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Reimuth leads wire-to-wire to dominate Basic 4 main event

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Reimuth leads wire-to-wire to dominate Basic 4 main event

Joseph Reimuth of Manteca speeds toward the Basic 4 main event victory Saturday at Stockton 99 Speedway.

Photo by MIKE & JEFF BURGHARDT/


POSTED July 16, 2012 10:52 p.m.

STOCKTON — The Whelden Racing series returned to Stockton 99 speedway, featuring two Western Late Model 50-lap main events, along with a 30-lap Pure Stock (Bomber) and 30-lap Basic 4 main event.

Joseph Reimuth of Manteca, the defending B-4 divisional season points champion, went wire-to-wire for the win. After qualifying for the pole position, Reimuth made it look rather easy throughout the 30-lap event, as he smoothly and efficiently negotiated the quarter-mile banked race track.

Mark Jacke of French Camp was second, David Kong of Stockton third, Brad Mast of Manteca fourth and Jennifer Corder of Modesto rounded out the top five.

In the Pure Stock division, it was all Tyler Guzman from Oakdale. After running mediocre during the practice laps (the average times of all the runs, practice and heat races determines final qualifying position), Mike Graham (his father and crew chief) made a couple of adjustments with the car to gain some handling and acceleration.

Once the adjustments were made, Tyler had, by far, the car to beat on the race track. In the 1st heat race to determine the trophy dash participants, Tyler started third and quickly took over the top spot. He then drove away from the field, capturing the checkered flag eight laps later, earning a berth in the trophy dash with Rodney Tripp of Stockton finishing 2nd.

 In the second heat race, Jeremy Tucker of Stockton won, going away, with Mike Massone of Linden finishing second. The top two finishers in each heat race are qualified for the trophy dash four-lap sprint.

When the green flag waved, signaling the start of the Pure Stock trophy dash, Tyler Guzman started fourth behind Tripp, Massone and Tucker.  Guzman quickly garnered the third spot over Jeremy Tucker and on the last lap captured the win, as Massone and Tripp took each other out on the back straight, while battling each other for position.

The Pure Stock 30-lap event was all Guzman. He started on the inside of the front row and quickly took the lead, when the green flag waved. Tyler was on his way to an easy win, having garnered nearly a five-car length lead over the second place car of Brandon Jones from Lodi, when the No. 210 car driven by Rick Irwin of Manteca spun out in the middle of turn 2 on lap 19. 

This brought out the caution flag, allowing all the cars to become bunched up closer together. The caution evaporated the dominating lead that Guzman had put between himself and the rest of the field. On the restart, Tyler would not be denied, as he quickly took the lead and raced to the checkered flag, completing a perfect night with three races (Heat 1, Trophy Dash and Main Event) and three wins.

In the Western Late Models, Nic Belletto of Modesto captured the Trophy dash win over Matt Scott of Pine Grove and Jeff Belletto of Modesto. Nic started in the second position and quickly took over the lead from his uncle, Jeff Belletto. When the checkered flag waved, it was Nic Belletto, Scott and Jeff Belletto finishing 1-2-3.

In the first of two 50-lap Western Late Model events, it was Jeff Belletto in his No. 12 Save Mart/ ESSCO/Hotwood Chevy going wire to wire for the win. Once Jeff gets to the front of the pack, he seldom relinquishes the lead.

The second 50-lap WLM event provided some real drama. Mindi McCord in the #84 car, all the out from Billings, Mont., took the lead at the start. She looked to be well on her way to a great win until an on track incident involving Trevor Schlundt of Clovis and Belletto brought out the first and only caution flag of the race.

She had utilized some excellent driving skills, stretching her lead over the field by upwards of two to three car lengths. On the restart, she tried the “brake and go” strategy to hold back the third-place car of Nic Belletto, who was lined up directly behind her on the inside of the second row. Unfortunately, the strategy failed, as Scott, in the outside lane next to her, was able to get the better jump on the green flag.

Once Scott, one of the best drivers in the class, had the lead, he would not relinquish it. Nic Belletto also was able to get around McCord to take over the second position. When the checkered flag waved, 21 laps later, it was Scott heading to the winner’s circle, followed by Nic Belletto, McCord, Mike Beeler of Modesto and Luis Tyrell of Tracy.

The race would produce one of the few times that Jeff Belletto would not bring his car to the finish line unscathed. With (rare) heavy damage to the right front side of his car, Jeff would finish sixth. Trevor Schlundt (#28) of Clovis, involved with Jeff Belletto in the on track incident, finished ninth.

A schedule changed was announced at the event. There is no longer a race on July 27or 28. That event has been moved to August 25.

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