This past weekend at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, California was just about the best race weekend this 'ol boy has ever had! :) Thursday night was a 100 lap race for Winston Racing Series Late Models. The field was filled with cars from...
This past weekend at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, California was just about the best race weekend this 'ol boy has ever had! :)
Thursday night was a 100 lap race for Winston Racing Series Late Models. The field was filled with cars from all over southern California, Arizona, and Nevada. Something over 45 cars tried to qualify for 26 starting spots. The race was won by Sean Woodside, a Mesa Marin regular. Off road star, and 1995 Cajon Speedway champion, Rick Johnson was ninth.
Friday night was for NASCAR Southwest Tour cars. It was the first time they had ever run 300 laps at Mesa Marin (They usually run 200). I was under the impression that the economy in California is still down and times are tough. You couldn't tell it by the number of cars in the pits. I think there were over 50 SWT cars that took a time on the banked half-mile oval, and these aren't inexpensive cars! Somebody's got some money somewhere! The race was a good one as usual but the last 25 laps really brought the huge crowd to their feet as L.A. area racer Sean Monroe held off the charge of Ron Hornaday, Jr. and Ken Schrader to win his first ever Southwest Tour event.
On Saturday night the Winston West Series was also set to run 300 laps. Bill Sedgwick, Gary Collins, and Doug George were among the leaders in this race with newly crowned WW champ, Doug George taking the win. One notable competitor in this race was Jerry Foyt. Yes, THAT Foyt. He is A.J.'s son.
And of course, Sunday was The NASCAR Supertruck race which I'm sure most of you saw live on TNN. Some of the things you didn't get to see on the broadcast were things like the huge ovation that Ernie Irvan got when he was introduced. After that settled down, the PA announcer asked him if he was going to drive with the patch or without. When he said without, the crowd erupted again. You didn't get to see the work that the Sears DieHard crew had to do after Mike Chase stuffed the back of his truck into the wall on the first lap of practice, Saturday morning. The crew did an amazing job to make that thing even look like a truck again. You heard a little about Ron Daniels' crew getting the truck repaired after he flipped over the fench at Sears Point the week before. What you didn't hear was that they had to drive 20+ hours back to Colorado to do it and then drive another 24 hours to Bakersfield, arriving just in time for the first practice. No sleeping on that team!
The weather was hot and sunny all weekend and the crowds were huge. The Supertruck race had been sold out for weeks and I understand that seats were $50.00 each! This event has been run for the last several years now and with the addition of the Supertruck series it has now elevated itself to being one of the premier events on the West Coast.
It was a great weekend!