Bobby Hogge IV made it two wins in two times out for the only Dodge powered car in the field of late model stock cars at An
tioch Speedway. Hogge IV got nosed out twice on restarts by Chico’s Richard Papenhausen, but quickly regained his lead.
Hogge IV, of Salinas, chose the outside groove on two caution flag restarts with 15 and 2 laps to go. He rode inches from the wall, hitting his marks with precision lap after lap.
“I couldn’t take off as fast as he could on the bottom,” Hogge said. “I kept to the top of the track, and chose a line where this car would be fastest.”
“He kept me on the bottom,” Papenhausen said. “When you are playing catch you tend to overdrive. It was cat and mouse. When I was behind him the cars were equal – I never gained or lost distance – I was right there. I had to overdrive the car to pass him, and that rarely works.”
Duane Cleveland of Chico caught the leaders and was on Papenhausen’s back bumper at the finish of the race. Shawn DeForest of Livermore followed in fourth.
A first lap pileup damaged a few of the top cars. Jeff Decker of Morgan Hill left the track for repairs and returned. Paul Guglielmoni of Vacaville did not. Chester Kniss of Antioch, driving the only Ford in the field, finished fifth despite his car being damaged.
Brentwood Drivers Excel in IMCA SportMods and Hobby Stocks
Fred Ryland brought home his biggest win ever in the IMCA SportMod division by topping the two nationally ranked drivers. Rick Diaz of Los Banos is looking for the state title and the second highest ranked driver in the country, Nick Spainhoward of Bakersfield. Spainhoward was visiting Antioch Speedway for the first time, and Diaz had been to the track earlier this season.
Ryland took an early lead and fought off the challenges of the visitors. Visitors. Both Spainhoward and Diaz took their shots at passing Ryland.
“I knew they were there, right alongside me” explained Ryland. “I switched from the middle groove to the bottom just to make it tougher for them to pass. It was one of the most exciting races – ever.”
Spainhoward was trying to figure out the speedway as he drove. To win the national title, he must excel at several different racetracks while accumulating enough points for the title.
“It was fast, smooth, and had a lot of good lines,” he said.
While Spainhoward was concerned with Ryland, Diaz made a late race move to take second place away from him. Ryland held steady.
Diaz said he simply ran out of time as he tried to devise a play on Ryland.
“I was just about to set him up and the white flag came out,” he said. “I didn’t realize the race was nearly over.”
Division champ Jeremy Hoff of Copperopolis jumped into his dad’s car for Saturday’s race and brought home fourth place. Hoff destroyed his car in a wreck the previous week, and was trying to maintain run on another championship.
Fifth place went to Al Sotomayor of Watsonville, who is vying for IMCA national rookie of the year.
In the Hobby Stock main event, it was Patti Ryland battling with cross-town rival Brad Myers for the win.
Myers succeeded in winning as Ryland tried every trick in the book to pass him. It was Myers second win after rejoining the division a month ago.
“I could hear the wheels of her car squealing along side of me lap after lap,” Myers said of Ryland “The best momentum for the car was at the top of the track. I tried to stay there.”
Ryland worked hard to pass Myers.
“My car was real fast – I started from dead last and caught him,” she said. “I just tried everything to pass him, even the bottom of the track. Why not?”
Third place Robert Sharp of Concord survived launching his car airborne early in the race to finish third. Mitch LoCicero of Martinez and Michael Cooper of Bay Point followed him across the line.
Clark Takes Wingless Sprint Car Main
John Clark of Windsor scored his first win in the wingless sprint car division. He topped Jeff Banbury of Elk Grove. Local hero Roy Fisher of Antioch was third.
Early leader Billy Macedo of Concord and D.J. Johnson tangled and crashed. in the first turn midway through the event. Macedo came back to get fourth. Chris Magoon of Oakley finished fifth.
Brent Curran Wins in New Car
Antioch “Four-Banger” division point leader Brent Curran made it four wins in a row, five for the season, by jumping into girlfriend Janelle Barlow’s car. Curran blew the head gasket in his own car last week, and needed to race this week to maintain his lead.
“For her to do this for me is just awesome,” he said in victory lane. “She’s the best girlfriend in the world.”
Big Summer Events Continue Saturday (Aug. 2) At Antioch Speedway
Winged 360 sprint cars will headline this Saturday night’s six division “Big Show” at Antioch Speedway. The Northern All Star wingless sprint cars, IMCA Modifieds, Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks and Dwarf cars will all have qualifying races and feature events.
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.
Antioch Speedway is located within the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds, 1201 W. 10th St. in Antioch, Calif. Secured parking is offered by the Fairgrounds for $5. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m.