EL CAJON, CA. This Saturday night will be the busiest night of auto racing at Cajon Speedway in 2001. Six divisions will invade the 3/8 mile paved oval. Race time is 6:45 PM. Qualifying runs will begin at 5:15 PM. Practice sessions will kick off...
EL CAJON, CA. This Saturday night will be the busiest night of auto racing at Cajon Speedway in 2001.
Six divisions will invade the 3/8 mile paved oval. Race time is 6:45 PM. Qualifying runs will begin at 5:15 PM. Practice sessions will kick off the busy evening at 4:00.
On the schedule are all five of Cajon's local stock car divisions - the NASCAR late model sportsman, Grand American modifieds, street stocks, pony stocks, and bomber stocks. Making their monthly appearance will be the Tri-State Mini-stockars. This will be the second time this year that the Gillespie Field track has hosted all five of its local divisions so the pits should be jammed.
The track has also announced that its 2001 racing season will be extended by one week. A second 150-lap factory stock enduro has been scheduled for Saturday night, October 20. This crowd-pleasing event was held for the first time in twelve years a few weeks ago on July 4. Fifty-one cars started the grind. The contest is run in two 75-lap segments. A coin toss is used to determine whether the cars go clockwise or counterclockwise first. But then they are turned around for the final 75 rounds.
Following this Saturday night's events, the track will start the final two months of the 2001 point season. The late model sportsman will have their last points event on September 22 while the other four local divisions will have their last chance to earn points on September 29. So drivers will start seeing time running out as they chase the championships in their respective divisions.
For the most part, one driver has led the chase in each division all season long. But none of the five are anywhere near secure in their position. Mike Mendenhall paces the sportsman. Scott Brown sits atop the modifieds. Rich Green is number one in the streets. Each of these three is chasing their first championship. In the pony stocks, Ed Hale is gunning for his third title as is Bob Wickey in the bombers.