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2 Manteca drivers 1st at 99

Chad Holman of Manteca, winner of the Super Stock race and Tri Holiday championship for the Super Stock division.

DALE BOSOWSKI/The Bulletin/


POSTED September 2, 2013 12:21 a.m.

STOCKTON — Pine Bluff’s Matt Scott held off a determined Kyle Gottula to capture the 100-lap NASCAR Whelen All American Racing Series Western Late Model feature at Stockton’s 99 Speedway on Saturday.

Scott and Gottula led the 17-car field from the front row from the opening green flag through all six yellow caution restarts during the race. The pair fought hard for the lead on each occasion often battling side by side for several laps before one of them was able to gain an advantage and inch ahead of the other.

After the final restart on lap 80, Gottula’s tires began to go away forcing him to concentrate his efforts on fending off a late race challenge for second from former track champion Justin Philpott, of Tracy, over the final laps.

“The restarts were a lot of fun. I did everything I could without getting too dirty,” said Gottula as he offered his congratulations to Scott. “I tried my best but there was just nothing I could do at the end. We were just a tick slower.”

The victory ran Scott’s 2013 record at the 99 Speedway to a perfect eight wins in eight starts and it also gave him a clean sweep of the three Tri-Holiday events.

“I was so happy to see the checkered flag finally come out instead of a yellow,” said Scott in victory lane. “It has been a dream season that has come true. It’s been unbelievable.”

The atmosphere was much less cordial following the rough and tumble 17-car Modified feature.

The early laps of the 50-lap race were run at a blistering pace with Citrus Height’s Jay Lindstroth, Tracy’s Scott Winters, Ripon’s Mike Regelman and Turlock’s Wes Miller leading the way.

Lindstroth held the lead as the race neared the halfway point when Winters, the 2012 defending track champion, attempted to squeeze by him on the inside going into turn one. Neither driver would give ground and as a result they both flew up towards the outer wall in a haze of brake and tire smoke.

When the race resumed Miller grabbed the lead from Regelman while Lindstroth and Winters tried to work their way back into contention from the back of the pack.

With five laps to go Lindstroth tried to get around Regelman causing him to spin. Track officials invited Lindstroth to join Regelman at the back of the pack for the restart for rough driving.

“I’m kind of sick of the way he drives. Every time he is here he seems to take somebody out or roughs somebody up. It is starting to get old real fast,” fumed Regelman after the race back in the pits. “I try to give everybody respect and I expect the same thing.”

Lindstroth had a different take on matters.

“I tried to be smooth and clean like I have been doing all year and both those guys cut down on me and stayed on it. I’m not out to get into wrecks, I’m out to win races,” said an equally unhappy Lindstroth. “They are desperate for wins. What may be the most frustrating is that they think they are right.”

The final laps were run without incident as Miller cruised home to the checkered flag for his first win of the season ahead of Luis Tyrrell and Andy Vanderveer.

“There are a few people that had their feelings hurt tonight,” smiled Miller. “We had a fast car and then it just sort of fell into our lap when the leaders tangled.”

Ironically, the late race altercation between Lindstroth and Regelman pushed Winters up to a fourth place finish in the race giving him the Tri Holiday championship for the Modifieds by two slim points over Miller.

Things were much calmer in the three remaining features.

Season points leader Ben Lewis II, of Stockton, took command of the 17 car Pure Stock main on lap five and cruised to his fifth win of the season while Manteca’s Chad Holman led wire to wire for his third victory of the year in the Super Stock class.

Both drivers also clinched the Tri Holiday championship crowns in their respective division.  

Season points leader Brad Mast passed fellow Mantecan Mark Jacke for the early lead and cruised to his third straight win of the season in the 30-lap B-4 feature.

“We are on a hot streak. The car has been really hooked up and we have been running great lately,” said Mast. “Jacke and Kong are both really fast so this feels good.”

Stockton’s Dave Kong came into the B-4 race tied for the lead in the Tri Holiday points with Jacke only to have the title slip from his grasp on the final lap when he was forced to pull off the track with an overheating engine while riding comfortably in second place behind Mast.

The 99 will be back in action next Saturday, Sept. 7, with the Modifieds in Twin Features, Legends of the Pacific, Pro-4 Modifieds, California Hard Tops, and Mini Cups.

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