Oakley's Kellen Chadwick, last season's dominant champion in the dirt modifieds, beat the other drivers in his appearance on opening night.
The father-son combination of Jim Perry III and Jim Perry, Jr. finished one-two in the wingless sprint event. Appropriately, the son was the 2006 champion while his father captured the 2005 title.
Dan McCown of Oakley, who made his racing debut last year, finishing 10th in the pure stock point standings, won the main event on opening night for his first-ever victory. He returned last weekend determined to make it two in a row.
Outdueling Jason Robles in his heat race, McCown came home in front. In the main event, Robles lined up in a front row starting position with McCown in the row behind. But at the conclusion of the 20 laps, McCown had pulled into first, leaving Robles in the second spot.
Before last season, McCown was best known as the crew chief for his daughter, Megan Ponciano, and his wife, Denise. But now he's making a name for himself on the track.
"Denise got me into this when she built me a new car to race," McCown said. "However, when we ran, it didn't have the same characteristics as her old pure stock. We sold that one, and then it was a matter of finding (the old one). I finally located the old car, bought it and started working to getting it to run fast and handle good."
McCown is clearly reaping the benefits of that endeavor and hopes to do so for the remainder of the season.
John Soares, Jr., promoter of the Antioch Speedway, has lined up more sprint car racing for this season. The wingless sprints head Saturday night's show. The following week, April 7, the Golden State 410 Winged Sprint Cars make the first of two appearances for the season.