BAKO SAND DRAG RACE
❏ As an ATV sand-drag track racer
from Oregon, I keep the last weekend of February permanently marked
on my calendar. That’s the weekend
of the annual Bako Sand Drags in
Bakersfield, California. It is the earliest
opportunity of the new year for us drag
racers to shake off winter and get back
to the sport we love in weather that’s
usually around a sunny 70 degrees.
This year was no exception. Over
200 ATV race enthusiasts of all
ages and skill levels, hailing from
California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon
and even Puerto Rico lined up in
the Bako track’s staging lanes at the
Kern County Fairgrounds to enjoy
four days of testing, racing and entertainment.
ALL ABOUT DRAG RACING
Bako provides a good time in a
safe, friendly, relaxed and professional racetrack atmosphere for all ages.
Each day starts with machine testing.
Racers run the carefully groomed,
super-fast track as many times as
needed. Launching at the NHRA-style
drag race, starting lights, fine-tuning,
and tire testing are important to do if
you want to win. The rest of the day
is all about racing, extending into the
Power and prestige
By Gee Armstrong, Photos by Buddy Hernandez Photography and PDQ Photos
Sand-drag racers use paddle tires for traction launching and to gain speed going
down the 300-foot track. Those paddles can create a serious “blast zone” behind
them, as Oregon’s Kevin Tennison demonstrates.