Anderson Sr. holds off challenges in shootout

Record Staff Writer
Published Sunday, Jun 11, 2006

STOCKTON - Pete Anderson Sr., #85, won the thrilling American Limited Stock Car main event in the race of the night, holding off challenges from John Medina, #6, of Galt and Chad Holman of Stockton on Saturday at Stockton 99 Speedway.

Anderson Sr., the father of defending WLM champ Pete Anderson Jr., picked up the victory after dealing with several lead changes, lapped traffic and a late yellow flag that caused a two-lap shootout at the end of the race.

"It can get pretty wild in this division, but it feels great to win that kind of race," Anderson Sr. said. "Everyone raced hard. I think my car handled a bit better than the others in the corners, and that was the difference."

Medina and Anderson staged an early-race battle for the lead that had the fans cheering. The two drivers raced side-by-side for five laps before Anderson finally got the lead on lap 13.

Medina regained the lead four laps later, but Anderson took it back on lap 20 and kept it for the final 10 laps.

But it still wasn't easy for him. Holman, #75, took second from Medina and challenged Anderson, and on lap 28 there was a caution flag that caused restart.

"I didn't want to see that yellow flag," Anderson said. "I thought it might be trouble."

Anderson maintained his lead and took the checkered flag. Medina passed Holman for second.

Jacob Gomes continued his mastery of Stockton 99, dominating the field and winning the Young Gun (youth) main event.

The 13-year-old Mantecan has won all of his 11 races in Stockton and has won 21 of 23 events in the past two seasons, including all 16 races in 2005.

"I do like racing here, and I've done very well," Gomes said. "When I'm able to get in front, I feel good and figure that I've got a great chance to win it."

Gomes' brother, Joshua, 11, was second, and Taylor Fields of Vacaville was third.

Jonathan Hale of Rio Linda won the Baby Grand main event. The NASCAR Western Late Model and Pro-4 Truck races were not complete at press time.

Contact reporter Scott Linesburgh at (209) 546-8281

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