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Stockton 99 Speedway
Saturday, April 29, 2006

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THE BEE


 

Old friends come home for big race
 

 

 

Mike David and Eric Holmes have been joking with each other all week.

A little trash talk between friends and the anticipation of being on their home track has helped alleviate some of the drama going into Saturday's Grand National West race at Stockton 99 Speedway.

Modesto's David edged Escalon's Holmes by inches to finish third in last week's race at Phoenix International Raceway.

David said he had to fend off considerable bumping from Holmes down the stretch. The green-white-checkered finish was so close it was scary.

"We were the only cars the other hit in both races," Holmes said of the season's opening events. "All four of us up front almost crashed."

Holmes enters the Basalite 150 tied for the points lead with Virginia's Peyton Sellers. David is sixth, 39 points behind.

Given a choice, Holmes would rather win the Elite Division Southwest Series title than the Grand National West championship. He prefers the engines and lighter cars in the Southwest Series.

This race will help decide if he continues putting time and money into pursuing the Grand National West championship or focuses solely on the Southwest tour, which is being discontinued after this season.

"I want to win a championship," Holmes said. "I don't want to get to November and lose one because I'm trying to run two series. That's one of the things that's tough right now."

Holmes is third in Southwest points but trails two drivers Ken Schrader and Matt Crafton who aren't expected to race a full year, like he is.

If Holmes continues to do well and can pick up sponsorships, he said there is a possibility he would run both series. The schedules would allow it.

His decision may not get any easier in the Grand National West's next three events, which are at tracks Holmes races well at Stockton, Irwindale and Infineon Raceway.

"It would be cool to win both or win one and be second or third in the other," Holmes said. "I'd at least like to get both cars in the Shootout (for each regional division's top 10 drivers). Nobody has done both, I don't think. We're in good-enough cars to run both of them."

Holmes finished second in the Southwest Series in 2003 and fourth in 2004. He has considerable experience at Stockton 99, but this will be his first Grand National West race at 99. He last won there in 2004 in a Southwest Series race.

David has the most top-10 finishes at Stockton among active drivers six, including a victory in 2004.

Stockton's quarter-mile paved oval is less roomy than the one-mile speedway the drivers were on in Phoenix last week. The vast difference in tracks brings a change in driving style and increases the possibility of wrecks.

"I'm not too worried about it," David said. "We always run well there. There are more good drivers this year than there have been in the past."

Other drivers entered with Grand National West victories at Stockton 99 are Johnny Borneman, Austin Cameron, Mike Duncan and former Oakdale resident Steve Portenga.

Also on the schedule are the second Hot Wood 1,000 Western Late Model race and the American Limited Stock Car and Pro 4 Truck classes.

Ron Strmiska Jr. of Manteca won the first Hot Wood 1,000 race on April 9, benefitting from wrecks that knocked out race leaders Guy Guibor of Manteca and Pete Anderson Jr. of Stockton.

 

The Stockton 99 Speedway is located just off Highway 99 at 4105 North Wilson Way. If you are traveling south on Highway 99 take the Wilson Way exit. If you are heading north on Highway 99 take the Cherokee Road exit, loop over the freeway, turn right onto Newton Road and then turn left on Wilson Way.

 

Stockton 99 Speedway Info/Race Line (209) 466-9999.


 

TIMES AND PRICES FOR 4-29-06

 

 

        9:00 AM PITS OPEN FOR HAULERS AND REGISTRATION

        2:00 PM GRANDSTANDS OPEN

        4:00  QUALIFYING

        6:00  PM NATIONAL ANTHEM

        6:10 GREEN FLAG FIRST RACE

 

 

PRICES

 

        ADULTS                           $40.00  (A $10.00 ADULT COUPON IS AVAILABLE AT YOU LOCAL AUTOZONE PARTS STORE)

        FAMILY PACK                $79.99  2 ADULTS AND UP TO 4 KIDS          12 AND UNDER

        SENIORS                         $25.00

        JUNIORS                          $20.00  13 17 YEARS OLD

        KIDS                                 $5.00       6 12 YEARS OLD

        KIDS   5 AND UNDER ARE FREE WITH A PAYING ADULT

 

MASTER CARD AND VISA ARE ALWAYS WELCOMED AT GATE NUMBER 2

 

 

 

OPEN PRACTICE ON 4-28-06

 

12:00 - 2:00 HAULERS ENTER AND SIGN IN

 

2:00 8:00 PRACTICE


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