Chadwick, Papenhausen, Walko, Cooper and DeCarlo take the wins
By Don Martin II Photography by Paul Gould
Kellen Chadwick won the 20 lap All Star Series A Modified Main Event Saturday night at Antioch Speedway. He started back in the fifth row and had a little bit of luck on his side. Dwarf Car star Danny Wagner grabbed the lead on the second lap and proceeded to pull away while Trevor Clymens and Nick DeCarlo had a good battle going for second. Chadwick caught that battle by lap 11 and raced underneath both drivers to gain second on lap 13. A yellow flag slowed the pace moments later, but Wagner pulled ahead on the restart. It seemed to be smooth sailing for Wagner until mechanical issues arose as he stalled in Turn 4 on lap 17. Chadwick had the lead on the restart and led the rest of the way for the win. DeCarlo finished second ahead of Trent Wentworth, Chris Sieweke and Bobby Motts Jr.
Two-time champion Richard Papenhausen scored his second 20 lap DIRTcar Late Model Main Event win of the season. Papenhausen led from the outset, and point leader Jeff Decker moved into second on lap two. However, Papenhausen set a good pace and won comfortably ahead of Decker, Dennis Sousa, Rod Oliver and Kimo Oreta.
Mike Walko had some luck on his side in scoring his third 20 lap Limited Late Model Main Event win. After winning his heat race, championship contender Mark Garner bolted out ahead at the start and set a blistering pace. By lap seven, Garner could see the battle for second ahead of him, but a broken rear axle would slow his pace on lap nine. Remarkably, Garner continued to lead the way as Walko led the rest of the pack behind him. Walko caught Garner by lap 13, but it wasn’t until lap 17 when he made the pass on the inside down the front straightaway. The yellow flag flew for Garner in Turn 1. Walko led the rest of the way, and Mike Gustafson was a close second, followed by Kimo Oreta and Ryan Cherezian.
Michael Cooper posted his fourth Hobby Stock feature win of the season. Bob Brown made a surprise appearance and raced into the early lead ahead of Cooper. Cooper made an inside pass on the front stretch on lap nine to take the lead, and point leader Chris Sorensen moved past Brown for second on lap 12. A yellow flag flew moments later, but Cooper bolted ahead on the restart. Cooper pulled away just a little bit for the win, and Sorensen out-dueled Cameron Swank for second. Brown and Jimmy Robbins rounded out the Top 5.
Terry DeCarlo picked up the victory in the 15 lap Bay Area Hardtop Main Event. Jason Armstrong jumped into the early lead, and DeCarlo followed him in second as the lead two cars pulled away from third place Ron Ruiz. As they caught a slower car on lap 11, DeCarlo made his move around Armstrong for the lead in Turn 3. DeCarlo led the remaining four laps and Armstrong settled for second, followed by Ruiz, John Soares and Joe Shenefield.