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Wild races at 99 Speedway

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POSTED August 12, 2012 7:05 p.m.

The Stockton 99 Speedway Whelen Series event featured some strong competition in sox different categories that treated the fans to some wild on track racing.

In the B-4 category 4-lap trophy “dash”, points leader David Kong of Stockton, Brad Mast of Manteca, Mark Jacke of French Camp and Joseph Reichmuth of Manteca squared off for the trophy honors. Reichmuth was coming off a great weekend a week earlier, where he swept both the “dash” and the “main” events, and was looking to make more gains on the points leader, David Kong. When the green flag waved, the cars quickly made their way around Turns 1 and 2 towards the back straight. On the back straight, Jacke thought he was clear and attempted to change his line going into the Turn 3. Unfortunately, he was not clear, as Reichmuth was to his outside. The contact between the two cars sent Mark’s car towards the outside wall, where it went airborne and then performed a somersault, before landing on its wheels.

Though the car was basically totaled, Jacke emerged, to the applause of the fans, without any injuries. Reickmuth’s car also suffered some minor damage, which he and his team repaired. Unfortunately for Reickmuth, they also found that they had also damaged the cooling system that was not repairable. This leak would end his evening of racing and his chances of gaining any ground on the Kong. who went on to win the “dash” and then went on the win the “main”, extending his season points lead over Brad Mast of Manteca. Mast finished 2nd in both the B-4 “dash” and the “main’ events.

In the touring category, Pro 4 Modifieds, Marty Lewis won the 4-lap trophy “dash” while the season points leader, Chris Straka, extended his series lead by winning the 30-lap “main” event.

The NMCA Sprint cars also were contested, featuring spec sprint cars designed primarily for pavement racing, traveling to various Northern California tracks. During the previous weekend at the Roseville track, Ed Amador of Modesto won both the “dash” and the “main’ events. Things would not go quite as good for him at Stockton 99, as he finished 4th in the “dash”, which was won by Denny Burrell. David Goodwill posted the best speed in the “dash” and finished 2nd. In the 30-lap “main”, Amador led the entire race until Goodwill got around him on the last lap for the lead as they raced on the back straight. At the finish line, Goodwell held on for a one car length win.

The Whelen Grand American Modified (GAM) category featured the return of Mike The Rocket” Regelman of Ripon, following his on track incident that destroyed his primary car several weeks ago. Regelman found that the going wasn’t going to be easy as he had difficulty with his backup car. He was able to muster up a 3rd place finish in the “dash” but was out early in the both of the “main’ events due to breakage. Nick Lyons of Loomis won the 4-lap “dash” with Andy Vanderveer of Santa Rosa taking 2nd place. In the two “main” events, it was all Scott Winters of Tracy. In both GAM “main’ events, Scott started in the back of the field. He would then quickly move through the field, capturing the checkered flag in both events. With the two “main’ event wins, Winters was able to extend his season points lead over the 2011 champion, Wes Miller, who was not at the event due to his race car being heavily damaged the week before.

This weekend the Spears Racing League (SRL) Southwest Tour will again invade Stockton 99 speedway. The event will feature the return of Jacob Gomes of Manteca, Ross Strmiska of Manteca, Derek Thorn (2012 season points leader) and a host of other drivers from in and around Stanislaus, Merced and San Joaquin countries. It includes a special appearance of the Budweiser Clydesdales and a fireworks show.

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