Race teams said good-by to the winter of 2012-13 with the first practice of the new season Saturday, March 9, at Antioch Speedway.
Under blue skies with a special treat from Mother Nature – green grass in the pit area – teams unloaded cars and fired them up in anticipation of the upcoming season.
Misty Norris snapped photos of husband Rob’s shiny new modified, one of the first cars unloaded in the pits. Mike Shapiro and Sarah Leslie have moved up from the “Four-Banger” division, and they had one of their new IMCA SportMods ready for practice.
Chris Brown of Antioch and his dad, Bob, drew attention with their new bright red hobby stock. Natalie “Mean Kitty” Perry was back with her hobby stock. Jimmy Robbins strapped into his hobby stock, and Russell Shearer showed off the unique color he blended for his hobby stock.
Chris Magoon topped his immaculate new sprinter with a wing and took to the track. Geoffrey Strole of Fresno trucked his 410 sprint car in to get in some practice for the upcoming King of the West series in April.
Dwarf cars, “Mini-Trux” and “Four Bangers” abounded. Taylor and Heath Culbreath of Brentwood had yet to find numbers for their trucks.
The track was watered, graded packed into good condition by mid-afternoon.
The pre-season festivities continue for the next two weekends. This Saturday, March 16, the track opens at 8 a.m. for a giant automotive swap meet. At noon, the pit area is cleared for another ‘Test and Tune” practice session. The cars will be on the track from 2 p.m. until dark.
The grandstands will be closed for the March 16 and March 23 practice sessions. Admission to the pit area is $20.
The Antioch Speedway 2013 racing season begins with the “Civil War” Sprint Car races on Saturday night, March 30. Six days later, the top drivers in the nation participate in the World of Outlaws Sprint Car races on Friday night, April 5.