Bakersfield, CA – Saturday night, June 26th, the air around Kern County Raceway Park will be filled with the roar of stock cars traversing the tricky, but fast ½-mile tri-oval, just west of Bakersfield, CA along the I-5 corridor. The sights and sounds of fireworks will also be present as LiUNA Local 220 presents one of the biggest fireworks displays in the entire Central Valley of California. But the biggest fireworks may be reserved for the track, as the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour, SPEARS Pro Late Models, Spears Modified Series, and the BMR Racing Academy all take their turns at the state of the facility.
Kulwicki Driver Development Program (KDDP) Finalist Dylan Zampa will be one of the many talented racers to take to the track Saturday evening. It will be his first time racing at the facility, and his first time on a ½-mile. The “Sigma Performance Services 50” will be Round #6 for the SPEARS Pro Late Model Series presented by Sigma Performance Services. The 50-lapper will pay $7,600 to the winner and kick off the second half of the season for the touring division.
“I’m excited to go and try a new track, especially a track like Kern that is big and fast”, Zampa stated. “This year has been so fun traveling and competing against such talented drivers at tracks I’ve never seen, and learning the tendencies of how they race. I’m sure this week’s race will be a lot of “learning as we go”, throughout the weekend. I’m definitely hoping for a win so I can do another polish victory lap for Alan and everyone at KDDP!”
The younger of the racing Zampa brothers is 17-years old and will be a Senior at Napa High School next Fall. He was a regular in the Madera Speedway Nut Up Pro Late Model Series in 2019 and 2020. He participated in the Junior Late Model Division in 2018, finishing in a tie for second in the standings with Tanner Reif, behind 2020 ARCA Pro Series West Champion Jesse Love Racing. Dylan finished third in the championship standings in 2019 and eighth in 2020, despite missing a race that season. He accumulated two wins, eight top-five and 11 top-10’s in 17 starts those two seasons. He is coming off of a win in the Late Model Division at ALL AMERICAN SPEEDWAY – ROSEVILLE CA on the 12th.
Zampa enters this weekend in the championship runner-up position, with four top-five finishes in five events. He sits behind 2018 Spears Srl Southwest Tour Series Champion Jeremy Doss Motorsports. Doss has dominated the Pro Late Model competition in 2021, winning all five events to date. With this being the series first event on a ½-mile, Zampa knows Doss’ experience will give him a leg up on much of the competition. Zampa will be watching the #75 this weekend, in hopes of scoring the rich win.
“As always, I’m sure Jeremy will be tough to beat this weekend, with his extensive experience at Kern. Qualifying and starting up front will be very important for a good finish”, Zampa surmised.
As with any travelling series, it takes a lot of support to make each event. Zampa is thankful for the support he receives to follow his dreams.
Come out to Kern County Raceway on June 26th to see the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series, SPEARS Pro Late Model Series presented by Sigma Performance Services, Spears Modified Series, and the BMR Racing Academy at the fast 1/2-mile oval. LiUNA Local 220 will also present the largest fireworks display in Kern County. Admission Gates open at 5:00 pm with Qualifying beginning at 5:30 pm for the Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Super Late Models and finally the BMR Academy with run their second feature of the weekend. Qualifying Heats for the Super Late Models begin at 7:30 pm, followed by the feature events for the SPEARS Modifieds, Pro Late Models and a Fireworks display. The final event of the evening will be the $10,000-to-win “JM Environmental Inc. Wild West Shootout – Get It Hot 75” for the Super Late Models