Cajon May 17th preview

Cajon May 17th preview

Cajon Modifieds and Factory Stocks try again EL CAJON, CA (05/17/03). The third time will be the charm for the Grand American modifieds and factory stocks that compete at Cajon Speedway. At least that is what everyone at the Gillespie Field...

Cajon Modifieds and Factory Stocks try again

EL CAJON, CA (05/17/03). The third time will be the charm for the Grand American modifieds and factory stocks that compete at Cajon Speedway. At least that is what everyone at the Gillespie Field track is hoping.

This Saturday night those two divisions are once again scheduled to make their first start of the season at the 3/8-mile paved oval. Also, the late model sportsman return after a two-week layoff to highlight the NASCAR Dodge Weekly series action. Race time is 6:45 pm. Qualifying runs start at 5:15 pm. The gates will open and practice will commence at 4:00 pm. 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.

Defending champions Scott Brown (Grand American modifieds) and Matt Arnold (factory stocks) once again figure to be among the drivers to beat in 2003. The modified division should show continued growth in car count again this year. This will be the third season the factory stocks have tackled the Cajon asphalt. That division will also see two 150-lap enduro events -- on July 4 and the season finale on October 11.

In the late model sportsman, point leader Mike Mendenhall will try to continue his winning ways. Perennially a fast starter at the beginning of the season, the Santee racer captured the first two main events of the season. This weekend's contest will be special for him; it comes just two days shy of his 40th birthday.

But Mendenhall will not find the going easy. His car has been plagued with handling problems during the first two outings and his team has been struggling in solving the problem. A group of veteran drivers is sitting just behind Mendenhall in the points chase. John Manke, Ron Overman, and Jerry Gay sit in second through fourth spots in the hunt.

Off to a slow start is defending champion, Danny Gay. The younger Gay is buried back in twelfth place in the chase after failing to finish either of the first two features. But he got off to a slow start a year ago as well.

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