Cajon special event results 2003-10-11

EL CAJON, CA (10/11/03). After some recent factory stock enduros at Cajon Speedway there has been some confusion as to who actually won the 150-lap contest. Well Saturday night with some assistance from "lady luck", Matt Arnold left no doubt who...

EL CAJON, CA (10/11/03). After some recent factory stock enduros at Cajon Speedway there has been some confusion as to who actually won the 150-lap contest. Well Saturday night with some assistance from "lady luck", Matt Arnold left no doubt who was victorious this time around.

Cajon's two-time factory stock champion was more than five laps ahead of his nearest competitor when the checkered flag fell at the end of the track's 43rd season finale. The team of Joey Schneider and Marty Lehrke, a pair of regular competitors in the bomber class, were second. Third place, eight laps in arrears, was the team of Phil Griffin and Lee Harbin. John Krempp Jr. soloed his way to fourth place; he completed 141 laps. John Davis and David Evangelou also drove single-handedly; they took fifth and sixth after each completed 140-rounds.

Arnold's big break came on lap 101. Until that point Jim Tucker had stayed on the lead lap and actually led part of the way. But exiting turn four Tucker rear-ended the Chevy belonging to Eddie Hijar. A lap later under a red flag for a minor fire in antother car, he retired for the night. He ended up 23rd.

In the companion Boat Trailer race, Cajon's answer to the unlimited hydroplanes, Josh Nicholas outran Drew Homan to take home the first place trophy in a wild 15-lapper. During that race drivers were complaining about an oil slick in turn two (the Exxon Valdez was nowhere to be seen). Randy Wallace and Joe Totten tried laying down fog banks to confuse the competition (actually each blew up their motor). On lap 8 Andy Papp's boat and trailer slapped the turn three wall and capsized. The entire trailer axle with both tires still attached came loose and rolled its way down the front stretch before coming to a stop at the starting line.

Sixty-one cars started the enduro; thirty-six were still running at the end of the initial 75-laps that were run in a clockwise direction. The field was turned around to the more traditional counter-clockwise racing direction for the second half of the event. Forty-six cars took that green flag. The field was thinned by half that by the lap 102 red flag. But 24 cars were on the track when the checkered came out.

Five red flags were necessary along the way; the yellow flag was not used. None of the incidents was serious. Josh Klein gets the perseverance award. His Barracuda was nailed by Chris Vaughn on lap 13 and spun. Then he was rammed head-on by Robert Hughes. Seven laps later Klein was able to get his car running again and limped very slowly back to the pits. He returned for the second half of the event. But shortly thereafter he was dragging a bumper and pitted for good. He ended up completing only 21 laps and every part of his car was bent.

Arnold took it easy once Tucker was forced out. "I think we had a couple of laps on everyone," Arnold said after climbing from the cockpit of his Crown Victoria. "It was a good race with the 4 car (Tucker). We raced each other clean. He just got caught up in some lapped traffic. It was too bad because he was running really well. It was fun running with him. But lapped traffic is sometimes how these things get decided."

"The track was a lot wetter and oilier," Arnold said of the second half of the race. "There were certain spots where it was really bad. Even on the straightaways you would get on the gas and it would break loose. I was just trying to keep out of trouble. There was also a lot of mud on the track. I couldn't see out of the windshield. I was just trying to avoid everything."

NASCAR DODGE WEEKLY SERIES RESULTS

FACTORY STOCK ENDURO (150 LAPS):

Finish Start Car Driver
1 6 75 Matt Arnold
2 42 02 Joey Schneider / Marty Lehrke
3 16 16 Phil Griffin / Lee Harbin
4 7 28 John Krempp Jr.
5 35 37 John Davis
6 41 280 David Evangelou / John Abright
7 24 2 Pat Bradley
8 12 33 Ryan Gay / Doug Catania
9 36 41 Mark Focht / Donny Stewart
10 40 83 Pat Garity / Brian Fitzgibbons
11 45 93 Ernest Teixeira
12 4 200 Brent Adams
13 8 95 Danny Gay / Travis Johnson
14 54 58 Eric Shockey / Mike Jordison
15 57 31 James Boissier
16 9 7 Glen Davis
17 37 22 James Schneider
18 61 32 John Alvernaz
19 5 12 Blaine Sharp
20 3 0 Terry Adams
21 34 27 Ryan McCasland
22 43 48 Johnny Silvas
23 22 4 Jim Tucker
24 19 9 Ken Shirey
25 39 24 Lyle Driscoll
26 32 87 Bryan Bonito
27 30 60 David Ketchpaw / Mitch Lyons
28 47 92 Robert Minnick / Crystal Aless
29 38 09 Jack Shirey
30 25 86 Ed Valenzuela
31 31 20 Jim Crone IV
32 15 71 Randy Hart / Rodger Russell
33 17 46 Michael Burford / Darrell Moore
34 55 103 Tim Hensley
35 1 40 Mike Rumbaugh
36 14 26 Vernon Gilmore
37 27 00 Mike DiMeglio Jr.
38 58 13 Mike Ellis
39 10 88 Rich Crutchfield
40 18 25 Mark Scott / Jose Wilson
41 50 98 Ron Leslie / David Liedike
42 44 3 Aaron Reid
43 28 05 Robert Hughes / Shawn Muscat
44 33 18 Butch Johnston /. Gordon Waugh
45 49 89 Mike Carver / Ben Carver
46 51 19 Glen Bishop / Brian Passon
47 60 38 Eddie Hijar
48 23 56 Mike Walker / Gregg Smith
49 46 183 Brian Sweetman
50 21 8 Steve Bergman / Angela Copper
51 20 595 Ivan Harrison / Rick Lloyd
52 53 06 Allen Basile / Bob Underwood
53 56 53 Gunner Reid
54 48 181 Marv Evans / Brian Evans
55 59 160 Josh Klein
56 2 1 Dan Hildebrand
57 52 186 Chris Vaughn
58 11 68 Randy Nelson
59 26 562 Christopher Berg
60 13 512 Tommy Thomas
61 29 42 J.R. Trent

BOAT TRAILER RACE (15 LAPS):

1 61 2 Josh Nicholas
2 1 10 Drew Homan
3 512 11 Rodney Shaw
4 546 3 Bob Blew
5 1x 8 unknown
6 92 14 Robert Minnick
7 31 9 Bryant Cosby
8 69 6 Joe Totten
9 24 12 Lyle Driscoll
10 01x 7 Jerry Gay
11 27 13 Chris Boyer
12 280 14 David Evangelou
13 05x 5 Andy Papp
14 6 16 Bob Underwood
15 3 4 James Boissier
16 529 1 Randy Wallace

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Series NASCAR , Stock car
Drivers John Davis , Terry Adams , John Travis