Firefighters crash for burn institute
EL CAJON, CA (06/14/03). The Firefighters Destruction Derby which benefits the San Diego Burn Institute is one of the longest running traditions at Cajon Speedway. This Saturday night the 12th Annual Firefighters Destruction Derby will cap the racing card at the 3/8-mile paved oval.
Each year, firefighters representing numerous departments from throughout San Diego County rev up their engines and put the pedal to the medal to raise money for Camp Beyond The Scars for burn-injured children. About 18 Fire Departments are expected to have cars in the crashfest. The evening will begin with opening ceremonies, which includes a parade of fire apparatus and the Destruction Derby cars. The track races begin at 6:45 p.m. and the Destruction Derby is scheduled as the last event of the evening. The event is sponsored by the San Diego - Imperial County Fire Fighters Advisory Council to the Burn Institute. Commemorative tee shirts will also be available.
Special sponsors of the event include California Special Care and Lakeside Paint and Body Shop.
The racing portion of the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series card will include five of Cajon's six regular racing divisions -- the late model sportsman, Grand American modifieds, pony stocks, bomber stocks, and factory stocks. Hot lapping will start at 4:00 pm. Qualifying will be at 5:15. There is no increase in admission prices for this always crowd-pleasing event. Admission prices are $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.
Last year's winner was Mark Scott, a member of Cajon Speedway's Fire and Rescue crew. Scott will not defend his honors. This year a long time member of the crew Mike Ledwedge is picking up the track's torch.
The racing portion of the card will include five main events in addition to at least eleven preliminary contests. The sportsman will run a 40-lap feature. A 25-lap contest is on tap for the Grand American modifieds. The pony, bomber and factory stocks will battle through 20-circuits in their finale.