Byrd wins 39th main
By Bill Poindexter
Record Staff Writer
Published Sunday, April 4, 2004
Byrd won his 39th career main event at Stockton 99 Speedway
with an unknown 18-year-old breathing down his neck Saturday
Byrd, #9, of
Monterey, took the lead from #5, Stockton driver Pete Anderson Jr.
in the straightaway on lap eight and pulled away in front of
1,197 fans. Byrd was thankful it was a 30-lap race.
"If it had been a
40-lapper, who knows?" he said. "We had a great car. That kid,
Eric, he was coming, though. He ran a good race."
turned 18 two months ago, but he's proving he belongs with the
veterans in the Western Late Model division. He debuted with a
seventh-place finish in the season opener on March 28 and
backed it up with a runner-up finished Saturday night.
former go-kart national champion who spent his early years in
Stockton before moving to Chowchilla, began pressing Anderson
for second place. They touched on lap 24, and Humphries passed
Anderson on the inside of turn two on lap 25.
"We want to get
rookie of the year and possibly track champion," said
Humphries, who raced in the Super Truck class last year at
made big moves in his first two races, but he still didn't
quite have enough for Byrd. The No. 9 car owned by Tim Gillit
of Lathrop, who was ill and stayed home, was quick. Byrd
qualified at 14.655 seconds around the quarter-mile paved
oval, second to #11, Chris Monez's 14.409 time. Byrd also was
second in the trophy dash to John Moore of Granite Bay.
"It's a great
motor. It turns. It handles great," Byrd said. "It's very
Guy Guibor, #61, of
Manteca finished a career-best third.
Galt was so far ahead on the 30th and final lap of the main
event he thought he'd put the car sideways. It looked like
Kerby almost lost control, but he backed off the throttle,
straightened the car and sped under the checkered flag a
commanding 41/2 seconds in
front of #10a, Jay Linstroth, the GAM trophy dash winner.
"I was like,
'Yeah.' (The car) just didn't break loose like I wanted it
to," Kerby said, adding that he didn't really come close to
spinning out. "It still isn't where I want it. We're still
fighting the handling."
It didn't look
that way from the grandstand. Kerby, who was second in the
season opener, led from start to finish in a race that wasn't
interrupted by a yellow flag. He led by 11/2 seconds through
10 laps, 21/2 seconds through 16 laps and 31/2 seconds through
Citrus Heights, had Angelo Queirolo, #100, of Ripon all over his tail
for several laps in a battle for second before Queirolo's car
had a problem. He missed the final four laps and finished
eighth out of eight.
of Modesto set fast time at 16.789 seconds, won the trophy
dash and captured his second consecutive 30-lap feature to
record a sweep. Clawson inherited the lead when Kannai
Scantlen, #8 of Stockton and Boyd Camper, #4, of Manteca were sent to
the back because of failed restarts on lap 18. Clawson led the
rest of the way, followed by Jim Vosberg, #69j, of Stockton.
sweeping the season opener on March 27 when he finished third
in the trophy dash.
Pro 4 Truck
of Tracy took the lead on the fourth lap of the 30-lap feature
and drove to his third career victory. Defending class champ
Carrie Miller of Saratoga trailed Trevethan by 21/2 seconds
when she moved past Todd Lewis of Riverbank on the 16th lap.
Miller shaved about a second off the lead in the final 14 laps
but didn't threaten Trevethan, who also won the trophy dash.
of Sebastopol passed Mark Bailey, #40, of San Lorenzo on the 21st
lap and drove to the victory in the 30-lap main. Winchel set
fast time at 15.778 seconds, a quarter of a second quicker
than Bailey, then finished last in his heat.
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