2003 99 Schedule
Lincoln’s Phil Perry captured his first Western Late Model victory at Stockton 99 Speedway, but it wasn’t easy. Perry held off a hard-charging Eric Schmidt on the final lap of the 30-lap main event.
Schmidt drove hard into turn-4 but couldn’t keep his No. 05x car from getting loose on the inside, allowing Perry to gain the checkered flag on Saturday night at the Speedway.
Modesto’s Harry Belleto, who won three-straight races this season, finished third in front of rookie John Moore.
Three weeks after leading 28 laps and failing to garner his first victory in the WLM division, Moore led 12 laps but couldn’t hang on down the stretch.
Gary Shafer Jr. continued his dominance in the Pure Stocks with his third-straight victory of the season at Stockton. Richard Harper led the first 20 laps of the 30-lap showcase before yielding to Shafer Jr.
Harper, who resides in Stockton, began smoking from the rear and Shafer Jr. promptly took advantage of Harper’s misfortunes. In a four-way battle, Tom Bolin escaped with a third-place finish ahead of Stockton’s Tom Dahl, Lodi’s Michael Wendt and Lodi’s Aaron Shankel.
In two Grand American Modified races this season at the Speedway, Citrus Heights’ Jay Linstroth has finished in the winner’s circle both times. Linstroth led wire to wire through the 30-lap main event, finishing ahead of Ripon’s Mike Regelman and Sacramento’s Jason Philpot, respectively.
Philpot, however, did win the dash race earlier in the evening, finishing ahead of Regelman.
Modesto’s Kelly Martin led the final 21 laps in the Legends main event, finishing ahead of Wilton’s Jason Fensler for the checkered flag. Martin took the lead from Rick Andrews of Santa Clara on the restart after the second caution of the race.
David Winchel of Sebastopol finished 14th despite moving from the back of the field to third after wrecking on the second lap. Winchel’s stay in the top five didn’t last long after spinning out on lap-21 and loosing control again on the final lap.
Petaluma’s Bret Barney recorded the fastest time during qualifying and won both of his dash and heat races, so it was fitting he grabbed his first victory of the season in the Pro 4 Trucks division.
Barney gained control of the race on the restart of lap-4 after a devastating crash between pole sitter Todd Lewis of Riverbank and leader Robin Ailes. Neither driver was injured in the accident.
Ron Robecks of Milpitas finished second and Bruce Hopper of Manteca placed third.
Racing returns to Stockton 99 Speedway this Saturday with the “HAVOLINE presents DuWayne Starr Classic” USAC Western Sprint Car Championship and Ford Focus Midgets.
The Western Late Models will also be on the card as a final tune-up before the “Hot Wood Tri-Holiday Classic” on May 24.