Cajon Speedway report 2001-08-11

EL CAJON, CA (08/11/01). As Bob Brown said, "it makes for interesting Christmases." At Cajon Speedway Bob Brown is the crew chief for both his brother, Ron, and his son, Scott, both of whom compete in the Grand American modified division at the...

EL CAJON, CA (08/11/01). As Bob Brown said, "it makes for interesting Christmases." At Cajon Speedway Bob Brown is the crew chief for both his brother, Ron, and his son, Scott, both of whom compete in the Grand American modified division at the 3/8 mile paved oval. The two are currently first (Scott) and third (Ron) in the divisional point standings. As a result they often find themselves battling (always good naturedly) for position out on the track. Occasionally there is even contact between the two. Such was not the case Saturday night. It was just good, hard clean racing as Ron Brown had prevailed over his nephew Scott Brown in the 25-lap Grand American modified feature on the Gillespie Field pavement.

The elder Brown edged out the younger Brown by three car lengths to make his second visit of the year to victory lane. Second year driver Mike Jackson ran third ahead of veteran Ron Esau and Dave Williams.

Bob Wickey crossed the stripe first at the conclusion of the 20-lap bomber stock main event, but then was disqualified when his exhaust on his Chevelle was found to be too low during the post-race inspection. That gave the triumph to defending champion Pat Garity, who leads the division this year with five wins but is not defending his title. Ed Hale continued his domination of the pony stocks, picking off his sixth victory of the season. The Speed Trucks ran their usual follow-the-leader contest (hint - attention Speed Trucks, your racing would be much more exciting and interesting to watch and write about if you started the faster trucks in the back). Danny Stockman prevailed in that 50-lapper after pacesetting Ron Peterson broke on a lap 32 restart. In contrast, John Isabella came from eighth starting position and was the fourth and final leader of the 20-lap Allison Legacy car event.

Brown took over the number one spot in the modified event on the second round. He went unheaded after that. Brown dipped under opening round leader Dave Williams in turn three on lap 2 and had a clear lead by the time they exited turn two the next time around. The event ran non-stop. Brown did have one close call. That came late in the event when he slid into a lapped car while trying to lap a rookie driver. After the contact, Brown was able to retain control and not lose the lead. Jackson ran second until Scott Brown finally worked his way into the runner-up position with five laps remaining. The younger Brown, who is leading the divisional point standings, stayed close to the leader until the checkered fell.

"It was all right. We didn't' have a good car," the 49-year-old senior Brown explained. "But we hung on. That is what matters." Of the contact with the lapped car, "That was my fault," Brown admitted. "We were pushing up really bad in the middle of the corner. We had to wait on the chassis a little bit and then we got off all right."

Scott Brown wouldn't even have been on the track to take the checkered flag had it not been for some assistance from street stocker Doc Harrison. A heat race incident led to a broken axle and they had problems finding a spare. "We had about 15 minutes (to spare)," Scott explained. "Doc saved us. We probably would have just threw the old axle in there and taken the green. It's all he could have done. But Doc went over to his shop. He put a new bearing on it."

In the bomber stocks, at least one of the top five positions was changing every lap (Trucks please note - the faster cars start in the back in the Cajon Speedway divisions. That means more passing and better racing). For the second week in a row it looked as if a relatively new driver would pick up his first victory. Scott Denton, who led all but one lap a week ago, led early again. But he ceded number one to Jay McKellep on the fifth circuit. It wasn't long until some of the fast guys worked their way through traffic and challenged the 44-year-old, second year racer McKellep. But McKellep didn't give up easily. Wickey, who started tenth, took several laps to overhaul him. After that pair ran side-by-side for over a lap, Wickey gained the top spot on lap 18. Garity dropped McKellep to third on lap 19. McKellep moved back up to second with the disqualification of Wickey. Mark Holland was the biggest beneficiary of Wickey's woes. His third place finish gives him a comforting 82 point bulge over Wickey in the point standings. Moving up to fourth and fifth on the track were Denton and Greg McCown.

The pony stock drivers are still looking for a way to keep Ed Hale out of victory lane. They even imported the number one man in the Exide Short Track standings for NASCAR's Pacific Coast - Mark Shackleford from Orange Show Speedway. Taking advantage of a break in their schedule, Shackleford brought his Pinto to Cajon and sat alongside Hale at the front of the fast heat. Hale won. Then in the feature Hale motored through traffic once again to earn his sixth win of the season. There were only a couple of yellows, but those came after Hale was out front. There was a great battle for the remaining spots in the top five. Early leader Jimmy Kyte held on to second while fast qualifier Douglas Wright Jr. was third. Kenny Hall had another fine ride in the Rodvold-family Pinto. He was fourth ahead of Marty Schmidt. Shackleford came home ninth after starting deep in the pack. His Pinto was a rocket on the straights; but he had a lot of trouble getting through the corners.

PIT NOTES: Great news about little Lauren Teets, who suffered several skull fractures a couple of weeks ago. She has been released from the hospital after a lot of watching, waiting, and praying but without surgery. She will still need some time to recuperate and rest - not an easy task for such an active, little girl. ... Doc Harrison wasn't the only savior Saturday night. Jimmy Kyte loaned fellow pony stocker Pete Franke an axle as well. Way to go guys! ... Sharing the Crystal Cleaners Hard Charger Award money were Ron Brown ($100), Douglas Wright Jr. ($50), and "The Professor" Pat Garity ($50). Mark Shackleford's in-laws run Crystal Cleaners. ... Next week former pony stocker Kevin Leffler will be competing in the legend class in a fund raiser for the American Diabetes Assn. Their goal is to raise $10,000 for the worthy cause. To date they are about halfway there. They will have a tailgate party on the eastside starting at 3:30. To purchase tickets ($15), call Kevin at 858-207-2907 or Cheryl Bailey at 858-486-1350.

-CS

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Scott Brown
Teams Williams