Antioch, Calif. – International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) modifieds, the premier division at Antioch Speedway, will join the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars as part of a spectacular week of racing to open the 2013 season.

At Antioch Speedway, the season starts with a “Civil War” sprint car battle – pitting the best drivers of winged sprint cars from northern and southern California against each other on Saturday night, March 30. The double-header World of Outlaws Sprint Cars and IMCA modifieds event follows six days later on Friday night, April 5.

The wild week of racing will be kicked off at sister track Merced Speedway on Friday night, March 29, when the World of Outlaws and IMCA modifieds open the Oval Motorsports, Inc. 2013 season. Antioch Speedway is a 3/8 mile high-banked clay oval. Merced speedway is a 1/4 mile newly resurfaced clay oval.

Antioch Speedway three-time champion Troy Foulger of Martinez is looking forward to racing his IMCA modified along with the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars.

“It’s just cool to be part of that show,” said Foulger, who drove sprint cars as a teenager before switching to the IMCA modified owned by Oakley’s Billy Bowers. “There is such a variety of people there – fans of open-wheeled racing and stock car racing. The stands are filled, there is a lot of excitement in the air, and you can hear the roar of the crowd above the sound of the cars.”

Foulger sees it as a chance to join his friends from the sprint car world.

“It’s fun to be in the same pits with the World of Outlaws racers. I’m friends with a lot of sprint car people, and for them to see you race and you to see them race is something that happens only a couple of times a season,” Foulger added.

Like their sprint car counterparts, the racers of the IMCA modifieds will also hit the road in a traveling show this season. Antioch Speedway will be part of the “Nor-Cal IMCA Challenge”.

Eight events at four different race tracks – Chico’s Silver Dollar, Petaluma, Stockton 99 Dirt, and Antioch – comprise the series. It will have a separate point fund, as well as $1,000 to win features at each track.

With a non-conflicting schedule, drivers will be challenged to excel at the very different tracks, while competing with the best drivers in Northern California. The Nor-Cal challenge begins on March 9 at Silver Dollar Speedway.

Antioch Speedway’s schedule will offer a wide variety of racing in 2013. BCRA Midgets and Late Model stock cars will be featured in special events. Wingless and winged sprint cars are regularly scheduled. Hobby stocks, super hobby stocks, IMCA SportMods, dwarf cars and “Four Bangers” and “Mini Trucks” are all part of the regular schedule.