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Late Models And Sprint Cars Headline Antioch Speedway Show
08/11/17 at 7:51am
 

Late Models And Sprint Cars Headline
Antioch Speedway Show This Saturday Night


Antioch, CA...The battles are heating up at Antioch Speedway as we have hit the hot month of August.  Several championship battles remain very close and are looking like they could head to the final checkered flag to determine the ultimate winners.  On Saturday night, the All Star Series lineup includes Wingless Spec Sprints, DIRTcar Late Models, B Modifieds, Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks and Dwarf Cars.

In the most recent Wingless Spec Sprint race, incoming point leader Alan Miranda rolled onto the track for the Main Event.  He was making his pace laps when a mechanical issue sent him to the pits.  He failed to start the race and vacated the lead. The question was, who would be the next point leader?  Division mainstay Rick Panfili came into the night ranked second and drove to his fourth Top 5 finish in fifth.  He did pass Miranda, but it was only good enough for him to hold on for second in points.  Bryan Grier had an even better night as he finished second.  The 2014 Watsonville champion now has two wins, a second and two thirds, which now gives him a slim four point lead over Panfili.  He missed a race, or that lead would be bigger.

Panfili's lead over Miranda is now nine points.  Miranda suffered a setback last week, but he can still get his campaign back on the right track with a good finish this week.  Ten points behind Pafili is rookie Robert Floyd.  Floyd won his heat race last time and seemed headed for a third place finish before mechanical issues sidelined him a few laps from the finish.  It's been such a wide open battle this year, and any of these four could still leave the season as the champion.  Shannon Newton is 18 points behind Floyd and 12 ahead of Bob Newberry.  Newberry is the only three time winner of the group, and he's had three straight Top 3 finishes.  Other stars to watch for this week include Roy Fisher, Brandon Burd, James East and rookie Abigail Gonderman.

Jeff Decker seems to be on his way to his third DIRTcar Late Model championship.  He's won three Main Events in a row and four this year.  Decker now leads David Newquist by 46 points.  He knows he can't get too comfortable.  Two time champion Richard Papenhausen's point effort was derailed with a blown motor suffered in a heat race win, so Decker knows it could happen to him too.  At the moment, the battle is for second between Newquist and Shawn DeForest.  Newquist leads DeForest by just six points.  Both drivers have finished as high as second once this year and may be the best hope of beating Decker for a win.  The steady Joey Olschowka joins these two as a feature runnerup finisher this year and is 20 points behind DeForest

Hopefully, Papenhausen returns this week after skipping a race to run a special A Modified event in Quincy.  Papenhausen has won several Late Model races at Antioch in the past three seasons and has a win and a second this year.  Papenhausen is only 14 points behind fifth ranked Kimo Oreta.  Oreta has a pair of Top 5 finishes and is only 13 points behind Olschowka in the rookie race.  Seven points behind Oreta is Dennis Souza.  Souza also has a pair of Top 5 finishes in the six races held so far.  Other drivers to watch for this week include Chester Kniss, Mike Hynes, Rob Norris and Paul Guglielmoni.

K.C. Keller took advantage of the absence of reigning champion Trevor Clymens last week to increase his point lead.  The B Modifieds ran with the A Modifieds, and Keller finished second in the combined race, while Mark Garner finished fourth.  Keller's lead is now 58 points over Chuck Golden.  Golden has his hands full in the battle for second.  Four points behind him is four time winner Clymens and Garner.  Golden is the only one of the four without a win, though he has one second.  Past Street Stock champion and two time winner Todd Gomez moved into fifth in points last week, but his lead over Randy Brown is just eight points.  Brown had a medical emergency take him out of the action, but he's been recovering.  We hope to see him back soon along with Doff Cooksey, Kevin Brown and Megan Ponciano.

Kimo Oreta and Mark Garner are both doing double duties this week.  Oreta has been doing a great job behind the wheel of the Sun Drop Racing #15 Limited Late Model.  Two time champion Mike Gustafson added a second win to his win totals last week, but Oreta grabbed his third second place finish to go with two wins.  Oreta's lead over Mark Garner increased to 12 points after last week.  Garner picked up a third place finish to keep things close.  He has two thirds and two seconds to go with his one win, but he's in need of another victory.  Jim Freethy is only 14 points out of the lead despite the fact that he has yet to win this season.  Freethy finished fourth last week, and that's his only non Top 3 finish so far this year.  He's trailed by Gustafson by just 14 points.  Rookie Buddy Kniss had his best finish in fifth last time, and he'll be out to improve on that.  Other drivers to watch for this week include the steady John Evans, Chad Hammer and Jeff Kendrick.

Brent Curran scraped by for another Top 5 Hobby Stock finish in fifth last week.  Chris Long finished third, so the Curran lead over Long is just 17 points.  2010 champion Chris Sorensen moved back into third in points on the strength of his division leading fourth feature victory.  Sorensen drove a flawless race last time, but now he has to overcome a pair of bad weeks that were plagued with transmission issues.  He's 41 points out of the lead and 24 behind Long for second place.  Rookie Chris Bennett had a Top 3 run going last time before his luck nose dived.  However, Cameron Swank had a bad night as well.  Bennett is seven points behind Sorensen and 15 ahead of Swank in the battle for fourth.  These five should be there battling for the win this week along with Gene Haney, Billy Garner, Jordan Swank, Ricky Foster and Michael Cooper.

Mike Corsaro drove the "Meat Wagon" to his third Dwarf Car feature win in his last five starts as his point lead continues to increase.  His lead over rookie Devan Kammermann is now 58 points.  Corsaro's impressive totals also include three seconds and two thirds.  Kammermann, meanwhile, earned his best finish yet in third last time, just ahead of David Michael Rosa.  This gives him a slim two point lead over Rosa in the battle for second.  David Rosa won his heat last week to help him stay within ten points of Kammermann and four ahead of ageless veteran Charlie Correia in a good battle within the Top 5.  Other drivers to watch for this week include Chris Becker, Chuck Conover, Brandon Anderson, David Corsaro and recent heat winner Brian Gray.

There is plenty of excitement on tap at Antioch Speedway this week.  For further information, go to www.antiochspeedway.com.
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