PETERSEN MEDIA: Over the weekend in Chico, CA, DJ Netto made his presence known at Silver Dollar Speedway’s Fall Nationals. Friday night the Hanford, CA driver charged from his 14th starting spot to finish fourth, and on Saturday night he came oh-so-close to pulling off a last lap pass for the win as he settled for a second place finish.
“I have to hand it to my guys,” DJ Netto said. “They gave me a perfect racecar during both feature events. Friday night we went out in the middle of the pack for time trials and that was almost too early, but we did what we had to do, and had a good run. Saturday night we got off to a better start and really were in the hunt all night long.”
With 42 cars in the pit area for Friday night’s opener, Netto timed the Tri-C Motorsports machine in 19th fastest, just narrowly missing out on the heat race inversion. From his third row starting spot, Netto had his elbows up as he was able to work his way forward to finish in the third spot and transfer into the feature event.
Lining up in the seventh row of the preliminary night feature event, Netto would bide his time early as he lurked back around the 15th spot. As the opening laps were slowed by a slew of stoppages, Netto would soon take a liking to the high side of the speedway as he began carving his way forward.
Getting by Bud Kaeding, Chase Johnson, and Brad Furr, Netto would soon find himself in the the Top-Five with just a few laps to go in the feature event.
A restart on lap 23 would allow Netto to get by Justin Sanders to claim the fourth spot and cap off a nice run through the field.
Returning to the Silver Dollar Speedway on Saturday night for the finale, 52 cars would check into the pit area. Splitting the field for time trials, Netto would time the Tri-C Machine/Rotella T6 machine in fifth fastest in flight one.
From his second row starting spot, Netto would pick up the race win, which would earn him a spot in the all-important Dash. Staring and finishing in the fourth spot, Netto would line up in the second row for the 40-lap A Main event.
As the race came to life, Netto would hold down position in the Top-Five as a three headed battle for the lead would break out in front of him. Having a birds-eye view for the battle, Netto’s machine would get stronger as the laps clicked off.
Able to get by Sean Becker and Kyle Hirst, Netto found himself up in the second spot late in the race. While Andy Forsberg’s lead looked to be too much, Netto would erase that as the attention turned to him.
In the final laps, Netto began to apply serious pressure to Forsberg and would get alongside him on a couple of occasions. During the final lap, Netto gave it his all, but would come up just short of the win as he settled for second.