Kern County Raceway Opens April 20

Kern County Raceway
Kern County Raceway

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The highly anticipated opening of the state-of-the-art Kern County Raceway Park will become a reality when NASCAR Whelen All-American Series-sanctioned races hit the track in 2013.

The grand opening race has been scheduled for Saturday night April 20.

The half-mile and quarter-mile paved tracks at the Kern County Raceway Park will look to continue Bakersfield’s NASCAR legacy after Mesa Marin Speedway shut its doors in 2005.

A group of investors, led by Bakersfield businessman James Vernon, took over the partially completed Kern County Raceway Park last February and will have it completed in time for a full 2013 season.

Twenty-four events make up the inaugural calendar of Saturday night racing under the lights, headlined by the televised NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West in the Bakersfield 150. The event on Oct. 26 will mark the West Series’ 12th appearance in the city of Bakersfield over its illustrious history.

Weekly divisions on the half-mile speedway are limited late models, pro late models and spec modifieds. Quarter-mile divisions include mini stocks, Legends, Bandoleros and mini dwarfs.