Cajon results 2003-08-16

EL CAJON, CA (08/16/03). Maybe it was the humid 90+ degree temperatures that has gripped the El Cajon Valley for more than a week. Maybe it was the 111 cars that jammed the Cajon Speedway pits Saturday night. Or maybe it was just one of those ...

EL CAJON, CA (08/16/03). Maybe it was the humid 90+ degree temperatures that has gripped the El Cajon Valley for more than a week. Maybe it was the 111 cars that jammed the Cajon Speedway pits Saturday night. Or maybe it was just one of those nights. Whatever brought it about, it was another wacky night at the 3/8-mile paved oval. Only the result remained constant. NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series point leader David Beat remained un"beat"able as he romped to his fourth victory of the season in the 40-lap late model sportsman feature.

Beat outran Jerry Gay in the late model sportsman contest. Ron Overman took third in the Mike Hagerman-Jerry Lorenz Port City Rent-a-Racer. Bob Wickey pitted on the warmup laps but came from last to fourth. John Manke bounced back an incident four laps from the finish with Jeff Wright to claim fifth.

Pat Garity led all 25 rounds of the Grand American modified feature while Marty Lehrke paced the entire bomber stock feature. Ty Tipton rebounded from his post-race disqualification from a week ago to take honors in the pony stocks. Rich Crutchfield outhustled his cousin Matt Arnold to prevail in the factory stocks.

Beat got the advantage in the sportsman feature after a multi-lap side-by-side duel with Jeff Wright. But it was what was happening behind the two leaders that left people shaking their heads. The most serious looking incident came on lap 21 as Beat and Wright battled. At that point Stephen Peace appeared to nudge Mike Mendenhall ever so slightly as they entered turn three while battling for fourth. Mendenhall's Dodge got sideways. At this point Peace was just along for the ride and what a ride it was. His Chevy launched over the engine compartment of Mendenhall's car and tried to take off before bouncing hard back to earth. No one was injured and Peace was actually able to continue and finish the contest. But as he returned to the pits after the race, Mendenhall and his crew gathered around his car. According to witnesses, the crew screamed at Peace from one side of the car. On the other side of the car, Mendenhall reached in, pulled up Peace's visor, and slugged him in the face a couple of times. For these shenanigans, Mendenhall has been suspended from participation in any NASCAR event for the remainder of the year.

Beat, who was quick qualifier for the sixth time this year also picked up the $200 Sid's Auto Body Hard Charger award for earning the most passing points. Beat also sewed up the season-long $1200 Sid's Super Hard Charger Award for having the most nightly awards for the year.

Beat could only shake his head about all the on-track jousting that took place Saturday night. Besides Peace, Mendenhall, Manke, and Wright, others involved in incidents included Rick Chavez, Claude Bell, Scott Moses, Damon Sheets, and probably others in the 17-car field. "That was terrible, wasn't it," Beat observed. "My engine builder, James Weston of Auto Pro, was here tonight. So I had to do good for him. He was kind enough to bring my spare motor back down to me."

"This was one of the roughest nights," Beat continued. "I couldn't believe it. In the heat race everybody checked up and I got into the back of Overman and bent the nose up. Then in the main event, I didn't get a scratch on it. Everybody else seemed to have problems (though). I'd rather be lucky than good anytime. The car is still working very good. We'll keep at it."

Beat's point lead over Manke grew from 65 to 93. Danny Gay, who fought brake problems, is now 142 tallies back, but just 29 ahead of fourth place Ron Overman. Only one regular night and two double main event nights remain for the sportsman this year.

The modified race was a costly one for the top point leaders. Point leader Mike Salm tagged points runner-up Scott Brown in turn four on the next to the last lap. Brown spun. After the race, Salm was black-flagged. Brown had pressured Garity through much of the going. But he dropped off the pace in the final five rounds. He managed to hold onto second place until the lap 24 incident with Salm. On lap 7, John Luecht and David Wade locked horns exiting turn two and spun wildly down the backstretch into turn three. Jimmy Dickerson ended up second in the 25-lap feature ahead of Mike Jackson, Doug Carpenter, and Doug Catania.

Salm did maintain his point lead over Brown, Jackson, and Dickerson though the spread from first to fourth shrank from 74 to 44. An equally close chase is underway for the $1200 Carpets Galore Hard Charger Award at the end of the year for passing points earned in the modified feature. Salm leads Jackson, who is now second, Brown, and Dickerson with only 18 markers separating them.

In the pony stocks, Chris Vaughn set the pace early. But the faster cars that started in the back were eating up the field. Marty Schmidt came from 11th to take the point on lap 8. By lap 16 Tipton was on his tail after starting 12th. Point leader Hector Leon stormed from 13th to make it a three-car tussle up front. Tipton got the advantage for good on lap 17 to claim his fourth win of the season. Schmidt and Leon were in hot pursuit but had to settle for second and third. Fast timer Douglas Wright Jr. was fourth ahead of Vaughn.

The bomber stock race saw point leader Rick Hagen weave his way through traffic from 12th starting position. He just ran out of laps however trying to mow down Lehrke, who had the outside pole at the green. Hagen and third place Perry Humphries however were both disqualified after the race for having too much left wide weight. That cost Hagen 81 points; his margin over points runner-up Greg McCown dwindled from 97 to 52. Hagen will also miss next week's race due to a prior commitment. This post-race activity moved Brian Fitzgibbons up to third ahead of Mark Wendell and Hayden Smith. McCown finished ninth.

The factory stocks turned into a battle of cousins with Rich Crutchfield earning his first career victory over the division's number one man, Matt Arnold. The officials turned the field around for the feature; it was run in the clockwise direction. Crutchfield started tenth and caught Arnold just two laps from the checkered in the 20-lapper. The pair then ran nearly side-by-side all the way to the stripe. Blaine Sharp had his best finish to date; he was third ahead of Phil Griffin and Vernon Gilmore.

PIT NOTES: It was great to see Ron Esau back in competition. He was making his first start after purchasing the former James Roland Monte Carlo. His dad, George, was on hand to watch his son's return to action. George is retired from the family business, Esau Supply, that sons Larry and Ron now run. But George is keeping busy, building houses around the County. The younger Esau, who is now a not so young 48, had a tough night. He was involved in a couple of skirmishes and ended up ninth in the sportsman feature. -- Making his first start ever was Gary Rodriguez, whose dad Dave, competed on dirt at Cajon, Mexicali, and El Centro back in the early 1960's. Gary has purchased a former Mark Meech tour car and is just getting some seat time during the remainder of 2003. He was unable to start the feature after slapping the front stretch wall in his heat race.


Fast Time - David Beat, Santee; Time - :16.280.

1st Heat (8 laps) - 1. Rick Chavez, Lakeside; 2. Jeff Wright, San Diego; 3. Bob Wickey, San Marcos; 4. Dee Cable, Santee; 5. Gary Rodriguez, Chula Vista; 6. Bill Parenteau Jr., Santee; 7. Damon Sheets, Lakeside; 8. Claude Bell, El Cajon; 9. Bud Brant, El Cajon; Time - 7:42.53.

2nd Heat (8 laps) - 1. Jerry Gay, San Diego; 2. Mike Mendenhall, Santee; 3. David Beat, Santee; 4. Scott Moses, Chula Vista; 5. Stephen Peace, El Cajon; 6. Ron Esau, Lakeside; 7. John Manke, Ramona; 8. Ron Overman, Lakeside; 9. Danny Gay, Lakeside; Time - 6:41.03.

Main event (40 laps) - 1. David Beat, Santee; 2. Jerry Gay, San Diego; 3. Ron Overman, Lakeside; 4. Bob Wickey, San Marcos; 5. John Manke, Ramona; 6. Bud Brant, El Cajon; 7. Dee Cable, Santee; 8. Scott Moses, Chula Vista; 9. Ron Esau, Lakeside; 10. Damon Sheets, Lakeside; 11. Jeff Wright, San Diego; 12. Rick Chavez, Lakeside; 13. Stephen Peace, El Cajon; 14. Danny Gay, Lakeside; 15. Mike Mendenhall, Santee; 16. Bill Parenteau Jr., Santee; 17. Claude Bell, El Cajon; Time - no time.

Fast Time - John Luecht, Chula Vista; Time - :16.320.

Dash (4 laps) - 1. John Luecht, Chula Vista; 2. Mike Jackson, Bonita; 3. Mike Salm, Fallbrook; 4. Jimmy Dickerson, El Cajon; Time - 2:00.40.

1st Heat (8 laps) - 1. Pat Garity, El Cajon; 2. Lou Tompkins, San Diego; 3. Ivan Harrison, Santee; 4. Doug Catania, El Cajon; 5. Douglas Carpenter, La Mesa; 6. Andy Papp, La Mesa; 7. Matt Pate, San Diego; Time - 14:44.06.

2nd Heat (8 laps) - 1. Scott Brown, Spring Valley; 2. Mike Jackson, Bonita; 3. Dave Wade, Lakeside; 4. Jimmy Dickerson, El Cajon; 5. Mike Salm, Fallbrook; 6. John Luecht, Chula Vista; 7. Steve Dickerson, El Cajon; Time - 2:29.62.

Main event (25 laps) - 1. Pat Garity, El Cajon; 2. Jimmy Dickerson, El Cajon; 3. Mike Jackson, Bonita; 4. Douglas Carpenter, La Mesa; 5. Doug Catania, El Cajon; 6. Andy Papp, La Mesa; 7. Matt Pate, San Diego; 8. Mike Salm, Fallbrook; 9. Ivan Harrison, Santee; 10. Steve Dickerson, El Cajon; 11. Scott Brown, Spring Valley; 12. Lou Tompkins, San Diego; 13. Dave Wade, Lakeside; 14. John Luecht, Chula Vista; Time - no time.

Fast Time - Douglas Wright Jr., Santee; Time - :18.357.

1st Heat (8 laps) - 1. Chris Vaughn, San Diego; 2. Trevor Maynard, Lakeside; 3. Len Cartwright, Lemon Grove; 4. Rick Lyon, San Diego; 5. Robert Minnick, El Cajon; 6. Evan Adair, El Cajon; 7. Rob Dinsmore, Ramona; 8. Shealynn Longwell, El Cajon; 9. Amber Lee Harmon, San Clemente; 10. Bill Parenteau Sr., El Cajon; Time - 6:29.65.

2nd Heat (8 laps) - 1. Marty Schmidt, El Cajon; 2. Ty Tipton, Spring Valley; 3. Hector Leon, Santee; 4. Darrell McKee Jr., San Diego; 5. Russ Gregson, El Cajon; 6. Earl Downing, Spring Valley; 7. Douglas Wright Jr., Santee; 8. Ed Hale, El Cajon; 9. Michelle Bishop, Poway; 10. Shawn Muscat, Escondido; Time - 5:44.37.

Main event (20 laps) - 1. Ty Tipton, Spring Valley; 2. Marty Schmidt, El Cajon; 3. Hector Leon, Santee; 4. Douglas Wright Jr., Santee; 5. Chris Vaughn, San Diego; 6. Trevor Maynard, Lakeside; 7. Russ Gregson, El Cajon; 8. Ed Hale, El Cajon; 9. Len Cartwright, Lemon Grove; 10. Darrell McKee Jr., San Diego; 11. Robert Minnick, El Cajon; 12. Earl Downing, Spring Valley; 13. Rob Dinsmore, Ramona; 14. Amber Lee Harmon, San Clemente; 15. Michelle Bishop, Poway; 16. Shealynn Longwell, El Cajon; 17. Evan Adair, El Cajon; 18. Rick Lyon, San Diego; 19. Bill Parenteau Sr., El Cajon; Time - no time.

Fast Time -- Scott Denton, Fallbrook; Time - :20.305.

1st Heat (8 laps) - 1. Marty Lehrke, San Diego; 2. Mark Wendell, Santee; 3. Jeff Coskey, Santee; 4. Bill Holland, El Cajon; 7. Kevin Gantz, Spring Valley; 6. David Whisenant, Murrieta; 7. Mike McGlone, Fallbrook; Time - 4:14.37.

2nd Heat (8 laps) - 1. Randy Hart, National City; 2. Greg McCown, El Cajon; 3. Brian Fitzgibbons, El Cajon; 4. Scott Denton, Fallbrook; 5. Hayden Smith, San Diego; 6. Chris Boyer, San Diego; 87 Rick Nies, Lakeside; Time - 2:44.31.

Semi (10 laps) - 1. Rodney Shaw, El Cajon; 2. Bob Blew, Santee; 3. Gary Lamb, El Cajon; 4. Allen Basile, San Diego; 5. Joey Schneider, Escondido; 6. Thomas Osborne, San Diego; 7. Darrell Moore, Ramona; 8. Victor De La Cruz, La Mesa; Time - 3:32.46.

Main event (20 laps) - 1. Marty Lehrke, San Diego; 2. Randy Hart, National City; 3. Brian Fitzgibbons, El Cajon; 4. Mark Wendell, Santee; 5. Hayden Smith, San Diego; 6. Bill Holland, El Cajon; 7. Mike McGlone, Fallbrook; 8. David Whisenant, Murrieta; 9. Greg McCown, El Cajon; 10. Rodney Shaw, El Cajon; 11. Gary Lamb, El Cajon; 12. Bob Blew, Santee; 13. Thomas Osborne, San Diego; 14. Kevin Gantz, Spring Valley; 15. Joey Schneider, Escondido; 16. Allen Basile, San Diego; 17. Rick Nies, Lakeside; 18. Jeff Coskey, Santee; 19. Scott Denton, Fallbrook; 20. Chris Boyer, San Diego; Time - no time.

Fast Time - J.R. Trent, Jamul; Time - :21.245.

1st Heat (8 laps) - 1. Lyle Driscoll, Lakeside; 2. Matt Arnold, San Diego; 3. Ryan Gay, El Cajon; 4. Aaron Reid, El Cajon; 5. Mike Landry, Lakeside; 6. Blaine Sharp, Jamul; 7. Rick Lloyd, El Cajon; 8. Ed Valenzuela, Santee; Time - 4:30.59.

2nd Heat (8 laps) - 1. J.R. Trent, Jamul; 2. Rich Crutchfield, Santee; 3. David Liedike, El Cajon; 4. Pat Bradley, San Marcos; 5. Vernon Gilmore, Santee; 6. Phil Griffin, Santee; 7. Ernest Teixeira, Vista; 8. Eric Sweetman, Santee; Time - 4;12.03.

Semi (15 laps) - 1. Glen Davis, La Mesa; 2. Michael Burford, Ramona; 3. Travis Johnson, Alpine; 4. Kelly Krueger, Fallbrook; 5. Robert Hughes, Campo; 6. James Schneider, Escondido; Time - no time.

Main event (20 laps) - 1. Rich Crutchfield, Santee; 2. Matt Arnold, San Diego; 3. Blaine Sharp, Jamul; 4. Phil Griffin, Santee; 5. Vernon Gilmore, Santee; 6. Michael Burford, Ramona; 7. David Liedike, El Cajon; 8. Ernest Teixeira, Vista; 9. Pat Bradley, San Marcos; 10. Kelly Krueger, Fallbrook; 11. Eric Sweetman, Santee; 12. Travis Johnson, Alpine; 13. Robert Hughes, Campo; 14. John Davis, Jamul; 15. Lyle Driscoll, Lakeside; 16. Aaron Reid, El Cajon; 17. Ed Valenzuela, Santee; 18. Rick Lloyd, El Cajon; 19. Glen Davis, La Mesa; 20. J.R. Trent, Jamul; 21. Mike Landry, Lakeside; 22. Ryan Gay, El Cajon; Time -- no time.

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