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Coonfield Doubles Up At Stockton 99 Speedway
Adam Coonfield of Riverbank, driving his No. 25 RCI Performance/Les Schwab Tire of Riverbank/ALLPRO Pest Control Toyota, showed that his second place finish in the highly competitive Super Stock division in June, was no fluke on July 7.

Coonfield had won at Stockton 99 several times in the past, and the July 7 Tri-Holiday Classic would add to that win total in the Super Stock category. He qualified at the top of the field with a dominating performance and took the checkered flag in both the four-lap Trophy Dash and the Main Event over a tough field that included Oakdale's Mike Graham (the 2011 category series champion), Brock Monroe (also of Oakdale) and Jason Aguirre (a multi-event winner from Atwater). The category also included 'heavy hitters' Rob Knittel and Rich Harper.

Coonfield and his crew utilized superb tuning skills to get the setup on his car perfect for the hot, slippery track and then Coonfield capped it off with a dominating driving performance, leaving no doubt that he had the car to beat. When it was all over, the River bank driver was able to capture a rare 'double up'.

Elsewhere, Oakdale's Tyler Guzman proved tough in the Pure Stock (also known as Bombers) division, tackling another tough field of competitors.

Guzman qualified well (third) and drove to a second place finish in the opening Trophy Dash. His car was fast, but as the track heated up, his car started to get really loose in the turns. He just didn't quite have enough handling in his car to stay with the pole sitter Guido Bindi Jr. of Stockton, who went wire to wire for the Trophy Dash win.

In the Pure Stock main event, 20 cars competed on the 0.25-mile banked oval. Most of the best drivers in the category were competing in the race, providing the large crowd with some exciting on-track racing action. Bindi once again had the car to beat. He had his car set up perfectly for the hot, slick track conditions, which featured track temperatures of over 104 degrees. Bindi was able to go wire to wire for the Main Event win, allowing him to achieve that difficult double win. Guzman took third. The highly popular and competitive Western Late Model (WLM) category was an all Modesto affair as far as the winner's circle was concerned. In the Trophy Dash, Todd Corral went wire to wire for the win. In the 150-lap WLM Main Event, Jeff Belletto used his exceptional driving skills to move up from his third qualifying position to put his car into the winner's circle.

The event featured an extraordinary fireworks display, prior to the Western Late Model Main Event, providing the large crowd with some great visuals and a prelude of the fantastic Western Late Model racing action that soon followed.

Correspondents Mike and Jeff Burghardt contributed this report.