West Coast Late Model Shootout Prepares for Return to Bakersfiel​d Speedway

SANTA MARIA, Cali. – For the first time since October of 2011 the West Coast Late Model Shootout will compete at Bakersfield Speedway on August 10th. The series was scheduled to make an appearance in March however Mother Nature won the battle. They will also return to the third of a mile clay oval on August 31st.
The West Coast Late Model Shootout was scheduled to race at Napa Valley’s scenic half mile, Calistoga Speedway on August 3rd however renovations forced track officials to cancel the event. "I called Chris Kearns after hearing about the cancellation of Calistoga and asked him if he needed a date and we were able to schedule one for August 10th," commented Bakersfield Speedway promoter Scott Schweitzer. "It was originally scheduled to be a local show but I know how important it is to have a decent amount of races for a traveling series. Chris and I have always worked well with each other and the West Coast Late Model Shootout always displays a great race at Bakersfield Speedway."
"Myself and the West Coast Late Model Shootout really appreciate Scott adding this event to his schedule," stated series promoter Chris Kearns. "It is a lot bigger of a purse than a weekly Late Model show and I really appreciate him doing this."

Bakersfield’s "Dominator" Brad Pounds is the most recent West Coast Late Model Shootout winner at Bakersfield Speedway, winning the Budweiser Nationals in 2011 and has since picked up numerous victories aboard his Scott Pounds Racing No. 1P. Two-time defending West Coast Late Model Shootout Champion Clay Daly has had recent success at the Central Valley track and looks to score his first West Coast Late Model Shootout victory of the season for Pete Van Iderstine Racing.

Going into the event, San Luis Obispo’s Steve "The Snake" Drake holds a slim two point advantage over Tony Toste in the point’s championship. Drake has one win on the season at Hanford’s Kings Speedway for the Gary Jacob Memorial, leading wire-to-wire in a battle with Salinas’ Bobby Hogge IV. El Segundo’s Nick Bartels sits 21 points behind Toste with Jason Papich trailing him. Papich will be making his return since competing in the Midwest with the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series and SummerNationals Hell Tour. Rookie of the Year contender Randy Brown completes the top five.
For more information on this event please visit www.BakersfieldSpeedway.com or www.WestCoastLateModels.com.
The West Coast Late Model Shootout and Chris Kearns Presents would like to thank the following for their support this season: Taffera Jewelers, RoadRunner Fabrication, Pearsons Auto Wrecking, Drake Farms Transportation, Toste Construction, Toste Grading and Paving, Papich Construction, Victory Circle Chassis, Victory Circle Custom Fabrication and Machining, West Coast Boring, Hoosier Tires, Five Star Grafix, VP Racing Fuel, A-1 Spring & Supply and Holders Air Conditioning and Heating.

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