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    Emotional night for Childress family at Bakersfield Speedway

    Sunday, Sep 28 2014 09:34 AM

    There was tears of joy as well sadness for members of the Childress family on Saturday night at Bakersfield Speedway. Fourteen days after the unexpected death of their grandmother, Lorel Childress, Brian Childress wrapped up the American Stock track championship and his brother, Rick Childress Jr., won the final regular-season Sports Mod race.

    Brian Childress, his voice cracking with emotion, dedicted his championship to his grandmother. Then Childress climbed back into his race car and, with his cousins Traci and Tara Childress flanking him, the trio took a reverse victory lap around the third-mile clay oval in honor of their grandmother.

    About 90 minutes later Rick Childress Jr. led wire-to-wire to win the 25-lap Sports Mod feature....

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    NASCAR announces sweeping rule changes

    NASCAR announced sweeping rule changes on Tuesday, reducing testing, reducing horsepower and deemphasizing aerodynamics for its Sprint Cup Series. NASCAR will ban all private testing at any track following the season finale at...

  3. Mayhew talks about his NASCAR West win in Utah

    Bakersfield's David Mayhew sums up his NASCAR K&N Pro Series West victory on Sept. 13 on the road course at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. It was his fourth win of the season and his first career win on  road course. Mayhew...

  4. A bit of Bakersfield in Charlotte

    Bakersfield native and NASCAR Spring Cup driver Casey Mears, who lives in Charlotte, N.C.,  found a little something to remind him of home. Tacos  Tequila  Whiskey Good start to a menu

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    Harvick wins Nationwide race in Atlanta

    HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Kevin Harvick led the final 159 laps to beat Joey Logano and win an unusually wreck-free NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday night. Harvick, who will start from the pole Sunday night in...

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    Sawyer wins feature race, apologizes for suspension

    Robby Sawyer raced to his first victory of the season Saturday night at Bakersfield Speedway, then apologized. Not for anything he did on Saturday on the third-mile clay oval as he put in a stellar drive, but for an incident several weeks...

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    Bakersfield's Reed has best finish at Daytona

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla -- Bakersfield driver Ryan Reed had a career-best finish Friday night at the Nationwide Series Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway. Reed, driving the Roush Racing No. 16 Ford Mustang, was 4th in an...

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    Watch Robert Hight's blazing 3-second funny car run

    EPPING, N.H. (AP) — Robert Hight broke New England Dragway's Funny Car time record with a 3.988-second pass Friday night in qualifying for the Auto-Plus NHRA New England Nationals. Hight, a four-time winner this season and the series...

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    Reed set for Nationwide debut

    He won the only race he’s entered this season — in a Super Late Model at Irwindale Speedway last month — but Bakersfield’s Ryan Reed takes a big step up the competition ladder Thursday at Richmond International Raceway. Reed, a Type I...

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    Thorn gets a shot in Nationwide Series

    Derek Thorn will celebrate his 27th birthday by doing something he's never done before: drive a Nationwide Series car. Thorn, who turns 27 on Thursday, will be behind the wheel of the the No, 52 Camaro owned by Jimmy Means as practice...

  11. March Meet 2013 Videos

    Over the last few days, The Bakersfield Californian has produced live video shows and clips from the 2013 March Meet. Here are all of the videos produced by The Californian. Check back as we add more videos throughout the weekend. [View...

  12. Testing under way at Famoso for March Meet drag races

    Nitromethane fumes drifted through the air Friday at Auto Club Famoso Raceway as three days of testing got under way at the track in preparation for the annual March Meet nostalgia drag races March 6-10. Around 75 cars were in the pits on...

  13. Ryan Reed to run at least 5 Nationwide races for Roush

    Two years to the day after he was diagnosed with type I diabetes, Bakersfield’s Ryan Reed announced a sponsorship linked to his disease that will put him in at least five NASCAR Nationwide races this season. Reed, 19, will drive the No. 16...

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