New Years Day Bash invades Antioch Speedway this Sunday
Antioch Speedway hosts the New Years Day Bash for All Stars Modifieds, B-Mods & Hobby Stocks this Sunday January 1
By Gary Thomas
Antioch, CA – December 27, 2016…With the calendar quickly getting ready to flip towards 2017 the familiar sound of racing engines will return to the Antioch Speedway this Sunday January 1 when the facility plays host to the much anticipated New Years Day Bash.
The event will help kick-off the 20th season as promoters of the track for John Jr. & Donna Soares of Oval Motorsports, with the All Stars Modifieds, B-Mods and Hobby Stocks set to tackle the lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval. The first race of the year for the All Stars Modifieds will find them racing for a grand prize of $1000-to-win, with the B-Mods main event paying $500-to-win and the Hobby Stock feature awarding $400-to-win. The A-Mods will have a $100 entry fee, while the B-Mods & Hobby’s will each have a $50 entry fee.
“We look forward to opening the 2017 season with the New Years Day Bash on Sunday,” commented Soares. “The racers & fans have been hungry for racing since the end of this past season and we’ll have just what the doctor ordered at the Bash. With it being the first race of the year in Northern California and the only event going on we invite everyone to come out to the Antioch Speedway. There should be a nice field of cars on hand and we can’t wait to get on the track Sunday.”
Track champions last season at the Antioch Speedway included Carl Berendsen in the All Stars Modifieds, Trevor Clymens in the All Stars B-Mods and Guy Ahlwardt in the All Stars Hobby Stocks. With no other races taking place a number of outside travelers are expected to be on hand trying to take home the big money.
One of the favorites set to be in action with the Dirt Modifieds will be four-time champion Troy Foulger of nearby Martinez, who captured the Antioch Speedway season-finale this past October. Foulger had a strong season that also included a win at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway and a runner up finish at the Dirt Nationals in Tulare.
“We are certainly excited to open the season close to home at Antioch Speedway on Sunday at the New Years Day Bash,” Foulger said. “This time of the year we don’t always have a chance to race, so it’s pretty cool that we have the opportunity this weekend. It was a solid season for us last year and we hope to start out 2017 on a good note. There will be lots of good cars at the Bash so it won’t be easy by any means.”
The pit gate will open at noon this Sunday January 1, while the front gate opens at 3pm, with racing getting underway at 4pm. Adult tickets cost $15, while kids 6-2, seniors 65+ and active military are $10, children 5 & under are free. A family pack featuring two adults & two kids will be available for $40.
Antioch Speedway runs under the All Stars Racing Series banner, featuring DIRTcar Late Models, All Stars Econo Wingless Sprints and Winged 360 Sprint Cars, All Stars Modifieds (A-Mods), All Stars Sport Mods (B-Mods), All Stars Limited Late Models, All Stars Hobby Stocks and Dwarf Cars.
The Antioch Speedway is located on the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds at the corner of 10th and L Streets in Antioch, California. Take SR-4 East (Highway 4) to the Somersville Road North Exit. Follow Somersville Road to 10thStreet. Turn Right on 10th Street. The physical address is 1201 W. 10th Street Antioch, CA 94509. The track is located just a little over an hour from the capital city of Sacramento.
More information can be found online at www.antiochspeedway.com
Photos courtesy of Paul Gould