Bakersfield, CA – Keith Spangler will be heading to Kern County Raceway Park on June 18th for the $10,000-to-win “JM Environmental Inc. Wild West Shootout Flick the Switch – Bulwark ‘FR 100”. It will be his second consecutive start, after missing the first three events of the 2022 season. It will be Spears Srl Southwest Tour Series start #106 for the veteran racer, after competing 126 times in the NASCAR Elite Division Southwest Tour. He and long-time friend and car owner David Nava Mulcahy (Homie) will bring their Port City Racecars SLM named “Vato Loco” (Crazy Dude) to Bakersfield looking for his first series victory, top-five number 11, and top-10 number 59.
When the name Keith Spangler is mentioned, the term “old school racer” comes to mind. Spangler has been racing since his days at the now defunct Saugus Speedway, nearly winning a championship in 1989 in the Sportsman Division (now Super Late Models). His five wins in two seasons at the flat 1/3-mile in ’89 and ’90 was against one of the toughest fields in the country. Drivers such as Ron Hornaday Jr., Dan Press, Roman Calczynski, Lance Hooper, Will Harper, Kenny Sapper and many others had recently called Saugus their home.
Spangler made his first two NASCAR Southwest Tour Series starts in 1992, both at Saugus. He finished third in that second event. His rookie season in 1993 was promising, finishing sixth in the championship standings, despite missing the opening round at Phoenix Raceway. He earned four top-five and 10 top-10 finishes in his rookie season, showing his potential for a future win. That win never quite materialized however, with a second at Irwindale Speedway his best finish in 1999. Spangler’s career numbers counted 18 top-five and 52 top-10’s.
In SRL competition, Spangler has competed at Kern County Raceway 15 times, once in the “Winter Showdown 250”. It has not been one of his best tracks, with only four top-10’s, however. At Bakersfield’s former ½-mile, Mesa Marin Raceway, Spangler had 28 starts, earning 2 top-five and 11 top-10 finishes. If Spangler can get his first win in Bakersfield next week, it would be a popular win. It could be the most popular win in series history.
Keith is sponsored by Salted Metals Architectural Metals, Spangler Racing and DM Racing.
Admission Gates officially open at 5:00 pm. Qualifying for the Modifieds is scheduled for 5:20 pm followed by the Pro Late Models and Super Late Models. Opening Ceremonies commence at 7:00 pm. The Spears Modified Series will open by running the “General Tire 60 presented by PFC Brakes”. The Pro Late Models will race for $5,400 in the Sigma Performance Services 54” and the Super Late Models will round out the racing with the $10,000-to-win “JM Environmental Inc. Wild West Shootout Flick the Switch – Bulwark ‘FR 100”. The Luina “Feel the Power” Fireworks Spectacular will round out the evening’s activities.
Celebrating its twenty-second season in 2022, the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series is a regional stock car series competing on paved ovals in the southwestern portion of the U.S. “The SPEARS Southwest Tour Series…Where the Champions Race”.