EL CAJON, CA (08/03/02). It has become a familiar theme at Cajon Speedway in the Grand American modified division. The battle for the championship in the open wheeled division on the 3/8 mile paved oval has boiled down to a tussle among three ...
EL CAJON, CA (08/03/02). It has become a familiar theme at Cajon Speedway in the Grand American modified division. The battle for the championship in the open wheeled division on the 3/8 mile paved oval has boiled down to a tussle among three drivers -- Scott Brown, Mike Salm, and Ron Brown. That trio will be back in action again this Saturday night when the Grand American modifieds are highlighted at the Gillespie Field track. Sharing the pavement will be five other divisions. The local street stocks, pony stocks, and bomber stocks will be augmented by the Mechanix Wear Speed Trucks and the Allison Legacy cars.
Race time is 6:45 PM. Qualifying runs start at 5:15 PM. Practice kicks things off at 4:00 PM. Admission prices are $10 on the east side for adults, $9 on the west side. Kids ages 6-12 are $3. Children under age 6 are free when accompanied by an adult.
Scott Brown is seeking his first championship at the track. The youngster got his start in the bomber stocks and graduated to the street stocks before becoming one of the stalwarts in the modifieds in 1999. He finished fourth in points that year, second in 2000, and third last year.
Salm was the divisional titlest in 2000 while Ron Brown, Scott's uncle, took honors last year. That marked the fourth Grand American modified championship for the elder Brown, who took honors in 1990, 1991, and 1992. So far this year Scott Brown and Salm have won five of the seven main events contested to date. Salm, victorious the last time out two weeks ago, has visited victory lane three times to Scott Brown's pair of visits. Dean Kuhn and Mike Carver were triumphant in the other two features.
Scott Brown's point lead shrank to 52 markers with Salm's win two weeks ago. Scott Brown has 503 tallies to Salm's 451. Ron Brown has 423. A possible 97 points can be earned any race night.
In fact the last outing could have been costly for either Salm or Scott Brown. Brown tagged another car on the first lap of the feature and broke a tie rod. While they were re-lining up the field, Salm's car suffered from vapor lock. For a while it appeared as if both would be in the pits when the race got underway. But each made it back out just in the nick of time.