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Sprint Cars Return To Antioch Speedway


Antioch, CA...Round #3 of the All Star Series Winged 360 Sprint Car show takes place this Saturday night at Antioch Speedway. Joining these fast race cars on the card will be the A Modifieds, B Modifieds, Hobby Stocks and Dwarf Cars. There's going to be plenty of action on tap on the fast 3/8 mile clay oval this Saturday night.

It seems to be the drivers looking to get their first wins in the Winged 360 Sprint Car class go to Antioch Speedway for the big payday. Brad Furr has won many races through the years, and he was on hand at the most recent race getting the win. Matt DeMartini has won as well. It was his first win. If the DeMartini name sounds familiar, you may be remembering his father, past BCRA Midgets competitor Marty DeMartini. The real question is who will throw their hat in the ring to run for the championship this year.

Though two-time reigning champion Art McCarthy is not off to quite the bad start that he had last year, he's still winless so far and trails 2016 champion Billy Aton by 16 points. Aton had a second in the season opener behind DeMartini, but he's had slightly better preliminary efforts to hold a four-point advantage over the second generation leadfoot in the title chase.

Tim Burcher has made both races so far. Tim just needs some more seat time as it seems like mechanical issues have been what has kept him off the track at times. Tim sits fourth in the standings, 10 behind McCarthy and four ahead of David Dias. Another driver to watch in the group is last season's top rookie, Jacob Tuttle. Tuttle finished second in the most recent race ahead of McCarthy. It will be interesting to see who shows up and what surprise visitors there may be this week.

In the A Modified division, there have been some good competitors in the field this year. This includes such notables as Bobby Hogge IV, Nick DeCarlo, Travis Peery and Kellen Chadwick. Chadwick has won two of the last three races and has shot right into the Top 5 in the standings as a result. The last time out, there were 24 racers in the field, and nobody was touching Chadwick. DeCarlo opened the point season with back-to-back wins and then had a fourth, but his two non Top 5 finishes have left him 12 points out of the lead.

The leader so far is reigning champion Bobby Motts Jr. Motts has finished as high as second with two thirds and two fourths so far. In short, he's been very consistent. However, Bobby knows that he'll need to put his blue #u81 car into the Winner's Circle again to hold off a driver of the caliber of DeCarlo. Sean O'Gara holds down third, only two points ahead of Chadwick. What may be interesting is to see if Chadwick decides to run for points the rest of the season. As there are big-money races abroad, it's not likely, though there is a good chance of him being there this week. Other drivers to watch for include Raymond Lindemam, five-time champion Scott Busby, rookie Buddy Kniss and Trent Wentworth.

Trevor Clymens leads the B Modified race by nearly 100 points. When you win three Main Events in a row and four of six point races, the points will be going your way. Mainly, Clymens wants to support the track as he knows there is some momentum in this division and it plays a part in helping get fans excited about coming to the speedway again. He also knows that he may get some challenges from the man sitting in second, Guy Ahlwardt. Ahlwardt was a winner at Ocean Speedway last week, getting his first career win in this division. The 2016 Antioch Hobby Stock champion would dearly love to get a win in front of the home crowd.

Ahlwardt also knows that he needs to stay consistent to hold off rookie Ryan DeForest, who is only two points behind him in a close battle for second. Also within striking distance, 22 points out of second, is Tommy Fraser. Todd Gomez Is anticipated this week to improve upon his second place finish at the most recent race, and other drivers to look for include Kenny Neu, Chuck Golden, Kenny Shrader and reigning champion KC Keller.

The Hobby Stock division Is being led by experience so far this year. With four feature wins, 2010 champion Chris Sorensen Is 30 points ahead of Three-time winner Michael Cooper. Sorensen made a late pass on Cooper in the most recent race to get the victory. The new car that he has from the shop of Baker Motorsports is running strong, but Chris knows that he has to keep up the pace. It's a long season. Cooper will be out to try to get his fourth win this week.

Cameron Swank didn't have the best of nights last time out, following up on his first win of the season the race before. However, he is 19 points ahead of the division's top rookie, John Wacht, in the race for third in the standings. Wacht is also a feature winner this year. Billy Garner has been winning heat races lately, but he was eliminated in an early crash last time. It will make three generations of his family to win a Main Event at the track when he finally wins.

You definitely see the experience factor playing out in favor of Sorensen, Cooper and Swank, but as the newer racers get experience, they will get faster. Anthony Vigna enjoyed a third place finish last time out ahead of Bob Bennett. Bennett has been missing for the previous few seasons, but he was a top driver when he raced before. Speaking of Bennett, second-year competitor Chris Bennett seems poised to get his first career feature win. Other drivers to watch for this week included Tanis Rangel, Haley Gomez, Breanna Troen and Joey Ridgeway.

In Dwarf Car competition, Mike Corsaro Is the man at Antioch Speedway. It didn't happen overnight. Mike has been paying his dues each and every year and getting just a little bit better. Last year's championship was the culmination of hard work. He has three point race wins as well as the New Year's victory this year, and Mike now leads his teammate, Charlie Correia, by 50 points. Charlie, who is 80 years old, just celebrated his birthday. It's been a while since he's won at Antioch Speedway. With two third place finishes, it may be that Charlie will get a win soon.

Only two points pehind Correia is David Rosa, who has finished as high as second so far. Miranda Chappa has been as fast as anybody this year, but the breaks haven't quite gone her way. She does have three Top 5 finishes, and a win seems to be just around the corner for her. Other drivers to watch for this week include Mario Marques, David Michael Rosa, Troy Stevenson and Josh Miller.

It's going to be a great night of racing at Antioch Speedway with this Impressive five division lineup. For further information, go to http://www.antiochspeedway.com.

Clymens, Miranda, Decker Win Antioch Speedway Races


Antioch, CA...June 2...Trevor Clymens continued to roll in All Star Series B Modifieds at Antioch Speedway Saturday night. Clymens collected his third straight 20 lap Main Event victory and fourth of the season as he maintains a solid point lead. Heat race winner Todd Gomez set the early pace. After a lap four yellow flag for debris on the track, Clymens charged into second, and he made a Turn 4 pass on lap eight to take the lead from Gomez. Cameron Hammett spun from third late in the race as Clymens won ahead of Gomez, heat race winner Kenny Neu, Kenny Shrader and Tommy Fraser.

Alan Miranda collected his second 20 lap Wingless Spec Sprint Main Event victory of the season. Miranda shared the front row with Rick Panfili, but Panfili's hard luck season continued as he broke his steering and crashed. Miranda led a smoking Shannon Newton on the restart. As Newton pitted, Petaluma Speedway racer Bob Davis took up the chase of the flying Miranda. However, Miranda was not to be denied as he picked up the win ahead of Davis, USAC Speed2 Midget champion Jesse Love IV, rookie McKenzie Newton and Bob Newberry.

Point leader Jeff Decker collected his second 20 lap DIRTcar Late Model feature victory of the season. Heat winner Dennis Souza spun on lap three for a yellow flag. Decker led Kimo Oreta on the restart. Third row starter Richard Papenhausen got around Oreta for second soon after, but all he could do was chase Decker for a second place finish. Oreta settled for third, followed by Rod Oliver and Mike Hynes.

Kimo Oreta won his second 20 lap Limited Late Model Main Event of the season in the Sundrop Racing #15 car. Oreta and point leader Mark Garner shared the front row of the Main Event with Garner charging into the lead. Garner was repelling Oreta's every attempt to get by until Oreta finally made a low pass in Turn 4 of the 12th lap to gain the lead. Garner had lost his left rear spring as he surrendered second to Mike Walko on lap 14 and lost third to Ryan Cherezian two tours later. A fire under the hood of the John Evans mount forced a lap 17 red flag and allowed Garner the chance to head to the pits and replace the spring. Oreta led the restart and the remaining laps for the satisfying win. Walko was a strong second, followed by Cherezian, Garner and Chad Hammer.

Garner had lost his left rear spring as he surrendered second to Mike Walko on lap 14 and lost third to Ryan Cherezian two tours later. A fire under the hood of the John Evans mount forced a lap 17 red flag and allowed Garner the chance to head to the pits and replace the spring. Oreta led the restart and the remaining laps for the satisfying win. Walko was a strong second, followed by Cherezian, Garner and Chad Hammer.

Championship hopeful Chris Sorensen had a little bit of luck on his side as he won his fourth 20 lap Hobby Stock Main Event of the season. Michael Cooper had his sights set on his fourth victory of the season and set the early pace ahead of Sorensen. Heat race winner Chris Bennett moved past Sorensen on lap three and began looking for a way around Cooper. Bennett finally made his pass around Cooper for the lead on lap 9, and Cooper had a spirited battle with Sorensen going for the second spot. Bennett's run up front ended in heartbreak as he stalled in Turn 4 for a lap 15 caution flag. Cooper had the lead at that point, but Sorensen made his winning pass on lap 18 and brought it home to victory. Cooper settled for second, followed by Anthony Vigna, Bob Bennett and Joey Ridgeway. Cameron Swank and Billy Garner were the other heat winners.

All Star Series racing continues next Saturday night with the third appearance of the Winged 360 Sprint Cars. A Modifieds are back along with B Modifieds, Hobby Stocks and Dwarf Cars. For further information, go to http://www.antiochspeedway.com.

Unofficial Race Results
All Star Series Antioch Speedway
B Modifieds
Heat Winners (8 laps)-Kenny Neu, Todd Gomez. Main Event (20 Laps)-Trevor Clymens, Todd Gomez, Neu, Kenny Shrader, Tommy Fraser, Chuck Golden, Robby Senn, Ryan DeForest, Cameron Hammett, Guy Ahlwardt.

Wingless Spec Sprints
Heat Winners (8 laps)-Bob Newberry, Shannon Newton. Main Event (20 Laps)-Alan Miranda, Bob Davis, Jesse Love IV, McKenzie Newton, Newberry, Shannon Newton, Scott Martin, James East, Roy Fisher, Rick Panfili.

DIRTcar Late Models
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Jeff Decker Kimo Oreta. Main Event (20 Laps)-Decker, Richard Papenhausen, Oreta, Rod Oliver, Mike Hynes, Souza, Rob Norris, Billy Bob Beaumont, Joey Olschowka.

Limited Late Models
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Mark Garner, Kimo Oreta. Main Event (20 Laps)-Oreta, Mike Walko, Ryan Cherezian, Mark Garner, Chad Hammer. Mike Gustafson, John Evans, Jon Haney.

Hobby Stocks
Heat winners (8 Laps)-Chris Bennett, Cameron Swank, Billy Garner. Main Event (20 Laps)-Chris Sorensen, Michael Cooper, Anthony Vigna, Bob Bennett, Joey Ridgeway, Tanis Rangel, Chris Bennett, John Wacht, Billy Garner, Josh Leach.



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