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Antioch Speedway: Shawn DeForest takes IMCA Modified Main Event; Mark Garner wins one for his dad; Sorensen victorious in Hobby Stock battle

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015
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(071815) Antioch Speedway Action – Shawn DeForest of Livermore slides through the high-banked turns of the Antioch Speedway clay oval in route to winning the IMCA modified feature Saturday night. (Antioch, CA) photo by Mike Adaskaveg

Antioch, CA – Watch the weather forecast if you want to know who is going to win at Antioch Speedway. When humidity rolls in, Livermore’s Shawn DeForest is the driver to beat in the International Motor Contest Association Modified stock car division.

We excel when the track holds a little moisture,” DeForest said after driving the car of Jim Reid from Knightsen to victory. “Don’t bet against us on a night like this.”

DeForest was untouchable in leading the feature event, Saturday night, July 18.. The battle for second between Petaluma’s Michael Paul, Jr. and Kyle Wilson of Salinas had the fans on their feet.

Wilson was challenging Paul, running second for ten laps, for the entire distance to the checkered flag. It was on the last turn of the last lap that Wilson snatched second from Paul, who was held up by the lapped car of Ed Daviess.

I just got sandwiched between Kyle (Wilson) and that lapped car,” Paul, Jr. said. “I had to slow a bit.”

We both stayed on the gas deep into the third and fourth turn,” explained Wilson of he and Paul, Jr.’s battle. “He just lifted his foot for a second and that was all I needed – I took full advantage of it.”

Paul, Jr. charged back to finish alongside Wilson, with Wilson taking second by a half car length.

Bobby Motts, Jr. of San Pablo was fourth, and Scott Busby of Martinez fifth.

Garner Wins for His Dad

Mark Garner of Antioch celebrated a win for his dad in the Northern All Stars Limited Late Model Division. Jerry Garner, battling cancer, was able to be in the stands to see his son bring home a hard fought victory.

It is an important year for us – I’ve dedicated the season to my dad, who is the reason I am racing,” Garner said. “To win with him in the stands is something I will always remember.”

Early leader Jim Freethy of Danville exited with s shredded tire, with Garner taking the lead. Veteran drivers Larry Damitz of Vallejo and Mike Gustafson of Concord then began chasing Garner.

He (Garner) was in the right groove,” said second place Damitz, who got alongside Garner a couple of times. “I tried to pass him but there wasn’t much I could do to get traction.”

Ricky Thatcher from Mariposa chased Gustafson across the line, with Mike Hynes of Suisun City following in fifth.

Sorensen Takes Hobby Stock Thriller

El Sobrante’s Chris Sorensen scored his second win of the season in the Hobby Stock Division, but the win didn’t come easy. Concord’s veteran figure eight racer, Jimmy Robbins jumped into a friends hobby stock to “shake it down” and wound up shaking up Sorensen.

I tried to get him on the low side, the high side and on the backstretch,” Robbins said. “Man, we had some fun out there.”

Sorensen echoed the excitement.

It was a thrilling race,” Sorensen smiled. “I couldn’t believe he could jump into a hobby stock that hadn’t been driven in a long time and make it perform like that.

Kimo Oreta of Vacaville, who finished third, had a bird’s eye view of the excitement in front of him.

I was ready – and I was worried that it could get ugly as those two battled it out, but everything went just fine,” Oreta said. “I stayed low on the track to get traction, but there wasn’t enough track to make a move.”

Michael Cooper of Bay Point finished fourth, with last week’s winner, Chase Templeton from Brentwood challenging.

Wingless Sprint Heartbreaker

Concord’s Keith Shipherd led the Northern All Stars wingless sprint car feature from the drop of the green until eight laps to go, when Chase Wood, Jr. of Milpitas stalled on the track.

Shipherd, hoping for a win on his birthday, wound up crashing hard at the start of the backstretch as he avoided Wood, Jr.

I had too much speed,” Lamented Shipherd, whose car was wrecked in the front and rear. “I was hit him or hit the wall, so I chose the wall.”

Jim Perry III from Concord passed Rick Panfilli of Antioch to take the win. Perry III overcame an early spinout to make it his third win of the season.

It is strange how things turn out in this division,” Perry said. “After I got bumped and spun, it didn’t look like a win for me. I’m happy I could turn it around and win.”

Marcus Smith of Manteca finished third, followed by Alan Miranda and James East of San Jose.

This Week At Antioch Speedway

IMCA SportMods and DIRTcar late Model Stock cars highlight the five division program at Antioch Speedway on Saturday night July 25. The Northern All Stars Wingless Sprint Car, Hobby Stock and Dwarf car division will also race in a complete program of qualification heats and feature events.

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.ovalmotorsports.com.

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Antioch teen plays basketball in Europe, helps team USA bring home the gold

Thursday, July 16th, 2015
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The USA Basketball 16 and Under boys championship team.

 

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Alan Lloyd Jr with his championship trophy.

By Allen Payton

Alan Lloyd, Jr., of Antioch, traveled to Europe for the United World Games, as part of the USA Basketball team 16 and Under boys and helped them bring home the gold.

They played a lot of good teams,” his father Alan, Sr. said. “And they came out on top.”

Alan, Jr. just celebrated his 13th birthday, this week and will be an eighth grader at Black Diamond Middle School, this year. The talented, young scholar athlete, who had a 3.6 GPA, this year, was the youngest player on the USA team. His teammates will be in 10th and 11th grade. 

He has been playing with high schoolers for the past five years,” Alan, Sr. added.

Now Alan, Jr. is preparing to play in the upcoming West Coast National AAU tournament in Las Vegas, this week, from Thursday to Sunday. Good luck to him and his team!

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Foulger wins again at Antioch Speedway: four-time champ tops DIRTcar Late Model Stock Car field, Templeton wins with Mom along for the ride, Lumpy Sturgill honored with memorial lap

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
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All night long – it was Foulger (49) and Decker (84) battling first in the heat race and then the DIRTcar Late Model Stock Car feature at Antioch Speedway, Saturday, July 11, 2015. photo by Mike Adaskaveg

Antioch, Calif. – Troy Foulger of Martinez fought off challenges from Morgan Hill’s Jeff Decker to win the DIRTcar Late Model Stock Car feature event at Antioch Speedway on Saturday night, July 11, Decker was not only battling with a field of competitors, but was fighting problems with his own car.

Gremlins – that’s what we’ve been fighting with this new car,” Decker said after the race, as he smelled gear oil wafting from under his car. “Even though we had some problems tonight the car has had its best run yet.”

Foulger’s Oakley-based Bowers Motorsports stock car performed flawlessly. Foulger and the Bowers team won the Antioch Sumer Nationals just two weeks earlier. The 22-year-old four-time champ was able to ride high on the track with ease.

I just put my car right out to the fence and it rolled through the turns nicely,” Foulger said. “Paul Guglielmoni was running fantastically tonight, and once I got by him it was clear sailing. My car came out of the turns, dug in, and just took off down the straightaway.”

Chico’s Richard Papenhausen, the strongest runner in the division early in the season, fought Antioch’s Chester Kniss to take third in the waning moments of the race. Guglielmoni challenged Kniss for fourth, but had to settle for fifth at the drop of the checkered flag.

Ryland Keeps On Rolling In the IMCA SportMod Division

Brentwood’s Fred Ryland makes no secret that his calculated racing schedule is a route to possibly becoming the first Californian national champ in the International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) SportMod division.

Ryland tallied his 23rd win of the season, driving to the finish line with his visor covered in mud. He made the pass for the lead two laps earlier, then ran out of the tear-off plastic film that drivers peel from their visors as the race progresses. That allowed second place finisher Trevor Clymens, also of Brentwood, to close the gap between he and Ryland, as Clymens attempted to regain the lead going for the finish line.

I had limited visibility so I slowed down for the last few laps,” Ryland explained. “I held my line – I didn’t want to draw a caution flag from hitting anyone.”

Clymens moved to the front when early leader Mark Garner of Antioch brushed the wall between turns three and four. At the finish, it was Anthony Giuliani of Morgan Hill in third.

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(071115) Antioch Speedway Action – Chase Templeton took his mom, Cathy, on a surprise ride and won the Hobby Stock Feature event at Antioch Speedway.  photo by Mike Adaskaveg

Mom Gets A Surprise Hobby Stock Start

Chase Templeton of Brentwood did not tell his mom that he was starting on the pole position of the 20 lap Hobby Stock main event. That’s because she was just going for a Saturday evening “ride” with him in the two-seater race car.

If I told her I was starting on the pole, with all the top drivers trying to hunt me down, she would never have gotten in the car,” Templeton said.

Looking scared, Cathy Templeton, a fifth grade teacher at the Knightsen grammar school, hugged her son in victory lane. It was his first win in four seasons of trying.

It was both amazing and scary – I wasn’t able to say one word until it was over,” Cathy Templeton said.

That’s because track champ Kimo Oreta of Vacaville and veteran racer Chris Sorensen from El Sobrante took turns trying to snatch the top spot from Templeton.

First, it was Oreta, who tried so hard he spun out in the first and second turns.

The guy (Templeton) just got away from me. I tried everything in the book to catch him,” third place Oreta said.

Then, Sorensen was alongside Templeton.

I just thought he (Templeton) was going to mess up sooner or later because the track was tricky,” second place Sorensen explained. “But, he never messed up.”

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(071115) Antioch Speedway Action – Chris Magoon of Oakley, whose sprint car was sponsored by the late Jeremy “Lumpy” Sturgill, follows the memorial lap flying a checkered flag for the late Sturgill. photo by Mike Adaskaveg

Jeremy Lumpy Sturgill Remembered

Restauranteur Jeremy Sturgill, friend and sponsor of racers, was remembered with a memorial lap at the start of the Antioch Speedway Saturday night program.

Drivers from all divisions lined up and followed the car of Mark Garner, flying a Lumpy’s Diner banner. Magoon followed the parade waving a checkered flag from his Lumpy’s Diner sponsored sprint car. The wing from the top of Magoon’s car was autographed by fans and will hang in the Lone Tree Way, Antioch, location of Lumpy’s Diner.

Magoon, later leading the Northern All Stars Winged 360 Sprint Car feature, dropped out with mechanical problems. Jake Haulot of Cotati took the win.

It was Magoon’s race to win,” the Sonoma State College Student said. “I was not expecting his car to fail.”

The win was Haulot’s second of the season. Dan Gonderman of Antioch took second.

This Saturday Night at Antioch Speedway

IMCA Modified Stock Cars headline this Saturday, July 18th’s program at Antioch Speedway. Northern All Stars Econo 360 Wingless Sprint Cars, Limited Late Models and Hobby Stocks are on the card.

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.ovalmotorsports.com.

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Hubbard named Deer Valley High football’s interim head coach

Monday, July 6th, 2015
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Robert Hubbard

By Luke Johnson

Deer Valley High School, in Antioch, CA, has hired Robert Hubbard to be interim head coach of varsity football team, following the departure of Richard Woods, who had been in charge of the program for 11 years. Woods had an impressive 75-34 regular season record with the Wolverines.

Despite many rumors and speculations, there has been no confirmation by administration or district officials as to why Woods is gone. The only thing clear is that players expressed their displeasure with Woods through many outlets, especially Twitter, throughout last season, and now he is no longer with the team, at least temporarily. Vice Principal Tim Cooper said the football program was under investigation in November. As of now, Hubbard’s position is not permanent, meaning he has to apply for it again, when the season is over.

Around the area, Hubbard is most well known for holding Diablo Valley College’s single-season rushing record of 1,518 yards, which he set in 2003. He went on to play for the University of Nevada where he had 2,403 all-purpose yards and 21 touchdowns in two seasons.

After his playing career, Hubbard became the varsity running back and defensive back coach, along with taking double-duty as the JV head coach, and special education assistant at Northgate High School in Walnut Creek. He left to focus on earning his teaching credential and master’s degree, and then started working at Deer Valley last year as a special education teacher. When he heard a head coaching position was available, he jumped at the opportunity.

It’s a dream come true,” Hubbard said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to give back and give something to the kids, who are in similar situations that I was in, being a student athlete and having aspirations in going to college.”

The Wolverines look to build off last year’s record of 4-6 (0-5 in league) with an experienced roster. The team only had five returning players in 2014, but expects to have about 25 returning this season. Standout performers consist of a group of seniors, including running back Rai-Shyan Alexander, quarterback Devin Gould, linebacker Brandon Faatalale and lineman Troy Decuir.

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All day benefit for Lumpy Sturgill’s family at Golfballin in Antioch, Saturday

Monday, July 6th, 2015

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Foulger victorious over Hogge IV in Summer Nationals at Antioch Speedway, NASCAR’s Wallace: “These drivers are the best”

Monday, June 29th, 2015

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When Bobby Hogge IV of Salinas comes to town, the intensity of competition goes up a notch at Antioch Speedway. Add North Carolina-based NASCAR star Kenny Wallace, a consummate dirt track driver, and the bar is raised even higher.

Four-time track champ Troy Foulger rose to the occasion, showing the visitors the fast way to the finish line as he won the Antioch Speedway Summer Nationals main event on Saturday night.

Foulger, from Martinez, was not about to let Hogge IV or Wallace rule in the $2500-to-win International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) sanctioned modified stock car feature race. He and Hogge IV waged a cat-and-mouse battle for first right up to the fall of the checkered flag.

Cheered on by a full grandstand of fans standing up for the final two laps, Foulger scored a victory for the local racers. Wallace finished 10th.

Foulger came out of the box fast at the start of the IMCA Modified feature, dashing to a straightaway lead ahead of the pack of 18 cars.

That gap was soon erased.

The car of Oakley’s Aaron Crowell stalled in turn four to bring out a caution flag with eight laps to go in the event. That set up the battle between Foulger and Hogge IV.

On the restart, Kellen Chadwick of Oakley and Randy McDaniel of Chico were right behind Foulger and Hogge IV, waiting for a miscue by either driver. There were no mistakes as Foulger and Hogge IV raced side by side to the finish.

Bobby (Hogge IV) is a great competitor no matter where he races,” Foulger said in victory lane. “I saw the nose of his car along side me quite a few times. What a race! It is such a great feeling to win like this.”

Hogge IV praised his new car and the track.

This is the best track I’ve raced on in a long time – smooth and fast. We’ve got the new modified set up right,” he said after the race. “Troy (Foulger) just did a great job reading the track. It was a great race.”

McDaniel, Chadwick, and Darrell Hughes of Manteca completed the top five finishers in the 18-car field.

These drivers are the best,” Wallace said after the race. “It was a thrill racing with them. The competition is top-notch here. This race track is tough and fast.”

Wallace secured his position in the IMCA main event by winning one of two “B-Main” events. After winning, he stood on the door edge of his Las Vegas-based IMCA car to the delight of fans chanting “Earnhardt” – until he sang a song written by John Roberts, his NASCAR Race Day TV show co-host.

Hogge Dominates Late Model Stock Car Event

Hogge IV, considered California’s best dirt tack driver, was untouchable in winning the DIRTcar Late Model Stock car feature event of the Summer Nationals. His commanding lead was never challenged.

I pride myself in setting up a car to have momentum getting through the turns,” Hogge IV explained. “Getting into the turns deeper and getting up to speed faster coming out of the turns is the key.”

Randy Shafer of Vacaville topped Anthony Restad of Santa Rosa in the battle for second. Ryan

McDaniel of Chico drove Richard Papenhausen’s car to fourth. Jeff Decker of Morgan Hill brought home fifth.

Thomas New Winner IMCA SportMod Event

Darrin Thomas of Atwater raced his car three years without a win until he scored in the IMCA SportMod portion of the Summer Nationals. Thomas was able to out-run IMCA national point leader Fred Ryland of Brentwood, who finished second.

I haven’t won here since ’93,” Thomas proclaimed in victory lane.

Ryland complimented Thomas.

He did a great job – I just couldn’t catch him,” Ryland explained.

Jorddon Braaten of Medford, Oregon finished third on his first visit to Antioch Speedway. Matt Haggio of Watsonville and Paul Mulder from Pleasanton were fourth and fifth.

Ryland, Busby Win in Friday Night IMCA Program

The Summer Nationals heated up with special Friday night events at Antioch Speedway. Veteran racer Scott Busby scored $1500, winning his fourth IMCA Modified feature event of the season. He fought off Ryan McDaniel and his dad Randy McDaniel, who finished second and third, respectively. Hogge IV was fourth, and Nick DeCarlo of Martinez finished fifth.

Fred Ryland out-dueled nemesis Keith Brown, of Pittsburg, in the IMCA SportMod main event. The win is Ryland’s fifth at Antioch this season. Jeremy Hoff of Copperopolis grabbed third, followed by Braaten and Thomas.

Todd Cooper of Yuba City won the Hobby Stock Feature and David Teves of Concord notched his fourth win of the season in the Dwarf Car division.

Action Returns to Antioch Speedway July 11

The DIRTcar Late Model Stock Car, IMCA SportMod and Northern All Stars Winged 360 Sprint Car divisions headline the July 11 event at Antioch Speedway. The speedway is closed for the 4th of July holiday.

Antioch Speedway is located within the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds, 1201 W. 10th St. in Antioch, California. For more information visit www.ovalmotorsports.com.

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NASCAR’s Kenny Wallace races at Antioch Speedway, again, Saturday night

Saturday, June 27th, 2015
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NASCAR’s Kenny Wallace will drive his Late Model Stock Car in the DIRTcar races Saturday night, June 27 at Antioch Speedway. (Photo by Paul Gould Track Photographer)

The much anticipated visit by NASCAR racer Kenny Wallace is here, and Richard Papenhausen of Chico feels he is ready to show the national celebrity the short way around Antioch Speedway.

Papenhausen, who has dominated the DIRTcar Late Model Stock Car division at Antioch Speedway, is confident he can handle a challenge from Wallace, one of the most versatile and well experienced dirt track drivers in the country. They will meet on Saturday, in the Antioch Speedway Summer Nationals.

I’m ready for him,” Papenhausen said after his Saturday night, June 20th win at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds 3/8-mile clay oval. “He will be tough, but I raced him before – most recently in Arizona. I know what I need to do to beat him.”

Papenhausen and his crew have been working on perfecting their cars for the big race on Saturday night (June 27), which will be big in both purse money and prestige.

I’m excited to be racing in the Late Model Stock Car division again,” Wallace said. “It is where I started.”

Wallace won the 2005 “Prelude to the Dream”, a major late model stock car race at Eldora Speedway in Ohio. Since then, his daytime NASCAR duties and his traveling Fox-TV show have enabled Wallace to race at night, honing his skills at dirt tracks in every state.

Whenever I go to a track like Antioch Speedway, the words of (the late) Dale Earnhardt echo in my head,” Wallace said. “He said ‘Herman (Wallace’s Nickname), there are thousands of great drivers across North America. Most of them haven’t had the breaks we had to get to NASCAR – but they are as good or even better drivers then we are.’ No truer words have been spoken.”

Wallace raced his IMCA modified on Friday night and will do so again, Saturday night at Antioch Speedway. He will do double duty on Saturday, hopping into the Late Model Stock Car after racing his IMCA modified. Racing starts at 7 p.m. on both nights.

Antioch Speedway is located within the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds, 1201 W. 10th St. in Antioch, California. For more information visit www.ovalmotorsports.com.

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Antioch’s Jason Agopian to represent the U.S. on volleyball team at the World University Games in South Korea, in July

Saturday, June 27th, 2015
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Jason Agopian goes up for a spike in a game against UCLA in April, 2015. photo courtesy of Jason Agopian.

By Allen Paytons

Collegiate volleyball player, Jason Agopian, of Antioch is heading to South Korea on Sunday to play on the U.S. men’s volleyball team during the World University Games in July. He is one of 12 players selected from across the country. He and two of his teammates of U.C. Irvine are on the team.

There are three levels of teams that represent that United States at sporting competitions, Agopian explained.

There’s the U.S. Olympic national team,” he said. “Those are the top dogs. The Panamerican Games team. Those guys are the number two. And then there’s the World University Games team, the next level down.”

The international competition includes a Winter Games, Summer Games and World Championships. This year’s Summer Games will be held in Gwangju, South Korea, and includes collegiate athletes on various teams, chosen from around the country. It will last from July 2 -11.

It’s pretty cool,” Agopian shared. “There’s an opening ceremony. It looks very much like the Olympics.”

Contacted in May, Agopian “was asked to play for this team to represent the USA at the World University Games made up of collegiate athletes from across the country,” he added.

For those who want to watch him and the USA team play, the games will be broadcast on ESPNU and ESPN3.

In addition being part of the U.S. men’s volleyball team for the World University Games, Agopian was also selected Second Team All American by Volleyball Magazine, this year, in which he was a red shirt junior. He’ll play one more year, as a senior.

In addition, he was selected First Team for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, of which UCI Men’s Volleyball team is a member.

Agopian was also part of UCI’s 2013 Men’s Volleyball team that won the National Championship.

A 2011 graduate of Deer Valley High School where he also played on the volleyball team, the 6-foot, 7-inch tall Agopian is majoring in Psychology and Social Behavior. But he said he’s considering a career in physical therapy, which will require additional education.

There are 12 players on the team heading to the games. Agopian plays middle blocker. When he rotates to the back row, a player called the libero, who has a different colored jersey, comes in off the sidelines and takes Agopian’s place. Then when the libero rotates to the front, Agopian returns and takes the libero’s place.

He leaves for Southern California, on Saturday, where he and the rest of the team will meet up for the first time and practice. They will then fly to South Korea on Sunday night.

But, before he leaves on Sunday, Agopian will be the subject of a photo shoot to become the face of UCI Sports for the upcoming school year. His photo will show up in marketing for the school, mainly on campus and possibly on buses.

Agopian is the son of Robin and the late Antioch City Councilman Gary Agopian.

For more information on the World University Summer Games, www.wugusa.com/summer-games/. To learn more about UC Irvine Men’s Volleyball, visit www.ucirvinesports.com/sports/m-volley/index.

Good luck to Jason and the USA Men’s Volleyball Team!

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