STOCKTON, Calif. — California racing fans will have a new venue to attend auto races next season.
Tony and Carol Noceti, who promote stock car racing at the asphalt Stockton 99 Speedway and its kart track, have reached an agreement — and construction has already begun — to build a three-eighths-mile dirt track inside of the one-mile horse racing oval at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds.
They hope to hold as many as 10 events at the The New Stockton 99 Dirt Track annually with a goal of opening in April.
“We’re anxious to get going, and I think this is a wonderful opportunity to bring big-time races to the fans in Stockton,” Tony Noceti told The Record.
Noceti has already begun negotiating with officials from the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series in hopes of bringing that series to the track.
Construction began in early October and Noceti said it will be complete in less than a month and cost approximately $250,000.
Noceti sank approximately $1 million into Stockton 99 Speedway since reaching an agreement with its owners, Bob Hunefeld and Ken Clapp, to reopen the facility in 2009.
“It takes hard work. But I’m a farmer, I move dirt,” Nocetti told The Record. “That’s what I do for a living.”
One of the drawbacks is that the track does not have lights, so any events would take place during the daytime.