2010 Local Tracks
STOCKTON 99 SPEEDWAY
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Stockton 99 Speedway Presented
Open-Wheel Racing At Its Finest
Media Relations – David Holman
On Saturday, May 1st, Stockton 99 Speedway presented Open-Wheel Night At The Speedway with the USAC Western Sprint Cars, NCMA Sprint Cars, USAC Western Midgets, USAC Ford Focus Midgets, and USAC Jr Ford Focus Midgets. An absolutely great time was had by all in attendance as the USAC Series brought some great racing to the storied venue. This Series is so well run it’s always a pleasure to have them in town.
In the Premier Division on the night, the USAC Western Sprint Series, Shauna Hogg (5) of Citrus Heights and Audra Sasselli (77) of Visalia brought this race to life from the front row with Hogg laying claim to that much-coveted real estate out front for the first ten laps. But, on lap 11, Hogg would relinquish that lead to the #15 of Kingsburg’s Kody Swanson until lap 15 when the #14 of Alamo’s Scott Pierovich was turned coming out of four which caught the attention of the flagman and the yellow flag went flying. On the restart, Swanson jumped out quickly to resume the point where he looked comfortable and extremely strong until lap 36 when Sasselli slowed off four and came to rest on the front-stretch just past the flag-stand which brought with it the second and final caution of the race. On the restart, Swanson picked up where he left off, but not without a mirror full of Lincoln’s Tony Hunt (56), as they roared below the checkers with Swanson coming out on top. “That’s a little closer than I like to have him (Hunt),” said the soft-spoken Swanson, “Tony (Hunt) always does a great job and we like to put on a great show for the fans in the stands.” Hunt had the stronger car in the later stages and needed that caution to catch up, but Swanson held his ground and Hunt had to settle for a close second in a very exciting finish to this one. Hogg went away just a bit, but still maintained a fantastic third place finish. Pierovich rallied back from his earlier mishap to finish a solid fourth with JoJo Helberg (7) of Rohnert Park making up the top five.
In the USAC Western Midget Series Chad Nichols (17) of San Carlos and Nick Chivello (27N) of Manteca brought the field around to greet the green to get this Thirty Lapper underway. Nichols grabbed the lead early on where he ran, unmolested, to the only slowdown of the night, which came about on lap 22 when Kody Swanson (4) of Kingsburg looped it coming off turn four bringing with it the yellow flag. On the restart, Nichols assumed his position out front where he remained until the checkered flags went flying above him as he crossed the stripe for the wire to wire win. “When you have both Swanson brothers behind you, you don’t feel much, but you go as fast as you can,” said the very gracious Nichols, “you don’t want to make a mistake, because they’re the team (the Swansons) to beat on the West Coast.” Chivello shadowed Nichols’ every move, but in the end, he would fall just short, finishing a very strong second. Scott Pierovich (35) of Alamo, involved in a great battle throughout, held on to a podium finish in third. Alex Schutte (25) of Redding and Robby Josett (2) of Agua Dulce rounded out the top five.
The Western Ford Focus Midgets hit the asphalt running with Cody Gerhardt (40) of Madera and Courtney Atkinson (3) of Franklin, WI pacing the field to green. Gerhardt jumped out to lead the early laps until lap 7 when Garrett Peterson (31) of West Sacramento stuck his nose deep to the inside of the #40 going into turn one and pulled off the pass exiting turn two. From that point forward Peterson would prove to be virtually untouchable as he cruised to the winner’s share of the spoils by crossing below the checkers, almost a full straightaway ahead of the pack, for the victory. “I just had to be smart,” said the polite young Peterson, “I knew they were going to be faster, so I just took the opportunities that I had and drove it in there as hard as I could.” Gerhardt had a solid run and held tight to finish second while Cody Thompson (8) of Fremont, one of several drivers doing double-duty on the night, had another podium finish in third. Fan-favorite, Bobby Runyan (9) of Denair, brought her home fourth with Atkinson sliding back to finish fifth.
In the NCMA Sprints David Burchett (77B) of Tracy nabbed P1 on the grid due to the invert with Rob Hammond (17H) of Morgan Hill glued to his side to take the green in this Thirty Lap Main. Just beneath the flag-stand, Thomas Lieby (93) of Copperopolis and Jim Riddell (19) of Ripon tangled with both cars coming to rest against the outside wall in turn one. Unfortunately, this incident sent Riddell to the pits, which ended his race. On the restart, Hammond grabbed a huge hunk of forward bite and was off to the races as he went wire to wire, in convincing manner, for the win. “I needed to stay in front of him (Goodwill) and not give him my line,” said Hammond, “that’s how I won this one.” David Goodwill (3) of Napa, despite an enthusiastic late-race charge, finished a close second with Lieby holding on to finish third. Ed Amador (76) of Modesto finished fourth while Burchett fell off a bit, but still managed a fifth.
The Western Ford Focus Young Guns got their race underway with Brandon White (11) of Eureka and Courtney Atkinson (3) of Franklin, WI bringing the field to green with Atkinson gaining the holeshot going down into turn one and holding strong until lap 10 when Keegan Walmer (24) of Portland, OR decided it was his turn on point as he dove below Atkinson to take over the number one slot. For the next fifteen laps Keegan and Atkinson would swap the top spot several times, in what was unmistakably the best battle of the night, but, when the dust settled, it would be the young Keegan celebrating in victory lane. Atkinson gave it her all with continual pressure throughout, but came up just a bit short in the end and would have to settle for second. Cody Thompson (8) of Fremont would finish on the podium in third while White slid back to finish fourth.
Join us next Saturday, May 8th, when Stockton 99 Speedway presents USG Night at the Races as the Race for the Championship returns to action with the NASCAR Whelen All American Western Late Models, Grand American Modifieds, Street Stocks, Bombers, Legends of the Pacific, and Powder Puff Race.
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 or visit their Website at www.stockton99.com.
The New Stockton 99 Speedway is sponsored by Jackson Rancheria Casino Hotel, California Welding Supply, Budweiser, Alamo Alarm and Lodi Hampton Inn and Suites.
Stockton, CA…….Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif. passed Shauna
Hogg on lap 13 and led the final 28 laps to win Saturday night’s 40-lap USAC
AMSOIL Western Sprint Car feature at Stockton 99 Speedway. Series point leader
Tony Hunt finished second ahead of Hogg, who led the first 12 laps, fast
qualifier Scott Pierovich and JoJo Helberg. Swanson piloted the Harvest Supply
Beast/Chevy to the victory.
USAC AMSOIL WESTERN SPRINT RACE RESULTS: May 1, 2010 – Stockton, California – Stockton 99 Speedway
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Scott Pierovich, 14, Pierson-12.679; 2. JoJo Helberg, 7, Helberg-12.760; 3. Kody Swanson, 15, Harvest Supply-12.778; 4. Tony Hunt, 56, Phulps-12.812; 5. Audra Sasselli, 77, Sasselli-12.887; 6. Shauna Hogg, 5, Hogg-13.095; 7. Jerome Rodela, 50, Phulps-13.294; 8. Luis Ramos III, 21, Kaplan/Gennuso-13.329; 9. Jimmy Riddell, 19, Riddell-13.494; 10. Gordon Rodgers, 94,, Rodgers-13.568; 11. Marvin Mitchell, 68, Mitchell-15.279.
FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Sasselli, 2. Pierovich, 3. Rodela, 4. K.Swanson, 5. Mitchell. NT
SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Hunt, 2. Hogg, 3. Helberg, 4. Ramos, 5. Rodgers. NT
DASH: (4 laps) 1. Hunt, 2. Helberg, 3. K.Swanson, 4. Pierovich. NT
FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Kody Swanson, 2. Tony Hunt, 3. Shauna Hogg, 4. Scott Pierovich, 5. JoJo Helberg, 6. Luis Ramos III, 7. Jerome Rodela, 8. Jimmy Riddell, 9. Gordon Rodgers, 10. Audra Sasselli, 11. Marvin Mitchell. NT
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Hogg, Laps 13-40 K.Swanson.
NEW WESTERN SPRINT POINTS: 1-Hunt-200; 2-Helberg-184; 3-Hogg-178; 4-Ramos-155; 5-Tanner Swanson-123; 6-Mitchell-117; 7-Pierovich-114; 8-Sasselli-108; 9-Kody Swanson-69; 10-Rodela-48.
NEXT WESTERN SPRINT RACE: May 15 – Roseville, CA – All American Speedway