PETERSEN MEDIA: A busy night at the Stockton Dirt Track on Sunday night saw DJ Netto in action with both the King of the West Series and the Civil War Series in the final night of action of 2014 in California, and Netto had a strong night as he scored seventh and 11th place finishes.
“We had a pretty good night overall,” Netto explained. “We had really good speed in both cars, but we had a little bad luck in the 410 that took us out of contention for the win.”
410 action saw the Hanford, CA driver time the Netto AG/Penny Newman Grain/Bogies Auto Parts No. 88n machine in 10th fastest, before he went on to pick up a heat race win.
Earning a spot in the dash, Netto would pick up a sixth place finish, putting him in the third row for the 30-lap feature event.
On a rough and sticky surface, Netto showed strong speed as he quickly got moving forward as he worked into the second spot, chasing after Tim Kaeding.
While in second, Netto had company, as Rico Abreu surged into the second spot, just before the caution flew on the 10th lap.
The restart saw Netto stay on Abreu’s tail, and move back into the second spot on the 11th lap, again, just before the caution flew. Netto would hang with Kaeding when the race restarted, and on the 17th lap, he made a bid for the lead, and contact ensued, resulting in Kaeding spinning his machine around, but Netto had taken the top spot.
“I absolutely hated for that to happen battling with TK for the lead,” Netto explained. “I have a ton of respect for TK. My car sputtered a little and a bounced up and made contact with him. We were getting ready to have a good battle.”
The caution did waive, and officials then elected to allow cars to refuel, as they had reached the magic number of green and yellow laps.
Back underway, Netto was strong out front, but on the 20th lap, his nose wing collapsed, and his machine began tough to maneuver, and he gave up the top spot, and slowly drifted back, and finished 11th.
“That was a tough one,” he added. “We had a really fast car, and did not get the result I think we deserved, but we have shown some really good speed with the 410 as of late, and I am already excited for 2015.”
In 360 action, Netto timed in ninth fastest before scoring a heat race win, as he earned a spot in the dash, and finished sixth.
Lining up in the third row, Netto hung around the Top-10 much of the race, as he worked around the tough surface. Battling with the likes of Dominic Scelzi and Kyle Hirst during he race, Netto would claim a seventh place finish.
“I have to thank everyone who helped out tonight,” Netto said. “We ran both cars and it was a lot of work. I have to thank everyone who helped us all year long. It was a blast.”
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: The 2014 season has concluded in CA. With a couple of races in AZ later this month, Netto and his team will look into possibly making the trip over.
2014 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-52, Wins-1, Top 5’s-8, Top 10’s-19
STAY CONNECTED: Stay updated with DJ and his team by following him on twitter @DJNetto88.
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