Curran Claims 6th Win In 12th 2019 Antioch Start Before Bowing Out Of Title Chase

(7/23/2019) (Photo Courtesy of Katrina Kniss)

 

Saturday night at Antioch Speedway was a bittersweet one for Antioch native Brent Curran. Curran looked to be in the midst of a close points battle with Tommy Fraser for the track’s B Mod title, but after buying a new car and evaluating their options, the team has decided it’s best to get the new car ready for 2020. 

 

The event also marked what Curran believes to be his last race at his home track in 2019, as the plan is to travel and chase a few of the bigger shows in the region. 

 

With their decision already made, Curran was determined to end his Antioch season on a high note. From the drop of the green flag in his heat, you could sense the focus and urgency Curran had behind the wheel. Curran would lead all 8 laps of his heat race to win in dominating fashion. 

 

For the feature, Curran would roll off 3rd. After briefly falling back to 4th on the opening lap, Curran would go from 4th to the lead in just one corner as leader Les Friend got sideways in front of the field. 

 

With the race staying green, Curran was able to gain a nice cushion on the rest of the field as they had to check up to avoid Friend in Turn 4. As the laps began to click off in rapid succession, Curran’s lead only grew. 

 

By the time the lone caution of the race waved with just 4 laps left, Curran had amassed a straightaway’s length lead back to Fraser. 

 

On the restart, Curran again pulled away, hitting his marks as he went on to lead the final 4 laps and win by a healthy margin over Fraser and Kevin Brown. 

 

After the night was said and done, Curran said “This one was kinda bitter sweet. Earlier in the day my car owner and I had thrown around the idea of backing out of the points chase and putting our focus on getting the new car ready. As I went out for hot laps we both kinda looked at each other and agreed it was better just to let the points go and figure the new car out with all the bigger races coming up. Yeah it hurts being that my dad won his modified championship there in 2001 but I also realize I’m still young and have a lot more in me so I could come back and try it again when the time was right. The decision pretty much lit a fire under me for the rest of the night and I wanted to leave Antioch on a high note for the fans I do have there and all the support I’ve had this season. The heat race went exactly how I wanted it to and backed it up in the main. Another kind of emotional deal for me and once again very bitter sweet. As I said before, I can’t thank my supporters every week at Antioch enough and all the encouragement in the pits from the fans I do have to keep pushing when things got rough. My love for that track is so strong but for now I have to step back and look at the bigger picture. 6 wins half way through the season in only 12 races is something I made a goal but wasn’t expecting and I’ll hold my head high to that moving forward. Might not be able to get our championship this year but everyone knows I was there. I’ll be back!”

 

Brent would like to thank all of his sponsors and supporters, including:

Steel City Motorsports

Steadfast Construction

GRT Race Cars Inc.

Empire RC

89 Design

All Flow Muffler & Auto Repair

Jeff Fields (Brandit Designs)

Red Six RaceGear 

Velocita-USA

 

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Bryant Gaining On Competition, Nearly Claiming First Top 5 As He Moves Into 5th In Points

(7/22/2019) (Photo Courtesy of Jason Tucker Photos)

 

As we head into the last weekend of July, Jesse Bryant is turning heads and riding a wave of momentum after back to back 6th place runs at Placerville Speedway. With his finish Saturday night, the teen Pure Stock driver also moved into 5th place in the division’s overall points standings. 

 

Bryant unfortunately struggled in heat race action early in the night, as he was unable to get into a steady rhythm, relegating him to a 6th place finish out of the 7 finishers. 

 

Once the Main Event began, however, you could see a noticeable difference in the way Bryant attacked the track. After starting 7th in the 8 car field, Bryant quickly took 6th as he settled in behind fellow Rookie of the Year contender Stephanie Hanson. 

 

Just as Hanson had begun to open a fairly sizeable advantage back to Bryant, a lap 10 caution brought the field back together for a restart. 

 

Bryant wouldn’t waste any time on the ensuing restart, as he took 5th and started pulling away from Hanson and the rest. As laps wound down, multi-time winner Kevin Jinkerson began reeling Bryant in for 5th. 

 

Bryant was able to hold him off for a few laps before Jinkerson finally made his move with 3 to go, forcing Bryant to once again settle for a 6th place finish. 

 

Though Bryant would have loved a Top 5, the finish served him well, as he moved into the Top 5 in points, while also gaining 10 more ever-important points in the Rookie of the Year battle with Hanson with just 4 events remaining.

 

Jesse will be back in action this Saturday night for the Mark Forni Classic. 

 

The Bryant Racing team would also like to send their best to veteran racer Mel Byers, who suffered a hard crash into the Turn 1 wall at Placerville Speedway Saturday night. Byers was able to walk away from the incident with no major injuries. 

 

Jesse would like to thank all of his sponsors and supporters, including:

 

Jay’s Mobile Welding and Fabricating

 

DRP DeCarlo Racing Products

 

Chad Hammer Racing Engines

 

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Curran Scores 5th Victory on Emotional Weekend For The Curran Family

(7/8/2019)

 

While every victory obviously means a lot to a racecar driver, Saturday night at Antioch Speedway meant so much more for B Mod winner Brent Curran. In the past 4 years, Curran has lost 3 extremely close family members, each passing on in the first week of July. With Curran unsure if he’d be able to race Saturday, he knew they’d want him out at the track doing what he loves, thus Curran made the decision to race Saturday night. 

 

The night kicked off with heat race action, with an unfortunate pill draw lining Curran up last in the 5 car race. In the first two laps Curran made 2 quick moves, passing last week’s winner Scott Savell and point leader Tommy Fraser to slide into 3rd position. Though he was able to catch 2nd place runner Les Friend, Curran would have to settle for 3rd in the heat. 

 

For the feature, Curran would roll off 5th, but by the end of the opening lap, he was already up to 2nd. Just one lap later, Curran would capitalize on a mistake by race leader Kevin Brown to grab the top spot. 

 

While Brown was able to hang close to Curran for a couple of laps, Curran quickly began pulling away and opening a huge gap back to 2nd. By the time the first caution waved 7 laps in, Curran had amassed a full straightaway’s length lead over Brown and the rest of the field. 

 

Once the race got back underway it was right back to business for Curran, this time with a new challenger in Les Friend riding behind in 2nd. Just like before the caution, once a few laps had passed, Curran was once again ahead by a sizeable margin. 

 

When all was said and done, Curran would go on to win the feature by nearly half a lap. The feature netted Curran an increased $500 win winnings, as well as narrowing the points battle with Fraser to just 2 points. 

 

When asked for a comment about his night, Curran said “This last week has been a very tough week for me emotionally. I lost 3 family members very close to me within a few days of each other in the last 4 years. My Dena on 7/3/17, my Grandpa Barry on 7/5/17 and my Grandpa Jerry on 7/7/15… It was even up in the air that I was going to race Saturday with where my head was this week. They would’ve wanted me to race my heart out so I did. Had a solid heat race on one of the best track surfaces I’ve seen all year at Antioch. Car was solid and only needed to make a few minor adjustments for the main as the track dried out a bit. Went out with the intention in the main to take it easy the first few laps and keep the nose clean and go racing once everyone got sorted out. The car felt great the first few laps and within a couple laps found myself out front. Moved around a bit trying to see where the car felt the best but finally settled in on the bottom and never looked back. All in all another great week for points and an emotional win to top that.”

 

Brent would like to thank all of his sponsors and supporters, including:

Steel City Motorsports

Steadfast Construction

GRT Race Cars Inc.

Empire RC

89 Design

All Flow Muffler & Auto Repair

Jeff Fields (Brandit Designs)

Red Six RaceGear 

Velocita-USA

 

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Sorensen’s Dominant Streak Comes To a Close

(7/2/2019) (PC Katrina Kniss)

 

After completing the first 10 races of 2019 by either finishing either 1st or 2nd in Hobby Stock competition at Antioch Speedway, El Sobrante native and defending champ Chris Sorensen finally saw that streak come to an end Saturday night. Despite the rough outing, Sorensen still holds nearly a full race advantage in points back to 2nd place. 

 

Sorensen would roll off 3rd for his heat race, but quickly found himself in 2nd on the opening lap. For the next 6 laps, Sorensen threw everything he had at race leader Will Buirch. As the leaders came to take the white flag, however, Sorensen’s right rear tire began going down, costing him a spot to fall to 3rd, where he’d ultimately finish the heat race. 

 

For the main event, Sorensen would roll off 7th, and after the 1st lap, he was already up to 5th. A lap later, Sorensen made his way to 4th after a brief battle with Josh Leach. Sorensen would continue to run in 4th for the next few laps as the 2nd and 3rd place cars blocked the track ahead. 

 

After a Lap 7 caution, the race restarted. Sorensen would immediately fall back to 5th as his car pushed up the race track hard in Turn 1. A couple of laps later, Sorensen would regain the spot by passing Trevor Clymens, before taking 3rd after dodging a spinning Will Buirch. 

 

With 8 to go, the 2nd caution would fly to once again bring the field back together. On the ensuing restart, Sorensen would use a strong run through Turns 1 and 2 to take 2nd from Leach. 

 

After following leader James Thomson for a couple of laps, Thomson would get loose in front of Sorensen and spin, collecting Sorensen to bring out one final yellow flag. With just limited laps remaining, Sorensen was only able to salvage a 6th place finish after having what looked to be race winning speed. 

 

Chris would like to thank all of his sponsors and supporters, including:

Brc Race Cars

GET OUT OF TOWN! Professional Pet Care

LRT Graphics

Lucky Dog Racing League

Hotshots Motorsports Photography

Montalvo Motorsports

 

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Joe Gallaher Back In Victory Lane After Last Lap Bump and Run

(7/2/2019)

 

Joe Gallaher made one thing clear this past Friday night at Ocean Speedway: This Hobby Stock points battle is far from over. While his son Rob had dominated the first half of the season, Joe is riding a big wave of momentum after visiting victory lane in back to back races. 

 

With only 7 cars making it out to race Friday night, the Hobby Stocks would all race in the same heat race, with Joe starting 3rd while Rob rolled off in 5th. Over the course of the race, Rob would be the only Gallaher Racing driver to find any forward traction, moving up 2 spots to 3rd by the end of the race, while Joe would take 4th. 

 

Since Joe had won the previous race, he’d be forced to start last in the 7 car main event, as Rob started in 3rd. Joe wasn’t content to stay in the back long as he picked off two cars on the opening lap to take 5th. 

 

Before long, Joe would take 4th, before challenging his son Rob for 3rd. Rob would hold off the early challenge from his father, then shifted his attention back to the Top 2. After a Lap 5 restart, Rob went to work on the returning Matt Kile for 2nd. 

 

Kile and Rob Gallaher would race door to door for multiple laps, before Rob cleared for the spot. Just 1 lap later, Rob would inherit the lead as the leader lost their right rear wheel. Just before the caution, Joe had taken 2nd from Kile, meaning Gallaher Racing would restart 1st and 2nd. 

 

After the race restarted with 5 to go, Joe remained glued to Rob’s bumper for the following 4 laps. As the leaders took the white flag, Joe would get into the back of his son Rob, sending him around as the race stayed green. Joe would go on to win the race, while Rob had to settle for 6th. 

 

Gallaher Racing would like to thank all of their sponsors and supporters, including:

Gallaher Company

1 Hour Drain

Tire Time 

Express Car Wash 

Yeti Coolers 

Coors 

Snap On

Built by the Captain

 

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Sorensen Does it Again, Now a 5 Time Winner in 2019

(6/24/2019)

 

What a start to the 2019 race season it’s been for El Sobrante native Chris Sorensen. The defending Antioch Speedway Hobby Stock champ has set a ridiculous pace so far, picking up 5 wins and 5 runner up finishes across his 1st 10 starts of the season. Sorensen’s 5th and most recent win came this past Saturday night, extending his points lead to 50 points heading into the final weekend of June.

 

Sorensen’s night kicked off with heat race action, where he’d roll off 3rd of the 3 cars that made the call. Sorensen immediately took 2nd on the start, than settled in behind race leader Trevor Clymens. Though he looked to the inside of Clymens multiple times over the next 7 laps, he couldn’t find the right spot to make a pass, taking 2nd in the heat race.

 

For the feature, Sorensen would start 9th in the 11 car field. Sorensen was a busy man early, making 5 passes in the opening 2 circuits, including dodging a car that was sideways directly in front of him.

 

A lap later Sorensen found himself in 3rd, and knocking on the door for 2nd. The 10 lap battle for 2nd eventually evolved into a 3 car battle for the lead as Sorensen and Clymens tracked down race leader Breanna Troen.

 

With 8 to go, Sorensen grabbed 2nd from Troen, leaving just Clymens ahead. Sorensen and Clymens would race door to door lap after lap, with Sorensen gaining the upper hand as the leaders came to 2 to go. Sorensen would get lucky on the last lap. As he got out of shape coming out of turn 2, so did Clymens in 2nd, allowing Sorensen to maintain his advantage and walk away victorious yet again at Antioch Speedway.

 

Chris would like to thank all of his sponsors and supporters, including:

Brc Race Cars

GET OUT OF TOWN! Professional Pet Care

LRT Graphics

Lucky Dog Racing League

Hotshots Motorsports Photography

Montalvo Motorsports

 

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Sorensen Once Again Victorious at Antioch, Picks Up 4th Win of 2019

(6/19/2019) PC: Katrina Kniss

 

For the 4th time already in 2019, Chris Sorensen is back in victory lane at Antioch Speedway. It’s been a dominant season for the defending Hobby Stock champ, who through 9 races still has not finished lower than 2nd. With his 4th win of the season Saturday night, Sorensen now holds a 48 point lead over closest competitor Josh Leach.

 

Sorensen would roll off 3rd in his heat. From the drop of the green flag, it quickly became clear that Sorensen and Luke Brignoli easily had the 2 quickest cars in the race, as Sorensen stayed glued to Brignoli’s rear bumper.

 

While Sorensen had multiple opportunities to pass for the lead, he just couldn’t find the grip to make a move stick, ultimately settling for 2nd in the heat.

 

For the feature, Sorensen would start 3rd. His race was nearly in danger on the opening lap as the leader got sideways in front of Sorensen, with Sorensen just sneaking by to take 2nd. After looking for a way past for 2 laps, Sorensen would grab the lead from Ken Johns on lap 4 after Johns drifted high and allowed Sorensen to slide past.

 

A couple laps later, the first and only caution of the race waved to bring the field back together. After a lengthy caution, the race restarted with Sorensen jumping out to a sizeable advantage. As he maneuvered his way through lapped traffic, Sorensen’s lead only grew as two new challengers began to emerge in Josh Leach and James Thomson.

 

After a particularly hard to pass lapped car, Sorensen’s big lead was completely wiped out, allowing Leach and Thomson to close in.

 

As the leaders continued to battle through a large number of lapped cars, Sorensen’s lead once again began to grow. Though Thomson threw one last shot at him, Sorensen held on to once again find victory lane at Antioch Speedway.

 

Chris would like to thank all of his sponsors and supporters, including:

Brc Race Cars

GET OUT OF TOWN! Professional Pet Care

LRT Graphics

Lucky Dog Racing League

Hotshots Motorsports Photography

Montalvo Motorsports

 

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