ANTIOCH --There's no stopping Bobby Hogge IV of Salinas this year at Antioch Speedway.
Hogge IV continued his domination of the speedway's big events by taking the "Firecracker 50" for open modified stock cars on Saturday night.
The special six-division program saw two rookie drivers, both from Oakley take their second wins of the season. Megan Ponciano, a young mother of two, smoothly drove to victory in the International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) SportMod division and 17-year-old Jason Coe was victorious in the "Four Banger" division.
In the track's premier modified stock car division, Oakley driver Kellen Chadwick gave Hogge his biggest challenge until his car suffered a broken driveshaft. The two battled side by side, each driver trying to get inches ahead on the racetrack.
"I hated to see Kellen's car break," said Hogge in victory lane. "It looked like he and I would have put on a heck of a show if the race continued as it did early on."
Hogge, who is undefeated in every event he enters at Antioch Speedway, started from the 10th position in the main event. He took the lead from Chadwick 15 laps into the 50 lap main event.
Troy Foulger of Martinez, driving the Oakley-based modified owned by Billy Bowers, took advantage of the dry, slick clay track. He moved into second and closed the gap between himself and Hogge late in the feature.
"Troy was outstanding," Hogge said. "He almost had me on one of the re-starts. The track was great -- there were two great grooves to race on. I just held my line and gave him the room to race me."
Ponciano had one slip in a near perfect performance in the SportMod main event. She almost gave up the lead to second place Jimmy Ford.
"I floated a little high in turn four," she said. "I'm still learning how to handle this type of car. I just tried to stay calm, and I was able to recover without losing the lead."
David Teves of Concord borrowed his son Adam's car and went on to win the Dwarf Car main event. Danny Wagner of Bay Point hammered at Teves most of the feature.
"I showed him He had to go around me to pass me," Teves said.
Wagner tried to do so, and spun out. Teves' brother, Kurtis Craig, moved into second place and chased Teves to the checkered flag.
Brentwood's Fred Ryland turned the table of a year of bad luck in winning the Super Stock main event. Ryland destroyed his car at another speedway early in the season. Then, his racecar shop burned in a June fire.
"It felt good to win," Ryland said. "My luck has changed."
The Super Hobby Stock winner was Antioch's David Rosa. He battled retired sheriff Gene Haney of Brentwood for the win.
Coe was first for the second time this year in the four-cylinder division. Ken Radabaugh of Antioch's "Rad Racers" was second, followed by Brent Curran.
Antioch Speedway will feature the King of the West 410 Sprint Car series on Saturday night, July 20. The top stars in California Sprint Car racing will make their second visit to the 3/8-mile clay oval this year. Dwarf cars will have a special event as part of the program. The little cars will have complete qualifying races and a feature.
Antioch Speedway is located in the Contra Costa Fairgrounds, 1201 W. 10th Street, in Antioch. Gates open at 5 p.m. Qualifying is at 7 p.m. Admission is $20 for adults for this special event. Children and Seniors are admitted $10. A family four-pack is $50.The fairgrounds offers secure parking for $5.