ANTIOCH -- Freddie Ryland of Brentwood flew past the competition to win two features in two divisions at Antioch Speedway on Aug. 9.
First, Ryland strapped into the Hobby Stock car that was qualified by his wife, Patti, in a heat race. He drove for 72 laps, which was the predetermined re-fueling break for the 100-lap Delta Classic.
While the Hobby Stocks made their pit stop, the International Motor Contest Association SportMod feature took place. While guzzling a sport drink, Ryland jumped from his wife's car and into his SportMod. He chased down and passed nationally ranked second place driver Nick Spainhoward of Bakersfieid in the final two laps of the IMCA race.
If that wasn't enough, Ryland slid back into the driver's seat of the Hobby Stock for 28 more laps of racing. He battled cross-town rival Brad Myers and Vacaville's Nick Viscussi III to the finish line to win the Delta Classic.
"This ranks as the best night of racing I ever had," Ryland said. "I do not know which of the two wins was better. I always race to win, but I was not expecting these results."
Both wins came by way of passing the field, because Ryland started near the back of the lineup. In the IMCA SportMod feature, Ryland broke free from the pack after passing Rob Gallaher of San Jose and Megan Ponciano of Oakley.
Spainhoward raced to had a quarter-lap lead by the mid-point of the SportMod event.
"Without a caution I would never have caught him," Ryland said.
Luckily, a spinning car brought out the yellow flag and put Spainhoward and Ryland side by side with five laps to go.
"I went for the top line on the restart," Ryland said. "I did to him what he did to me at a race in Watsonville. I drove high on the track."
Late in the race, Gallaher passed Ponciano, who finished fourth. Jeremy Hoff of Copperopolis passed Jordan Hagar of Bakersfield for fifth.
After the break, the cars were allowed to draw for re-start position. Patti Ryland drew first for her husband and her car. Myers emerged as Ryland's top challenger in the final 28 laps.
When Ryland took a comfortable lead, Viscussi III made his move on Myers as they came down the front stretch to the checkered flag. Viscussi's front bumper crossed the finish line just inches ahead of Myers' bumper.
Following third place Myers was Dan McCown of Oakley. Fifth went to Danville's Jim Freethy. Top runner Nick Baldwin of Oakley took sixth after missing laps to repair a broken ball joint.
Mike Learn of Petaluma scored his fourth feature win of the season in the Limited Late Model stock car division. Concord's Mike Gustafson and Larry Damitz of Vallejo chased him to the finish, but could not make a move on him.
The Northern All Star Late Model Stock Cars will headline the Aug. 16 six division program at Antioch Speedway. There will be qualifying races and feature events for the Late Model, Modified, Limited late Model, Hobby Stock, Four-Banger and Dwarf Car divisions. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m.