Rutherford Steals Bakersfield Gold


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Troy Rutherford took the lead from Nic Faas on the final lap to win Saturday night’s USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series race at Bakersfield Speedway.

Austin Ligett led the first five laps before giving way to Markus Niemela, who led laps six through 17. Faas moved out front on lap 18 and led until Rutherford took control for laps 27 and 28. Faas led lap 29 and Rutherford was first to the checkered flag on lap 30.

Faas finished second ahead of Niemela, Danny Faria Jr. and Jace Vander Weerd.

The finish:

Troy Rutherford, Nic Faas, Markus Niemela, Danny Faria Jr., Jace Vander Weerd, Matt Mitchell, Landon Hurst, Brody Roa, Dennis Howell, Richard Vander Weerd, Kevin Barnes, Ricky Kirkbride, Luke Boles, Chris Ennis, Davey Pombo, Garrett Long, Matt Day, Rusty Carlile, Jeff Sibley, Austin Liggett, Connor Kassik, Trent Carter.