Sunshine, warm temperatures and green grass weren’t the only things greeting the drivers at Antioch Speedway for the first of three “play dates” Saturday – they drove on a newly sculpted and widened track that provides increased racing room on the front straightaway.
Drivers brought new cars to the speedway. Many, like Nick Viscusi III of Vacaville, are moving up a division. Viscusi III moved from the Hobby Stock to the Modified stock car division.
“I’m getting used to the car,” Viscusi III said after a couple of runs on the track. “It is entirely different than a hobby stock.”
Back from a 15 year hiatus was driver Calvin Louis of Hayward, who showing the ropes to his son Calvin, Jr., as they prepared their hobby stock for the upcoming season.
While “Johnny Mod” Curtis of Brentwood and Cody Frades of Oakley tweaked a wingless sprint car, Chris Magoon of Oakley attracted attention with his beautiful 410 winged sprint car.
John MacDougall of Antioch, Dustin Himes of Brentwood, and Sean Wilson of Antioch, as well as many others sported new cars.
Practice continues March 1 and 8. The season opener will be March 15.