Cajon April 12th preview

Local stock car racers return to Cajon. EL CAJON, CA. It's time to go racing. Yes, this Saturday night the local stock car racers who have made Saturday night at Cajon Speedway an East County tradition for more than forty years get the green...

Local stock car racers return to Cajon.

EL CAJON, CA. It's time to go racing. Yes, this Saturday night the local stock car racers who have made Saturday night at Cajon Speedway an East County tradition for more than forty years get the green flag for their 2003 season.

The NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing Series gets underway at 6:45 PM. Qualifying runs start an hour and an half earlier. The track will open for practice at 4:00. Tackling the 3/8-mile pavement will be the NASCAR late model sportsman, street stocks, pony stocks, and bomber stocks. And if that isn't enough excitement, those crazy train racers will take to the figure eight track for the opening night finale.

Admission prices remain the same as last year - $10 for adults on the east side and $9 on the west side. Kids from 6 --12 are only $3. Children under the age of 6 are free when accompanied by an adult.

A 40-lap feature for Cajon's premier division, the late model sportsman, will highlight the evening. The street stocks will be featured in a 25-lap finale. The pony and bomber stocks each will run a 20-lap feature. Those four main events will come after a busy evening with a pair of 8-lap heat races in each division. Those heat races are important because they will determine the lineup for the main events. And unlike many other tracks, the faster cars at Cajon start in the back of the main events and the heat races. This sets up a lot passing and a much more crowd-pleasing show.

Among those drivers expected Saturday night in the sportsman will be a pair of veterans making comebacks. Ron Overman, who was seriously injured at the track in 2002, still wants to win a championship and has a brand new Chevrolet Monte Carlo ready. Mike Mendenhall raced only once last year and he is coming back with a Dodge Intrepid. Both are among the favorites for the 2003 track title. Other strong runners include John Manke and Jerry Gay.

In the street stocks two-time champ Rich Green figures to have his hands full with the likes of Eric Ferguson and Richard Hinze again this year. Ed Hale will be aiming for his fourth straight title in the pony stocks, but will find a strong challenge from Douglas Wright Jr. The bomber stocks figure to be another wide-open affair. Defending champ Mark Holland will be back, but will be sharing driving chores with his brother-in-law Rick Hagen; that duo will split their time between the bombers and the street stocks.

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