World of Outlaws Return to Antioch Speedway September 13!

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The always action packed & unpredictable Antioch Speedway will play host to the “Greatest Show on Dirt” in just a couple short weeks, when the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series converges at the track on Sunday September 13.

Tickets for the Sunday September 13 event are on sale and can be acquired by visiting http://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/ordertickets.asp?p=570&backurl=default.asp or by contacting 1-877-395-8606. General admission tickets cost $39, while reserved grandstand seats cost $45. Children 12 & under are $15 in general admission. A free fan pit pass will be available to those that purchase a reserved seat.

The night of racing will also be your final chance to catch the World of Outlaws in the Golden State this season, with it capping a big week of racing for the tour that begins in the state of Washington.

Last year’s September event at the Antioch Speedway produced the closest finish in World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series history when Australian Kerry Madsen edged out two-time King of the West Sprint Car Series champion Kyle Hirst by just .005 seconds.

“I felt like I was running comfortably and managing traffic pretty well, but I just got bottled up there and he got a run,” Madsen said. “I was pretty lucky to get away with that one. You definitely had to maneuver through traffic well, because cars were everywhere during the main event.”

The event earlier this year in Antioch was captured by Kasey Kahne Racing driver Daryn Pittman, who held off the advances of California native Paul McMahan. Madsen came home third in the feature, followed by California native Brad Sweet and current King of the West Sprint Car Series point leader Bud Kaeding.

Of all the tracks that the World of Outlaws compete at in the Golden State, Northern California drivers have seemed to make the most noise at Antioch Speedway against the Greatest Show on Dirt over the last handful of years.

In addition to Hirst’s near win last season, Nor Cal drivers swept the two events held at the speedway in 2013, with Elk Grove’s Kyle Larson claiming the fall event and Fremont’s Shane Golobic winning in the spring. Larson’s win led an all California top-four, as Chico’s Jonathan Allard, San Jose’s Tim Kaeding & Hirst ran second, third & fourth respectively. Golobic’s triumph was his first career World of Outlaws victory and came after holding off veteran Joey Saldana of Brownsburg, Indiana.

In the 2012 event Allard led the first 28-laps of the feature, only to have Donny Schatz sneak by on a green-white-checkered restart. Tim Kaeding however, executed a picture perfect slide job on Schatz in the final corner to claim a thrilling victory. Allard would round out the podium. The inaugural series event at Antioch in 2011 saw 20-time WOO champion Steve Kinser pick up the win, but only after holding off a hard-charging Larson, who blazed through the field from 14th starting.

As always it will be a tall order, with the World of Outlaws being led into town by Schatz, who is recently coming off his ninth career victory at the prestigious Knoxville Nationals. The Fargo, ND veteran has captured 25 wins as of press time. Bixby, OK driver Shane Stewart has also had a tremendous season, having claimed seven victories so far and currently ranking second in the standings. Madsen, Saldana and Sweet round out the top-five in points going into this weekend’s Oil City Cup in Canada.

More WOO regulars set to take on the Antioch bullring will include the top-two finishers from March, Daryn Pittman & Paul McMahan, along with Jason Sides, David Gravel, Jason Johnson, Kraig Kinser, Logan Schuchart and Jacob Allen.

The Antioch Speedway is located on the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds at the corner of 10th and L Streets in Antioch, California. Take SR-4 East (Highway 4) to the Somersville Road North Exit. Follow Somersville Road to 10th Street. Turn Right on 10th Street. The address for the track is 1201 W. 10th Street Antioch, CA 94509. The track is located just a little over an hour from the capital city of Sacramento.

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<http://www.woosprint.com/>Past World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series winners at Antioch Speedway

2015 Daryn Pittman & ?
2014- Kerry Madsen
2013- Kyle Larson and Shane Golobic
2012- Tim Kaeding
2011- Steve Kinser

Past winners of KWS Winged 410 events at the track since 2003

2013- Willie Croft and Jonathan Allard
2012- Tim Kaeding, Kyle Hirst & Craig Stidham
2011- Jonathan Allard and Tim Kaeding
2010- Jonathan Allard and Kyle Larson
2009- Tyler Walker and Brent Kaeding
2008- Tyler Walker and Tim Kaeding
2007- Brent Kaeding and Tim Kaeding
2006- Dennis Moore Jr.
2005- Lawrence Edlund and Robert Ballou
2004- Brent Kaeding and Brent Kaeding
2003- Jason Statler
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Art McCarthy Takes Winged 360s, Giuliani Takes Fourth IMCA SportMod Feature

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Art McCarthy flies to a win in the Northern All Stars Winged 360 Sprint Car feature event. (Photo by Paul Gould, Track Photographer)

       Art McCarthy of San Jose averted disaster after his sprint car was launched spectacularly into the air but landed on all fours to win the Northern All Stars Winged 360 Sprint Car feature Saturday night at Antioch Speedway.

The seven-division summer spectacular saw Nick DeCarlo of Martinez take advantage of a fumble by Livermore’s Shawn DeForest to win in the International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) modified stock car division. Anthony Giuliani of Morgan Hill out-dueled Brentwood’s Patti Ryland to win the IMCA SportMod feature.

Kyle Bakkie of Citrus heights won over Antioch’s Roy Fisher and Keith Shipherd in the Northern All Stars Wingless Sprint car feature. Concord’s Mike Gustafson was first in the Northern All Stars Limited Late Model main event. Mike Hynes of Suisun CIty and Lori Brown of Antioch chased him.

Danny Wagner (11D) and Mike Corsaro continued their season long contest  in the Dwarf Car division.(Photo by Paul Gould, Track Photographer)

Danny Wagner (11D) and Mike Corsaro continued their season long contest in the Dwarf Car division.(Photo by Paul Gould, Track Photographer)

Bay Point’s Danny Wagner returned to victory lane by edging Mike Corsaro of Tracy in the Dwarf Car feature. Kimo Oreta of Vacaville, the reigning champ in the Hobby Stock division, again won the Hobby Stock main event.

McCarthy’s Spectacular Win

       Coming out of the second turn on a super fast racetrack, McCarthy and Antioch’s Dan Gonderman were passing lapped traffic when they came together.

“The track was great – very fast,” said McCarthy. “When we split to go around a lapped car, he (Gonderman) went high and I went low. We came back together he dropped down a little lower and I ran over his left front.”

That resulted in McCarthy’s car being launched high on the backstretch.

“When the car came back down it was headed for the wall,” McCarthy said. “I kept my foot on the gas and it turned the car in the right direction.”

McCarthy went on to win with Robby McMahan of Sacramento and Antioch’s Shawn Arriaga following him across the finish line.

Nick DeCarlo (Photo by Paul Gould, Track Photographer)

Nick DeCarlo (Photo by Paul Gould, Track Photographer)

DeCarlo Over DeForest

       DeCarlo’s win came by out-maneuvering Livermore’s DeForest in lapped traffic.

DeCarlo and DeForest started in the back of the pack. As they passed cars, DeCarlo made a bold move.

“Nick (DeCarlo) just went around all of us,” said DeForest. “I fumbled and he got by me.”

With three laps to go, Aaron Crowell of Brentwood was holding onto first when DeCarlo passed him on the restart. Scott Busby of Martinez was challenging Crowell for second when DeForest made his move for DeCarlo with one lap to go.

“Before I knew it the race was over. Running on the bottom of the track was good for me – every car I passed, I passed on the inside – which is uncharacteristic for me,” DeForest said.

Oreste Gonella of Petaluma moved into third place.

Anthony Giuliani battles Patti Ryland (7) in the IMCA SportMod main event.

Anthony Giuliani battles Patti Ryland (7) in the IMCA SportMod main event.

Four for Giuliani

        Giuliani scored his fourth IMCA SportMod win of the year after starting last.

When Fred Ryland of Brentwood’s hood flew off to bring out a restart, Giuliani still had to contend with Patti Ryland, Fred’s wife.

“Patti was really running great – we raced very hard, side by side,” Giuliani said. “It was really fun. She is an excellent driver to race against.”

Trevor Clymens of Brentwood was third.

Mike Gustafson wins the Northern All Stars Limited Late Models (Photo by Paul Gould, Track Photographer.

Mike Gustafson wins the Northern All Stars Limited Late Models (Photo by Paul Gould, Track Photographer.     

Kimo Oreta(03)  returned to the winners circle in the Hobby Stock feature. Here he passes Marc Key. (Photo by Paul Gould, Track Photographer)

Kimo Oreta(03) returned to the winners circle in the Hobby Stock feature. Here he passes Marc Key. (Photo by Paul Gould, Track Photographer)

Labor Day Break

       Antioch Speedway will be dark this weekend, and will return to action with the World of Outlaws 410 Sprint Cars on Sunday night, Sept. 13. SportMods will also be featured in the program.

Tickets for the special event can be purchased at woosprint.com.

 

Merced Speedway: Darren Miguel Winning and Having Fun in Rookie Season

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Darren Miguel

By Mike Adaskaveg

Merced Sun-Star

When it comes to being a winning stock car driver, Darren Miguel calls himself a “late bloomer.” Miguel, from Ballico, is riding high on his rookie season success at Merced Speedway.

Saturday night, Miguel will leave his day job in almond processing far behind when he dons a fire suit and helmet to hop into his ’94 Acura Integra at the quarter-mile clay track.

“I always wanted to drive a race car, but never had the opportunity,” Miguel, 28, explains. It was his cousin, Josh Hensley, who gave him a shot at being behind the wheel late last season.

“Once I strapped in, I was hooked,” Miguel says. “I bought the Integra, stripped it down over the winter and made it into s race car.”

Miguel is racing and winning in the highly competitive Mini-Stock Division at the speedway. It is an entry-level class of compact four-cylinder powered cars affordable to just about anyone who wants to try racing.

Hensley and Miguel’s cars carry the number “86”, a number which has been in the family for three generations of Merced Speedway racers.

“Having that number is a legacy for our family,” Miguel points out. “It is the number that gives us luck.”

Miguel is riding second in the point tally that determines the track champion. He’s just eight points behind Modesto’s Chris Corder, a veteran Mini-Stock driver.

“Even though we are rivals for the Mini Stock championship, we talk on the phone a couple of times a week,” Miguel says. “He offers me advice – he knows I am new to the sport.”

Miguel has a crew comprised of family members helping him work on the car during the week and performing pit duties at the track. In the stands are his brothers, sisters and cousins to cheer him on.

“I look forward to Saturday night,” Miguel says. “It is exciting to race and hear the cheers of the crowd. I can’t thank my family enough for their help and for their support.”

When Hensley moved up from the Hobby Stock division to the IMCA Sport mod division this season, it opened up a second opportunity for Miguel. He put an exclamation point on his rookie season when he jumped into Hensley’s Hobby Stock car and won the feature on the his first night out.

“I’ll be driving the Hobby Stock again,” Miguel adds. “And, I’ll be definitely chasing the championship in the Mini-Stock Division.

Two Classes of IMCA Racing Saturday Night

The International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) Modified and Sport Mod classes will headline Saturday night’s program at Merced Speedway.

The Northern All Star Limited Late Model Stock Car division will visit Merced to continue the challenge between the drivers of Antioch Speedway and Merced Speedway. Along with the other three classes of cars, the Hobby Stock and Mini Stock divisions will each compete in a complete program of qualification races and a feature event.

Merced Speedway is located inside the Merced County Fairgrounds; 900 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way in Merced, Calif. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $8 for children 6-12. A family four-pack of tickets admits two children and two adults for $32.

Racing begins at 7 p.m. The grandstand opens at 5 p.m.