Straight Mains For Dave Byrd
SATURDAY, APRIL 24 From: Floyd Busby
STOCKTON, CA., APRIL 24.: Fan favorite #9, Dave Byrd kept his string of
victories alive in the
Dodge Western Late Model Stock Car division, winning his
third consecutive main event at the Stockton "99" Speedway Saturday night. The
WLM feature capped off an exciting night of racing in four NASCAR divisions.
Byrd took the lead from #27,Granite Bay's John Moore on the second lap of the
Havoline/C.L. Bryant series feature and overcame five caution periods in the
first 12-laps. Byrd, of Monterey, extended his point lead by beating
Orangevale's Mark Welch, Moore, Manteca's Guy Guibor and Stockton's Gary Shafer
American point leader #2, Jason Kerby of Galt benefited from #1, Scott Winters' bad
luck. The Tracy driver led the first 21 laps, only to suffer a water leak his
crew couldn't plug. After a caution flag on lap 21, Kerby took the lead and held
on to the finish. Jay Linstroth of Citrus Heights placed second, followed by
Mike Regelman and Angelo Queirolo of Ripon and Sam Solari of Salida.
In the Pure Stock main, Modesto's Charlie Clawson,
#15, took the lead from Galt's #6,
John Medina on the 18th lap and went on to win the race. Medina, the
early-season point leader, had been out front for just three laps, overtaking
Stockton's Steve Bryant, #58, who had led from the start. The race was slowed just once
three cars got sideways on lap three. Clawson had also posted the fast time
of the night at 17.115 seconds, but had to qualify for the feature from the
B-main after having trouble in his first heat race. He led the final 12-laps,
taking the lead from Railroad Flat's, #20, Brian Miller who had led the first eight
laps and had previously won the night's trophy dash.
five-truck pileup stalled the action in the Pro-4 Truck main event, delaying the
eventual victory of Ron Robeck,
#3, of Milpitas. Coming out of turn-three on lap two,
the trucks of #4, Brandon Trevethan, Todd Lewis, Shane Dreher, Chris Drysdale and
Carrie Miller were forced into the wall. Only Lewis was able to finish the race
as the other trucks were too badly damaged to continue. The delay left only
on the track and caused the scheduled 30-lapper to beshortened to
20 laps. Rohnert Park's Bret Barney led the first 15-laps before giving way to
Robeck. Barney ended up third behind runner-up Dave Daniel of Salida.
|Western Late Model streak
hits three for Byrd
By Scott Linesburgh
Record Staff Writer
Published Sunday, April 25, 2004
Three was the
winning number on Saturday night at Stockton 99 Speedway.
Three drivers won
their third main event of the season even though there have
only been four events. Among the trio is Dave Byrd of San
Jose, who knows a few things about winning streaks.
won his third consecutive NASCAR Western Late Model main event
and the 39th of his career, taking the lead on the second lap
of the 30-lap race. Jason Kerby of Galt in the Grand American
Modified division and Charlie Clawson of Modesto in the Pure
Stock class also became three-time winners.
his good start to two things -- a good car and getting some
"I've always said
that on pavement, 90 percent of winning is the car," Byrd
said. "You have to have a great car and crew, and we do. And
we've been getting a few breaks. You have to get some breaks
when you get a little streak going on."
The Western Late
Model main event had an odd beginning when pole sitter Mark
Welch of Orangevale was sent to the back of the field for not
starting the race properly. Welch said he wasn't sure why the
decision was made, but he did recover to finish second.
"I had to use up
my tires to get back though the pack, and when I did, I didn't
have anything for Dave," Welch said.
Byrd began in
fourth place but quickly moved into the lead. He ran the last
18 laps without a caution flag as Welch tried to catch up.
"We ran well and
got a few of those breaks," Byrd said. "Who knows what would
have happened if Mark ddn't go to the back, or if there was a
late flag. I didn't want a restart."
continued his early season winning streak by capturing his
third Grand American Modified main event win. Kerby took
advantage of an opportunity when Scott Winters of Tracy, who
led the first 22 laps, was forced to retire because of a water
leak. Winters won the season opener on March 27 and Kerby has
won the other main events.
"We're off to a
great start and we'd like to keep winning, but it's tough,"
Kerby said. "This was a tough race."
in second but passed Ted Montague IV of Newark on the first
lap. Winters had a big lead, but his car started leaking water
during a caution period on lap 22 and he left the race. Mike
Regelman of Ripon and Kerby were on the front row on the
restart, and Kerby took the lead.
Clawson won his
third Pure Stock main event in four attempts. Jacob Cordoza of
Manteca was second, and John Medina of Galt was third.
Ron Robeck of Milpitas won the Pro 4 Truck main event.
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Linesburgh, phone 546-8281 or e-mail
Action continues next Saturday night, May 1, 2004, at the Stockton "99"
four divisions. Western Late Models, Pure Stocks and
the Pro 4 Trucks.