2004 99 Schedule
Byrd pockets 39th Stockton 99 Speedway Western Late Model career win, Cardoza sets Pure Stock record and takes main, Miller wins Pro-4 Trucks main and takes points lead
STOCKTON 99 SPEEDWAY, SATURDAY, AUG. 7 -- DODGE Weekly Series Western Late Model division points leader Dave Byrd, after several weeks of sixth and seventh place finishes, captured his eighth checkered flag of the season and his 39th career win at Stockton 99 Speedway’s quarter-mile NASCAR oval.
“It feels like it’s been a year (since the last win),” said Pacific Grove’s Byrd. “We’ve had some problems over the past weeks, with handling and the rear end, now it looks like we’ve got them worked out.”
Byrd started the HAVOLINE/CL BRYANT main two deep and on the inside. Granite Bay’s John Moore started at the pole and Stockton’s Pete Anderson Jr. started at outside pole.
Anderson Jr. took the lead in lap-2. Moore and Byrd then began a battle for second and third place. Byrd jumped into second in lap-4 and began pressing Anderson Jr.
The first caution flag flew in lap-16 when Modesto’s Paul Dorrity Jr. and Chowchilla’s Eric Humphries tangled out of turn-1 and spun into the infield. On the restart Anderson Jr. lined up at the pole with Byrd to his outside. At green the drivers began a full-contact, around the track duel for first and second. Then, in lap-19 the caution flag flew again when Stockton’s Jerry Crawford spun out in turn-2 and lost a wheel. Byrd and Anderson Jr. again lined up at pole and outside pole, on the green Anderson Jr. and Byrd again made contact, Byrd took the lead and held it to the end.
“The track was real sloppy tonight,” said Byrd. “Impossible to pass on, if it hadn’t been for the restarts we wouldn’t have been able to take Pete (Anderson Jr.).”
Anderson Jr. took second, Moore finished third, Turlock’s Chris Monez earned fourth an Stockton’s Gary Shafer Jr. finished at fifth.Pure Stock
Manteca’s Johnny Cardoza had quite a night on the fastest NASCAR quarter-mile oval west of the Mississippi. He captured his second main event win and set a new Pure Stock qualifying record.
“It was a fun race,” said Cardoza. “The car handled good, we set it up to do well in the turns.”
Cardoza, who won the race without power steering, worked his way up through the pack
to second, battled it out for the first place slot with the always exciting Charlie Clawson, took the lead on lap-25 and held it through the checkered.
By lap-4 it appeared as if Modesto’s Clawson was on his way to a main event win after working his way into third. By lap-6 he had made it to second and on lap-eight he held first. While skill surely played a part in Cardoza’s win, in the end it looked as if he simply had the fasted car on the track.
Clawson finished second, Stockton’s Kannai Scantlen took third, Stockton’s Ken “The Rat” Ratcliff earned fourth and Manteca’s Jacob Cardoza finished fifth. Pro-4 Trucks
In a win that was earned come-from-behind style, Saratoga’s Carrie Miller earned her third main win for the season and moved into first in points standings.
“I ran my own race,” said Miller. “I had to trust the truck, it’s all there, I just had to drive it.”
Tracy’s Brandon Trevethan started the race at the pole and quickly jumped into the lead. Miller worked her way up to third in lap-5 and then into second on lap-9. Miller jumped into the lead on a restart in lap-21 and held it through to the end.
“I don’t know if it’s harder to take the lead, or hold it,” said Miller. “I gotta race my race and do the best I can.”
After the race Miller, as usual, was surrounded by a small mob of adoring fans pursuing autographs, T-shirts, stickers and water color tattoos. Miller couldn’t express enough gratitude for her fans and pit crew.
Salida’s Dave Daniels took second, Lodi‘s Danny Basto finished third, Trevethan earned fourth and Rohnert Park‘s Bret Barney finished fifth. Grand American Modified
It looked as if Newark’s Ted Montague IV was going to sweep the division after marking the fasted qualifying time and taking first in the dash, but Citrus Height’s Jay Linstroth proved again that anything can happen between qualifying and the main when he earned his first checkered flag of the season.
“We have a new motor and a new chassis,” said Linstroth. “Winning had three parts, the crew, motor and luck.”
Galt’s Jason Kerby took second, Montague IV finished third, Lockeford’s Butch Basto finished fourth and Stockton’s Buzz DeVore came in fifth.Legends
Cupertino’s Ryan Mosher won his sixth main event of the season. Mosher started in the back of the pack, took the lead by lap-13 and held it through to the end.
“I was just lucky,” said Mosher. “I got to the front of the pack before Frankie Winchel and then no one else was as fast as me.”
Sebastopol’s Frankie Winchel took second, San Lorenzo‘s Mark Bailey finished third, Sebastopol’s David Winchel took fourth and Stockton’s Fred Clement ended at fifth. Upcoming
On Saturday, Aug. 14 the DODGE COUNTRY/HAVOLINE, NAPA AUTOPARTS NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION WEST SERIES 200 will come to Stockton 99 Speedway’s lightning-quick NASCAR quarter-mile oval, which will feature 200 laps of heart-pounding NASCAR action! The Pit gate will open at 8 a.m., Grandstands will open at noon.
Admission to the area's only NASCAR Saturday night family entertainment will be $40 for adults, children 6 to 12 are $8 and family packages for two adults and up to four kids under 12 are $75. Ten dollar off adult ticket discount coupons are available at your local NAPA AUTOPARTS store. Kids 5 and under are free, accompanied by an adult. Friday and Saturday night RV parking is $50, $30 for Saturday only. VISA and Master Card are always welcome at the ticket booth.
Stockton 99 Speedway is located at 4105 North Wilson Way. Traveling south on Highway 99, take the Wilson Way exit. The track is two blocks up the road just past the first stop light. On Highway 99 north, take the Cherokee Road exit, loop over the freeway to Newton Road and turn right. Drive one mile and turn left at the Wilson Way stoplight. From Interstate 5, get on the Cross-town Freeway and head east to Highway 99 north, then drive north on Highway 99 to the Cherokee Road exit. For information, call (209) 466-9999, or visit www.stockton99speedway.com.