QUEIROLO NOTCHES ROOKIE WIN AT STOCKTON 99
(STOCKTON, CA--August 20, 2000)--Running in only his eighth event, first year Grand American Modified driver Angelo Queirolo of Lathrop was in the right place at the right time Saturday night to collect his first feature win at NASCAR sanctioned Stockton 99 Speedway. After starting ninth in a 21-car field, Queirolo took advantage of a lapse by Jason Philpot of Sacramento on lap-26 to outrun Danny Contessotto of Stockton to the checkered flag in the 30-lap main.
Dave Davis of Turlock and Bob Reichmuth of Manteca were in charge of the front row as the green fell with Reichmuth claiming the top spot. By the fifth lap, it was Reichmuth and Davis, followed by Danny Contessotto of Stockton and two Sacramento pilots--Philpot and Tony Silva. Philpot moved to third on lap-seven, with NASCAR Pacific Coast Region point leader Mark Welch of Orangevale, who started eighth, making his presence felt by moving to fifth on lap-13.
Welch made the pass for fourth on lap-18, third on the next go-round and second one circuit later. However, as he was seemingly set to challenge for the lead, Welchs motor let loose heading down the back stretch spreading fluid behind him as he slid backwards into the turn-four wall. Davis, running third, lost control in the oil and rode head-on up and on top of Welchs front end. The melee also collected seven other cars, as a red flag was displayed. After the clean up, Reichmuth was still the leader with Philpot, Contessotto and Queirolo occupying the top four spots.
Reichmuth was his own worst enemy as he spun in turn-two on lap-25 giving Philpot the lead at the yellow. That was short-lived, however, as Philpot duplicated Reichmuths spin in the same turn-two corner on the next lap with Queirolo taking advantage and never looking back. Shawn Wentzel of Stockton was third behind Contessotto with Robert Knittel of Lodi fourth and Sam Solari of Salida fifth.
Welch ended up 16th, but with 11 wins in 18 starts still leads the season point standings by 89 over Tony Silva of Sacramento (942-853).
Cary Treadway of Stockton continued his season long dominance of the Pro Stock division. Treadway posted fast time and won their 25-lap featurethe 11th time he has done so in 16 events. He also has eight trophy dash wins.
Johnny Berndt of Clements took the first lap lead with Scott Chappell of Lodi jumping from sixth to second in one circuit. Chappell and fellow Lodi driver Mike Monez got tangled on the backchute on the next go-round causing a cut tire on the Chappell ride and the first of only two yellow flags on the event.
Chuck Stroud of Stockton took the lead on the restart but bowed quickly to Monez who beat him to the line on the next lap as the other yellow came out when Ed Cullom of Ripon took a hard shot against the outside wall. On the next restart, Jerry Crawford of Stockton took the point with Monez second and Treadway lurking back in third. Treadway slipped past Monez for second on lap-12, then set his sights on Crawford. Treadway was successful going low under Crawford and into the lead on lap-17, cruising home with Crawford second followed by Monez, Joe Hylton of Manteca and Chappell.
Treadways season point lead is 101 (977-876) over Chappell.
"Luck of the Draw" put season point leader Guy Guibor on the pole for the 30-lap I.B. Benedict Pure Stock division feature. Five laps in, the top four was Guibor, Tom Bolin of Morgan Hill, John Medina of Galt and Stockton pilot Chris Mays. By lap-eight, Tracy Bolin of Valley Springs, seeking his fifth straight main event win, was fourth. Two laps later, Tracy moved to third behind his brother Tom.
Three minor yellows slowed the pace. However, on a lap-20 restart, Guibor and Tom Bolin ran side-by-side with the leadership issue in doubt until Tracy Bolin and his brother made contact coming out of turn-four sending both of them spinning. As a result, Guibor ran away unchecked with Medina taking over second followed by Mays. Mays passed Medina for second on lap-25. Medina ended up third followed by two Stockton drivers--Semi Main winner Kannai Scantlen and Chevy Collier. The Mays, Medina, Scantlen and Collier finishes represented their "best ever" performances.
Guibors season point lead is 58 (1020-962) over Tracy Bolin.
The visiting Renegade Sprints were on hand for their fifth appearance of the season with Bob Bankson of Rancho Cordova winning their feature for the second straight time at Stockton. Mark Amador, their heat and dash winner, finished second in front of Burt Siverling of Concord.
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Saturday, August 26, Stockton 99 Speedway will feature Grand American Modifieds, Pro Stocks, Legends and I.B. Benedict Pure Stocksall sponsored by True Value Hardware Stores, sponsor of the IROC Racing Series.
Dont miss the opportunity to see Grand American Modified point leader Mark Welch of Orangevale continue his pursuit of the NASCAR Pacific Coast Region championship. The five-eighth scale Legends1938 to 1940 Chevrolet, Dodge and Ford coupes and sedansprovide plenty of excitement. And, the Pure Stock championship is still up for grabs.
Plus, the True Value Motorsports Experiencea 40-by-70-foot interactive display will be on site. Fans can take the Pit Crew Challenge, actually race against the clock while changing a tire on Mark Martins True Value IROC car.
Adult tickets for True Value Night are $12, eight for seniors over 65 and teens 13-to-17, four for children six-to-12, with those under six getting in free.
Ticket gates will open at 3:00 p.m. with qualifying set for 5:00 and green flag racing at 6:00.
Stockton 99 Speedway is located at 4105 N. Wilson Way, a quarter-mile west of Highway 99.
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