Winters came into Saturday night’s Grand American Modifieds race at Stockton 99 Speedway with a lead in the points standings. But with double points on the line in the last race of the season, he had yet to clinch the track title, and second-place Michael Ostrowski was still in the hunt for the championship if he could finish five places ahead of Winters.
Ostrowski started in the No. 5 spot, while Winters started ninth in the 10-car field. Paul Henry of Groveland took the lead after Winters and Jeremy Jackson made contact, spun out and brought out the yellow flag on lap 9. Rick Anderson fell in behind Henry, and Winters recovered from the spinout to move into the into fifth place on lap 11, and eventually climbed into third place, where he finished behind Henry and Anderson. Ostrowski fell behind and was at the back of the field at the end of the race.
The third-place finish was enough for Winters to hang onto first place in points, based on a string of wins earlier in the season.
It was the last points race of the season in four divisions. Justin Philpott had already clinched the top spot in the NASCAR Western Late Model division, and he did not race Saturday.
Jeff Ahl of Lodi won the American Limited Stock Cars/Street Stocks championship. That was a tightly contested race between Ahl and Aaron Coonfield of Riverbank, but Coonfield was asked to leave the track following a confrontation earlier in the day.
Ben Lewis of Stockton took the title in the Bombers division. Though he clinched the title in a previous race, he competed anyway take his 12th win of the year.