A spectacular crash in last Saturday night’s qualifying heat at Antioch Speedway had Nick DeCarlo scrambling all week to prepare for this week’s International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) NORCAL Challenge for modified stock cars at the speedway.
DeCarlo hit the wall after a skirmish with Jeff Thomas, rolling his car several times coming out of the fourth turn. Since he was unhurt and his car badly bent, an attempt to race in the feature was futile.
Since Saturday night, DeCarlo has spent every waking hour working on repairing and preparing for this week’s special event.
“We replaced the whole front end, changed gears, pounded the body out and even replaced the engine,” he explained. “The car has just about new everything.”
DeCarlo thinks he may have damaged the engine when he rolled the car, which prevented oil getting to internal parts.
“There was metal in the oil when we drained it for normal maintenance,” he said. “So we felt it was better to change the whole engine.”
Ranked third in the point tally for the season long NORCAL Challenge, DeCalro is hoping for consistent top finishes to pave the way to the championship. Oakley’s Kellen Chadwick is in second, with Ryan McDaniel of Chico leading the field.
The IMCA NORCAL Challenge was developed to allow the best IMCA modified drivers from speedways in Antioch, Petaluma, Chico and Stockton to race against eachother. On a NORCAL night, only one of the four tracks will host the modfiieds, which results in a big field of drivers competing for the extra money up for grabs.
At Antioch Speedway on Saturday, IMCA SportMods, Super Stocks, Hobby Stocks and Dwarf Cars will be part of the program. Racing starts at 6:30 p.m.