By Gary Thomas
Last year’s Antioch Speedway World of Outlaws event produced the closest finish in World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series history when Kerry Madsen edged out two-time King of the West Series champion Kyle Hirst by just .005 seconds.
“I felt like I was doing it comfortably and managing traffic pretty well, but I just got bottled up there and he got a run,” Madsen said. “I was pretty lucky to get away with that one. You definitely had to maneuver through traffic well, because cars were everywhere during the main event.”
Bixby, Oklahoma’s Shane Stewart currently leads the World of Outlaws standings by 18-markers over six-time and defending series champion Donny Schatz of Fargo, North Dakota. The pair was involved in one of the most exciting late race duels in recent memory last week. Schatz came out on top by inches to become the first repeat winner at the time. Stewart is in his first full season with the “Greatest Show on Dirt” driving the Larson/Marks Racing No. 2 and captured victory a few weeks back in Las Vegas.
Completing the top-10 in World of Outlaws points going into this weekend are California natives Paul McMahan and Brad Sweet, Indiana’s Joey Saldana, Oklahoma’s Daryn Pittman, Australian Kerry Madsen, Connecticut’s David Gravel, Tennesee’s Jason Sides BS Iowa’s Terry McCarl.
Of all the tracks that the World of Outlaws compete at in the Golden State, Northern California drivers have seemed to make the most noise at Antioch Speedway. With that in mind California natives have captured three of the first four events held by the series during their “Spring Break Tour” in the state. Rutherford’s Rico Abreu has won main events each of the last two weeks and will be looking for another score this Sunday night. The 23-year-old has had a tremendous start to the year, which was kicked off by winning the Chili Bowl Nationals in Oklahoma.
Multiple-time Antioch winner Tim Kaeding of San Jose scored a thrilling win at Tulare a couple weeks ago and will bring Dennis AND Theresa Roth’s No. 83jr into the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds venue on Sunday. The two-time King of the West Series champion earned a final lap victory with the World of Outlaws at Antioch in 2012 and is a four-time winner at the track with KWS. Kaeding was also the hard charger in last week’s Stockton finale.
The Antioch Speedway is located on the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds at the corner of 10th and L Streets in Antioch, California. Take SR-4 East (Highway 4) to the Somersville Road North Exit. Follow Somersville Road to 10th Street. Turn Right on 10th Street. The address for the track is 1201 W. 10th Street Antioch, CA 94509. The track is located just a little over an hour from the capital city of Sacramento.
Tickets for the Sunday March 29 event are on sale and can be acquired by visiting http://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/ordertickets.asp?p=570&backurl=default.asp or by calling1-877-395-8606. General admission tickets cost $39, while reserved grandstand seats cost $45. Children 12 and under are $15 for general admission.
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Information about the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series can be found online at <http://www.woosprint.com/> www.woosprint.com<http://www.woosprint.com/>
Past World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series winners at Antioch Speedway
2014- Kerry Madsen
2013- Kyle Larson and Shane Golobic
2012- Tim Kaeding
2011- Steve Kinser
Past winners of KWS Winged 410 events at track since 2003
2013- Willie Croft and Jonathan Allard
2012- Tim Kaeding, Kyle Hirst & Craig Stidham
2011- Jonathan Allard and Tim Kaeding
2010- Jonathan Allard and Kyle Larson
2009- Tyler Walker and Brent Kaeding
2008- Tyler Walker and Tim Kaeding
2007- Brent Kaeding and Tim Kaeding
2006- Dennis Moore Jr.
2005- Lawrence Edlund and Robert Ballou
2004- Brent Kaeding and Brent Kaeding
2003- Jason Statler
Photos courtesy Steve Lafond & Paul Trevino