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Topic: ANTIOCH (Calif.) SPEEDWAY: GARY NELSON, JR. SCORES FIRST WIN
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For Immediate Release: Sunday, June 12, 2011 GARY NELSON, JR. SCORES FIRST WIN IN WINGLESS SPRINTS; RYLAND OUTRUNS DAMITZ IN LIMITED LATE MODELS Contact: mikeadaskaveg@racemerced.com Antioch, Calif. - The words just wouldn’t come out when Gary Nelson, Jr. of San Jose popped up through the top of his roll cage, fists clenched in the air, after winning his first All Star Wingless Sprint feature event at Antioch Speedway Saturday night. “This feels great,” he said after catching his breath. “I was trying not to lose it. I was a bundle of nerves on the white flag lap.” Nelson was pressured the last ten laps of the event by Jeremy Hawes of Marysville and Dave Press of San Mateo. Hawes had no brakes but managed to take home second by sticking on Nelson’s back bumper. “I couldn’t check up,” Hawes said in victory lane. “I just had to run as safely as I could and hold my position.” Holding the position wasn’t an easy chore. “Dynamite Dave” Press was trying every move in every groove to get around Nelson and Hawes. “What good is it to follow the leaders?” Press explained in victory lane. “They stayed in the high groove, so I tried the low groove. If they were low, I would have gone high.” Press got under the leaders in the third and fourth turns several times in the thrilling final laps of the feature. “I gained on them in the third and fourth, but lost ground in the fist turn,” Press continued. “I tried my best.” Point leader Dan Gonderman of Antioch finished fourth, chased by Billy Macedo of Concord. The “Larry and Freddie” show continued in the Limited Late Model Main event. This week it was “Fast Fredddie” Ryland of Brentwood who took the lead and refused to give it up to 82-year-old Larry Damitz of Vallejo. The two drivers have dominated the division at both Antioch and Merced Speedways. They were tied in points going into the event. “It could have been either one of us in victory lane,” Ryland said. “We’re so closely matched this season.” Damitz had one chance to pass Ryland on a restart, but had the inside position. “The place to be on that restart was the outside,” Damitz said. “Sometimes it is the inside, sometimes the outside. It makes all the difference.” The crash filled “Four Banger” main event saw Justin Silveira of Oak Grove battle Matt Larsen and Chris Gonzalez. “A couple of times I thought Matt was going to pass me,” Silveira said. “I just hung on and drove as fast as I could.” Gonzalez thrilled the crowd as he took turns three and four on two wheels in his Volkswagen, almost rolling it over time and time again. “Did you see that?” he smiled in victory lane. “It was fun.” Hobby Stock winner Brad Myers of Brentwood had his fiance Melissa Hansen along for the ride to victory lane, just like he does every week. The two met at the auto parts store they work at and decided to race as a team. After three second place finishes, they scored their first win. Asked in victory lane about wedding plans, they offered no date. “As soon as we finish the racing season,” Myers said. “First things first.” Jim Freethy finished second, and “Cole” Kimo Oreta of Vacaville, known as “Flyin’ Mo”, finished third in his first main event of the season. “We had a good, clean race,” Oreta said. “I tried hard to pass them and I didn’t want to mess them up.” Danny Wagner won the “Mini-Trux” main event, continuing his dominance of the division. OFFICIAL RESULTS: Antioch Speedway Wingless Sprints 6/11/11 Heat Race 1 1.-41 David Press 2.-11N Bobby Nichols 3.-23 Tyler Henriquez 4.-8 Dan Gonderman 5.-22 Nick Davis 6.-21 Roy Fisher 7.-25 Raymond Benkowski 8.-83Austin Liggett Heat 2 1.-M1 Billy Macedo 2.-6 Joe Stornetta 3.-3X Scotti Dupont 4.-55X Jeff Banbury 5.-2N Shannon Newton 6.-98 Jeff Lee 7.-55 Danny Malfatti 8.-7J John Campanelli Heat 3 1.-6N Gary Nelson 2.-24N Nick Larsen 3.-00 Braedon Enos 4.-1 Terry Shank 5.-7 Jeremy Hawes 6.-69 Ron LaPlant 7.-2 Trevor Schmid Dash 1.-6N Gary Nelson 2.-6 Joe Stornetta 3.-24N Nick Larsen 4.-41 David Press 5.-11N Bobby Nichols 6.-M1 Billy Macedo B Main Event 1.-21 Roy Fisher 2.-7 Jeremy Hawes 3.-98 Jeff Lee 4.-25 Raymond Benkowski 5.-69 Ron LaPlant 6.-55 Danny Malfatti 7.-22 Nick Davis 8.-2N Shannon Newton A Main Event 1.-6N Gary Nelson 2.-7 Jeremy Hawes 3.-41 David Press 4.-8 Dan Gonderman 5.-M1 Billy Macedo 6.-98 Jeff Lee 7.-69 Ron LaPlant 8.-25 Raymond Benkowski 9.-55 Danny Malfatti 10.-21 Roy Fisher 11.-00 Braedon Enos 12.-24N Nick Larsen 13.-6 Joe Stornetta 14.-3X Scotti Dupont 15.-1 Terry Shank 16.-55X Jeff Banbury 17.-11N Bobby Nichols 18.-23 Tyler Henriquez Hobby Stock Main Event 1.-33 Brad Myer 2.-99 Jim Freethy 3.-03 Cole Oreta 4.-26 Brian Beard 5.-94 Pat Gooding 6.-8R Randy Metzler 7.-7 Patti Ryland 8.-19 Howard Binney 9.-14 Paul Mulder 10.-13 Nick Viscussi 11.-10 Devon DelDosso 12.-43 Jeff Bettencourt 13.-90 Chuck Templeton 14.-5 Dana Andresen 15.-24 Dave Bettencourt Four Banger Main Event 1.-25 Justin Silveira 2.-19 Matt Larsen 3.-66 Chris Gonzalez 4.-76X Mike Felt 5.-14W Robbie Waldrop 6.-16 Frank Furtado 7.-87 Sterling Montgomery 8.-45 Laura Crabtree 9.-74 Shawna Vannucchi Lmited Late Model Main Event 1.-7 Fred Ryland 2.-15 Larry Damitz 3.-2 Mike Gustafson 4.-99 Jim Freethy 5.-65 Lori Brown 6.-83 Michelle Newman 7.-24 Frank Furtado 8.-05 Mike Hynes Mini Trux Main Event 1.-11D Danny Wagner 2.-51 Mike Harmon 3.-66 Pete Paulsen 4.-45J Jon Haney 5.-11 Ken Radabaugh 6.-39 Junior Garcia 7.-66X Jessica Jones

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