ANTIOCH -- Gary Nelson, Jr. of San Jose scored an 'Antioch Speedway Hat Trick,' winning a qualifying race, the trophy dash and the feature event in the Northern All-Star Wingless Sprint Car division Saturday night.

Bobby Hogge, IV, of Salinas, shared the spotlight with Nelson, Jr. at the 3/8 mile clay oval. Hogge IV was untouchable in claiming the modified stock car half of the night's Northern All Star double header.

Nelson, Jr., 26, won the sprint car main event in spectacular fashion, challenging Scott Hall of Roseville on the homestretch of the final lap. At the finish line, Nelson had the nose of his sprint car three feet ahead of Hall, who thought he had won the feature.

"I had him clean at the line," Nelson, Jr. said as both drivers stopped their cars at the finish line after the race. "I could see his left front tire directly across from me."

Hall marched to the on-track official in protest. The official radioed to the scoring tower, which sits above the finish line, and the judges were unanimous in their decision that Nelson had indeed won the feature.

Rowdy McClenon of Anderson was third and last week's feature winner, Concord's Billy Macedo, finished fourth.

Hogge IV pulled away from four-time track champ Troy Foulger on several restarts in the crash-filled modified stock car race. Foulger had to settle for second.


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"It was the Antioch Speedway of old," Hogge IV said in victory lane. "It was hammer down and throw it into the turn. The track even had the old school big cushion."

Shawn DeForest of Livermore was right behind Foulger at the finish. John MacDougall of Antioch was fourth, with Johnny Curtis of Oakley fifth.

Mike Hynes of Suisun made it two straight wins in the track's new Limited Late Model Stock Car division. Top competitors Jim Freethy of Danville and Larry Damitz of Vallejo waged a torrid battle for the lead for most of the feature, only to spin each other out as Hynes went on to win.

"I just got lucky," said Hynes who won by being consistently in third place. "The two best drivers spun out. They made a big mistake and I capitalized on it. I guess it is all part of racing."

Damitz fought his way back to second. Freethy left the track after the restart following the spinout.

Defending International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) SportMod champ Jeremy Hoff of Copperopolis won the season's first event for that division. Lloyd Cline of Martinez and Robert Gallagher of San Jose took second and third, respectively.

Hobby Stock champ Kimo Oreta of Vacaville returned to his winning ways, holding off a restart challenge from Patti Ryland of Brentwood. Ryland's move allowed Nick Baldwin to race into second for an exciting three-way battle to the finish. Ryland had to settle for third, followed by Dan Jones of Castro Valley and Michael Cooper of Bay Point.

Brent Curran topped Carlos Gonzalez and Ken Radabaugh in the "Four Banger" main event.

Racing continues March 29 at Antioch Speedway. The "Civil War of Sprint Cars" series will see Northern and Southern California winged sprint car drivers racing against each other in their only visit to the speedway this season. IMCA modifieds will also be racing in the twin bill. Each class of race cars will have a complete program of qualifying races and feature event.

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