Cajon July 12th preview

EL CAJON, CA. It is summertime and the temperature is not the only thing that is hot in the El Cajon Valley. As the second half of the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series gets underway at Cajon Speedway, the fans and competitors at the 3/8-mile paved oval...

EL CAJON, CA. It is summertime and the temperature is not the only thing that is hot in the El Cajon Valley. As the second half of the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series gets underway at Cajon Speedway, the fans and competitors at the 3/8-mile paved oval are enjoying some very intense competition.

After last week's special July 4 show, action returns to normal at the Gillespie Field track. This Saturday night the Mechanix Wear Speed Trucks and Allison Legacy cars will join the local street stocks, pony stocks, and bomber stocks. The evening will conclude with the monthly train race. Race time is 6:45 pm. Hot lapping will start at 4:00 pm. Qualifying will be at 5:15. 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.

In the street stocks, four drivers are battling for the championship. Richard Hinze is currently setting the pace, but Dave Arce, Eric Ferguson, and two time defending champion Rich Green are not far behind. In fact the number one spot has swapped each of the last four weeks. Only 50 points separate this quartet. And with 97 markers possible each Saturday night, the standings could be shaken up once again.

Hector Leon and Marty Schmidt have been dominant in the pony stocks this year. That dominant duo has won seven of the nine races run to date with point leader Leon having four victories to Schmidt's three. Douglas Wright Jr. is third in points and prevailed two weeks ago. Leon has also been the fastest qualifier each time out this year. That string of nine consecutive fast times has erased Bryan Nelson's mark of eight straight set back in 1995.

In the bombers there have been eight different winners in as many races. But the two men atop the standings, Rick Hagen and Greg McCown, are both winless. Though like in the street stocks, that pair has been swapping the number one spot in the standings almost every week. Making their way to victory lane so far this year have been Randy Wallace, Scott Denton, Hayden Smith, Marty Lehrke, Chris Boyer, Brian Fitzgibbons, Kevin Gantz, and Randy Hart. Denton, Gantz, Fitzgibbons, and Hart are first time winners. Hart was the most recent victor two weeks ago when he spun out in the last corner but still got the checkered flag.

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