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      Kern County Raceway Park moves opening to May 4

      BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) Kern County Raceway Park will delay its opening from April 20 to May 4, officials said Wednesday.

      "We want to be as prepared as possible when we open," CEO and President Charlie Beard said in a news release. "We are confident that this race track will be something the Bakersfield community and racing community can be proud of!"

      Previously slated race dates April 20 and 27 are now not on the schedule or now listed as open practice.

      Ownership says the half-mile and quarter-mile paved tracks will continue Bakersfield's NASCAR legacy in the wake of Mesa Marin Speedway's 2005 closure. Bakersfield businessman James Vernon led the charge to take over the partially completed Kern County Raceway Park, at Interstate 5 and Enos Lane, last year and prepared it for a full slate of races beginning this year.

      Two dozen events make up the schedule of Saturday night races, with a special Sunday afternoon, Aug. 4, Legends National Qualifier race. July 6 will be Fireworks Night, and the season concludes with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West in the "Bakersfield 150" on Oct. 26.

      Full schedule:

      May 4 - NASCAR Pro Late Models 100, Spec-Mods, Mini Stocks, Legends, Bandoleros
      May 18 - NASCAR Pro Late Models 100, Limited Late Models 50, Spec-Mods, Mini Stocks, Legends, Bandoleros
      May 25 - NASCAR Limited Late Models 50, Spec-Mods, Mini Stocks
      June 1 - NASCAR Limited Late Models 50, Spec-Mods, Mini Stocks
      June 8 - NASCAR Limited Late Models 50, Legends, Bandoleros
      June 15 - NASCAR Pro Late Models 100, Spec-Mods, Mini Stocks
      June 22 - NASCAR Pro Late Models 100, Legends, Bandoleros
      June 29 - NASCAR Limited Late Models 50, Spec-Mods, Mini Stocks
      July 6 - FIREWORKS NIGHT! NASCAR Pro Late Models 100, Limited Late Models 50, Mini-Stocks, Legends, Bandoleros
      July 13 - NASCAR Pro Late Models 100, Limited Late Models 50, Mini Stocks
      July 27 - NASCAR Limited Late Models 50, Spec-Mods, Mini Stocks, Legends, Bandoleros
      Aug. 3 - NASCAR Pro Late Models 100, Limited Late Models 50, Legends, Bandoleros
      Aug. 4 - Legends National Qualifier
      Aug. 10 - NASCAR Pro Late Models 100, Spec-Mods, Mini Stocks
      Aug. 17 - NASCAR Limited Late Models 50, Mini Stocks, Mini Dwarfs
      Aug. 31 - NASCAR Pro Late Models 100, Limited Late Models, Legends, Bandoleros, Mini Stocks
      Sept. 7 - SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour (other divisions TBA)
      Sept. 14 - NASCAR Pro Late Models 100, Limited Late Models 50, Mini Stocks
      Sept. 28 - NASCAR Limited Late Models 50, Mini-Stocks, Mini Dwarfs
      Oct. 5 - NASCAR Pro Late Models 100, Spec-Mods, Mini Stocks
      Oct. 12 - NASCAR Limited Late Models 50, Mini Stocks, Legends, Bandoleros
      Oct. 26 - NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West "Bakersfield 150"
      with Limited Late Models 50, Spec-Mods

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