Bakersfield Race RECAP / by Will Rodgers

Bakersfield, CA. – Coming off an impressive debut with new team Jefferson Pitts Racing, the bar was set for the second race of the season at Kern County.  Rodgers kicked off the race weekend on a high note by qualifying a career best third for the NAPA Auto Parts 150. The Hawai'i native spent a majority of the first part of the event battling with Michael Self.  Rodgers was able to keep his car clean and was in P5 at the halfway point of the race.

Under the caution, Rodgers made the call for his team to try and free up the No. 7 Craft Beer Racing Ford. The adjustments wound up helping as once the race got back underway, Rodgers was able to make up his lost positions. 

The No.7 Ford was running solidly inside the top-3 for a majority of the second part of the race. The caution flag flew late in the event on Lap 144, setting up a restart with less than 5 to go. Rodgers lined up on the inside lane in the second row and was able to get a great restart that didn't last for long. The caution flag came out quickly on the first Overtime attempt, which lined the field up for another restart. Rodgers was able to maintain his position on his restart, racking up a career best third place finish. 

The next stop on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West is tomorrow night at the Irwindale Speedway where Rodgers and his JPR team hope to continue their strong start to the 2017 season.