Golobic Sweeps Up On Kern Co. Dirt

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Shane Golobic won Saturday's King of the West sprint car feature at Kern County Raceway. (Joe Shivak photo)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Shane Golobic won the 30-lap Fujitsu King of the West presented by NARC feature at the Kern County Dirt Track on Saturday night.

The driver of the No. 21x Tarlton Motorsports entry swept both appearances for the 410 cars this season at the three-eighths-mile facility.

Polesitter Willie Croft survived a dusty and slicked over track to finish second ahead of the No. 37 of Mitchell Faccinto.

The main event got off to a wild start as Kyle Hirst took a series of violent rolls right after taking the initial green flag. The points leader’s Roth Motorsports No. 83 started third but would be scored with a last place finish drastically effecting this point’s position over

Golobic with only two races remaining in the championship fight.

On the restart, it would be a race between Croft and Golobic but Kolby Copeland’s engine would expire making him the second driver to retire out of the 18 starters. Copeland’s slowed car pulled to the infield on lap five without causing a caution. Golobic would pass Croft three laps later to take the lead for good.

The black No. 21x of Golobic would make quick work of the slower cars while a battle for second between Dominic Scelzi and Bud Kaeding was developing. The two drivers swapped places about every lap, each pulling a slider on the narrowing track.
Kaeding would have a slight bobble during his slide job in the first turn resulting in contact to his left rear tire from Scelzi’s right front.

The skirmish left Kaeding with a flat tire and Scelzi spun out after trying to recover from a 360-degree spin.

Scelzi was sent to the rear of the field for causing the caution while Kaeding tried to restart in second place with a flat tire.  The tire would explode going into the first turn quickly brining out another yellow. Kaeding would pit to replace the flat and rejoin the race at the rear near Scelzi.

This would move Croft back into the second place but the final four laps belonged to Golobic who picked up a $3,000 win.

An exciting dash saw Croft pass Golobic on the white flag lap putting the two on the front row of the feature. Heats were won by Sean Watts, Hirst and Chase Johnson. Croft was the night’s fast qualifer.

The finish:

Shane Golobic, Willie Croft, Mitchell Faccinto, D.J. Netto, Chase Johnson, Craig Stidham, Dominic Scelzi, Mathew Moles, Bud Kaeding, Jace Vander Weed, Cole Macedo, Jason Statler, Sean Watts, Nathan Rolfe, Jenna Frazier, Dustin Golobic, Kolby Copeland, Kyle Hirst