Stockton 99 Speedway will host its 68th season of racing competition when the historic quarter-mile fires up the lights on Saturday night. The speedway will heavily emphasize a revived local program in 2016 with the Noceti Group presenting a full season of points racing. The N. Wilson Way oval will welcome the return of Late Models and Grand American Modifieds for points racing along with the touring Legends of the Pacific and the California Mini Cups.
The Super Stock division has been re-branded as Stockton Late Models, incorporating many different engines under one unified rules package. Stockton Late Models will compete in ten races over the course of the season. Grand American Modifieds were the largest division at Stockton 99 throughout the 90s and 2000s and return after a one-year hiatus for eight points races.
Legends of the Pacific appear at Stockton twice this season with the second appearance over Labor Day weekend. Legends cars bring out big car counts year in and year out with drivers as young as 12 racing drivers as old as 74 1/2 year old Bob Kuebler from Nevada. The all-ages races have been popular for many seasons at Stockton.
The California Mini Cups have their first of five races on Saturday night and feature the youngest drivers at Stockton. With many Mini Cup drivers moving up the ladder, the division has seen a clean slate with all but two or three drivers new to the division. Of the new drivers, most are second and third generation relatives of the Stockton Modified and Late Model competitors.
Bombers will also race this season for a points championship but their points season will not get underway until the first Tri-Holiday race on May 28th. Bombers will race a total of ten times this season.
Special events at Stockton 99 Speedway this year include the three race Tri-Holiday Series on May 28 (Memorial Day weekend), July 2 for the Firecracker 100, and Sept. 3 (Labor Day weekend) 100 lap Pacific Challenge Series Super Late Model features headline all three nights. The fastest cars to ever hit the quarter-mile, King of the West Sprint Cars return on Aug. 6 along with mighty BCRA Midgets. A variety of vintage classes will compete to thrill the crowd as well.
Local track championships will be decided all summer long leading up to the season finale on Sept. 17.
The races on Saturday kick off three big weeks for the Noceti Group and Stockton racing, with May 21 seeing the King of the Wing Sprint Cars at the Stockton Dirt Track, before the Pacific Challenge Series at Stockton 99 Speedway on May 28.
On Saturday, grandstands will open at 5 p.m. with racing at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for juniors ages 11-15, Seniors 65+, and active military, while kids 10 and under are free. A family pass for two adults and two juniors is $40. Pit passes are $45. A test and tune session kicks off activity on Friday night for the competitors to get ready for Saturday's races.
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Stockton 99 Speedway 2016 Schedule
March 6: 9th Annual Swap Meet
April: Rusty Wallace Racing Experience
May 14: Stockton Late Models / Bombers / Mini Cups / Grand American Modifieds
May 28: Pacific Challenge Series / Legends of the Pacific / Stockton Late Models / Bombers
June 25: Stockton Late Models / Bombers / Mini Cups/ Grand American Modifieds / Basic 4-Cylinders
July 2: Firecracker 100 Pacific Challenge Series / Stockton Late Models / Bombers
Mini Cups / Grand American Modifieds
July 16: Stockton Late Models / Bombers / Grand American Modifieds / Basic 4-Cylinders
August 6: King of the Wing Sprint Car Series / BCRA Midgets / Legends of Kearney Bowl / San Jose Super Modifieds / BCRA Vintage Midgets
August 13: Stockton Late Models / Bombers / Grand American Modifieds / Basic 4-Cylinders
August 20: Stockton Late Models / Bombers / Mini Cups / Grand American Modifieds
September 3: Pacific Challenge Series / Legends of the Pacific / Stockton Late Models / Bombers
September 10: Stockton Late Models / Bombers / Grand American Modifieds / Basic 4-Cylinders
September 17: Night of Champions - Stockton Late Models / Bombers / Mini Cups / Grand American Modifieds
October 23: Fall Swap Meet
October: Rusty Wallace Racing Experience