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JOHN MOORE EARNS $1,000 IN WLM 50-LAP MAIN, CHAD HOLMAN TAKES
ALSC AND RON ROBECK WINS PRO-4 TRUCKS RACE
•Chase Barber wins USAC Ford Focus main event
•Martin McKeefery wins Legends main event
•Jacob Gomes wins CMRA main event
STOCKTON, SATURDAY, JUNE 18 -- Earlier in the week Stockton 99 Speedway track officials announced that all HAVOLINE Western Late Model races would now be 50-laps (except Tri-Holiday 100’s) and that drivers would have a chance to win more prize money in the new format. Saturday night a talented field of drivers were at the track to take advantage of the new NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series main event program and Granite Bay’s John Moore drove his way to the $1,000 winner’s purse.
“It feels good to win again,” said Moore, who had swept twice earlier in the season, and was then hampered by a run of bad luck.
Battling it out for first with Moore was Turlock’s Chris Monez. For the second consecutive time Monez checked in with the fast qualifying time, but was unable to overtake Moore in the 50-lap main event. By the time the checkered flag flew, Monez had run a great race but it was only enough to grab second. Stockton’s Gary Shafer Jr. took third and Chowchilla’s Eric Humphries landed in fourth.
Last week’s WLM winner Allison Duncan (San Rafael) started the race at the second position, but ran into trouble in lap-1. Duncan’s car looked as if lost steering control heading into turn-3, she slowed and ended up in the turn wall, putting an end to her evening. Pete Anderson Jr. didn’t pass tech inspection after clocking the fast qualifying time, which landed him in the back of the 16-car pack at the start. Never the less, the Stockton driver showed his skill and confidence by securing a fifth place finish.
The finish shook up the HAVOLINE Western Late Model points standings. Anderson Jr. emerged with a clear lead at 432, Moore landed in second with 419, Duncan wound up in third with 411 and Monez ended up in the top four with 404.
CL BRYANT American Limited Stock Car action was no less exciting. Starting with the B-main, Elk Grove’s Tim Hoke both scared and thrilled the crowd when he tumbled end-over-end and from front-to-back about seven times on lap-8 while heading into turn-2. Hoke’s car landed right side up and the crowd breathed a sigh of relief when Hoke emerged unscathed, unfortunately for Hoke damage sustained by his car ended his evening. David Anadon ended up winning the B-main.
The A-main’s winner was again not decided until the very end of the race, and there was action on the track even after the checkered flag flew.
Manteca’s Jacob Cardoza opened up the race at the front of the pack. He and Modesto’s Charlie Clawson battled it out for first in the opening laps, but by the time the sixth rolled around Cardoza was running first, Stockton’s Joe Allen moved to second, Stockton’s Donny Darter positioned at third and Clawson dropped back to fourth.
By the 10th lap it was looking as Allen and Darter were carving out niches in the front, with Stockton’s Chad Holman chasing at third, then on lap-26 Darter made a play for first by trying to pass Allen on the inside in turn-2, the two tangled and spun, which brought up a caution and sent the two leaders to the back. At the restart Holman was put up front, Cardoza trailed him and Clawson was in third. What would have been a green-white-checkered finish ended up a yellow-checkered, giving Holman the opportunity to grab the win. Cardoza took second, Clawson landed in third, Stockton’s Dave Ball secured fourth and Stockton’s Jim Vosberg checked in at fifth.
But before all the ALSC drivers could cross the finish line, Darter and Allen, battling it out for seventh and eighth, again tangled, this time in a front-stretch collision that set off a chain reaction that drew in Mike Brooks Jr. of Manteca, and David Holman of Stockton. Holman ended up welded to the outside front-stretch wall, luckily there were no injuries in the crash.
Stockton 99 Speedway’s Pro-4 Truck drivers were back for another exciting 25-lap main event and Milpitas’ Ron Robeck emerged victorious for the third time this season. Robeck started the race in fifth, but by the fifth lap he worked his way up to first and held the lead through to the checkered flag. Lathrop’s Mark Henslee finished second, Mike Curry (Lodi) came in third, Bret Barney (Rhonert Park) finished fourth and Paul Murarik (Stockton) rounded out the top five.
Back on the track were the USAC Ford Focus Midgets, California Mini Racing Association Mini Cups and the Legends of the Pacific. In USAC action Chase Barber took first, Robbie Whitchurch came in second, Jace Meier finished third, Alex Harris checked in fourth and Jeff Sakowicz ended at fifth. (See below for feature USAC Story)
In Legends racing Martin McKeefery took the checkered flag, Thomas Leiby placed second, Kelly Martin took third, David Winchel came in fourth and Terry Miller finished fifth.
In the CMRA main event Jacob Gomes again took first, Robert Czub placed second, Travis Field took third, Chris Olivera took fourth and Morgan Cooksey placed fifth.
On Saturday, June 25 USAC Western States Sprint Cars and USAC Ford Focus Midgets will return to Stockton 99 Speedway for a full day of Triple Crown Championship race action! Joining the USAC divisions on the track will be the CL BRYANT American Limited Stock Cars.
BARBER WINS AT STOCKTON; SASSELLI RETAINS FOCUS POINT LEAD
Chase Barber of Morgan Hill, Calif. led the final 21 laps of Saturday night’s 30-lap USAC California Paved Ford Focus Midget race at the Stockton 99 Speedway in Stockton, Calif. He passed early leader Darrell Herzog on lap 10 and led the rest of the way to beat Robbie Whitchurch, fast qualifier Jace Meier, Alex Harris and Jeff Sakowicz. Audra Sasselli finished eighth and retains a nine-point lead over Harris going into next Saturday’s race at Stockton.