DJ Netto leads Outlaws charge to Bakersfield Friday night

The World of Outlaws leads the charge on San Joaquin Valley tracks this weekend after rain washed out last weekend’s motor sports.

The national touring Outlaws canceled action last Saturday and Sunday in Calistoga. But they’re on for Friday night at Bakersfield Speedway and Saturday night in Perris in Southern California – their last date in the state before heading east.

There’s a spotlight Friday night on Hanford driver DJ Netto because of the way he dominated the last Outlaws race, leading 31 of 40 laps April 2 at Chico – and because his sprint car ran out of fuel while he was leading the race, costing him his first career Outlaws victory.

“It definitely was a heartbreak for the team,” Netto says in an Outlaws news release. “It’s nothing to get down about, we definitely had speed all night. As soon as we unloaded, from the hot laps until the end, we were fast.

“We’re not sure what exactly happened with the fuel issue, we are still looking into it. We should’ve been fine but we aren’t sure – things happen. We’re all still kind of jazzed about it, it was a great run for the whole team.”

Netto says the Bakersfield race is his last with the Outlaws for now, although the team has plans to compete in the Knoxville Nationals in Iowa in August and rejoin the tour when it comes back west in the fall.

The King of the West series begins April 23 in Placerville.

Saturday night races

There’s weekly racing in Hanford and Madera on Saturday night:

▪ Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds has the start of its featured home series, the King of Kings Winged 360 sprint cars. Also in action are the IMCA Modifieds and Sport Modifieds and Hobby Stocks.

▪ Madera Speedway has the start of its enduro series plus Late Models, Hobby Stocks, MSTs, Toyota Sedans, 4-Bangers and a Jr. Late Model 25-lap exhibition race.