PETERSEN MEDIA: Taking part in the prestigious Dave Bradway, Jr Memorial over the weekend, DJ Netto survived a very wild feature event and ended up finishing second during the marquee event.
“The track was pretty tricky, but my guys gave me a good car and we were able to move around and get up into the second spot late in the race,” Netto said. “There was a ton of carnage so it was good to avoid that and run well.”
Timing the Tri-C Machine/Netto Ag/Penny Newman Grain entry in 16th fastest with 37 cars in the pit area, the Hanford, CA driver would find himself on the front row his heat race.
On a hooked up and throwback type Silver Dollar Speedway surface, Netto would hold off Cory Eliason in the heat and pick up the important heat race win. Getting some extra goodies for winning his heat race with it being the Bradway, Netto would also earn a spot in the Dash.
Lining up 12th in the Dash, Netto would improve his feature event starting position by a couple of rows as he was able to work his way forward and finish in the eighth spot, which placed him in the fourth row for the 40-lap feature event.
The first half of the race took a while to get going, as yellow and red flag periods were the norm. Netto would slowly get going as he would work his way up to the fifth spot by the race’s 13th lap.
Batting with Roger Crockett once into the fifth, Netto would get by him on a lap 14 restart, as he now chased after Michael Ing and Eliason. Getting into the third spot on the 26th lap, Netto would continue to chase after Eliason as he looked for the second spot.
The race’s final restart would take place on the 28th lap, and Netto would hang with Eliason as he looked for the second spot. In the closing laps, Netto would make his move stick as he secured the second spot on lap 31 and held on to the position at the finish.
Netto and company were also in action on Friday night in Chico, CA for the Bill Brownell Memorial. Timing in sixth fastest in qualifying time trials, the Hanford, CA pilot would pick up a third place finish during his heat race.
On a slick and racy surface, Netto was also able to move forward on this night. Flying around the cushion, Netto would race his way into the Top-Five as he took the checkered flag with a fifth place finish.
“Overall it was a good weekend for our race team, and a nice shot in the arm after the last couple of weeks,” Netto said. “The Bradway is a race that means a lot to our race team, and to run second in it feels good, but we obviously want to be one spot better. I have to thank Lee and Shane for their hard work, and Clyde and Marion for continuing to allow me to run for them.”
2017 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-19, Wins-1, Top 5’s-5, Top 10’s-8