LUCK DRIVING THROUGH TRAFFIC KEY TO WINNING AT ANTIOCH- Kerry Madsen

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Australian Kerry Madsen, center, with Connecticut’s David Gravel, left, and Californian Kyle Hirst, right. (Photo by Paul Gould, Track Photographer)

By Gary Thomas
Last year’s Antioch Speedway World of Outlaws  event produced the closest finish in World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series history when Kerry Madsen edged out two-time King of the West Series champion Kyle Hirst by just .005 seconds.

“I felt like I was doing it comfortably and managing traffic pretty well, but I just got bottled up there and he got a run,” Madsen said. “I was pretty lucky to get away with that one. You definitely had to maneuver through traffic well, because cars were everywhere during the main event.”

Bixby, Oklahoma’s Shane Stewart currently leads the World of Outlaws standings by 18-markers over six-time and defending series champion Donny Schatz of Fargo, North Dakota. The pair was involved in one of the most exciting late race duels in recent memory last week. Schatz came out on top by inches to become the first repeat winner at the time. Stewart is in his first full season with the “Greatest Show on Dirt”  driving the Larson/Marks Racing No. 2 and captured victory a few weeks back in Las Vegas.

Jason Sides flies by Paul McMahon in last year's WoO action. (Photo by Paul Gould, Track Photographer)

Jason Sides flies by Paul McMahon in last year’s WoO action. (Photo by Paul Gould, Track Photographer)

Completing the top-10 in World of Outlaws points going into this weekend are California natives Paul McMahan and Brad Sweet, Indiana’s Joey Saldana, Oklahoma’s Daryn Pittman, Australian Kerry Madsen, Connecticut’s David Gravel, Tennesee’s Jason Sides BS  Iowa’s Terry McCarl.

Of all the tracks that the World of Outlaws compete at in the Golden State, Northern California drivers have seemed to make the most noise at Antioch Speedway. With that in mind California natives have captured three of the first four events held by the series during their “Spring Break Tour” in the state. Rutherford’s Rico Abreu has won main events each of the last two weeks and will be looking for another score this Sunday night. The 23-year-old has had a tremendous start to the year, which was kicked off by winning the Chili Bowl Nationals in Oklahoma.

Antioch Winged Sprint champ Chris MaGoon of Oakley will be back for the World of Outlaws event.

Antioch Winged Sprint champ Chris MaGoon of Oakley will be back for the World of Outlaws event.


Multiple-time Antioch winner Tim Kaeding of San Jose scored a thrilling win at Tulare a couple weeks ago and will bring Dennis AND Theresa Roth’s No. 83jr into the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds venue on Sunday. The two-time King of the West Series champion earned a final lap victory with the World of Outlaws at Antioch in 2012 and is a four-time winner at the track with KWS. Kaeding was also the hard charger in last week’s Stockton finale.

The Antioch Speedway is located on the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds at the corner of 10th and L Streets in Antioch, California. Take SR-4 East (Highway 4) to the Somersville Road North Exit. Follow Somersville Road to 10th Street. Turn Right on 10th Street. The address for the track is 1201 W. 10th Street Antioch, CA 94509. The track is located just a little over an hour from the capital city of Sacramento.

Tickets for the Sunday March 29 event are on sale and can be acquired by visiting http://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/ordertickets.asp?p=570&backurl=default.asp or by calling1-877-395-8606. General admission tickets cost $39, while reserved grandstand seats cost $45. Children 12 and under are $15 for general admission.

Will Call and the ticket sales window will open at noon on Sunday at the track, the front gate will open at 4pm, with qualifying scheduled for 6pm & racing at 7pm.
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Past World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series winners at Antioch Speedway

2014- Kerry Madsen
2013- Kyle Larson and Shane Golobic
2012- Tim Kaeding
2011- Steve Kinser

Past winners of KWS Winged 410 events at track since 2003

2013- Willie Croft and Jonathan Allard
2012- Tim Kaeding, Kyle Hirst & Craig Stidham
2011- Jonathan Allard and Tim Kaeding
2010- Jonathan Allard and Kyle Larson
2009- Tyler Walker and Brent Kaeding
2008- Tyler Walker and Tim Kaeding
2007- Brent Kaeding and Tim Kaeding
2006- Dennis Moore Jr.
2005- Lawrence Edlund and Robert Ballou
2004- Brent Kaeding and Brent Kaeding
2003- Jason Statler

Photos courtesy Steve Lafond & Paul Trevino

Papenhausen Takes DIRTcar Late Model Thriller!

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BRINGING THE FANS TO THEIR FEET – Tricky Troy Foulger (49) tried every trick in the book as he tried to get Richard Papenhausen in the DIRTcar Late Model main event. (Photo by Paul Gould Track Photographer)

Antioch – Richard Papenhausen of Chico fought off a late challenge by Troy Foulger of Martinez as Jeff Decker of Morgan Hill moved into the last lap fray in a thrilling conclusion to the DIRTcar Late Model Stock car main event Saturday night at Antioch Speedway.

Foulger attempted a last-ditch attempt to pass Papenhausen in the first turn, as the white flag was about to fly. Foulger spun the Oakley based Billy Bowers late model into the infield as Decker picked up the chase.ADAS6175.JPG

“We really got into it with Richard (Papenhausen) after the last restart,” Foulger said on the infield. “If I would have had to have a little more thunder under the hood to pass him.”

The second side-by-side thriller in two weeks brought fans to their feet.

“That was a tough one – Troy (Foulger) tried a little too hard,” Papenhausen said. “There was a lot of rubbing between us, but no wrecking. It was good racing.”ADAS6171.JPG

Papenhausen credited a new right rear tire with giving him the edge over Foulger and Decker. Decker, who beat Papenhausen a week earlier, flew to his back bumper after Foulger spun out. Time ran out and Papenhausen took the checkered.

Foulger followed Decker with Dave Newquist of Chico and Rob Norris of Pleasanton completing the top five.

Melissa Myers - 2 wins in three weeks, one second!

Melissa Myers – 2 wins in three weeks, one second!

MELISSA MYERS COLLECTS SECOND WIN

            New mom Melissa Myers of Brentwood has two wins and a second in three outings, after fighting off 15 other Hobby Stock drivers in that division’s feature event. Two-time champ Kimo Oreta of Vacaville was waiting for the right opportunity as he chased Myers through lapped traffic.

“My goodness, we were weaving through lapped traffic and I couldn’t shake Kimo (Oreta). He was right there behind me no matter what I tried,” Myers said.

Oreta gave it his all, hiding his frustration the best he could.

“She’s one heck of a driver. I thought I had a chance this week, but once she got in front it was incredible following her through the traffic,” Oreta said. “She just didn’t make a mistake to let me by.”

Nick Baldwin of Oakley, who won the previous week, was a close third. Calvin Louis of Hayward and Dan Jones of Castro Valley rounded out the top five.

RYLAND NOT JOKING

            Brentwood’s Fred “The Joker” Ryland is as serious racer, despite his nickname. Ryland wants to bring the IMCA SportMod title to California, and he is riding higher in the standings after Saturday night’s feature win.

With six feature wins and two second place finishes this season, “The Joker” has taken over SportMod city.

Not even Paul “Batman” Mulder of Pleasanton could out-smart Ryland. Mulder took on the Batman persona in answer to Ryland’s becoming “The Joker”.

“I was fast, but it wasn’t easy to win,” Ryland said in victory lane. “I had a broken front spindle in the heat race and barely had enough time to replace it. I drove without the car being aligned.”

Al Sotomayor takes the inside as he tries to get Fred "The Joker" Ryland (7) on the restart.

Al Sotomayor takes the inside as he tries to get Fred “The Joker” Ryland (7) on the restart.

Ryland fought Mulder and beat him before taking Watsonville’s Al Sotomayor. It was Sotomayor and Mulder chasing Ryland to the finish. Al Johnson of Antioch and Megan Ponciano of Oakley were fourth and fifth.

HAVERTY FINISHES BIG IN DWARF FEATURE

Jack Haverty inside Charlie Correia (Photo by Paul Gould, Track Photographer)

Jack Haverty inside Charlie Correia (Photo by Paul Gould, Track Photographer)

            Jack Haverty of Cupertino had a big win in the Dwarf Car division, passing Thomas Leiby of Copperopolis just before the finish.

“I stayed behind him (Leiby) and made the same move before a caution came out,” Haverty said. “I found my car was better on the bottom of the track than his was, so after we restarted I was able to make the pass.”

Klint Simpson of Santa Rosa won the wingless sprint car main event.

NO RACING SATURDAY NIGHT, WORLD OF OUTLAWS SUNDAY

            Except for the IMCA SportMod division. Antioch Speedway’s regular program will have a week off, with no racing on Saturday night March 28. The track will be prepared for Sunday evening’s World of Outlaws event. The IMCA SportMods will race in a complete program of qualifying races and a feature event as part of World of Outlaws program.

 

 

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2015_WoO_WebA free fan pit pass will be offered to reserved ticket holders when The World of Outlaws 410 Sprint Cars roar into Antioch Speedway on Sunday evening, March 29. Back by popular demand, the pass will allow fans to enter the pit area prior to the races for a peak at the world-class drivers and their crews preparing their cars. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE RESERVE TICKET WITH FREE PIT PASS

Always known for action packed racing and close-quarter competition, Antioch Speedway has the Golden State contingent looking to continue its past string of success at the track.

“The racing is always so close at Antioch that there is never a dull moment all night,” said Chris Morgan of the World of Outlaws. “California drivers have performed phenomenal over the years at Antioch. That track seems to be a great equalizer.”

Last year’s event produced the closest finish in World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series history when Kerry Madsen edged out two-time King of the West Series champion Kyle Hirst by just .005 seconds. “I felt like I was running comfortably and managing traffic pretty well, but I just got bottled up there and he got a run,” Madsen said. “I was pretty lucky to get away with that one. You definitely had to maneuver through traffic well, because cars were everywhere during the main event.”

Of all the tracks that the World of Outlaws compete at in the Golden State, Northern California drivers have seemed to do the best at Antioch Speedway when racing against best drivers the Greatest Show on Dirt offers.

In addition to Hirst’s near win last season, Nor Cal drivers swept the two events held at the speedway in 2013, with Elk Grove’s Kyle Larson claiming the fall event and Fremont’s Shane Golobic winning in the spring. Larson’s win led an all California top-four, as Chico’s Jonathan Allard, San Jose’s Tim Kaeding and  Hirst ran second, third, and fourth respectively. Golobic’s triumph was his first career World of Outlaws victory and came after holding off veteran Joey Saldana of Brownsburg, Indiana.

In the 2012 event Allard led the first 28-laps of the feature, only to have Donny Schatz sneak by on a green-white-checkered restart. Tim Kaeding however, executed a picture perfect slide job on Schatz in the final corner to claim a thrilling victory. Allard would round out the podium. The inaugural series event at Antioch in 2011 saw 20-time WOO champion Steve Kinser pick up the win, but only after holding off a hard-charging Larson, who blazed through the field from 14th starting.

After winning his first World of Outlaws main event last season at his home track of Silver Dollar Speedway, Allard will look to check one off the list at Antioch Speedway, a track he’s been very close to victory at with the Greatest Show on Dirt. The three-time KWS champ as noted was just two-laps shy of victory in 2012 and very nearly got by Larson on the final lap for the win during the late season event in 2013. The early year showcase that season also saw him lead the first nine-laps in the feature, until Golobic was able to grab the top-spot. In his career Allard also has a trio of King of the West 410 wins at the track.

“I’ve been really close to winning in the past with the World of Outlaws at Antioch, but just haven’t been able to seal the deal yet,” said Allard, who claimed the 61st annual Gold Cup Race of Champions last season in Chico. “Antioch is such a unique track and since it’s so tight, it usually gives the California guys a good shot to run well. I feel like I should have about three wins with the Outlaws there, but these races are so tough to win that you have to be near perfect and have things fall your way. Hopefully we can represent our home state well on March 29 and keep the win in California. I know it’s going to be exciting for the fans.”

With three races complete thus far in the World of Outlaws season Grass Valley, CA’s Brad Sweet sits atop the standings by just four-points over six-time and defending series champion Donny Schatz of Fargo, North Dakota.

Tickets for the Sunday March 29 event are on sale and can be acquired by clicking the link left, or calling 1-877-395-8606. General admission tickets cost $39 and includes a fan pit pass, while reserved grandstand seats cost $45. Children 12 and  under are $15 in general admission.

The Antioch Speedway is located on the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds at the corner of 10th and L Streets in Antioch, California. Take SR-4 East (Highway 4) to the Somersville Road North Exit. Follow Somersville Road to 10th Street. Turn Right on 10th Street. The address for the track is 1201 W. 10th Street Antioch, CA 94509. Secured parking is provided by the fairgrounds for $5. The track is located just a little over an hour from the capital city of Sacramento.