Bobby Hogge at Bakersfield Speedway after Friday's win on
the first night of the "Bud Nationals". (Tom Macht)
West Coast Shootout: Hogge
Claims "Budweiser Nationals" Opener at Bakersfield
BAKERSFIELD, Cal. - Oct. 7. Salinas, California's Bobby Hogge IV swept the evening's events as the
annual "Budweiser Nationals" returned to Bakersfield Speedway Friday, featuring the West Coast Shootout
Late Model series.
Hogge out-raced local favorite John Lowery to a lead that he would not relinquish, though Lowery
would turn up the heat midway through the race. Hogge had begun to build that lead before a lap three caution flew
after Larry Childress hit the wall in turn three. Hogge led the field back to green as Clay Daly shot into the top
five, passing Jason Selvidge and Anthony Restad to reach third.
|A triumphant Bobby Hogge after his opening night "Bud
Nationals" win at Bakersfield Speedway. (K.C. Rooney)
Jason Papich brought out the next caution two laps later, and Selvidge got back around Daly, only to suffer a
flat tire and produce the next caution.
Mike Kirby and Nick Bartels got a jump on Restad with the new start, with Kirby beginning to close on third
running Daly as the field finally got several laps of green flag racing in. Hogge reached the tail end of the
field, allowing Lowery to move
Bobby Hogge navigates the top side of Bakersfield Speedway
en route to Friday's win on the first night of the "Bud Nationals". John Lowery spun his #8 as he challenged
Hogge for the lead midway through the event. (Tom Macht)
up to Hogge's rear bumper until the two got too close on lap 17 and Lowery spun his #8 car.
With Lowery out of the way, Kirby's new second place was short-lived as Bartels got the jump on the
restart and took over the spot, but Kirby came roaring back to retake second before Hogge pulled away to the
$2,000 win. Nartels held down third to finish ahead of Andy Obertello and Daly.
A flat tire and a wardrobe malfunction for Mike Johnson? (K.C.
One of the West Coast's most potent competitors, Mike Kirby slips to the outside of
Robert Sanders en route to second place at Bakersfield. Sanders finished sixth. (Tom
Nick Bartels races toward a third place finish at Bakersfield. (Tom
Clay Daly, who rolled into Bakersfield Speedway with a narrow West Coast
Shootout point lead, finished fifth in the main event after challenging #29 Andy Obertello for the fourth
spot. (Tom Macht)
Carla Laney warms up at Bakersfield. (K.C. Rooney)
Oct. 7 - West Coast Shootout - Bakersfield Speedway
1) Bobby Hogge, 2) Mike Kirby, 3) Nick Bartels, 4) Andy
Obertello, 5) Clay Daly, 6) Robert Sanders, 7) Anthony Restad, 8) Rob Mayea, 9) Jason Selvidge, 10)
Devin Crockett, 11) John Lowrey, 12) Carla Laney, 13) Ron Bartels, 14) Tony Toste, 15) Dino Napier, 16)
Jimmy Schram, 17) Bill Bartels, 18) Cody Barnett, 19) Chris Barnett, 20) Chad Reichenbach, 21) Jason
Papich, 22) Larry Childress
Tom Macht photo