2006 99 Schedule


Speedway backs its billing

Record Staff Writer
Published Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006

Pete Hernandez found out everything he had heard about Stockton 99 Speedway was true.

Hernandez, a NASCAR Drive For Diversity candidate, was very competitive in the NASCAR Western Late Model season opener at Stockton 99 on Sunday before getting involved in a crash and finishing 11th.

He said he knew Stockton 99's reputation as a rough quarter-mile track. "It's all true. This is a very aggressive and challenging track," Hernandez said. "It gives true meaning to the term 'rubbing is racing,' and I'm excited to test my skills here."

Hernandez, 36, is a Chicago resident who will be driving for Bill McAnally Racing. He replaces Allison Duncan as McAnally's Drive For Diversity representative. Duncan is still in the program and is competing at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va.

Hernandez was the second-fastest qualifier Sunday and was in fourth place in the main event before an incident involving Dave Byrd and Guy Guibor at the front of the field caused a five-car accident. Hernandez lost his front-end brakes but finished the race.

"I thought he did an excellent job for his first time at a tough track," Bill McAnally said. "He was fast and competitive. He got caught up in something out of his control."

Contact reporter Scott Linesburgh at (209) 546-8281 or slinesbu@recordnet.com

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