STOCKTON, California -- As the NASCAR Winston Cup stars prepare for their upcoming event at the famed "Brickyard" in Indianapolis, and the highest West Coast NASCAR division of Winston West drivers make ready for their first Stockton appearance since 1984, the battles for local level supremacy continue to heat up for Realtor Night at Stockton's historic quarter-mile paved oval.
With only seven night's of regular competition left on the 2002 schedule, titles still remain in doubt in all three divisions of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by DODGE and sponsored by C.L. Bryant Union 76 Gas.
The NASCAR Regional feature division of HOTWOOD Western Late Models saw a change in point lead ownership last week when Harry Belletto of Modesto took control over an absent Dave Byrd of San Jose. Belletto, who now leads by 45 points, also won his 72nd feature event to eclipse the past division all time record of 71 held by Ken Boyd of Ceres. Belletto has three feature wins for the season to four by Byrd, with third place point runner Wes Miller of Delhi scoring one to date.
The point lead for the Grand American Modifieds also changed hands in their last outing with Danny Contessotto of Stockton coming to the fore over Sam Solari of Salida and Steve Stacy of Stockton, the previous leader. Solari trails the leader by only 24 points with Stacy falling to 43 back after a broken rear end sidelined him in the double point event July 20th.
Danny Guibor of Manteca holds a reasonable, yet still not safe lead, of 109 points in the Pure Stock division over Johnny Bird of Stockton with Chad Holman of Stockton falling to a distant 144 points back after a crash in last weeks action. Guibor is looking for his second straight title to equal those of his brother Guy.
Legendary past NASCAR Flagman and Official Jack Houston will return with his "Mighty Legends of the Pacific" for their 6th race of the season with their unique three-tiered action that combines Master-Pro-and Semi Pro competition intertwined. Pete Currin of Redwood City leads the Master Division points, with the Pro ranks led by Michael Morrissey of Kings Beach. Morrissey has three of the five feature wins contested to date. Debbie Darnell of Livermore leads in the Semi Pro ranks.
The night's action will be completed with the return of the Ultra Wheel Super Trucks with Dave Byrd expected to also return. Byrd has two of three fast times and has won two of the three features for the season, finishing second in the last outing to rookie sensation Mark Holeman of Los Altos. Kevin O'Neil of Long Beach, and Mark Laeger of Temecula will give both drivers a run for the money.
The prestigious NASCAR Winston West event, billed as the Dodge Dealers/Napa Auto Parts 200 presented by JanKing & ProLong, is set for August 17th, and will feature many of the West Coast's finest drivers including Modesto?s Mike David, who holds a slim lead in the Stage 8 Locking Fastener rookie of the year battle over Greg Pursley of Newhall.
Eric Norris of Dana Point will bring his 1009 point count to Stockton and wage it against the second place total of 967 held by Austin Cameron of El Cajon, the winner of the Irwindale event on July 29th.. Kevin Richards of Spokane, WA. Runs third with a total of 936, followed by Mike Duncan of Lamont at 875 and David in fifth with 859.
Pit gates will open on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Spectator gates will open & practice will start at 3:00, with time trials at 5:00, and racing at 6:00. Prices are set at $15.00 for adults, $5.00 for children (age 6-9) $10.00 for seniors (age 65 & up) & students (age 10-17). A family pack is available for two adults & 4 children for $35.00. Kids, five & under are always admitted free at Stockton 99 Speedway.