finale ends in controversy
By KELLY JONES
BEE STAFF WRITER
Last Updated: July 30, 2006, 06:19:59 AM PDT
STOCKTON — Manteca's Guy Guibor put some distance between himself and the rest of the Western Late Model field at Stockton 99 Speedway on Saturday.
But it didn't come without controversy.
Guibor won his second main event on doubles points night. Despite the stakes, the race attracted just 12 cars, and 1,360 were in the stands for the five-division night.
Chowchilla's Eric Humphries led the first 27 laps before crashing into the pit exit gate at Turn 3. He had made contact with Guibor in Turn 1 when Guibor tried to pass him low. That resulted in three-wide racing with Chicago's Peter Hernandez on the outside.
Humphries and Stockton's Pete Anderson Jr. then tangled on the back stretch, with Anderson driving up into the wall and Humphries getting pushed into the tire barrier. He injured his right foot, but was able to hobble around on it later, thinking it's just bruised.
"I hope NASCAR penalizes the 61 and the 5," Humphries said of Guibor and Anderson. "Guy made it three-wide and he shouldn't have been down in the grass. Pete should have got off the gas. This is a bad deal."
Anderson said track officials did not let him return to the track after the incident. There were two more cautions, both involving Tracy's David Philpott who got spun out. Son Justin Philpott had to leave the main with a broken axle.
Guibor said he didn't know what happened on the three-wide pass, but hated to see Humphries crash. That's not the way he wanted to win, he said. Humphries was fourth entering the night, and the top 5 were separated by just points.
Guibor certainly had to work for the victory, though, beating Hernandez on three restarts.
"I figured he was going to get me," Guibor said. "This car takes off on restarts. We just got lucky, I guess."
All Mike Regelman, #66, needed was one victory to figure out how to win.
Ripon's Regelman won his second consecutive Grand American Modified main event, and third of the season and his career, by overtaking points leader Jay Linstroth with two laps remaining.
"It's so much easier now," Regelman said. "Now that I know how to do it … I've got my dad and good crew."
Linstroth, #10, was happy to finish second, especially in one piece. He wrecked two Grand American Modified cars last weekend — his and a loaner — and entered Saturday's race just two points ahead. he led for 48 laps on Saturday and finished in one piece.
Linstroth played it safe with just a two-point lead. He ended up 28 points ahead of Sacramento's Jason Philpot by playing it safe.
"I'm all about winning this last championship," Linstroth said. "I had no right rear (power) left and Mikey had nothing to lose. I know we had a fast car. This was all about survival. I know where Philpot is. I gotta do the smart thing."
Lathrop's Mark Henslee swept the Pro 4 Truck division for the third time this season and won his fifth main event overall. Stockton's Donny Darter also swept the American Limited Stock Car division for the third time this season.
Oakdale teammates Jason Dalrymple and Fred Hatch, #99, finished third and fourth, respectively, behind Milpitas' Ron Robeck.
San Leandro's Mark Bailey won the Legends of the Pacific main, followed by 16-year-old #2, Zach Kavert of Redding. Fifteen cars finished the race in a 21-car field.
NOTES — Broc Murphy, #76, 12, won the third heat of the Legends division. … Manteca native Ross Strmiska won the Legends trophy dash and father Ron Strimiska Jr. did the same in the Western Late Model division. … Jason Dalrymple drove teammate Nathan McNeil's Pro 4 Truck while the Oakdale resident completed his two-week suspension for retaliation. … Aug. 19 is Hawaiian shirt and hot rod night at Stockton 99. … The Grand National West series makes its final appearance at Stockton 99 next Saturday.
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.
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