PETERSEN MEDIA: DJ Netto looked forward to getting back to the Silver Dollar Speedway for the Fall Nationals after taking a week off from racing. The week off seemed to be just what he needed as the Hanford, CA driver had a very good weekend highlighted by a third place finish on Saturday night.
“It was a really good weekend for our team,” Netto said. “We had a nice week off, and it helped us. To finish third in that field of cars is pretty cool, and I am proud of all my guys for their hard work.”
With 52 cars checked into the pit area on Saturday night, Netto’s night did not get off to the start that he had hoped for as he timed in 14th fastest, but the time was good enough to get himself on the front row of his heat race.
Getting the jump on Justyn Cox in heat race action, Netto went on to pick up the win, and put his Netto Ag/Penny Newman Grain/Bogies Auto Pars entry into the dash, where he lined up in the sixth spot.
Finishing eighth in the Dash, Netto would line up in the fourth row for the 40-lap feature event, and would run just inside the Top-10 during the first six laps of the race.
A restart on the sixth lap saw Netto make up some ground as he got by Kyle Hirst, Bud Kaeding and Jonathan Allard, as he worked into the fourth spot, where he ran on the 12th lap.
With third running Justin Sanders bicycling on a lap 12 restart, Netto took over the show position, as he chased after the lead duo of Shane Golobic and Sean Becker, though he felt huge pressure from the likes of Hirst, Kaeding, and Jonathan Allard.
On a track that was pretty technical, Netto was able to hit his marks as he battled with some of the regions best drivers, and went on to take the third spot across the finish line.
“It was a huge race that meant a lot to most of us, and I am really happy we performed well,” he said. “We had a rough stretch here (Chico) with the Outlaws a couple weeks ago, and it is nice to redeem ourselves.”
Netto was also in action on Friday night at the Silver Dollar Speedway, and after a 19th quick effort in time trials, Netto would win his heat and earn a berth in the Dash.
A seventh place finish in the seven-lap dash put Netto in the fourth row of the preliminary night feature on what was a very sticky and fast surface.
Spending most of the feature battling with Scott Parker, and Shane Golobic, Netto would cross the stripe with a sixth place finish.
“Overall I was pleased with our entire weekend,” he added. “We did not time in well, but we put ourselves in a great spot, and my guys gave me great cars to take advantage, and we did so by racing very well. We have some big races coming up in Tulare, CA and hopefully we can stay strong.”