Bobby Hogge IV was ready for another race after appearing in victory lane for the second time in Saturday night’s “Terrific Two” event for modifieds and late model stock cars at Antioch Speedway.
“Got another division I can drive in?” he asked the flagman as he popped from his late model in victory lane.
Hogge IV nipped Richard Pappenhausen in turn three, as the two ran away from the field and waged a side-by-side battle throughout the 30 lap late model main event.
“It was a nice race track tonight, it was really good,” Hogge said in victory lane. “Richard (Pappenhausen) was good on the bottom and I knew I wasn’t about to get under him. So, I moved to a higher groove and found something up top. The track was that good.”
Pappenhausen caught the right front end of his car on the track in turn That was when Hogge IV had him.
“The suspension went away and I bottomed out,” explained Pappenhausen after the race. “I stuck to the low groove to get a better run.”
On a late restart, Hogge exercised leader’s choice and took the low groove, relegating Pappenhausen to second place at the drop of the checkered flag.
Hogge easily pulled away from second place Ryan McDaniel on every restart in the modified main event. Third place Kellen Chadwick tried in vain to pass McDaniel.
“I was struggling tonight. I had to use my brakes to turn and I couldn’t get off the corner to pass him,” Chadwick said. “I was just trying to keep the car straight and drive forward.”
Chadwick, too, praised the track’s superior condition.
“When it is ‘dry-slick’ it boils down to driving ability and the handling of the car,” he continued. “The cars that are in front belong in the front. There were 2-3 lanes of racing. The fans love it.”