EL CAJON, CA (08/02/03). The final third of the 2003 auto racing season at Cajon Speedway is at hand. Only nine regular season events remain on the calendar for the year. This Saturday night the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series resumes at the 3/8 ...
EL CAJON, CA (08/02/03). The final third of the 2003 auto racing season at Cajon Speedway is at hand. Only nine regular season events remain on the calendar for the year.
This Saturday night the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series resumes at the 3/8 mile paved oval with the NASCAR late model sportsman, Grand American modifieds, street stocks, factory stocks, and legend cars tackling the tricky Cajon asphalt. Race time is 6:45 pm. Qualifying starts at 5:15 pm. The gates will open and practice commences at 4:00. Admission prices are $10 for adults on the east side and $9 on the west side. Kids from 6 --12 are only $3. Children under the age of 6 are free when accompanied by an adult.
Even though there are nine events remaining before the regular season concludes on September 27, no division at the track has more than seven events. In fact there are just five nights left for the late model sportsman, the modified, and the factory stock clans. The street stocks will run seven more nights. The pony and bomber stocks are both off this week but have six and five events respectively.
In only two divisions at the track does anyone have so much as can even be called a comfortable lead in the point standings. Hector Leon has been in the driver's seat all year in the ponys. But the Santee veteran is far from having a lock. And int he bombers Rick Hagen has stretch his margin to 90 points over Greg McCown.
In each of the local divisions competing this weekend, things are really tight. David Beat, John Manke, and Danny Gay are separated by a mere handful of points as they battle for supremacy in the late model sportsman, Cajon's premier class. Beat expanded his lead from one point to two points over Manke last Saturday after that duo ran third and fourth in the main event. Despite winning the race, Gay slipped from 12 behind Beat to 22 back.
Scott Brown failed to finish the last time out in the modifieds; his point lead over Mike Salm has shrunk to just ten markers. In the street stocks, Richard Hinze, Eric Ferguson, Dave Arce, and Rich Green have been gnawing at each other all year. Green outlasted Ferguson in a classic battle last Saturday. Hinze finished fourth and is just 11 markers ahead of Ferguson with Green another 16 back and Arce in fourth 24 tallies behind Green.
And in the factory stocks JR Trent used a victory the time out to nibble into the point lead of defending champion Matt Arnold. Third place Vernon Gilmore is still very much in the hunt as well. Those three are separated by 59 tallies.
Any driver could earn as many as 97 points this Saturday night. So none of the point leaders will have any breathing room this Saturday. The sportsman will run their usual 40-lap main event. Twenty-five lap affairs are on tap for the modified and street stock divisions. The factory stocks will go 20-laps.
And one should not forget the legend cars. While that is not a local group and therefore no track points are awarded, five different drivers took their turn at the head of the pack of their last feature at Cajon before Kevin Leffler picked off his first career victory despite spinning out midway through the 25-lapper.