BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA (April 6, 2018) – The eighth running of the Racing for Wishes at Bakersfield Speedway will be on September 15th, and feature a new headline division in 2018.  American Stocks have been boosted to the top billing with a fantastic $1000 to win purse joined by each of the Mini Dwarf divisions racing for $250 to win.  Western RaceSaver Sprints, Mod Lites, and Mini Mods will also be in action.

The American Stock event is expected to be one of the largest in California, offering $500 for second and $250 for third as well.  The regular Bakersfield Speedway purse will apply for the remaining payout.  Mini Dwarfs in both the Jr. and Sr. divisions will see $100 for second and $50 for third.  The young Mini Dwarf drivers have been a major help in the fundraising efforts throughout the years at Racing for Wishes and will get a thank you in the form of the increased payout.

Great payouts are just a small portion of what makes Racing for Wishes special.  Promoter Jeff Thielscher organizes many different giveaways and attractions to raise money for Make A Wish Central California.  Pass the helmet, a silent auction, and sponsorships aide in the fundraising efforts. 100% of the monies donated go towards granting wishes of children in Kern County.

CalSpas is the title sponsor of Racing for Wishes VIII with Safelite Auto Glass the presenting the sponsor.  Hoven’s Automotive, Tire Man, 4 Wheel Parts, State Farm, KT Racing, and RealFast.TV are also presenting the event.

Make-A-Wish Central California grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.  The chapter has granted over 2,000 wishes since its inception in 1986.

CalSpas and has been a long time supporter of racing on the West Coast.  CalSpas previously was a supporter of motorcycle racing at the famed Mesa Marin Raceway and has supported many stock car drivers from the region as well.

Safelite increased its racing involvement in 2016 as a sponsor of a NASCAR Truck Series entry and are branching out into the grassroots of the sport.  They offer windshield repair and replacement services.

Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 N. Chester in Bakersfield, CA and is a one-third mile dirt oval.  Adult tickets are just $12 with seniors and military $10, kids 6-12 $5, and kids 5 and under are FREE.  Grandstands open at 4 p.m. with racing beginning at 6 p.m.  Parking is free as well.

For more information on Racing for Wishes, visit  Sponsorship and media inquiries can be directed to Jeff Thielscher at (661) 428-0911

For more information, you can visit Bakersfield Speedway online at or call the track info line at (661) 393-3373.

About Steven Blakesley

Steven Blakesley is a motorsports announcer and public relations specialist with more than 15 years of experience. His biggest pet peeve is race fans who only enjoy one form of racing over all others.

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