Checkered flag drops at Kern County Raceway Park

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) The Kern County Raceway Park officially opened to the public Saturday.

This opening comes after a long and storied construction history for the location; building of the track started back in 2006, but it was only recently - and with a change in investors - that the massive project could finally be completed.

After multiple delays, the track was finally unveiled with an exciting ceremony. There was a powerful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, a flyover by military jets and parachutists dropping out of the sky and waving a large American flag.

The anticipation could be felt amongst the crowd as droves of race fans filled the huge stadium. Each distant revving of an engine drew an audible excitement, and when the cars finally hit the pavement after the seven-year wait, the cheering ripped from the earplug seats to the nosebleeds.

Families nearly fell out of their seats cheering on their sons, daughters, husbands and wives in the races, children stood on their tiptoes in the bleachers trying to catch a glimpse of their favorite racer, and one fan screamed, "Oh man!" at the top of his lungs for every lap.

The racers themselves tore down the brand new track with expert precision, and one racer was quoted as saying it was "the best track on the West Coast".

After a successful opening night, the Kern County Raceway Park looks to become a major source of entertainment for Bakersfield racing fans.

The track is located on Enos Lane by the Interstate 5 entrance, and its full schedule can be found at