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Manteca father-son combo among highlights on ‘Kids Night’

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LIKE THE BIG BOYS

Reigning B-4 series points champion Joseph Reichmuth claimed the dash and main events at Stockton 99 Speedway on Saturday.

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POSTED August 7, 2012 1:28 a.m.

STOCKTON — The annual “Kids Night” event at Stockton 99 Speedway allowed kids to race on the track.

Not with race cars, but with (in some cases) customized three-wheelers (tricycles). The kids had a blast as family, friends and fans cheered them on.

Once the “tricycle racers” were finished, it was time for the big kids to play. The event featured Grand American Modifieds, Super Stocks, Pure Stocks (Bombers), B-4s and Mini-Cups — go-kart sized NASCAR Sprint Cup replicas driven by kids in the 8-12 year age bracket.

In the Super Stock category, Robbie Knittel of Lodi won the dash, while Manteca’s Chad Holman, who also finished second in the dash, won the 30-lap main event. Holman had the dominating car in the class, starting on the front row and simply drove away from the field, winning the event wire-to-wire. 

After collecting the win, Holman thrilled the fans with one of the wildest tire-smoking burnouts seen in celebration of his win. He had tire smoke engulfing the start/finish line area on the main straight, as the fans cheered their approval.

Knittel finished second, and Aaron Coonfield of Riverbank third in the 30-lap main event. In an interesting note, Tyler Guzman, who crashed his Pure Stock racer during practice, took over the controls of his dad’s (Mike Graham of Oakdale) Super Stock.  It was Guzman’s first race in competition in the Super Stock category. He finished sixth after doing an amazing job of keeping the car off the wall when it became really “loose” in Turn 3 near the end of the race.

The mini-cups featured a four-lap “dash” and a 25-lap main event. Collin Mullan of Danville had a big night, by winning both the “dash” and main events. He held of Seth Holman of Manteca (son of Chad Holman) to win the dash as well as season point leader Bryce Napier of Scotts Valley.

In the main, he battled off Holman, who made a last ditch effort to take the lead going into Turn 3. Set had the inside line, but came in too fast and spun as he tried to exit out of Turn 4.  Collin would win the main the main by 3.187-seconds over Bryce Napier, as Seth Holman would end up with a sixth place finish.

In the B-4 category, Joseph Reichmuth of Manteca made a big move in the season points chase by winning both the dash and main events. Reichmuth is the defending B-4 series points champion and is looking for another title. If he continues at this pace, he will reach that end of season goal.

The Grand American Modifieds featured a four-lap (trophy) dash and two 40-lap main events. In the dash, Wes Miller of Turlock (the 2011 GAM series champion) suffered a major crash into the Turn 2 wall. The impact severely damaged his race car, ending his night of racing. He was checked out by track safety and medical personnel and was released, suffering no major injuries.

Cody Thompson of Fremont went on the win the dash. The two 40-lap main events were dominated by Scott Winters of Tracy, as he fairly handily won both events. Thompson, whose car suffered from fuel pump problems in the first main, came back in the second main and gave Winters a run for it, only coming up short by 0.619-seconds for second place. Andy Vandeveer of Santa Rosa finished second in the first main event, while Nick Lyons of Loomis finished third in both mains.

With the two main event wins, Winters extended his points lead over Miller, whose evening of racing ended early.

“Wes had some bad luck tonight,” said Winters, who led Miller by some 44 points before the evening. “The race might have been a little boring for the fans, but it’s not boring if you win. I knew I had a good lead in the first race so I tried to run as smooth a race as possible and save my tires for the second race.”

In Pure Stock, the big news was that Guzman, who sat second in the series points battle, would not be able to compete. Tyler suffered a horrendous collision with the Turn 3 outside wall that caused serious damage to his race car. The cause of the accident was a stuck throttle, which caused the car the impact the wall at high speed.

As Guzman put it, “It all happened so fast, I had little time to react. I did my best to hold my line, so as not to hit anyone else”. Neither Guzman nor his passenger (each Pure Stock /Bomber car is raced with a passenger in the passenger seat) were injured in any way in the incident. The same could not be said for the race car. It will need to be “front halved” before the next event.

Peggy Sue Jared (“Miss Freaky”) of Stockton won the Pure Stock dash over Brandon Jones of Lodi, Rodney Tripp of Stockton and Darrin Adler of Stockton.

Tripp came from the 14th starting position to win the 30-lap main event. He had the fastest car in qualifying, but had to work his way to the top following the random equalizer inverted start.  He moved to the second position on lap 11 and took over the lead on the lap 16 restart, following a caution flag for an on track racing incident. He took the lead from Guido Bindi Jr. of Stockton, who had the inside slot on the restart.

“When I ended up on the outside on the restart, it was great,” Tripp said. “I heard (Bindi) hit the throttle at the restart and I just hit the gas. My car was fast all day. I’m excited to see what the rest of the season has in store.”

The Stockton 99 Speedway will host NASCAR Whelen All American Series racing on Aug. 11 The event will feature Western Late Model Twins, NCMA Sprint Cars, Grand American Modified Twins, Pro-4 Modifieds, Pure Stocks and Basic 4s.

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