ANTIOCH -- Hometown driver Michael Salazar returned to victory lane for the first time in two years on June 7 at Antioch Speedway.
Salazar took the lead early in the International Motor Contest Association modified stock car main event and never looked back.
"I'm worn out from that drive," Salazar said after emerging from his car on a 90-degree night. "I did not know how close the second place car was, so I just drove as fast as I could and hung on."
That second place driver was Sean O'Gara of Fairfield, who had his best showing to date at the 3/8-mile high-banked oval.
"It was tricky getting though traffic," O'Gara said. "I got into the clear and did everything I could to catch Mike (Salazar)."
Third place Carl Berendsen of Antioch spun out and worked his way back to the top. Fourth place Terry Kaiser of Fairfield also had his personal best finish, despite a spectacular front-stretch crash at the start of the race.
Kaiser, who began his career at the old Vallejo Speedway more than 30 years ago, glanced the wall and then was crashed into by Jake Dewsbury of Pittsburg.
"All I could see was a big tire coming at me through the window," said Kaiser of the impact that caused Dewsbury's car to climb atop his. "The car was mangled but still race able. Coming back after that was a blast."
Billy Macedo was lying in wait during most of the Northern All Star Wingless Sprint Car main event. As the cars spread out, he picked them off, one by one.
On the white flag lap, Kyle Bakkie of Citrus Heights thought he was in route to his first win. Suddenly, Macedo challenged him for the lead in the first turn and made the pass.
"(Bakkie) did a great job driving -- his best tonight," Macedo said. "What can I say? I took my time. The track was slick and fast. I knew I had to get my car earlier into the turn to beat him. Once I did, I let the car do its stuff."
A pair of Antioch drivers, Rick Panfilli and Roy Fisher crossed the line in third and fourth.
Oakley's Nick Baldwin dropped to second with eight laps to go in the Hobby Stock feature, as Kimo Oreta of Vacaville looked to be the guaranteed winner.
But in the fourth turn, with the checkered flag flying, Oreta saw two lapped cars come together right in front of him.
"I was cruising, and I thought I was going to get into them," Oreta said. "I almost turned my car sideways to avoid crashing. I salvaged it. But, before I straightened out, (Baldwin) was there.
Baldwin drove through the spinning cars and onto the win.
"After a couple of bad weeks, it felt really good to have a good week," Baldwin said in victory lane. "Catching Kimo (Oreta) is hard to do. Catching him in traffic is what I hoped for."
Danny Wagner of Bay Point won the Dwarf Cars feature, Kevin Miraglio of Pleasanton was second and Jack Haverty of Cupertino was third.
Mike Learn of Petaluma won for the second time this season in the Limited Late Model Division.
Antioch Speedway holds the first of several summertime special events this week, as two double headers are on tap for June 14.
IMCA Modifieds and Sport Mods will each have a main event and qualifying events. Northern All Star Late Model Stock Cars and Wingless Sprint Cars will also each have feature events and qualifying races. In addition, Hobby Stocks and "Four-Bangers" will be part of the program.