Kern County Raceway Park
|Location||13500 Raceway Boulevard, Bakersfield, California|
|Broke ground||February 2007|
|Opened||May 18, 2013|
|Length||0.8 km (0.5 mi)|
Kern County Raceway Park is a 0.5-mile (0.80 km) oval speedway located on CA 43 (Enos Lane) just off Interstate 5 in Bakersfield, Kern County, California. The racetrack opened to the public for a Fan Appreciation Day on May 4, 2013, with the opening day for racing to happen on May 18, 2013. The new track has banks of 8° in the straightaways, with 14° paved corners. The track has 5,000 seats for fans, and room to expand to 17,000 seats for various events. It also contains 21 suites in the grandstand along with 18 concession stands. Kern County Raceway Park will hold events with NASCAR's Whelen All-American Series along with a K&N Pro Series West race beginning on October 26, 2013. It was built as a replacement for Mesa Marin Raceway.
The Collins family joined the DeStefani family in planning the new half-mile D-oval that replaced Mesa Marin Raceway. The track, located at the crossroads of Interstate 5 and State Route 43 (Enos Lane) along the Kern River, broke ground in February 2007.
The track features a progressively banked track, similar to its neighbor in the south, Irwindale Speedway, with a progressive banking starting at 12 degrees on the bottom and rising to 14 degrees at the top, with an uphill climb to the backstretch, ten feet higher than the pit straight for spectator visibility. Turns three and four will also be banked 12–14 degrees, and feature a ten-foot descent. A 1/8-mile dragstrip and a 1/4-mile infield oval are slated.
The track, completed in March 2013, will have its first NASCAR–sanctioned race on October 26, 2013, with the K&N Pro Series West. The track held a Fan Appreciation Day on May 4, 2013 and announced the first race to be held at Kern County Raceway Park would be a 100-lap Whelen All-American Series race on the main track. Bandoleros also competed that day on the 1⁄4 miles (0.40 km) track within the main course. Mini dwarf cars also ran on May 18, competing on the 1⁄8 miles (0.20 km) track.
Kern County Raceway Divisions
Kern County Raceway features racing in 8 different divisions. These divisions include Pro Late Models, CITGO Late Model, Spec-Mods, Street Stock, Mini Stock, Legends car racing, Bandolero racing and Mini-Dwarfs. During the 2013 season, Kern County Raceway also hosted a drifting exhibition, Super Trucks and Thunder Roadsters.
The 2013 Season at Kern County Raceway included the return of the SRL Southwest Tour to Kern County for the first time in 8 years. On October 26, 2013, Kern County Raceway will host the K&N Pro Series West race named the "NAPA Auto Parts 150."
|2013 Track Champions|
|Pro Late Model||Tim Smith|
|CITGO Late Model||David Mayhew|
|Sr. Mini Dwarf||Jerry Flippo|
|Jr. Mini Dwarf||Kyleigh Forester|
|K&N Pro West Winners|
|"NAPA Auto Parts 150" - October 26, 2013||Greg Pursley|
|SRL Southwest Tour Winners|
|"DC'S RV Center 100" - September 7, 2013||Jim Pettit II|
In addition to racing, Kern County Raceway has also hosted car shows and will also be hosting the Monster Energy Freestyle Motorcross competition on November 23, 2013. The track is also working on hosting concerts and making Kern County Raceway a major stop for music acts and a great outdoor venue in Kern County.
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- "Kern County Raceway Park Hosts Fan Appreciation Day on Saturday" (Press release). Kern County Raceway Park. May 1, 2013. Retrieved May 14, 2013.