2003 99 Schedule
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Aug 2, 2003. . .Stockton 99 Speedway hosted the CRAFTSMAN NIGHT last Saturday for the NASCAR DODGE WEEKLY SERIES. Drivers climbed behind the wheel, challenged the competition and battled for division points and a checkered flag. Five big main events included Western Late Models, Pure Stock, Grand American Modifides, Pro 4 Trucks and Legends.
The HAVOLINE C.L. BRYANT sponsored division saw top drivers compete for the prestigious win in the Western Late Model Division. Points leader, top qualifier and dash winner Eric Schmidt, #05x, of Roseville climbed into the driver’s seat to defend his July 26th victory last Saturday. Pole sitter Pete Anderson, Jr., #5, of Stockton quickly lost the lead to top-notch NASCAR driver Harry Belletto, #74, of Modesto. Belletto maneuvered past Anderson, Jr. from the inside capturing the lead. Schmidt saw a window of opportunity to pass Anderson, Jr. in lap five and made his move without hesitation. “Big” John Moore of Granite Bay chased Anderson, Jr. in fourth. Moore was able to move into third after Anderson, Jr. coasted to a halt in turn one, and was unable to participate for the remainder of the race. Belletto made every attempt to defend his lead position, as he went head to head with Schmidt half way through the race. Schmidt made a gutsy move from the inside and muscled his way past Belletto to take the lead. A standing ovation from the crowd greeted Schmidt as he crossed the finish line for his fifth victory of the season. Belletto was close behind for 2nd, John Moore came in 3rd, Burney Lamar, #9, of Sacramento finished 4th and Danny Guibor of Manteca took 5th.
In the Grand American Modified Division points leader and top qualifier, Jay Linstroth, #10a, took the lead after passing pole sitter Jason Philpot, #5, of Sacramento from the outside on the first lap. Linstroth executed a brilliant drive at the high-banked quarter mile paved oval leading the pack and capturing his seventh checkered flag victory of the season and third straight win. Philpot trailed the untouchable Linstroth for over one third of the race until Greg Williams, #2, of Ceres came from the inside and passed Philpot. Williams maintained his position and placed 2nd, Philpot followed for 3rd, Tim Smith of Roseville came in 4th and Victor Machado, #73, finished 5th.
In the popular Pure Stock Division Aaron Shankel,
#47j, of Lodi
was in hot pursuit of leader Brian Miller,
#20, of Railroad Flat after the start. Shankel quickly moved around Miller for a twelve-lap lead until Richard Harper,
of Stockton went two wide with Shankel midway through the race. Harper darted
in front of Shankel from the outside for the sixteenth lap lead. Kannai
Scantlen of Stockton and Steve Hall,
#3, of Manteca chased the leader in pursuit of
second, going two wide. Scantlen hastily sprinted past Hall for second. Boyd
Camper of Manteca and Joe Allen connected shortly after causing an upset and a
caution flag. Harper went full throttle after the restart leading the pack,
Scantlen followed in second and Shankel raced into third. Johnny Cordoza of
Manteca trailed Shankel. Cars were clashing and connecting all over the track
in the final third of the race. Cordoza and Shankel made contact sending
Cordoza and his mangled car into the pits. After another caution flag, Scantlen
sprinted ahead for the lead. Dash winner Gary Shafer, Jr., #96,
was at Scantlen’s
bumper and Harper took the third position. Harper hugged the inside line
opening up an opportunity for Shafer to speed into second. With three laps
remaining Shafer, Jr. used the final caution flag to his advantage. Shafer, Jr.
went full throttle for the lead resulting in victory. Hall and Allen followed
Schafer, Jr. going side by side with Allen winning the battle and placing 2nd,
Hall quickly passed the finish line for 3rd, Ahl was 4th
and Tom Dahl of Stockton placed 5th.
Trophy Dash winner Bret Barney, #81, of Rohnert Park claimed his second season victory in the Pro 4 Truck division. Randy Jahoda, #71, of Tracy held a seven-lap lead after the start. Richard Delguidice of Patterson followed Barney in second, but lost his momentum and fell into fifth on lap three. Manteca native Michael Brooks went wide on lap three opening a hole for Barney to dive low and move into second. Brooks worked hard to retain third, but Brandon Trevethan of Tracy made a clean sweep from the inside using all the horsepower he could muster to move past Brook’s for the lead. It was an all out battle for first between Jahoda and Barney. Barney chased Jahoda going low on turn four attempting to take the lead from the inside. After a caution flag in lap thirteen, due to a spin out by Todd Lewis, #2, of Riverbank, Barney swiftly moved back into the lead following the restart and remained in first for an exciting victory. Jahoda followed in second until Trevethan passed in lap seventeen resulting in a 2nd place finish. Jahoda was able to finish 3rd after being challenged by points leader Carrie Miller of Saratoga who placed 4th and Mike Curry of Lodi rounded out the top five with a 5th place finish.
In the Legends Division Pete Currin, #6, of Redwood City bolted into the lead after the start. Chuck Scott, #97 of Elk Grove swiftly darted around Currin for a twenty-six lap lead. Scott was chased by points leader Steve Fensler, #5, of Elk Grove, until he moved around Currin from the inside. Fensler made every effort to break away, but Richard Appleby, #83, of Yountville challenged his position from the inside, displacing Fensler for second. Tracy’s Jeremy Wood, #22w, and Frankie Winchel, #14, of Sebastopol made contact on lap ten causing the caution flag to fly. Three laps short of the finish Richard Appleby and Scott made contact resulting in another caution flag. Scott started in sixth place on the restart. Pat Appleby and Mark Bailey of San Lorenzo went head to head for the lead in the final laps. Bailey spun out on lap twenty-nine. Steve Fensler moved into the lead for the checkered flag. Currin came back for 2nd. Kelly Martin followed for 3rd, Scott was 4th and Jeremy Wood finished 5th.
August 9, 2003 is “JUST BORN CANDY KIDS NIGHT”. The speedway will host the STOCKTON BOARD OF REALTORS & KIDS NIGHT and will feature five big main events including Western Late Models, Pure Stock, Pro 4 Trucks, Grand American Modifides and Legends.
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