BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA (August 15, 2017) – For the seventh year, Racing for Wishes will compete at Bakersfield Speedway with dirt track action for a great cause.  September 16th will see $1500 on the line for the IMCA Modifieds and fundraising for the Make-A-Wish Central California.

Pass the helmet, a silent auction, and sponsorships will aide in the fundraising efforts with $2700 raised by Jeff Thielscher and the Racing for Wishes staff last year.  100% of the monies donated go towards granting wishes of children in Kern County.

Auction items include a Savage Axis .30-.06 Springfield with a 22 inch barrel and a variety of gift baskets donated by drivers from each division.  The youngest drivers at Bakersfield Speedway – the Mini Dwarfs – are a large part of the fundraising efforts.  The drivers will go up into the stands to solicit donations and fill their helmets for the cause.

“Bakersfield Speedway and the Schweitzer Family are avid supporters of charities in our community,” Thielscher said.  “Without them Racing For Wishes would not happen.  One of the first partners for Racing for Wishes was Mini Dwarf driver Chloe Jones and we always want to have the Mini Dwarfs involved as well.”

Make-A-Wish Central California grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.  The chapter has granted over 2,000 wishes since its inception in 1986. 

The full lineup of racing on the one-third mile dirt oval will include IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Mods, IMCA Stocks, Mini Stocks, Mini Mods, and Mini Dwarfs.

Safelite AutoGlass is the headline sponsor of the Racing for Wishes VII.  Safelite increased its racing involvement in 2016 as a sponsor of a NASCAR Truck Series entry and are branching out into the grassroots of the sport.  They offer windshield repair and replacement services and are a great addition to the Racing for Wishes family.

CalSpas is the 2017 presenting sponsor and has been a long time supporter of racing on the West Coast.  CalSpas previously was a supporter of motorcycle racing at the famed Mesa Marin Raceway and has supported many stock car drivers from the region as well.

Racing for Wishes also thanks Hoven’s Automotive, Tire Man, 4 Wheel Parts, KGET TV 17, iHeart Media, Holders Air Conditioning, Golden Empire Towing, and Johnny Williamson State Farm Insurance for their support.

Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 N. Chester in Bakersfield, CA and is a one-third mile dirt oval.  Adult tickets are just $12 with seniors and military $10, kids 6-12 $5, and kids 5 and under are FREE.  Grandstands open at 4 p.m. with racing beginning at 6 p.m.  Parking is free as well.

For more information, you can visit Bakersfield Speedway online at or call the track info line at (661) 393-3373.

For more information on Racing for Wishes, visit 
Sponsorship and media inquiries can be directed to Jeff Thielscher at (661) 428-0911


Jeff Thielscher | (661) 428-0911

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