Photo Courtesy Katrina Kniss Photography
By Candice Martin
Antioch Speedway management has attempted to include some special attractions throughout the season. They go beyond your regular fare of the various divisions of auto racing that compete on the 3/8 mile clay oval at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds. This Saturday night, they have another one of those special occasions.
Motorcycle racing is coming to the speedway. This popular form of racing takes place at venues of different sizes all across the country. Riders will run on tracks as small as 1/8 of a mile and as big as a mile. For this particular group, the Antioch Speedway oval is one of the biggest on which they will compete this year.
Though the riders do compete for championship points, this particular event is about the money. Some of the classes will be competing for rather nice cash prizes, but running for the money isn’t all this event is about. In fact, the crowd may be particularly entertained by the youngest riders on the track.
They call these riders the Bobbleheads. The riders in this group are as young as 4 years old. They wear bigger helmets to keep them protected. The bikes are not going as fast as the other classes.
These riders are just getting their first taste of competition on a motorcycle. While some kids are just getting started in peewee baseball or soccer, these kids are learning about the need for speed on a motorcycle.
One of the money divisions will be the Running Of The Bulls. These riders are competing for $1,000 for the winner. The series brings some of the sponsorship for the payout for this particular class, and the riders riders get around at a very good speed.
However, the fastest class is the Pro Am division, and they will be running for even bigger cash prizes. It’ll start early in the program. The Top 2 finishers in each heat race will advance to the $500, winner take all Dash for Cash. That rider may be the one to beat, and if that proves to be the case, it’s possible they could take home another $1,500 for winning the Main Event.
Sometimes it’s good to shake things up a little bit, and Motorcycle racing is not something that has been seen every season at the track. Last year, Promoters Chad and Tina Chadwick brought in the Motorcycles, and they proved to be very popular with the fans. It’s the only opportunity people will have in Contra Costa County to see oval track Motorcycle Racing at its best, and it takes place on Saturday night.
The speedway will go dark on 4th of July weekend so that people can take the time to celebrate our nation’s freedom. However, the July 9th race will be the Hetrick, paying tribute to Jerry and Mary Ann Hetrick. The IMCA Modifieds will be back along with the IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and Pacific Coast General Engineering Hobby Stocks. A week later, the best Dwarf Car drivers on the West Coast will come to Antioch for the 2-day Dwarf Car Nationals.
But for Saturday night, two wheel racing will reign supreme at Antioch Speedway. The gates will open at 4:00 with the first race firing off at 6:00.
Ticket prices are $20 for Adults, $15 for Military, Seniors (60 and over) and Children (under 11) with Children 5 and under free.
For further information, go to www.antiochspeedway.com.