STOCKTON, California -- The highest level of West Coast racing talent will be in hand this coming Saturday, August 17th at Stockton 99 Speedway in the form of the NAPA AUTO PARTS "200" by STOCKTON SPEEDWAY DODGE COUNTRY presented by PROLONG & JANIKING.
The event features the prestigious NASCAR Winston West Division 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 Washington, Runs third with a total of 936, followed by Mike Duncan of Lamont at 875 and David in fifth with 859.
The legendary Jack McCoy of Modesto, the winningest driver in Winston West history (Than known as Pacific Coast Late Models) with 54 feature victories, will be the Grand Marshall for the Stockton event. One of his famous Dodge racers of the 60's has been restored and will be on display at the track on the Winston West night. McCoy is also a three time Stockton Speedway Modified Champion with 51 feature wins and 220 total top finishes to his credit.
It is the first time since 1984 that the division has appeared at Stockton Speedway, a quarter-mile paved oval, and NASCAR?s oldest track west of the Mississippi with 57-years of storied history under it's belt. NASCAR began sanctioning events at Stockton 99 Speedway in 1954 and the track has been a hot bed of action ever since.
The event will run a total of 200 laps, split into two 100-lap segments allowing for a pit and adjustment period, with $112,959 in posted awards up for grabs, including a solid $5,000 to the winner, plus additional contingency money. Practice for the Winston West drivers will start on Saturday, at noon, with spectator gates opening at the same time. Qualifying for the Winston West cars will start at 4:30 with regular Stockton divisions on the clock at 5:30. The regular Stockton divisions will race first, starting at 6:00 p.m. with the Winston West event set to end the show starting at approximately 8:30.
Prices for the event are set at $30.00 for adults, $20.00 for seniors (65 & up), and students (age 10-17). Children (6-10) will be $10.00 with children five and under admitted free. No Family Packs will be available for this event.
The NASCAR Winston West field will be joined with action from the HOTWOOD Western Late Model division, the Grand American Modifieds, and the Pure Stocks giving area fans a full program of racing to delight young and old alike. The drivers in each of the regular Stockton divisions will continue their battles towards the season ending championships still being highly contested.
Stockton 99 Speedway will be closed on August 24th, but will return to action on August 31st with the final leg of the three-race HOTWOOD Tri Holiday series featuring a 100-lap championship crowning main for the HOTWOOD Western Late Models. They will be joined by the Pure Stocks and the final season appearance of the USAC/BCRA Midgets and the crowning of their Stockton level 2002 season champion.