Wendt Heading to Bakersfieldadmin
Matthew Wendt will be heading to Bakersfield, CA to participate in the October Classic, at Kern County Raceway on October 27 & 28. The “Bulwark FR 175 presented by Coleman Powersports” will be race number eight, of the nine championship events, on the Spears Srl Southwest Tour Series schedule. It will be Wendt’s fourth SRL start, during the 2018 season, and follows up a 14th place effort at Madera Speedway.
Wendt has had a miserable 2018 season, after winning two of the last three Pacific Challenge Series events in 2017, and finishing fourth in the championship standings. The 2016 PCS Rookie-of-the-Year has struggled to finish races in 2018, while also struggling to find the handle on his JD Motorsports, Wendt Construction, Cali Style Customs / Laid Out Graphix and Brannon EarnestPerformance Chevy. But Matt feels he has found the problem, however, and is excited to test the car out at Kern County Raceway.
“We are really disappointed with our season, and we know we are better than we have been”, Wendt told the SPEARS Southwest tour Series. “We think we found a issue that has been causing us issues all year. We sent the part out and feel our issue is resolved. We wanna run Kern, and try to make a good finish out of it.”
In Wendt’s last PCS event at ALL AMERICAN SPEEDWAY – ROSEVILLE CA, was typical of his 2018 season. He qualified fourth, but the car wasn’t right during the feature as he fell back once the tires heated up. Late in the event, Wendt had a tire blow out and lost laps in the pits. He came back out, however, and scored his fourth top-ten finish of his PCS season.
The effort to turn the car around, to participate in the $7,000 to win event, thanks to the Winner’s Bonus by FLUIDYNE High Performance and AKM Maintenance, has been challenging. But Matt is thankful to his father, and his efforts to get the car ready.
Matt began, “I really want to thank my dad, Ken Wendt, for putting in a ton of work on the car to get it prepared in time for this race.”
Matt hopes those efforts pay off, and he finds himself parking on the front stretch, after 175 laps of tough competition.