ANTIOCH -- When Bradley Terrell of Sebastopol was seriously injured after crashing his sprint car at another speedway early in the season, fans thought they wouldn't see him race again this season.
Not only did Terrell sit behind the wheel of a sprint car on June 21 for the first time since the crash, he went on to win the 360 Winged Sprint Car half of the $3,000 "Summer Spectacular" at Antioch Speedway. Shawn Arriaga of Antioch was second, four car lengths behind Terrell at the finish line.
"My car was so dialed in, it was like it was on auto pilot," Terrell said after being helped from his car. "It drove itself."
Two and a half months earlier, he was lying in a hospital bed.
"I broke my femur, my ulna, and was pretty banged up," he said of his crash at the half-mile Calistoga Speedway oval. "People said I was coming back a little too soon, but I didn't think so. It's great to be back at Antioch Speedway and win all in one night. I first won here when I was 14 years old."
In the Northern All Star Modified Stock Car portion of the program, veteran Livermore driver Shawn DeForest raced Chico's Ryan McDaniel side-by-side for half of the feature, nosing out McDaniel at the finish line. Drivers Bobby Hogge IV and Troy Foulger crossed the finish line on the back bumpers of the lead cars.
DeForest, who never won in a modified, topped the best in the division, and did so in a format that allowed all types of modified cars to race.
"We finally got it done tonight. Not only did we win, but we did with an IMCA legal car racing against cars with an obvious mechanical advantage," DeForest said.
The International Motor Contest Association NORCAR challenge will draw a big field of modifieds to Antioch Speedway at June 28. A five division program will also see Northern All Star Wingless Sprint Cars, Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks and Dwarf cars each completing qualifying races and having a feature event.