WEST COAST NATIONALS DRAWS DRIVERS FROM AFAR – MORRIS, GAYLORD WILL MAKE THE TRIP
(Oct. 12, 2019) Knightsen, Calif. – The West Coast Nationals is growing into the biggest racing event of the fall season, bringing modified and sport mod drivers from several states together for an unprecedented showdown. The three-day event at Antioch Speedway begins with practice on Thursday, Oct. 17 followed by two full racing programs on Friday and Saturday night.
Geoff Morris of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada has never raced in California. Yet, he’ll take his car, put it on a ferry boat for two hours, and then tow it 14 hours to Antioch to participate in the modified division at the San Francisco Bay Area’s only clay oval.
“I saw the information about the race and thought it looked like a good one,” Morris says. “I’ll see how well I can race against the California guys. There’s one added bonus for us Canadians – it should be nice and warm in California – that makes the trip worthwhile.”
Morris, 32, has raced 17 years. He’s a top runner at Skagit and Gray’s Harbor Speedways in Washington.
Tripp Gaylord lives up to his name – he’s not afraid to travel. The modified driver from Golden, Colorado will be coming to the West Coast Nationals after only one previous visit to a Golden State dirt track.
He just returned home from qualifying for two crown jewel national events and racing with the top modified drivers in the country. He finished eighth in Hayes, Kansas and 13th in Batesville, Arkansas the past two weekends.
Gaylord, with 17 feature wins this season, will race on the team of Oakley, Calif. driver Kellen Chadwick.
“I met Kellen in Oregon and I’m excited to be racing on his team,” Gaylord says. “I always like to try something different – a different car and a new track to race on is very appealing to me. Antioch Speedway has the reputation of being a hammer-down track – which is different than the dry slick tracks I often race on. I’ll have to be aggressive.”
Gaylord had a very successful career as a pavement stock car driver. He switched to dirt racing three seasons ago.
“Racing on dirt or clay tracks is tons better than racing on pavement,” he says. “Its more fun on dirt because it takes more of the driver’s skill to control the car than it does on pavement.”
Two divisions will each have a full program of qualification races and feature events on Friday, with the West Coast Nationals main event following Saturday’s last chance qualifying. The modified division main event will pay $7500 to win, $500 to start. The sport mod division main event will pay $1500 to win, $150 to start. Contingencies and special awards will add to the purse.
Competitors can camp overnight in the secured Antioch Speedway pit area on Thursday and Friday nights. Camping fee is $20 per night.
Mufflers will be required on all racecars.
The pit area will be open at noon, all three days. Pit passes $50 on Friday and Saturday.
The speedway grandstand will be opened on Friday night and Saturday night at 4 p.m. Admission prices are: Friday – $15 for adults; $10 for seniors, children 6-12 years old, and active military. Saturday – $20 for adults; $15 for seniors, children 6-12 years old and active military.
The grandstand will NOT be open on Thursday (practice day). Pit passes ($35) will entitle visitors to a barbecue and corn hole tournament in the pit area on Thursday.