Stockton 99 Speedway 1946 ( before completion)
Vukovich at Stockton 99 Speedway in 1947.
Stockton 99 Speedway, Early Race. Note the goal posts in the infield,
St. Mary's High School played football there!!
Emotional win for Byrd
Record Staff Writer
Published Sunday, Sep 10, 2006
STOCKTON - Dave Byrd won the race
and jumped out of his car to accept his trophy. At that moment, the
somber truth hit him.
After Saturday's program, there's just one more night of auto racing at
Stockton 99 Speedway.
Byrd took the lead at the start of the 50-lap NASCAR Western Late Model
main event and won the penultimate event at the 60-year-old track. The
finale at Stockton 99 is on Sept. 16, and Byrd's eyes got a bit misty
when he thought about the end of the speedway.
"It started to hit me that it's not going to be here anymore," Byrd
said. "I thought it would always be here."
Byrd and the rest of the 21-car WLM field were aiming at getting one
more win before the gates close for the last time. Byrd started on the
first row next to pole sitter Ron Strmiska Sr. of Stockton and took the
lead on the first lap on his way to his 48th win at Stockton 99. Byrd is
a three-time champion at the track and is the WLM points leader at
Altamont Motorsports Park this year.
"The thing is that the competition is so strong (at Stockton 99) and
there's 10 guys at every race who have a chance to win," Byrd said.
"It's always so tough out there."
While Byrd was rarely challenged for the lead, there was plenty of
him as drivers jockeyed for position.
Strmiska finished second, and he battled Pete Anderson Jr. of Stockton
and Guy Guibor for the spot until the end of the race. Anderson was
third and Guibor was fourth.
"Just another night of Stockton 99 racing," Anderson Jr. said. "That's
the way it goes out here. I don't complain about it, because I drive the
Mark Henslee of French Camp won the final Pro-4 Truck race at Stockton
99, finishing his season of dominance. Henslee, the two-time division
champion, won nine of the 15 races and has five clean sweeps in a row.
He won the trophy dash and was the fast qualifier at 15.114 seconds.
Henslee, who clinched the title last week, spun 10 donuts on the front
straightaway after the race.
"I'm thrilled to win the final race," Henslee said. "It's nice to go
down in history."
Pete Anderson Sr. of Stockton won his third consecutive American Limited
Stock Car main event and his fourth of the season. For the second week
in a row, Anderson Sr. had to hold off a strong challenge from Chad
Holman of Stockton. Holman, who was second, moved within seven points of
clinching the ALSC season title.
"This is a nice way to close out the speedway, and we have one more
left," Anderson Sr. said.
Contact reporter Scott Linesburgh at (209) 546-8281 or email@example.com