EL CAJON, CA. There are just five regular season races remaining at Cajon Speedway this season. No champion has yet been crowned. But in each division at the 3/8 mile paved oval, one racer is in the driver's seat in the chase for the 2002 ...
EL CAJON, CA. There are just five regular season races remaining at Cajon Speedway this season. No champion has yet been crowned. But in each division at the 3/8 mile paved oval, one racer is in the driver's seat in the chase for the 2002 championships at the track.
This Saturday night the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge will see the Grand American modifieds, street stocks, pony stocks, bomber stocks, and legend cars tackle the Gillespie Field oval. Race time is 6:45 pm. Qualifying runs start at 5:15 pm. The track opens for practice and the gates open at 4:00. Admission prices are $10 on the east side and $9 on the west side for adults; kids from 6-12 are $3 and children under six are free when accompanied by an adult.
In two of the six divisions at the track, a second-generation racer is leading the points chase. Danny Gay, son of track legend Jerry Gay, paces the late model sportsman points. In the modifieds it is Scott Brown atop the heap. Scott's uncle is Ron Brown, a three time Grand American modified and two time street stock titlest. Danny Gay has prevailed in the street stocks but is chasing his first sportsman trophy. Brown has never won in the modifieds. He leads Mike Salm by 74 digits.
The street stocks and pony stocks find a pair of cagey veterans heading the field. Ed Hale, Cajon's all time winningest driver, sits atop the pony stock point standings; he is seeking his third straight title and fourth in five years in that division. Rich Green is the defending champ in the street stocks. He sits comfortably ahead of former champ Eric Ferguson (165 points behind) and Richard Hinze (196 points in arrears) in the hunt in that class. In the bomber stocks, Mark Holland got off to a fast start last April and has paced the standings all season long. Last year he battled tooth-and-nail with Bob Wickey right down to the last race before falling just short in that title run.
And in the factory stocks, former street-stocker Matt Arnold has strong hopes of being that division's first champion.
A maximum of 97 points can be earned each race night. In the final race of the season for each division, that total grows to 147 markers. So it will be at least another couple of weeks before anyone can sew things up. And while the point leaders may be breathing fairly easily right now, it's still anybody's race. Stranger things have happened over the 41 years at Cajon Speedway.