Bakersfield, CA – Bradley Erickson drew the outside pole position for the “Sigma Performance Services 54″ and led every lap to earn his first victory in the Spears Manufacturing Pro Late Model Series. The win was worth $5,400 for the Phoenix, AZ teenager and came in front of a large crowd at Kern County Raceway Park.
Kulwicki Driver Development Program finalist Dylan Zampa turned the quickest lap in qualifying, laying down a time of 19.648 seconds on the half-mile tri-oval. Erickson was second with ARCA Menards Pro Series West competitor Tanner Reif, Madera Speedway Short Track Shootout winner Logan Zampa, and two-time Kern County Raceway Spears Pro Late Model winner Seth Wise the top-five.
As the green flag waved, Erickson and Tanner Reif battled side-by-side until Erickson could clear him coming off of Turn 4. On lap three, Cassidy Hinds would work her way under Tyler Reif for third, with Seth Wise following a lap later to pick up four positions early. Sean Hingorani would move to the top-five from ninth starting and Dylan Zampa also got by the younger Reif, who was struggling.
The field would click off laps until the Competition Caution on lap 27. Erickson would lead Tanner Reif, Hinds, Wise and Dylan Zampa as Tyler Rief and Barrett Polhemus pitted for adjustments.
The restart saw Erickson to the lead, but Tanner Reif drifted high in turns one and two, with Wise filling the hole between Hinds and Reif. The three-wide battle didn’t end up well for Hinds however, as she spun off of Turn 2, after contact with Wise. She just avoided contact with the inside wall, but it ended her chance at victory.
The ensuing restart found Erickson once again clearing Reif, but Wise was able to get a good run and pull under Reif, battling for second. It took Reif six laps to clear Wise once again, as the Bakersfield driver continued to hound Reif for the position. Dylan Zampa, who lost fourth on the restart, was able to battle back past Hingorani by lap 33 and attempt to chase down the top-three.
As the laps ran down, Wise continued to hound Reif for second, pulling alongside the Las Vegas teenager several times. But at the end, Erickson crossed the line with a comfortable win margin, as Reif fended off Wise for second. Dylan Zampa crossed the line fourth with Sean Hingorani earning a top-five in his first series start.
The Spears Pro Late Models will next be in action at The New Stockton 99 Speedway on July 16th. Seth Wise will maintain his championship lead over Tyler Reif, with Tanner Reif advancing past Dylan Zampa for third. Logan Zampa will remain fifth.
1. Bradley Erickson (YG), 2. Tanner Reif (YG), 3. Seth Wise (YG), 4. Dylan Zampa (YG), 5. Sean Hingorani, 6. Logan Zampa (YG), 7. Christian Bazen (YG), 8. Tyler Reif (YG), 9. Cassidy Hinds, 10. Mike Beeler, 11. Hans Beeler, 12. Barrett Polhemus, 13. Ron Cross.
(YG) Sigma Performance Service Young Gun Competitor