Long time west coast race announcer and official, John Trussler, begins the season as Stockton's new manager, but bows out to be replaced by interim manager Duane Borovec by season's end. Many new faces are added to the official roster this season in the form of Dan Henslee, Jim Foote, Ted Guidotti, Tim Singleton, Brian Wood, and Debbie Hoglund. Jack Houston is back to lend his valuable assistance, and retired drivers, Randy Eaton, and Ron Inman also add their names to the list.
The only season speed records come in the Street Stock division as Nathan Tucker of Sonora hits twice with the best of 15.651 coming on June 25th.
Area race fans are in shock in August of this year as their very own Ernie Irvan lays near death in a Michigan hospital after a crash at the Michigan 500, which by a true miracle, he will survive.
Jason Fensler becomes one of the fastest late model rookies on record with eleven fast trips on the year. Seventeen drivers share the dash win action, with Byrd and Belletto grabbing the remaining numbers. Byrd takes seven feature victories and eighteen main top five finishes to Belletto's thirteen overall wins. Byrd takes his first Stockton late model title with Greg Rayl and Fensler close behind in the points. Robert Miller of San Jose is on hand in a Late Model and also shows well in the season numbers.
Wes Miller picks up ten fast times in Grand Am competition, but it's all Troy Shirk from there as he notches a division all-time standard of nine dash wins, nine main wins, eighteen main top five finishes, and twenty-two overall wins to take the season crown ahead of Wes and Robert Miller. Larry Tankersley and Doug Turpen are in the thick of the battle this year as well.
Nathan Tucker has the quick hand in Street Stock qualifying with twelve quick trips, and Steve Stacy scores the high water mark of eight feature wins, but it's Robert Knittle's year, as he picks off a division record of eight dash wins, and puts away seventeen main top five runs to take the season crown. He and Stacy wage a fierce duel to the end with only a two point margin separating them both on the final night, the closest margin to date. Walt Hass was the third place point runner, with Mike Nascimento of Manteca also making a strong showing for the season.
Cary Treadway took charge of the semi main title, with rookie honors going to Fensler in late Model, Darrin Halterman of Stockton in Grand Am, and Bill Cooper of Concord in Street Stock. Most improved drivers were Greg Rayl in late Model, Robert Miller in Grand Am, and Jarvey Whatley Jr., in Street Stock. The man behind the camera with the super track videos, Alan Yordy of Stockton, was center stage at the trophy dinner to collect a deserved Sportsman of the year award.
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