Website updates

I wanted to let you know why there have been no recent updates to the website.

I am not responsible for the content on this website.  John Soares called me in November and asked me to remove access to the person who had previously maintained this website the past few years.  I did so at his request.  He tried calling again but left no details in a voicemail.  He then had another track employee contact me saying John needed me to put an update on the website regarding the banquet.  I tried calling John back and have not heard back since.

I have not maintained content on this website in nearly 10 years.  I provide the hosting for it.  I have not had any further requests from Antioch Speedway/Oval Motorsports to give anybody else access to maintain the website.  They already have an account but have not used it in years.  Any other stories you may hear about me and this website are simply not true.  I do not know their plans so please direct all questions about this website to the track management.

I wish everybody the best of luck in 2016!

Dennis Daniel

EXCITING CONCLUSION TO THE 2015 SEASON at Merced and Antioch Speedways: Bobby Hogge IV Sweeps Delta Valley Classic!

Bobby Hogge IV passes early leader Brian Cass in the Antioch leg of the Delta-Valley Classic.

Bobby Hogge IV passes early leader Brian Cass in the Antioch leg of the Delta-Valley Classic.

Bobby Hogge IV of Salinas repeated history in taking both legs of the 4th Annual Delta-Valley Classic at Antioch and Merced Speedways, collecting $4000 in winnings and a $500 bonus. Hogge IV accomplished the same unlikely feat four years earlier.

Challenged by 16-year-old Ethan Dotson of Bakersfield, the veteran Hogge IV searched for the right groove to maintain the lead at Merced Speedway. Winton’s Paul Stone, who finished third at Merced and second at Antioch Speedway, chased Dotson across the finish line.

Ethan Dotson (74) passes Kellen Chadwick on the inside at Merced Speedway.

Ethan Dotson (74) passes Kellen Chadwick on the inside at Merced Speedway.

“Ethan (Dotson) is a true racer – he left me room to race him clean. He’s very impressive for his age,” Hogge IV said in victory lane. “As the track became slicker and slicker, I tried to stay in the same ruts lap after lap to maintain traction.”            The Delta-Valley Classic closes the International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) season for modified and SportMod race cars.

Easrlier this summer, Dotson pulled off an upset, winning the IMCA Harris Clash in Iowa. He was the first Californian to win the race.

Soft-spoken Dotson was modest after the race.

“I came close to passing him a few times – once I almost did it on a restart,” he said. “Bobby (HoggeIV) was just a little bit better than I could be tonight.”

The event began Saturday night at Antioch Speedway, where Stone got behind Hogge IV just before the finish.

Wearing the scars of an Antioch battle, Hogge IV (2) and Stone (66) fought their way to the top to finish one-two.

Wearing the scars of an Antioch battle, Hogge IV (2) and Stone (66) fought their way to the top to finish one-two.

“I wasn’t surprised to see Paul (Stone) there,” Hogge IV said of the Antioch Speedway race. “I could see him hounding Brian Cass on the bottom, so I went to the bottom and that was the place to be.”

Stone, who worked his way to the front had a smooth drive at Antioch, but had to survive a couple of skirmishes at Merced Speedway.

“I tried not to overdrive, because I needed to be there at the end,” Stone said of his Antioch performance. “From starting 13th to finishing second wasn’t a bad run.”

Merced Speedway action saw Stone narrowly avoid serious damage from spinning cars. He brushed the fourth turn wall early in the race.

Paul Stone spun early in the Merced Delta-Valley leg of the event, going sideways in turn two with Mitch Enos.

Paul Stone spun early in the Merced Delta-Valley leg of the event, going sideways in turn two with Mitch Enos.


“I started too far back,” Stone said. “It was a hornet’s nest back there. My front end was a little messed up – that would make it hard to catch a top driver like Bobby (Hogge IV).”

At Antioch Speedway it was Chico’s Duane Cleveland, Ryan McDaniel of Chico, and Troy Foulger of Martinez who completed the top five spots behind Hogge IV and Stone in the 22-car field.

Merced Speedway saw Stone, followed by Kyle and Alex Wilson of Salinas to complete the top five behind Hogge IV and Dotson.

Winners in the other divisions at Antioch Speedway included: Vallejo’s Larry Damitz in the Northern All Stars Limited Late Model division, Fred Ryland of Brentwood in the IMCA SportMod division, and Concord’s Jordan Swank in the Hobby Stock division.

Merced Speedway winners included Turlock’s Chris Falkenberg in the IMCA SportMod division, Cody Parker of Merced in the Hobby Stock division and Roy Hart, Jr. in the Northern All Stars Limited Late Model Division.

The 2015 season has concluded at Antioch and Merced Speedways. The 2016 schedule will be posted in November.

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


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.