Here we are, once again, sitting at the edge of our Nation's Independence Day ready and waiting to celebrate. Well, you won't have long to wait because on Saturday, July 2nd, the celebration begins with Kids Night & City of Modesto Night at the Speedway, featuring the NCMA Sprint Cars, Vintage Hard Tops, Mini Trucks, Legends of the Pacific, Pro-4 Modifieds and the Mini Cups.
For the Open-Wheel Enthusiast, the NCMA Sprints are served to order as they circle the quarter-mile paved oval in the low 13 second range, which always produces the quick-paced excitement open-wheelers have come to expect. Napa's David Goodwill (3) heads the Sprints into Stockton with a 47 point lead over Justin Kawahata (15) of Clovis (335-288). On the podium in third, Modesto's Legendary Ed Amador (76) sits another 9 points in arrears. Goodwill won last time out at Stockton and has been perfect for the month of June, winning at Roseville on the 11th and the next week at Madera on the 18th. The rest of the field will have to pick up their games if they expect to close the gap this weekend.
Conrad Cavallero (2) of Santa Rosa and his Vintage Hardtops will fill the summer air with nostalgia when they roll onto the high banks this weekend. If you’re in to racing days gone by, this is one race you certainly won’t want to miss. This Series always produces an absolutely entertaining program.
The Mini Trucks will return to action in their third appearance of the year. Stockton’s Guido Bindi (29) leads the way in this Division by a massive 54 points over Chad Bindi (4), also of Stockton (110-57). Sitting in third and sharing seat time with Chad Bindi, Lisa Rutta rests another 9 points back in the #4 Truck.
The most consistent Touring Division to frequent the storied venue, the Legends of the Pacific, visit for the third time this Season. These scaled-down models of days gone by always put on a well-maintained, but at the same time, wild show. Robby Czub (05) of Rocklin has won the previous two races at the speedway this year. But that, in no way, jeopardizes the action this Series produces each time they roll onto the slick, asphalt surface. Look for more of the same this weekend, and look for someone to step up and dethrone the young Czub. It’s a tall order, but this is short track racing and as everyone knows, anything can, and usually does, happen. At the time of this Newsletter, the points were being revamped, but your top three are as follows: #1 Luis Tyrrell (74m) of Brisbane, #2 'Jammin' Jessica Walker (21) of San Ramon and # 3 Tony Mangini">Tony Mangini (7) of Benicia.
If you have never seen the Nor Cal Pro 4 Modifieds, then you are in for a wonderful treat. These little four-cylinder hotrods put the rubber to the asphalt with unbelievable speed. Windsor’s Neo Nuno (54) sits on the top tier in this Touring Series with a gargantuan 77 point lead over second place runner Kevin Barba (90), also of Windsor (863-786). Yet another driver from Windsor, and a Rookie this year, Vincent Sanchez (6) holds down the third spot another 80 points back.
So far, the Mini Cups have been embroiled in the most hotly contested points battle of the year. Currently, Bryce Napier (03) of Scotts Valleys holds down the top spot by a mere 4 points over runner-up Jackson Ezell (15) of Lodi (148-144). Sitting another 4 points off the pace, 2010 Champ Cody Johnston (50) of Stockton rounds out the top three, which makes this the closest race at the Speedway.
Then, on Sunday, July 3rd, the NASCAR Whelen All American Series explodes onto the racing surface in the annual Firecracker 150, brought to you by California Welding Supply Co. On the docket for this very exciting event will be the Western Late Models in 150 Laps of high-speed pleasure. Also, the Grand American Modifieds return to action with the Super Stocks,
Bombers, Basically-4- Cylinders and the Annual Fireworks Spectacular Show.
KIDS DAY will be Saturday, July 2nd, and will include Big Wheel races, bounce house, chalk drawing, goodie bag for first 250 kids between the ages of 2 & 10 and free raffle drawing for all kids ages 2-15.
There is going to be a Budweiser draw for the Western Late Model Drivers on July 2nd, it is mandatory for the following drivers to show up no later than 6pm to secure their position. All drivers will be admitted to the pits at no charge, this does not apply to crew members and/or owners. This draw is for July 3rd, Firecracker 150 race.
If the driver does not show up, they will start in the back of the 24 car field.
These are the drivers needed to be here for the Budweiser Draw to be held approx. 7pm - 8pm.
Car Driver #55 (Eric Nasciemento/owner)
Doff Cooksey, Jr.
All drivers must RSVP to the office number @ (209) 466-9999.
Both Saturday and Sunday, Pit Gates open and registration begins at noon with practice commencing at 2:00 PM. The Grandstands open at 4:00 PM with qualifying set for 4:00 PM and green flag racing slated for 6:00 PM. Ticket prices for the evening will be as follows:
SATURDAY JULY 2
General Admission (16+) $15
Juniors (11-15) $10
Kids 10 & Under FREE
Seniors (60+) $10
Military (W/ Military ID) $10
(2 General + 2 Junior’s)
SUNDAY JULY 3
General Admission (16+) $25
Juniors (11-15) $20
Kids 10 & Under FREE
Seniors (60+) $15
Military (W/ Military ID) $15
(2 General + 2 Junior’s)
FRIDAY PRACTICE: Open Testing on July 1st for ALL Divisions racing in the Holiday Weekend Events. In an effort to keep costs down for the fans and drivers with the rising costs of operations, it has become necessary to keep the grandstands closed on practice day.
The New Stockton 99 Speedway is located at 4105 N. Wilson Way, ¼-mile west of Highway 99. For more information on tickets and times, please contact the Speedway Office at (209)466-9999 or visit their Website at www.stockton99.com.
The New Stockton 99 Speedway is sponsored by Jackson Rancheria Casino Hotel, California Welding Supply, Budweiser, Alamo Alarm and Stockton Hampton Inn and Suites and Lodi Holiday Express.