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Antioch Speedway to host Two Day West Coast Nationals this weekend

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

By Don Martin II

Antioch, CA…This weekend Antioch Speedway will be hosting the biggest Dirt Modified race of the year. It’s the First Annual West Coast Nationals. The A Modifieds and the B Modifieds will both be competing.

Past Modified and Stock Car competitor Chad Chadwick is making his foray into promoting with this big event. He’s hoping not just to offer the racers a big money race, but also to help reclaim Antioch Speedway’s status as one of the top tier dirt tracks in the state. “The fans will be seeing some of the best Modified racing you’ll find anywhere,” said Chadwick. “Some of the best drivers on the West Coast will be here this weekend. We have a format that will give the racers several opportunities to make it into the big race. I’m excited to be bringing this race to Antioch Speedway.”

Bobby Hogge IV #2h will be one of the drivers to beat in the West Coast Nationals at Antioch Speedway. Photo by Kniss Racing Photos.

The event kicks off on Thursday night with a practice, barbecue, cornhole tournament and live music. Both divisions will compete in heat races and Preliminary Features on Friday. The Top 4 finishers in the Preliminary Features will be locked into Saturday’s big money Main Event.

On Saturday, the two divisions will again run heat races as well as B Mains and Last Chance Qualifiers. The night ends with the Main Events offering purses of $25,000 for the A Modifieds and over $5,000 for the B Modifieds.

Antioch Speedway has held some big Modified races during the past 30 years, but this one will be the biggest ever. Just to take the green flag in the A Modified Main Event on Saturday will ensure a driver a minimum $500 payday. To win the show will be worth $7,500, and even second place walks off with a tidy sum of $3,800. The B Modified drivers will be competing for $1,500 to win their feature race with drivers earning $150 just to start.

The money being offered for the A Modifieds was enough to attract the attention of Bakersfield driver Ethan Dotson. Dotson gained national attention by winning the big IMCA Nationals event in Boone, Iowa in early September. He may come in as a top driver to beat, but an all star lineup of competitors is anticipated with the money on the line.

Bobby Hogge IV has a knack for winning some of the biggest races on the West Coast, and he’s won 70 Main Events at Antioch Speedway alone in his impressive career. Hogge picked up the lucrative victory in the Mike Cecil Memorial at Watsonville earlier this year and also left with the big prize money in the Roger Haudenshild Tribute race in Medford back in June.

Kellen Chadwick #83 has already won two of the biggest races of of the season at Antioch Speedway. Photo by Kniss Racing Photos.

When you talk about drivers to beat, Bobby’s name will be found near the top of the list. “These are the races that I look forward to,” said Hogge. “You get some of the best drivers out there, and it makes it a lot more fun and challenging for me. I’m looking forward to this race. We’ve always done pretty well at Antioch.”

Like Hogge, Kellen Chadwick, Troy Foulger and Nick DeCarlo are all past Antioch Speedway champions. Chadwick won both the Donna Soares Memorial and Jerry Hetrick Memorial at Antioch this year. He also won the Wild West Speedweek Series title for the second time this year and the $5,000 R Charles Snyder Salute in Medford.

Foulger is a four-time Antioch champion teaming with Billy Bowers, and he won the Merced Speedway title this year. DeCarlo won the Antioch championship last season and had three wins this year. This second-generation competitor bears the distinction of being the only driver to win Modified championships at Antioch, Petaluma and Watsonville.

This is just a sampling of some of the stars anticipated not just from California but from the Pacific Northwest and even Canada. Local stars such as new champion Buddy Kniss, 2017 champion Bobby Motts Jr, Sean O’Gara, multi-time Late Model champion Jeff Decker and Bob Newberry are among a roster of roughly 50 competitors expected to do battle.

The $1,500 is one of the bigger prizes being offered for the B Modifieds, and that kind of cash will bring some fast competitors to Antioch Speedway. This will include past champion Fred Ryland. Ryland has won over 50 Main Events in his career at Antioch Speedway alone as well as the 2015 championship. He won the Merced title this year. Local star Tommy Fraser, who won the championship this year along with eight Main Events, is anticipated as well.

In addition to other local stars such as Trevor Clymens and brother Tommy Clymens Jr, Todd Gomez and Kevin Brown, top racers from tracks such as Watsonville, Merced and Marysville are anticipated for this special event. There’s even reports of a few Modified racers bringing two cars to compete in both divisions.

The track has offered some big paying events through the years, and this is the biggest one yet. The West Coast Nationals promises to be a can’t miss event. This two-day event is also the final race of the season until next year. For further information, go to www.antiochspeedway.com.

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Cornerstone Christian High football team 7-0 on season during 16-game winning streak

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

The Cougars’ #42, senior Matthew Broad carries the ball in their victory against the Anzar High Hawks of San Juan Bautista, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. Photos courtesy of Cornerstone Christian High School football.

The Cougars’ offensive line prepares for the snap.

By Steve Miner

The Cornerstone Christian High School Cougars football team has built up a record of 7-0 in their league and is ranked fifth in the state in their division, this season. That’s part of their 16-game win streak which dates back to the 2018 season when they went 9-0 and won the league championship. This is Cornerstone’s third year in 8-man football of the Pacific Coast Athletic League.

“We knew we had a special group of student athletes when the 2020 class was in junior high, we just wanted them to stay for high school so we could build a program around them,” said Logan Heyer, the Head Coach and Principal at Cornerstone. “Five of these players are also on our NCS Champion basketball team. We have created a great program for kids to come in and compete at a high level athletically.”

The team is led by a group of eight seniors that have played together for three years. They lost last year’s league MVP Michael Valle to a broken leg after game five but have not skipped a beat. Caed Miner and Matthew Broad have stepped up in Valle’s absence. In the first two games without Valle, Miner is responsible for 10 touchdowns either running or passing and Broad has rushed for over 300 yards.

#20 senior Caedmon Miner heads downfield.

“We lost a dynamic player in Michael, but we are still a very physical team” Heyer said about the loss of Valle. “It all starts with our offensive line featuring seniors Malcolm Russel, Dominic Waldecker, Dominic Tsukerman and Junior Kevin Sousa. They do a great job of controlling the line of scrimmage and our skill guys have some huge holes to run through.”

The Cougars have already beaten last year’s NCS champions, The Branson School Bulls of Ross, CA, and the runners up, the South Fork High Cubs of Miranda, CA, this year.

“We play in a Central Coast Section league but will be eligible for the NCS playoffs this year,” Heyer explained. “NCS just started a playoff for 8-man football last year. NCS has been this team’s clear goal from day one of practice.”

Cornerstone has been dominant on both offense and defense scoring an average of 62 points while only allowing 21 per game.

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DeForest, Fraser, Dahlgren win at Antioch Speedway

Monday, September 16th, 2019

Shawn DeForest #74 won his first DIRTcar Late Model Main Event of the season. Photo by Paul Gould

By Don Martin II

Shawn DeForest won the 20 lap DIRTcar Late Model Main Event Saturday night at Antioch Speedway.  DeForest was driving the Dennis Souza car, and his previous best finish in Souza’s car was a second earlier this season.  Rick Coffey led a lap before spinning in Turn 4  This put DeForest in the lead, but he spun in Turn 4 for a lap six yellow flag.  Mike Hynes led the restart with Rod Oliver running close behind.  Kimo Oreta hit the Turn 3 wall for a lap 10 yellow flag.  DeForest was in thrd at that point, and he took the lead from Hynes on the restart.  Oliver gained second a lap later after Hynes hit the wall in Turn 1.  DeForest had Oliver running closely behind him the rest of the way, but he held on for the victory.  Coffey finished third ahead of Oreta and John Soares.

Point leader Tommy Fraser #12 won his eighth B Modified Main Event. Photo by Paul Gould

Tommy Fraser won the 20 lap B Modified Main Event.  This was the eighth win of the season for the current point leader.  After a complete restart for a spin in Turn 2, the race went non stop.  Top rookie Cameron Swank set the early pace ahead of Kevin Brown.  Reigning champion Trevor Clymens made a low pass in Turn 2 of the third lap to take second from Brown.  Swank had a scary moment a lap later when a slower car swerved into his path in Turn 4 as Fraser gained third.  The leaders came upon a spun car in Turn 4, and Clymens clipped the car and spun.  Everybody kept going without a yellow as Swank led Fraser.  A low pass in Turn 4 of the 12th lap gained Fraser the lead.  Fraser would pull away to a straightaway advantage in victory as Swank won a close battle with Brown for second.  Trevor Clymens and Tommy Clymens Jr completed the Top 5.

Bob Newberry #36 won his third Wingless Spec Sprint Main Event. Photo by Paul Gould

Bob Newberry won the 20 lap Wingless Spec Sprint Main Event.  This was the third win of the season  for the two-time champion.  Shannon Newton did not race, but he had already clinched the championship.  Newberry raced underneath Rick Panfili in Turn 4 to grab the lead before the first lap was completed.  Panfili and Mackenzie Newton got together on the back stretch as they worked the fourth lap, resulting in Newton flipping.  She was not injured, and both drivers were out of the race.  Newberry led Keith Calvino through one more yellow flag.  On the 15th lap, Calvino flipped in Turn 2.  The race was called for time with Newberry winning ahead of Cameron Martin, Kyle Bakkie, Austin Stone and Marcus Smith.

Scott Dahlgren #21d wrapped up his Dwarf Car championship with a division leading sixth feature win. Photo by Paul Gould

Scott Dahlgren won the 20 lap Dwarf Car Main Event.  This was the sixth win of the season for the new champion.  Dahlgren and teammate Devan Kammermann shared the front row, and Dahlgren charged into the lead at the start.  David Rosa settled into third as the first 15 laps went without a yellow flag.  Kammermann spun trying to lap a slower car on the front stretch for a lap 15 yellow flag.  Dahlgren continued to lead David Rosa and David Michael Rosa on the restart.  Dahlgren led the rest of the way to win by a comfortable margin.  David Michael Rosa made a low pass in Turn 4 on lap 18 to take second all the way to the checkered flag.  Mike Corsaro made a late pass for third as David Rosa and Kammermann completed the Top 5.

Point leader Chris Sorensen #00 collected his seventh Hobby Stock Main Event victory. Photo by Paul Gould

Chris Sorensen won the 20 lap Hobby Stock Main Event.  Sorensen increased his point lead with his seventh win of the season as Breanna Troen spun late in her battle with Megan Ponciano.  Sorensen had a front row start and led Ponciano early on.  Troen struggled a bit in Turn 3 and spun on the opening lap without a yellow flag.  Ponciano and Jason Robles were having a side by side battle for second with Robles gaining the spot on lap six.  After the second yellow flag of the race on lap 10, Troen began her charge into the Top 5.  Sorensen continued to lead Robles, and Troen started challenging Ponciano for third on lap 15.  Troen spun in Turn 3, collecting Josh Leach for a lap 17 yellow flag.  Sorensen maintained command on the restart and brought it home to a satisfying win ahead on Robles, Ponciano, Ken Johns and Lori Brown.

Next week is the 17th Annual Chet Thomson Memorial Hardtop race.  The B Modifieds will be racing for $750 to win.  Also competing will be the A Modifieds, Limited Late Models and Hobby Stocks.  For further information, go to www.antiochspeedway.com.

All Star Series Antioch Speedway Unofficial Race Results:

Wingless Spec Sprints – Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Kyle Bakkie, Bob Newberry.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Bob Newberry, Cameron Martin, Kyle Bakkie, Austin Stone, Marcus Smith, Jeff Scotto, Peter Carlotta, Richard Otterstom, Dan Gonderman, Mackenzie Newton.

DIRTcar Late Models – Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Mike Hynes, Richard Papenhausen.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Shawn DeForest, Rod Oliver, Rick Coffey, Kimo Oreta, John Soares, Mike Hynes, Richard Papenhausen.

B Modifieds – Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Tommy Fraser, Trevor Clymens.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Tommy Fraser, Cameron Swank, Kevin Brown, Trevor Clymens, Tommy Clymens Jr, Frank Cefaliello, Tim Rolan.

Hobby Stocks – Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Jason Robles, Breanna Troen, Chris Sorensen.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Chris Sorensen, Jason Robles, Megan Ponciano, Ken Johns, Lori Brown, Will Buirch, Kimo Oreta, James Thomson, Jacob Mallett Jr, Breanna Troen.

Dwarf Cars – Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Mike Corsaro, David Rosa.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Scott Dahlgren, David Michael Rosa, Mike Corsaro, David Rosa, Devan Kammermann, Giovanni Bertoli, Mario Marques, Roberto Monroy, Travis Day, Dennis Gilcrease.

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Robinson, Curran, Freethy, Sorensen share Antioch Speedway spotlight

Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

Ryan Robinson #14 became the third different Winged 360 Sprint Car winner in as many races. Photos by Paul Gould.

Brent Curran #132 made a last lap pass to win h\is fourth B Modified Main Event.

By Don Martin II

Ryan Robinson won the 20 lap All Star Series Winged 360 Sprint Car Main Event Saturday night at Antioch Speedway. Robinson is a regular at Placerville Speedway, but he made the trip to Antioch as his track wasn’t running.  Robinson raced into lead from his outside front row starting spot ahead of Roberto Kirby and Jacob Tuttle. Working lap six, Tuttle thrilled the crowd when he did a wheelie down the back straightaway.  Tuttle raced around the outside of Kirby down the backstretch on lap 11 to take second, but at that point Robinson held a commanding lead. Robinson scored the victory ahead of Tuttle, Jayson Bright, Shawn Arriaga and Justyn Cox.

Brent Curran won the 20 lap B Modified Main Event. This was his fourth win of the season as he keeps pace with Tommy Fraser in the championship chase. The well-run race had no yellow flags, and Chris Sieweke raced into the lead on a lap two restart with Curran right behind him. The lead duo swiftly pulled away from the pack and were into lapped traffic by the 15th circuit. As they worked the final lap, Curran dove into Turn 3 and slid up into the path of Sieweke to gain the lead. Both drivers continued on to the checkered flag with Curran winning ahead of Sieweke, Fraser, Trevor Clymens and Kevin Brown. 

Point leader Jim Freethy #99 won the Limited Late Model Main Event.

Jim Freethy won the 20 lap Limited Late Model Main Event. Freethy charged onto lead at the start ahead of Mike Gustafson. A lap five restart provided Kimo Oreta the opportunity to charge into third, and the Top 3 ran in close formation. Gustafson took a couple of looks to the inside of Freethy during the second half of the race, but Freethy would not be denied the victory. Gustafson settled for second ahead of Oreta, Mike Walko and Chad Hammer.

Chris Sorensen #00 increased his Hobby Stock point lead with his fourth feature victory.

Chris Sorensen won the 20 lap Hobby Stock Main Event. This was the fourth win of the season for the current point leader. Rookie Ken Johns led three laps before Sorensen went by on the inside down the backstretch to take the lead. Josh Leach settled into second on lap nine as Sorensen led by about half a straightaway. The leaders caught slower traffic by lap 13, making it a close three-car battle at that point. James Thomson made an inside pass on the backstretch in traffic on lap 17 to take second from Leach. However, Sorensen again pulled away a bit for the impressive victory, followed by Thomson, Leach, Breanna Troen and Jeff Betancourt.

Racing resumes next Saturday night with the All Star Series A Modifieds back in action along with the Wingless Spec Sprints, Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks and Dwarf Cars. For further information, go to www.antiochspeedway.com.

Unofficial Race Results – All Star Series Antioch Speedway

Winged 360 Sprint Cars – Heat Winners (8 laps)-Joel Myers, Jayson Bright. Main Event (20 laps)-Ryan Robinson, Jacob Tuttle, Jayson Bright, Shawn Arriaga, Justyn Cox, Brad Dillard, Danny Wagner, Art McCarthy, Joel Myers Jr, Roberto Kirby.

B Modifieds – Heat Winners (8 laps)-Brent Curran, Trevor Clymens. Main Event (20 laps)-Brent Curran, Chris Sieweke, Tommy Fraser, Kevin Brown, Trevor Clymens, Tommy Clymens Jr, Cameron Swank, Brandon Baughman, Tim Rolan.

Limited Late Models – Heat Winner (8 laps)-Jim Freethy. Main Event (20 laps)-Jim Freethy, Mike Gustafson, Kimo Oreta, Mike Walko, Chad Hammer, Jimmy Robbins, Chris Long, Michael Burch.

Hobby Stocks – Heat Winners (8 laps)-James Thomson, Breana Troen, Luke Brignoli. Main Event (20 laps)-Chris Sorensen, James Thomson, Josh Leach, Breana Troen, Jeff Betancourt, Ken Johns, Luke Brignoli, Lori Brown, Jacob Mallet Jr, Will Buirch.

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Watch the Warriors win at the Solid Rock Cafe beginning Thursday night

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

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Curran, Motts, Rosa win at Antioch Speedway, more races Saturday night during County Fair

Friday, May 17th, 2019

Brent Curran #132 moved further up the B Modified point list with his second win. Photo By Paul Gould

Bobby Motts Jr #13 celebrates his Hobby Stock win with his daughter Madison Motts. Photo By Paul Gould

By Don Martin, II

Brent Curran won his second 25 lap All Star Series B Modified Main Event Saturday night at Antioch Speedway. The race had three yellow flags during the first four laps as Kenny Shrader set the early pace. An inside pass in Turn 4 of the fifth lap gained Curran the lead from Shrader. Curran continued to set the pace through a pair of yellow flags during the next 10 laps, and point leader Cameron Swank pitted on lap eight. As Curran pulled away to win by about a straightaway, Shrader won a good battle with Todd Gomez to finish second. Previous winner Tommy Fraser and reigning champion Trevor Clymens completed the Top 5.

Bobby Motts Jr won the 20 lap Hobby Stock Main Event. Motts was driving the car that he built for his daughter Madison, who was riding passenger with him in this race. Motts raced into the lead at the start with point leader Chris Sorensen and Josh Leach running closely behind him. Second changed hands a couple of times after restarts on laps four and seven, but Motts continued to set the pace. The lead three cars ran closely until Sorensen and Leach hooked bumpers briefly in Turns 1 and 2 on the 15th lap. They broke free on their own, and Sorensen closed in on Motts on the final lap. However, Motts took the checkered flag ahead of Sorensen, Leach, Breanna Troen and Ken Johns.

David Rosa’s Dwarf Car win was the 60th of his career at Antioch Speedway. Photo By Paul Gould

David Rosa won the 20 lap Dwarf Car Main Event. This was the 60th career feature win for the two-time Street Stock champion. Chuck Conover led early, and it wasn’t long before David Michael Rosa and father David Rosa were running closely behind in a good battle for the lead. A low pass in Turn 2 of the 11th lap gained David Rosa second from his son, and he made an inside pass on the front stretch to take the lead from Conover on lap 14. Moments later, David Michael Rosa’s race came to an end with a Turn 1 crash. David Rosa continued to lead the race as 10th starter Scott Dahlgren and Devan Kammermann settled into second and third. With Dahlgren pressuring him in the remaining laps, David Rosa kept his cool and scored a well-earned victory. Dahlgren settled for second, followed by Kammermann, Chuck Conover and Toby Brown.

Richard Papenhausen #4p rolled to his third straight DIRTcar Late Model win. Photo By Paul Gould

Richard Papenhausen won his third-straight DIRTcar Late Model Main Event. Papenhausen ran second for one lap before leader Mike Hynes spun in Turn 4. Papenhausen led Rod Oliver and Danny Malfatti on the restart and would rapidly pull away from everybody. Malfatti and Kimo Oreta had a good battle going for third until Malfatti pitted on lap 13. Papenhausen lapped second place Oliver late and won the race easily. Oreta settled for third, followed by Malfatti and Hynes.

Saturday night, the Hobby Stocks and Dwarf Cars will run special races during the Contra Costa County Fair. For further information, go to www.antiochspeedway.com.

Unofficial Race Results

Antioch Speedway All Star Series

B Modifieds

Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Tommy Fraser, Mark Garner. Main Event (25 Laps)-Brent Curran, Kenny Shrader, Todd Gomez, Tommy Fraser, Trevor Clymens, Mark Garner, Kevin Brown, Kelly Campanile, Dennis Gilcrease, Tommy Clymens Jr.

Hobby Stocks

Heat Winners (6 Laps)-John Wacht, Josh Leach. Main Event (20 Laps)-Bobby Motts Jr, Chris Sorensen, Josh Leach, Breanna Troen, Ken Johns, Jacob Mallett Jr, John Wacht, Will Buirch, Jeff Betancourt, Dalton Jewel.

Dwarf Cars

Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Travis Dutra, Mario Marques, Toby Brown. Main Event (20 Laps)-David Rosa, Scott Dahlgren, Devin Kammermann, Chuck Conover, Toby Brown, Troy Stevenson, Jerry Doty, Travis Dutra, Giovanni Bertolli, Mario Marques.

DIRTcar Late Models

Heat Winner (6 Laps)-Richard Papenhausen. Main Event (20 Laps)- Richard Papenhausen, Ron Oliver, Kimo Oreta, Danny Malfatti, Mike Hynes, John Soares.

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Student at Antioch’s Givans Taekwondo on track for 2020 Olympics

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

C.J. Nickolas with gold medal from the 2018 World Taekwondo Federation competition in Greece. Photo courtesy of Ed Givans.

C.J. Nickolas, a senior in high school and a student at Givans Taekwondo in Antioch, is headed to Taekwondo Senior World Championships in Manchester, England later this m onth. He had to withdraw from Heritage High in Brentwood two days into his senior year because he was one of eight athletes in the United States to be picked up by the USA Taekwondo (USAT) to train full time abroad and enter the European Taekwondo Open circuit. The  intention is to get those athletes ready for 2024 or 2028 Olympics.

However, Nickolas has defied the odds, outperformed the initial expectations, and is headed to the World Championships this year. A few other things have to fall into place for him to make it to the 2020 Olympics, but he is definitely on track.

Nickolas is the son of Edward Givans, owner of Givans Taekwondo in Antioch, where Nickolas trains, and Denise Nickolas of Brentwood.

“His mom and I are very proud of C.J.,” the elder Givans said. “It’s been exciting to see him advance in his skills and the competitions.”

Arriving at this place in his life was not happenstance or luck for Nickolas. He has put long hours, and extensive time into training over the years. Nickolas has made many sacrifices to get where he is and says that even in the setbacks and losses and injuries, he knows he has to continue the grind. He says he digs deep when it’s tough and keeps pressing his way.

Nickolas is finishing out his high school through an on-line school (CAVA) while he continues to train full time.

His travels in the past six months have taken him to compete in Greece, Poland, France, Croatia, Africa and Spain among other places.

He has one stop in Bulgaria before he heads back to England to train for Worlds. Then Nickolas will continue his grind to get to the coming Olympics.

Allen Payton contributed to this story.

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Championship soccer tournament for AUSD middle schools Saturday, May 11

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

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