Photo Courtesy Katrina Kniss
By Don Martin II
Antioch, CA…On the heels of the successful visit by the Malicious Monster Truck Insanity Tour, racing resumes at Antioch Speedway this Saturday night. In celebration of Mother’s Day, the track is offering the second annual Mother’s Day Mini-Van race. There is also a full slate of IMCA sanctioned competition, featuring the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds and IMCA Stock Cars.
With a pair of victories to his credit, Nick DeCarlo leads the IMCA Modified battle by 10 tallies over 2016 champion Bobby Motts Jr and 15 over 2006 champion Kellen Chadwick. One of these drivers could very well win their second championship at the Speedway this year. Motts has finished as high as second this year and is still looking for his first win of the season, while Chadwick is in search of his second victory.
Rookies Trevor Clymens and Terry DeCarlo Jr are in pursuit of Chadwick, trailing by 7 and 9 points, respectfully. Both drivers have won Main Events at the track in the past, though it’s been a few years since past Street Stock and Hobby Stock competitor DeCarlo got his win. Clymens has picked up 10 wins in the Hobby Stocks and an additional 26 in the IMCA Sport Modifieds, where he is a three-time champion. He’s already led several Modified Main Event laps this year and is coming off of back-to-back Top 5 finishes as he gets closer to the win.
In the Sport Modified division, second-generation racer Andrew Pearce leads the way by four tallies over two-time reigning champion Fred Ryland and 11 over 2017 title winner KC Keller. The last couple of Main Events for this class have been highlighted by very close competition at the front of the pack.
Three-car battles have left the win in doubt until the checkered flag. 2019 title winner Tommy Fraser snatched what could have been a first career win from Nicholas Zapatero with two laps to go last time out. Keller snatched a win from Jacob Mallet Jr the race before that.
The Antioch drivers are as fast as they come, and Mallet won the recent race at Watsonville last Friday. Mallet is currently third in the points, seven behind Pearce. Consistency has been the key for Pearce, who is still looking for his first win of the season. He is getting closer with back-to-back Top 3 finishes in his most recent starts.
The competition level is so fierce that a good portion of the field can win on any given occasion. Even racers like relative newcomer Dylan Connolly, Tyler Browne, and past Super Stock champion Mark Garner are mixing it up at the front of the pack. Garner had his best finish of the season last time out in fourth.
The latest craze in racing at Antioch Speedway is the IMCA Stock Cars. With tracks down in Bakersfield and Hanford having success with this division, Promoter Chad Chadwick felt the time was right to add this division to the roster. There have already been over 30 different cars to compete a year into this division’s existence at the track. It’s a very competitive field that can be unpredictable. It’s highlighted by some fierce, side-by-side racing for several laps and wins being earned by Jason Robles, Troy Foulger, and Fred Ryland.
A look at the standings finds reigning champion Travis Dutra leading Robles by six markers and the tied Joe Gallaher by Anthony Giuliani by 10. Dutra has finished as high as second this year as he aims for his first win on Saturday.
The Mother’s Day Mini-Van race proved to be quite popular last year. Last year found five different drivers competing, and the win went to Kim Solis. The crowd was cheering their approval for the drivers as they ran down the straightaway on each lap, and the unicorn van of Breanna Hammer proved to be very popular.
For Saturday night, the grandstands open at 4:00 with the first race starting at 6:00.
Ticket prices are
$20 for adults
$15 for Military
$15 Seniors (60 and over)
$15 Children (under 11)
Children five and under free.
For further information, go to www.antiochspeedway.com.
DCRR Racing Media
Don Martin II