Nelson, Teves, Garner, Troen, Brown and Decarlo win.
By Don Martin II Photography by Paul Gould
Kurt Nelson won the 20 lap All Star Series Winged 360 Sprint Car Main Event Saturday night at Antioch Speedway. He became the eighth different winner of the season. The race got off to an ugly start with two yellow flags and a red flag before a lap was completed. In the red flag incident, Matt DeMartini attempted an inside pass on Tyler Brown in Turns 3 and 4 and ended up going in too hard and flipping. DeMartini will still win the championship. Art McCarthy set the pace for five laps before his motor started losing power. Nelson assumed the lead at that point, followed by Brown. Nelson would lead the rest of the way for the win. Brown finished a strong second ahead of 2015 champion Shawn Arriaga, Joey Ancona and Jacob Tuttle.
Adam Teves won his first career 20 lap Wingless Spec Sprint Main Event. Teves had a front row start for the Main Event and led Rick Panfili early. A lap six caution flag changed the race when point leader Bob Newberry, Shannon Newton and Panfili were all eliminated in a Turn 4 crash. Newberry will still win the championship. Teves led two time champion Billy Macedo on the restart. Macedo’s race ended on lap 16 as Bryan Sperry took up pursuit of Teves. However, Teves built a straightaway advantage for the win. Sperry settled for second ahead of Keith Calvino, Brandon Burd and Mackenzie Newton.
Mark Garner won his fourth 20 lap Limited Late Model Main Event of the season. Garner set the pace from the start ahead of Mike Gustafson. On a lap 10 restart, contact sent Gustafson spinning in Turn 1 for another yellow flag. Incoming point leader Kimo Oreta settled into second on the next restart. However, Garner ran smooth during the second half of the race for the satisfying victory. Oreta finished second ahead of Ryan Cherezian, Chad Hammer and Gustafson.
Terry DeCarlo won the Chet Thomson Memorial 20 lap Hardtop Main Event. Dave Mackey had a front row start and led the first half of the race with DeCarlo providing constant pressure in second. DeCarlo made contact with Mackey entering Turn 1 on lap 11 and backed off. DeCarlo got sideways in Turn 4 and Mackey made contact. Moments later, Steve Cloyes hit the stalled Mackey to end Mackey’s race. DeCarlo led the restart with Kimo Oreta in close pursuit. Despite Oreta’s best efforts to get by, DeCarlo held him off for a hard earned victory. Previous Thomson Memorial winner Jason Armstrong was a strong third ahead of Ken Retzloff and Ron Ruiz.
Rookie Breanna Troen won her first career 20 lap Hobby Stock Main Event with her co-pilot Mya Barnes. Troen was pressured early by Josh Leach, but Leach spun in Turn 4 for a lap ten caution flag. Anthony Welborn took up pursuit of Troen on the restart, but Troen was running smooth and consistent laps. New champion Chris Sorensen moved up to make this a three car battle in the waning laps. Troen took the checkered flag just ahead of Welborn, Sorensen, Leach and Bob Brown. Co-pilot Mya Barnes’ twin sister Skye Barnes was riding right behind her in Anthony Welborn’s second place car #75 as his co-pilot. There’s a family connection as he is their step dad.
Toby Brown won the 20 lap Dwarf Car Main Event. The race got off to a rocky start with two yellow flags before one lap was even scored. David Michael Rosa was an early second, but fifth row starter Mike Corsaro made an inside pass in Turn 1 on lap five to take over the position. Corsaro reeled in Brown and spent the final laps trying to get underneath him for the lead. However, Brown stayed cool under pressure for the well earned win. Corsaro settled for second ahead of Jerry Doty, Rosa and Mario Marques.