|Time to get back in game
With shop up and running, driver prepares
By Bill Poindexter
Record Staff Writer
Published Friday, July 2, 2004
Pictures of #33 are file photos from the 2001 season at
Stockton 99 Speedway. SRL photos courtesy of Eddie Alves and
the SRL. Tri-Holiday are from Gone Racin'.
STOCKTON -- Brent
Seitz hasn't raced in a little more than two years. He hasn't
had time, which means business is good at B&R Automotive
Machine Shop in Stockton.
Seitz, 47, and a
business partner have owned B&R Automotive for 30 years and
recently added a small high-performance shop up front at the
business on Fremont Street.
With the speed
shop up and running for almost a year, Seitz has had time to
assemble a ride for the SRL Wild West Shootout on Saturday
night at Stockton 99 Speedway. He will practice with several
other drivers from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the track.
"Between that and
the machine shop, it keeps you busy," Seitz said Thursday. "I
used to be one of
those guys who was up in the stands and said, 'Ah, anybody can
do this.' But it's a lot of hard work. We just haven't had the
time. We're trying to run the business, and we don't have time
to work on the car like we used to."
He has had enough
time to cover a car built by Phil Perry of Rocklin with a 2004
Chevrolet Monte Carlo body. Perry updated certain features on
the car to make it legal by SRL standards. The car is painted
red, white and blue, and with 33 already claimed, Seitz
changed the car number to 18.
"We'll get the
cobwebs shaken off and go out," Seitz said. "This is just
something I want to do. We enjoy it."
Seitz talked to a
crewman in January about returning to the track, and work
began in February. Seitz said he tested at Stockton 99 two
weeks ago, "just to make sure all the nuts and bolts stayed on
and to get it set up so you don't have to mess with it on race
Seitz also plans
to compete in the next Shootout on July 24 at Altamont
Motorsports Park near Tracy and, "if all goes well," in the
NASCAR Elite Division Southwest Series race July 31 at
Although he is
"starting to get excited again," Seitz said the days of racing
26 weeks in a row are over.
"We can't do that
anymore," he said. "It must have something to do with getting
real WILD WEST Shootout
Rick Ruzbarsky#51, of
Tracy enters the Wild West Shootout with a 15-point lead over
former champion Jeff Anthony,
#76, of Livermore. Eight points
separate Anthony (255) and Ken Boyd, #26, of Ceres, who is fifth
with 247. Steve Belletto, #30, of Modesto is third with 254 and 2003
rookie of the year Ryan Foster, #21, of Anderson is fourth with 252.
"The level of
competition is unbelievable," Shootout coordinator Steve
and Foster have one victory each through six races in the
11-race series. Joey Zampa, #92, of Napa won the first Shootout at
Stockton 99 on March 28, and Jeff Belletto, #6, of Modesto won the
most recent Shootout on June 19 at Madera Speedway.
maintained the points lead with five finishes of fourth or
better. He was 10th at Madera.
Contessotto of Stockton isn't in the points race in the
Western Late Model division, but he has a two-point lead over
Stockton's Gary Shafer Jr. in Tri-Holiday Classic points with
of three 100-lappers in the series scheduled for Saturday at
the longest route possible to win the Tri-Holiday opener over
Memorial Day weekend. He transferred to the main event through
the semi-main and started in the back.
Dave Byrd of
Pacific Grove, the overall points leader, controlled the first
92 laps before he was put in the wall in a skirmish with
Shannon Mansch of Roseville. Guy Guibor of Manteca then led
with John Moore of Granite Bay on his tail, but their night
ended three laps from the end when they locked coming out of
turn four. Moore's front wheels ended up on Guibor's hood.
inherited the lead and drove the final two laps to his first
Late Model victory.