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Mesa Marin Speedway was a high banked half mile racetrack in Bakersfield, California.

HistoryEdit

The track was built in 1977. The track held events that were televised on ABC's Wide World of Sports, TNN, Fox Sports, Speed Channel, HDNet and ESPN.[1] The track closed in 2005 and the location is now being used for suburban residential development.

Role in Craftsman Truck Series formationEdit

Mesa Marin was critical to the formation of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Mesa Marin was the site for design, construction and testing of the prototype NASCAR Camping World Trucks. Gary Collins, a former racer and son of track owner Marion Collins, led the team of designers and fabricators who built the first truck.

Track ResultsEdit

Year Driver Started Car # Owner Make
1995 Ron Hornaday, Jr. 6 16 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevrolet
1995 Mike Skinner 10 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
1996 Mike Skinner 4 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
1997 Randy Tolsma 13 61 Steve Coulter Chevrolet
1998 Dennis Setzer 12 29 Ron Keselowski Dodge
1999 Rick Carelli 26 6 Marshall Chesrown Chevrolet
2000 Mike Wallace 1 2 Ultra Motorsports Ford
2001 Ted Musgrave 1 1 Ultra Motorsports Dodge
2003 Dennis Setzer 12 46 Morgan-Dollar Motorsports Chevrolet

TriviaEdit

  • Of the 900 short tracks in that nation, Mesa Marin Raceway's October Classic was voted the Premiere Event of the Year by National Speed Sport News. [1]
  • Nearly 4 million spectators attended Mesa Marin Raceway over its 29 year lifetime. [1]

ReferenceEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Track History

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