BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Shane Golobic and his new Tarlton Motorsports team wasted no time proving they will be a force to be reckoned with on the King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Sprint Car Series tour, capturing the 30-lap season opener at the Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park on Sunday.

Making his first appearance in the No. 21x Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino KPC wrenched by Paul Baines, Golobic started third and blew past polesitter Willie Croft on the second lap to take the lead.

At that point, the race became a high speed game of cat and mouse in lap traffic as Golobic held off the repeated challenges of Croft and Dominic Scelzi to pace the final 29 laps.

“I got a real good start and managed to get past Willie (Croft) early on,” said the happy winner in victory lane. “However, lap traffic was really tough. I had to make room a couple of times because I knew he was back there waiting for me to make a mistake.”

Croft and Scelzi engaged in a thrilling wheel-to-wheel battle for the second spot, swapping the position on the 10th, 13th and 15th laps. Croft, who also claimed the Sunnyvalley Bacon trophy dash, would end up claiming the runner-up position in his Amerikote/Holey Smokes BBQ Eagle.  Scelzi drove the Gary Scelzi-owned SE Inc./Panella Trucking sprinter to the show position.

Fast qualifier Kyle Hirst was within striking distance of the leaders with eight to go, but had to settle for fourth in the Roth Motorsports H&R Livestock Transport KPC.

Tanner Thorsen was the man on the move at Kern County Raceway Park, coming from the 15th position to finish fifth in the Clyde Lamar’s Tri-C Machine Spike chassis.

The finish:

Shane Golobic, Willie Croft, Dominic Scelzi, Kyle Hirst, Tanner Thorsen, Mitchell Faccinto, Bud Kaeding, Gio Scelzi, Chase Johnson, Jason Statler, D.J. Netto, Dustin Golobic, Tommy Tarlton, Colby Copeland, Jeremy Chisum, Jarrett Soares, Matthew Moles, Nathan Rolfe, Jenna Frazier, Craig Stidham, Sean Watts, Mark Barroso.