Duncan earns first win at Stockton 99
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STOCKTON — San Rafael's Allison Duncan,
#20, won her first Western Late Model
race at Stockton 99 Speedway on Saturday, holding off teammate John Moore
of Granite Bay in the 30-lap event.
Duncan is a key figure in the Bill McAnally/Richard
team as part of NASCAR's Drive For Diversity program.
She entered the night second in points, five behind Stockton's #5,Pete
Duncan's night got easier after Anderson tangled with #11, Chris Monez on
Turlock's Monez posted the fast time and won the trophy dash. But on
Lap 10, he suffered two flat tires and a busted tie rod. Monez tried to
return, but appeared to lose power and slowed down in front of Anderson.
The cars collided, putting Monez out of the race and Anderson in the back
of the field, where he was was unable to race for the lead.
That left the door open for Duncan, who has been the runner-up four
times this year. She started the race in the sixth spot.
Duncan is the first female driver to win a feature race at Stockton 99
American Limited Stock Cars
Escalon's Darrell Hughes,
#28, was second to Stockton's Joe Allen, #1, who after
dominating last week only to be nudged out at the line by #99 Donnie
Darter last week, completely dominated this week and posted what looked
like an easy win in the
American Limited Stock Car division. Top 3 in points driver #5, Rich
Harper of Stockton, exited the main early with a blown transmission.
Notes #1: #90, the third generation Manteca Missile, made his debut.
Strmiska family was there to see Ross Strmiska drive the family colored
pink and black #90 for the first time. He made the main event and the car
was basically unscratched at the end of the race!!
ALSC Notes #2: Joe Allen drove to the front of the main with the
autographed hood of
approximately 1000 supporters of a Breast Cancer awareness drive. He was
under a lot of pressure not to damage the special hood!
Grand American Modified
#21, Kyle Gottula, (last week's winner), finished
behind winner #5, Jason Philpot of Sacramento in the Grand American Modifieds
30-lap main event.
Ford Focus Midgets
STOPS HARRIS AT STOCKTON
Moon, #3, of Shingle Springs, Calif. halted #54, Alex Harris’ four-race winning
streak in the
USAC California Pavement Ford Focus Midgets Saturday night at the Stockton 99
Speedway. Moon was the last of four feature leaders, pacing the final six
circuits in his Ron Sutton’s Winners Circle
entry to beat
#82, Robbie Whitchurch, #9, Jace Meier, Harris and #63, Cheis Veach. Other leaders were series
point leader #17, Audra Sasselli, Harris and Whitchurch.
Chase Barber, #91, rolled down the front stretch. Barber was uninjured.
Henslee, #6, of French Camp, held off #3, Ron Robeck of Milpitas to win the
25-lap Pro 4 Truck
division's main event.
NASCAR DIVERSITY PROGRAM DRIVER ALLISON DUNCAN EARNS FIRST
NASCAR DODGE WEEKLY SERIES MAIN EVENT WIN, NOW TIED WITH ANDERSON, JR., IN DIV.
oPhilpot wins Grand American Modified main event
oAllen wins CL BRYANT ALSC main event
oHenslee wins Pro-4 Trucks main event
o Robbie Whitchurch USAC main event
by: Joe Franscella
STOCKTON, SATURDAY, JUNE 11 -- San Rafael’s Allison Duncan won her first
HAVOLINE Western Late Model main event Saturday night. The first-year Stockton
99 Speedway driver -- known for her friendly smile and cool, calculating race
style -- started the race in the sixth position. By lap-17 she had calmly
maneuvered her way through several collisions, crept up on leader Pete Anderson,
Jr., and then pulled ahead of him.
"This is an awesome car," said an excited Duncan from victory lane. "We had
some problems turning earlier, but they worked out." Stockton’s Pete Anderson,
Jr., started the race in the second position, he quickly jumped into the lead in
lap-1. By lap-5 Turlock’s Chris Monez, after posting the fast time and winning
the dash, worked his way up from a fourth position start to second. In lap-10,
on the back straight, Monez made a play for the lead with an outside move,
before he could get past Anderson, Jr., he got pinched up against the wall,
which left him with two flat front tires, a broken tie-rod and tow-ride to the
infield pit. Duncan, who had worked her way up to third by then, was lined up
side-by-side with Anderson, Jr., on the restart, the two battled for six more
laps, then she took the lead.
On lap-17 Monez re-entered the race, his car slowed heading into turn-1,
Duncan managed to slide around him, but second place challenger Anderson, Jr.,
was not so lucky, he collided with Monez, drew caution and was sent to the back
of the pack on the restart. Monez then had his second tow of the night, he
On the restart Duncan quickly regained the lead, which she held through to
the end. Anderson, Jr., was unable to make any challenge for the front. The win
locked Duncan and Anderson, Jr., in a 386 to 386 WLM points tie. Duncan is now
the first female driver to win a NASCAR DODGE Weekly Series Div. II Western Late
Model main event at Stockton 99 Speedway. She was brought to Stockton 99
Speedway by Bill McAnally/Richard Childress racing as part of the NASCAR Drive
for Diversity Program.
Rounding out the WLM top five were Moore at second, Chowchilla’s Eric
Humphries at third, Holeman at fourth and Lodi’s Arron Shankel at fifth. Western
Late model racing wasn’t the only excitement at Stockton 99 Speedway Saturday
night. The CL BRYANT American Limited Stock Car drivers again put on an exciting
Last week Stockton’s Donny Darter wowed the crowd when he climbed out of an
11-cars-deep hole to win the first ALSC 50-lap race of the season. The crowd
suspected that he might have been on his way to another win after winning the
dash and capturing the fast time, but Stockton’s Joe Allen’s had other plans. He
started the race up front, quickly jumped into the lead and held it from wire to
Rounding out the top five were Escalon’s Darrell Hughes at second, Stockton’s
Chad Holman at third, Modesto’s Charlie Clawson at fourth and Darter at fifth.
The Grand American Modified drivers were back for another 30-lap main event
Saturday. Sacramento’s Jason Philpot led the race from start to finish, but the
crowd deffinitly got its monies worth watching Newark’s Ted Montague IV, Citrus
Heights’ Jay Linstroth and Modesto’s Kyle Gottula slug it out for second.
Between laps 3 and the end, these three traded for second place a number of
times, but by lap 20 Gotulla grabbed it and managed to hang onto it. Linstroth
ended third, Dixon’s Jerry Duback finished fourth and Montague IV closed out the
Pro 4 Trucks
The Pro-4 Trucks drivers were back in action Saturday. The night ended up
belonging to Lathrop’s Mark Henslee. He jumped into the lead on the first lap
and never let it go. Ron Robeck (Milpitas) clocked the fast time and came in
second in the main event. Graham Blackburn (Santa Cruz), driving the Miller
Motorsports number 27, took third, Nathan McNeil (Oakdale) finished fourth and
Bret Barney (Rhonert Park) came in fifth.
Ford Focus Midget
The USAC Ford Focus Midgets were back on the track for a main and a couple of
dashes. Winning the main event was Benny Moon, second was Robbie Whitchurch,
third was Jace Meier, fourth was Alex Harris and Chris Veach was fifth.
On Saturday, June 18 3-M will present the HAVOLINE Western Late Models, CL
BRYANT ALSC, USAC FORD FOCUS Midgets, Pro-4 Trucks, Legends and California Mini
Racing Association Mini Cups.