Decker, Chadwick, Gustafson, Ryland and Rosa are winners
By Don Martin II Photography by Paul Gould
Fred Ryland returned to Antioch Speedway in a Hobby Stock built specifically for the special race and ended up winning the 50 lap Main Event. Ryland is a past Hobby Stock and B Modified champion at the track The race paid $1,000 to win and was divided into two 25 lap segments. Ryland worked his way from the sixth row into third by lap 13. On lap 15, Ryland made a strong inside pass in Turn 4 and took the lead from Jon Haney. Haney retired from second on lap 22 as Ryland led Cameron Swank and Brad Myers at the halfway break. Ryland turned in a rather dominant performance during the second half and led by as much as a straightaway before caution flags erased the lead on multiple occasions. Myers took second from Swank on a lap 42 restart, but he was no match for the flying Ryland. Swank settled for third, followed by Dave Hill and Jimmy Robbins.
Kellen Chadwick scored his fifth 20 lap All Star Series A Modified Main Event win of the season. Chadwick made the last minute decision to go racing after watching the IMCA Nationals online earlier in the afternoon. He started back in 10th and methodically worked his way to the front. He scored the victory with Raymond Lindeman a season-best second. Point leader Nick DeCarlo came from the fifth row to finish third ahead of Bobby Motts Jr and Josh Combs.
Point leader Jeff Decker scored his fifth DIRTcar Late Model 20 lap feature win of the season. Most of the race was led by two-time champion Richard Papenhausen. A lap 19 yellow flag gave the point leader Decker one more shot at Papenhausen. As they entered the final turn, Decker got a good run on the inside as Papenhausen went just a little bit high. There was contact exiting the final turn, and Decker beat Papenhausen to the checkered flag for the win. Kimo Oreta had a season-best third place finish, followed by Mike Hynes and Rod Oliver.
Mike Gustafson won the 20 lap Limited Late Model Main Event. This was the second win of the season for The two-time division champion. Gustafson led from the start, and only a lap two yellow flag slowed the pace. Mike Walko ran a close second for much of the race as reigning champion Kimo Oreta battled Chad Hammer for third. Oreta finally gained the position on lap eight and reeled in the lead two cars as they were in traffic during the final three laps. However, Gustafson was just a bit quicker as he held off Walko and Oreta for the victory. Mark Garner recovered from an early crash to finish fourth, followed by John Evans.
David Michael Rosa continued his breakout season with his fourth 20 lap Dwarf Car Main Event victory. He and his father, two time Street Stock champion David Rosa, won heat races and started back in the fourth row. It turned out to be a battle of the Rosa’s with David Michael just beating David back to the line for the win. Point leader Mike Corsaro continues his march towards a second straight championship as he finished third, followed by Mario Marques and 2010 champion Jerry Doty.