Saturday, Dec 08 2012 03:32 PM

NASCAR race coming to Bakersfield raceway

BY MIKE GRIFFITH Californian staff writer

Kern County Raceway is bringing NASCAR competition back to Bakersfield.

NASCAR announced Saturday that a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race will be held Oct. 26, 2013, at the high-banked, half-mile track near Enos Lane and Interstate 5. The track is in the final phases of construction with a planned opening in late March.

Original developers started the project in 2007, but the project ran into financial problems that led to bankruptcy then foreclosure. It sat dormant for nearly four years until the new investment group, headed by James Vernon and Daniel Smith, purchased the property.

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