EL CAJON, CA (06/28/03) - Will slightly less be perceived as more at Cajon Speedway? That issue will be tested this Saturday night at the 3/8 mile paved oval. A very busy night at the track has led track management to try a different racing...
EL CAJON, CA (06/28/03) - Will slightly less be perceived as more at Cajon Speedway? That issue will be tested this Saturday night at the 3/8 mile paved oval.
A very busy night at the track has led track management to try a different racing format to see if fewer, but longer events are more enjoyable to both the fans and the racers. The NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series event will include five of the six local racing divisions. The late model sportsman main events, Grand American modifieds, street stocks, pony stocks, and bomber stocks all will take to the asphalt.
Race time is 6:45 PM. Hot lapping will start at 4:00 pm. Qualifying will be at 5:15. 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.
This will be the second night this year that the late model sportsman drivers will face two main events. So to speed up the show, no division will run heat races. Instead while the sportsman battle through a pair of 30-lap features, the other racing groups will have ten laps added to their main events. Thus 35-lap affairs are planned for the Grand American modifieds and street stocks while the pony and bomber stocks will each go 30 rounds.
This format was tried a couple of weeks ago when Mother Nature forced a spur of the moment decision to cancel the heat races. But no laps were added to the main events that night in order to get the full show in despite a persistent drizzle. This time around the length of the main events will be increased.
At Cajon the faster cars start in the back of the field so that the contests are more competitive and don't turn into parades. So with ten extra laps, that will give the faster drivers more opportunity to move forward and gain points towards the season championship. At the same time the overall length of the show (which sometimes has been more than four hours) should be significantly shortened. That night the entire show ended by 9:30. The hope is that the fans will find this format more family-friendly with children not getting too tired by the end of the night. And since heat races are eight laps, the racers will get just as much track-time even though each division will have a single contest instead of three.