Daryn Pittman sweeps World of Outlaws at Antioch Speedway, Saturday night

Antioch Speedway Sunday,  September 13, 2015.  Staff photo by Mike Adaskaveg.

ANTIOCH SPEEDWAY – Daryn Pittman (9) had his hands full with Joey Saldana (71) on Sunday, September 13, 2015. Staff photo by Mike Adaskaveg.

Matt Sargent returns to Dwarf Car winner’s circle

Antioch, Calif. – Oklahoma’s Daryn Pittman proved his versatility by driving to win the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars features in both spring and Sunday’s late summer track conditions.

The track was a different track than what we were used to,” Pittman said in comparing his March 29 win on a tacky spring track surface with Sunday’s win on the smooth and slick 3/8-mile oval.

Tyler Walker of Los Angeles and Joey Saldana from Indiana were right on Pittman’s heels for most of the event. Saldana first had to contend with champ Donny Schatz at the start of the race. Soon after Schatz took the lead, his car was sidelined by a flat right rear tire.

Donny (Schatz) got the lead and I was hanging with Joey (Saldana),” Pittman explained in victory lane. “Joey just messed up a little bit going into turn one and two. He didn’t commit to the top and missed the bottom. He just got stuck there in the middle, and luckily I got by him.”

Walker popped wheelies coming off the second turn as he tried to pass Saldana in vain. Brad Sweet of Grass Valley chased Walker across the finish line to take fourth. California native Paul McMahan finished fifth.

Local favorite Rico Abreu of Rutherford broke the track record by completing a circuit around the 3/8-mile oval in 11.489 seconds. Unfortunately, Abreu flipped his car coming out of the second turn in the feature event. He was not injured, but his car could not continue to be raced.

ANTIOCH SPEEDWAY (091315) Matt Sargent (25) passes Adam Teves in Dwarf Car feature action. (Photo by Paul Gould, Track Photographer)

ANTIOCH SPEEDWAY (091315) Matt Sargent (25) passes Adam Teves in Dwarf Car feature action. Photo by Paul Gould, Track Photographer

SARGENT RETURNS TO VICTORY LANE

San Jose’s Matt Sargent hadn’t seen victory lane at Antioch Speedway in six seasons. He wheeled his Dwarf Car to the checkered flag first in Sunday’s special Dwarf Car feature after a nip and tuck battle with Concord teen Adam Teves.

He (Teves) got me on the restart and took the lead,” Sargent said after the race. “So, I followed him around the track and found a new line.”

As Sargent tried to pass Teves inside and out, he calculated his last pass for the win.

I tried everything to pick up speed, then finally figured how to make the final pass.”
Danny Wagner of Bay Point finished third.

ANTIOCH SPEEDWAY SEASON CONTINUES WITH BIG SHOWS

Antioch Speedway presents DIRTcar Late Model Stock Cars this Saturday night. Sharing the spotlight with the fastest stock cars on dirt are International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) Modifieds and SportMods. In addition Northern All Stars Limited Late Models, Wingless Sprint Cars and Hobby Stocks are on the card.

MORE RACES, THIS SATURDAY

Saturday is the final tune-up for the IMCA Delta-Valley Classic on September 26 and 27. The extra money event is expected to draw a large field of cars.

Antioch Speedway is located within the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds, 1201 W. 10th St. in Antioch, Calif. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens, and $10 for children 6-12. 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. For more information visit www.antiochspeedway.com.

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