Kellen Chadwick Takes Mod Preliminary, Bubba Nelson Scores SportMod Win At Antioch Speedway New Year’s Day

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Kellen Chadwick (83) passes Tom Berry, Jr. of Oregon in route to victory.

Merced’s Bubba Nelson won an IMCA SportMod thriller and Oakley’s Kellen Chadwick was unstoppable in the IMCA Modified division New Years Night at Antioch Speedway. Both Nelson and Chadwick advanced to Friday night’s IMCA West Coast Nationals at Antioch Speedway.

“That was the idea – qualify for tomorrow’s race tonight,” Chadwick said in victory lane. He was challenged late in the race by Troy Foulger of Martinez.

“It’s hard to pass Kellen – but coming from twelth to finish second – I can’t complain,” Foulger said. “I almost had him but I jumped the cushion and almost tore down the wall.”

Also qualifying for the Antioch West Coast Nationals Modified event were Nick DeCarlo of Martinez, Michael Paul, Jr. of Petaluma, and Les Friend of Galt.

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Bubba Nelson (4) had Spainhoward (40) on his tail until the last lap.

Qualifying for the Merced West Coast Nationals Event were Foulger, Collen Weinbarger of Corbett, Oregon, and Chris Clark of Jackson, Wyoming and John McDougall of Antioch.

Nelson was being challenged by Bakersfield’s Nick Spainhoward on the last lap when the two tangled while passing lapped traffic. Spainhoward broke a spindle, and Nelson charged to the finish line.

“It’s my first win here ever,” said a happy Nelson in victory lane. “I’m happy to be back tomorrow.”

Also winning a guaranteed spot in the Antioch West Coast Nationals SportMod event were Keith Brown, Jr. of Pittsburg, Wayne Dotson of Bakersfield, and Megan Ponciano of Oakley.

Going to the Merced West Coast Nationals SportMod event are Jeremy Hoff of Copperopolis, Nick Spainhoward, Richard Mueller of Jackson, Wyoming, and Michael Shearer of Atwater.

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Larry Damitz of Vallejo started his 62nd racing season in the way he is famous for – winning the Limited Late Model main event after battling with Mike Hynes of Susuin.
“I was terrible in the heat race, but we got it right for the feature,” said Damitz.

Hynes, who was side by side with Damitz, congratulated him in victory lane.

“We bumped a couple of times, but Larry keeps his line,” Hynes said. “It’s fun to race with him.”

The IMCA West Coast Nationals for modifieds and SportMods contines Friday night at Antioch and Saturday night at Merced Speedway. The DIRTcar late models join the show on Friday. Hobby Stocks join the show at Merced.

 

 

 

 

BIG WEEK AHEAD: IMCA WEST COAST NATIONALS – Events at Antioch, Merced and Chowchilla Speedways:

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Fred Ryland on the inside in IMCA SportMod at Oval Motorsport’s newest track – Chowchilla Speedway – Tom Macht Photo

 

MCA West Coast Nationals FAQs:

Jan. 1 – Antioch:

IMCA Modifieds, IMCA SportMods, Northern All Stars Limited Late Models

( IMCA Races are Paid Qualifying Events, Ltd. Late Models 2015 Track Points)

Pits Open 10 a.m.

Pits Cleared for Admission at 2 p.m.

Grandstands Open at 4 p.m.

Racing Begins at 5 p.m.

Admission – $15. for Adults; $12 for Seniors; $10. for Children 6-12.

Family four-pack is $40.00

Pit Passes – $50.00

(Three Day Pit Pass $125., Four Day $150)

(Limited Late Models: $40 Normal Weekly Entry Fees Apply)

Jan. 2 – Antioch

IMCA Modifieds, IMCA SportMods, DIRTcar Late Models

(All events are for Track, State, Regional, National 2015 Points)

Pits Open 10 a.m.

Pits Cleared for Admission at 2 p.m.

Grandstands Open at 4 p.m.

Racing Begins at 5 p.m.

Admission – $15. for Adults; $12 for Seniors; $10. for Children 6-12.

Family four-pack is $40.00

Pit Passes – $50

(Three Day Pit Pass $125., Four Day $150)

(DIRTcar Late Models: Normal $50 Car and Driver Entry Fees Apply)

Jan. 3 – Merced

IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Mods, Northern All Star Hobby Stocks

(IMCA Track, State, Reginal National 2015 Points; Hobby Stock Track Points)

Pits Open: NOON

Pits Cleared for Admission at 3 p.m.

Grandstands Open at 4 p.m.

Racing Begins at 5 p.m.

Admission – $15. for Adults; $12 for Seniors; $10. for Children 6-12.

Family four-pack is $40.00

Pit Pases – $50

(Three Day Pit Pass $125., Four Day $150)

(Hobby Stocks: Normal $40 Weekly Entry Applies)

Jan. 4 – Chowchilla

IMCA Modifieds, IMCA SportMods, Northern All Star Four-Bangers

(IMCA Track, State, Reginal National 2015 Points; Four-Banger Track Points)

Pits Open 10 a.m.

Pits Cleared for Admission at 1 p.m.

Grandstands Open at 2 p.m.

Racing Begins at 3 p.m.

Admission – $12. for Adults; $10. for Seniors; $8. for Children 6-12.

Family four-pack is $32.00

Pit Passes – $50

(Separate IMCA car and driver entry from West Coast Nationals:

$100 for modifieds, $75 for SportMods

(Three Day Pit Pass From Antioch, Merced entry: $125., Four Day $150)

(Four-Bangers: Normal $25 Weekly Entry Applies)

Rules Clarifications:

IMCA Classes Must Conform to IMCA Rules

Northern All Stars Limited Late Models – Antioch Rules Apply.

DIRTcar Late Models – All current Late Models are Legal.

Hobby Stocks – All Current Antioch and Merced Hobby Stocks are Legal.

Four Bangers – All Current Antioch and Merced Cars are Legal (front/rear wheel)

Hobby Stock and Four-Banger/Mini Stock Drivers Meetings:

Weather prevented a practice session at Merced which we had promised a Hobby Stock meeting. We will meet with the Merced and Antioch Hobby Stock Drivers in the Merced Speedway pit area on Saturday afternoon at approx 3 p.m. Topic will be rules and the 2015 season.

Weather prevented a practice session with Four Bangers and Mini Stocks. We will meet with Four-Banger drivers at Chowchilla Speedway on Sunday at approx. 1 p.m. Topic will be rules and the 2015 season.

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Three WideIMCA Action Returns to Chowchilla Speedway Jan. 4! (Tom Macht Photo)

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EXCITEMENT BUILDS FOR IMCA WEST COAST NATIONALS – JAN 1-4, 2015!

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Teen Star Ethan Dotson (174) is chased by Nick Spainhoward in IMCA SportMod action at Merced Speedway.

 

Excitement always builds for the first race of the season. This year that race will be a four day Happy New Year for racers in the International Motor Contest Association Modified and Sport Mod divisions.  Antioch, Merced and Chowchilla Speedways host the first ever IMCA West Coast Nationals on Jan. 1-4, 2015 WEST COAST NATIONALS INFORMATION

Speed Shift TV will broadcast the IIMCA West Coast Nationals live from the Oval Motorsports, Inc. speedways. The $40,000 purse West Coast Nationals will be the first event on the IMCA calendar in 2015, offering national, regional, state and track points for both divisions.

John Soares, President of Oval Motorsports, Inc. was inspired to promote the event when he looked at the 2015 calendar.

“New Years Day is on a Thursday, and most people are taking Friday off from work,” Soares explained. “It is the perfect weekend to have a big race.”

ADAS7163.JPGOval Motorsports, Inc. owns the two clay ovals. High-banked 3/8-mile Antioch Speedway is the San Francisco Bay Area’s legendary dirt track. The ¼ mile “bull ring” in the Central Valley that is Merced Speedway used to be a college football stadium.

Racers will begin qualification on New Year’s Day on the black delta clay at Antioch Speedway. On Friday, Jan. 2, Antioch hosts the first West Coast Challenge main events. The show moves to Merced Speedway’s challenging oval on Saturday.

Antioch Speedway’s Limited Late Model stock car division will also race on New Years Day. The Northern All Stars Late Model stock car division races on Friday evening, Jan. 2 at Antioch. Merced and Antioch Speedway Hobby Stocks will race on Saturday evening at Merced Speedway. Sunday, Jan. 4 is reserved a rain date and for a special event.

Early entrants will receive a registration discount and first picks on preferred pit parking spots. Registration forms are now downloadable by clicking on the links below.

 

 

 

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