Foland, DeCarlo, Oreta, Swank and Doty are winners
By Don Martin II Photography by Paul Gould
Burt Foland Jr. won his first All Star Series Winged 360 Sprint Car Main Event at Antioch Speedway Saturday night. Foland has had five second place finishes in the last two years. This time he used his outside front row start to bolt into the lead at the green flag and score the impressive victory. Only championship contender Matt DeMartini could manage to stay on the lead lap in second. Jacob Tuttle had a mishap lining up for the Main Event and failed to make the start. Meanwhile, incoming point leader Art McCarthy tore off his front end in a crash involving Jeff Strole. David Dias had his best finish in second, followed by Tim Burcher.
Nick DeCarlo maintained his point lead with a division-leading sixth 20 lap Dirt Modified Main Event victory. The race was destined to go non-stop, and DeCarlo moved quickly into third from his fourth row starting spot. DeCarlo made a move around second place Sean O’Gara by lap seven and set his sights on race long leader and championship rival Bobby Motts Jr. Motts caught a pair of slower cars on the 18th lap. He attempted a move around one of them exiting Turn 2 on the high side, but the car pushed into his path, allowing DeCarlo to race by for the lead. DeCarlo led the final two laps to win, followed by Motts, O’Gara, Tommy Fraser and Carl Berendsen II.
Reigning champion, Kimo Oreta notched his fourth 20 lap Limited Late Model Main Event win of the season. Oreta bolted out to the lead at the start as heat race winner Mark Garner tried to get around the El Camino of Ryan Cherezian for eight laps. Once Garner gained second, he found himself trailing Oreta by a straightaway in the non-stop event. Oreta lapped fifth place finisher Mike Walko with two laps to go as he won convincingly. Garner settled for second, followed by Cherezian and Chad Hammer.
Reigning champion Cameron Swank scored his sixth 20 lap Hobby Stock Main Event win of the season. Earlier this year, rookie Haley Gomez led 19 and a 1/2 laps before spinning. This time, she had a front-row start and enjoyed several side-by-side laps with Swank before he moved by for the lead. Swank went on to win and point leader Chris Sorensen also got by Gomez for the second place finish. Gomez settled for a season-high third place finish, followed by Michael Cooper and Josh Leach.
Jerry Doty won his first 20 lap Dwarf Car Main Event of the season. Doty is the 2010 champion. He won the race from the second starting spot. Reigning champion and current point leader Mike Corsaro picked up his fifth second place finish of the season. David Rosa, Toby Brown, David Michael Rosa and Chuck Conover completed the lead lap finishing order.
Jeff Strole #09s spun in front of Art McCarthy #19 in the 360 Winged Sprint Car Main Event causing McCarthy to flip. Both cars had major damage.