Stockton 99 Speedway
Slippery track makes a difference in main
By Bill Poindexter
Record Staff Writer
Published Sunday, May 23, 2004
Byrd wore a big smile after recording his fifth victory in the
Western Late Model class Saturday night at Stockton 99
The Pacific Grove
driver had trouble in the corners, there was oil on the track,
and he still registered his 43rd career win in front of a
crowd of 972. And with double points offered, well, the smile.
getting any easier, I swear," the two-time track champion
said. "They're right there, all of them: 11, 5, 27 -- all of
Byrd was speaking
of Chris Monez, #11, of Turlock, Pete Anderson Jr., #5, of Stockton and
John Moore, #27, of Granite Bay.
No. 1 in time trials for the second week in a row, this time
at 14.358 seconds around the quarter-mile paved oval. Moore
finished second to Byrd but felt he should have won.
"The oil cost
us," said Moore, who spent several laps sliding in turns 1 and
4. "We would have won the race. I'm confident of that."
were made to Byrd's car, and it almost cost the team. He had
to be extra careful in turn 1.
"The car was
turning too good," he said. "The nose plants, and the rear end
can't keep up."
made a move for the lead in turn 1 but drove through the
slippery stuff and slid up the bank. He hung on to second
place, but Byrd was gone.
Byrd and Monez
tied for the third-fastest time, and the invert put Byrd on
the pole. He led the entire way.
Said Byrd: "It's
going good. That's it."
Pro 4 Truck
Daniel of Salida found a groove, had no one in his way and led
the final 23 laps to score his first main-event victory.
Daniel beat Ron Robeck, #3, of Milpitas across the finish line by
about three seconds in a race that didn't have a caution flag.
Robeck was the top qualifier and won the trophy dash.
Modified drivers returned after a three-week break, and
Jason Kerby, #2,
of Galt, Ted Montague IV, #34, of Newark and Jay Linstroth,
#10 of Citrus
Heights banged every part imaginable for most of the first 25
laps until Montague and Linstroth finally locked up.
They ended up
slamming into the infield wall in the backstretch, and Kerby
drove to his fourth win
of the season and the 14th of his
Montague led from
the green flag with Linstroth and Kerby running second and
third, respectively. Linstroth tried to slip inside of
Montague in turn 2 on the 25th lap. They came together,
couldn't separate and crunched the wall.
Harper of Stockton passed Steve Bryant, #58, of Stockton for the
lead on lap 6 and led the remaining 24 laps to record his
first main-event victory.
dominated, six drivers took a turn in second place. Bryant, #58, of Stockton finished second with
Kannai Scantlen, #8, of Stockton third.
a four-time winner this season, broke the track record after
coming close in recent weeks. Clawson's time of 16.614 seconds
in qualifying broke the old record of 16.655 set by Michael
Wendt on April 19, 2003.
Winchel of Sebastopol took the lead on lap 16 and drove to a
2-second victory over Mark Bailey of San Lorenzo. Fast
qualifier Ryan Mosher, #52, of Cupertino was third.
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