Brad Pounds after his win in
Saturday's second night of Bakersfield Speedway's "Bud Nationals". (Tom Macht)
Clay Daly, Mike Johnson, and Nick Bartels slug it out on the
second night of the Bakersfield Speedway / West Coast Shootout "Budweiser Nationals" last Saturday.
Daly finished sixth and claimed the series title by ten markers over fourth finishing Bartels.
West Coast Shootout: Pounds
Knocks Down "Budweiser Nationals" Final at Bakersfield
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Oct. 8. The West Coast Late Model Shootout Series settled
its accounts Saturday with the second night of the "Budweiser Nationals". Brad Pounds came home with the
$3,000 payday, while Clay Daly finished sixth and put the wraps on his series championship by a ten-point
margin over third generation driver Nick Bartels.
Jason Papich earned the pole position inside of Rob Sanders for the start, but
before the first lap was officially on the books, Papich spun in front of local driver John Lowery, who
drove over the nose of Papich's car. Lowery survived the incident to become the new polesitter, while a
disappointed Papich had to call it a night.
The spoils of victory come Brad Pounds' way after his win on the second night of
the Budweiser Nationals at Bakersfield Speedway. (K.C. Rooney)
John Lowery races Mike Kirby at Bakersfield before spinning his car from the
lead. (K.C. Rooney)
With the race
restarting, Sanders jumped out in front of Lowery and Mike Kirby, while Pounds and Andy Obertello fought it out
for fourth place. Obertello initially prevailed in that duel, then got by Kirby for third before the first
officlal race caution flew on lap ten for a spun Larry Childress.
With the restart, Kirby continued to slip as Mike Johnson and Bobby Hogge pushed him to fifth place. Ahead of
them, Pounds got back around Obertello to grab third. Up front, Lowery passed Sanders for the lead on lap 16,
and Pounds soon followed into second.
Early leader Robert Sanders races Bobby Hogge for second before taking the spot
for good at the end of Saturday's event. Friday night winner Hogge had to settle for third. (K.C.
Nick Bartels and #7 Mike Johnson race for fourth place at Bakersfield.
For the second night in a row, Lowery saw his hopes for a win dashed with an untimely spin - this time
from the lead. Pounds inherited the lead with Sanders and Hogge in pursuit, and over the next few laps would
build a solid advantage. A spin by Tommy Malcolm with three to go would erase Pounds' lead, but the restart saw
Pounds drive away unchallenged to the $3,000 win.
The victory brought Pounds' winnings to $5,500 on the evening as he claimed the earlier Open Wheel Modified
Veteran Bill Bartels and #75 Tommy Malcolm race for position at
Bakersfield. (Tom Macht)
Brad Pounds takes the checkered flag at the finish of the "Budweiser Nationals" at
Bakersfield. (Tom Macht)
A quiet Bakersfield Speedway before Saturday night's invasion of the West Coast LM
Shootout teams. (K.C. Rooney)
Oct. 8 - Bakersfield Speedway West Coast Shootout
1) Brad Pounds, 2) Robert Sanders, 3) Bobby Hogge, 4) Nick
Bartels, 5) Mike Johnson, 6) Clay Daly, 7) Devin Crockett, 8) Jason Selvidge, 9) Chris Barnett, 10) Rob
Mayea, 11) Ron Bartels, 12) Anthony Restad, 13) Bill Bartels, 14) Andy Obertello, 15) Tony Toste, 16)
Jimmy Schram, 17) Larry Childress, 18) Tommy Malcolm, 19) John Lowrey, 20) Cody Barnett, 21) Mike
Kirby, 22) Jason Papich
Tom Macht photo