2009 Local Tracks
STOCKTON 99 SPEEDWAY
Kids Night 2000
Kid's Night 2001
Kid's Night 2002
Kid's Night 2004
Kid's Night 2005
Kid's Night 2006
Kid’s Night Out At The
Races Produced Some Fantastic Racing. Big Wheel And Wheel To Wheel.
by David Holman
If you wandered out past the garden where blackbirds rustle
with whiplash against blue wagons of wind to a place in the orchard where
passions run deep on this Oval Highway we call Stockton 99 Speedway, you could
feel the tug of childish plumes as this Event got underway Saturday, August
22nd, on Kid’s Night Out at the Races. Joining the youngsters on this
beautiful summer afternoon would be the NASCAR Whelen All-American Western Late
Models, Grand American Modifieds, ALSC/Street Stocks and the Bombers.
It’s hard to believe there are only five races left on the
season for the Western Late Models, but nonetheless, they just keep rolling
along as we come down the final stretch to the finish line. The
Championship in this Division may be a foregone conclusion, but that certainly
didn’t deter the fantastic racing that has taken place each and every week this
year from taking place once again this evening. When these drivers hit the
track they are single-minded in their will to win. San Ramon’s Tim
Spurgeon (86) and Salida’s Mike Beeler (6) got this 60 lapper underway from the
front row. Coming back around to lap 1, Michael Wendt (2) of Lodi popped
out to the lead and held strong until lap 14 when Points Leader Justin Philpott
(05) of Tracy and the #51 of Atwater’s Carlos Vieira spun coming off turn four
to attract the first yellow of the night. On the restart, Wendt once again
assumed his position on point and was in command of the race, but on lap 22, the
racing Gods frowned down upon him in the unfortunate form of mechanical failure,
which ended his night and brought out the second yellow of the race. On
the restart, the #50 of Tracy’s David Philpott took control of the top spot and
pulled away to what appeared to be a half straightaway lead and his seventh win
of the year. But, upon further review during post-race inspection,
Philpott’s car was deemed to be unsatisfactory according to the rules set forth
and suffered a disqualification. Of course, this pushed everyone up a spot
giving the win to Beeler for his third on the year. Due to the
extraordinary circumstances, a quote from Beeler was unavailable. Todd
Corral (16) of Modesto finished second while Modesto’s Jeff Belletto (12) took
the third spot with the young Philpott and Spurgeon making up the top five.
In the Grand American Modifieds, it has been nothing less than
a phenomenal summer for Winters. Starting deep in the Point Standings,
Scott Winters has won the last nine times out, which has closed him to within
two points of Points Leader Michael Ostrowski. Tonight would prove to be a
hard-fought battle for that coveted top spot. Ostrowski (17) of Salida
started on pole with Rio Linda’s Mike Regelman (5a) at his side. Regelman
gained the early point until lap 5 when “The Scientist” Scott Winters (24) of
Tracy overtook the #5a and was well on his way to another outstanding run when,
on lap 23, the law of averages rained down on him in the form of mechanical
misfortune which forced him to the pits causing an abrupt halt to his night and
his win streak. One man’s misfortune is another man’s fortune, and
that would certainly be the case for Regelman as he was in place to inherit the
lead, which he proudly took advantage of and cruised to his first victory of the
year at Stockton. “I was thinking, awe man, come on, hold together for
another 17 laps,” said a very relieved Regelman, “I thought at the end, oh man,
something’s going to break, something’s going to happen, it always does.
So I was glad to see it turn around for me.” Otrowski held on to finish second
with Modified Sensation, Wes Miller (57) of Turlock, bringing her home third
while South Africa’s David Crouch (2) finished another very impressive fourth
and Tracy’s Jim Thompson (99) followed in fifth. Two cautions would plague
the race, but neither was detrimental to the leaders.
With five races remaining on the schedule, the ALSC/Street
Stock Division is still up in the air as far as the final standings are
concerned. But tonight was just another race towards that final outcome
and these guys hold nothing back, so their concerns were focused only on the
checkered flag for the event at hand. Escalon’s Brock Monroe (42) and
Riverbank’s Aaron Coonfield (25) brought this race under the green with Monroe
pacing the field for the first 25 circuits before he finally succumbed to the
pressure from Coonfield only to be slowed by the solo caution of the race as the
#70 of Steven Geiser lost a motor coming out of two and down the back shoot.
On the restart, Monroe motored back out to the point with Coonfield gnawing at
his back bumper until lap 33 when the #25 decided to make his move underneath
the #42. From there, it was all Coonfield as he took the checkers for his
eighth win of the season. “Talk about a fun race, I couldn’t ask for a
better guy to race against than one of my buddies from Sideburn Racing,” said an
elated Coonfield, “This is awesome, this is great. I can’t tell you how
happy I am.” Monroe held on to finish a close second with Stockton’s Brian
Vosburg (89) finishing third. Points Leader Jeff Ahl (31) of Lodi and
Salida’s Sammy Solari (79) rounded out the top five.
Ben Lewis II and Tom Dahl have become formidable forces in the
Bombers with an awesome rivalry brewing between the two, but you can never
forget about “Redneck” Russell Johnson Jr., because he is always lurking
somewhere, ready to strike if a mistake is made. Peggy Sue Jarred (313) of
Stockton started from the pole position with Justin Philpott (505) of Tracy,
apart from his usual attire, on the outside. Philpott jumped out to the
early lead, but on lap 7, he was overcome by too much Tom Dahl (4) of Stockton.
Dahl would continuously scoot away from the field, even though he encountered
heavy traffic throughout the race, and cross below the checkers for his fifth
win on the year in this caution-free event. “It took some good, steady,
fast laps to bring this one home,” said an always friendly Dahl, “I’m just glad
everything stayed clean and everyone had a good race.” Points Leader Ben Lewis
II (22) of Stockton finished a solid second with Philpott managing a third place
finish and Jarred was fourth. Rounding out the top five, “Redneck” Russell
Johnson Jr. (23) of Stockton made himself known tonight with some great donuts
on several occasions during the race.
Stockton 99 Speedway is steeped rich in traditions, and Kid’s
Night has always been one of the biggest nights of the year. This night
would be no exception as nearly 72 entries registered for the Big Wheel Race.
This would be the kid’s time to shine at the historic racing arena, and shine
they did as kids from all over the valley gathered for the thrill of competition
and fun beneath the flag stand at the storied venue in front of a crowd of
almost 1500 family and friends. The entire event was geared toward the
kids, with raffles, a bounce house and plenty of surprises to go around for all
the little ones to enjoy. But, don’t be easily fooled, the adults had just
as much fun watching. Justin Philpott was the honorary starter as an
alumni of the Big Wheel Class of ’98. “When I did this, I finished third,
wasn’t too happy,” chuckled Philpott. Stockton 99 Speedway would like to
thank all the parents and all the children for joining us at the Speedway for
Kid’s Night. It was a time of great fun and reflection for all involved.
See you next year.
FINAL RESULTS FOR BIG WHEELS:
2&3 Yr Old: 1st #96 Kaylee Reynolds, 2nd #42 Audrey Glines, 3rd #7 Eric Hall
4&5 Yr Old: 1st #10 Landen Chamberlain, 2nd #74 Oriana Cosgrove, 3rd #33 Tavion Blakenship
6&7 Yr Old: 1st #29 Sophia Serrato, 2nd #007 Lawrence Massone, 3rd #31y Domanic Drummond
8 Yr Old: 1st #31 Shelby Karstring, 2nd #14 Stephen Muthart
9&10 Yr Old: 1st #11 Cody Covacs, 2nd #46 Unknown, 3rd #12 Destiny Henricksen
Open Comp: 1st #74 Rick Belletto, 2nd #42 Jimi Monbray, 3rd #7
Next Saturday, August 29th, Stockton 99 Speedway Presents “Poker Run Night,” with the NorCal Vintage Hardtops-North & South All Star Shootout, WSRA, ALSC/Street Stocks, Mini-Stocks/Mini-Trucks and Basically-4-Cylinders. Also on the schedule, 99 Cent Hotdogs all night long!
The New Stockton 99 Speedway is located at 4105 N. Wilson Way, ¼-mile west of Highway 99. For more information on tickets and times, please contact the Speedway Office at (209)466-9999. And remember, Stockton 99 Speedway is Always Family Friendly.
Record Staff Writer
August 23, 2009 12:05 AM
STOCKTON - Scott Winters' long winning streak finally came to an end, and Mike Regelman was there to take advantage of the situation.
The Tracy driver was trying to win his 11th consecutive Grand American Modified main event Saturday night when he experienced mechanical problems, and Regelman won his first GAM feature of the season at Stockton 99 Speedway.
Mike Beeler of Modesto was declared the winner of the NASCAR Western Late Model main event after David Philpott of Tracy was disqualified.
Winters, a 41-year-old Tracy resident, had won 11 of 12 and looked capable of continuing his winning streak. He was the fast qualifier at 14.077 seconds and won the trophy dash on Saturday. He was leading on lap 23 when smoke began to come out of the back of his car.
"I guess the law of averages caught up with us," Winters said. "The car was good again and something went wrong. We'll take it back to the shop and have a look."
Regelman was in second when Winters left the race, and held on through the remaining 17 laps.
"When I saw him slow down, I said to myself, 'This could be my chance right here,' " Regelman said. "It feels great to get the win."
Philpott took the checkered flag, and the crowd went home assuming he won his seventh race of the season. But track promoter and chief steward Tony Noecti said Philpott's car did not pass the postrace inspection and Beeler got the win.
Tom Dahl of Stockton won his fifth Bombers main event of the season, another Saturday evening drive with his wife, Donna Dahl.
The Bombers is the only division in which the drivers can have a passenger, who wears all the safety gear the drivers do.
Aaron Coonfield of Riverbank won his eighth Street Stock main event of the season, outdueling Brock Monroe of Escalon.
Part of the evening was dedicated to "Kids' Night." About 70 children between the ages of 2-10 competed on big wheels and tricycles, and there was a bounce house and raffles.
Western Late Model points leader Justin Philpott, a former "Kids' Night" competitor and David Philpott's son, served as an honorary starter for the first kids' race.
"I did it 12 years ago. I finished third and I wasn't happy," Justin Philpott said with a laugh.
Contact reporter Scott Linesburgh at (209) 546-8281 or email@example.com.