NASCAR's OLDEST WESTERN TRACK SETS 2003 SCHEDULE
The Stockton "99" Speedway has announced it's 2003 racing season. Entering the 58th season of auto racing, the
West Coast's oldest continually-operating paved oval and oldest NASCAR sanctioned track is presenting a slate that
will appeal to a broad spectrum of oval track racing enthusiasts. Returning to the high-banked paved oval will be the
NASCAR Winston West Grand National cars and drivers in the DODGE COUNTRY/NAPA AUTO PARTS 200
on August 16. Last year the series made its first appearance at the speedway in 19 years to a standing-room-only
crowd. Making their first appearance at the speedway in more than three decades will be the "National Midget" arm of
the United States Auto Club. The USAC National will include the Western States USAC contingent as well as the
Northern and Central California-based Bay Cities Racing Association midgets that will open the season on Sunday
afternoon, March 30. The nation's top midget cars and drivers are entered. The solid track foundation of the
HAVOLINE, UNION 76, BUDWEISER NASCAR WEEKLY RACING SERIES by DODGE, Western Late
Model stock cars, Grand American Modifieds, pure stocks, Legend cars and Pro 4 trucks will provide the racing
action on a weekly basis with several of the divisions augmenting the special intermittent programs such as the Winston
West and midget events. Among the special programs will be the return of the "BUDWEISER 125 Presented by
HAVOLINE" Featherlite Southwest Tour machines on April 26 and the HAVOLINE WESTERN STATES
CHAMPIONSHIP featuring the powerful sprint cars of the United States Auto Club (USAC) on May 17 with the
Western Late Models, Pure Stocks and Legend cars. The track will offer the mighty midgets of the Bay Cities Racing
Association (BCRA) on May 31 and again on August 30, along with regular track divisions. This will mark the 64th
season for BCRA, an organization that has nurtured many stars and winners that went on to the Indianapolis 500.
A host of local and national companies will sponsor various events, including Havoline Oil, Union 76 Gasoline,
Budweiser Beer, United States Army, Dodge Cars and Trucks, Napa Auto Parts, Coca Cola, Craftsman, Gatorade,
3M, United States Gypsum and radio stations KAT 103.3 and HAWK 104.1, as well as three of the most popular
programs, presented by Hot Wood, that include the "Hot Wood Tri-Holiday Classic 100" events on May 24, July 3
and August 30.
The 22-race season will conclude with the "Mayor's Cup Championship Night" on September 20 with the Western
Late Models, Grand American Modifieds, pure stocks, Pro 4 trucks and the Legend cars, as well as a major
fireworks display. The Stockton "99" Speedway is the only paved NASCAR short track from north of Madera to the
state of Washington. The track motto, "Since 1947 and still turning left", continues into 2003 with the finest racing and
family entertainment in the region.
$25 general admission
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