BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Cody Swanson added his name to the record books by leading all thirty laps of Saturday’s USAC Western Midget Series feature at Bakersfield Speedway.
The Saturday night feature victory was Swanson’s first career USAC Western Midget Series triumph.
While the stat sheet may read as an easy victory for Swanson, that was hardly the case. At the drop of the green flag, Swanson powered ahead of pole-sitter Ryan Bernal to take command.
As Bernal looked to regroup, fourth starting Ronnie Gardner slipped into second and set after the leader. With the majority of the drivers preferring the bottom groove of the Bakersfield clay, Gardner chased down Swanson and looked for an opening.
Third, fourth, and fifth place became a torrid battle between Jake Swanson, Bernal and David Prickett.
Despite several cautions, Cody Swanson remained unfazed and continued to hit his marks. Ronnie challenged throughout the event and a late yellow flag for a tangled Robby Josett and Kyle Edwards gave him one last shot. With a three-lap dash to the finish remaining, Swanson had an excellent restart and sped away to the checkered flag. Gardner took second and the intense battle for third went to Bernal.
Jake Swanson and Prickett completed the top five.