Antioch Speedway: Nick DeCarlo tops Shawn DeForest, Anthony Giuliani fourth win in IMCA Stock Car Racing; Art McCarthy launches to Sprint Car win; World of Outlaws returns Sept. 13Monday, August 31st, 2015
Antioch, Calif. – Art McCarthy of San Jose averted disaster after his sprint car was launched spectacularly into the air but landed on all fours to win the Northern All Stars Winged 360 Sprint Car feature Saturday night at Antioch Speedway.
The seven-division summer spectacular saw Nick DeCarlo of Martinez take advantage of a fumble by Livermore’s Shawn DeForest to win in the International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) modified stock car division. Anthony Giuliani of Morgan Hill out-dueled Brentwood’s Patti Ryland to win the IMCA SportMod feature.
Kyle Bakkie of Citrus heights won over Antioch’s Roy Fisher and Keith Shipherd in the Northern All Stars Wingless Sprint car feature. Concord’s Mike Gustafson was first in the Northern All Stars Limited Late Model main event. Mike Hynes of Suisun CIty and Lori Brown of Antioch chased him.
Bay Point’s Danny Wagner returned to victory lane by edging Mike Corsaro of Tracy in the Dwarf Car feature. Kimo Oreta of Vacaville, the reigning champ in the Hobby Stock division, again won the Hobby Stock main event.
McCarthy’s Spectacular Win
Coming out of the second turn on a super fast racetrack, McCarthy and Antioch’s Dan Gonderman were passing lapped traffic when they came together.
“The track was great – very fast,” said McCarthy. “When we split to go around a lapped car, he (Gonderman) went high and I went low. We came back together he dropped down a little lower and I ran over his left front.”
That resulted in McCarthy’s car being launched high on the backstretch.
“When the car came back down it was headed for the wall,” McCarthy said. “I kept my foot on the gas and it turned the car in the right direction.”
McCarthy went on to win with Robby McMahan of Sacramento and Antioch’s Shawn Arriaga following him across the finish line.
DeCarlo Over DeForest
DeCarlo’s win came by out-maneuvering Livermore’s DeForest in lapped traffic.
DeCarlo and DeForest started in the back of the pack. As they passed cars, DeCarlo made a bold move.
“Nick (DeCarlo) just went around all of us,” said DeForest. “I fumbled and he got by me.”
With three laps to go, Aaron Crowell of Brentwood was holding onto first when DeCarlo passed him on the restart. Scott Busby of Martinez was challenging Crowell for second when DeForest made his move for DeCarlo with one lap to go.
“Before I knew it the race was over. Running on the bottom of the track was good for me – every car I passed, I passed on the inside – which is uncharacteristic for me,” DeForest said. Oreste Gonella of Petaluma moved into third place.
Four for Giuliani
Giuliani scored his fourth IMCA SportMod win of the year after starting last.
When Fred Ryland of Brentwood’s hood flew off to bring out a restart, Giuliani still had to contend with Patti Ryland, Fred’s wife.
“Patti was really running great – we raced very hard, side by side,” Giuliani said. “It was really fun. She is an excellent driver to race against.”
Trevor Clymens of Brentwood was third.
Labor Day Break & World of Outlaws Sept. 13
Antioch Speedway will be dark this weekend, and will return to action with the World of Outlaws 410 Sprint Cars on Sunday night, Sept. 13. SportMods will also be featured in the program.
Tickets for the special event can be purchased at woosprint.com.
The Antioch Speedway is located at the Antioch Fairgrounds, 1201 W. 10th Street in Antioch. Parking is accessible off L Street. For more information visit www.ovalmotorsports.com.