2003 99 Schedule
Rosevilleís Eric Schmidt, #05, became the second Western Late Model driver to win consecutive races this season after gaining the checkered flag in the HOT WOOD presents "Tri-Holiday Classic 100" round one, before a large crowd at Stockton 99 Speedway.
Schmidt, who has won three races overall this season, joins Modestoís Harry Belleto to garner back-to-back race victories in the WLM division in 2003.
Schmidt led the final 55 laps in the 11-caution race which featured four lead changes. He also qualified with the fastest time and won the four-lap trophy dash earlier in the evening.
Stocktonís Danny Contessotto, #97, had a chance to win an extra $2,000 when he decided to move from his pole position to the back of the 22-car field. Contessotto, who gained five spots in the first 10 laps, wrecked on lap 11 with Lodiís Mike Garcia, #51, spoiling his to chance win the biggest purse in the history of the WLM division.
The bonus money sponsored by HOT WOOD and J-M ENVIRONMENTAL will be moved to July 3 for the second leg of the "Tri-Holiday Classic 100".
Lincolnís Phil Perry, #22, who won two weeks ago, finished second and Harold Rieker of Orangevale placed third.
Stocktonís Gary Shafer Jr., #96, appeared to capture his fourth-straight race in the Pure Stock division after leading the final 13 laps of the 30-lap main event. But Shafer Jr. was disqualified after check inspections and second-place finisher, Stocktonís Tom Dahl, grabbed the checkered flag for the first time this season.
Dahl joined Kannai Scantlen of Stockton as the only other drivers to win in the Pure Stock division besides Shafer Jr.
In a three-way battle for the lead, Sacramentoís Jason Philpot took his first lead on lap 22 and never looked back to win the Grand American Modifieds 30-lap main event. Citrus Heightsí Jay Linstroth, #10a, who had won the previous two races, led the first 20 laps before blowing his right-rear tire. Linstroth finished seventh in the 11-car field.
Riponís Mike Regelman, #66, won his second trophy dash of the season, and led two laps in the main event before finishing fourth. Sam Solari placed second and Joey Stearns finished third.
Saratogaís Carrie Miller, #27, made it a clean sweep of the three Pro 4 Trucks events, when she moved to the front of the pack on lap 16 and won her first main event this season. Miller, who had the fastest qualifying time and won the trophy dash, became the third winner in three main events.
Stockton 99 Speedway returns this Saturday with LAGORIO COMMUNICATIONS night featuring the BCRA Midgets, Western Late Models, Pure Stocks and Grand American Modifieds.