final King of the Wing Sprint Car Series on Sunday Night
at Kern County Raceway Park has more twists and turns
than the Glennville-Woody Road.
When it was all sorted out — after 40
furious laps on the paved half-mile oval — Sierra
Jackson of Middleton, Idaho was the winner of the second
annual George Snider Classic.
“We’ve been waiting for this win all
year,” and excited Jackson said after climbing from her
We traveled from Florida to Indiana
to Washington to here and this is our first win of the
year,” as excited Jackson said.
An improbable one at that as she was
the fifth different leader in a race full of surprises.
A six-car invert put last year’s
winner, JoJo Helberg, on the pole but it was Bobby
Santos thundering into the lead with Helberg on his
Santos lost his chance for victory on
the fifth lap when he spun in turn four while working
through slower traffic.
Helberg took the point on the restart
but an engine failure sent him to the pits on the 10th
Bryan Warf inherited the lead and
held it until fast qualifier Aaron Pierce got by in
But Pierce’s night came to an end
after 21 laps, a victim of another engine failure.
That put Warf back up front but as
the laps wound down Jackson edged closer and closer.
Jackson took the lead on the 32nd lap
when she went low in turn 1 while Warf went high to get
by a slower car.
“You just pick a spot and go for it,”
Jackson, 22, said of working through traffic.
Warf finished second followed by Troy
Decacre, Davey Hamilton and Robert Stout.
Richie Larson hit the turn 2 wall
hard in a heat race and lost consciousness. He regained
consciousness at the track but was airlifted to a local
hospital where he was reported to be awake and alert
with no injuries.
Pierce, Santos and Helberg won the
Three championships were determined
at this race.
Pierce won the King of the Wings
National title; Santo won the three-race West Coast
swing and Hamilton won the season-long Western Sprint
Car Series title.