Cajon April 24th preview

EL CAJON, CA (04/24/04). "Mother Nature" prevailed last Saturday night at Cajon Speedway when rain showers resulted in a rare cancellation at the 3/8 mile paved oval. But the weatherman is calling for one of San Diego's typical beautiful sunny 70...

EL CAJON, CA (04/24/04). "Mother Nature" prevailed last Saturday night at Cajon Speedway when rain showers resulted in a rare cancellation at the 3/8 mile paved oval. But the weatherman is calling for one of San Diego's typical beautiful sunny 70 degree days this Saturday when the second round of the 2004 NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series takes place at the 3/8 mile paved oval

The street stocks, bomber stocks, legend cars will join the NASCAR late model sportsman, and those crazy train racers during the action filled evening. Last Saturday night the action at the 3/8 mile paved oval had to be cancelled due to the afternoon rain. Even though the sky cleared about 3:00, an extremely muddy parking lot and wet grandstands meant it couldn't be racing as usual Saturday night.

But this time around that big bright sun should be overhead when the green flag falls. Race time is 6:45 pm. Qualifying runs start at 5:15 pm. Practice starts at 4:00 pm when the gates open. Ticket prices are $10 on the east side and $9 on the west side for adults and $3 for children age 6 -- 12; children age 5 and under are free with an adult. A 40-lap feature for the late models tops the car. The street stocks will run a 25-lapper. Twenty-lap affairs are scheduled for the bomber stocks and legend cars. The night will conclude with the 8-lap train race affair on the criss-cross figure eight.

In the late model sportsman, defending champion David Beat is in the driver' s seat again this year. Beat captured the opener two weeks ago. He also had fast time and won the 4-lap trophy dash for the night's four quickest qualifiers.

Defending champion Eric Ferguson paces the street stocks, having won on opening night two weeks ago.. But only some misfortune by youngster Kenny Hall allowed Ferguson to get to victory lane. Hall was out front and holding Ferguson at bay when the distributor in his engine went south. Hall had recovered from an early race skirmish and his Monte Carlo was definitely a potent machine. But instead of his first street stock triumph, Hall had to settle for a disappointing 15th place in the 19-car field.

In the bombers, the first night of 2004 belonged to sophomore racer Randy Hart. Hart came from tenth starting position in the 14-car field and was one of only a handful of drivers to be able to work his way through traffic. Hart was runner-up to David Whisenant for rookie-of-the-year honors in the division a year ago when he also had a main event victory.

This will be the first visit of the season to Cajon for the legend cars. Sealed 1250 cc Yamaha engines power these spec cars. That means the teams cannot tamper with the internal parts of the engine and this makes for more even competition. The bodies are 5/8-scale full-fendered fiberglass versions of coupe and sedan street cars popular back in the 1930's and 1940's -- like the '34 and '37 Chevys, '34 and '40 Fords, '34 and '37 Dodges. The legends will appear at Cajon eight times during 2004.

The track won't just be busy Saturday night this weekend. The Second Annual Steve Brucker Memorial "Reach for Dreams" car show will be held at the track on Sunday, April 25. Cars of all type (including racecars, hot rods, low riders, drag racers, etc. The advance entry fee is $20. There will be free admission for the public for the event that runs from 10 am -- 4 pm. All proceeds will benefit the Southern California Racers Against Drugs in their efforts to reach the local school children and get them to commit to living a drug free life.

Just around the corner are two of the biggest events of the year at the track. KGB Radio will be bringing Nextel Cup stars Bill Elliott, Kevin Harvick, and Sterling Marlin plus a mystery driver to the track Saturday night May 1 for the Second Annual Race of Champions presented by the Fun Bike Center and Dodge. Fans will be able to collect the drivers' autographs before they take to the pavement for a special exhibition event. Then a week later on May 8 the Supermodified Racing League brings the fastest short-track racecars in the country when they make their annual visit to the El Cajon Valley.

<pre> CAJON SPEEDWAY POINT STANDINGS

Late model sportsman 83 David Beat 65 John Manke 64 Ron Overman 63 Jeff Wright 50 Bob Wickey 46 Rick Chavez 40 Gary Tamborelli 38 Scott Moses 34 Faron Collins 32 Bill Parenteau Jr.

Street stock 76 Eric Ferguson 75 Neil Rodvold 71 Rick Hagen 70 Rob Overman 64 Richard Hinze 60 Jimmy Dickerson 53 Rich Green Jr. 50 Dave Arce 42 Brian Collins 32 Randy Buell

Pony stock 91 Mike Weimann 70 Russ Gregson 68 Douglas Wright Jr. 64 Marty Schmidt 64 Tim Beeney 63 Earl Downing 58 Ed Hale 57 Ty Tipton 36 Darrell McKee Jr. 32 Robert Minnick

Bomber stock 76 Randy Hart 66 Marty Lehrke 65 Scott Denton 61 David Whisenant 50 Greg McCown 46 Brian Fitzgibbons 44 Mike McGlone 44 Kevin Gantz 39 Bill Holland 36 Darrell Moore

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Series NASCAR , Stock car
Drivers Bill Elliott , Sterling Marlin