17.828
Best: 17.828
6th after nine cars
5:38
21 - Blaine Rocha
Lap 1: 17.543
Lap 2: 17.553
Best: 17.543
2nd after eight cars
5:37
Brandon White the wheel is intact for his upcoming run (Speed51.com photo).
5:37
11 - Dustin Ash
Lap 1: 17.815
Lap 2: 18.837
Best: 17.815
4th after seven cars
5:36
05 - Eric Schmidt
Lap 1: 17.945
Lap 2: 17.863
Best: 17.863
5th after six cars
5:35
22 - Chris Eggleston
Lap 1: 17.769
Lap 2: 17.605
Best: 17.605
2nd after five cars
5:34
Blaine Rocha will be heading out soon (Speed51.com photo).
5:34
Comment From brandon

Good luck Preston 26

5:33
77 - Toni McCray
Lap 1: 17.809
Lap 2: 17.778
Best: 17.778
2nd after four cars
5:32
5w - Ryan Wells
Lap 1: 18.167
Lap 2: 17.926
Best: 17.926
3rd after three cars
5:31
5 - Will Gallaher
Lap 1: 17.873
Lap 2: 17.846
Best: 17.846
5:31
Dalton Sargeant watches Bubba Pollard\'s qualifying run (Speed51.com photo).
5:30
26 - Bubba Pollard
Lap 1: Didn't record
Lap 2: 17.319
Best: 17.319
5:29
Bubba Pollard is the first one out.
5:29
Qualifying about to start.
5:29
Will Gallaher will go out second in the order and has shown speed all week (Speed51.com photo).
5:27
We talked with the fastest driver today Dalton Sargeant and he simply replied "we'll be alright." The 2014 Snowball Derby runner up will have to wait a while as he goes out much later in the order.
5:25
The driver to beat in practice yesterday - Bubba Pollard (Speed51.com photo).
5:23
Comment From Bama Dave

You're our man, BP26.

5:22
The Winter Showdown cars are all set to go in the qualifying line (Speed51.com photo).
5:21
5:21
About 10 minutes away from qualifying for the Winter Showdown.
5:12
The Lucas Oil Modifieds will have a dash to start the racing program at 7pm tonight.

The starting lineup will be:

1 55 Blaine Perkins
2 84 Eddie Secord
3 4 Taylor Miinch
4 24 Scott Winters
5 63 Mike Regelman
6 51A Austin Barnes
5:11
Comment From Mike

26 car the B or the P

5:07
Comment From Regina

Good luck Bubba Pollard. We are pulling for you from Pensacola, Florida.

5:07
Comment From Justin

I'm going for the Richie Wauters Drivers (Sargeant & Gallaher) in the Showdown and the Garcia Racing Cars (Cappello, Gaylord & Patison) in the Modifieds

5:07
Comment From Guest

Thanks for the coverage. I sure wish I was there!

5:05
LOL...we won't pick but would like to hear from others.  Who will win the pole tonight?
5:04
Comment From Steve in Crestview, FL

How about some predictions from the staff on the pole winner? First out is my pick.

5:02
5:02
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5:02
5:02
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4:57
Comment From Mike

So that gets us down to 47 cars. Still a great field. Just keeping my fingers crossed that the weather holds up. I will be rooting all the way for Brandon White. He is a super nice kid and one heck of a racer.

4:52
Austin Gant, Lance Wilson, Trevor Cristiani, Noah Gragson, and Parker Stephens will not participate in Winter Showdown qualifying.
4:49
4:49
Officials have reported to us that Scott Walker will not be given a qualifying penalty after all. Everyone else cleared tech.
4:49
Lucas Oil Modified Series  
Practice #3 Results

1 51a Austin Barnes 18.428
2 24a Scott Winters 18.619
3 11 Dylan Cappello 18.662
4 4t Taylor Miinch 18.821
5 84 Eddie Secord 18.871
6 80 Jason Patison 18.881
7 57 Tripp Gaylord 19.118
8 55 Blaine Perkins 19.341
9 63 Mike Regelman 19.436
10 40 Jerry Toporek 19.559
11 85 Travis Irving 19.591
12 62 Allen Rider 19.782
13 17 Tim Esmay 19.948
14 78 Kevin Nichols 21.238
4:46
Next up will be Winter Showdown qualifying at 5:30pm.  
4:46
Austin Barnes is satisfied with the speed of his Lucas Oil Modified but is still searching for more on the long runs. He was one of a handful of cars that tested here last weekend.
4:46
CHECKERED FLAG: Practice is complete for the Lucas Oil Modified Series, we will post a full rundown shortly.  
4:38
Top Five so far...

1 51a Austin Barnes 18.428
2 24a Scott Winters 18.619
3 11 Dylan Cappello 18.662
4 4t Taylor Miinch 18.821
5 84 Eddie Secord 18.871
4:37
Less than 10 minutes to go in the final Lucas Oil Modified Series practice for today. They will have a 10-lap dash tonight and a 75-lap feature event on Saturday night.
4:34
Barnes is still the fastest with Winters in second and Cappello in third.
4:32
4:30
About 15 minutes to go in the final practice. Barnes is still the fastest with an 18.428.
4:26
Austin Barnes comes in after another successful practice run (Speed51.com photo).
4:23
The Tripp Gaylord crew working hard adjusting on the trackbar. (Speed51.com photo).
4:23
Mike Regelman and Austin Barnes are currently out on the track with a little over 20 minutes remaining in practice.
4:20
Jerry Toporek currently is the only car on the track.  
4:19
Taylor Miinch sits aboard his machine before heading out for another run (Speed51.com photo).
4:17
Top five so far in Lucas Oil Modified Series practice...

 

1 51a Austin Barnes 18.428
2 24a Scott Winters 18.619
3 11 Dylan Cappello 18.728
4 4t Taylor Miinch 18.821
5 80 Jason Patison 18.923
4:15
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4:15
This practice session will go until 4:45pm.
4:12
The Lucas Oil Modified Series will have a 10-lap dash tonight.
4:10
Dylan Cappello is currently second quick. (Speed51.com photo)
4:10
Perkins made a run after the debris mishap from the second session and the crew is back frantically working on the car saying that something still is not right.
4:08
Austin Barnes goes right back to the top chart like he did in the last session. He sets an early fast time of 18.428.
4:07
Comment From Maddux

Wishing BUBBA POLLARD good luck tomorrow - bring the trophy and $ back home to GA. Show 'em whatcha got.

4:07
GREEN FLAG: The final Lucas Oil Modified Series practice for today is underway. Austin Barnes, Dylan Cappello, Taylor Miinch, Tripp Gaylord, Blaine Perkins, and Jerry Toporek have been out so far.
4:01
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4:01
4:01
4:01
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3:54
Everyone else has passed on the first or second try so far. Sierra Furia is in danger of being penalized for qualifying if she does not pass on the next try.
3:43
The Scott Walker car passed on its third try, but as a result of failing the first two times is under penalty for qualifying. That penalty will be his slowest of two qualifying laps will count as his time.
3:36
The Walker team from Washington is having trouble meeting width specifications as well as dealing with a low left side skirt. They are going through for the third time now.
3:33
The Scott Walker crew works on their brand new LFR Chassis in the tech area (Speed51.com photo).
3:28
3:27
We are hearing a report that Noah Gragson's car is over at nearby shop where his team is trying to put a new rear clip on the car.  Earlier today, Gragson lost control of his car in turn three and made heavy impact. This occurred around 10:52 am this morning and we do have photos posted at that time showing the heavy damage the car sustained.
3:24
Tech is busy right now with Sierra Furia, Greg Voigt, and Scott Walker going through right now (Speed51.com photo).
3:20
M.K. Kanke\'s team making sure all the bolts are tightened (Speed51.com photo).
3:17
Perkins is 14 years old and will be making his debut in a Lucas Oil Modified. Plans call for him to run in a Late Model at Irwindale this season as well and if enough funding can be secured perhaps some K&N races in the future.
3:16
3:13
Blaine Perkins and the team continue to work on the No. 55 Modified (Speed51.com photo).
3:12
Lucas Oil Modified Series
Practice #2 Results

 

1 51a Austin Barnes 18.469
2 11 Dylan Cappello 18.685
3 24a Scott Winters 18.693
4 4t Taylor Miinch 18.839
5 80 Jason Patison 18.903
6 00 Cole Custer 18.95
7 84 Eddie Secord 18.992
8 57 Tripp Gaylord 19.323
9 55 Blaine Perkins 19.496
10 40 Jerry Toporek 19.595
11 63 Mike Ragelman 19.715
12 17 Tim Esmay 19.937
13 62 Allen Rider 21.209
14 78 Kevin Nichols 21.58
15 85 Travis Irving 37.888
3:07
A disappointed Cole Custer looks on as he and the new Modified will not race this weekend (Speed51.comphoto).
3:06
High Point Racing team owner Tim Huddleston reports that the Perkins car ran over debris, ironically left by teammate Cole Custer who blew a rod and is done for the weekend.
3:02
Austin Barnes was the fastest with an 18.469. We will post a full rundown shortly.
3:02
CHECKERED FLAG: The second practice session is complete for the Lucas Oil Modifieds.
2:56
The High Point Racing team evaluates the right front of the Blaine Perkins Modified after running over some debris (Speed51.com photo).
2:53
YELLOW FLAG: They are checking for debris in turn four. Possible report of an engine issue for Cole Custer, we do have someone on their way to verify that.
2:53
Travis Irving provides feedback to the crew after another practice run (Speed51.com photo).
2:49
Jerry Toporek sits aboard his Heap-A-Trouble Modified (Speed51.com photo).
2:47
Austin Barnes continues to be the fastest in this practice session. (Speed51.com photo)
2:46
YELLOW FLAG: Debris on the track.
2:43
Barnes continues at the top of the chart but went a little faster, his top lap time now is 18.567.
2:40
Derek Thorn watches Modified practice. He will be the 21st car to go out and qualify (Speed51.com photo).
2:38
Dylan Cappello goes up to third quick with an 18.795.
2:36
Veteran racer Keith Spangler waits for his turn to get in line (Speed51.com photo).
2:35
Austin Barnes fast lap of 18.589 still sits at the top of the scoring pylon in the second practice session for the Lucas Oil Modifieds. Scott Winters is second quick and Taylor Miinch is third. Cole Custer and Eddie Secord round out the top five.
2:33
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2:33
2:33
Today's coverage of Winter Showdown from Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, CA is presented by Hamner Racing Engines. Hamner Racing Engines are built and maintained primarily for short track racing. They build Super Late Model motors for many different series including the ARCA CRA Super Series using Ford and Chevy engines. Click here to visit site
2:33
2:30
Donny St. Ours goes across the scales (Speed51.com photo).
2:30
Scott Winters is currently second quick. (Speed51.com photo)
2:28
Austin Barnes is fast early on, he has a fast lap of 18.589. Scott Winters is second quick with a 18.736 and Taylor Miinch is third with an 18.904.
2:25
Cole Custer is also out in his 00 car.
2:24
Austin Barnes and Taylor Miinch are also out for the start of this second session.
2:24
2:24
Jerry Toporek, Blaine Perkins, and Eddie Secord are the first three cars out.
2:23
GREEN FLAG: Track is now open for the second Lucas Oil Modified practice session.
2:21
At 14 years old, Thackery is the youngest driver attempting to make the Winter Showdown. This is his first start in a Super Late Model.
2:20
Hollis Shane Thackery hopes to make it into the show tomorrow (Speed51.com photo).
2:18
Teams are not permitted to make changes to their cars for the next few hours after clearing tech.
2:17
The Lucas Oil Modiifeds are starting to roll to the grid for their second practice session.
2:15
First six cars have cleared tech. Many more to go (Speed51.com photo).
2:06
Mike Garvey works with the Chris Davidson team this weekend as they push their car into the tech line (Speed51.com photo).
2:03
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2:03
The Lucas Oil Modifieds will be back out at 2:15pm for their second practice session until 3pm.
2:02
The David Mayhew crew straps on sticker tires for qualifying (Speed51.com photo).
2:01
1:58
Eric Schmidt and Chris Eggleston make their way through tech (Speed51.com photo).
1:51
Qualifying tech continues. Bubba Pollard and Will Gallaher have already moved their cars to the designated qualifying line.
1:45
1:39
The inaugural Winter Showdown may be the richest and biggest asphalt Late Model race on the west coast today, but in past decades their used to be numerous "open" competition shows that attracted drivers from all over the country. Read more about the glory days of west coast racing summarized by 51's Third Turn's Tim Quievryn -http://speed51.com/open-sea...
1:34
Tech line is open. Bubba Pollard is the first as he will qualify first. (Speed51.com photo)
1:31
1:31
Today's coverage of the Winter Showdown Practice, qualifying and the qualifying races at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, CA is presented by JOES Racing Products. Based in Everett, Washington, JOES Racing Products was started in 1989 by racer Joe Constance, for racers. Our company reflects an extension of the Constance Racing Family with racers on our staff that are competitive and know quality parts and why they work well. Check out their variety of products available for racers today. Click here to find a dealer near you today!
1:31
1:31
Today's coverage of Winter Showdown from Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, CA is presented by Hamner Racing Engines. Hamner Racing Engines are built and maintained primarily for short track racing. They build Super Late Model motors for many different series including the ARCA CRA Super Series using Ford and Chevy engines. Click here to visit site
1:30
We have learned from officials that in tonight's Winter Showdown qualifiers only the first three laps run under caution will be counted. All caution laps will count in tomorrow night's 250 lapper. Yellow flag laps traditionally do not count in Lucas Oil Modified races.
1:23
Winter Showdown Remaining Schedule of Events
Friday, February 27 (All Times Pacific)
1:30 - Showdown Qualifying Tech Opens
2:15 - 3:00 - Lucas Oil Modifieds Practice
4:00 - 4:45 - Lucas Oil Modifieds Practice
4:30 - Spectators Gates Open
5:30 - Showdown Qualifying (2 laps, Impound)
7:00 - Opening Ceremonies
 - Lucas Oil Modifieds Invitational Dash (Top 6 cars from 2014 points)
 - 51 FIFTY Showdown Qualifier No. 1 - 51 Laps (9 Cars Transfer plus Fast Qualifier)
 - 51 FIFTY Showdown Qualifier No. 2 - 50 Laps (9 Cars Transfer plus 2nd Fastest Qualifier)
 - 51 FIFTY Showdown Qualifier No. 3 - 50 Laps (9 Cars Transfer plus 3rd Fastest Qualifier)
1:20
Always nice being on the top of the board...need to see this later tonight too.#WinterShowdown pic.twitter.com/QrzbHyKfca
1:19
The track will be quiet for the next hour; however, Winter Showdown qualifying tech starts at 1:30p.m. PT.
1:18
Lucas Oil Modifieds Practice No. 1 Speeds
1 4T Taylor Miinch 18.773
2 24A Scott Winters 18.935
3 00 Cole Custer 18.957
4 84 Eddie Secord 19.133
5 11 Dylan Cappello 19.133
6 57 Tripp Gaylord 19.406
7 80 Jason Patison 19.450
8 55 Blaine Perkins 19.562
9 40 Jerry Toporek 19.697
10 63 Mike Regelman 19.763
11 62 Allen Ridler 19.926
12 17 Tim Esmay 19.946
13 85 Travis Irving 20.201
14 78 Kevin Nichols 22.312
15 51A Austin Barnes No Transponder
1:17
1:15
CHECKERED FLAG: Tim Esmay goes under the flagstand to conclude the first practice session for the Lucas Oil Modifieds.
1:15
Tim Esmay waits for his crew to change tires. (Speed51.com photo)
1:13
Winters is up to second on the chart with a time of 18.935.
1:13
Miinch said that he is planning on running the full Lucas Oil Modified Series schedule this year.
1:11
Scott Winters heads back out on the track in the concluding minutes of practice. Winters is a multi-time track champion at All American and Madera Speedways in California.
1:10
This is the first ever appearance for the Lucas Oil Modifieds at Kern County Raceway Park.
1:09
Comment From Justin

What's the Lucas Oil Modified Series Track Record?

1:08
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series New Hampshire Motor Speedway winner Cole Custer is here this weekend in one of Tim Huddleston's Lucas Oil Modifieds and is currently second fastest in this session.
1:05
The Barnes machine does not have a transponder and therefore is not recording lap times.
1:05
Modified pits are busy. (Speed51.com photo)
1:04
Austin Barnes is on the track for the first time today.
1:03
Jason Patison works for his crew to complete adjustments before going back out. (Speed51.com photo)
1:03
Perkins is from right here in Bakersfield and won five times in the SRL S2 Tour Series last year. He drives for longtime car owner in the area Tim Huddleston.
1:02
Cappello and Gaylord talk about their setups. (Speed51.com photo)
1:02
Taylor Miinch and Blaine Perkins currently turning laps.
1:00
15 minutes remain in the first practice.
1:00
You can hear the tires squeal on these Lucas Oil Modifieds as they power through the corners.
12:59
12:58
Eddie Secord is the only car making laps at this current time.
12:58
Tripp Gaylord heads back to the pits. (Speed51.com photo)
12:56
Taylor Miinch is the fastest so far. (Speed51.com photo)
12:55
21-year-old Dylan Cappello has leaped to third on the chart. Cappello is the defending Lucas Oil Modified champion with two wins.
12:54
Tripp Gaylord comes off pit road.
12:54
A few competitors including Cappello, Miinch, and Toporek have made it back on the track.
12:53
Allen Ridler returns to the pits after a run. (Speed51.com photo)
12:53
Secord is a former SRL Southwest Tour competitor and a two-time Northwest Pro-4 Alliance Challenge Series champion
12:52
Dylan Cappello hopes for a big win. (Speed51.com photo)
12:51
Eddie Secord gets some laps around Kern County. (Speed51.com photo)
12:50
The track remains green, but no one is currently making laps. All drivers except for Austin Barnes have been on the track.
12:49
Comment From east coast fan

lets go east coast BOYS SHOW them what we got.

12:49
Irving has been a Late Model and Modified competitor at the Irwindale Event Center in past years and also made one start in the SRL S2 Tour Series in 2014 with a top five finish here at Kern County Raceway Park.
12:47
Irving has returned to the speedway, but continues to trail smoke.
12:47
20-year-old Miinch was the 2011 ASA Truck Series champion.
12:46
Currently Taylor Miinch is the only driver who has dipped below the 19 second mark, posting a best time of 18.773.
12:45
12:44
We are not exactly certain the reason, although the Lucas Oil Modified points opener takes place only two weeks from now at Havasu 95 Speedway (AZ).
12:44
Comment From J5

Is the low car count due to the location of the track? $4000 to win seems like a good purse for the mods.

12:42
Comment From Florida Racefan

Pulling for Dalton Sargeant to do well...great young talented driver.

12:42
Tripp Gaylord, Eddie Secord, and Dylan Cappello have joined the action on the track.
12:41
Travis Irving trails some smoke and pulls into the pits.
12:40
GREEN FLAG: Practice has commenced for the Lucas Oil Modifieds.
12:32
The initial Lucas Oil Modified practice is about to begin. Travis Irving and teammates Blaine Perkins and Cole Custer are the first cars in line.
12:32
Rocky Mountain Raceways in West Valley City, UT traveled 725 miles to bring their jet dryer this weekend.(Speed51.com photo)
12:31
12:31
Today's coverage of the Winter Showdown Practice, qualifying and the qualifying races at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, CA is presented by JOES Racing Products. Based in Everett, Washington, JOES Racing Products was started in 1989 by racer Joe Constance, for racers. Our company reflects an extension of the Constance Racing Family with racers on our staff that are competitive and know quality parts and why they work well. Check out their variety of products available for racers today. Click here to find a dealer near you today!
12:31
12:31
Today's coverage of Winter Showdown from Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, CA is presented by Hamner Racing Engines. Hamner Racing Engines are built and maintained primarily for short track racing. They build Super Late Model motors for many different series including the ARCA CRA Super Series using Ford and Chevy engines. Click here to visit site
12:30
The Lucas Oil Modifieds will run a 75 lap distance following the Winter Showdown 250 on Saturday night.
12:27
There was a late arrival in the pit area. No. 17 Tim Esmay brings the Lucas Oil Modified count to 15.
12:25
The Lucas Oil Modifieds race is a non-points feature that will pay $4,000 to win.
12:22
Lucas Oil Modifieds on the Grounds
00 Cole Custer
4T Taylor Miinch
11 Dylan Cappello
24A Scott Winters
40 Jerry Toporek
51A Austin Barnes
55 Blaine Perkins
57 Tripp Gaylord
62 Allen Ridler
63 Mikey Regelman
78 Kevin Nichols
80 Jason Patison
84 Eddie Secord
85 Travis Irving
12:17
The 5s is feeling better, back to P1 in final practice for the @SRLSWTourSeries#WinterShowdown. #Looking4More pic.twitter.com/ilTw2Sz62Z
12:14
12:13
Jason Fraser was seventh quick in practice. (Speed51.com photo)
12:11
Winter Showdown Friday Practice Speeds
1 5s Dalton Sargeant 17.428
2 26p Preston Peltier 17.441
3 26b Bubba Pollard 17.449
4 17 David Mayhew 17.459
5 43 Derek Thorn 17.470
6 5g Will Gallaher 17.518
7 31 Jason Fraser 17.613
8 19 Brandon White 17.623
9 75 Jeremy Doss 17.652
10 18 Jim Pettit II 17.658
11 16 Jacob Gomes 17.658
12 29v Greg Voigt 17.682
13 6u Dominic Ursetta 17.686
14 21 Blaine Rocha 17.688
15 22e Chris Eggleston 17.694
16 8 Noah Gragson 17.727
17 05 Eric Schmidt 17.779
18 15 Gracin Raz 17.787
19 7 Johnny White 17.811
20 12 Colby Potts 17.831
21 34w Scott Walker 17.840
22 22 Jonathon Gomez 17.856
23 6s Donny St. Ours 17.864
24 49 Brian Levant 17.881
25 14 Chris Davidson 17.894
26 99m Shane Mitchell 17.916
27 20 Tracy Bolin 17.923
28 89 Bobby Hodges 17.926
29 99w Linny White 17.951
30 11a Dustin Ash 17.959
31 37L Mike Longton 18.005
32 51 Carlos Vieira 18.012
33 33 M.K. Kanke 18.044
34 77 Toni McCray 18.069
35 5w Ryan Wells 18.091
36 29h Shane Harding 18.092
37 81 Darrell Midgley 18.135
38 66 Darren Bucklen 18.155
39 57 David Ross 18.162
40 19m Eddy McKean 18.171
41 88 Jason Gilbert 18.212
42 24 Dylan Lupton 18.226
43 37s Keith Spangler 18.337
44 11o Dan O'Donnell 18.412
45 37f Sierra Furia 18.542
46 5c Chris Scribner 18.548
47 34g Austin Gant 18.700
48 38 Hollis Shane Thackery 18.816
12:08
Lucas Oil Modified Series drivers meeting is underway. (Speed51.com photo)
12:05
12:05
There will be a Lucas Oil Modifieds driver's meeting coming up followed by their first of three practices at 12:30p.m. PT, each with a duration of 45 minutes.
12:01
CHECKERED FLAG: the final Winter Showdown practice of the day is complete. Dalton Sargeant was fastest.
12:00
One minute remains in practice with Levant, Pollard, Potts, and Ursetta continue to make laps.
11:57
Tripp Gaylord is the teenage son of former NASCAR K&N Pro West Series Scott Gaylord.
11:55
Tripp Gaylord goes through Lucas Oil Modified tech. (Speed51.com photo)
11:55
Jason Fraser is up to seventh on the charts as the five minutes remaining in practice notification has been given.
11:54
Rocha, Kanke, Walker, Doss, Schmidt, Linny White, and Pettit take advantage of the remaining minutes of practice.
11:52
Correct. There will be three qualifier races so for instance the fast qualifier will start from the pole in the first qualifier with the fourth fastest starting alongside him/her. Although the fastest three are locked in, they must start their qualifier.
11:52
Comment From Steve in Crestview, FL

Do qualifying speeds determine which qualifying heat they are in?

11:52
11:52
Austin Barnes was the 2012 Lucas Oil Modifieds champion and has 11 career victories.
11:51
Ricky is here assisting this weekend.
11:50
Comment From Brian

Any chance super tech man Ricky Brooks will make an appearance at Kern County this weekend?

11:50
Austin Barnes sits in his car while his Modified is going through tech. (Speed51.com photo)
11:49
GREEN FLAG: Gilbert, Pollard, Pettit, Ross, Midgley, Bolin, Davidson, Lupton, Wells, and Peltier pick up speed.
11:48
Lucas Oil Modifieds will practice at 12:30pm. (Speed51.com photo)
11:48
Mikey Regelman takes his Lucas Oil Modified through tech. (Speed51.com photo)
11:46
15 minutes remain in practice.
11:46
YELLOW FLAG: Brandon White spins toward the apron of turn two.
11:44
GREEN FLAG: Ross, Mitchell, O'Donnell, Walker, and Longton back on the track.
11:44
Officials report that it was a 2x3 piece of tubing, perhaps an axle spacer.
11:41
YELLOW FLAG: report of debris in turn one.
11:41
Jim Pettit II (18) goes by Dylan Lupton (24). (Speed51.com photo)
11:40
20 minutes remain in this practice session. It remains to be seen if any more drivers decide to make sticker runs. The fastest three in qualifying tonight are locked into tomorrow's field.
11:38
We heard mixed reactions after yesterday's qualifying draw. With qualifying starting at 5:30p.m. PT and the sun supposed to set less than a half hour later, some competitors did not want to go out early. However, many have commented that it probably will not make a major difference on when they go out to qualify.
11:38
Comment From Steve in Crestview, FL

Is there any advantage or disadvantage in when they go out to qualify?

11:35
Dalton Sargeant is back at the top with a lap time of 17.428 seconds.
11:34
Winter Showdown Friday Practice Speeds as of 11:30a.m. PT
1 26p Preston Peltier 17.441
2 26b Bubba Pollard 17.459
3 17 David Mayhew 17.459
4 43 Derek Thorn 17.470
5 5s Dalton Sargeant 17.531
6 5g Will Gallaher 17.572
7 19 Brandon White 17.623
8 75 Jeremy Doss 17.652
9 18 Jim Pettit II 17.658
10 16 Jacob Gomes 17.658
11 29v Greg Voigt 17.682
12 21 Blaine Rocha 17.707
13 8 Noah Gragson 17.727
14 31 Jason Fraser 17.741
15 15 Gracin Raz 17.787
16 7 Johnny White 17.811
17 34w Scott Walker 17.840
18 6s Donny St. Ours 17.864
19 6u Dominic Ursetta 17.909
20 22e Chris Eggleston 17.913
21 99m Shane Mitchell 17.916
22 89 Bobby Hodges 17.926
23 99w Linny White 17.951
24 11a Dustin Ash 17.959
25 20 Tracy Bolin 17.963
26 22 Jonathon Gomez 17.982
27 51 Carlos Vieira 18.012
28 37L Mike Longton 18.015
29 14 Chris Davidson 18.030
30 49 Brian Levant 18.040
31 33 M.K. Kanke 18.044
32 05 Eric Schmidt 18.067
33 77 Toni McCray 18.069
34 29h Shane Harding 18.092
35 12 Colby Potts 18.101
36 81 Darrell Midgley 18.135
37 5w Ryan Wells 18.140
38 19m Eddy McKean 18.171
39 66 Darren Bucklen 18.196
40 88 Jason Gilbert 18.212
41 57 David Ross 18.257
42 37s Keith Spangler 18.337
43 24 Dylan Lupton 18.343
44 11o Dan O'Donnell 18.448
45 37f Sierra Furia 18.542
46 5c Chris Scribner 18.593
47 34g Austin Gant 18.700
48 38 Hollis Shane Thackery 18.816
11:30
Another Lucas Oil Modified has entered the facility on an open trailer.
11:29
11:29
Today's coverage of Winter Showdown from Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, CA is presented by Hamner Racing Engines. Hamner Racing Engines are built and maintained primarily for short track racing. They build Super Late Model motors for many different series including the ARCA CRA Super Series using Ford and Chevy engines. Click here to visit site
11:29
11:29
Today's coverage of the Winter Showdown Practice, qualifying and the qualifying races at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, CA is presented by JOES Racing Products. Based in Everett, Washington, JOES Racing Products was started in 1989 by racer Joe Constance, for racers. Our company reflects an extension of the Constance Racing Family with racers on our staff that are competitive and know quality parts and why they work well. Check out their variety of products available for racers today. Click here to find a dealer near you today!
11:28
GREEN FLAG: David Ross, Bubba Pollard, Jeremy Doss, and Jason Gilbert begin to navigate the half-mile once again.
11:28
David Mayhew knows his way around Kern County. (Speed51.com photo)
11:28
White comes to a stop in turn four. (Speed51.com photo)
11:27
Track crews are on the frontstretch to pick up some debris.
11:27
YELLOW FLAG: Brandon White appeared to have lost power in turn four, but has now refired.
11:25
Dalton Sargeant continues to be strong around Kern County. (Speed51.com photo)
11:25
Wells, Harding, Doss, Raz, Gomez, and Gomes continue to run some laps.
11:24
Derek Thorn continues to run in the top five. (Speed51.com photo)
11:23
Preston Peltier is the fastest so far.(Speed51.com photo)
11:22
Preston Peltier has made his way back out.
11:21
Will Gallaher moved up to sixth his last time out and has been impressive in the Wauters Motorsports team machine to Sargeant.
11:20
Colby Potts has by far run the most laps in this session with a total 45. The 2011 Stockton 99 Speedway (CA) Fall Classic race winner is still searching for speed with a best time nearly a second off from Peltier.
11:18
Pollard continues to run strong in practice. (Speed51.com photo)
11:18
Just arrived @KernRaceway for the #WinterShowdown! Can't contain my excitement right now!!!
11:18
Brandon White, Austin Gant, Colby Potts, and Will Gallher on currently on the track.
11:16
Good yesterday, but not great in @SRLSWTourSeries #WinterShowdown practice, 4th fastest out of 52 cars #Looking4More pic.twitter.com/xlvgYNjgY5
11:16
Thorn is back out and improves on his time. Sargeant also moves up to fifth with a best time of 17.531 and shuts it down and heads pit side once again.
11:14
Winter Showdown Friday Practice Speeds as of 11:15a.m. PT
1 26p Preston Peltier 17.441
2 26b Bubba Pollard 17.459
3 17 David Mayhew 17.459
4 43 Derek Thorn 17.488
5 19 Brandon White 17.623
6 29v Greg Voigt 17.682
7 18 Jim Pettit II 17.696
8 8 Noah Gragson 17.727
9 21 Blaine Rocha 17.744
10 15 Gracin Raz 17.787
11:13
11:13
M.K. Kanke and Bubba Pollard return to the speedway for another shakedown.
11:12
Jason Fraser, a former fast qualifier for the Evergreen Speedway (WA) Summer Showdown, dives below Chris Scribner but has not broken the 18 second mark in this session.
11:09
Mayhew has matched Pollard's second fastest time of 17.459.
11:08
GREEN FLAG: St. Ours, Thackery, Rocha, Pettit, Eggleston, White, Vieira, Raz, Mitchell, Gomez, and Mayhew all make some more laps.
11:07
Yes, that is the record Derek Thorn holds but it is in a SRL Southwest Tour perimeter chassis.
11:07
Comment From Justin

The Super Late Models Track Record is 17.5's?

11:06
YELLOW FLAG: no incident on track. Only a brief caution to let folks cross to the infield.
11:04
Pollard jumps to second with a time of 17.459.
11:03
Fastest for much of yesterday Dalton Sargeant is also making some laps.
11:02
Fastest yesterday Bubba Pollard is out for the first time today.
11:01
11:01
Toni McCray is back out along with Brian Levant, Jason Gilbert, and Dominic Ursetta.
11:00
Gragson told us that the car got loose going into three and simply lost it in the marbles. He is upset but alright.
10:58
11 more cars are being sent out as cleanup is complete. Gant, Wells, Longton, Eggleston, Davidson, Mitchell, Lupton, Doss, Vieira, and Schmidt begin to navigate the race track.
10:57
Winter Showdown Qualifying Order
1 26b Bubba Pollard
2 5g Will Gallaher
3 5w Ryan Wells
4 77 Toni McCray
5 22e Chris Eggleston
6 05 Eric Schmidt
7 11a Dustin Ash
8 21 Blaine Rocha
9 6s Donny St. Ours
10 19 Brandon White
11 34g Austin Gant
12 17 David Mayhew
13 57 David Ross
14 66 Darren Bucklen
15 51 Carlos Vieira
16 14 Chris Davidson
17 75 Jeremy Doss
18 29h Shane Harding
19 24 Dylan Lupton
20 89 Bobby Hodges
21 43 Derek Thorn
22 37s Keith Spangler
23 81 Darrell Midgley
24 11o Dan O'Donnell
25 6u Dominic Ursetta
26 37f Sierra Furia
27 49 Brian Levant
28 12 Colby Potts
29 34w Scott Walker
30 13 Lance Wilson
31 99m Shane Mitchell
32 99w Linny White
33 29v Greg Voigt
34 5c Chris Scribner
35 38 Hollis Shane Thackery
36 31 Jason Fraser
37 18 Jim Pettit II
38 26p Preston Peltier
39 33 M.K. Kanke
40 22 Jonathon Gomez
41 28 Parker Stephens
42 15 Gracin Raz
43 37L Mike Longton
44 5s Dalton Sargeant
45 90 Trevor Cristiani
46 7 Johnny White
47 20 Tracy Bolin
48 71 Christian McGee
49 88 Jason Gilbert
50 8 Noah Gragson
51 19m Eddy McKean
52 16 Jacob Gomes
10:57
Gragson's crew told us that this is ther only car for the weekend.
10:57
Last night there was a free BBQ for race teams as well as the draw for today's qualifying order. The drivers drew in the order from slowest to fastest in yesterday's practice, and the only number remaining for Bubba Pollard to draw was No. 1 at the end.
10:55
10:54
Gragson is racing for longtime driver Jeff Jefferson and crew chief Jerry Pitts. The Jefferson Pitts Racing team acquired the Gene Price Racing championship equipment to go K&N West racing this year with him and Gracin Raz scheduled to drive.
10:53
Safety crew keeping an eye on the fuel cell. (Speed51.com photo)
10:52
Gragson walked away. (Speed51.com photo)
10:52
Gragson had just run the fifth fastest lap today and was 11th fastest in yesterday's practice session.
10:52
Gragson makes heavy contact with the wall. (Speed51.com photo)
10:50
YELLOW FLAG: Noah Gragson loses the handle on his car and backs heavily into the turn four wall.
10:49
Derek Thorn has been out for a number of laps and is second fastest with a best time of 17.488 seconds.
10:48
Gracin Raz, from Oswego, Oregon, is up to fifth on the charts. Raz will be donating 10% of his winnings to 14-year-old cancer survivor Colton Matter, a family friend to their team’s tire specialist Chris Wood.
10:48
Chris Eggleston is ready to head out.(Speed51.com photo)
10:46
Comment From Justin

Great shot of 2014 Lucas Oil Modified Series Champion Dylan Cappello, looks like he picked up a teammate for 2015, any news on who and what number that is?

10:46
Winter Showdown Friday Practice Speeds as of 10:45a.m. PT
1 26p Preston Peltier 17.526
2 19 Brandon White 17.623
3 29v Greg Voigt 17.682
4 21 Blaine Rocha 17.744
5 75 Jeremy Doss 17.792
10:45
Scribner tells us that he is the only car here with a big spring setup, compared to others with a coil-over shock setup. He said making the field will be a big win.
10:45
Brandon White, 2014 SRL Southwest Tour season opener winner at Madera Speedway (CA), jumps to second on the board.
10:45
10:44
Scribner has run the most laps in the first 15 minutes of this session, a total of 16.
10:44
Chris Scribner, who owns Scribner Plastics, exits his car after a practice run. (Speed51.com photo)
10:43
Greg Voigt takes over the 2nd spot on the speed charts. Is communicating that is car is "a lot more stable" #2015WinterShowdown
10:43
Now on the speedway are Scott Walker, Jacob Comes, and Bobby Hodges.
10:40
Cristiani told 51 that they think they dropped a valve, which was discovered about 20 minutes ago. He said they do not have a spare motor with them and it appears their weekend is over.
10:40
Toni McCray leads a gaggle of cars including Carlos Vieira, Shane Harding, Hollis Shane Thackery, and Jeremy Doss around the half-mile facility.
10:39
Trevor Cristiani appears to now be a fan for the Winter Showdown. (Speed51.com photo)
10:39
10:39
Today's coverage of the Winter Showdown Practice, qualifying and the qualifying races at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, CA is presented by JOES Racing Products. Based in Everett, Washington, JOES Racing Products was started in 1989 by racer Joe Constance, for racers. Our company reflects an extension of the Constance Racing Family with racers on our staff that are competitive and know quality parts and why they work well. Check out their variety of products available for racers today. Click here to find a dealer near you today!
10:39
10:39
Today's coverage of Winter Showdown from Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, CA is presented by Hamner Racing Engines. Hamner Racing Engines are built and maintained primarily for short track racing. They build Super Late Model motors for many different series including the ARCA CRA Super Series using Ford and Chevy engines. Click here to visit site
10:38
Blaine Rocha, a rookie driver for NTS Motorsports, is up to P2 on the chart.
10:38
Preston Peltier, driving a team car to Jim Pettit II, is fastest early in the session with a time of 17.526.
10:36
Eric Schmidt, Dan O'Donnell, Colby Potts, Austin Gant, and Chris Scribner are now on the speedway.
10:33
Dylan Lupton arrived in CA last night and is ready to go today. (Speed51.com photo)
10:32
We apologize for the lack of recent updates as there appeared to be a connection issue. Practice has begun with Shane Harding, Dominic Ursetta, Eddy McKean, Tracy Bolin, Shane Mitchell, and Donny St. Ours on the track.
10:29
The Lucas Oil Modifieds are starting to unload for their 75-lap event tomorrow. (Speed51.com photo)
10:11
The pit area is nearing capacity (Speed51.com photo).
10:05
The final Winter Showdown practice prior to qualifying will begin in less than a half hour. It will be an hour and a half in length.
10:00
9:58
Winter Showdown Cars on the Grounds
05 Eric Schmidt Roseville, CA
5c Chris Scribner Loomis, CA
5g Will Gallaher Santa Rosa, CA
5s Dalton Sargeant Boca Raton, FL
5w Ryan Wells Hingham, MT
6o Donny St. Ours Upland, CA
6u Dominic Ursetta Arvada, CO
7 Johnny White Bakersfield, CA
8 Noah Gragson Las Vegas, NV
11a Dustin Ash Las Vegas, NV
11o Dan O'Donnell Oak Hills, CA
12 Colby Potts Stockton, CA
13 Lance Wilson Bakersfield, CA
14 Chris Davidson Pearland, TX
15 Gracin Raz Oswego, OR
16 Jacob Gomes Manteca, CA
17 David Mayhew Bakersfield, CA
18 Jim Pettit II Prunedale, CA
19 Brandon White Eureka, CA
19m Eddy McKean Twin Falls, ID
20 Tracy Bolin Valley Springs, CA
21 Blaine Rocha Oakdale, CA
22e Chris Eggleston Thornton, CO
22g Jonathon Gomez Buhl, ID
24 Dylan Lupton Wilton, CA
26b Bubba Pollard Senoia, GA
26p Preston Peltier Concord, NC
28 Parker Stephens Olympia, WA
29h Shane Harding Langley, BC
29v Greg Voigt Goleta, CA
31 Jason Fraser McKee, WA
33 M.K. Kanke Frazier Park, CA
34g Austin Gant Auburn, CA
34w Scott Walker Prosser, WA
37f Sierra Furia Kelseyville, CA
37L Mike Longton Yakima, WA
37s Keith Spangler Landera Ranch, CA
38 Hollis Thackery Gridley, CA
43 Derek Thorn Lakeport, CA
49 Brian Levant Calgary, AB
51 Carlos Vieira Livingston, CA
57 David Ross Colton, CA
66 Darren Bucklen Greeley, CO
71 Christian McGee Ontario, CA
75 Jeremy Doss Upper Lake, CA
77 Toni McCray Highland, CA
81 Darrell Midgley Sidney, BC
88 Jason Gilbert Dublin, CA
89 Bobby Hodges Carson City, NV
90 Trevor Cristiani Boise, ID
99m Shane Mitchell East Wenatchee, WA
99w Linny White Colton, CA
9:54
Comment From Steve in Crestview, FL

Good luck going out to Bubba Pollard...put that JEGS Ford on the pole!

9:54
Attention Short Track, Super Late Model fans… on Monday, March 2, at 5pm ET, the Pro All Stars Series will be making a special announcement on Speed51.com. Check out all the details for this unprecedented announcement on Monday, but join in on the conversation via Twitter by using the handle @PASSSLM14 and on the PASS Facebook page as well.
9:53
Johnny White showed some speed prior to his mishap with the turn two outside wall late in yesterday's practice. The teammate to track champion David Mayhew also is a three-time race winner in the local Late Model division.
9:52
Lucas Oil Modifieds are also on hand this weekend to support the inaugural Winter Showdown. Trailers have continued to pull in from the pit entrance tunnel into the infield pit area and will get a full list of the IMCA-style Modified competitors once it becomes available.
9:49
Johnny White\'s team unloads their car after repairs from Thursday\'s accident. (Speed51.com photo)
9:45
9:45
There were many storylines yesterday during the four and a half hour afternoon practice session, including several mock runs in preparation for qualifying later today -http://speed51.com/east-vs-...
9:42
Winter Showdown Thursday Practice Speeds
1 26b Bubba Pollard 17.182
2 43 Derek Thorn 17.272
3 17 David Mayhew 17.392
4 5s Dalton Sargeant 17.427
5 15 Gracin Raz 17.496
6 31 Jason Fraser 17.527
7 21 Blaine Rocha 17.530
8 5g Will Gallaher 17.545
9 18 Jim Pettit II 17.550
10 16 Jacob Gomes 17.555
11 8 Noah Gragson 17.559
12 89 Bobby Hodges 17.576
13 75 Jeremy Doss 17.610
14 6u Dominic Ursetta 17.630
15 26p Preston Peltier 17.641
16 29v Greg Voigt 17.647
17 19 Brandon White 17.678
18 99m Shane Mitchell 17.678
19 7 Johnny White 17.704
20 14 Chris Davidson 17.759
21 20 Tracy Bolin 17.778
22 99w Linny White 17.797
23 11a Dustin Ash 17.822
24 05 Eric Schmidt 17.852
25 34w Scott Walker 17.876
26 28 Parker Stephens 17.887
27 77 Toni McCray 17.914
28 33 M.K. Kanke 17.919
29 49 Brian Levant 17.949
30 37L Mike Longton 17.955
31 22 Jonathon Gomez 17.966
32 6s Donny St. Ours 17.975
33 22e Chris Eggleston 17.986
34 66 Darren Bucklen 18.010
35 29h Shane Harding 18.066
36 81 Darrell Midgley 18.095
37 57 David Ross 18.096
38 12 Colby Potts 18.113
39 37s Keith Spangler 18.130
40 38 Hollis Shane Thackery 18.182
41 5w Ryan Wells 18.196
42 51 Carlos Vieira 18.209
43 5c Chris Scribner 18.228
44 90 Trevor Cristiani 18.230
45 88 Jason Gilbert 18.268
46 24 Dylan Lupton 18.270
47 19m Eddy McKean 18.363
48 11o Dan O'Donnell 18.443
49 37f Sierra Furia 18.456
50 34g Austin Gant 18.488
51 13 Lance Wilson 18.488
52 71 Christian McGee No Time
9:40
This was supposed to be the debut for Stephens, a second generation racer out of the Northwest, with the NTS Motorsports group. However, the 2014 Miller 200 winner at South Sound Speedway (WA) has a full season scheduled as he will compete for Rookie of the Year in the SRL Southwest Tour for the team in 2015.
9:35
Parker Stephens car was damaged in a wreck on Thursday. The team tells us he will not be racing this weekend. (Speed51.com photo)
9:34
Winter Showdown Schedule of Events
Friday, February 27 (All Times Pacific)
8:30 - Registration and Pit Gates Open
9:00 - Showdown Driver's/Spotter's/Crew Chief Meeting
10:30 - 12:00 - Showdown Practice
12:00 - Lucas Oil Modifieds Driver's Meeting
12:30 - 1:15 - Lucas Oil Modifieds Practice
1:30 - Showdown Qualifying Tech Opens
2:15 - 3:00 - Lucas Oil Modifieds Practice
4:00 - 4:45 - Lucas Oil Modifieds Practice
4:30 - Spectators Gates Open
5:30 - Showdown Qualifying (2 laps, Impound)
7:00 - Opening Ceremonies
 - Lucas Oil Modifieds Invitational Dash (Top 6 cars from 2014 points)
 - 51 FIFTY Showdown Qualifier No. 1 - 51 Laps (9 Cars Transfer plus Fast Qualifier)
 - 51 FIFTY Showdown Qualifier No. 2 - 50 Laps (9 Cars Transfer plus 2nd Fastest Qualifier)
 - 51 FIFTY Showdown Qualifier No. 3 - 50 Laps (9 Cars Transfer plus 3rd Fastest Qualifier)
9:34
Comment From Lenny

Go Eggleston,Pollard,and Thorn,Thanks for the coverage Speed 51

9:34
John \"JZ\" Zaretzke of JOE\'S Racing Products talks to Joey Clanton. Clanton works with Bubba Pollard. (Speed51.com photo)
9:33
Pettit, a five-time champion between the SRL Southwest Tour and the old NASCAR Southwest Tour, would love to go down in history as the inaugural Winter Showdown race winner. He spoke with us about his weekend to date and what it would mean to him yesterday - http://speed51.com/winter-s...
9:31
9:31
Jim Pettit II rolls through tech. (Speed51.com photo)
9:31
There is an interesting mix of chassis present here for this "open" show. We do not have a comprehensive list of which chassis certain drivers are running, but for instance Jim Pettit II is running a perimeter chassis that he typically runs on the SRL Southwest Tour while defending series champion Derek Thorn decided to go with the straight rail in which he finish third with in the Snowball Derby.
9:31
Comment From Jason W

Keeping tabs from Southeast Alabama....What brand chassis do the West Coast guys use? Are most of them perimeter?

9:28
Although some of the land bordering the speedway appears to be barren, the fields actually are planted with pistachio trees. In approximately six years the landscape will look entirely different with them in full bloom.
9:23
The facility provides a scenic overlook of the area mountains (Speed51.com photo).
9:18
Officials are going over today's procedures, which include qualifying as well as three qualifier races this evening to set a majority of Saturday's field.
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Good morning and welcome to the Friday edition of the inaugural Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, California. The sun shining in the Golden State this morning as the drivers, spotters, and crew chiefs are currently meeting in the tech area.
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Trackside Now: Winter Showdown Friday at Kern County (CA) – 2/27/15