(John’s Racing Photos)
PETERSEN MEDIA- In action for one final weekend in 2016 with the Antaya Motorsports team, Colby Copeland would pick up a 15th place finish with the Civil War Series on a very tricky Stockton Dirt Track.
“The track was pretty tough all night long, and passing really wasn’t happening,” Copeland said. “The 360 car was pretty good all night long, and after time trials we seemed to struggle a little with the 410 car.”
Competing with both the King of the West Series and the Civil War Series, Copeland would get things started by timing the Antaya Motorsports machine in seventh fastest in his qualifying flight in the 360 program.
Finishing fourth in his heat race, the Roseville, CA driver would transfer into the feature event where he would grid the field from the seventh row.
On a surface that was slick and abrasive, the racing groove was extremely narrow and created single file racing. Getting in line, Copeland would find himself back in the 15th spot as he chased after Mason Moore and Greg DeCaires.
Unable to get going on a run, Copeland would close the team’s 360 season with a 15th place finish.
Also competing with the King of the West 410’s, Copeland would get his night started off very well as he timed in third quickest in qualifying time trials.
Finishing fifth in his heat race, Copeland would be forced into the 12-lap ‘B’ Main event. Running second to Kyle Hirst, Copeland would safely move into the team’s final feature event of the season.
Taking the green flag from the ninth starting spot, Copeland would not get off to a good start as he would get shuffled back when the action got under way. With the track continuing to worsen, Copeland would call it a night on the 12th lap as he headed back to the pit area.
“I have to thank Larry Antaya and this team for everything,” Copeland added. “This came together late in the year and it has been fun getting things started. We would have liked to end the year on a little better note, but it wasn’t meant to me. Thanks to everyone who stepped up and made this deal possible.”
Antaya Motorsports would like to thank Good Guys Rod and Custom Association, Fire Protection Management, Inc., TW Performance, Kaeding Performance, Cardinal Paint and Powder, Tool World, and Shiro’s Collision Center for their support in 2016.
ON TAP: Antaya Motorsports’ 2016 has come to a close.
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