ANTIOCH -- Sprint cars and hobby stocks are on the schedule for the much-anticipated opening of the 2013 season at Antioch Speedway on March 30.

The Civil War Series 360 cubic inch sprint cars -- a traveling show that pits Northern California drivers against Southern California drivers -- will be the main event at the 3/8-mile clay oval. A special season-starting hobby stock feature has been added to the program.

"The hobby stockers were racing hard against each other in our practice sessions the last three weekends," said Antioch Speedway promoter John Soares. "So, we felt they were ready for a special surprise -- a non-point event with a great purse to open their season."

The Civil War Series -- often frequented by the best sprint drivers in California, has not been featured at Antioch Speedway in several years. It will also be the only Antioch appearance by the traveling group. The event will be the season opener for both the speedway and the series.

Seven-time champion Andy Forsberg of Auburn will be the racer to beat this Saturday. Last season his main competition came from Colby Wiesz of Colfax, who finished second in the points. This season, Forsberg's archrival, former series champ Sean Becker, is expected to return full-time to give Forsberg a run for the money.

Bradley Terrell of Sebastopol is the top local driver looking to challenge the top guys in the series.

The Civil War Series sets the tone for a month-long series of Antioch Speedway sprint car events. It is followed by programs featuring the World of Outlaws on April 5, 360 Winged Sprint Cars on April 13, King of the West 410 Sprint Cars on April 20, and Wingless Sprints headlining on April 27.

Antioch Speedway is located at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds in Antioch, with parking at the L Street entrance to the fair. Admission is $16 for adults, $10 for children, and $10 for senior citizens. The gates open at 5 p.m.

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