By Steven Blakesley

BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA (December 16, 2013) – Kern County Raceway Park, fueled by Monster Energy, has announced its participation in the brand-new King of the Wing series for 2014, which will challenge the best Sprint Car drivers in the nation in a six race national championship.  The inaugural 2014 champion will be crowned at the series finale at Kern County Raceway Park on Sunday November 23.

The event at Kern County Raceway Park’s state-of-the-art half-mile speedway is likely to draw teams from across the nation as they jockey for a piece of a $25,000 purse.   The series will hit Madera Speedway on Friday November 21st, followed by Irwindale Speedway on Saturday November 22nd.  King of the Wing gets underway in late June and early July with dates in Berlin, Michigan, Toledo, Ohio, and Winchester, Indiana on some of the nation’s fastest and most prestigious short tracks.

Kern’s event will pay tribute to George “Ziggy” Snider with 22 career Indianapolis 500 starts to go along with three USAC Silver Crown and Championship Car titles.  As a car owner, Snider most recently won the 2012 USAC West Coast 360 title with Bud Kaeding driving his potent #29 entry.  Other series events will  honor such names at Vukovich, Vogler, Jones, and Beale.

Series organizer Davey Hamilton tested a Winged Sprint Car at KCRP in October of this year, recording lap times in the 15 second range and above 120 miles per hour average driving for Western Speed Racing.

As a result of the testing exercise, the speedway has made several safety improvements including new catch fencing along the inside backstretch wall to keep cars safely out of the infield pit area.

Tickets for this historic return of pavement open wheel racing to Bakersfield will be on sale soon, at just $20 for adults, $12 for youth ages 6-15, seniors 65+, and active military.  Kids 5 and under are free and reserved seats are available for $25 as well.  A family pass of two adults and two children is priced at $52.  Pit passes will be priced at $40.

Support divisions and additional information will be released when available.

To contact Davey Hamilton from the King of the Wing series for sponsorship or competition inquiries, call (702) 610-7708

Major marketing partners include Coca Cola, Budweiser, CITGO Lubricants, Monster Energy, Advance Beverage Company, NAPA Auto Parts, DC’s RV Center, Three-Way Chevrolet, and Whelen Engineering.

Kern County Raceway Park is online at  More information is available on Facebook at and on Twitter at

For marketing information on Kern County Raceway Park, contact Steven Blakesley by email at or by phone at (661) 835-1264, ext 3203


June 28 Berlin Raceway – Berlin, MI *Johncock / Benson Classic*
July 2 Toledo Speedway – Toledo, OH *Rolle Beale Classic*
July 4 Winchester Speedway – Winchester, IN *Bigelow / Vogler Classic*

November 21 Madera Speedway – Madera, CA *Vukovich Classic*
November 22 Irwindale Speedway – Irwindale, CA *Parnelli Jones Classic*
November 23 Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA *George “Ziggy” Snider Classic*