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Lincoln racer holds off field after restarts

By Scott Niendorf

Record Correspondent

May 25, 2014 12:00 AM

STOCKTON - Danny Allen of Lincoln should have had an easier race after earning the pole position for Memorial Day 100, the first leg of the Tri-Holiday Classic, on Saturday night.

It was anything but easy as Allen had to hold off 11 challengers on three restarts in the final 10 laps to grab a wire-to-wire victory in the Western Late Model main event in front of an estimated 3,000 fans at Stockton 99 Speedway.

Allen edged Matt Scott of Pine Grove and Jeff Belletto of Modesto for the title.

Justin Philpott of Tracy, who took fourth in the main, won the Late Model dash ahead of Belletto.

Marc Borges of Banta didn't just want to win his second race of the season in a hotly contested Pure Stocks race. He was focused on getting the victory for a lost member of his racing family.

Taking advantage of the third restart on lap 10 of a 30-lap main, Borges was able to hold off Brandon Jones of Lodi to take the points lead in both the season and Tri-Holiday series.

"This race is dedicated to my son's grandfather, Jimmy Pugh, who passed away last week," Borges said. "Jimmy was always here and never missed a race until last year. He will be missed."

Then the focus turned to his equipment.

"My car does real well on the restarts," he said. "It's always fast and once we got into the lead, I knew we had a chance to win. These (drivers) are all so fast and if they get ahead of you, it's hard to catch them."

Jones took home the Pure Stocks dash victory.

Colby Potts of Manteca held off Jay Linstroth of Citrus Heights to grab the checkered flag in the Modifieds, with Mike Regelman of Ripon finishing third.

"It looked a lot easier than it was," said Potts, who drove his car for the first time. "There were eight strong cars in the race.

I knew (Linstroth) would be coming, but Regelman held him off while I got a (bigger) lead."

Kyle Gottula of Modesto took the dash win ahead of Regelman.

Matt Wendt of Lodi easily outdistanced the field in the Super Stocks ahead of Ben Lewis Sr. and Ben Lewis II of Stockton. Wendt also took home the dash trophy.

Dave Kong of Stockton held off Brad Mast of Manteca and Mark Jacke of Stockton to win the B-4 class. Mast won the trophy dash.


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