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    Sawyer wins feature race, apologizes for suspension

    BY MIKE GRIFFITH Californian staff writer
    Saturday, Jul 26 2014 10:31 PM

    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 ago that landed him a five-week suspension from IMCA Modified competition.

    "It feels goods, it's been a bad year," Sawyer said. "Everybody on this car (sponsors) stuck with me for all the crap I put them through. I want to apologize for what I did in Hanford."

    In a nutshell, Sawyer pretty much and a meltdown after a wreck with Dylan Coffey in the Hanford incident. As contrite as he was in victory lane, it was obvious Sawyer was driving with a purpose a few moments earlier.

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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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. Kern County Raceway to open April 20

    It’s taken more than six years, a bankruptcy and a set of new investors but the opening of Kern County Raceway Park is just around the bend. The facility, located adjacent to Interstate 5 and Enos Lane, will open on April 20 with NASCAR...

  10. Montes signs deal to race on NASCAR K&N West Series

      Bakersfield's Dallas Montes has signed with NTS Motorsports and will be competing full time on the NASCAR K&N West Pro Series in 2013. Montes, 19, is coming off a solid 2012 campaign where he won his first Late Model race in and...

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    Race driver and sports car designer Carroll Shelby dead at 89

    DALLAS -- Carroll Shelby, the legendary car designer and champion auto racer who built the fabled Shelby Cobra sports car and injected testosterone into Ford's Mustang and Chrysler's Viper, has died. He was 89. Shelby's company, Carroll...

  12. Fire forces Daytona 500 to pause with 40 laps left

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- First came the rain. Then came the fire. Everything that could go wrong with this Daytona 500 did go wrong, and the first NASCAR race in primetime television could be remembered for everything but the eventual...

  13. Danica Patrick OK after wreck in Daytona qualifier

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Danica Patrick walked away uninjured after taking a hard hit to the wall in her qualifying race at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday. Her race car didn't fare quite so well. Patrick was caught up in a crash... Daily Deal!

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