For the first time since 2017 the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards is locked and loaded to do battle at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds based Antioch Speedway this Saturday.
The July 1st event at the “Action Track by the Delta” is the seventh race of the season for the Sprint Car Challenge Tour and the only appearance of 2023 in Antioch. So far this year there have been five different winners in the first six shows for the SCCT 360s, as parity continues to be immense.
“We look forward to bringing the Sprint Car Challenge Tour back to Antioch Speedway on Saturday,” commented SCCT President Scott Russell. “They’ve done a fantastic job giving the place a total facelift since our last event there six years ago and we should be in store for an exciting night.”
Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox brings the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards point lead into Saturday. The driver of the Bates-Hamilton Racing No. 42x has put together a consistent season, having finished among the top-five in half of the SCCT main events thus far.
While Cox looks to park it for the first time in 2023 with the tour, runner up in points Dylan Bloomfield hopes to close the gap at his home track. The Oakley youngster sits 39-markers behind Cox while piloting the Vertullo Racing No. 83v mount. Templeton’s Kaleb Montgomery, Auburn’s Andy Forsberg and Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto complete the top-five going into Saturday.
Last Saturday’s Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup winner Justin Sanders ranks sixth in the standings and will climb back into the seat of the Dale Miller Septic No. 4sa Sprinter in Antioch. Sanders has one win and has not finished outside of the top-five in any of his SCCT starts this year. Dale Miller brings a 55-point lead in the car owner standings to the Antioch facility on Saturday.
Current Garth Moore Insurance Rookie of the Year leader Chance Grasty of Suisun City sits seventh in points, followed by Clovis’ Dominic Gorden, Dunnigan’s Luke Hayes and previous World of Outlaws winner at Antioch Speedway, Shane Golobic rounding out the top-10.
All cars that have competed at each SCCT event are also eligible for the $500 Shop Kyle Larson Bonus if they win at Antioch on Saturday. If they can do so, it will make for a $3,000 total payday. Standard nightly payouts with the tour continue to be $2,500-to-win and $400-to-start the 24-car main event.
The lone SCCT events held at Antioch Speedway in 2017 were claimed by Visalia’s Cory Eliason and Chico’s Jonathan Allard respectively.
Tickets and Details:
Adult tickets at Antioch Speedway this Saturday July 1st cost $25 while seniors and military with ID cost $20. Kids 6-11 are $15, with five and under being admitted free. A family pass featuring two adults and two kids tickets will be offered for $60.
The pit gate will open at 2pm, with the front grandstand gate opening at 4pm. The pit meeting will be held at 4:30pm with cars on track for wheel packing at 5pm. Hot laps, Sierra Foothills Wine Services qualifying, and racing will follow.
The event will follow the standard SCCT muffler rule, which is either the Large Flowmaster or Large Spintech Muffler as described in the rulebook.
For those who can’t make it to the track CaliDirt.TV provides live coverage of every Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards race. The live streaming service also includes the entire championship point race season from Placerville Speedway in 2023. Fans can purchase through a monthly membership or on a per race basis via https://calidirt.tv/
The Antioch Speedway is located on the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds at the corner of 10th and L Streets in Antioch, California. The physical address is 1201 W. 10th Street Antioch, CA 94509. The track is located just a little over an hour from the capital city of Sacramento. More info can be found at www.antiochspeedway.com
The Sprint Car Challenge Tour would like to thank Elk Grove Ford, Abreu Vineyards, Hoosier Racing Tires, CaliDirt.TV, Shop Kyle Larson, Pit Stop USA, Tiner-Hirst Enterprise, BR Motorsports, King Racing Products, A.R.T. Speed Equipment, D&D Roofing, Sierra Foothills Wine Services, Garth Moore Insurance and Financial Services and High Sierra Industries for their support this season.
More information on the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards can be found at our official website www.sprintcarchallengetour.com – Be sure to also like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sprintcarchallengetour and follow on Twitter https://twitter.com/360SCCT for the latest breaking news regarding SCCT. You can also find us on Instagram by searching scct360.
Upcoming Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards events
Saturday July 1: Antioch Speedway
Saturday July 22: Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico (10th annual Tyler Wolf Memorial)
Saturday August 19: Ocean Speedway in Watsonville (63rd Johnny Key Classic)
Wednesday September 6: Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico (Pacific Sprint Cup)
Story by Gary Thomas. Images courtesy of Tim Holland and D&P Photos