TROY FOULGER SCORES UPSET VICTORY – TOPPING THE BEST IN CALIF.’S NORTHERN ALL STAR LATE MODELS

 

Troy Foulger  (49) passes Richard Papenausen en route to victory.

Troy Foulger (49) passes Richard Papenausen in route to victory.

Antioch, Calif. - Troy Foulger of Martinez upset the Late Model Stock Car world Saturday night at Antioch Speedway when he beat a field of California’s top drivers while behind the wheel of the Oakley based car owned by Billy Bowers.

Foulger, a four-time champion in the modified stock car division, moved up to the Northern All Star Late Model Stock Car division this year. Late model stock cars are the nation’s top division of stock cars that race on dirt.

Foulger beat Chico’s Richard Papenhausen, Bobby Hogge IV of Salinas, and Jeff Decker of Morgan Hill, who finished in that order.

“I did not think I had a shot in the world to win this race,” said Foulger in victory lane. “Billy (Bowers) made a couple of changes in the set-up and that made the car very different than it was. I couldn’t believe it.”

Papenhausen emerged late in the event, passing Hogge IV, but only evenly pacing Foulger.

“I made the wrong decision on setting up the car,” said Hogge IV. “I missed it. It’s my fault.”

Terry Kuntz moves in on Rick Shafer, who returned to the Late Model ranks Saturday night.

Terry Kuntz (c9) moves in on Rick Shafer, who returned to the Late Model ranks Saturday night.

Paul Guglielmoni of Vacaville brought home fifth spot, with teammate Terry Kuntz taking sixth.

Bobby Hogge IV got a serious challenge from Sean O'Gara, until he spun out of the exit ramp.

Bobby Hogge IV got a serious challenge from Sean O’Gara, until he spun out of the exit ramp.

Hogge Comes Back to Win in Modifieds

            Hogge was able to prevent a sweep by Foulger, thanks to Foulger having to come from the back of the pack after pitting for a flat tire.

Foulger and Anthony Slaney of Martinez were side by side going to the finish line for second, with Foulger taking the spot by inches.

“That flat tire killed me,” Foulger said after the race. “Then it took me too long to get by Anthony (Slaney).

Slaney’s third place finish was his best ever in the modified division.

“I know I squeezed Troy (Foulger) coming out of the turn,” he said. “I apologize for that. Otherwise, racing him was the best fun I have ever had.”

Hogge IV has won 10 feature events in the modified division this season. Five of them have been at Antioch Speedway.

His win came after a horrifying restart. Sean O’Gara of Fairfield raced Hogge IV on the outside at the drop of the green, going deep into turn one. O’Gara slid off the exit ramp, and was wrapped up in guardrails. He was not injured.

Sean O'Gara tangled with the exit ramp guard rail after running side by side with Hogge IV down the front stretch and into turn one.

Sean O’Gara tangled with the exit ramp guard rail after running side by side with Hogge IV down the front stretch and into turn one.

“I was scared for him,” Hogge IV said. “It was a pretty bad wreck from my viewpoint.”

Shawn DeForest of Livermore drove the Jim Reid modified from Knightsen to fourth. Aaron Crowell of Oakley was fifth.

Patti Ryland

Patti Ryland

Ryland Hobby Stock Wins Again

            Last week it was Brentwood’s Fred Ryland that drove wife Patti Ryland’s hobby stock to victory. This week it was Patti herself. Again, it was Brentwood cross –town rival Brad Myers who provided the challenge to Ryland.

“My engine is old, but it gets the job done, “ Myers said after the race. I could have used a little more power. I tried running the bottom of the racetrack, but it was no different. I had the same outcome. “

Third place finisher Kimo Oreta of Vacaville was right behind Myers.

“I was giving it all I had,” he laughed. “I was trying my best to stay with them, but that was all I could do. I just couldn’t get past them.”

Ryland thought Myers would take advantage of a couple of slip-ups.

“I had trouble with turn two a couple of times, and he was always right there,” she said. “I was anticipating him getting alongside me.”

Christopher Brown of Antioch and Nick Baldwin from Oakley completed the top five.

Jim Freethy (99) and Larry Damitz ran side by side as they battled for the lead.

Jim Freethy (99) and Larry Damitz ran side by side as they battled for the lead.

Larry Damitz Keeps on Winning

            Living legend Larry Damitz of Vallejo has won races for 62 straight years, and Saturday night’s win was a thriller in the Limited Late Model Division.

Damitz, the oldest driver regular competing in a regular racing division in the United States, battled Danville’s Jim Freethy in a side-by-side battle that brought the grandstand to its feet.

Larry Damitz

Larry Damitz

“Once I got down in the groove where I should have been earlier, I knew I was going to be hard to pass,” said Damitz.

Freethy tried every trick in the book, with his car completing several laps in perfect side-by-side unison with Damitz.

“There is nothing more exciting than racing side by side like that with Larry,” Freethy said.

Mike Gustafson of Concord was third, with Mike Hynes of Suisun in fourth and Stockton’s Peggy Sue Jared taking fifth.

Brent Curran of Antioch won his sixth “Four Banger” feature of the season, extending his streak to five straight. Danny Wagner of Bay Point got his third win of the season in the Dwarf Car division.

International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) Races Saturday Night

 

            The IMCA Modified Stock Car and SportMod divisions will be featured this Saturday night (Aug.23) at Antioch Speedway. There will also be a complete program for the Limited Late Model, Hobby Stock, Dwarf Car and Four-Banger divisions.

Antioch Speedway is located within the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds, 1201 W. 10th St. in Antioch, Calif. Admission is $14 for adults, $10 for children 6-12, and $8 for senior citizens. Children under six years old are admitted free. A family four pack of tickets is $40.

Secured parking is offered by the Fairgrounds for $5. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m.

 

 

Double Take: Ryland Wins Two Big Ones – Delta Classic 100 and IMCA Mods

Fred Ryland enjoys a rare double victory.

Fred Ryland enjoys a rare double victory.

“Fast Freddie” Ryland of Brentwood lived up to his name Saturday night – flying past the competition to win two features in two different divisions at Antioch Speedway.

First, Ryland strapped into the Hobby Stock car that was qualified by his wife, Patti, in a heat race. He drove for 72 laps, which was the predetermined re-fueling break for the 100-lap Delta Classic.

Fred Ryland (7) takes Nick Spainhoward (40) on the outside in the IMCA SportMod feature.

Fred Ryland (7) takes Nick Spainhoward (40) on the outside in the IMCA SportMod feature.

While the Hobby Stocks made their pit stop, the International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) SportMod feature took place. While guzzling a sport drink, Ryland jumped from his wife’s car and into his SportMod. He chased down and passed nationally ranked 2nd place driver Nick Spainhoward of Bakersfield in the final two laps of the IMCA race.

A sport drink between each race helped keep Ryland up front.

A sport drink between each race helped keep Ryland up front.

If that wasn’t enough, Ryland slid back into the driver’s seat of the Hobby Stock for 28 more laps of racing. He battled cross-town rival Brad Myers and Vacaville’s Nick Viscusi, III to the finish line to win the Delta Classic.

“This ranks as the best night of racing I ever had,” Ryland said. “I do not know which of the two wins was better. I always race to win, but I was not expecting these results.”

Both wins came by way of passing the field, because Ryland started near the back of the lineup. In the IMCA SportMod feature, Ryland broke free from the pack after passing Rob Gallaher of San Jose and Megan Ponciano of Oakley.

Al Johnson took a bad spill, flipping after exiting turn four. He was o.k.

Al Johnson took a bad spill, flipping after exiting turn four. He was o.k.

Caution Flag Takes Spainhoward’s Lead Away

Spainhoward raced to had a quarter-lap lead by the mid-point of the SportMod event.

“Without a caution I would never have caught him,” Ryland said.

Luckily, a spinning car brought out the yellow flag and put Spainhoward and Ryland side by side with five laps to go.

“I went for the top line on the restart,” Ryland said. “I did to him what he did to me at a race in Watsonville. I drove high on the track.”

Ryland used the same strategy two weeks ago at Antioch Speedway, when he upset Spainhoward on his first visit to the track.

“I’ve raced against him several times at several tracks,” Ryland said of Spainhoward. “But I’ve only been able to beat him here.”

Spainhoward was in disbelief at the finish.

Spainhowad (40) worked his way to the front. Chuck Golden (02)

Spainhowad (40) worked his way to the front. Chuck Golden (02) tries to take the inside lane under Rob Gallaher (1) while Al Sotomayor (65) takes an even lower line in his quest for Rookie of the Year.

“I’m just frustrated,” he said. “The caution erased my lead. What a great race.”

Late in the race, Gallaher passed Ponciano, who finished fourth. Jeremy Hoff of Copperopolis passed Jordan Hagar of Bakersfield for fifth.

Longevity And Luck of the Draw Help Ryland

Kimo Oreta saw his effort go up in smoke.

Kimo Oreta saw his effort go up in smoke.

            Cars broke down and engines failed as the hobby stock drivers tried to get their cars to last 100 laps. They normally compete in 20 lap feature events.

“Things come loose on the car when you race that long,” Ryland, who is an auto mechanic, explained. “Maintenance is a key factor in a long race. So is patience. I started way in the back and just took my time.”

After the break, the cars were allowed to draw for re-start position. Patti Ryland drew “first” for her husband and her car.

“I wanted to drive her car in the big race,” Ryland said. “She’s the best. She said she could help me more in the pits – and she was right.”

Myers emerged as Ryland’s top challenger in the final 28 laps.

Brad Myers and Fred Ryland (7) battled for the lead in the Delta Classic 100 for Hobby Stocks.

Brad Myers and Fred Ryland (7) battled for the lead in the Delta Classic 100 for Hobby Stocks.

When Ryland took a comfortable lead, Viscusi III made his move on Myers as they came down the front stretch to the checkered flag. Viscusi III’s front bumper crossed the finish line just inches ahead of Myers’ bumper.

Following third place Myers was Dan McCown of Oakley. Fifth went to Danville’s Jim Freethy. Top runner Nick Baldwin of Oakley took sixth after missing laps to repair a broken ball joint.

Fan favorite Kimo Oreta of Vacaville left the race early after his engine failed, causing his car to catch fire.

Jim Freethy (99) and Mike Hynes (05) were side by side in the Limited Late Model Main.

Jim Freethy (99) and Mike Hynes (05) were side by side in the Limited Late Model Main.

Learned in Limited Late Model Stock Cars

            Mike Learn of Petaluma scored his fourth feature win of the season in the Limited Late Model stock car division. Concord’s Mike Gustafson and Larry Damitz of Vallejo chased him to the finish, but could not make a move on him.

Learn lead wire to wire for the win.

“I had a rough start to a strange season,” he added. “I missed the first three races, then won the next four.”

The Learn-ing continues: Four in a row for Mike Learn in Limited Late Models.

The Learn-ing continues: Four in a row for Mike Learn in Limited Late Models.

Saturday Night (Aug. 16) Features Northern All Star Late Models

            The Northern All Star Late Model Stock Cars will headline this Saturday night’s six division program at Antioch Speedway. There will be qualifying races and feature events for the Late Model, Modified, Limited late Model, Hobby Stock, Four-Banger and Dwarf Car divisions.

Antioch Speedway is located within the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds, 1201 W. 10th St. in Antioch, Calif.

Admission is $14 for adults, $10 for children 6-12, and $8 for senior citizens. Children under six years old are admitted free. A family four pack of tickets is $40. Secured parking is offered by the Fairgrounds for $5.

Racing begins at 6:30 p.m.