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Racing Movie Seeks Extras, Vintage Cars

May 17, 2012

Mike Griffith

Got some spare time on your hands and want a shot at being in a drag racing movie?

Carol Grant Casting is currently seeking non-union background extras for a feature film that will be shooting at Auto Club Famoso Raceway from Monday through May 24. The film -- "Snake & Mongoose, The Movie" -- is a period piece that takes place in California during the 1970s. It's an untold story of how two drag racers, Don Prudhomme and Tom McEwen, changed the face of sports and ultimately became the most famous rivalry in racing history.

Producers are also looking for pre 1972 cars -- pickups, station wagons and muscle cars -- for pit scenes Tuesday and Wednesday. Anyone with period-correct cars are welcome to be in the pits.

Late Model stock car drivers headline action Saturday night at Bakersfield Speedway. Tony Toste of Pismo Beach won the first race of the season on the third-mile clay oval and Clay Daly of Watsonville raced to victory last month. Neither had previously won at Bakersfield.

Among those looking to keep the streak of different winners going will be Andy Obertello, fourth and second in his two races; and Nick Bartels, fifth and fourth in the two races. They have been the most consistent drivers thus far.

Other expected racers include: Mike Johnson, Mike Kirby, Chad Reichenbach, Rob Sanders and Mike Corwin.

Also racing will be Hobby Stocks, American Stocks, NMRA Three-Quarter Midgets and Mini Dwarfs.

The Hobby Stock division is looking for its first repeat winner after three races. Point leader Jimmy Irwin, Steven Johnson (fourth in points) and Gary Dutton (one race) all have wins. Irwin has a four-point lead over Garth Zander with Lloyd Wren Jr. two points behind Zander.

Dale Frye Sr. has yet to win an American Stock feature, but consistent finishes have him atop the standings, two points ahead of one-time winner Matt Lewis. The only other driver to win is Rick Childress Jr., who has won three times but also missed a race.

Racing starts at 6.

Derek Thorn of Bakersfield raced to victory Saturday night in a Spears SRL Southwest Tour race at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Thorn qualified first for the GoLiveStream.TV-Blackjack 121, but started 11th after drawing that number for the invert.

No matter. It took 30 laps for Thorn to move into the lead, where he ran uncontested the rest of the way, finishing five seconds ahead of Jonathon Gomez. M.K. Kanke of Frazier Park, who started 13th, placed fifth.

Shannon McQueen of Bakersfield started fourth and raced to a third-place finish in USAC Western States competition Saturday night at Santa Maria Speedway. Brad Kuhn won, with Jake Swanson second. The series heads to Kings Speedway in Hanford on Saturday night.

Cal Club is staging action packed road racing this weekend at Buttonwillow Raceway with five separate regional races, time trials and the featured event, the Pacific Coast Formula 2000 pro-race.

There will be a full race schedule Saturday and Sunday, starting at 7:45 a.m. daily. Regional races will run all afternoon with the featured event, the Pacific Coast Formula 2000, taking the track at 2 p.m. The time trials allow individuals to bring out their own car and drive around the track to get the feel of racing. Go to calclub.com for information on rules.

A combination NASCAR K&N Pro Series East-West race will be held Saturday at Iowa Speedway. Sixteen year-old Dylan Kwasniewski of Las Vegas is coming off a West win at Stockton 99 Speedway that moved him atop the point standings.



Source: (c)2012 The Bakersfield Californian (Bakersfield, Calif.)