The big autumn special events continue Saturday night at Antioch Speedway.

The successful launch of the “Delta Series” two weeks ago at the famous high-banked 3/8 mile clay oval has prompted promoter John Soares to continue the special event format.

In fact, Soares will continue the series through the 2013 season.

“It is my goal to grow these events into a series of special races next season,” Soares told drivers this week.

Select divisions from Antioch Speedway and it’s sister track, Merced Speedway, will compete in the races. On Satrurday,  October 6, Antioch Speedway’s program will be headlined by the modified division, in which the feature event winner will be awarded $1500.

The track’s hobby stock cars will race for $250 to win. The Wingless Sprint Cars and Dwarf Cars will complete the program.

“I will absolutely be there,” said Delta Series Hobby Stock division winner Jim Freethy of Danville. “If it is anything like the last race, it should be fun.”

Freethy fought his way through some tough competition, many of the drivers being first-time visitors to Antioch Speedway. He passed Vacaville’s Dan Smith to take the checkered. Merced drivers Michael Shearer and Bruce Nelson were close behind.

“The Delta Series has brought out new drivers,” Freethy. “This concept will be a hit. The hobby stock division will have better racing by introducing drivers from other tracks to Antioch Speedway. Good, clean competition is always appreciated by racers.”

Soares is tallying points from this season’s series to be applied to the 2013 Delta Series.

“I believe the ‘Delta Series’ approach to the 2013 season will bolster racing and improve car counts,” Soares explained. “Weekly racing will continue, offering drivers the needed seat time to prepare for the ‘Delta Series’ events.”

He said he hopes to add sponsors to the events and points funds to increase the purses throughout the season. The races will be scheduled at Antioch and Merced Speedways at regular intervals next season.

“Delta Series” winners defending their leads on Oct. 6 include Randy McDaniel of Olivehurst in the modified division, DJ Johnson of Stockton in the wingless sprint car division, and Thomas Leiby of Copperopolis in the Dwarf Car division

On October 6, gates will open at Antioch Speedway at 5 p.m. “Delta Series II” will start at 6 p.m. with a complete set of qualifying races and feature events for all four divisions. On October 7, the show will continue at Merced Speedway in Merced, Calif.

Antioch Speedway is located within the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds, 1201 West 10th St., Antioch, Calif. 94509.

Hobby Stocker Jim Freethy was all smiles after his big win in the first Delta Series weekend. He’ll be back at Antioch Saturday night for a chance to repeat.