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Anderson, Duncan headline 99 season

Record Staff Writer
Published Thursday, Sep 22, 2005

STOCKTON -- Pete Anderson won the Stockton 99 Speedway championship and Allison Duncan won over many fans and got plenty of attention.

Their performances during the 2005 season gives both drivers plenty of options, and neither is in a hurry to decide whether they will return for another run at the title.

Anderson, 30, became the first Stocktonian to win the NASCAR Western Late Model title when he pulled away from a competitive field in the final weeks of the 2005 season. Duncan, 26, finished second to Anderson and became the breakout star of NASCAR's Drive For Diversity program.

The future of Duncan, who drives for Bill McAnally Racing and has an association with Nextel Cup team owner Richard Childress, is wide open. There's talk of her going to the Grand National West series. She did a test run in a Busch car two weeks ago.

But a return to Stockton 99 is possible.

"There are many options, and we'll look at all of them," Duncan said. "I do plan to stay in the diversity program, and would like to continue my association with Bill McAnally and Richard Childress."

Anderson will race at Stockton 99 in 2006, but he didn't commit to a title run. He lives a mile from the track and has competed at Stockton 99 since age 16, but he said he's also considering his options.

"I will definitely run a lot of races at Stockton, and might end up running them all just like I have for years," Anderson said. "For now, I just want to relax and enjoy it a bit."

The WLM race was one of the closest in years, with four drivers within 20 points midway through the season. But Anderson never finished out of the top 10 and won two of the final three races.

"Pete did everything you have to do to win a title, and he deserves it," said John Moore of Granite Bay, who was third.

Anderson joined Charlie Clawson, #15,  of Modesto in the American Limited Stock Car division and Mark Henslee, #6, of Lathrop in the Pro 4 Truck class as first-time champs. Jason Philpot, #5, of Sacramento won the Grand American Modified crown for the second time in three years.

Stockton 99's attendance increased by eight percent in 2005 to an average of 1,869. Next season's opener is scheduled for April 2, 2006.

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