2003 99 Schedule
|Byrd soars in finale
By Jim Matthews
Record Staff Writer
Published Monday, September 1, 2003
When Dave Byrd,
#9, took the lead on lap 25 of the Tri-Holiday
Classic 100-lap main event Saturday night, it might have
seemed unrealistic to think he could stay in front the
remainder of the race.
But that's what
the Pacific Grove driver was able to do before a crowd of
With John Moore,
of Granite Bay on his rear bumper at the finish line, Byrd was
able to sweat out the win.
''It (the car)
was real loose on the last re-start,'' said Byrd, (left), who was the
third different driver to win a race in the series. ''We had a
great car until lap 96, and then we had too many yellows
(caution flags) in a row.''
For Byrd it was
his second win of the season, and second in succession. He was
the winner on August 16.
Eric Schmidt won the Memorial Day event, and Phil Perry of
Lincoln captured Firecracker 100 on July 3.
For Moore, #27, it was
gut-wrenching loss. In the final 10 laps it seemed like Moore
would pass Byrd. But it never happened.
''That was a good
stock car race,'' said Byrd, who is completing his rookie
season in the Western Late Model Division. ''Dave and I
definitely have the superior cars in these long races.
''He (Byrd) drove
a perfect line. It finished exciting, and was a clean stock
In the final
Tri-Holiday points standings, Phil Perry, #22, had 154, Wes Miller 136
and Moore 118.
points runner-up Harry Belletto, #74, not even in the race because
of a broken rear axle and leader Eric Schmidt going out on lap
36 with engine problems, the overall points championship race
Schmidt, who had
a 942-922 lead coming into the race, was able to pick up only
eight points on Belletto. His advantage is now 965-937.
Byrd came into
the race in sixth place with 561 points.
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|Tri-Holiday leader not ready
to 'play it safe'
By Jim Matthews
Record Staff Writer
Published Sunday, August 31, 2003
Phil Perry, #22,
right, came into
Saturday's 100-lap main event at Stockton 99 Speedway with a
24-point lead over Wes Miller in the Western Late Model Hotwood Tri-Holiday Classic points race.
"I'm not sure
what the points breakdown is, but if we finish in the top five
we should be safe," said
Perry, who won the FireCracker 100 on
July 3. "There are probably five guys still in the points
"I'm going to
race to win"
of Lodi, #3,
was victorious in the 12-lap semi-main. Eric Schmidt, who won
the first leg of the Tri-Holiday on May 24, captured the
trophy dash and was fast qualifier (14.140).
main event was not completed at press time.
In the overall
points race, Schmidt held a 942-922 lead over Harry Belletto.
Belletto was not in the starting grid as the main event
started. No reason was given for his absence. With Belletto
out, Schmidt looked to increase his points lead. Twenty-one
cars started the race, including Belletto's son, Jeff, and
four of the top six points leaders.
Wendt, #1, let it all hang out in the 30-lap Pure Stock main
event. He took control midway through the race and pulled away
to win by more than 15 car-lengths. It was his third main even
win of the season.
Gary Shafer Jr.,
#96, of Stockton,
was both fast qualifier (17.060) and trophy dash winner.
When the race
ended drivers Boyd Camper, #4, and Tom Dahl, #04, got into a bumping
match in front of the grandstand.
Jeff Ahl came
into the race with a 714-702 lead in the points race, despite
seven main-event wins by Shafer.
With four caution
flags in the first 15 laps, the 30-lap main event was anything
On lap 17 five
cars spun out and the race was stopped so the track could be
re-groomed. After one-hour and seven caution flags the race
finally came to an end with Marc DeBeaumont,
#11d, of Clayton coming
home the winner.
Cameron Beard of
Turlock won the 10-lap semi-main. Floyd Alvis, #18, was the
qualifier (13.583) and Wally Pankratz, #8, finished first in the
Heat winners were
Steve Roza, DeBeaumont and John Sarale,
#32, of Stockton.
#52 of Cupertino, held
off Chuck Scott, #97, of Elk Grove, to win the 30-lap main event.
#14 of Sebastopol,
was the fast qualifier (15.699), and Richard Appleby, #83, of
Yountville, won the
Pete Currin, #6
of Redwood City,
Appleby and Steve Fensler Jr., #5, of Elk Grove, were the heat race winners.
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Stockton 99 Speedway
Pure Stock -- Michael Wendt
Midget -- Marc DeBeaumont
Legend -- Ryan Mosher
DeBEAUMONT CHARGES TO
STOCKTON BCRA MIDGET WIN
By Floyd Busby
STOCKTON, CA., AUG. 30.: Marc DeBeaumont charged into the lead on the 12th lap
and sped to victory in the Bay Cities Racing Association feature at the Stockton
"99" Speedway, capturing the sixth event in the seven-race BCRA Shasta Marina
Resort Pavement Championship Series.Driving his Ed Pink Ford powered Stealth,
the former BCRA and USAC champion made it two-for-two in BCRA action on the
high-banked quarter-mile, having won on the paved oval in May.Pete Davis led off
the 30-lap feature from the pole in his Esslinger/Beast over Jeff Lee in the
Dickenson Pontiac/Stealth. Jim Silva rode third aboard the Chandler Chevy
V4/Stealth over Dan Gundo's Gaerte/Stealth.
Cliff Servetti, making his first start in nearly two months, charged into
fourth on the second lap as DeBeaumont pulled into sixth from his eighth-place
starting berth. Glenn Carson in the Bock Esslinger/Stealth battled DeBeaumont,
taking sixth on the third round, but losing the position back on the next round
with both Servetti and Gundo getting by Silva two laps later.
As the front-runners vied for position, Lee Yetter, John Sarale and Wally
Pankratz were on the move and soon began challenging the top seven with Carson
gaining the seventh spot on the eighth circuit just prior to a spin in turn-four
by Dallen McKenney for the first caution flag. Following the green flag
DeBeaumont passed Gundo for fourth, then made good his bid over Servetti for
third one lap later. On the 11th lap DeBeaumont captured second over Lee. A 12th
lap spin in the third turn by tenth-running Travis Berryhill brought out the
At the resumption, DeBeaumont nudged under Davis exiting the fourth turn to
take the lead as Sarale, driving the Sarale/Arata Gaerte/Stewart, swept by
Carson and Gundo to grab fifth behind Servetti. Two laps later Sarale's charge
moved him into third with Pankratz pulling his VanDyne/Edmunds into fifth as
Thomas Meseraull moved the Ferrari Brayton Ford/Beast into seventh.
On the 18th circuit the Esslinger/Beast of tenth-running Johnny Rodriguez
broke an oil line, spraying oil around the track. The slippery surface was the
undoing for Pankratz who spun in turn-four as Davis and Meseraull spun together
into the backstretch infield to bring out the red flag because of the oiled
track. Following cleanup operations by track personnel, the race restarted with
Yetter coasting into the infield. DeBeaumont held the lead over Sarale, Carson,
Servetti, Lee, Gundo and Floyd Alvis. Davis pitted on the 19th lap as the yellow
flew for a spinning Carly Lawrence. McKenney succumbed to mechanical woes and
pitted two laps later as the pack made their run the remainder of the race
caution-free to the finish. Alvis dropped Lee to sixth on the 23rd round as
Pankratz worked his way back up to ninth. Alvis, aboard his Interstate Batteries
VanDyne/Stealth, continued his forward drive and passed Servetti for fourth at
lap-25 as Pankratz moved into eighth, then proceeded to drop Gundo and Lee over
the next two laps to hold sixth. On the 29th lap the former USAC champ displaced
Servetti for fifth. At the finish DeBeaumont took the checkered flag over Sarale,
Carson, Alvis, Pankratz, Servetti, Lee, Travis Johnson, Gundo and Berryhill,
with Cameron Beard, Meseraull, Bill Lindsey and Lawrence rounding out the
finisher's on the leader's lap.
The race was a hallmark for veterans Alvis and Pankratz who were celebrating
their birthdays, Alvis at 69 and Pankratz at 56.Alvis celebrated his birthday
and 50th career win from the previous week at the Reno-Fernley Raceway by
clocking in with the fastest lap of the 25 entries. Steve Roza scored his first
heat race win, taking the eight-lapper over Lawrence and Lindsey. DeBeaumont won
the second heat over Davis and Carson with Sarale claiming the third heat over
Meseraull and Berryhill. Pankratz took the trophy dash ahead of Johnson,
Rodriguez and Alvis. Beard won the semi-main with Lindsey taking second over
Eric Mostin and Jim Fowler.