Chadwick Wins $7,500 West Coast Nationals
By Don Martin II Photograper Paul Gould
Kellen Chadwick scored a thrilling victory in the West Coast Nationals A Modified race Saturday night at Antioch Speedway. This was his 34th career Modified win at Antioch, and he pocketed $7,500 for his impressive effort. Chadwick used slower traffic to take the lead from Bobby Hogge IV on lap 38 and made this the biggest win of his career.
Fresh off of a huge weekend at Bakersfield last week, Ethan Dotson charged into the lead at the start ahead of Friday night winner Shane DeVolder. Troy Foulger moved in to battle DeVolder for second by lap 10, but traffic threw a monkey wrench in that effort. They came up on a slower car, which dropped DeVolder back to fourth and left Foulger stuck in Turn 4 for a lap 17 yellow flag. Dotson led Bobby Hogge IV and Chadwick on the restart. Traffic in Turn 2 on lap 28 cost Dotson the lead as both Hogge and Chadwick went by. During the final 10 laps, Chadwick kept looking to the inside of Hogge in his effort to take the lead. With traffic again coming into play, Chadwick used a low move in Turn 2 on lap 38 to take the lead. Chadwick thrilled the crowd with his late move to victory. Hogge settled for a $3,800 second ahead of Bricen James, Dotson and Tripp Gaylord.
The A Modifieds ran six eight lap qualifying heat races, and Grey Ferrando, Gaylord, Chadwick, Nick DeCarlo, Austin Burke and Jim Pettit II used their wins to make the big Main Event. Cody Burke won the first 15 lap B Main ahead of Danny Wagner and Buddy Kniss. James outran Brian Cass and Dylan Shriner to win the other B Main. Bobby Motts Jr and Raymond Lindeman got the final starting spots in the Main Event by winning their respective 10 lap Last Chance Qualifier races.
Kenny Shrader won the 25 lap B Modified Main Event. The $1,500 win was the biggest of his career. Shrader started outside front row and raced into the lead ahead of Troy Foulger. Things got interesting when the leaders caught slower traffic on lap 12. Foulger made an outside pass in Turn 2 to grab the lead, and a yellow flag waved for Kenny Neu on lap 15. Foulger had to make a pit stop, putting Shrader back into the lead over Friday night winner Andrew Peckham and Fred Ryland. The battle up front changed on lap 20 when Ryland pitted off the frontstretch and Peckham spun in Turn 2. Ethan Dotson inherited second. During the final five laps, Dotson tried to make a run on Shrader on the outside, but Shrader kept his cool and scored the well-earned victory. Dotson got too high exciting Turn 2 on the last lap and lost second to Tommy Fraser. Dotson settled for third ahead of Foulger and Brent Curran.
The four eight lap heat race wins went to KC Keller, Chase Thomas, Bobby Motts Jr and Curran. Todd Gomez was the first 12 lap B Main winner ahead of Adriane Frost and Neu. The other B Main win went to Dotson over Fraser and Kevin Brown. After race long leader Anthony Welborn spun in the final turn, Joe Salvi won the Last Chance race just ahead of Cameron Swank and Tanner Thomas.
This wraps up the 2019 season at Antioch Speedway.
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Grey Ferrando, Tripp Gaylord, Kellen Chadwick, Nick DeCarlo, Austin Burke, Jim Pettit II. B Main 1 (15 Laps)-Cody Burke, Danny Wagner, Buddy Kniss. B Main 2 (15 Laps)-Bricen James, Brian Cass, Dylan Shriner. LCQ 1 (10 Laps)-Bobby Motts Jr, Shawn DeForest, Dave Duste Jr. LCQ 2 (10 Laps)-Raymond Lindeman, Sean O’Gara, David Zeiter. Main Event (40 Laps)-Kellen Chadwick, Bobby Hogge IV, Bricen James, Ethan Dotson, Tripp Gaylord, Nick DeCarlo, Danny Wagner, Jim Pettit II, Brian Cass, Raymond Lindeman.
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-KC Keller, Chase Thomas, Bobby Motts Jr, Brent Curran. B Main 1 (12 Laps)-Todd Gomez, Adriane Frost, Kenny Neu. B Main 2 (12 Laps)-Ethan Dotson, Tommy Fraser, Kevin Brown. LCQ (10 Laps)-Joe Salvi, Cameron Swank, Tanner Thomas. Main Event (25 Laps)-Kenny Shrader, Tommy Fraser, Ethan Dotson, Troy Foulger, Brent Curran, KC Keller, Todd Gomez, Bobby Motts Jr, Tanner Thomas, Chase Thomas.