2004 99 Schedule

Yellow flag and restart helps Dave Byrd to Western Late Model Division main win; Chris Drysdale sets new record, sweeps Pro-4 Trucks division

STOCKTON 99 SPEEDWAY, SATURDAY, JUNE 19 -- In the Western Late Model Division, 30-lap main event, close to 1,200 fans watched Pacific Grove's Dave Byrd take the lead on a restart in lap-26 hang onto it for the next four laps and earn his 44th career win.

Manteca's #61, Guy Guibor held the lead through lap-25 of the HAVOLINE main event, Byrd said that he didn't think he was going to be able to beat Guibor, but that positioning on the restart gave him the edge he needed.

"Guy had the bottom on the restart and it was oily, very oily, like ice," said Byrd. "I had the top (outside) and that gave me a chance to get the momentum I needed."

Byrd said the win in the DODGE Weekly Series was needed, because he and his crew had been putting a lot of work into the car to get it back on par following a damaging collision that took place several weeks ago.

"You never know if you are going to be able to get it back to normal," commented Byrd. "We've been tweaking it day and night."

Before the start of the race, Byrd said that he believed that Stockton's #5, Pete Anderson Jr., last week's main winner, was "going to be the man to beat." Anderson wound up with second, Guibor finished at third, Stockton's Joey Stearns, #8, took fourth and Lodi's Mike Garcia took fifth.

On Saturday, June 26 the NASCAR DODGE/SAVE MART 350, held every year at Infineon Raceway, will take place. Historically, Stockton 99 Speedway closes during the event. On the Saturday, July 3, the Saturday following Infineon, Stockton 99 Speedway’s NASCAR events, including Western Late Model, Pure Stock, Pro-4 Trucks and Grand American Modified will resume. In addition to the regular competitive fields, there will be duel 100-lap races: the SRL Wild West Series and the HAVOLINE TRI-HOLIDAY FIRECRACKER 100 Western Late Model main. This 200-lap race night promises top-shelf family entertainment, (including an extraordinary Fireworks Display), that race fans won’t want to miss!

Pro-4 Trucks Division

Adding to Stockton 99 Speedway NASCAR excitement Saturday night was Campbell's #31, Chris Drysdale. In the Pro-4 Truck series Drysdale again set a track record during qualifying. He went on to win the trophy dash and ultimately the main for a division sweep.

"It's all bout my crew," said Drysdale. "They gave me the fastest truck out there, they made it easy to do what I did."

Drysdale took the lead in lap-10 and held it throughout the race.

Drysdale's big sister, Carrie Miller, #27, of Saratoga, played a key role in his dash event victory. In lap-2, Miller went into the wall just out of turn-2, the yellow flag that followed gave Drysdale the position he needed to capture the win.

In the main Salida's Dave Daniels, #76, took second, Miller took third, Milpitas' Ron Robeck took fourth and Lodi's Mike Curry took fifth.

Pure Stock Division

It was the night before Father's Day, but that didn't stop Chad Holman, #75x, from passing father David Holman for the win in the Pure Stock Division.

Son passed dad in lap-5, and then stayed in front of the pack for the win.

"I just stayed in front and kept #15, Charlie (Clawson) behind me," said Holman.

Clawson was last week's main winner, the Modestan took second Saturday night. Stockton's Dave Ball, #29, took third, (also winning the door to door trophy dash), Stockton's Richard Harper took fourth and Galt's John Medina, #6, (the nights PS Trophy Dash winner), came in fifth.

Grand American Modified Division

The Grand American Modified Division race provided action and drama during and after the race. Newark's, #34, Ted Montague IV earned the victory, but immediately afterward Citrus Heights' #10, Jay Linstroth, who took third in a car he hadn't raced before, protested.

NASCAR officials performed the tech-inspection on the infield, drivers' tempers flared, but in the end it was determined that Montague ran a clean race.

"The car is a really balanced setup," said Monatgue. "I lost power steering on the fifth lap, but was able to get through it. It feels great to finish first.”

Galt's, #2, Jason Kerby took second, Modesto's Mike Beeler, #15, took fourth and Stockton's Chevy Collier took fifth.

Legends Division

The little speedsters didn't see any rough-and-tumble, and only one yellow flag popped up. In the end, Cupertino's, #52, Ryan Mosher earned the win.

Mosher started five deep and on the inside. By lap-23 he had worked his way up to second, then made a move that earned him first.

"I just got lucky and made it through the pack," said Mosher. "The yellow gave us a good run for the front."

San Lorenzo's Mark Bailey, #40, earned second, Sebastopol's Frankie Winchel took third, Elk Grove's Chuck Scott came in fourth and Sebastopol's David Winchel finished fifth.

On Saturday, June 26, 2004 99 Speedway will be dark. We will return July 3, 2004 for our annual Fourth of July 100-lap Tri-Holiday Race for the Western Late Models and our 100-lap SRL Wild West Shoot-out for Late Models, plus Pure Stocks and Pro 4 Trucks. Also our Fantastic Annual FIREWORKS Display, second to none!!!!

Needed victory for team
Stockton 99 Speedway

By Scott Linesburgh
Record Staff Writer
Published Sunday, June 20, 2004

STOCKTON -- It didn't seem as though Dave Byrd desperately needed a win. He had a 71-point lead in the Western Late Model division, and he's won plenty of races at Stockton 99 Speedway.

But after a nasty crash and a few tough weeks, Byrd said he and his team needed to prove they could win again. And with one sweeping move with four laps remaining in the main event, Byrd provided that proof.

Byrd passed Guy Guibor of Manteca and captured the 44th win of his career in front of a crowd of 1,124. Byrd has won six times in 2004, but it was his first victory since his crew had to rebuild the front end of the car following a crash May 29.

"We really needed this," Byrd said. "I know it doesn't seem that way when you look at it, but these guys needed some confidence. It's been tough getting things back together."

Byrd spoiled Guibor's effort to win his first Late Model main event on a restart on lap 26. Byrd was in second and started on the outside of the first row. He shot past Guibor into the lead, and Pete Anderson Jr. of Stockton followed Byrd and took second.

Guibor said he was a bit disappointed but optimistic about the third-place finish.

"That restart came at a bad time for me, but that's the way it goes," Guibor said. "We got beat by the best, and we'll just have to keep working."

Joey Stearns of Stockton was fourth.

Pure Stock

Chad Holman of Stockton won his eighth career main event, but he had to take the lead from David Holman just hours before Father's Day.

"I had to pass Dad for the win," Chad Holman said.

Chad passed his father on lap five and held off Charlie Clawson of Modesto to take the checkered flag.

Grand American Modified

This time, Ted Montague IV was able to hold off Jason Kerby of Galt.

A week ago, Kerby won a tough, entertaining race between the drivers. Montague took control of Saturday's main in the second half of the 30-lap race, and the Newark driver earned his first checkered flag at Stockton 99.

"He just had too much for me," Kerby said. "He's a good driver, and it was another good race."

Pro 4 Truck

Chris Drysdale's qualifying record lasted one week. But the good news for the Campbell driver was he broke it himself and went on to assemble a clean sweep by winning the main event and trophy dash. Drysdale, 21, spun a lap of 15.478 seconds, besting the old record of 15.518.


Ryan Mosher of Cupertino won the main event and trophy dash.

* To reach reporter Scott Linesburgh, phone (209) 546-8281 or e-mail slinesbu@recordnet.com

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