By: Gary Jacob|
Where: Perris, CA
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Perris, CA --
David Gilliland's schedule will see him only race a couple events on the clay at Perris Auto Speedway in 2000, but he was on hand for the season opener and scored a wire to wire win in the 20 lap feature for the street stocks Saturday night. Gilliland dominated victory lane at the track in 1999, but is moving most of his 2000 racing into the pavement super late models at Irwindale Speedway. Todd Cunningham of Corona also led all 20 laps in winning the Champ Truck feature with Cathedal City's Art Peterson second. When all the racing at Perris was moved onto the half-mile track in 1999, the dwarf cars were eliminated from the schedule, but they have returned in 2000 and John Campos won their season opener from 9th starting.
Starting on the outside of the front row, Gilliland won a caution flag plagued street stock main with Ronny Sanders second ahead of Rusty Stewart, Ron Warkentin Jr and Luke Dodd. Veteran Henry Wesolowski Sr was sixth ahead of Brawley's Steven Daffern, who is a regular at Yuma Speedway Park. Lake Elsinore's Bill Schnock was 8th ahead of Art Hovind and Everett Burns.
For the Champ Trucks, former dirt late model racer Cunningham drew a front row start and paced all 20 rounds. He was challenged early by Dino Napier, but Peterson eventually got around Napier and finished 2nd. Napier was third ahead of Cap Pidgeon and Ray Currie. Durango, Colorado visitor James Gonzalez was 6th with street stock ace Mike Hixson making his truck debut with a 7th ahead of long tow David Schuyler from Lompoc, Jack Dodd and El Cajon's John Miller.