EL CAJON, CA. There will be a lot of fire trucks converging on Cajon Speedway this Saturday night. Not only that, but there will be sirens-aplenty at about 6:45 PM at the 3/8 mile paved oval. Nothing will be wrong. There will be no cause for...
EL CAJON, CA. There will be a lot of fire trucks converging on Cajon Speedway this Saturday night. Not only that, but there will be sirens-aplenty at about 6:45 PM at the 3/8 mile paved oval. Nothing will be wrong. There will be no cause for alarm. It merely will be the night the annual Firefighters' Destruction Derby will be held on the 3/8 mile paved oval.
That 6:45 time will be the time the racing starts. It will be preceded by the parade of fire trucks about the track. The NASCAR Weekly Racing Series action will include the local street stocks and pony stocks along with the visiting American Race Trucks. This will be one of only two appearances at Cajon this year for the full sized trucks. They will also compete on September 15.
The Firefighters' Destruction Derby is part of the annual "Fill the Boot" fund raiser for the San Diego Burn Institute. But the focus is on the crashing which will take place after all the regular main events have been checkered flags. Fire Departments from around the county have been preparing special junkers which their representatives will then slam mercilessly into each other in the battle for supremacy.
At last count entries had been received from more than 20 fire departments from around the county for this year's event. A year ago Santee, San Miguel, San Onofre, Oceanside, Ramona, Miramar, San Diego, Imperial Beach, Chula Vista, and La Mesa were all represented in the crashfest which saw 16 entrants.
In the racing portion of the card, Rich Green Jr. will try to widen his point lead in the street stocks. The perennial quick qualifier has yet to win a main event so far this season. Last week he worked his way up to second behind Rick Hagen, who also started in the rear of the field. Hagen is Green's closest pursuer in the street stocks.
Meanwhile in the pony stocks, Ed Hale is proving to be almost unstoppable again. Hale made his 141st visit to Cajon's victory lane a week ago. It marked his third win of the season.