2003 99 Schedule
By Floyd Busby
YELEY PACES FIELD TO STOCKTON NATIONAL MIDGET WIN
STOCKTON, CA, MARCH 30: J.J. Yeley took control on the fifth lap and never looked back as he commanded the main event before a near-capacity crowd at the Stockton "99" Speedway's "Havoline Cavalcade of Motor Racing" season-opener. The second-fastest qualifier in the co-sanctioned USAC National/Bay Cities Racing Association event, drove the Steve Lewis Ed Pink Ford Beast to the 40-lap victory. Yeley started fifth on the grid as Teddy Beach charged into the initial lead from the pole with outside front row starter Marc DeBeaumont holding second over Bud Kaeding and Jay Drake.
Following a caution flag on the second lap for a spinning John Sarale, Kaeding spun the TST Motorsports Esslinger/Beast exiting the fourth turn on the restart, placing him to the rear of the field. Yeley now held fourth and challenged for position, passing Drake, then DeBeaumont to hold second at the completion of the third circuit.
On the fifth lap leader Beach spun the Beach Boys Motorsports Mopar/Beast into the turn-two infield, relinquishing the lead to Yeley. Bobby East had the second Lewis machine up to fourth with Richey Jacobs moving into fifth over, #69, A.J. Fike and Tom Hessert. Three more caution flags were unfurled over the next several laps. Danny Ebberts spun the Schlachter Pink Ford/Beast while riding ninth on the sixth round. Three laps later a turn-two tangle between Ebberts, Floyd Alvis and Jim Silva brought out the caution. On the tenth circuit second-place, #11, DeBeaumont spun his DW Motorsports Pink Ford/Stealth in turn-four. From that point the race ran 14 non-caution laps with second-place East and third-running Drake unable to seriously challenge Yeley. At the halfway point Yeley led East, Drake, with Jacobs up to fourth, followed by Fike, Hessert and Tracy Hines. Ryan Durst brought out the yellow on the 28th lap with a spin in the third turn. On the 38th circuit Wally Pankratz and Durst were collected in the third turn when Sarale's Gaerte/Beast developed a water hose connection leak with all three cars tangling to a stop. At the green, with three laps remaining, Yeley's control of the race continued and at the checkered flag he led East and Drake, with Kaeding making a strong comeback to capture fourth over Fike, Hines, Hessert, DeBeaumont, Jacobs and Pankratz.
Bobby East,#19, outqualified the field with a new Stockton National record of 13.234, eliminating the 35-year-old 1-lap National record of 14.750 held by George Benson from 1969. (John Starks holds the midget record of 12.742, established in 2002 in a co-sanctioned USAC/BCRA event).
Drake won the first heat race over Jerome Rodela and Stuart Birkinbine. Yeley took the second eight-lapper over Jim Silva and DeBeaumont. Beach won heat-three over Thomas Meseraull and John Sarale with Floyd Alvis taking the fourth heat over Jacobs and Durst.
Bobby East, #19, won the 12-lap semi main with he and Hines, Fike, Pankratz, Lee Yetter and Steve Paden transferring into the feature. Van Knill and Bill Lindsey started the feature in the rear as provisionals.
The next event on the USAC/BCRA schedule is the Fred Gerheart Classic on April 18 at the Madera Speedway. 100 laps with 33 cars, three abreast.
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Bobby East, 19, Lewis-13.234; 2. J.J. Yeley, 9, Lewis-13.326; 3. Bud Kaeding, 57, TST-13.399; 4. Johnny Rodriguez, 30, Rodriguez-13.408; 5. Jay Drake, 71, Stewart/Kunz-13.437; 6. Marc DeBeaumont, 11D, DeBeaumont-13.471; 7. Teddy Beach, 125, Beach-13.507; 8. Richey Jacobs, 114, Jacobs-13.518; 9. Danny Ebberts, 44, Schlachter/Ebberts-13.537; 10. A.J. Fike, 69, RFMS-13.558; 11. Thomas Meseraull, 10, White-13.599; 12. Tom Hessert, 5, Hessert-13.660; 13. Jerome Rodela, 25x, Rodela-13.703; 14. Travis Berryhill, 11B, Berryhill-13.748; 15. Tracy Hines, 11, Wilke Pak-13.779; 16. Ryan Durst, 51, Durst/Klatt-13.856; 17. Steve Paden, 0, Farrier-13.897; 18. Wally Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-13.920; 19. Dan Gundo, 6, Gundo-13.951; 20. Lee Yetter, 22P, Yetter-13.971; 21. Stuart Birkinbine, 02, Birkinbine-13.983; 22. Van Knill, 43, Knill-13.988; 23. John Sarale, 32, Sarale-14.012; 24. Cliff Servetti, 83, Servetti-14.019; 25. Rob Lindsey, 23, Lindsey-14.080; 26. Jim Silva, 19x, Chandler-14.161; 27. Dallen McKenney, 88, McKenney-14.163; 28. Floyd Alvis, 18, Alvis-14.180; 29. Bill Lindsey, 1, Lindsey-14.584; 30. Garrett Hansen, 76, Hansen-14.544; 31. Steve Roza, 20, Roaa-17.091; 32. Pete Davis, 00, Davis-NT; 33. #32-NT.
HEAT-1: Drake, Rodela, Birkinbine, Ebberts, East, Hansen, R. Lindsey, Paden. NT
HEAT-2: Yeley, Silva, DeBeaumont, Berryhill, Pankratz, A.J. Fike, Knill, B. Lindsey. NT
HEAT-3: Beach, Meseraull, Sarale, Kaeding, Hines, Gundo, McKenney, Roza. NT
HEAT-4: Alvis, Jacobs, Durst, Hessert, Yetter, Servetti, Rodriguez. 1:57.78
SEMI: East, Hines, Fike, Pankratz, Yetter, Paden, R. Lindsey, McKenney, B. Lindsey, Gundo, Hansen, Knill, Servetti, Roza, Rodriguez. NT
MAIN: J.J. Yeley, Bobby East, Jay Drake, Bud Kaeding, A.J. Fike, Tracy Hines, Tom Hessert, Marc DeBeaumont, Richey Jacobs, Wally Pankratz, Jerome Rodela, Steve Paden, Ryan Durst, Floyd Alvis, Travis Berryhill, John Sarale, Danny Ebberts, Lee Yetter, Stuart Birkinbine, Jim Silva, Thomas Meseraull, Bill Lindsey, Teddy Beach, Van Knill. NT. Lap leaders: Beach 1-4, Yeley 5-40.
By Floyd Busby
SCHMIDT AND SCANTLEN SCORE CAVALCADE OF MOTOR RACING STOCK CAR WINS AT STOCKTON
STOCKTON, CA, MARCH 30: Eric Schmidt, #05, drove to victory in the Western Late Model feature and Kanai Scantlen took the pure stock car win in the Havoline Cavalcade of Motor Racing season opening program at the Stockton "99" Speedway.
Winning the speedway's popular Western Late Model 30-lap, 21-car main event, Schmidt battled early leader Wes Miller for the lead and took the top spot on the 17th lap. Dave Byrd, #9, challenged Miller for second over the waning laps, but had to settle for third over Chris Monez and Robert Knittel.
Kannai Scantlen, #8, emerged victorious in the pure stock division, taking the lead from Johnny Bird, #67, on the 13th lap. Bird had surpassed early leader Tom Dahl and led for only two laps before giving way to Scantlen. Dahl finished second in the 30-lap feature with Chad Holman, #75, moving up to third, followed by Michael Wendt, with Bird dropping to finish fifth. The Havoline Cavalcade of Motor Racing also featured the USAC National/BCRA midgets and SRL Late Model Stock Car "Wild West Shootout 100".
SUMMARY - WLM: Main: Eric Schmidt, Wes Miller, Dave Byrd, Chris Monez, Robert Knittel, Pete Anderson Jr., Harold Riker, Mike Garcia, Larry Hoover, Harry Belletto, Scott Chappell, Danny Contessotto, Jason Balsford, Johnny Brendt, Melissa Davis, Brock Monroe, Pete Ramirez, Joe Locicero, Phil Perry, John Moore, Doug Ollis.
DASH: Belletto, Perry, Byrd, Rieker.
SUMMARY - PURE STOCK: Main: Kannai Scantlen, Tom Dahl, Chad Holman, Michael Wendt, Johnny Bird, Jeff Ahl, Aimee Sullivan, Steve Hall, Dave Ball, Johnny Cordoza, John Medina, Brian Vosburg, Greg Tyler, Bob Simpson, Brian Miller, Ray Bird, Tom Bolin, Richard Harper, Aaron Shankel, Mike Robinson.
DASH: Holman, Scantlen, Ayres, Medina.
HEAT-1: Shankel, Tyler, Simpson, Sheila Wall, Tom Dibble, Boyd Camper, Kurt White, Phillip White, Michael Matthews, Danny Rose.
HEAT-2: Miller, R. Bird, Robinson, Terry Madden, Terry Ayres, Jeff Saunders, Troy Smith, Chris Norton, Charlie Clawson.
SEMI: Simpson, Robinson, Boyd Camper, Madden, Saunders, Norton, White, Wall, Matthews, Dibble, Ayres.