Faria perfect in sprint car races

By STEPHEN LYNCH, Special to The Californian   Based on the results, Danny Faria Jr. was perfect at Bakersfield Speedway. The Tipton driver, nicknamed “Hollywood,” went won all three of the USAC West Coast Sprint Car races on the third-mile clay oval Saturday night. After winning his heat and the division’s Trophy Dash, Faria capped […]


Open Wheel Action Returns September 7th

Open wheel racing returns this Saturday night September 7th. The West Coast 360 Sprint Cars are set to invade the 1/3 mile high banked clay oval for the last time in 2013. Gates open at 4:00pm with racing at 6:00pm. General admission $15.00  Kids 6-12 $5.00  5 and under FREE. Also racing is the H&S […]


Decker tops Hogge to win Shootout

BY MIKE GRIFFITH Californian staff writer   The raced certainly lived up the series name: Saturday night’s West Coast Late Model Shootout at Bakersfield Speedway was just that — a shoot out. Jeff Decker and Bobby Hogge staged a dramatic side-by-side battle for the win over the final 10 laps with Decker, who led […]


Late Models return this Saturday

KUZZ FM107.9 night at the races is this Saturday night August 31st. The return of the West Coast Late Model Series headlines the night of racing at the annual Labor Day racing event. Gates open at 4:00pm  with racing getting underway at 6:00pm. Also on tap this Saturday is the Motor City GMC SportMods, Melo’s […]


Pounds wins on somber night

  BY MIKE GRIFFITH Californian staff writer   With the American Flag just outside turn three at half mast, drivers and officials gathered along the front straight at Bakersfield Speedway in a solemn tribute to track official Steve O’Neil. O’Neil was killed in a accident at the track two weeks ago and the Speedway […]


Saturday August 24th

Racing returns this Saturday night August 24th as six divisions hit the 1/3 mile high banked clay oval. IMCA Modifieds, IMCA SportMods, Hobby Stocks, American Stocks, Mini Stocks and NMRA ¾ Midgets are all set to battle as the Budweiser racing series continues. Gates open at 4:00pm  Racing starts at 6:00pm. General admission $10.00   Kids […]

Steve O

Steve O Neil

There will be a social at Steve’s favorite spot, RJ’s Bar & Grill, Saturday August 17th 12 noon to celebrate the life of Steve ONeil. There will not be a funeral as this is the way Steve wanted it. Please stop by, share your favorite Steve moment, and tip a glass with us as we […]

Scheduled Events Postponed

First and foremost I would to say thank you to everyone for the overwhelming support of the O’Neil family. Your kind remarks and prayers have brought comfort to the family in this troubled time. I would also like to thank you for the well wishes for the race track. I’m really proud to be a […]

Thoughts and Prayers

There are no words to express how deeply saddened we are with the loss of one of our own. On behalf of the Schweitzer family we send our prayers and heartfelt condolences out to Pam, James and the entire O’Neil family in this time of sorrow.  Steve’s presence each and every Saturday night brought joy […]


West Coast Late Model Shootout Prepares for Return to Bakersfield Speedway

SANTA MARIA, Cali. – For the first time since October of 2011 the West Coast Late Model Shootout will compete at Bakersfield Speedway on August 10th. The series was scheduled to make an appearance in March however Mother Nature won the battle. They will also return to the third of a mile clay oval on […]