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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

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

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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Delta Youth Soccer League sign-ups continue in April and May

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

Also, two of the league’s banners are missing. If you know who has them please have them returned to Jim Bonwell. Call (925) 978-5020.

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Kniss grabs first career victory at Antioch Speedway Saturday night

Monday, April 15th, 2019

Buddy Kniss #19k scored a popular first career feature victory in the A Modified division. Photo by Paul Gould

Shannon Newton #2n scored his second straight Wingless Spec Sprint Main Event win in dominant fashion. Photo by Paul Gould

By Don Martin II

April 13…Buddy Kniss picked up his first career All Star Series A Modified 20 lap Main Event win Saturday night at Antioch Speedway. The athletic high school student balances his sports time between playing baseball and getting behind the wheel of an A Modified. After grabbing his best career finish in second the week before, the third-generation racer took it up a notch.

Kniss didn’t waste much time getting the lead. He began to pull away just a little bit as Danny Wagner and Brian Pearce enjoyed a good battle for second. During the final five tours, past champion Kellen Chadwick slipped by the dueling cars and into second. However, he was no match for the flying Kniss, who scored the popular victory. Wagner settled for third, followed by Pearce and Buddy’s father, Chester Kniss.

Trevor Clymens #2c notched his 22nd career B Modified feature win, tying him with Fred Ryland at the top of the division’s all time win list. Photo by Paul Gould

Shannon Newton turned in another dominant performance in winning his second straight 20 lap Wingless Spec Sprint Main Event. Rick Panfili had a front row start and led the early laps before being passed by Newton. As Newton pulled away, Panfili had his hands full trying to keep the other drivers at bay. With just a few laps to go, Adam Teves made an outside pass on Panfili in Turn 4 to claim second. However, Shannon Newton had checked out on the field for the impressive victory. Cameron Martin also made a late pass for third as Panfili settled for fourth ahead of Mackenzie Newton.

Reigning champion Trevor Clymens won the 20 lap B Modified Main Event. In doing so, he tied 2015 champion Fred Ryland atop the career win leader board in this division with 22 victories. After a couple of early incidents that would eliminate Mark Garner and Brent Curran, Clymens grabbed the lead ahead of rookie Cameron Swank. The second half of the race went relatively smooth, and Trevor Clymens was never seriously challenged as he won ahead of Swank, Nick Caughman Jr, Chuck Golden and Tommy Clymens Jr.

Reigning Hobby Stock champion Chris Sorensen #00 picked up the win in their Main Event. Photo by Paul Gould

Reigning champion Chris Sorensen won the 20 lap Hobby Stock Main Event. Past champion Brad Myers got back behind the wheel of the #33 car and took the lead early lead with Sorensen in close pursuit. An issue with traffic in Turn 2 on lap eight cost Myers the lead as Sorensen gained the position. A couple of late restarts enabled Myers to move into second and take one last shot at Sorensen. However, Sorensen was up to the challenge and picked up the win ahead of Myers, Breanna Troen, Philip Oreta and Jake Fletcher.

Racing resumes next Saturday night with the DIRTcar Late Models making their first appearance of the season in the All-Star Series lineup. A Modifieds, B Modifieds and Wingless Spec Sprints round out the four division event. The track will also be celebrating Easter with a special Easter Egg Hunt for the children in the infield during intermission. For further information, go to

All Star Series Antioch Speedway Unofficial Race Results:

A Modifieds

Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Brian Pearce, Buddy Kniss. Main Event (20 Laps)-Buddy Kniss, Kellen

Chadwick, Danny Wagner, Brian Pearce, Chester Kniss, Terry DeCarlo, John MacDougall, Sean

Wilson, Gary Hetrick, Dylan Schriner.

Wingless Spec Sprints

Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Roy Fisher, Shannon Newton. Main Event (20 Laps)-Shannon Newton, Adam Teves, Cameron Martin, Rick Panfili, Mackenzie Newton, Kevin Box, Roy Fisher, John McCann, Jeff Scotto.

B Modifieds

Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Mark Garner, Chris Sieweke. Main Event (20 Laps)-Trevor Clymens, Cameron Swank, Nick Caughman Jr, Chuck Golden, Tommy Clymens Jr, Haley Gomez, Keith Steinmetz, Kevin Brown, Dennis Gilcrease, Jason Womack.

Hobby Stocks

Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Chris Sorensen, Josh Leach, Brad Myers. Main Event (20 Laps)-Chris Sorensen, Brad Myers, Brianna Troen, Philip Oreta, Jake Fletcher, Will Buirch, Tyler Finklea, John Wacht, Josh Leach, Luke Brignoli.

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New Volunteer Night at Antioch Sports Legends Wednesday

Monday, March 11th, 2019

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