Bad Luck Bites DJ Netto


 A broken throttle spring, and a broken torsion arm gave DJ Netto a pair of DNF’s in what were looking to be strong nights for the young driver.


“We were pretty fast both night’s but we had some more bad luck that gave us DNF’s,” Netto said.


In action on Friday with the World of Outlaws, Netto timed his Netto Ag/Penny Newman Grain No. 88N machine in seventh fastest, putting him in the second row.


After a near disaster on the initial start, Netto was off to a much better start on the second attempt, as he settled into the fourth spot, where he finished, and transferred into the feature event at the Merced Speedway with the World of Outlaws.


Lining up 11th in the feature event, Netto got off to a nice start as he jumped inside the Top-10, but as the race moved on, Netto had issues with his throttle spring, that made getting around the finesse track difficult.


As Battled his machine he slowly faded back through the field.


“We broke a throttle spring that kept letting the throttle hand a little,” Netto said. ‘With the track right around the bottom, it made it difficult to hit my marks, and we slowly went backwards.”


When the 40-lap feature event came to a close, Netto found himself with a 16th place finish.


With rain washing all events in Northern California out, Netto and his team opted to shed their wings and compete with the USAC West Coast 360’s at the King’s Speedway in Hanford, CA.


Timing in fourth fastest in qualifications, Netto lined up fifth in his heat, and got to third at the finish line, putting him in the second row for the feature event.


Getting underway in the feature event, Netto’s machine was on the tighter side, and he dropped back to the fifth spot, but was a part of an exciting three car battle with the third and fourth place cars.


Continuing to battle, Netto caught a rut, and bicycled his entry, but was able to keep it from going over, but as he got back on all four tires, Netto got hit, and damage was caused to his entry, and there was no time guaranteed in the work area, and his night was over.


“We had pretty good speed both night’s, but unfortunately we don’t have anything to show for it,” Netto said. “We were planning on running either the World of Outlaw race on Saturday or with the Civil War Series, but as both events got rained out, we decided to take the wings off and go to Hanford. We had some fun, and I can’t thank my guys enough for their hard work.”


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: Netto will continue on with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars as he follows them to the Calistoga Speedway in Calistoga, CA on Saturday and Sunday night.


2014 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-10, Wins-0, Top 5’s-0, Top 10’s-0


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