Grand American's begin season at Cajon Speedway

EL CAJON, CA. It seems like an eternity to the Grand American modified stock car drivers at Cajon Speedway. Their 2001 racing season finally gets underway this Saturday night, April 21, on the 3/8 mile paved oval. About ten of the modified...

EL CAJON, CA. It seems like an eternity to the Grand American modified stock car drivers at Cajon Speedway. Their 2001 racing season finally gets underway this Saturday night, April 21, on the 3/8 mile paved oval. About ten of the modified drivers had their cars at the track on March 17 for an open practice session. But they weren't scheduled to race until the fifth race of the season. That date finally arrives this weekend. Joining the open wheeled modified in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series action will be the late model sportsman, bomber stocks, and the legends. The evening will conclude with the first train race of the season.

Mike Salm of Fallbrook is the defending champion in the Grand American modified class at the track. He will be starting his fifth season of competition at the track. He got the itch to drive after attending a race car driving school where Cajon late model sportsman driver Ron Overman was his instructor. That one day class led to Salm purchasing the modified Overman was driving at the time.

It wasn't until midway through last season that Salm finally made his way to victory lane for the first time. Then when he was victorious for the first time on July 1, he became unstoppable. Salm went on to capture a record tying five features in a row.

By season's end he had picked up an additional triumph and outpointed Scott Brown by a comfortable margin to claim the title. Douglas Carpenter finished third in the hunt ahead of Randy Keatts and rookie of the year Scott Jackson. All are expected back to challenge again this year.

Mike Mendenhall will be looking to repeat in the late model sportsman. A week ago the 37 year old Santee resident outdistanced defending champion Jerry Gay to win the 40-lap feature. Jerry's son, Danny, was in front just three laps from the finish in his first sportsman start, but then crashed. In the bomber stocks, Pat Garity will be hoping for slightly better luck than a week ago. Garity won the main event, but only after his crew repaired his Chevelle after a hot lapping incident.

-CS

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