Henry Brown makes a move from the scoring tower to the position of Chief Steward, and is replaced by Mark Vincelet, with John Moreland coming on board to help Nate Stoller with the flagging duties.
On April tenth, Paul Guthmiller of Manteca becomes the first Street Stock driver to breech the fifteen second time barrier and goes on to set three season records with the best of 15.850 on July 10th. Jason Fensler becomes the first fourteen second Grand American driver with the only division record on the year at 14.948 on April 10th.
Dave Byrd of Los Gatos makes his first impact at Stockton by notching his first career feature win in Late Model competition this season behind the wheel of Tim Gillit's well groomed racer.
Tragedy takes place on September eighteenth as the semi main field heads towards the checkered flag. Running at the back, Ben Twissleman of Oakdale gets up onto the fourth turn wall and comes over the pit gate, striking Rene Bourgois of Modesto in a freak, one of a kind accident, taking Rene's life, the first and only death at the track in it's history. Several others, including Marty Newell of Union City, and Stockton's Steve Hernandez also receive major injuries.
For the first time in many seasons, the stats show a highly competitive year as Brazil gets five fast times, Byrd takes five dash wins, Belletto nails five feature's, Philpott notches fifteen main top five finishes, and John Gaalswyk takes twelve overall wins. Philpott comes out on top of the points and takes the season Late Model crown with Strandwold and Belletto close behind in the standings.
In Grand American action, second generation driver Mike David of Modesto has the heavy foot with six fast times on the year, as ten different drivers each share in the twenty-three dash wins. Doug Turpen of San Mateo takes five main wins, thirteen main top five runs, and twelve overall wins, but the season championship belongs to Troy Shirk of Oakley, ahead of Turpen and David. Dave Finklea of Fremont, and Wes Miller also notch impressive stats this year. The eighteen point season ending margin by Shirk is the closest battle to date in the fast growing division.
Fourteen Street Stock drivers each shared in the kisses for the twenty-three dash events, but Paul Guthmiller took charge from there with a super season, setting both current division records of nineteen fast times, and thirteen feature victories. He also topped the standings with seventeen main top five finishes and fifteen overall wins to nail the season title ahead of Robert Knittel and Steve Stacy.
Chris Lyon of Manteca has his own super year and takes home the semi main title, with L.M.S. rookie honors falling to Greg Potts. Companion division rookie honors are awarded for the first time this year with the Grand Am title going to Troy Shirk, and Walt Hass of Antioch taking the bow for the Street Stockers. Eric Holmes of Escalon wins the most improved Late Model award, with Brad Brown doing likewise in the Grand Am ranks. Knittel earns the honor in Street Stock. Steve Johnson picks up the Sportsman of the year award at the season ending trophy dinner.
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