By Candice Martin
ANTIOCH, Calif. (July 8, 2023) – Troy Foulger won the 25-lap Friesen Performance IMCA Modified feature Saturday night during Antioch Speedway’s eighth annual Hetrick Memorial.
Already Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational qualifying eligible, Foulger took home $1,250 on this occasion.
Foulger drew the front row for the feature race but Josh Combs jumped into the early lead. Following a yellow flag on lap two, Foulger bolted into the lead with Kellen Chadwick in tow. Bobby Hogge then settled into third before making an inside pass in turn four on lap five to take second from Chadwick.
Foulger saw his lead erased by a lap nine yellow flag and had to deal with multiple cautions over the next half-dozen laps, but beat Hogge on each ensuing restart. Foulger was just too smooth during the final 10 laps and brought it home to a satisfying win. Hogge settled for second ahead of Chadwick, Nick DeCarlo and Andrew Pearce.
Kenny Shrader picked up the win in the 20-lap Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMod main. It paid $1,000.
Mark Garner set the early pace ahead of Haley Gomez, who surrendered second to Shrader a lap later. A yellow flag waved on lap seven and Shrader took the lead from Garner on the restart with Tommy Fraser making a low pass in turn four on lap nine for third.
An outside pass on the back stretch on lap 12 put Fraser into second, but the tenacious Garner regained that position two laps later. Ryan moved up to battle Fraser for third, grabbing the spot on lap 18, and Shrader brought it home a happy winner ahead of Garner, Ryan, Fraser and Trevor Clymens.
Troy Foulger also won again in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, gaining the lead at the halfway point of the race and taking the checkers by a wide margin.
Terry DeCarlo Jr. set the early pace ahead of Jason Robles and Foulger, who was passed by Mitch Enos on the seventh lap.
However, Foulger stuck his car up on the outside and made a high pass around Enos and Robles to claim second on the following circuit, closed in on DeCarlo and made a high pass in turn two of the 11th lap to grab the lead.
Foulger stretched his advantage to a straightaway in victory with Robles beating DeCarlo in a near photo finish at the line for second. Enos ended up fourth ahead of Scott Foster.