Stockton 99 Speedway
2002 Stats Index
Harry and his wife Carol make their home in Modesto where Harry owns and operates Everett’s Surplus Sales, working as a diesel mechanic. His family includes his daughter Janna, and son’s Rick, Steve, and Jeff.
Harry’s racing career spans 33 years, starting in the Early Model Stock division in 1970 where he notched his first career feature win on 4-16-72. The division was elevated to the current Late Model status in 1973 with Harry taking his first feature win at that level on 7-14-74.
His 2002 championship marks his third career crown, taking the title in 1995 and 1997, along with being awarded the prestigious Sportsman of the Year award in 1981.
His Late Model career stats top the listings in all but one area, with 70 fast times against the current record of 84 held by Kenny Boyd. He has run off 106 heat wins, 64 dash wins, 74 main wins, and 268 main top five finishes. He now holds a record of 667 top finishes in all events entered in his 30-year Late Model run. His best years for feature wins came with eight in 1989, six in 1996, and five each in 1986 & 2002. During his long career he has 25 top ten season point finishes, and 6 in the top five bracket including his three titles.
His 2002 season got off to a slow start as he adjusted to the new form of car being used, but the later half became a study in consistency as he reeled off a division best of 12 fast times. He won four heat events, and went on to division leading stats that included six dash wins, five main wins, 18 main top five’s and 41 total top finishes, racing in all 21 nights the division competed. Harry took the point lead on July 27th and mathematically clinched on September 14th, just 21-days short of his 60th birthday. Harry also finished second in the NASCAR Regional battle giving him an extra $23,000 plus to add to the 2003 racing budget.
Harry credits his crew consisting of Crew Chief and son, Rick, Dan Shaal, Bob Weiss, Bud Huntley, Earl Ward, and Perry for their hard work and season long dedication to the racing team.
His 2002 sponsors consisted of ESCO, HOTWOOD, Belletto Auto Glass, Panella Motor Sports, Pacific Pizza of Stockton, Bob’s Body Shop of Stockton, American Powder Coating of Sacramento, Belletto Almonds, and the Burns Family, owners of Perko’s Restaurants in Modesto, Manteca, Tracy, and Riverbank.
Harry’s 2003 plans will bring him back for his 31st season of Late Model action and as many more wins as father time and "having Fun" will allow.