The Pacific Challenge Series presented by PenneyLawyers.com will make their first trip to Stockton 99 Speedway of the season, with round four of the Super Late Model championship on tap Saturday night. Saturday’s races are the first of the three round Tri-Holiday Series at Stockton commemorating Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day weekends.
The historic Stockton 99 Speedway quarter-mile is embarking on its 68th season of racing action and is under the tutelage of Tony & Carol Noceti. A full night of racing action is on tap with Legends of the Pacific, the revitalized Stockton Late Models, and Bombers joining the evening’s card.
Jeremy Doss scored his PCS-leading 17th career feature win by claiming the Mother’s Day race at Ukiah Speedway two weeks ago. The Upperlake, CA driver leads his JD Motorsports teammate Jeff Bischofberger by just two points in the series standings. Doss is hoping to ride the momentum into Stockton where he has three wins but also three finishes outside the top-ten in his PCS career at the facility.
Bischofberger on the other hand scored his first career Super Late Model win at Stockton when he won a SRL Southwest Tour race there last season. Saturday will be Bischofberger’s maiden PCS race at the facility.
An average finish of 5.3 has propelled Loomis’ Chris Scribner to third in the championship standings. He has only two previous PCS starts at Stockton with one top-ten finish.
2014 series champion Mike Beeler of Modesto is fourth in the current rundown and has had some great success at Stockton. Beeler’s Late Model career was focused on the weekly racing at Stockton before he advanced to PCS. Beeler won last year’s third round of the Tri-Holiday Series and has a total of five top-tens in six career series starts.
Hayward’s Danny Malfatti rounds out the top-five in the standings with three consecutive top-ten finishes to start out the season. Valley Springs’ Tracy Bolin returns to his home track from the sixth position in the standings ahead of Upperlake’s Jimmy Stillman in seventh. Bolin set the track record at the Madera season opener. His bad luck this year included a broken rear end at Ukiah that his team was able to overcome en route to a season-best fourth place finish.
2015 series champion John Moore of Granite Bay also won the 2015 Tri-Holiday three race championship and sits eighth in the standings after failing to take the green flag at Ukiah. Moore won the July Tri-Holiday event last year. Canadian Darrell Midgley and Manteca’s JR Courage round out the top-ten.
Drivers with plenty of local track experience are expected at Stockton including 2015 SRL Southwest Tour champion Jacob Gomes of Manteca. Gomes won the season opener at Madera and also has a win with PCS at Stockton in his record books. Matthew Wendt has shown a lot of speed in his two PCS starts this year and hopes to translate that to success at his home track. The Lodi driver won 11 of his last 14 Super Stock starts over the past two seasons at the speedway.
Mike Hite, Travis Milburn, Kyle Gottula, Justin Philpott, and Larry Tankersley are among other drivers expected to return to PCS action with Saturday’s race at Stockton.
Saturday’s Legends of the Pacific race is the fourth time so far in 2016 that Legends have raced with the Pacific Challenge Series. Cameron Austin has had the most success with three second place finishes with two wins for Robby Czub and one for Luis Tyrrell.
Racing activities get underway Friday night with practice from 4 p.m. – 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+, and Kids 10 & under are FREE!
For more information on the Pacific Challenge Series, visit them online at www.PacificChallengeSeries.com or on Facebook and YouTube. More information on Stockton 99 Speedway is available at www.Stockton99.com
The Pacific Challenge Series is presented by: Penney Racing Supply, Penney & Associates, American Racer Tires, Maita Chevrolet, Compact-It, Northwest Compactors, Naake Suspension, Sunoco Fuels, Five Star Bodies, BrakeOMeter, Lefthander Chassis, ARP Bodies, Joes Racing Products, Bassett Wheels, Frank’s Radio, WrapStar Pro, and Blakesley Sports Media. All PCS Super Late Models race ABC Bodies or Muscle Car bodies on American Racer Tires with Sunoco Racing Fuel.
-Pacific Challenge Series Press Release & Photo