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Kole Raz Out Duels Trevor Huddleston, Takes The Checkered At Kevin Harvick’s Kern Raceway

Kole Raz was able to hang on and take his first career win in the ARCA Menards Series West. PC: FloRacing Broadcast

After what looked to be a race dominated by one driver and team, it came down to a photo finish as Kole Raz took home the checkered flag for Jerry Pitts Racing in the No. 5 machine at Kevin Harvick’s Kern Raceway. This marks the first career win for the 21-year-old.

The first half was dominated by Tyler Reif, but after the halfway break, a duel broke out between Raz’s Toyota and Trevor Huddleston‘s No. 50 Ford Mustang.

Running the last ten laps side by side and having the closest finish in the ARCA Menards Series West since March of 2019 at Irwindale, one where Huddleston won.

“I don’t get opportunities like this very much. I just had to capitalize on it for Jerry Pitts and Dustin Ash. They haven’t won a race in such a long time. They’ve worked so hard in the shop to bring good quality racecars,” the Lake Oswego, OR native said post-race about the chance to drive the car.

“That was a little more rubbing than I wanted. I hope Trevor knows how we raced in the past. It’s always been clean. I was trying to put on a show for the fans,” he added after some tough side-by-side racing with Huddleston, who didn’t seem too happy with the winner, and spoke to Raz post-race in victory lane.

“That was wild stuff, man. All we do is put on a show for you (the fans). I’m pretty pissed off, but as long as everyone in the grandstands is happy, I’m happy,” the High Point Racing driver said after coming home with the bridesmaid.

Coming home just short in third after having dominated the first half of the race was Tyler Reif who sat on the pole and led practice.

“It’s definitely a heartbreak. Led the first 75, and then we missed it. That’s racing,” the Henderson, NV native said.

New ARCA Menards Series West points leader Sean Hingorani came home fourth driving the No. 24 machine, and Nick Joanides came home fifth, picking up his second career top-five in the West.

Looking at the points, Hingorani leads by two points over Reif, with Huddleston just nine points back. Jack Wood and Kyle Keller round out the top five after round two.

Up next, the ARCA Menards Series West heads to Portland International Raceway on May 31st at 8 PM E.T.

Official Results for the MMI Oil Workers 150 at Kevin Harvick’s Kern Raceway


PosCarDriverLapsTotal TimeBehindBest Time
15Kole Raz *15000:20:277--:--:--00:19:469
250Trevor Huddleston15000:20:38800:00:05800:19:315
313Tyler Reif15000:20:39400:02:52200:19:032
424Sean Hingorani15000:20:09600:07:80200:19:499
571Nick Joanides15000:20:20700:10:43400:19:592
64Eric Nascimento15000:20:33900:10:73700:19:574
712Kyle Keller15000:20:38300:11:30000:19:737
833PJ Pedroncelli14900:20:3181 lap00:19:797
93Todd Souza14900:20:6691 lap00:19:814
1019Eric Jonhson Jr. *14900:20:6631 lap00:19:875
1141John Borneman III14700:20:9263 laps00:19:704
1216Jack Wood14600:26:9464 laps00:19:379
1388John Moore14600:20:8104 laps00:19:710
1452Ryan Philpott14600:20:7134 laps00:20:022
157Takuma Koga14500:21:0625 laps00:19:857
1605David Smith13800:22:71512 laps00:20:904
1727Bobby Hillis Jr.13700:23:49613 laps00:20:500
1823Mason Mitchell5800:20:45792 laps00:19:632
1977Cody Kiemele *3600:27:206114 laps00:20:008
2021Henry Barton *2--:--:--148 laps00:21:970
210Tony Huffman *0--:--:--150 laps00:00:000
2211Danica Dart *0--:--:--150 laps00:00:000
231Robbie Kennealy *0--:--:--150 laps00:00:000
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