I am riding home at night from the supermarket. I am on back streets in a suburban neighborhood. The cross street I am on is one lane in each direction demarcated down the center with a very faded (practically invisible) stripe of red, white and green (it's an Italian neighborhood). The cross street I am travelling on is about 1/10th of a mile long and has an occasional parked car. The speed limit, though not posted- so far as I recall- cannot be more than 20 or 25 mph. The road is very lightly travelled by primarily local traffic. My bike is lit with a Cat Eye LT1000 rear light, a handlebar mounted front light and a helmet light. I am wearing a reflectorized bright orange outer layer. I have two large bags of groceries in my milk crate and am riding well left of the center of the lane. I am closer to the center of the road than the right side of the lane. I am behaving predictably and riding what is often referred to in A & S as "vehicularly". As I am about 200' from the intersection at the end of the road I hear what sounds like a pick up truck coming up the road behind me. I can tell the driver may be exceeding the speed limit as the truck is approaching rather rapidly.
My normal response would be to move to the right and let this bozo get to the stop sign a fraction before I do and let him go on his merry way. But I decide I will test the theory of maintaining a "centerish lane position" and, in fact, I moved ever so slightly left of where I was and slightly increased my speed from perhaps 14 mph to about 16mph. His response was to increase his speed and he got right up behind me about 40 feet before the intersection and then whipped close by me (about a foot off my left) and right hooked me to the stop sign. I was stopped about 2" from his passenger door face to face with his surly looking passenger. I was so ticked off I almost spit at the window right at him. Avoiding the confrontation I blank stared him and let him go.
At this point in my life I prefer to avoid these situations. Years of experience on the bike said move well to the right and let him get to the stop sign literally a fraction of a second before me. If I'm understanding VC theory I was in a lane controlling position.
What did I do wrong and why did this driver not behave as theorized?