Bobby Hogge IV of Salinas starred in both Northern All Star feature events Saturday night at Antioch Speedway. Hogge won the 25 lap main event for late model stock cars, and then went on to win the 50 lap special event for “modifieds”.
A statement was made as Hogge IV drove a Dodge to victory in a field of California’s best Chevrolet powered stock cars. It has been many years since a Dodge powered car has won.
“What else can I say,” Hogge IV said in victory lane. “First night out for this car and it was that good.”
Hogge IV, with a family history of racing excellence, is driving a new Dodge powered late model stock car owned by former NASCAR driver John Soares, Jr. Soares and his late father were both legendary Californian Dodge drivers in NASCAR’s top division from the 1950’s through 1980’s.
Soares bought a brand new 2014 chassis made by Longhorn – a company founded by NASCAR legends Terry and Bobby Labonte. Hogge IV built the shocks package for the car and worked with Soares, who set up car’s suspension for Antioch Speedway. Local engine builder Skip Govea of Hayward built the 800-plus horsepower Dodge power plant for the car.
Hogge IV’s win was not without challenges. Early leader Paul Guglielmoni of Vacaville held off Challenges from Richard Papenhausen, Jeff Decker, and Troy Foulger as Hogge IV joined in the fray.
When Hogge IV grabbed the lead, Decker, from Morgan Hill, took up the chase. He was at Hogge IV’s back bumper in the final moments of the 25-lap feature.
“My car started to shut off every time I let off on the throttle,” Decker explained. “I think I could have caught him if I did not have that problem.”
It was Chico’s Papenhausen, Foulger of Martinez, and Guglielmoni crossing the finish line right behind Decker.
Hogge IV Again in “Modified” Division
The 50 lap modified division feature event was divided into two 25-lap segments. The second segment went non-stop, with Hogge IV continuing his lead from before the break.
“I put it on cruise mode for the first 25 laps, keeping the car on the bottom where there was some moisture,” Hogge IV. “The second half of the race I spent looking ahead to slow moving traffic. The drivers were good in letting the faster cars by.”
Hogge iV was looking ahead because four-time champ Troy Foulger was honing in on his lead. Foulger followed Hogge IV for the last half of the race.
“Bobby has a few laps around this place,” Foulger laughed. “He got through the traffic pretty freely. I tried to stay close to him. I was looking for that chance to pass him – I was staying snug to the center of the track. One of these day’s I’ll get him.”
Brian Cass of Livermore came on strong late in the race to close the gap between he and Foulger. Papenhausen followed for fourth. Shawn DeForest of Livermore, who won the last all-star race, finished fifth.
Hoff Wins in IMCA SportMods, Then Destroys Car
Jeremy Hoff and the first turn of Antioch Speedway didn’t get along on Saturday night. Hoff, in the lead on the white flag lap of the feature event for IMCA Sport Mods, tangled with his dad, Scotty, sending his car into the exit lane guardrail.
The race was red flagged, and Jeremy Hoff declared the winner.
Fred Ryland of Brentwood was second.
“Cars were all over the place on the track,” Ryland said. “I was trying more to avoid contact than to go fast.”
Hoff found it hard to enjoy his win.
“It is hard to be happy when you put your father out of the race,” he said.
Hoff and several other SportMod drivers opted to join the Northern All Star modified field. On the first lap he hit the first turn wall, destroying his winning car.
Curran Takes Fourth “Four Banger” Win
Brent Curran of Antioch scored his fourth win of the season in the “Four Banger division for four-cylinder street cars.
“It was rough early in the race,” he said standing next to his damaged, steaming radiator. “It overheated with six laps to go. I didn’t think I would make it.”
Jordan Swank, finishing in second, battled Curran most of the feature. Michael Christopher, Janelle Barlow and Tayler Swank rounded out the top five.