loses friend, crew chief, 'good guy'
By Bill Poindexter
Record Staff Writer
Published Friday, April
Angelo Queirolo will race Saturday at
Stockton 99 Speedway, but he'll do it
without his best friend and crew chief,
the voice on the other end of the radio.
Steve Enos passed away Saturday evening
after becoming ill at the track. He was
50. Enos and Queirolo, of Ripon, were
partners in the No. 100 Grand American
Modified car that currently sits in
second place in points.
Among Enos' many survivors is Don
Castellon, a sibling who runs the back
gate at 99. Enos meant a lot to many
people, Queirolo more so than most. They
met when Queirolo was a child and knew
each other for about 25 years. Enos was
old enough to be Queirolo's dad, but
Queirolo considered Enos his best
Enos was there when Queirolo began
racing in the Pure Stock class eight
years ago. Queirolo purchased the
Modified racer, and Enos helped with the
"He was a super good guy. Everybody
loved him," Queirolo said Wednesday.
"We'd have an argument with somebody out
on the track, and he'd be trying to
figure out how we could all get along.
"I think about him quite a bit. I had
some tears flowing through the race
(Saturday). I talked to him every day.
We talked about cars, family. It's
pretty hard, I'll tell you that."
A funeral service will be held for Enos
at 2 p.m. today at P.L. Fry & Son
Funeral Home, 290 N. Union Road in
Manteca. Stockton 99 will honor him
The program will include racing in five
divisions: Western Late Model, Grand
American Modified, Pure Stock, Pro 4
Truck and Legends.
Dave Byrd of Monterey has won two main
events in a row, and Chris Monez of
Turlock has been the fast qualifier in
back-to-back weeks in Western Late
Charlie Clawson of Modesto went from
claiming his third consecutive checkered
flag in Pure Stock to falling from first
to third in points after being
disqualified because of illegal heads,
according to track co-owner Ken Clapp.
John Medina of Galt is the points leader
with Richard Harper of Stockton second.
At the ticket booth, Stockton 99 has
altered the price of its family pack.
Now it costs $29.99 for two adults and
four kids ages 6-12. Also, the price of
admission for kids 6-12 has dropped from
$10 to $5.
* To reach assistant sports editor
Bill Poindexter, call (209) 546-8289