2004 99 Schedule

Grand American sweep for Winters

By Bill Poindexter
Record Staff Writer
Published Sunday, March 28, 2004

Scott Winters won't race full time at Stockton 99 Speedway this season. He plans to travel up and down the state to race at various tracks.

He may end up being Genghis Khan on wheels, based on Saturday night's performance in the season opener at Stockton 99 Speedway.

Winters, #1. of Tracy, recorded a sweep in the Grand American Modified division, setting fast time and winning the trophy dash and 30-lap main event. The 2002 NASCAR Sunbelt Region champion passed Jason Kerby, #2, of Galt on lap 16 and blew by Kerby on three restarts in the final 10 laps.

"I might have gotten him if I drove a little dirty, but I didn't want to do that," Kerby said with a laugh. "Scott is a pretty good competitor."

Winters, Kerby and their crews took on different workloads to reach the front of the pack. Kerby is driving the car formerly driven by Greg Williams, who passed away recently following a battle with cancer. The two were good friends, and Kerby couldn't pass up an invitation by car owner Wayne Ferrari to take over behind the wheel.

They've come a long way. Kerby described the car as "very upside-down" during testing at Stockton 99's recent play day sessions. He set up his runner-up finish in the main by qualifying fifth at 14.542 seconds around the quarter-mile paved oval.

"We're trying to get used to this car," Kerby said. "We're getting close."

Winters' team tested Friday night in temperature similar to Saturday night's cool air.

"We learned a lot," Winters said. "We went home and swapped some things. We worked on having a car at the end of the race."

They did -- at the start of the program, too. Winters qualified No. 1 at 14.347 seconds, more than a tenth of a second quicker than #100, Angelo Queirolo's 14.496 lap. Queirolo finished third in the main.

Pure Stock

Fast qualifier Charlie Clawson, #15, of Modesto led the final 23 laps of the 30-lap feature and beat dash winner, Kannai Scantlen, #8, of Stockton in a three-lap sprint to the finish. John Medina of Galt was third.

Pro 4 Truck

Teammates and brother/sister Chris Drysdale, #31, and Carrie Miller, #27, qualified 1-2 and finished 1-2 in the 30-lap main. Drysdale took the lead from Miller, the defending track champ in the class, on lap 16 and pulled away.

Drysdale drove by the checkered flag as Miller was entering turn four, a victory margin of about four seconds. Drysdale's victory completed a sweep of qualifying, the dash and main.


Tracy teenager Jeremy Wood, #22w, passed David Winchel, #0, of Sebastopol for the lead with two laps remaining in the 30-lap main, then almost hit Legends head man Jack Houston while doing his celebratory doughnuts at the start/finish line. Houston's response: a pat on the shoulder and a handshake.

Wood tailed Winchel for about eight laps before making his move. Wood moved inside of Winchel's car and made the pass in turn one on lap 28.

Wood also set fast time at 15.922 but missed out on the sweep when he finished second to Winchel in the trophy dash.


* To reach assistant sports editor Bill Poindexter, phone (209) 546-8289 or e-mail bpoindex@recordnet.com

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