Antioch Summer Nationals: Foulger over Hogge IV in IMCA Mods, Hogge IV Rules DIRTcar Late Models

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Bobby Hogge IV (2) challenged winner Troy Foulger to the finish in the IMCA Modified feature of the Summer Nationals.

 

When Bobby Hogge IV of Salinas comes to town, the intensity of competition goes up a notch at Antioch Speedway.

Add North Carolina-based NASCAR star Kenny Wallace, a consummate dirt track driver, and the bar is raised even higher.

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Troy Foulger with the 51Fifty energy drink girls in victory lane. (Photo by Paul Gould, Track Phorographer)

Four-time track champ Troy Foulger rose to the occasion, showing the visitors the fast way to the finish line as he won the Antioch Speedway Summer Nationals main event on Saturday night.

Foulger, from Martinez, was not about to let Hogge IV or Wallace rule in the $2500-to-win International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) sanctioned modified stock car feature race. He and Hogge IV waged a cat-and-mouse battle for first right up to the fall of the checkered flag.

Cheered on by a full grandstand of fans standing up for the final two laps, Foulger scored a victory for the local racers. Wallace finished 10th.

Foulger came out of the box fast at the start of the IMCA Modified feature, dashing to a straightaway lead ahead of the pack of 18 cars.

That gap was soon erased.

The car of Oakley’s Aaron Crowell stalled in turn four to bring out a caution flag with eight laps to go in the event. That set up the battle between Foulger and Hogge IV.

On the restart, Kellen Chadwick of Oakley and Randy McDaniel of Chico were right behind Foulger and Hogge IV, waiting for a miscue by either driver. There were no mistakes as Foulger and Hogge IV raced side by side to the finish.

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Hogge IV (2) almost had Foulger (49) in the fourth turn. (Photo by Paul Gould, Track Phorographer)

“Bobby (Hogge IV) is a great competitor no matter where he races,” Foulger said in victory lane. “I saw the nose of his car along side me quite a few times. What a race! It is such a great feeling to win like this.”

Hogge IV praised his new car and the track.

“This is the best track I’ve raced on in a long time – smooth and fast. We’ve got the new modified set up right,” he said after the race. “Troy (Foulger) just did a great job reading the track. It was a great race.”

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Kenny Wallace is living the dream – and he loved racing at Antioch. (Photo by Paul Gould, Track Phorographer)

McDaniel, Chadwick, and Darrell Hughes of Manteca completed the top five finishers in the 18-car field.

“These drivers are the best,” Wallace said after the race. “It was a thrill racing with them. The competition is top-notch here. This race track is tough and fast.”

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Talk about tough – Wallace (36) had to deal with Shawn DeForrest (72), Bill Egleston (15) and Joe Carr in the Summer Nationals Main Event.                  (Photo by Paul Gould, Track Phorographer)

Wallace secured his position in the IMCA main event by winning one of two “B-Main” events. After winning, he stood on the door edge of his Las Vegas-based IMCA car to the delight of fans chanting “Earnhardt” – until he sang a song written by John Roberts, his NASCAR Race Day TV show co-host.

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It was all Hogge IV (2) in the DIRTcar Late Models, here he passes Terry Kuntz (28)

Hogge Dominates Late Model Stock Car Event

            Hogge IV, considered California’s best dirt tack driver, was untouchable in winning the DIRTcar Late Model Stock car feature event of the Summer Nationals. His commanding lead was never challenged.

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Traffic was jammed, so Troy Foulger (49) took the low inside groove below Terry Kuntz and Ryan McDaniel.

“I pride myself in setting up a car to have momentum getting through the turns,” Hogge IV explained. “Getting into the turns deeper and getting up to speed faster coming out of the turns is the key.”

Randy Shafer of Vacaville topped Anthony Restad of Santa Rosa in the battle for second. Ryan McDaniel of Chico drove Richard Papenhausen’s car to fourth. Jeff Decker of Morgan Hill brought home fifth.

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Mark Garner (33H) made his IMCA SportMod debut at the Summer Nationals. Here he is passed by winner Darrin Thomasw (209)

Thomas New Winner IMCA SportMod Event

            Darrin Thomas of Atwater raced his car three years without a win until he scored in the IMCA SportMod portion of the Summer Nationals. Thomas was able to out-run IMCA national point leader Fred Ryland of Brentwood, who finished second.

“I haven’t won here since ’93,” Thomas proclaimed in victory lane.

Ryland complimented Thomas.

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IMCA Sport Mods Three Wide in the Summer Nationals!  Jeremy Hoff (5) on the inside, Patti Ryland in the middle, and Jason Ferguson on the high groove.

“He did a great job – I just couldn’t catch him,” Ryland explained.

Jorddon Braaten of Medford, Oregon finished third on his first visit to Antioch Speedway. Matt Haggio of Watsonville and Paul Mulder from Pleasanton were fourth and fifth.

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Scott busby won the Friday night IMCA Mod feature, but now without a challenge from Randy McDaniel. (Photo by Paul Gould, Track Phorographer)

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Scott Busby (Photo by Paul Gould, Track Phorographer)

Ryland, Busby Win in Friday Night IMCA Program 

            The Summer Nationals heated up with special Friday night events at Antioch Speedway. Veteran racer Scott Busby scored $1500, winning his fourth IMCA Modified feature event of the season. He fought off Ryan McDaniel and his dad Randy McDaniel, who finished second and third, respectively. Hogge IV was fourth, and Nick DeCarlo of Martinez finished fifth. Larry Damitz of Vacaville won the Limited Late Model feature.

Action Returns to Antioch Speedway July 11                    

The DIRTcar Late Model Stock Car, IMCA SportMod and Northern All Stars Winged 360 Sprint Car divisions headline the July 11 event at Antioch Speedway. The speedway is closed for the 4th of July holiday.

 

 

SUMMER NATIONALS PHOTO HIGHLIGHTS: TWO NIGHTS OF THRILLS AND SPILLS:

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Mark Garner went over in turn Three during the Limited Late Model feature event on Friday. (Photo by Paul Gould, Track Phorographer)

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Bobby Hogge IV in Victory Lane. (Photo by Paul Gould, Track Phorographer)

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David Newquist rides the turn three wall in the DIRTcar Late Model feature. (Photo by Paul Gould, Track Phorographer)

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Kenny Wallace (36) had strong opening laps before his car suffered mechanical failure. Here he passes Ryan McDaniel.

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Early Leader Paul Guglielmoni (22) is passed by his stepson, Randy Shafer, who went on to finish second in the DIRTcar Summer Nationals main event.

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A tough day for Chris Compton as he flipped his modified in the first turn during hot laps.

 

 

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.