Cajon Speedway preview 2002-06-04-06

EL CAJON, CA. It was just two years ago that Cajon Speedway hosted what may well have been its wackiest event ever. That was Boat Trailer Race I. This Fourth of July it will be time for Boat Trailer Race V at the 3/8 mile paved oval. That event...

EL CAJON, CA. It was just two years ago that Cajon Speedway hosted what may well have been its wackiest event ever. That was Boat Trailer Race I. This Fourth of July it will be time for Boat Trailer Race V at the 3/8 mile paved oval.

That event will just be part of Cajon^Òs traditional Fourth of July spectacular Thursday night. Fireworks will light up the sky over the track at 9:00 that evening. The night will conclude with a destruction derby. But starting everything off will be the 150-lap Factory Stock enduro followed by that crowd-pleasing boat trailer race. Race time is 6:45 PM.

Maybe using the term ^Órace^Ô in conjunction with the boat trailers is a misnomer. Yes, boats on trailers are attached to racecars. And yes, they do ^Órace^Ô around the 3/8 mile paved oval. But about the only rule is that the trailer (not necessarily the boat) must still be attached to the racecar when the checkered flag falls. It is craziness carried to the nth degree. The Thursday night event will be one of two at the Gillespie Field track this week. Saturday night the street stocks, pony stocks, bomber stocks, pro-four modifieds, and speed trucks will take to the pavement for round 17 of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge. Race time that night is 6:45 PM as well. Qualifying will start at 5:15 PM. Practice will kick things off at 4:00.

But before the traditional fare gets back on the track at Cajon Saturday, the spotlight will be on the Fourth. The enduro field will be sitting three-abreast when the green flag is displayed. And just to make sure that none of the cars have any special suspension parts or setup, 75-laps will be run in one direction before a brief intermission. Then the remaining cars will be turned around for the second half. A flip of a coin will determine which direction will be run first. The yellow flag will not be used during the race. If a car spins out or hits the wall, everyone else keeps right on racing. But in case of a serious situation, the race will be stopped. It will be sort-of like Interstate 8 over the Grossmont Summit at the rush hour.

To date 51 entries have been received for the enduro. Last year Matt Arnold and John Krempp Jr. teamed up to take home the spoils in the July 4 event. Martin Kepler was triumphant in the season ending contest. Both teams have entered this event.

Adding spice to the enduro this year is the fact that the factory stock drivers have already had four regular season events. So most of the entrants will have a little more seat time this year. This may lead to a little more daring, some more competition, and a lot more speed on the track. What will happen is anyone^Òs guess. But one thing for sure is that a Fourth of July at Cajon Speedway has become a fun time for the whole family.

-cs-

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