Scott Busby, one of the most winning California drivers in history, scored his second win of the 2015 season in Saturday night’s International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) Modified stock car main event at Antioch Speedway. Busby fought off challenges from fellow Martinez resident Troy Foulger on the last two laps of the race.
Sharing the podium with Busby were: Tracy’s Mike Corsaro, who passed Danny Wagner of Bay Point with four laps to go to win the Dwarf Car feature; Larry Damitz, of Vallejo, who drove his 30 year old car to victory in the Limited Late Model Stock Car main event; and, Pittsburg’s Jason Jennings, who maneuvered through traffic to win the Hobby Stock feature.
Busby Back in Victory Lane
The 16 car IMCA modified feature saw Grand Theft Auto game developer Jeff Thomas driving his car like he stole it. Thomas, from Petaluma, jumped into a commanding lead early in the event, separating from the pack of cars.
When second place Carl Berendsen of Antioch spun with just four laps to go, a restart put Busby and Alex Wilson behind Thomas. At the drop of the green, Thomas looked like he was going for the win, but suddenly pulled off with engine problems. That left a pack of seven cars – any of which could win the feature.
Busby and Wilson charged forward. Foulger quickly moved alongside Wilson, with cars racing three wide around the track.
“Everybody was fast tonight,” Busby said in victory lane. “I just shot to the front – one of us had to get out there.”
Foulger then chased Busby, as the cars in the pack banged bumpers through the turns.
“The track was so equal, and so hooked up for everyone, it was hard to move up,” Foulger said after the race.
Wilson grabbed third place. It was his best finish at the speedway.
“The track was faster than I thought it would be,” he said. “I would have needed a little bit more of a correct set-up to pass the top two cars.”
Bobby Motts of San Pablo, who won the previous IMCA race two weeks earlier, finished fourth. Terry Kaiser of Fairfield was fifth.
Damitz Keeps on Winning
Driving a 30-year-old car in his 62nd year of racing, Larry Damitz was untouchable in the Northern All Stars Limited Late Model Stock Car feature.
“The car was set up well for the track,” Damitz said. “I was concerned that something was not right with it for the last couple of laps.”
That’s when Antioch’s Mark Garner seemed to be closing the gap between him and Damitz. Garner was back after nearly destroying his car in a crash two weeks earlier at the speedway.
“My car was just a little off from where it was before the crash,” said Garner. “I could chase Larry (Damitz) all day long and I would be having fun. Racing with him is racing how it should be done.”
Jim Freethy of Danville raced his brand new car for the first time, finishing third.
“There is a learning curve,” Freethy said. “This is a completely different car. It sets up and turns very different than my old car.”
Jennings set out to win in honor of his uncle on the seventh anniversary of his death. He did just that in the Hobby Stock division.
He jumped behind the wheel of his brother Jeremy’s car, because his car was still in need of repair from the previous week’s race. He drove it flawlessly from start to finish in the feature event. It was the second win for Jennings this season, and the third win for the car.
“My uncle, Tom Jennings, was a big part of my life. He was a race fan, and he encouraged me to drive,” Jennings said. “I couldn’t let this date pass without being in a race car and hopefully winning a race.”
Danny Jones of Castro Valley chased Jennings through traffic in an overheating hobby stock.
“My car was overheating, but more importantly I had helmet visor problems near the end of the race and I could not see,” Jones said. “I’d rather finish second than crash trying to win.”
Third went to Oakley’s Chris Long, who was racing for the first time in the division. Kimo Oreta of Vacaville finished fourth and Cameron Swank of Antioch was fifth.
Corsaro Lives Up to His Word
A month ago, Mike Corsaro of Tracy promised to beat Danny Wagner in a Dwarf Car feature. Corsaro did beat Wagner Saturday night, but only after borrowing a spring from him.
With four laps to go in the feature, Corsaro passed leader Wagner on the backstretch. Wagner tried to pass him back, but time ran out.
“What a race,” Corsaro said as he jumped up and down in victory lane. “Danny loaned me a spring – and it was his spring that let me beat him!”
Wagner was happy he had helped Corsaro score the win – even though it meant he finished second.
“That’s how you make racing go around. Racers help each other,” Wagner said.
Corsaro hugged Wagner in victory lane.
“I am having more fun at 61 years old than I had in my whole life,” Corsaro said.
Concord’s father son team of David and Adam Teves finished third and fourth, respectively. Jack Haverty of Cupertino brought home fifth place.
SATURDAY NIGHT AT ANTIOCH SPEEDWAY:
DIRTcar Late Models – the fastest, most powerful stock cars on dirt, are centerstage Saturday night (May 8) at Antioch Speedway. The IMCA SportMod, Northern All Stars Hobby Stock and Dwarf Car divisions will all have qualification races and feature events.
Antioch Speedway is located within the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds, 1201 W. 10th St. in Antioch, Calif. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens, and $10 for children 6-12. 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.