Papenhausen, Oreta, Mallet and Curran win their Main Events.
By Don Martin II Photography by Paul Gould
Richard Papenhausen won the 20 lap DIRTcar Late Model Main Event Saturday night at Antioch Speedway. This was the fifth win of the season for the current point leader. Kimo Oreta had the pole for the race and charged into the lead from the green flag ahead of past Santa Maria Speedway champion Rick Coffey. Fourth row starter Papenhausen was up to third on lap three and gained second from Coffey on a lap five restart. Papenhausen began to pressure Oreta for the lead, but he would spin to avoid contact in Turn 4 for of the eighth lap. Papenhausen got going without a yellow flag, and Oreta had a big lead on Coffey. As they came across to complete the 12th lap, however, Oreta suffered a mechanical failure and coasted down the front straightaway.
This put Coffey into the lead over Papenhausen. However, Papenhausen charged into lead on the restart, and Coffey surrendered second to David Newquist on a lap 17 restart. As Papenhausen brought it home to victory, Coffey made an inside pass on the backstretch on the final lap to take second from Newquist. Newquist settled for third, followed by Dennis Souza and Rod Oliver.
Kimo Oreta had better luck in the All Star Racing Series Limited Late Model 20 lap Main Event. He would pick up his fourth win of the season to keep the pressure on point leader Jim Freethy in a close championship battle. Both drivers won their respective heat races. Oreta sped into the lead from the waving of the green flag. Freethy challenged Oreta during the early stages of the race, but Oreta pulled away just a bit by the time the checkered flag waved. Freethy was a comfortable second, and Chad Hammer made a late move around Michael Burch to finish third. Gustafson also got by for fourth as Burch settled for fifth.
15 year old Jacob Mallet Jr won his first career 20 lap Hobby Stock Main Event in his ninth race in a stock car ever. With Alfred Johnson electing to start at the back, Mallett inherited a pole position start and raced into the lead at the waving of the green flag. Jeff Betancourt held second until an inside pass on the backstretch of the seventh lap gained Will Buirch the position. Buirch held second until spinning in Turn 4 on lap 15, moving Breanna Troen and point leader Chris Sorensen into second and third. A lap 17 yellow flag meant Mallett had to defend his lead on one more restart. Sorensen moved into second and provided the pressure, but Mallett kept his cool and scored a well-earned victory. Troen finished third, followed by Ken Johns and Betancourt.
Brent Curran won the 20 lap B Modified Main Event. This was his sixth win of the season as he keeps things close with Tommy Fraser in the point race. Les Friend led the opening lap before spinning in Turn 4 in front of Kevin Brown. Friend kept it going without need for a yellow flag as Curran took the lead. Brown was running second and was soon joined by tenth starter Fraser in what would be the closest battle of the race. As Curran pulled away a little bit, Fraser kept the pressure on Brown until making an inside pass on the backstretch of the 12th lap to take over second. The only yellow flag waved for a crash in Turn 4 of the 16th lap. Curran led the restart with Brown regaining second. Fraser made a bold inside move in Turn 1 of the 19th lap to regain second, but there was no way he could catch the flying Curran. Curran won ahead of Fraser, Brown, Cameron Swank and Friend.
Gene Haney won the Bay Area Hardtop Main Event.