Richard Papenhausen dominated the field of DIRTcar late model stock cars in winning Saturday night’s main event at Antioch Speedway. Papenhausen, of Chico, left Santa Rosa’s Anthony Restad and local hero Troy Foulger of Martinez several car lengths behind as he returned to the winner’s circle for the fourth time this season.
David Teves of Concord also scored his fourth win in a row, out-dueling Pat Urdahl in the Dwarf Car division feature event. Kimo Oreta of Vacaville ended his drought as he had rookie Jordan Swank of Antioch chasing him across the finish line in the Hobby Stock main.
Anthony Giuliani of Morgan Hill was tops in the Brentwood Auto Parts IMCA SportMod division, with Patti Ryland of Brentwood challenging him to the checkered flag. Jeff Lee of visited Antioch Speedway twice this season and won both times as he fought off UC Davis student Kyle Bakkie to win the Northern All Stars Wingless Sprint Car feature.
Papenhausen Found the Right Combination
“We hit on something when we set up the car,” Papenhausen said in victory lane. “The track was really good tonight, and when we made our adjustments we were right.”
Papenhausen, who missed the last DIRTcar race because of back problems, was in full form this week.
“It was fun to be back. Once I got by (Troy) Foulger and (Jeff) Decker – who were real fast – I was all set.”
Restad, finishing second for the second time the season, couldn’t gain ground on Papenhausen.
“I just ran out of horsepower,” he said. “I ran to the fence in the third and fourth turn and moved down low in the first and second turn. That’s all I could do.”
Foulger, who finished third, challenged Restad twice when he went high in the third and fourth turns.
“I just couldn’t get around him, and I didn’t want to bully him,” Foulger said.
Giuliani and Fred Ryland Tangle
Brentwood’s Fred Ryland was challenging winner Anthony Giuliani for the lead in the IMCA SportMod feature when the two tangled in the third turn.
“I don’t know what happened,” Giuliani said in victory lane. “We just tangled. I wasn’t about to give up my position like the last time we tangled.”
Giuliani lost his bid for the lead when he raced alongside Fred Ryland in the last IMCA SportMod feature. This time, Ryland went to the wall, only to come back on the restart, crash, and lose his car’s hood. Ryland finished ninth.
Then Giuliani had another Ryland to contend with. Patti Ryland moved up, passing Al Sotomayor of Watsonville and Paul Mulder of Pleasanton to take second. KC Keller of Hayward brought home fifth.
Two for Two for Lee
Richmond’s Jeff Lee won the first Northern All Stars Wingless Sprint Car feature of the season, but damaged his car’s engine beyond repair in doing so. It took four months, but Lee returned to victory lane upon his return.
“We cracked the engine block when we won the first race of the year,” he explained. “We got it rebuilt by last week, and strangely, this race was a replay of the first race.”
That was because Kyle Bakkie of Citrus Heights was right there challenging Lee for the length of the race – just like he did in the first race.
Bakkie dove low on the track as he attempted to steal the win from Lee.
“He was running up on the top of the track, and I was hoping for him to mess up just once,” said Bakkie who hugged the inside of the high-banked turns. “I certainly was out of my comfort zone down there.”
Third went to Jim Perry III of Concord.
Oreta Back in Victory Lane
They call Kimo Oreta “Flyin’ Mo” and his car was like a rocket in the Hobby Stock main event.
“We blasted to the front,” Oreta said while he patted his Camaro in victory lane. We were flying all night.”
It has been four weeks since reigning champion Oreta had won. He was third three times. Friend Jim Thompson donated new tires to Oreta, which helped make a difference this week.
Rookie Swank was chasing him down, with Calvin Louis of San Lorenzo in tow. Swank, who graduated from the former four-cylinder division, registered his best finish in a hobby stock.
“It’s all about team work,” he explained. “My dad (Ken Swank) is the biggest part of my success.”
David Teves Wins Four in A Row
He may have ruined his engine, but he won again. David Teves wasn’t about to let his fourth win in a row slip away.
“My temperature gauge was showing 270 degrees, and I knew it was bad not to shut the car down,” said Teves in victory lane. “I was going to lift my foot off the gas pedal, then I saw the white flag and reasoned with myself that I need a new engine anyhow – I have to go for the win.”
The Teves family has dominated the Dwarf Car division this season, with eight wins combined. David Teves notched his sixth win Saturday night, fighting off Concord neighbor Pat Urdahl and son Adam Teves.