D.J. Netto Banks $5,000 Copper Classic

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D.J. Netto (Joe Shivak photo)

QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. — California sprint car driver D.J. Netto picked up $5,000 for winning Saturday night’s Copper Classic for the Carlyle Tools ASCS Southwest Region at Arizona Speedway.

Netto’s first ASCS triumph, makes the pilot of the No. 3c the 44th different winner in ASCS Southwest competition since 2008.

Coming from fifth starting spot, Netto continually moved forward during Saturday’s 25-lap championship event. Taking second on lap 16, the chase was on to catch leader Christopher Bell in the Buffalo Wild Wings No. 82.

Hoping to dig up a win, slower traffic had other plans for Bell who fell out of the race on lap 19 after contact with a slower machine.

Handing the top spot to Netto, the restart would find John Carney II on the back bumper of the No. 3c, but would not be challenged as Netto opened up his advantage to 1.637 seconds at the drop of the checkered flag.

Carney finished second with Reece Goetz finding his way to the final podium step. Aaron Reutzel was fourth with Chase Goetz fifth.

The final night of the 2016 season for the Carlyle Tools ASCS Southwest Region, New Mexico’s Rick Ziehl yet again managed to hold off all challengers to bring his record of championships to a perfect nine in a row with the ASCS Southwest Region.

In the standings, Ziehl beat Rookie of the Year Colton Hardy, by 65 markers with Bob Ream Jr. ending his season third. Lance Norick and Jesse Baker made up the top five in the standings.

The finish:

D.J. Netto, John Carney II, Reece Goetz, Aaron Reutzel, Chase Goetz, Bob Ream Jr., Lance Norick, Michael Kofoid, Garen Linder, Rick Ziehl, Casey Buckman, James Aragon, Jeremy McCune, Mike Rux Jr., Brian Boswell, Royal Jones, Christopher Bell, Alex Pettas, Billy Chester III, Colton Hardy, Josh Shipley, Jesse Baker.