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

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

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

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