|One wild finish to
By Bill Poindexter
Record Staff Writer
Published Sunday, May 30, 2004
STOCKTON -- The
Western Late Model division
resembled the Wild, Wild Western
Late Model division Saturday night at Stockton 99 Speedway.
Dave Byrd, #9, of Pacific Grove led the first 92 laps of the
100-lap Tri-Holiday Classic, then ended up nose first in the
wall. Byrd, a five-time winner this year, was no happy camper
afterward, and his car caught fire.
Guy Guibor, a
former Pure Stock champ at the track, then appeared headed to
his first Late Model victory before tangling with John Moore,
on lap 97, a spark-filled crash that resulted in Moore's front
wheels resting on Guibor's hood -- halfway along the
frontstretch. Guibor wasn't exactly pleased either.
when the smoke cleared was Stockton's Danny Contessotto, #97, a
former Grand American Modified track champ who took his first
checkered flag in Late Model.
finished fourth in the B main and drew the final transfer to
the big race.
"We started last
in the main and ended up first. But I'll take it," said
Contessotto, who told his crew late in the race, "We might
back into one guys."
considerable confusion involving car No. 61, because there
were two of them. Guibor, of Manteca, drives car No. 61, and
he was in the hunt throughout the race. Shannon Mansch of
Roseville, an occasional visitor to the track, drives car No.
Byrd and Mansch
battled for several laps. Mansch was trying to regain a lap
lost earlier in the race. Byrd saw 61 on the leader board, but
he didn't know which 61. He thought -- thought, being the
word -- the 61 car was a lap down, but he wasn't sure, so he
wasn't about to back down.
unofficial, so you can't let up, and we couldn't get an
answer," Byrd said. "She just pile-drived me and
never lifted. Some yahoo from out of town pile-drives me and
ends our season. We're toast."
Mansch hit Byrd
coming out of turn two, and Byrd slammed the wall front first.
The car was demolished, and it caught
"He's a clean
racer. I hate to see that happen to anyone," Mansch said. "He
probably should have let me have my lap back."
champion Jason Philpot of Sacramento held off a threat by
Scott Winters of Tracy on the 30th and final lap to record his
first main-event victory of the season.
inside of Philpot in turn two on the final lap, and they went
side by side down the backstretch and into turn three. Philpot
had the advantage by the front wheel coming out of turn four
and hung on to register his ninth career win.
* To reach
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