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Three time Antioch Speedway champ and 2019 Merced Speedway IMCA Sport Mod champion Fred Ryland is excited to be racing in the $1500 to win Sport Mod West Coast Nationals Oct. 17, 18 and 19 at Antioch Speedway.
“It is great for Sport Mod racing to have another big fall race,” Ryland says. “It is fortunate that I have this race in my back yard, and the ‘buzz’ about the event is growing day by day – everybody is talking about the West Coast Nationals.”
Ryland and his wife Patti, from Brentwood, began their racing careers at Antioch Speedway, working their way up through four divisions en route to finding success in Sport Mod racing. Both compete in the popular class of open-wheeled race cars.
Fred Ryland is a three time Antioch Speedway champ – earning titles in the Hobby Stock, Super Stock and Sport Mod divisions.
“We look forward to the big fall events all season long,” Ryland says. “Sure, there is a lot of maintenance to do in order to be prepared for each weekend’s race. The most important thing is not to tear up your equipment. The big races are stacked up every weekend now.”
The Ryland’s travel schedule will take them from Antioch to Merced to Las Vegas for upcoming major events.
“It’s Antioch Speedway that can be the toughest to master,” Ryland says. “It boils down to getting the track right – weather and its affect on moisture in the clay surface plays a big role on how the track will be from one night to another. Cars and drivers have to adapt as the track changes.”
Two divisions of racing on two consecutive nights are on the card for The West Coast Nationals. The Modified Division will see drivers from across the West and Canada competing for $7500 to win, $500 to start. The Sport Mod division will pay $1500 to the winner, $150 to start. The West Coast Nationals modified and sport mod fields will be determined by a series of qualifying heats with passing points, as well as Friday and Saturday night special events.
Several contingencies and awards will be presented to drivers – such as cash for the driver hauling the farthest in each division. Racers from as far away as Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada have indicated they will be at the West Coast Nationals.
A downloadable entry form is available on the Antioch Speedway website:
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