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Mar 14, 2019 12:18 PM 4+ day ago

(From left) Norman, Jim, Ed and Shelley Coffey are a racing family through and through. Jim and Ed Coffey race modifieds against one another at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, California, while Shelley serves as Jim's spotter. (Courtesy of Jim Coffey) Racing at Kern County A Family Affair for Coffey Brothers By March 14, 2019 Races at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, California are a family event both in the stands and on the track. For this weekend's opening night, brother's Jim and Ed Coffey will both suit up in their respective modified cars, while each of their wives will stand on the roof and work as their spotters. Racing is in the blood of the Coffey family. Both their mom and dad used to drag race in the 1960's My mom won a lot more races than he did, so we like to tease him about that, Jim Coffey said. The brothers, and their sister, Shelley, got into racing on their own when Jim was 13 and Ed was 11. Ed and Jim Coffey are very different mechanics and drivers, but they still push each other and work as teammates on the track. (Courtesy of Jim Coffey) The brothers often shared a car growing up, so their days racing dirt tracks never saw them compete against one another. It wasn't until Kern County, a half-mile asphalt oval, opened in 2013 that Jim made the move to asphalt with Ed working as his ...

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