60 years ago

Early heat wave brings top June temperature: The hot weather arrived early this year as the temperature rose to a high of 106 degrees in Brentwood last Sunday and Monday, the highest on record for June since June 30, 1942 when it rose to 107 degrees.

As a yearly high, this Sunday and Monday's heat was the highest since July 28, 1952, when it reached 108 degrees. The evenings have not been any exception to being warm. With warm winds of 30 miles per hour, the mercury climbed to 74 degrees, marking it a very uncomfortable night. There are a few times recorded when June 21, the longest day, was also the hottest day.

25 years ago

Full slate of action set for Antioch Speedway: Championship auto racing returns to Antioch Speedway tonight following a wild Memorial Day weekend of action that brought out the best in local drivers.

Saturday's action will feature full programs in late model and street stock cars, plus a trophy dash and 15-lap main in Figure 8 competition, according to racing director Brynda Stiles.

In last Saturday's competitions, local pilots shut out visiting drivers in all three main events.

Ron Shelton of Antioch was a wire-to-wire winner in the 20-lap street stock car feature; John "Boom Boom" Belando took the 50-lap Figure-8 main; and Scott Holloway of Oakley showed the way in the 15-lap finale for modified dirt cars.

"I've asked a number of racing old-timers, and none of them recall when local drivers slammed the door tight on visitors in the three main events on the same program," said Stiles.

It was a different story Sunday night, when Bobby Hogge of Salinas led the pack for late model chargers in the 50-lap main, the concluding event in the 1989 Tri-Track championship.

Hogge won the main at Antioch, but the championship on points went to Jim Pettit of Seaside, who won at Watsonville Speedway Friday night, placed third at Merced Saturday and took second at Antioch Speedway Sunday evening.

-- Brentwood News and Daily Ledger news files

Pettit received a 3-foot trophy and $250 out of the $750 point purse for the top five in the three-tack event.

-- Brentwood News and Daily Ledger news files