Originally Published Friday, May 4, 2001
'May madness' hits Stockton 99 track
By Bill Poindexter
Record Assistant Sports Editor
May will be a busy month for the Late Model Sportsman division at Stockton 99 Speedway, starting Saturday night with a 76-lap main event that's worth double points.
That will be followed with twin 38-lap mains May 12. After a week off to catch their breath, the Late Models return May 26 for a 100-lapper, the first race in the Tri-Holiday Classic series.
"It's May madness. That's what I'm thinking," track general manager Ken Gross said. "It's going to be wild."
Jim Pettit of Seaside, who won the season opener, won't race Saturday. He'll be in Las Vegas for the NASCAR Southwest Series event.
But Gross still expects "close to 25 cars," including Ron Strmiska Jr. of Manteca and two-time track champion David Philpott of Tracy making their season debuts. Gross also said C.J. Jahnke of Reno is expected to attend. The purse is $12,115.
Looking ahead to the Memorial Day Weekend program, Pettit told Gross he plans to attend, as does 1999 Tri-Track Challenge champion Burney Lamar of West Sacramento.
Pettit, Dave Byrd of Pacific Grove and Brent Seitz of Stockton finished 1-2-3 in the opener to qualify for the Tri-Holiday event. The top three finishers Saturday night also will qualify.
Also on the program will be the Grand American Modified, Pro Stock and BCRA Midget classes. The Pure Stock division has the night off.
It's the second of six appearances for the Midgets. Points leader Thomas Meseraull of San Jose has set fast time at Stockton 99 three times in a row. Also in the field will be Chuck Gurney Jr. of Livermore, a three-time winner last season, John Sarale of Stockton, Jim Silva of Manteca and 66-year-old four-time champion Floyd Alvis of San Carlos.
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