PETERSEN MEDIA: During most of the Saturday night feature event, DJ Netto was well in contention to claim the 2014 Trophy Cup Championship honors, but a restart after the fuel stop proved to be detrimental, as the Hanford, CA driver lost several spots, and wound up finishing 18th overall.
“It was disappointing for sure,” Netto said. “We were decent all weekend, and we were running fourth in the Saturday night feature, two spots out of the Trophy Cup lead, and we must have sealed a tire up, because the restart was terrible.”
Putting two consistent nights together during preliminary action, Netto took his Thursday night total into Saturday, and sat 16th overall in points.
With heat races early in the vening on Saturday a final shot to earn points, Netto’s fourth place finish dropped him to 17th overall in points, though he still locked into the feature event, where he rolled off in the fourth row.
Inverting the Top-20 fully for the feature event, the high point earners had their work cut out for them from the tail of the field, and Netto focused on moving forward to control his own destiny.
On an extremely slick surface, Netto took the green flag and worked his way towards the top five, as he battled with Mason Moore and Craig Stidham during the early part of the race.
Following a lap 10 caution, Netto was able to get by both Moore and Stidham, and work his Netto Ag/Netto West Farming/Penny Newman Grain No. 88n machine into the fifth spot, as he chased after Jonathan Allard.
With rubber beginning to go down on the speedway, Netto continued to shadow Allard, until the Chico, CA driver slowed to a stop on the 34th lap, bringing out a caution that ultimately led to the scheduled fuel stop.
Under the red, the points were recapped to the crowd, and it was announced that fourth running Netto was in second overall, just 10 points (2 spots) behind race leader, Willie Croft.
Poised to pick up a couple more positions when the action resumed, Netto was unable to get a good restart, as he lost several spots in a lap, before a caution flew again on the 35th lap, and he was scored in the 11th spot.
Running outside the top-10, Netto found himself in the work area with nose wing damage on the 43rd lap, and after making repairs, he came back out to finish in the 17th spot, and finish the Trophy Cup 18th.
“It was a bummer,” Netto said. “We put ourselves in a great spot after a long weekend of racing, and then it just went away in the blink of an eye. I have to thank my guys for their hard work, and congratulate Willie Croft and Rudeen Racing on the win. All I can do now is focus on Stockton.”
DJ and his Netto Racing team would like to thank Netto Agriculture, Penny Newman Grain, Bogies Auto Parts, and Vande Pol Enterprises for their support in 2014.
ON TAP: Netto and his team will be back in action on November 1st in Stockton, CA.
2014 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-50, Wins-1, Top 5’s-8, Top 10’s-18
STAY CONNECTED: Stay updated with DJ and his team by following him on twitter @DJNetto88.
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