Cajon July 26th preview

Quartet battles at Cajon EL CAJON, CA. The torrid battle for supremacy in the NASCAR Dodge Shortrack Series at Cajon Speedway will resume this Saturday night. Richard Hinze, Eric Ferguson, Rich Green, and Dave Arce all have their sights aimed on...

Quartet battles at Cajon

EL CAJON, CA. The torrid battle for supremacy in the NASCAR Dodge Shortrack Series at Cajon Speedway will resume this Saturday night. Richard Hinze, Eric Ferguson, Rich Green, and Dave Arce all have their sights aimed on the 2003 track championship in the division.

This is the most hotly contested points chase on the 3/8 mile paved oval. After having last week off, the street stocks return to action this weekend. The late model sportsman, pony stocks, and bomber stocks will join them. The night will conclude with the monthly destruction derby. Also scheduled will be the Super TT motorcycles, whose 15-lap open main event will be the first race of the night.

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.

There is only a 44-point spread from first to fourth. Hinze is the current point leader in the division. He has 579 markers to 557 for Ferguson. Arce sits in third with 549 while Green has 534. A total of 97 points in possible each race night so that the standings could be scrambled again this week as has occurred so often this season.

Both Hinze and Arce are seeking their first track championship. Green has taken honors the past two seasons while Ferguson was the 1997 division titlest.

Not only is the street stocks points chase tight, but also only two drivers have won more than one main event in the division this year. Both Ferguson and Jason Pontsler, currently tenth in points, have doubled up. Hinze, Green, Rob Freeman, Eric Seene, and Ron Nava all have single victories.

Pontsler is enjoying his finest season. He prevailed in the most recent outing two weeks ago. The 32-year-old Poway resident missed the race on June 28 when his wife Janet gave birth to their first child. This is the ninth season that Pontsler has competed at Cajon and the first year he has made his way to victory lane. His initial career triumph came on May 24. Another fine run could help Pontsler move up significantly in the chase. He is only 66 points behind fifth place Mark Holland. Sandwiched between Holland, the defending bomber division champ but a rookie in the streets this year, and Pontsler are Ivan Harrison, Freeman, Rob Overman, and Gordon Anderson.

And while the street stocks are having their tussle for the championship, things are looking just as close in the standings of Cajon's premier class. With his victory a week ago, John Manke has moved to within a single digit of point leader David Beat. Meanwhile defending champion is only 22 markers behind Beat. Beat has 643 to Manke's 642 and Gay's 621.

So it looks like the battle for the track championships in 2003 should be pretty intense for the final two months of the 2003 season.

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