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.
<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