Stockton 99 Speedway 1946
Billy 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!!
Bellettos drive off with a victory
Record Staff Writer
Published Sunday, Sep 17, 2006
official steps onto the track during a yellow flag on the last night
of racing at the Stockton 99 Raceway in Stockton on Saturday.
Credit: Victor J.
Blue/ The Record
STOCKTON - Steve Belletto made
certain his family left Stockton 99 Speedway with at least one more good
He started on the pole and never lost the lead in the StockCar Racing
League's Wild West Shootout event during the final night of racing at
Stockton 99, earning another victory for one of the most successful
racing families in track history.
Belletto joyously did doughnuts in his car and then saluted the
standing-room-only crowd of more than 5,000 that packed the 60-year-old
track on the final night. While Belletto celebrated, his father, Harry,
stood in the pit area and smiled.
"This was good to see," Harry said. "I'm very proud of him."
Steve, 41, has won two track titles and beat his younger brother, Jeff,
off the starting line to set up his win. Harry was competing in the
NASCAR Western Late Model race that was not completed at press time, and
Steve said the family was determined to pick up a win.
"We got one of them," Steve said. "This was great. I'm extremely happy.
I've never seen a crowd like this."
He said he worked the past three weeks to get his car ready for the
final race, and he quickly took control of the race.
Several drivers chased him, but an accident on lap 72 of the 100-lap
event took out three contenders.
Dave Byrd of Pacific Grove, Ken Boyd of Ceres and Eric Holmes of Escalon
were running in the top four when they collided.
"It was very disappointing," said Byrd, who also planned to compete in
the WLM event. "I really thought we had Steve's number because he was
having trouble in (turns) one and two. I thought we had a great chance."
line up to enter the track to see the final races. A crowd of more
than 5,000 was in attendance
Credit: Victor J.
Blue/ The Record
Eric Schmidt finished second and Jim
Courage Jr. was third.
Chad Holman of Stockton found the best way possible to celebrate his
American Limited Stock Car title.
Holman won another tight battle with Pete Anderson Sr. of Stockton and
earned his fifth victory of the season. Holman clinched the last ALSC
title in track history by finishing second in qualifying, but the
celebration didn't begin until he took the checkered flag.
Holman crossed the finish line and did several doughnuts on the front
straightaway, creating a huge white cloud of smoke. He then jumped out
of the car and climbed on the hood to accept a standing ovation, and
later happily stood still while his crew soaked him with champagne.
"This is something that I've dreamed of for so long, and it's just
amazing," Holman said. "To win the final race at this track and to
finally win the title is just awesome."
Holman once again found himself matched up against Anderson, who was
hoping to finish off his run at the track with his fourth consecutive
win. Holman had finished second to Anderson in the two previous races,
and both were tight battles.
"You know it's going to be tough against Pete," Holman said.
Anderson had the lead much of the race, but Holman finally passed him on
lap 23 of the 30-lap, double-points event.
"Anything Chad gets, he deserves," Anderson said. "Chad is a heck of a
racer. He drives really clean, and he deserves the championship."
Contact reporter Scott Linesburgh at
(209) 546-8281 email@example.com