PETERSEN MEDIA: Friday night at the Kings Speedway in Hanford, CA, DJ Netto looked to be a serious contender for the win late in the race, but an officiating call with just one lap to go dashed those hopes.
“They said I did a 360 coming up on a stalled car, and with their rule that resulted in me going to the back, but I didn’t do a 360,” Netto said. “I got out of shape as me and Cory Eliason got together to slow down for him, but they said I spun my car out, and it resulted in me going to the back.”
Hitting the Kings Speedway on Friday night for the second of four ‘Battle For The Milk Can’ races, Netto got his night started off by timing the Netto Ag/Penny Newman Grain/Bogies Auto Parks No. 88n machine in eighth fastest in qualifying time trials.
Finishing second in his heat race, the Hanford, CA driver would line up in the seventh spot for the 30-lap affair on an extremely slick and racy 3/8 mile Kings Speedway.
As the race came to life, Netto showed he had a very strong car, as he wasted no time moving into the fourth spot on the fourth lap.
After the third place car came to a stop, Netto would assume the position and chase after Cory Eliason and Mitchell Faccinto who ran in front of him. On the 15th lap, Netto made a monster move on the high side of the speedway, to the crowd’s approval, as he surged into the race lead.
Continuing to lead deep into the race, Netto and second running, Cory Eliason, would hook up in an entertaining seven lap battle as they ran wheel to wheel, exchanging the lead corner after corner.
On the 29th lap, a car slowed in front of the lead battle, and as the leaders slowed to avoid, Netto would make contact with Eliason’s machine, and get out of shape, and it was deemed he did a 360 donut, and per track rules he was sent to the back.
Netto would be credited with a 10th place finish.
“I could not believe the call,” Netto said. “It is one thing to lose a race, but it is another to get it taken from you like that. I hated it for my team, that is for sure.”
Saturday night, Netto and company headed to the Stockton Dirt Track for a night of racing with the King of the West Series.
After timing in second fastest, Netto would not have the night that he was hoping for.
Finishing fifth in his heat race, the Hanford, CA driver would finish eighth in the dash, and line up for the 30-lap feature event in the fourth row.
A very tricky Stockton Dirt Track surface had drivers and teams scratching their heads for the feature event, and in the end Netto were just too tight for much of the race and finished in the ninth spot.
“We just were not very good in the feature on Saturday night,” Netto would say. “We struggled with our set up, but we were able to hang on for a Top-10.”
DJ and his Netto Racing team would like to thank Netto Agriculture, Penny Newman Grain, Bogies Auto Parts, King Racing Products, and Vande Pol Enterprises for their support in 2015.
ON TAP: Netto will take this weekend off before returning to action with the KWS on June 26th in Watsonville, CA and on June 27th in Calistoga, CA.
2015 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-26, Wins-2, Top 5’s-4, Top 10’s-7
STAY CONNECTED: Stay updated with DJ and his team by following him on twitter @DJ_Netto88.
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