Drivers at Antioch and Merced Speedways are preparing for the biggest race of the season – the 4th Annual Delta-Valley Classic – on Sept. 27 and 28.
“I am looking forward to racing in this unique event that combines the best drivers in the Delta and the Valley,” said driver Bobby Hogge IV of Salinas. “The track surfaces have been great this season. The racing has been fantastic.”
Two years ago Hogge IV became the only driver to win both legs of the event. Hogge IV is hoping for a repeat of that feat. He’s faced some stiff competition from Shawn DeForest at Antioch Speedway this year, and will have to get by Merced’s new champion, Paul Stone.
“The competition is great, and there is no greater feeling than racing against a field of the region’s top drivers,” Hogge IV continued.
The event offers dirt track drivers in the International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) Modified Stock Car and SportMod divisions’ added incentive. The SportMod and the Merced “modified” races will be the last races in the area that will award state, regional and national points.
The two-day event begins on the smooth Delta Clay of Antioch Speedway at Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m. The drivers will have to set up their cars for racing at dry and slick Merced Speedway on Sunday Sept. 28, at 5 p.m.
Each race will carry identical purses. With 24 cars or more, the winner of the “modified” event will receive $2,000 at each track. Each position carries a hefty increase over weekly purses. Last place in the 18-car field will be paid $150. There will be a “B” Main event with non-qualifiers also being paid all the way back to last.
SportMod drivers will be racing for $700 to win, with close steps down to $75 for last place. The SportMod “B” Main will also pay to last position.
Support classes will also be part of the show, with complete qualifying races and a main event. At Antioch Speedway, the Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks, “Four-Banger” and Dwarf Car divisions are part of the show. At Merced Speedway, the Hobby Stocks and Super Stocks will also be racing.
In appreciation of the fans, ticket prices will be held to the weekly rate, despite the Delta-Valley Classic being a big event.
Merced Speedway is located inside the Merced County Fairgrounds; 900 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way in Merced, Calif. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for children 6-12. A family four-pack of tickets admits two children and two adults for $30. Racing begins at 5 p.m. The grandstand opens at 3 p.m.
Antioch Speedway is located within the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds, 1201 W. 10th St. in Antioch, Calif. Admission is $14 for adults, $10 for children 6-12, and $8 for senior citizens. 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.