Saturday The Pacific Challenge Series Super Late Models invade the historic Stockton 99 Speedway quarter-mile for 100 laps of action on Saturday night.
They will be joined by the resurgent Stockton Late Models, Legends of the Pacific, and Bombers.
This is the 68th season of racing competition at the bullring on Nprth Wilson Way. The Pacific Challenge Series has carried the torch for the Tri-Holiday Series for several years now with local drivers challenging the touring stars. Modesto’s Mike Beeler, a former weekly series competitor at the track, won the most recent Tri-Holiday feature on Labor Day weekend last year. The “Iron Man” John Moore won the July Tri-Holiday race last year en route to both the Tri-Holiday and overall PCS championships.
2016 Pacific Challenge Series points leader Jeremy Doss of Upperlake won Tri-Holiday #1 last season. He leads all PCS competitors with three victories in six career PCS starts at Stockton. Beeler ranks second in PCS stats at the facility with five top-tens and a win in six starts.
Local favorites are fired up for the show including Manteca’s Jacob Gomes. Gomes won the 2015 SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour and has wins in the past in the Tri-Holiday Series. He runs a limited PCS schedule and will be in action for the entire Tri-Holiday Series. Although he never won a Super Stock track championship, Lodi’s Matthew Wendt scored 11 victories in the division before graduating to the PCS. Tracy’s Justin Philpott has called 99 home for many years. Modesto’s Kyle Gottula and Manteca’s JR Courage are other drivers from multi-generational racing families that have turned many laps at the speedway.
The local Stockton Late Models program opened up its brand-new season two weeks ago with former Stockton Western Late Model and Super Stock champion Chad Holman getting the win. This is the return of Late Models to Stockton with a combination of former Super Stock and Late Model teams. Drivers such as Justin Lovelace, Brandon Jones, Jeremy Tucker, and Teddy Haflich, Jr. are new to Late Models but have racing experience in other divisions at Stockton and at tracks across the region.
Racing activities get underway Friday night with practice from 4 to 7 p.m. Pit gates open at 3 p.m. and pricing is $40 per person with no car fee. On Saturday pit gates open at 1 p.m. with first practices at 3:30 p.m. Grandstands open at 5 p.m. with racing scheduled for 6 p.m. Pit passes are $45 on Saturday. General admission tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for juniors age 11-15 and seniors age 60 plus and kids 10 and under are free.
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