By Scott Niendorf
Posted Sep. 7, 2014 @ 12:01 am
Robert Dueck (21) spins out in turn 1 during a super stocks
heat at Stockton Speedway 99 in Stockton. CLIFFORD OTO/THE
STOCKTON — Race-car drivers don’t usually like to
send flowers to people who have lost loved ones, but Saturday’s
Western Late Model winner has an even better idea.
Justin Philpott out-dueled Bryce Napier of Santa Cruz to win the
30-lap main event at Stockton 99 Speedway and had plans for the
trophy he claimed.
“I want to send this (trophy) to the Ron Strmiska family,” said
Philpott, who wanted to honor the former racer who passed away
Wednesday after a battle with cancer. “I want to change the placard
to say, ‘Our deepest condolences to the Strmiska family from the
Philpott family.’ That’s what I want to do instead of sending
The speedway honored the emergency responders and people who
perished in the 9-11 attack on New York City in 2001 with a memorial
featuring California Highway Patrol personnel and local emergency
responders taking a tribute lap, followed by a parade with drivers
representing the competing divisions.
Speedway announcer Wayne Pierce also fondly shared Strmiska stories
with the crowd during opening ceremonies.
“For us ‘old-timers’ (Strmiska) meant a lot to us,” Pierce said. “We
are really approaching an end of an era to where, as these guys go,
they represent a time of racing that is leaving that we’ll never
Brock Monroe of Escalon won the Super Stocks 30-lap main after
taking advantage of a restart on lap 6 that claimed Matt Wendt of
Lodi with engine trouble.
It was a blow to Wendt, who had the early lead and was trying to
move up from his second-place standing in the season points.
Monroe won after passing Ben Lewis II of Stockton on lap 24. Lewis
finished second, followed by Dominic Lopez of San Leandro. Lewis won
the trophy dash.
Jeremy Wood of Tracy had the fastest qualifying car in the Legends
of the Pacific division and grabbed the lead from Luis Tyrell of
Brisbane on lap 12 after starting 11th.
Wood kept his lead ahead of Tony Mangini of Benicia after dramatic
restarts on laps 32, 36 and 37 to take the win.
Mark Jacke of Stockton took the checkered flag in the 30-lap B-4
main, followed by Brad Mast of Manteca and Dave Kong of Stockton.
Jacke also easily won the B-4 dash.