Sportsman start stretch drive at Cajon. EL CAJON, CA. Second generation racer Danny Gay is clearly in the driver's seat to claim the championship for the 2002 NASCAR Weekly Racing series presented by Dodge at Cajon Speedway. But he still won't...
Sportsman start stretch drive at Cajon.
EL CAJON, CA. Second generation racer Danny Gay is clearly in the driver's seat to claim the championship for the 2002 NASCAR Weekly Racing series presented by Dodge at Cajon Speedway. But he still won't be able to wrap things up this Saturday night when Cajon's premier division returns to the 3/8 mile paved oval.
There are just three regular season races remaining for the late model sportsman at the Gillespie Field track. The division takes to the asphalt for the next three Saturday nights and will conclude their 2002 season on September 21.
Race time this Saturday night is 6:45 pm. Qualifying runs start at 5:15 pm. The track opens for practice and the gates open at 4:00. Admission prices are $10 on the east side and $9 on the west side for adults; kids from 6-12 are $3 and children under six are free when accompanied by an adult.
Sharing the track with the sportsman will be the local bomber and factory stocks. The touring Speed Trucks will be back for their next to the last show of the year as well. The night will conclude with the monthly train race.
Gay, who is the son of multi-time track champion Jerry Gay, sits 124 markers ahead of veteran John Manke in the current sportsman point standings. Each earned the same number of points in the last outing two weeks ago. But during August, Gay increased his margin by 44 tallies. A maximum 97 points can be earned on any race night. That total increases to 147 for the season finale on September 24. So Manke isn't ready to concede anything yet.
While Gay must wait at least two more weeks to sew things up, he has already earned one post-season award. Sid's Auto Body posted a $1000 bonus for the driver earning the most Hard Charger Awards during the year. Each race night the driver who passes the most cars earns a point towards the season long award. Gay has been the night's Hard Charger seven different nights. Jeff Seifert ranks second with three weekly Hard Charger awards, but cannot catch Gay. Other drivers earning weekly Hard Charger honors include Ron Overman (2), Manke (2), Danny's dad Jerry Gay (1), and Jeff Wright (1).
Wright was the most recent winner of the award. He also won the last 40-lap main event two weeks ago. In what may have been the most exciting main event of the season, Wright and Danny Gay crossed the finish line sideways and virtually side-by-side. Saturday night's feature will be 40-rounds as well.