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Pete Anderson Jr. named Aug. 20 Western Late
Model 50-lap main event winner
STOCKTON -- A lot of race fans have been holding their breaths in
anticipation of who would emerge as
the winner of the Saturday, Aug. 20 HAVOLINE Western Late Model race.
Following a thorough technical
inspection, Stockton’s Pete Anderson Jr. was named the winner.
The win let Anderson Jr. notch his fourth win-mark in the NASCAR DODGE Weekly
Series Div. II premier
division at Stockton 99 Speedway and gave him a boost in a still contentious
championship points race.
Following the win, Anderson Jr. emerged from competition with 878 points,
only 43 points ahead of
NASCAR Drive for Diversity driver Allison Duncan of San Rafael, who is at
second with 835. Turlock’s
Chris Monez is trailing Duncan with 830, Granite Bay’s John Moore is in
fourth with 761 and Stockton’s
Gary Shafer Jr. rounds out the top five with 747.
The Western Late Models have two points nights left, both 100-laps, the first
is the third leg of the Tri- Holiday
series on Sept. 3 and the last is the Sept. 17 double-points night.
More Trouble for Moore at Stockton 99
Driver Deliberately put wide rims on car to make bitter point
By KELLY JONES
BEE STAFF WRITER
Race car driver John Moore said he got so fed up with the officiating at
Stockton 99 Speedway, he decided to retaliate his own way.
The Granite Bay resident said Sunday he intentionally put 9-inch rims on
his Western Late Model on Saturday. Drivers are only allowed to have 8-inch
It's the second week in a row officials found something wrong with Moore's
car. He won the Aug. 13 race before officials eventually disqualified him for
having illegal parts.
On Saturday, Moore won the 50-lap event, with points leader Pete Anderson
Jr. finishing second. Moore left his car in the technical inspection area,
filed a protest against Anderson, and quickly left the track. He alleges that
officials don't like him and have been out to get him all year.
"I knew it was coming," Moore said of the discovery. "The officials were
behind the whole thing last week, just to mess with me. I thought I'd give
them a real (problem) Saturday."
For now, there is no official decision from Stockton 99 Speedway. Track
officials said they want a certified technician to check Moore's rims.
Anderson's motor will also be inspected for potential violations.
Track steward John Weimer said both cars will be checked thoroughly. He
denied Moore's claim that track officials had anything against the driver.
Everything seemed to check out on everyone's cars in pre-race inspection to
ensure fairness for everyone.
The size of the rims is not easily identifiable.
"The rules are the rules," Weimer said. "Everything is frozen now. We want
to cover ourselves and have everything checked for legalities."
Moore has denied using illegal parts Aug. 13. The protest against Anderson
was to prove a point, he said.
"Everybody does something," Moore said. "It's a matter of what the
officials want to focus on and who they want to target."
Anderson said he got his motor straight from the manufacturer and hasn't
touched it. He's consistently finished in the top five all season.
Moore earned 50 points for winning Aug. 13 and drew within nine points of
Anderson in the standings. But track officials penalized him those 50 points
after the discovery of the illegal parts later in the week.
"It really irritated me when they took all the points away from me," Moore
said. "I have the same motor in my car. There were no performance-enhancement
parts (Aug. 13). It's the brand name (they didn't like)."
Track officials say 9-inch rims spread the tire, making the outside stiffer
and giving the car more traction. The extra inches on each tire allows drivers
to carry more speed in the corners.
Anderson said he'll be happy to have his car inspected to prove it meets
specifications. He said the only thing he's done to his car all year is change
the valves once, with approved parts.
If Anderson's car checks out, he would have a hefty lead over San Rafael's
Allison Duncan and Turlock's Chris Monez.
There are two Western Late Model races left, both 100-lappers, on Sept. 3
and 17. The last one is a double points race.
Moore said he plans to keep racing the rest of the season. He knows he's
out of the points race, but wants to be there for the fans.
"I don't care how many points they give me credit for," Moore said of the
officials. "I no longer care what they think. I'm the people's champion."
Bee staff writer Kelly Jones can be reached at 578-2300 or
Moore disqualified second race in a row
Record Staff Writer
Published Sunday, Aug 21, 2005
STOCKTON -- For the second week in a row,
John Moore took the checkered flag at Stockton 99 Speedway without wining the
Moore was disqualified again in the NASCAR Western Late Model main event at
Stockton 99 Speedway. Pete Anderson Jr. #5,of Stockton is currently listed as the
winner of the race, but the results are unofficial because Moore has filed a
protest against Anderson, who will have his engine checked out by officials next
Moore was disqualified because his tires were too wide. On Friday, it was
announced that Moore wouldn't get the win in the Aug. 13 race because of illegal
parts in his engine.
It's Anderson's fourth win if his engine is declared legal.
"I'm not worried about that," Anderson said. "We're fine. We're legal, and he
can protest if he wants."
Donny Darter of Stockton won a rough and messy American Limited Stock Car main
event. The Stockton driver has struggled with brake problems the past four
weeks, but finally got his fifth race of the season. He had not won a race July
"We've been having a tough time recently, but we were able to put it together,"
Darter said. "We really wanted to get win No. 5."
#16 of Manteca used a daring move on the final turn of the final lap and
won his 12th consecutive Mini Cup race in California Modified Racing Association
action. Gomes, 12, has won every race this year, but it looked like his streak
was going to be broken by #3, Travis Fields of Rocklin as the field entered the 30th
Gomes had been trying to set up Fields for the pass for several laps, but
finally got his chance as the leaders entered turn No. 4. He bumped Fields as he
passed him and took the lead about 25 feet before the finish line.
"I didn't mean to bump him as hard as I did," Gomes said. "I got into him a
hard. But luckily he didn't spin."
U.S. Rep. Richard Pombo, R-Tracy, was the grand marshal of the event. He started
the WLM main event, and drove two exhibition laps in the car of driver Chris
Monez of Turlock.
Benny Moon of Shingle Springs won the Ford Focus main event.
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DARTER CLAIMS CL BRYANT AMERICAN LIMITED
STOCK CAR MAIN EVENT, HAVOLINE WESTERN LATE MODEL RESULTS PENDING TECHNICAL
by JOE FRANSCELLA
STOCKTON, SATURDAY, AUG. 20 -- Stockton's Donny Darter worked his way through
dogpile-after-dogpile of American Limited Stock Cars to capture the checkered
flag and win his fourth CL BRYANT sponsored 30-lap feature.
Thirty-one ALSC's showed up Saturday night, after qualifying, two dashes and an
B-main, 20 ran in the caution-filled main.
Darter started seventh, worked his way up to the front by the fifth lap and held
off all challengers. Between the green and checkered flags, five caution and a
single red flag flew, which involved more than eight cars that tangled on the
straights and in the turns.
Stockton's Joe Allen and Escalon's Darrell Hughes both put on quite a show for
the crowd. Allen started ninth, but was able to pull out a second place finish,
while Hughes was able to claw his way from an eighth-position start to capture
Prior to the feature, division points leader
#15, Charlie Clawson, of Modesto, retook
the track fast-time record when he qualified with a 15.596. Clawson started
10th, but was able to advance to fourth by the end of the race.
#75, Chad Holman started in the fifth slot and advanced to second by the
second lap. Holman dropped back to third by lap-10 when a collision on turn-2
sent him to the back on the restart, despite that, he was able to work his way
back up and finish fifth. Chad's Dad, David Holman won the semi-main in a
battered and bruised #7.
Following 50-laps of green flag racing, Granite Bay's John Moore was first to
cross the finish line in the HAVOLINE Western Late Model event, but was then
disqualified for running on tires and rims that did not meet
specifications. Stockton's #5, Pete Anderson Jr. crossed the line after Moore, but
has an unofficial finish. After the race, Moore funded an official protest,
prompting officials to confiscate Anderson Jr.'s engine, which will be inspected
Monday. Stockton's #3,Gary Shafer Jr. currently holds third place, Turlock's
Monez came in fourth and San Rafael's Allison
Duncan finished fifth. Shafer Jr.,
Duncan, Monez and the remaining seven WLM drivers all passed post race technical
inspections, but their official positions could change following the outcome of
Anderson Jr.'s inspection. Stockton 99 Speedway officials are expected to
release official results by
Tuesday, Aug. 23.
Congressman Richard Pombo (R-Stockton) was the WLM grand marshal. Before the
race he spoke the crowd of over 1,300 during a front-straight interview with
track announcer Wayne Pierce, took a couple of hot-laps in Monez' STOCKTON DODGE
late model Intrepid, gave the "Start your engines" command and then waved the
green flag. The congressman, who attended the race with family members and
staff, said that he had a
great time, was intrigued by the power of the late model Dodge and hoped to
return to track in the future.
The always exciting USAC Ford Focus Midgets were back on the fastest NASCAR
quarter-mile oval west of the Mississippi. Benny Moon took first, Jace Meier
finished second, Jeff Sakowicz came in third, Robbie Whitchurch ended fourth and
Cameron Veach came in fifth.
The future stars of the California Mini Racing Association we back again in
their mini cup cars. Jacob Gomes came in first, Travis Field finished second,
Robert Czub third, Tommy Florini fourth and Chris Olivera fifth.
Moon Shines In Stockton 99's Winner