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Kyle Larson’s winning ways continue in California

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Three days after he won a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget race at Placerville (California) Speedway and collected $32,000, Kyle Larson was back in victory lane.

Larson won Saturday night’s USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget race at Bakersfield (California) Speedway. It marked the first time in 16 years that a driver won back-to-back national midget series races in California. J.J. Yeley last accomplished the feat in 2003. Saturday night’s victory was Larson’s 18th career USAC National Midget Series win.

Michael Pickens finished second. Rico Abreu was third.

Daughter of Bakersfield Speedway owner killed in Las Vegas shooting

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The West Coast racing community is mourning the death of Bailey Schweitzer, daughter of Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway owner Scott Schweitzer.

Bailey Schweitzer, 20, was among the 59 victims killed in the Las Vegas shooting on Sunday night.

Scott Schweitzer confirmed his daughter’s death to several Bakersfield area media outlets.

Several hundred members of the Bakersfield community turned out Monday night for a candlelight vigil and memorial to Bailey Schweitzer, according to Bakersfield.com.

“She was everything to us,” Amie Campbell, who hired Bailey for her job as a receptionist at Infinity Communications, told Bakersfield.com.

Bailey spent a great deal of her spare time working at Bakersfield Speedway, which her parents have owned for the past 15 years. Among things she regularly did included keeping score on race nights, promoting the track on social media and taking videos of races, according to co-workers.

“It will definitely be hard going back for the next race,” Bakersfield Speedway fixture Doug Rhine, who had known Bailey since she was 5 years old, told Bakersfield.com.

Bailey’s supervisor, Fred Brakeman, was among many who spoke and gave testimonials at her vigil last night.

“There’s so much evil and anger and frustration and it seems it’s becoming even worse,” Brakeman said, per Bakersfield.com. “She just happened to be on the receiving end of that evil.”

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