Hogge IV Wins Battle With DeForest, Chadwick, Foulger In Northern All Star Mods!

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Johnny Bellando had a rough night in the Northern All Stars Modified feature. He took down the wall and rolled over. A few laps later, he had the car on all fours and running.

Bobby Hogge IV stopped Shawn DeForest’s streak at two as he brought home a victory in the 20-car Northern All Stars Modified feature event Saturday night at Antioch Speedway.

Hogge first dueled with DeForest, then tackled Troy Foulger, and finally caught Kellen Chadwick to take the win.

“The track came to me tonight,” Hogge IV said in victory lane. “I made passes on the top, on the bottom, and used the middle to pass Kellen (Chadwick).”

DeForest, who won the last two battles with Hogge IV, finished fourth in fast company.

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Bobby Hogge IV and Kellen Chadwick battle for the lead in the Northern All Star Modified feature event. (Photo by Paul Gould, Track Photographer)

“I missed the set up a bit tonight, and got shuffled out of the lead,” he said.

“I should have run straight down the middle of the track. I figured that out on the white flag lap. It was too late.”

Chadwick, who will be at this Saturday’s Delta-Valley Classic, ran his strongest race at Antioch this year. Foulger challenged him to the finish. Kevin Fitzgerald of Brentwood was fifth in his first visit to the speedway this season.

Hogge IV is excited about next weekend’s Delta-Valley Classic, which will take place at Antioch Speedway on Saturday, and Merced Speedway on Sunday.

“With the way the car performed tonight, all I have to do is wash it,” he joked. “Actually, I’ll be digging deeper than I did all season, making sure everything is right with the car, and that I have the correct set-up I think is necessary for track conditions.”

Hogge IV had to get by Troy Foulger (49) in the Northern All Stars Modified Feature. (Photo by Paul Gould, Track Photographer.

Hogge IV had to get by Troy Foulger (49) in the Northern All Stars Modified Feature. (Photo by Paul Gould, Track Photographer)

RYLAND TAKES FOUTH IMCA SPORTMOD FEATURE

            Fred Ryland’s first season in the International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) SportMod division has been stellar. The Brentwood driver battled Keith Brown, Jr. of Pittsburg for six laps before Brown’s car faltered.

Keith Brown, Jr. was giving Fred Ryland a run for the money in the IMCA SportMod feature. Then, a plug wire fell off.

Keith Brown, Jr. was giving Fred Ryland a run for the money in the IMCA SportMod feature. Then, a plug wire fell off.

“I’d like to have run with him to the finish,” second place Brown said in victory lane. “But I was running on seven cylinders – a spark plug wire fell off just before the end of the race.”

Ryland was happy to win one more feature.

“That’s one more than my wife, we’re having our own competition,” he said. Patti Ryland has three wins in the Hobby Stock divisions.

Ryland thought Brown had him beaten a couple of times in the feature.

“On the restarts, it was anyone’s guess who would take the lead,” he added.

Jeremy Hoff of Copperopolis came back with a new car after destroying his SportMod a week earlier. He finished third, with Al Johnson and Paul Mulder of Antioch completing the top five.

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Kimo Oreta

ORETA IN HOBBY STOCKS, CORRIEA TAKES DWARF CARS, SWANK FOUR-BANGERS

            Kimo Oreta of Vacaville fought off the challenges of Brentwood rival Brad Meyers to win the Hobby Stock main event. Michael Cooper Bay Point was third, with Antioch’s Christopher Brown finishing one spot ahead of his dad in the top five.

Brent Curran's eight week streak ended when Jordan Swank won his first feature. Curran has the Four Banger championship, though.

Brent Curran’s eight week streak ended when Jordan Swank won his first feature. Curran has the Four Banger championship, though.

Charlie Correia of Tracy scored his second win of the year in the Dwarf Car division. Correia, who began racing in the division in 1990, battled Thomas Leiby of Copperopolis, a boat racer who discovered Dwarf cars this season. Danny Wagner of Bay Point was third.

Rookie Jordan Swank of Concord won his first race in the four cylinder “Four-Banger” division, ending Brent Curran’s seven-race streak. Curran finished fourth.

“It just feels so great to win,” was all Swank could say in victory lane. “My crew, my family, worked so hard all year.”

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Three abreast action saw Jordan Swank threading the needle between Brent Curran (89) and Jessica Jones (66x).

Sixteen-year-old rookie Kelby Fuss, returning from a bad wreck in the division a month ago, finished second. She battled fellow high school student Tayler Swank, sister of winner Jordan Swank. Jessica Jones Castro Valley was fifth.

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Charlie Correia cruised to victory in the Dwarf Car main event.

 

BIG DELTA-VALLEY CLASSIC EVENT CLOSES THE SEASON SATURDAY

            The season’s big event for Antioch Speedway’s Modified and SportMod stock car divisions, the 4th Annual Delta-Valley Classic, takes place this weekend.

Antioch Speedway will host the first leg of the two-day event on Saturday evening. The second leg of the event is Sunday afternoon at sister track Merced Speedway.

There will be matching purses at each track. Extra money will be paid to the drivers all the way to the last place position. Visiting drivers from throughout California and Nevada are expected to participate.

It will be the last night for track championship points for the drivers in the Northern All Star Modifieds and the International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) SportMod divisions at Antioch Speedway. In addition, the track will offer IMCA state, regional and national points for the SportMod drivers.

The Delta-Valley Classic moves to Merced Speedway on Sunday, where drivers in both the modified and SportMod divisions will receive state, regional and national IMCA points.

It will also be the last points race of the season for the Limited Late Model, Hobby Stock and Four-Banger divisions at Antioch Speedway.

Each track will have normal admission prices.

Antioch Speedway is located within the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds; 1201 W. 10th St. in Antioch, Calif. Admission is $14 for adults, $10 for children 6-12, and $8 for senior citizens. Children under six years old are admitted free. A family four pack of tickets is $40. The Fairgrounds offer secured parking for $5. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m.

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Chester Kniss, right, tried to avoild a spinning Paul Mulder in the Northern All Stars main 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 $5 for children 6-12. A family four-pack of tickets admits two children and two adults for $30. Racing begins at 5 p.m. The grandstand opens at 3 p.m.

 

 

Important Night Ahead for Rick Diaz, Ramie Stone in IMCA SportMods

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Ramie Stone on the Move (Diane Ratzlaff Photo)

By Mike Adaskaveg

Merced Sun-Star

The season-long battle between rookie SportMod stock car driver Rick Diaz of Los Banos and former track champion Ramie Stone of Winton will be settled Saturday night at Merced Speedway. Diaz enjoys a five-point lead over his rival going into the race.

Saturday, the quarter-mile fairgrounds oval will hold its last program of the season where track championship points are awarded. The following week, the track will host drivers from across the state for the Delta-Valley Classic. The International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) sanctioned event will offer a large purse for the Modified Stock Car and SportMod divisions.

Diaz, in his first full year behind the wheel of an IMCA SportMod, wants to be track champion – and he wants a win this Saturday for a special reason.

“It would be just awesome to be champ in the first full year running,” he said. “But more importantly, Saturday night is a big night for my daughter. I want a win for her.”

Ellie, Diaz’s 17-month-old daughter, has been in remission from neuro blastoma for one year on Saturday.

Diaz faces a driving style dilemma.

“I really have to play it safe if I want the championship,” he said. “I can’t charge to the front to win. I can’t make any risky moves.”

Despite running for points, Diaz has five wins this season in the highly competitive SportMod division, which has 20-30 drivers competing.

“Sometimes, I think running for points is a bad deal,” he explained. “Driving to win is part of a racer’s nature.”

On Saturday night, Diaz will keep his season-long goal in sight.

“I’ll be in protective mode,” he said. “I’ll try to be consistent, stay out of trouble and finish ahead or real close to Ramie (Stone).”

Diaz won at Antioch Speedway last Saturday night.

Diaz won at Antioch Speedway last Saturday night.

For Stone, it’s business as usual. He left racing as a Merced Speedway track champion, raised a family, and he wants his return this year to come with a championship.

“I’ll give it my all,” he said. “It’s racing. I have my own personal quest.”

Stone is hoping for a clean race.

Ramie Stone has had a successful comeback year.

Ramie Stone has had a successful comeback year.

“May the best driver win,” he added.

Paul Stone is IMCA Modified Champion, Looks Ahead to Big Events

            One of the other members of the racing Stone family, Paul Stone, won the IMCA Modified Stock Car Track Championship at Merced Speedway last weekend, despite smacking the front stretch wall in the feature.

“I had a lot of work to do on the car this week,” he said. “It was pretty bent up. There are three weeks of big events coming up.”

Stone is relishing his Merced Speedway championship. His last track championship came in 1999.

“I ran for the championship in my rookie year (1998) and won both the Rookie of the Year and the championship,” he smiled. “To show it wasn’t a fluke, I backed it up with the 1999 Championship.”

He says the feeling of winning hasn’t changed.

“Now, I have a young crew and I feel the excitement through them,” he explained. “The championship is as good now as it ever was.”

Stone makes it no secret that he likes to travel to far away tracks. He equates it with going to school.

“You learn a lot about racing. It makes you a better racer,” he explained.

He’ll need that knowledge in the biggest race of the season, the Delta-Valley Challenge on Sept. 27 at Antioch Speedway and Sept. 28 at Merced Speedway.

Each leg of the race will have a big purse, drawing the top drivers in the west. Salinas driver Bobby Hogge IV will be tough competition at Merced Speedway.

“I’ve been doing this a long time,” Stone said. “And, I only beat Hogge IV a couple of times.”

This Saturday Night at Merced Speedway

            The IMCA SportMod division will be in the spotlight, but the retro-racing Valley Sportsman Division also has a close point battle for the championship. Mike Henault of LaGrange is two points ahead of Merced’s Tim Prothro. The two run close all season long.

A complete program of qualifying races and features will be held for the SportMod, Valley Sportsman, Mini-Stock and Dwarf Car divisions.

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 $5 for children 6-12. A family four-pack of tickets admits two children and two adults for $30.           Racing begins at 7 p.m. The grandstand opens at 5 p.m.

 

 

           

Delta-Valley Classic Set for Sept. 27 -28. Big Purse. Great Drivers. IMCA State, Regional, National Points

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Bobby Hogge IV moves in on Danny Lauer in the 2011 Classic at Merced.

Drivers at Antioch and Merced Speedways are preparing for the biggest race of the season – the 4th Annual Delta-Valley Classic – on Sept. 27 and 28.

“I am looking forward to racing in this unique event that combines the best drivers in the Delta and the Valley,” said driver Bobby Hogge IV of Salinas. “The track surfaces have been great this season. The racing has been fantastic.”

Two years ago Hogge IV became the only driver to win both legs of the event. Hogge IV is hoping for a repeat of that feat. He’s faced some stiff competition from Shawn DeForest at Antioch Speedway this year, and will have to get by Merced’s new champion, Paul Stone.

It doesn't get closer than this - Troy Foulger took the outside at Merced, with four cars trying to dive under.

It doesn’t get closer than this – Troy Foulger took the outside at Merced, with four cars trying to dive under.

“The competition is great, and there is no greater feeling than racing against a field of the region’s top drivers,” Hogge IV continued.

The event offers dirt track drivers in the International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) Modified Stock Car and SportMod divisions’ added incentive. The SportMod and the Merced “modified” races will be the last races in the area that will award state, regional and national points.

The two-day event begins on the smooth Delta Clay of Antioch Speedway at Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m. The drivers will have to set up their cars for racing at dry and slick Merced Speedway on Sunday Sept. 28, at 5 p.m.

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Foulger goes low under Scott Busby at Antioch two years ago in the Classic.

Each race will carry identical purses. With 24 cars or more, the winner of the “modified” event will receive $2,000 at each track. Each position carries a hefty increase over weekly purses. Last place in the 18-car field will be paid $150. There will be a “B” Main event with non-qualifiers also being paid all the way back to last.

SportMod drivers will be racing for $700 to win, with close steps down to $75 for last place. The SportMod “B” Main will also pay to last position.

Support classes will also be part of the show, with complete qualifying races and a main event. At Antioch Speedway, the Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks, “Four-Banger” and Dwarf Car divisions are part of the show. At Merced Speedway, the Hobby Stocks and Super Stocks will also be racing.

In appreciation of the fans, ticket prices will be held to the weekly rate, despite the Delta-Valley Classic being a big 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 $5 for children 6-12. A family four-pack of tickets admits two children and two adults for $30. Racing begins at 5 p.m. The grandstand opens at 3 p.m.

Antioch Speedway is located within the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds, 1201 W. 10th St. in Antioch, Calif. Admission is $14 for adults, $10 for children 6-12, and $8 for senior citizens. Children under six years old are admitted free. A family four pack of tickets is $40. Secured parking is offered by the Fairgrounds for $5. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m.

Jimmy Ray visited from Texas and Shawn DeForest gave him some competition at Merced in the 2011 Classic.

Jimmy Ray visited from Texas and Shawn DeForest gave him some competition at Merced in the 2011 Classic.

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