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Source — 99 Media Relations
Date Posted — August 30, 2002
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STOCKTON, California -- The final leg of the three-race HOTWOOD Tri-Holiday race series will take place this coming Saturday, August 31st at Stockton 99 Speedway with a 100-lap duel for the NASCAR sanctioned, C.L. Bryant Union 76 Gasoline sponsored Western Late Models in the Weekly Racing Series presented by DODGE.

The series, in it's 8th year of action, pays a rich HOTWOOD bonus of $2,000 to the overall series winner, with $1,000 and $500 on the line for the second and third place overall point finishers. Harry Belletto of Modesto and Harold Rieker of Orangevale have won the first two events with Belletto in control of the current point lead by a mere 23 points over second place runner Dave Byrd of San Jose, with Pete Anderson, Jr., of Stockton just one point further back. With a total of 64 points available on the night, drivers from 12th place back have a mathematical chance at the overall win, making it imperative for Belletto to be in the best condition possible to notch his first Tri-Holiday series championship. Harry's son Steve won the series title in 1996 & 1999.

The series action also counts towards the regular season title chase, which is currently led by Harry Belletto with a safe, "But beatable" margin of 174 points over Tracy Bolin of Valley Springs. Anderson and Wes Miller of Delhi round out the top four on the current point chart.

The final round of competition for the USAC/BCRA Midgets will also take place this weekend, with the season title up for grabs. 2001 season Stockton champion Floyd Alvis of San Carlos holds the point lead by a slim seven points over Marc DeBeaumont of Clayton, with Cliff Servetti of San Francisco a close third. Any of the top 15 drivers in current points could claim the title, but the top three are expected to provide the class of the action this Saturday.

With only three night's of action left on their 2002 schedule, Manteca driver Danny Guibor continues his quest for a second straight Pure Stock division championship, holding a current lead of 121 points over Johnny Bird of Stockton. Tom Bolin of San Jose, John Medina of Galt, and Chad Holman of Stockton round out the top five in current points. Additional action for the night will include the return of the Pro-Four Trucks and their slam-bang methods of "getting to the front."

Pit gates will open on Saturday. August 31st 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 $20.00 for adults, $5.00 for children (age 6-9) $10.00 for seniors (age 65 & up) & students (age 10-17). Kids, five & under are always admitted free at Stockton 99 Speedway.####

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Article posted by staff on August 30, 2002.