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    5 things that stood out for Bakersfield Speedway in 2014

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    POWER HOUR RECAP: KCRP ready for Fall Shootout this weekend

    ABOUT THE SLIDESHOW: Click here for more from Speedway owner Scott Schweitzer on the top five moments from Bakersfield Speedway's...

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    POWER HOUR RECAP: Drama continues in race for NASCAR title

    The Bako Motorsports Power Hour show on Tuesday took at look the NASCAR championship battle and Brad Keselowski's huge win at...

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    Bartone, Horan notch titles at California Hot Rod Reunion

    Tony Bartone served notice that he would be tough to beat back in March when he spanked the Nostalgia Top Fuel field at the March...

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    Mayhew wins battle in Pro Late Model feature

    David Mayhew had two reasons to celebrate Saturday night at Kern County Raceway Park. Mayhew came out on top in a spirited...

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    Sanders looks to end season with win at Famoso

    Nostalgia Funny Car driver Mark Sanders had not planned on running the 23rd annual NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion. A season...

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    Dunlap, 73, back in field at Famoso for Hot Rod Reunion

    BY MIKE GRIFFITH The Bakersfield Californian
    Friday, Oct 17 2014 11:02 PM

    For decades, the old front-motored car Bill Dunlap last drove in 1973 sat up in the rafters of his garage collecting dust and cobwebs.

    Then nostalgia drag racing came about and suddenly, old front-motored Top Fuel cars that had not been used for years were drug out of mothballs, upgraded to newer safety standards and put back on the race track.

    That's exactly what Dunlap did in 1992 during the first NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion held at Auto Club Famoso Raceway.

    And he won. "I was lucky enough to win the inaugural Hot Rod Reunion then won another one a couple of years later," said Dunlap, who started drag racing in 1961.

    Dunlap, of Capitola, is 73 and has pretty much been a regular driver on the nostalgia circuit for more than...

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    After win last week, Harvick at ease heading into Talladega

    TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Guaranteed of a spot in the third round of NASCAR's playoffs, Kevin Harvick has no reason to race hard Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. If it was up to him, he wouldn't race at all. Four of NASCAR's top drivers will...

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    Bartone hopes keep winning at Hot Rod Reunion

    Tony Bartone served notice back in March that he was going to be tough to beat in Nostalgia Top Fuel competition. He saved his best for the final of the March Meet at Auto Club Famoso Raceway, running low E.T. of the meet at 5.623 seconds...

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    MOTOR SPORTS NOTEBOOK: Hot Rod Reunion events begin Thursday; racing starts on Friday

    The annual celebration of the early days of drag racing -- the 23rd edition of the NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion -- kicks off Friday at Auto Club Famoso Raceway. The event is part reunion, part car show and part drag racing, all...

  5. POWER HOUR RECAP: Funny Car drivers weigh in on Hot Rod Reunion

    The 23rd annual NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion returns to Auto Club Famoso Raceway Friday through Sunday. Three guests weighed in on the event during an extended version of the Bako Motorsports Power Hour show. The event blends a reunion...

  6. Hogge IV wins four times at Bud Nationals

    While there was plenty of cash on the line for winners of feature races during the season-ending Bud Nationals at Bakersfield Speedway, every winner also received a coveted Budweiser guitar as a trophy. Eight were handed out over two days...

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    Harvick's win sets tone for Chase

    After months of pit-stop messes, near wins and laps led, Kevin Harvick's victory Saturday night at Charlotte comes just in time as NASCAR's Sprint Cup Chase winnows its way toward a fast finale. With the win at Charlotte, Harvick is now...

  8. McGowan runs away with Sport Mod race

    Tina McGowan broke out of the gate first and there was no catching her Saturday night in the 30-lap Sport Mod feature during the Bud Nationals at Bakersfield Speedway. Levi Keifer did his best over the frantic final 10 laps and drew even a...

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    Racer fighting cancer makes stop in Kern

    For decades Randy Korte lived to race. Now he's racing to live. Diagnosed with a rare and incurable blood cancer -- Multiple Myeloma -- in 2012, Korte is competing in his penultimate event this weekend during the Bud Nationals at...

  10. Hogge IV scores wins in Modified, Late Model races at Speedway

    There was no stopping Bobby Hogge IV on Friday night at Bakersfield Speedway. Hogge, of Watsonville, put on a dominating performance on the first night of the 29th annual Budweiser Nationals, winning both the Late Model and Modified...

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    Truck series champ Crafton will race Modified at Speedway's Bud Nationals

    The Bud Nationals have long drawn top West Coast dirt-track racers in a variety of divisions to Bakersfield Speedway every October, and the ante is being upped this year. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion and current series...

  12. POWER HOUR RECAP: More than 200 cars expected for 29th Bud Nationals event

    Drivers Rob Sanders and Lee Jensen were in studio talking Bud Nationals during a special extended edition of the Bako Motorsports Power Hour on Tuesday. Track owner Scott Schweitzer said facility preparations for the 29th annual show began...

  13. Goaltenders arrive, more players coming to camp

    Goaltenders Fran Tuhimaa and Ty Rimmer skated with the Condors for the first time on Monday after arriving from AHL training camp in Oklahoma City. Tuohimma, a rookie, is under an NHL contract and was assinged by Edmonton while Rimmer,...

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