ANTIOCH -- Four-time track champ Troy Foulger of Martinez scored his first victory of the 2014 season April 19 at Antioch Speedway as he battled Vacaville's Danny Dozier in the International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) main event.
Dozier quickly moved through the pack, fighting off challenges from Antioch's Carl Berendsen in the modified stock car feature. Foulger and Dozier then fought side-by-side, with Dozier taking the lead on a restart with five laps to go.
"I thought the top of the track was faster, and (Dozier) got me by staying low on the inside," Foulger explained in victory lane. "(Dozier) was racing great. It was fun to be alongside him in a good, clean race."
Luckily for Foulger, there was one more caution flag, and he regained the lead in a thrilling finish.
"My car pushed through the corners a bit," Dozier later explained. "He just rolled through the center of the turn a little better than I could."
Local modified stock car favorite Scott Busby did not race in the event as he was injured in a work-related accident and was scheduled to undergo surgery April 23. He will miss several races during his recovery.
IMCA SportMod track champ Jeremy Hoff of Copperopolis was the surprise winner in the division's feature event, which had its largest car count to date. Hoff battled alongside Morgan Hill's Jim DiGiovanni for most of the race. DiGiovanni got in front of Hoff just before the checkered flag dropped.
As the cars were weighed after the race, DiGiovanni's car was found to be too light, and he was disqualified. Hoff was awarded the win and All Sotomayor of Watsonville was moved up to second.
"It feels strange to win that way," Hoff said in the infield. "Rules are always a factor. That's part of racing."
Racing in seven different decades has its benefits, and Larry Damitz of Vallejo was quick to point to that in the Limited Late Model division victory lane. Competitors noticed Damitz had no problem handling the track's condition in his heat race. While the others were scratching their heads, Damitz confidently prepared for the feature.
Damitz, 85, was untouchable in the feature event. Mike Hynes of Suisun chased him to the finish from several car lengths behind. Lori Brown of Antioch finished third.
When asked if experience was a factor, Damitz was quick to answer.
"Oh, yes," he smiled. "Sometimes it pays to be old."
Patti Ryland of Brentwood was the Hobby Stock feature event winner, fighting off the challenges of Oakley's Nick Baldwin, who finished second.
Danny Wagner of Bay Point recovered from a spin out to take the Dwarf Car division main event at the finish line. His car was damaged when hit in the driver's side by another car early in the event. With dirt flying from his bright yellow car, Wagner rode to the wall to narrowly squeeze by Pat Urdahl of Concord.
The Northern All Star Late Model and Modified stock car divisions, plus the Northern All Star Wingless Sprint Cars headline a triple-header April 26 at Antioch Speedway. The Hobby Stock and four cylinder "Four-Banger" division will also have a complete program of qualifying races and feature events. Racing begins at 6 p.m.