Cajon results 2003-07-19

EL CAJON, CA (07/19/03). John Manke moved to within just a single digit of the late model sportsman point leader David beat by romping to his third victory of the season Saturday night in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series main event at Cajon ...

EL CAJON, CA (07/19/03). John Manke moved to within just a single digit of the late model sportsman point leader David beat by romping to his third victory of the season Saturday night in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series main event at Cajon Speedway.

Manke bested Jerry Gay by just a couple of lengths in the intense 40-lap affair. Stephen Peace was third. After a wild chain of events in the final turn, Danny Gay ended up in fourth and Bob Wickey took fifth.

In the companion main events, Mike Jackson earned his first Grand American modified main event victory. Scott Denton dominated the bomber stocks. JR Trent paced the factory stocks. Kevin Leffler took home his first ever main event triumph in the hotly contested legend car feature.

In the sportsman, point leader David Beat was running fourth when the field took the white flag with Mike Mendenhall right on his bumper. But as they powered through the final corner, Mendenhall got into Beat, who then spun. With Beat trying to back peddle in reverse quickly to the finish line, the younger Gay somehow managed to weave his Monte Carlo with no room to spare between Beat and Mendenhall, who had slowed dramatically, and steal fourth. Beat ended up eighth while Mendenhall was black-flagged to the rear of the field. It was a tough race for Beat who early spun in turn two on lap two and had to pit to replace a flat left rear tire.

Beat now has 643 points to Manke's 642. Defending champ Danny Gay is only 22 back of Beat with 621. With fourth place Stephen Peace having 551 and fifth running Jerry Gay with 527, the chase is far from over. Ron Overman sits in sixth with 510, followed by Mendehall with 488, Claude Bell with 453, Bob Wickey with 434, and Scott Moses with 354. Six races remain in 2003 with the last two nights both double main events. A possible 488 points could still be earned by any on driver.

After starting fourth in the main event., Manke got past early leader Scott Moses nine rounds into the contest. The elder Gay took up the charge on lap 10. He hounded Manke virtually to the checkered, dropping off just a bit in the final rounds. On lap 27, Danny Gay and Mendenhall were battling side-by-side for fourth. As they approached the lapped car of Ben Carver, there was contact among the three cars. All lost control and spun in unison in turn three.

Jackson's victory in the modified 25-lapper was long overdue and was the first for car owner Walt Cole since his son Allen won for him back in 1998. Needless to say their pit was extremely happy after a season of frustration. It was however a tough night for point leader Scott Brown. On the opening circuit of the feature, Brown charged from third to first in the first two turns only to spin on the backstretch when the steering box broke. He was tagged by Ed Patton with Matt Pate, Pat Garity, and Ivan Harrison also collected up in the melee.

Meanwhile Jackson came from fourth at the green and overhauled Doug Carpenter on lap 2 en route to victory. Jackson couldn't shake Mike Salm for much of the race. But during the middle stages of the contest he was able to put some distance on his pursuers -- Salm and fast qualifier John Luecht. Luecht slowly worked his way past Salm and by lap 22 was in second. He narrowed Jackson's lead significantly to three lengths by the finish. But then after the race Luecht refused an engine claim by Ed Patton. Luecht was disqualified for the night and has the choice of serving a 21-day suspension or paying a $1000 fine to NASCAR. Salm re-inherited second with Carpenter, Doug Catania, and Jimmy Dickerson moving up to third through fifth.

Despite his first triumph and knocking on that proverbial door more than once already this year, Jackson was surprisingly calm after the race though the wide smile on his face revealed the story. Of course, according to his radio guy, Mike probably didn't have any voice left because he was literally screaming into his radio with joy all the way from turn three to the finish line.

"Because of the crew we have and all their hard work, this is a well deserved win," Jackson noted. "It has been frustrating more than you know this year. This finally gets the monkey off our backs. We're happy campers right now."

"We had a great race going," Jackson went on. "I was just taking care of the car, just making sure we got to the end. I knew the gap was up. We were just being conservative. If we had to step it up, we could have. The car was awesome. Walt (Cole, the car owner) made a good call on the stagger change right before the main event. It brought the car alive.

"I got close to getting in it," Jackson said of the first lap incident on the backstretch. "When I checked up Mike Salm got into me in a domino effect going back. Luckily I made a dive to the inside and nobody was there. We got lucky. Once he got totally sideways I could tell he was going to come back across the track because he was still on the gas. Knock on wood -- we avoided it."

The 20-lap bomber finale belonged to Scott Denton, who won for the second time this year. After nine different winners in nine races, Denton becomes the first driver in the division to win twice in 2003. He finished a quarter lap ahead of point leader Rick Hagen, who just edged out Randy Wallace and Marty Lehrke. Bill Holland had his best run of the year and came home in fifth. During the middle stages of the event, the cars running from third through 14th were extremely tightly packed. But no incidents resulted. The only yellow flags required came a spin on lap 3 and for some debris on lap 11.

The legend cars featured 25 exciting laps of jockeying for position at the head of the pack. Mark Gaiser, Tom Skahill, John Isabella, Kevin Leffler, and Eric Brett all had their turn at the helm. Brett though had to be the most heart-broken, losing the lead just when victory was in sight.

Gaiser led lap one before yielding to Skahill for two rounds. Isabella worked his way to the front on lap 4 but then was spun exiting turn four by fast qualifier Donnie Akers on lap 6. Leffler inherited the lead only to do a 360 all by himself in the middle of turns three and four on lap 9. He kept the car running and fell only to seventh. This left Brett out front. He was aiming for his first career win and had a small but comfortable lead on Skahill until a lap 17 slowdown. Skahill pulled underneath Brett on the restart and the two ran side-by-side. Meanwhile Leffler was passing cars left and right and was back up to third just behind the pacesetting duo by lap 20. On the 24th round Skahill and Brett got together in turn two; Brett spun and Skahill smacked the wall. Leffler was out front again and was able to outrun Akers, who had restarted last after the incident with Isabella, in the final rounds. Isabella also drove back through traffic to take third. Gaiser stayed up front all race and ended up fourth ahead of Fred Chavez Jr.

Leffler had to comfort Brett, his teammate, friend, and former Cajon pony stock rival, after the race. But Leffler also enjoyed his first overall win. "I had a semi pro win last year," he pointed out. 'This is my first true main event win. It feels good. I had a blast. It was probably the most fun night I've had racing on top of winning."

"The car felt pretty good," he continued. "But without what happened to Eric tonight, there was no way I would be here (in victory lane) tonight."

"You liked that one?" Leffler laughed when asked about his 360. "All by my lonesome. I just drove it in too deep. It just took off on me. I kept my foot on the throttle and the car went around and was pointed in the right direction."

PIT NOTES: Late model sportsman driver Rick Chavez was at the track observing the night's action after suffering a mild heart attack on Tuesday, July 15. Chavez underwent angioplasty surgery that day and was released from the hospital on Thursday. He hopes to be back behind the wheel of his #9 Lyle Hunter owned car in a month or so. Rick, take care of yourself. -- Jerry Gay picked up the $200 Sid's Auto Body Hard Charger Award for earning the most passing points. -- Cajon Speedway and the Mechanix Wear Speed Trucks have mutually agreed to cancel their remaining events in 2003.


Fast Time - David Beat, Santee; Time - :16.477.

1st Heat (8 laps) - 1. Scott Moses, Chula Vista; 2. Bob Wickey, San Marcos; 3. Dan McKenna, Ramona; 4. Billy Hoagland, Santee; 5. Ray Burns, Santee; 6. Dee Cable, Santee; 7. Ben Carver, El Cajon; Time - 2:15.59.

2nd Heat (8 laps) - 1. John Manke, Ramona; 2. Danny Gay, Lakeside; 3. Stephen Peace, El Cajon; 4. Ron Overman, Lakeside; 5. Jerry Gay, San Diego; 6. Mike Mendenhall, Santee; 7. David Beat, Santee; 8. Claude Bell, El Cajon; Time - 2:13.08.

Main event (40 laps) - 1. John Manke, Ramona; 2. Jerry Gay, San Diego; 3. Stephen Peace, El Cajon; 4. Danny Gay, Lakeside; 5. Bob Wickey, San Marcos; 6. Claude Bell, El Cajon; 7. Dan McKenna, Ramona; 8. David Beat, Santee; 9. Dee Cable, Santee; 10. Scott Moses, Chula Vista; 11. Ben Carver, El Cajon; 12. Billy Hoagland, Santee; 13. Ray Burns, Santee; 14. Bill Parenteau Jr., Santee; 15. Ron Overman, Lakeside; 16. Mike Mendenhall, Santee; Time - 24:28.04.

Fast Time -- Mike Jackson, Bonita; Time - :16.691.

1st Heat (8 laps) - 1. Douglas Carpenter, La Mesa; 2. Ed Patton, Fallbrook; 3. Dave Wade, Lakeside; 4. Matt Pate, San Diego; 5. Andy Papp, La Mesa; 6. Ivan Harrison, Santee; 7. Steve Dickerson, El Cajon; Time - 4:41.52.

2nd Heat (8 laps) - 1. Scott Brown, Spring Valley; 2. Mike Jackson, Bonita; 3. Doug Catania, El Cajon; 4. Mike Salm, Fallbrook; 5. Pat Garity, El Cajon; 6. Jimmy Dickerson, El Cajon; 7. Lou Tompkins, San Diego; Time - 10:27.81.

Main event (25 laps) - 1. Mike Jackson, Bonita; 2. Mike Salm, Fallbrook; 3. Douglas Carpenter, La Mesa; 4. Doug Catania, El Cajon; 5. Jimmy Dickerson, El Cajon; 6. Dave Wade, Lakeside; 7. Ed Patton, Fallbrook; 8. Andy Papp, La Mesa; 9. Pat Garity, El Cajon; 10. Steve Dickerson, El Cajon; 11. Scott Brown, Spring Valley; 12. Lou Tompkins, San Diego; 13. Matt Pate, San Diego; 14. Ivan Harrison, Santee; Time - 19:36.22.

Fast Time - Rick Hagen, El Cajon; Time - :20.208.

1st Heat (8 laps) - 1. Scott Denton, Fallbrook; 2. Bob Blew, Santee; 3. Thomas Osborne, San Diego; 4. Bill Holland, El Cajon; 5. Rodney Shaw, El Cajon; 6. Robert Bradley, Escondido; 7. Darrell Moore, El Cajon; 8. Jeff Coskey, Santee; 9. Joey Schneider, Escondido; 10. Tom Drake, Spring Valley; 11. Perry Humphries, San Diego; Time - 2:45.95.

2nd Heat (8 laps) - 1. Randy Wallace, El Cajon; 2. Marty Lehrke, San Diego; 3. Mike McGlone, Fallbrook; 4. Chris Boyer, San Diego; 5. Rick Hagen, El Cajon; 6. Greg McCown, El Cajon; 7. Hayden Smith, San Diego; 8. Brian Fitzgibbons, El Cajon; 9. Randy Hart, National City; 10. David Whisenant, Murrieta; Time - 10:08.39.

Main event (20 laps) - 1. Scott Denton, Fallbrook; 2. Rick Hagen, El Cajon; 3. Randy Wallace, El Cajon; 4. Marty Lehrke, San Diego; 5. Bill Holland, El Cajon; 6. Greg McCown, El Cajon; 7. Brian Fitzgibbons, El Cajon; 8. Robert Bradley, Escondido; 9. Bob Blew, Santee; 10. Rodney Shaw, El Cajon; 11. Hayden Smith, San Diego; 12. David Whisenant, Murrieta; 13. Thomas Osborne, San Diego; 14. Jeff Coskey, Santee; 15. Joey Schneider, Escondido; 16. Mike McGlone, Fallbrook; 17. Chris Boyer, San Diego; 18. Perry Humphries, San Diego; 19. Randy Hart, National City; 20. Darrell Moore, El Cajon; 21. Tom Drake, Spring Valley; Time - 19:24.87.

Fast Time - Jim Tucker, Spring Valley; Time - :21.386.

Dash (4 laps) - 1. Vernon Gilmore, Santee; 2. Matt Arnold, San Diego; 3. Dan Hildebrand, El Cajon; 4. Jim Tucker, Spring Valley; Time - 1:33.24.

1st Heat (8 laps) - 1. Eric Sweetman, Santee; 2. Rich Crutchfield, Santee; 3. Phil Griffin, Santee; 4. Pat Bradley, San Marcos; 5. Ernest Teixeira, Vista; 6. Blaine Sharp, Jamul; 7. Mark Focht, La Mesa; 8. Eric Shockey, Santee; Time - 3:01.83.

2nd Heat (8 laps) - 1. J.R. Trent, Jamul; 2. Matt Arnold, San Diego; 3. John Krempp Jr., El Cajon; 4. Dan Hildebrand, El Cajon; 5. Vernon Gilmore, Santee; 6. Glen Davis, La Mesa; 7. Ivan Harrison, Santee; Time - 5:09.59.

Semi (10 laps) - 1. Josh Nicholas, El Cajon; 2. Mike Rumbaugh, Poway; 3. Lyle Driscoll, Lakeside; 4. Tony Walter, El Cajon; 5. Michael Burford, Ramona; 6. Travis Johnson, Alpine; 7. Chuck Irey, Spring Valley; Time - 15:02.51.

Main event (20 laps) - 1. J.R. Trent, Jamul; 2. Matt Arnold, San Diego; 3. Vernon Gilmore, Santee; 4. Lyle Driscoll, Lakeside; 5. Phil Griffin, Santee; 6. Randy Hart, National City; 7. Rich Crutchfield, Santee; 8. Ernest Teixeira, Vista; 9. Blaine Sharp, Jamul; 10. Josh Nicholas, El Cajon; 11. John Krempp Jr., El Cajon; 12. Michael Burford, Ramona; 13. Pat Bradley, San Marcos; 14. Mark Focht, La Mesa; 15. Travis Johnson, Alpine; 16. Eric Shockey, Santee; 17. Tony Walter, El Cajon; 18. Chuck Irey, Spring Valley; 19. Glen Davis, La Mesa; 20. Eric Sweetman, Santee; 21. Dan Hildebrand, El Cajon; 22. Mike Rumbaugh, Poway; Time - 25:21.56.

Fast Time - Donnie Akers, Anaheim; Time - :19.302.

1st Heat (8 laps) - 1. Fred Chavez, Santee; 2. Bill Bonney, San Clemente; 3. Dennis O'Conner, Oceanside; 4. Kevin McMahon, Long Beach; 5. John McIntyre, El Cajon; 6. Larry Alsop, Fountain Valley; 7. Chuck Carter, Spring Valley; 8. Gary Scheuerell, Murrieta; Time - 4:16.96.

2nd Heat (8 laps) - 1. Eric Brett, Ramona; 2. Warren Merrifield, Pasadena; 3. Tom Skahill, Duarte; 4. Dave Riggs, Lakeside; 5. John Isabella, El Cajon; 6. Mike Daniel, Alpine; 7. Kevin Leffler, Escondido; 8. Donnie Akers, Anaheim; 9. Mark Gaiser, Anaheim; Time - 2:35.02.

Main event (25 laps) - 1. Kevin Leffler, Escondido; 2. Donnie Akers, Anaheim; 3. John Isabella, El Cajon; 4. Mark Gaiser, Anaheim; 5. Fred Chavez, Santee; 6. Warren Merrifield, Pasadena; 7. Bill Bonney, San Clemente; 8. Gary Scheuerell, Murrieta; 9. Dennis O'Conner, Oceanside; 10. Larry Alsop, Fountain Valley; 11. John McIntyre, El Cajon; 12. Kevin McMahon, Long Beach; 13. Chuck Carter, Spring Valley; 14. Eric Brett, Ramona; 15. Tom Skahill, Duarte; 16. Dave Riggs, Lakeside; 17. Mike Daniel, Alpine; Time - 25:16.56.


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