EL CAJON, CA. When the 2003 NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing schedule was put together for Cajon Speedway, one of the goals was to give the late model sportsman stock car drivers more time off during the season. That was accomplished. As a result...
EL CAJON, CA. When the 2003 NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing schedule was put together for Cajon Speedway, one of the goals was to give the late model sportsman stock car drivers more time off during the season. That was accomplished. As a result Cajon's premier division has already had four weeks off so far this year and has not competed more than two weeks in a row.
This Saturday night the division returns to the 3/8-mile paved oval. But instead of looking forward to only a couple of events before another night off, things will be a little different and a lot harder this time around. The drivers face the toughest grind of the year and will compete four Saturday nights in a row on the Gillespie Field pavement. That stretch will conclude with the second double header of the year on June 28.
Sharing the track this weekend will be the street, pony, and bomber stocks plus the Allison legacy cars. The show will conclude with the monthly train race.
Race time is 6:45 pm. Qualifying runs start at 5:15 pm. The gates will open and practice will commence at 4:00 pm. 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.
Competition in the sportsman class has been close this year. In the first five features of the year, four different drivers have visited victory lane and three different drivers have led the points chase. Mike Mendenhall finished in front of the first two main events before David Beat prevailed. Then two weeks ago Claude Bell and Jerry Gay split honors in the first twin bill of the year. John Manke paced the points after week one while Mendenhall took over after week two. Manke was back on top again prior to the last show while Beat has moved up to the number one rung now.
But there could be another switch at the top after this weekend's race. Beat cannot commit to racing a full season in 2003 since he and his wife Susan are building a new home. "I promised (my wife) I would do the house," Beat repeated after finishing second in both main events two weeks ago. "I (also) promised (Ron) Overman I would help him (as a member of his pit crew) the rest of the year. I'm not going to go back on my word. My friends and family mean more to me than the racing." So time will tell how things work out. Manke is currently sitting second in the standings while Jerry Gay rides in third. Third year driver Stephen Peace is having a fine season and runs fourth ahead of Overman. Rounding out the top ten are defending champion Danny Gay, Claude Bell, Mendenhall (who has fallen on very hard times at the track recently), Bob Wickey, and Rich Chavez.
In the pony stocks Hector Leon and Marty Schmidt will resume their battle for supremacy. In the five contests run so far, Leon has three victories to Schmidt's two. Rick Hagen has moved atop the bomber standings, taking over the number one spot from Greg McCown.